Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!
1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris
It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.
2. PARIS - Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank –
Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.
Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.
4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome
As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.
5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome
This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'
6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London
The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.
7. LONDON - Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London
The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.
8. LONDON - Priory Road, West Hampstead, London
A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.
9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious!
10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York
What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!
Raise your hand if your bedside table is actually your dumping ground for whatever things that you have on your hand when you get ready for bed. Well, more often than not we take for granted just how necessary it is. Your bedside table should really be an aesthetic decor for the eyes as it’s one of the first things you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before hitting the sack at night! Show some love towards it and transform your bedside table into a reflection of your personal classy, chic and elegant or even quirky style, giving it the attention it so rightfully deserves. Trust me, it makes a difference to how you start your morning and you'll be happier about it.
Most rooms already have a colour scheme or a specific look to follow e.g. contemporary, rustic, vibrant. Plan out what kind you’re going for, what sets your mood, what theme you’d like and vibe you want to project and from there, create.
Tables come in many forms so pick wisely based on your needs. Sometimes you may need extra storage space so an ideal table would be one with drawers or space that allows you to store items like your favourite books, pens and notebooks to write down last minute ideas, snacks although snacking in the middle of the night is never ideal but sometimes you just get hungry! Either way, make sure you check the sizing to suit the look you want for the room and for yourself!
A lot of people, including me like having a night lamp (I love those weirdly shaped ones which intrigued me) for when I want to finish reading or jotting down last minute ideas and dreams that I want to remember when I wake up in the middle of the night while still in bed. Here's when a bedside table comes in handy as we're half blind in the dark anyways. Gone are the days of lamps being just you know, functional and bland, they now come with fashion and flair. From different colors and designs, there's tons to pick from.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Travel back to basics and try not to overdo the entire set up for the beside table. The idea is to keep it minimalistic, chic and still serve its purpose as a space to keep your bedtime necessities. A cluttered table is never ideal and never let's be honest, aesthetic, so arrange your items to create a more neat and simple look.
There's always a few must have items by your bedside that calms you or help make life easier for you. For me, it's always my really loud alarm clock so that I won't snooze it and drift back into dreamland, a bottle of water in case I get thirsty in the middle of the night and a selected indoor plant to bring in some fresh air.
The actual best part of decorating anything at all is being able to add my own personal touch, making the space my very own! In this case, scented candles and fresh flowers are a great way to add fragrance as well as fill up the space with something beautiful to look at. If that's too feminine for you, step it up a notch by adding a sculpture or artwork that inspires you to be productive every morning when you wake up. Either way, the goal is to create a look that you'd love waking up to and feast your eyes on.
There’s a lot of talk going on in the flooring industry right now and you and I both know that tile is where it all begins as it has always been a huge part of the interior design world.
There's not only tons of modern, chic tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way. The best way you do it is to choose something well-made and stylish that will stay in style for the lifetime of your floor. Here's just a few of my favorite floor home tile trends that I wanted to share with you all!
The chevron pattern is a fabulous yet bold pattern that has a significant upshot on any room. It is very much like a herringbone pattern which is like a zig-zag of v’s on the floor. The pattern is almost mesmerizing in appearance and gives off a retro vibe too! Even with its bold and daring design, it'll fit right inside the most serene of homes.
And you're probably aware, it is not approved to install wood flooring in wet and warm areas as it can damage the material and ruin your floor. So by using the chevron effect tiles you can be right on trend to imitate or create a wood effect for your interior and sleep easier at night having the knowledge that your floor isn’t going to expand or become warped one day when you wake up!
Now you've known about matte colored cars, matte phones and even matte lipsticks but here's the new thing: matte tiles! These tiles shows sophistication, modernism, and keeps the dirt hidden - an all round winner.
Matte tiles also provides great grip and traction and blend in really well with the increasingly popular industrial trend. They’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms and are the perfect combination if you’re looking to create the traditional/rustic infused with a splash of contemporary appearance within a room.
The tile nominated for the most classy, timeless, and elegant look award. Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners and interior designers choose tile for their floorings instead of natural marble.
Marble tiles have a great way of allowing light to bounce around a room, almost like a mirror effect. This is basically the reason why they’re so customarily used in bathrooms as they make the space seem bigger and lighter than it is!
