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!
When it comes to home decor, the options are endless and of course, depends on what your personal preference is. Trends always pop up and leave which is why spending on decor can be quite expensive in the long run. However the thirst and need for an aesthetically pleasing space is so very appealing, especially for girls who want to up their social media pictures game. It is intact a reality and it can't be denied how important having a place that looks good, can make one feel good too. Fret not if you're on a budget because these easy DIY decor projects will upgrade your aesthetic game without leaving a dent in your wallet!
Plants can really light up any room, but some of us aren't very blessed with a green thumb and plants more often than not die in our care. The usual alternative to this is using faux plants but how about taking it up a notch with something a bit more personal and handmade? This idea of a potted rock cactus plant is adorable! All you need to do is get some smooth rocks and paint them in shades of green or any other colour you'd like, then add cactus-like details on them such as thorns and mini flowers. It's cute, crafty and make great gifts too!
As girls, we often collect a lot of small things. In fact we need these basic things such as bobby pins, hair ties, and so on. Mason jars are a great way to store these things effectively while making them look neat. Take it a step further by using plastic animals on the jar lid and spray paint them a metallic hue so they look like chic designer jars. It's so simple and truly makes a huge impact!
Weaving a dreamcatcher can be difficult as it requires some level of skills and patience, but this easy tassel hanger makes equally an amazing impact but saves up on time and effort! Tassels are fairly easy to make and require almost no skill, but they are trendy and look amazing hanging from the hoop as shown above. Definitely a must have for those looking for a creative wall hanger, and the best part of all, it can be customised to suit whatever colour swatch you like.
Spray paint is a crafter's saviour! With its many different colours to pick and choose from, its easy to transform normal every day items into pieces of art. With the consistency of being able to work with plastic. metals and other materials, as well as play around with tones as each coating of spray paint creates a different shade, I truly love that it's easy to create decor pieces like those plastic pineapples from a thrift shop shown above.
Washi tape is another one of those craft items that are really versatile. You can create so many different styles of items by just wrapping the tape around them or even create wall murals like these mountains by cutting pasting them on the wall.
Most times, it’s easiest to stick to the basics and keep your home in monochromatic tones, especially if you happen to be living in a rented place that doesn't allow you to repaint the place in fresher colours. This doesn't mean you have to live in black and white, especially if you're a fan of colour to begin with. There's so many other ways to add colour and life to a home than with just a coat of paint, and I know exactly how you can do it effortlessly, without spending a fortune. Need some rainbow and sunshine in your home space? Keep reading.
Go big or go home! If you happen to be a fan of art, get yourself a huge art piece (the more colours, the better) and put it up on the wall to add the pop of colour you so badly want. Even better, pick up a canvas and go wild with the colours, unleashing your inner Picasso. This instantly adds colour and depth to an otherwise mundane room. Easy peasy!
A great way to add colour, texture and details would be with wall hangings. From simple pieces such as dreamcatchers and other hanging art, to bigger work like tapestry, fill up your wall space with funky designs that not only give you a touch of character but allow you to play with colours too.
My favourite way to add detail to anything is by using throw pillows. From solid, bold colours, to soft pastel hues, there's so many looks that can be created! The best part is it’s so easy to change and you can always switch it up when you get bored. Also, little details on pillows such as pom poms or tassels are another perfect way to add colour.
What could be a better way to add much needed colour into a space then by big drapes of fabric suspended in front of your windows? Curtains are such a fun way to ensure your room has colour. With so many different types of styles and patterns, there’s no end to the styles you can choose from.
Plants and flowers give immediate life (literally!) to any home. Not limited to just greenery, plants are a great way to add colour without having to try so hard. Besides, who doesn't love a vase of fresh blooms to brighten up their space?
DIY WITH SPRAY PAINT
Thrift items, recycled furniture, dollar store finds - all these make for great things to DIY with and create colourful pieces with a little help of spray paint. Wooden chairs, display plates, old vases, plastic animal toys - if you can spray paint it, you already got yourself a decor piece.
When deciding a room’s colour palette, I stick to the three crucial rules of consideration: my personal preference, my lifestyle and the room’s physical structure, such as lighting and other details.
If peace and tranquility are what you’re trying to achieve, consider a monochromatic colour palette. Think island vibes - blues and greens. Paler versions of these colours work great in bathrooms.
However, if you’re looking to add an extra oomph to the space, move to a complementary or triad colour scheme. This adds more energy to the space. But, you need to be careful with using too much bright colours in one space. You’ll need to balance it out. Always remember to complement warm hues with cool hues.
If you’re not sure where to start, think bottoms-up. Start with the darkest colours for the floor, medium col-ours for walls and lightest for ceilings. Think of the outside world when picking the colour scheme for your home’s interior. It’s generally darker below our feet, medium as you look ahead and lighter towards the sky.
COLOURS FROM YOUR WARDROBE
People usually purchase clothes in colours they favour - well, at least I do. Get inspired by what you choose to wear. Then, mix it up with pillows and other accessories.
This rule works every time you decorate a space. 60 percent of a dominant colour goes to the walls, 30 per-cent goes to upholstery and 10 percent goes to accenting colours like accessories and throws. You’ll find a balance between the trio of colours.
KEEPING SMALL SPACES
Painting walls white doesn’t make a room look bigger. Instead, pick a look-at-me colour. Keep the light colours for big rooms and let the small room envelope you.
SHOWCASE YOUR STYLE
Decorate honestly. Not because it is the trend of the moment. When guests come over, they’d appreciate it more because it is you. That means if you’re thinking of decorating every room black, white and red, go for it! All colours are beautiful as long as it suits your personal style.