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're reading this, you're obviously the crazy cat owner who can't live without your furry feline friends and I'm telling you, it's totally understandable. So what's more exciting than carving out a space for your cats and also yourself without killing your personal style?
And you don't ever have to worry about your silk curtains and lush leather sofa in shreds! As Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” said and I quote, “What you really want, is to live in a home that shows you care about your own comfort as well as the comfort and safety of your cats.”
1. Cats typically need less human companionship than other pets, and like to seek out quiet spots to be on their own. This might mean hiding beneath the couch or snuggling inside a cozy hole. Make sure you offer your cat places to spend some 'alone time' like this light wooded movable cat house that can also act as a great contemporary piece for your home!
And these unique cat houses definitely add character into the room!
2. Although your fluffy friends sleep A LOT, they'll also be interested in an elevated spot to nap or view their surroundings. Add a stylish cat tower, or build in climbing ledges through securely wall-mounted shelves.
3. You can also get some PurrPads for your furniture pieces! It helps to keep unwanted cat hair away and also offers a comfy place for your cat to lounge on.
4. If your kitties love destroying your luxurious sofas, try installing one of these scratch pads on the edge of your furniture! Or even better you can get a patterned one with which you can hang on the wall as an art piece!
5. You love your cats, but may not want the look of plastic cat paraphernalia to intrude upon your beautifully aesthetic rooms. Consider cute furniture-style designs, like the one shown below!
When you think about coastal, sea and beach inspired home decorations, it all leads back to the sunshine, sand, boats, nautical flags, sea shells and more. Beach inspired decorations always look so refreshing, relaxing and calm whether for your home or even party and wedding decorations!
But truth to be told, not all of us own a beach house and most of us aren't even lucky enough to live near a beach. So how do we incorporate some serious coastal vibe into our home without feeling out of place? Well, here comes the existence of wall arts! Below are a few of my favorite picks of photographs, prints, and paintings for all of you ocean lovers that would definitely bring a little coastal charm to our home wherever they are.
1. 'Calm Waters' by Karolis Janulis
This framed shot by Karolis Janulis features vivid tones and supple artistry.
2. Slim Aarons "Deck Dwellers"
April 1967—A general view looking down on sunbathers on the deck of a yacht, off the coast of the Bahamas. The image has been taken from a vantage point on the mast of the yacht.
4. 'Pacific Coast Highway' by Denise Wong
This abstract landscape piece features a painterly rendering of the Pacific Coast Highway, the famed stretch of road that runs along the California coast with the notion of taking the scenic route by a nature-inspired, bird's-eye perspective.
Steel yourself, neutral beige and ultra purple, there's a new hue coming to town and I think you know who! If you have seen the Pinterest 100 list, the prediction of trends that are going to be a huge fad in 2018 based on what people are pinning on their boards then you would know that our next best friend, sage is about the have a momentous jiffy.
There's been over a 100% increase in pinned saves for the color "sage" not even including the decors — and it's easy to see why. This grey-ish green hue is a soft, gentle, kind to the eyes color that's easy to decorate with, but doesn't divagate into boring or unsurprising region, thus why it's dubbed a new contemporary neutral.
Paint the walls of your living room with the soft hue and wait for the compliments to pour in! As you can see, sage is also the perfect pop of color that blends effortlessly in a mid-century home with modern decor just like this room with stark colors and neutral furnishings and also a light wash, natural wood finish.
The possibilities of incorporating this color into your kitchen are endless! And I couldn't imagine a more serene backslash for your kitchen.
If painting your whole kitchen feels like overkill, then make your cabinets and island function as neutrals and make them the center of attention!
For a more creative and quirky flair, you can opt for a splash of matte sage on your bathtub! Especially for those who are not yet ready to commit to a whole wall.
Even if you're not into wall painting, you can also add sage colored gloss tiles for a mellow relaxed space.
And this bedroom just proves how versatile sage can be! It totally harmonize and complements just about anything including wood, contemporary patterns and even metallic finishes.
Feel like going all bold and all sage? Well then paint all of your walls and cabinets different shades of sage to add dimension to your monochrome green palette!