This is definitely my favorite type of tile and if I ever want to remodel my flooring, you can bet that patterned tiles are gonna be my absolute go-to tile! Patterned tiles have gone from strong to strongest in adding substance and color to the floor in a room. With an endless amount of patterns and designs available you are given total free reign when it comes to making a room your own. But just what is the right way to do it without it being “too much”?
To be honest, I really don't think there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to patterned floors. Making a statement and showing off your personality with your home decor is all the rage and it definitely shows the real you! One of the best ideas I've ever gotten with utilizing patterned floors is to install them right at the front door area of your house. That way it will surely be the first focal point for your guests and it'll up the wow factor.
So you just got yourself a fresh bouquet of gorgeous flower arrangement from the farmer's market, only to come home and place it in a vase that doesn't do it justice at all! While it's fun to pair, mix and match different types and colors of blooms to suit your taste and liking, the real deal come from the vases and containers that the bouquets will be living in. I've recently read up on how certain blooms pair best with certain vases (safe to say that I've experienced the struggle too) and here's the matches that works best together! So the next time you take home one, you'll know precisely the perfect way to showcase it.
A mason jar is a simple and quirky way to showcase the bold and cheerful sunflower! Plus you can even decorate your mason jars beforehand for a flair of creativity!
If you're a sunflower lover, you'll know that actual sunflowers are known to grow up to 12 feet tall! So using a tall vase not only shows how stunning they are but also ensures that they won't topple over.
These containers give it the perfect rusty feel which pairs nicely with the carefree, laid back sunflower. If you're looking for farmhouse cottage vibes then this pairing is definitely for you!
Fit and Flare
The fit and flare is the best vase to stylishly show off a slightly fuller rose bouquet. Works best with different coloured roses!
Roses are definitely statement flowers, so pair it with elegant shapes like the trumpet to up the luxe and wow factor.
Nothing shows off the timeless grace of roses more than an old fashioned vintage vase that you've uncovered from the basement.
Carnations are perfect for a small bubble bowl for its short and sturdy stems that can be cut to any length without harming them!
There's only one lone carnation here but a short vase actually adds more control to a larger bouquet of carnations.
Vintage Patterned Vases
It's a quirky match of the retro carnations with a beautifully patterned vase.
The square vase is the perfect vase for lilies to blossom into a full bouquet that is sure to intrigued your guests.
Tall Slender Vase
Lilies are known to require fresh water daily and a tall and slender vase allows for easy refills and less spillage.
For those of you who prefers or have a smaller bouquet, this vase is perfect and looks super cute for the full blooms!
A tall square vase will show off the elegant stems of your fresh orchids!
Oval Round Vase
The rounded shape at the bottom of the vase encourages the elegant curve of an orchid stem.
By placing these stunning flowers inside a small, slim vase, the flowers do all the talking!
What do you do if you're a pet lover but also want your home to be a greenhouse because of your love for plants? Are you afraid that choosing the wrong plant will create toxic vibes for your furry friends? Or worse, get them sent straight to the ER?
Well fret not for all it needs is just a lil' bit of know-how and label-reading to give you an idea on which plants are safe for your furry friends. And the best thing of all, these plants look so chic they fit right into your stylish home!
Staghorn Ferns are large, bifurcated fronds that shoot out dramatically from the center of the plant and it really is an amazing vegan alternative if you're not the type to hang innocent dead animals up on your walls. These fuzzy ferns look best mounted on wooden boards finished with vintage burlap to give it a rustic, farmhouse feel. Or just put it in a quirky pot for an au naturel vibe! They’re neat and are completely safe for pets and are absolutely stunning. They also like high humidity and medium light, and not direct sunlight and caring for them is just a simple misting 1-2 times a week or if it's in a pot, water it once a week.
Don't worry, just because it's called a spider plant doesn't mean it's going to turn into a big hairy spider at night and crawl into your bed! This foliage with long, spiky leaves just demands to be noticed. Think dramatic but without overdoing it. More mature spider plants have small white flowers that looks super cute. If you want your spider plant to thrive, give them access to bright light and water them generously through summer. Just make sure you dry them out between waterings. The spider plant’s ability to produce dangling ‘plantlets’ also makes it ideal for hanging baskets. Plus points: your pets can actually play with its "dangly fingers" when they run out of squeaky toys!
