For 20 years Pantone’s colour of the year has influenced what we wear and how we furnish our homes, this year’s colour is Living Coral.
Don’t panic, challenging yourself to inject Coral into your interior is not necessarily what its all about.
The colour of the year signifies a change in direction, this year we will see a move towards feminine hues, natural fibers, and organic textures as we strive create spaces of comfort and wellness.
So how do you add this years trend to your home….
Start by saying farewell to those shades of Grey (yeah!) as Cool Whites will morph into Warm Whites and Neutrals.
Leading fabric houses are showing soft chalky shades of vanilla, rose and pistachio. Large scale floral blooms are replacing the tropical vibe and will feature in fabrics, wall panel murals and rugs.
Curtain fabrics are sheer loose weave natural fibers that drape softly.
100% Wool carpet is back, adding an important layer of texture and helping to make a warm healthy home.
Kitchen bench tops are thin, combined with timber veneers and metal accents.
Bring it on!
Many new build plans are now including Guest Powder Rooms. They are a fantastic opportunity to go a little wild.
You can forget all the practical restrictions that the main bathroom and ensuite will command, no steam to worry about, limited storage will be required … basically it just has to be pretty! As a space you nip in and out of you won’t tire of a bold statement decision. How do I achieve all that I hear you ask, the answer is simple ……..WALLPAPER.
The Powder Room is a tiny space that should pack a big punch, think about not only the vanity but the mirror, and the lighting. Surprise and delight your guests with pattern and colour, are you bright and cheerful or dark and moody..
I have found these little beauties on Pinterest, saved to my bathroom board for further info.
Working on show homes is a perfect opportunity to try something a little bit different. The challenge to the Architect, JMAC Architecture, the Designer – me and the Builder Ultimate Homes is to stretch the imagination of the savvy show home punters by presenting something just outside the visitors comfort zone, something not see before but at the same time a home that is very livable.
Feedback to date on Ultimate Homes show home at The Coast Papamoa has ticked these boxes, it has become a memorable talking point in a sea of beige show homes.
The cathedral ceilings of the living area are enhanced by Dulux Rangatiki River a deliciously deep stormy blue green, daylight floods the open plan living space and the pure White ceilings compensate for the dark paint choice.
I’m a long time fan of the work of Sydney Design Studio Arent & Pyke, I love their clean aesthetic, eye for detail and their use of colour.
Barcom Terrace project is a sympathetic modernization of an 1800’s boarding house all of the images are gorgeous but the 3 that catch my eye are below…
The unexpected use of concrete to create bench seating that then cleverly flows into the fire hearth grounds the room, the squab and cushion combination on the bench seat is again thoughtful. Default decision (as discussed on my previous blog) would be to have the squab full length with a multitude of cushions … I love the thoughtful detail of the short squab and the combination of cushion shapes the over-sized wall mounted lamp adds an intimacy to the space.
The kitchen sits majestically at the other end of this open-plan space, the steel framed joinery housing the Scullery not only visually separates the space but entices you into a space that is traditionally hidden
The industrial mix of the concrete plinth and black fittings with elegant wispy white fabric and marble ……
Superbly Photographed by Tom Ferguson
I often get asked if people still do feature walls interestingly enough almost every time the question is voiced out loud it’s accompanied with a shame full cringe is if an unwritten rule has been broken and lighting is about to strike.
My reply is always this …….. There aren’t any Interior Design rules, lets face it it’s not a life and death situation! If there were rules and this was one of them and YOU love the idea of a feature wall then lets do it!
At least half of my projects have feature walls or feature rooms, it is a perfect way to add depth, mood, texture and personality.
This recently completed project in Mount Maunganui, is a great example of all of those things.
A harmonious collaboration between myself, JMAC Architecture and Ultimate Homes.
Images via Redfish
I’m a long time fan of moody dark spaces, I love they way deep colours add intrigue to ordinary spaces. Unfortunately there are not many clients bold enough to take the leap of faith and go All Black. In order to help the brave I have gathered an inspiring collection of moody spaces on my Pinterest boards (check it out Lisa Redshaw Design)
This home is a brilliant example of All Black. You can see for yourself that the rooms don’t look dark and gloomy, instead they look sophisticated and intelligent, the depth of colour gives furniture and art real substance.
This home is a tiny 1 bedroom European apartment, so physically the spaces are small but magically the white timber work balances out the somber walls and the rooms are still light filled.
Go on be brave – its just paint!
Via Alvhem first seen on Coco Lapine Design
This super cute apartment typifies Scandinavian styling – simplistic and timeless.
We take for granted the luxury of space here in New Zealand it’s fascinating to see tiny European apartments that are super compact and still managing to ooze style – testament to Less is More!
Steel window joinery is something I wish we had easy access to here I really like the fine profile it offers… clever internal use here results in an abundance of natural light.
Love the Soft Grey kitchen cabinets and Brass fittings
Dusky Pink, and Grey seems to be trending in Europe I have to say I like it! Can you remember the Pink and Grey era of the 80’s eek! Thank goodness it looking much more sophisticated this time round!
First seen on Coco Lepine Design a blogger worth bookmarking if your a Scandi style lover!
The Apartment is also for sale Husman Hagberg ………… just saying.
This is too nice not to share, Unique fabrics newly release Avalon Flamingos
Beautiful styling – so appealing for winter, just add a good book and a glass of Red.
Browsing through Melbourne based Bower Architecture & Interiors web site is a visual delight, each featured project is an inspiration!
The studios mission statement resonates with me as well.
Our architecture sits outside of fashion and is grounded in a collective view that the best and most sustainable design is that which is built to last and be celebrated for decades to come.
It is the essence of my Design practice, I totally agree that Interior Design should sit firmly beyond the whims of fashion, this is what truly leads to timeless design.
The bold use of colour in the Stepping House project caught my eye. A 1960’s home that has been cleverly renovated into beautiful light filled spaces.
I love how the powerful bold blocks of colour have been used to create intimate zones, which are then softened and linked with the warmth of timber.
Flagstone tile layout adds textural interest, mirrors extended to the ceiling enhance the visual height, and in the bathroom below leads the eye to the glass ceiling!
First seen on Contemporist.
These striking Interiors are the work of Interior Designer Katty Schiebeck of Barcelona.
I love the simplicity of these spaces. Great Design will always appear effortlessly simple when in fact the spaces are loaded with sophisticated detail.
This is a kitchen of two halves – on one hand you have slick modern cabinetry while within the same space the Island features traditional paneling and plinth detailing. The simplistic material and colour pallet adds a timeless strength to the space.
The unexpected combination is striking.
Schiebeck’s simplistic minimalism is evident in the Bathroom as well. The clever repetition of shapes is subtle – rectangular vanity boxes and cube lighting, the shower space almost goes unnoticed but for the simple glass screen.
In a word ……..elegant.