I can't really think of anyone who isn't a Disney lover and I'm glad I can't because there's no way someone doesn't feel a certain sense of love for Disney. From its stories, to the characters in them and all the details combined, there's something truly magical about it all. Kids love it because it sparks their imagination and adults love it because it takes us back to that magical place when we were kids and growing up to Disney stories. There's a small part in everyone to some day be able to visit Disneyland, but for those who can't here's a perfect way to incorporate some Disney love in your own home.
Almost every Disney story starts with a 'Once Upon A Time' as the opening of it. It's a trademark style that most Disney lovers can recognise immediately and even just hearing those words, gives us feels of nostalgia. This lampshade is such a quirky and cute idea to add some Disney influence to a room without making it too obvious. All you need is a lamp, a cut out of the wordings to paste inside it, and you're done!
Do you have a collection of sorts, a cabinet or display of souvenirs, or even a table with your makeup and stuff? This signboard says it all! Ariel, the Little Mermaid had an obsession for collection human things and what better way to show off your human things then by adding a little mermaid spin to it. Seriously though, isn't it neat?
Spot the (not so) hidden Mickey! This iconic design of three circles to symbolise Disney and Mickey Mouse is so easy to incorporate into our daily lives, and of course, decor aesthetics. Nothing screams Disney like Mickey does, so this mirror idea is totally acing it.
Speaking of mirrors, let's take an idea out of the Snow White story for this one. The famous quote "Mirror, mirror on the wall' from the story can be drawn or have a decal of it to paste on to the mirror to create your own magic mirror at home.
You're never too old to believe in some magic of fairy dust! Get a mason jar and add glitter of sequins in for for some sparkling faux fairy dust! Don't forget to label it of course, to give it that extra effect.
Tale as old as time, this iconic symbol of love from Beauty and The Beast is a perfect addition. If you can't get your hands on a replicate version that's already made, make on your self using a dome glass display, a fake rose (make sure it's a big red one) and add some fairy lights in to give it a glowy magical feel.
Pan's shadow is a nice touch for any room, especially for the bedroom. Get a decal piece done, and stick it on the wall for some effortless magic.
Do you struggle to remember your chores for the day? Did you remember that your gym membership expires in a few days? or have you forgotten to make an important call? If you tend be quite forgetful, then you ought to do something about it. Don’t worry, we’ll help you get nice and organized and you can get out there and make it for coffee on time. We suggest you make yourself a memo board, that fits right above or near your office table, or whichever room you’re often in. this memo board will have a list of things to do, basically a “to-do” list. You don’t need to buy yourself an organizer or planners, the memo board will be less of a hassle and all you have to do is list down the things you’re supposed to do and give it a glance beforehand and you’re good to go.
We have complied some cool memo board ideas to help you get started.
Ball games magnetic memo board
Use ball magnets which can be used to stick notes or pictures on a metallic board. You could add pictures of the venue of an upcoming meeting or date.
Black and White Memo Board
This memo board design suits well for both genders. You could doll it up with some pink magnets or have a more unisex theme with some regular magnets that best suits your personality or just pin/stick your to-do list, whatever works best for you!
Button-ish Magnetic Memo Boards
You could use old metal lids. Maybe rummage through your things and see if you have any metal lids. You could customize them by using fabric or even painting over them.
Fabric/Gift Wrapper design corkboard memo board
You can create a memo board out of recycled gift wrappers or fabrics. Try to mix and match to make it look more fun!
DIY Corkboard as a memo board
This memo design is great for people in a hurry. What you can do is attach cords in a criss-cross manner as tight as possible and all you have to do is fit your note in.
Pantone Paint Chip Memo Board
Create a board with a nice paint palette color scheme, it’s not only pretty to look at but it makes sure you got your errands in check!
The Paperline Memo Board
These must look familiar to you, you must’ve seen it all around Tumblr/Pinterest/Youtube DIY videos. It’s very simple, all you have to do is attach a clothing line string along a board and you could simply use regular or mini clothing pins to pin your notes or pictures.