These are definitely one of my all time favorite! These colorful, tufty little buddies just look so bright and cheerful for the soul. They might look spiky but they actually work pretty well as scratching posts for those itchy paws! They’re super cute, and look best when they're paired up with other pet safe succulents or grouped together. Basic care is pretty, well, basic so they're probably going to be the easiest plant you'll ever take care of. Let dry out completely and water once or twice a week. Remember, these usually live in a desert so they are pretty hydrated.
Lemon Button Fern
Also known as the Fishbone Fern, with its delicate arching stems lines with tiny leaves and button-like foliage, the Lemon Button Fern is the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. It is also said to smell slightly lemony when you crush the leaves hence the name. This dainty, yet eye-catching plant makes it an ideal houseplant as it does not appreciate direct light and it's also super pet friendly! Best to keep the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.
Surely all you ever wanted to do is to add some tropical greenery into your interior, but obviously a quick internet search attempt reveals that your tropical plant of choice is malignant to your furry family members. Well search no more for the tall, lanky Areca Palm is a safe option and makes the chicest houseplant ever. Notable for its air-purifying effects, it is relatively easy to care for. Just try not to over-water the plant, but it’s a good idea to hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel a tad bit dry.
Areca is the kind of plant you can flaunt with joy in a big pot such as a colorful patterned one for a fun effect or a metallic one for that modern look. Talk about an instant focal point for the room, one your guests will surely marvel at!
If you have ever wondered how the world's best hotel bathrooms look like then urine (GET IT) luck because these bathrooms are definitely making a splash in the world of bathroom architecture and designs.
So grab you shower cap and rubber duckie as we dive into the world of the most stunning and luxurious bathrooms that you can literally live in.
1. Silo Hotel, South Africa
First up, we have none other than the Silo Hotel located in Cape Town. Housed in the six storeys stretching above the former grain silos of the Zeitz MOCAA with a facade designed by Thomas Heatherwick, it’s the last word in luxury. The Victorian bathroom vanities are created in South Africa using coloured glass and chrome. Views are the focal point, and throughout you’ll find elegant Penhaligon's toiletries alongside cruelty-free, green, and sustainable Charlotte Rhys grooming products.
2. Four Seasons, Bali
You've probably heard about the Four Seasons in the E! News where 'A' list celebrities sightings happen, well at least that's where I got to know about it. The villa walls, lanes, and landscapes were all chiseled from local limestone. Inside, elegant surfaces and fittings like antique faucets, vintage-style Kohler baths, and caramel-hued Balinese-wood towel rails are showcased throughout the 147 villas. Tubs hug the exterior walls with a floor-to-ceiling view of dense jungle, including over 200 species of plants. Four Seasons was the first five-star resort in Indonesia to incorporate al fresco Balinese showers into its designs, thus providing spectacular 360-degree panoramas of the surrounds.
3. Ponta Dos Ganchos, Brazil
Ponta Dos Ganchos, the name refers to the sea-surrounded point of land that it sits on and the historic fishing village (once called Ganchos), it isn’t about gilded taps and gleaming marble. Instead, it radiates an effortless glamour Americans have in mind when we fantasize about the good life in Brazil. Favored for its fusion of prolific rain forest and never-ending turquoise waters, the Esmeralda Villa is the island’s trademark suite, highlighting an ivory whirlpool bathtub for two and a personal dry sauna. One could simply wile away an afternoon here atop the daybed listening to the built-in stereo while having a drink.
4. Café Royal, London
Truly made for only the royals seeing as it had once accommodated the likes of Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, Brigitte Bardot, and Elizabeth Taylor. Bordering the Piccadilly Circus, there’s over a 150 years of history housed inside Hotel Café Royal. The profligate Royal Suite is 3,000 square feet and has four bathrooms, three of which are bedizen entirely in creamy white Carrara marble. Other vivid features include avant-garde TV screens built within the bathroom mirrors, Bang and Olufsen sound systems, and center piece handspun marble tubs and double-vanity sinks.
5. San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
A converted 12th-century church and monastery set on its own private island, San Clemente Palace Kempinski exudes admiration. It is 2,045 square feet, and so upscale that it even boasts its own private pier. There’s a lustrous white bathtub poised next to the window, offering incomparable views of the magical city, and a rain shower for two! As expected in Venice, the glass throughout is Murano and the toiletry products are Acqua di Parma, classic symbols of Italian style and heritage.
The image that comes to my mind when I think “beach house” is a house by the ocean, natural sunshine, calming sounds of the sea lapping at the sand, never-ending blue skies and the joyful laughs of my beautiful kids. Ah such bliss! The palette of this coastal style is inspired from sand, shells and, of course, sea and sky. It feels like summer (my favourite time of the year!) all year long.
Coastal style is all about creating a relaxing, fresh and light-hearted atmosphere indoors. Whether you live by the beach or just dream about ocean breezes, enhance the natural beauty of your home with crisp white, splashes of bold blue tones, and sea-themed accents. And here's 5 top picks of beach house interiors for you to get inspired on!
A collaboration between decorator Michael S. Smith and Dennis Rupert of HBRA Architects revamped a former boathouse on the shore of Wisconsin’s Geneva Lake. I just absolutely love the two pairs of vintage Italian armchairs in cherrywood which complements the whole interior. You can also opt for furniture pieces in a variety of aqua hues that reflects the colours of the sea.
Skylights in vaulted ceilings brighten the living room of this Hugh Newell Jacobsen–designed residence. To make your space feel roomier and breezy, install tall glass windows as opposed to window height or glass sliding doors. For some extra lighting with a chic, country twist, decorating with floor lamps, a piece of tan leather statement furniture and neutral tones.
Picnic baskets, always evoke memories of warm summer beach picnics in the outdoors for me. But don't worry if you're not a fan of them. You can opt for rattan furnitures then! Create visual interest by adding contracting wood details, like these rattan chairs, the chic table and the pinewood armchairs.
This coral inspired space has a beachy, barefoot quality—underscored by those nautical accent folded sling chairs with pink and white indigo textiles, to the two pieces of statement vintage seats. If you're not a sucker for blue when it comes to beach inspired interiors, then this coral pink is the way to go!
Having plants around the house is definitely a must! Don’t be scared just yet because you don’t have to be a gardener to be able to keep these plants alive. Just pure love for these little guys. You don’t even have to worry about placing them next to a window, because the kinds of houseplants can be placed anywhere around the house, even in the midst of your other belongings. These low maintenance houseplants are guaranteed to be kill-proof because they survive in low lighting spots with no direct sunlight and very occasional watering session. Whether you want to jump into the Instagram house jungle trend bandwagon or not, these plants will surely amp up any room interior. Aside from being a decor statement, they are great to have around for its air-cleaning eminence.
First and foremost...
Note to not move them around too much
They are living things too that actually need and take time to adjust, especially when being moved to a new location.
Don’t get too excited about watering
Remember that these are very low maintenance houseplants, and with plants in general, overwatering is never good.
Get a spacious pot
If you decided to plant them yourself down from the seeds or purchase a new baby plant, make sure to get a big pot as well, so they can grow nicely. Roots that don’t get much space in the pot tend to die quicker.
Ready? Now let’s start planting!
Broadleaf Lady Palm
This broadleaf or lady palm originated from China and known to be great in low lighting, though loves water! This may be a great addition to your bathroom! Maybe every time you visit for your duties, you might want to sprinkle a little bit of water on these guys! Its long and big leaves can also spice up your bathroom and at the same time, has abilities to filter ammonia from the air! Keeping your bathroom clean!
It is indeed a very good looking plant! The structure of the plant is cascading like a waterfall. They do need at least 4 hours of sunlight every day but every glimpse of beaming light, they always make the most use out of it. It is perfect in any temperature, down to its being humidity loving!
It is beautifully sleek and requires up to no maintenance at all! You can just water it every few weeks and do not overwater with these! In addition, make sure to get pots that have breathing holes for them, or else there might be some chances that they may rot.
With the right size pot, not too big and not too small, these peace lilies will look full in the middle of wonderful green leaves frame and standing elegant lilies peeking through. They survive even in low light conditions and in the winter you have just water them some other days. Although, during summer, do remember to hydrate them every day to keep them looking fresh and beautiful.
Could be one of the most famous houseplants there is. This spider legs looking plant can do your house wonders! It cleans the lingering carbon-monoxide out of your home! And, you can easily grow another one from one spider plant by removing the base plant or mother plant, into a different pot and soil. You only need to water them twice or three times a year and they actually prefer indirect sunlight!
This one is definitely a statement piece. It grows to be a big plant that would require some space around your house. They thrive even in low light conditions, even better indirect from the sun. They will definitely look better in a more humid climate but if you do live in a hot scorching environment, either migrate or occasionally treat your weeping pig with a generous spritz of water.
Cast Iron Plant
Known to be the indestructible houseplant, they are aesthetically pleasing to look at and they don’t need much light. It would be the perfect companion to add dimension to your Instagram pictures! To add, you work great with all kinds of temperatures!
We can call it the basic Instagram and Tumblr plant, they are the softer and shinier cousin of cactus. Even cacti can be categorized as a succulent. They go along with any themes you might have going on in your home. They are fun-sized so they are great as a coffee table companion or just sitting on your windowsill. Succulents are perfect if you are a busy-rarely-home kind of person or oh-I-forgot-to-water-my plants! They come in various shapes, sizes, colours and definitely kill-proof.
Who says that you can only see palm trees outdoor? Have one in your room and it would be the greatest decision you have ever make. To have a constant reminder of those wonderful beach days there indoors, even though they need quite a bit of sun to grow, you can definitely teach them otherwise! Simple, you can decrease the amount of light they get every day and only then they will get used to it. And with these smaller palm trees, you can water them any other day.
Last but not least, aloe can be a great addition to your decor with its spiky tongue-like features. Even though they need quite a bit of sunlight every day, but they can also live in a bright room and indirect lighting! Be smart about where you put your aloes! If you do manage to keep them alive, they can come in handy if you happen to stay in the sun for too long and have sunburns or other skin irritations! They will soothe it right away!
The thought of sitting in an office just staring at a screen for 9 hours could not be duller. There are many ways to make your overall working experience ten times better. Assuming that not many of you are working from home, these are some decor pieces ideas to change or add to your little cubicle or office space. Although, these decor pieces would be to die for to have at home!
Within that 9 hours, you would most likely be sitting down, right? Let’s pick out the optimal pretty office chair for you! Here we have the Mid-Century Swivel Office Chair; that with its wide seat and an inclined back, this chair would make your sitting hours definitely more comfortable. Not to mention the classy striped pattern that is still easy on the eyes but surely more pleasant looking than the old boring black office chairs. Its solid wooden legs make an elegant touch to a rather chic swivel seat.
Vision boards are definitely one of those crucial things you need in your office. Most likely you already have one. Well, it’s time to change it up today into something more eye-catching to the eye and that would actually contribute to your visions! I mean who else gets inspired by looking at pretty things? Here we have the Wire Wall Rectangle Grid; which is a metal multi-purpose wall hanging in a grid shape. It comes with clips enough to get you started and you can basically hang anything your creative minds desire.
Here an item to brighten up your workday! This gorgeous white lamp with gold steel detailing a striped textile cord is ideal to replace your boring old lamp. It comes in two different colours, black and off-white. This Ranarp lamp is made sturdy and heavy that assure steadiness and durability. Not to mention the adjustable lamp arm and head.
You don’t want to have your important papers all stacked together, which would make it difficult and it would just be a hot mess! We suggest to spice up your desk with this Daventon Desk Collection which consists of a magazine/book holder, file holder and a pencil cup all coated in copper gold.
On the rolls of stationary organisers, to add a chic boho look to your desk, this woven cotton with acrylic and metallic thread with nylon lace called the Joni Magazine Rack would be the ideal addition. Not only magazines, but you can place almost about any files and journals you might have laying around.
Speaking of journals, this Natural Beauty Journal would be stand out amongst your other journals. Get a statement journal for your daily errands so you don’t forget to tick those to-do-lists and would never lose it even if it was buried under a file of paper files.
Last but certainly not least, one cute thing that you can display and also come in very handy is the Fields Abloom Thank You Cards. It comes with a set of 20 beautifully floral design cards with pretty letterings and envelopes. This set comes with a box, could come in handy after you finish your 20 sets to keep your little bits and bobs and it screams to be displayed!