Spring is just around the corner. In Florida however it seems as if we can’t decide whether it is in fact Spring yet with all this unpredictable cold weather!
“Dazzling Blue” is the color for Spring 2014. This color prediction (which has been predicted for some time) helps Fashion designers, Florists and Interior Designers alike guide their designs and planning for future products. If you haven’t already, you’ll be seeing a lot more Blue hues in designs from the runway to the living room.
Blue and Grey
Blue and Grey together might sound a bit drab at first, but once you see them put together as successfully as this, you’re bound to have a new favorite color combination!
Blue, Yellow and B&W
Yellow of course looks great against this shade of blue as they are complementary colors. A pop of yellow enhances the richness of the blue wall. Notice how black and white work well in tying the room together.
Blue and Black
(Image from: www.thefashionstyle.com)
And here we have an image of inspiration straight from the runway of Michael Kors! I love seeing how fashion and interior design can go hand in hand with inspiration.
Blue & Brass
(Image from: www.thesuitelifedesigns.wordpress.com)
Struggling with what accessories to pair with Dazzling Blue? Brass is a great choice because of its different Gold/Yellow tones. Don’t be afraid to mix and match the brass accessories, each has its own unique look which allows them to blend together in unison.
Now go have some fun and dazzle your home with blue!
As Interior Designers, we are interested in many aspects of design, especially when it involved bettering our daily lives. I’ve come across some pretty incredible innovative humidifiers for the home recently and had to share! I love a good product that is as visually appealing as it is resourceful.
Chikuno Cube House
Is a natural air purifier made from bamboo charcoal and clay materials. Its micro-honeycomb structure helps amplify the surface area making this small cube able absorb odors in an enclosed space up to 17 square feet. This Japanese purifier measures only 1.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.5″!
(Image info: www.rikumo.com/products/chikuno-cube-house-natural-air-purifier)
Can you guess which item in the picture is a humidifier? Its modern vase design will compliment an array of styles in the home and blend in with other decor. This humidifier is perfect for people with chapped lips, dry skin and other symptoms related to dry air. No one will ever know it’s cleaning the very air they are breathing!
(Image info: www.lumacomfort.com)
Middle Colors Humidifier
Here’s another humidifier, very different in appearance, by yet another Japanese designer. Mimicking a vase, this humidifier combines convenience, comfort and style in one. Unlike the last humidifier, this one features an aroma-therapy function. Simply add your favorite scented oils and the humidifier automatically fills the room with a relaxing, comforting mist. Available in a multitude of colors, you might end up having one in every room of the house!(Image info: www.gizmine.com)
Misty Garden Aroma Humidifier
I had to double check if this was really a humidifier at first glance. How cool is this? The Misty Garden is a silent humidifier the puts moisture and aroma into the air. The ecological anti-bacterial filter is shaped like a bed of flowers that need to be watered for moisture to be added to the air. This creates zero noise and requires no power! All while looking stylish and cleaning the air in your home, office or wherever you choose!
(Image info: www.infmetry.com)
Which of these would you display in your home?!
White walls might be a thing of the past, but black? Many peoples initial reaction is the same, but they soon realize how strikingly dramatic this style can be. Metals, metallics, pops of color and white pair beautifully against this black backdrop. My favorite style, Hollywood Regency, would be stunning with black walls incorporated. Really any style can be incorporated with black walls, its all in how you tie everything together.
So I’ve decided I’d like to see this black wall trend happening a lot more! It’s an unexpected use of color that blends well with many different styles and textures. Never underestimate your desire to try something new!
Happy Valentines Day everyone! What a more fitting post for today then the iconic heart shaped chair by Verner Panton, a highly influential figure in design development in the 1960s and 1970s.
Heart Cone Chair by Verner Panton
In the mid-1950′s, Verner panton converted a Volkswagen bus into a mobile studio and travelled across Europe. In 1958 he returned to Denmark full of unconventional ideas…one of which evolved into the iconic Heart Cone Chair. The design was so futuristic and shocking that when it was exhibited in a shop window in New York City police had to order its removal due to the traffic chaos its presence created!
Today, an authentic heart cone chair retails for around $4,200 but can be found as a reproduction for much less. Yellow, Black, Blue and Purple are just a few of the colors offered. I think Red would be my choice of color if I had the opportunity to choose!
Yellow Heart Cone Chair
Hearts come in many colors according to Verner Panton!
Beautiful Violet Heart
What color would you choose?!
A lot of trends happening lately! All of which I’m loving. This week we’re headed to the kitchen to find out what designers are seeing a lot of lately, and it’s a lot of stainless steel! Steel countertops to be exact. Inspired by the industrial clean look of a commercial kitchen, designers have had fun mixing and matching styles with this trend.
The best thing about this trend? It’s extremely versatile. They’re perfect for a sleek modern space but can also add some edge to a traditional style kitchen. As well as being versatile, they are extremely durable. (I guess they’d have to be if they’re used predominantly in restaurants!) They’re easy to clean, heat resistant and last forever. Sounds like the perfect countertop to me! Image via www.blog.designpublic.com
The stainless steel countertop in this kitchen fits perfectly with the neutral palette and warm wood flooring.
This is a great example of mixing styles together. Stainless steel in a somewhat traditional country kitchen adds some sleek edge to the design!
This is definitely my favorite look. Mixing different materials and color with the stainless steel is the way to go! I think I see some concrete used for the island countertop. There might be a lot going on for the eye to see but it’s all visual appealing and meshes together in perfect harmony.
Image via: http://annaleenashem.blogspot.com
What I loved most about this kitchen was the stainless steel backsplash. What a great way to continue with stainless steel throughout without going overboard. Mixing materials as well in this design with the concrete and wood is stunning to say the least.
Have you considered using stainless steel countertops in your home or for your clients designs?!
This is probably the simplest but most impactful trend right now. If you want to add unique interest to a room, color block it! Paint Is a great way to change the look of the room without a large budget or commitment. Color blocking takes paint to the next level with endless possibilities depending on how creative you want to get.
Check out this yellow and grey combo nursery! Using two shades of yellow with the grey softens this look up. The best part about color blocking in a nursery is that your child will never grow too old for the style!
I love the idea of using color to define a space such as this. Color blocking is great for open floor plans and even small spaces, as both may not have very many walls that “define” a space on its own.
This look is definitely my favorite. Creating a geometric shape using different shades of a neutral color is beyond amazing! When designing a geometric shape it doesn’t need to be perfectly aligned as it is in the picture. Uneven, diagonal, criss crossing blocks will be just as impactful if not more!
I don’t see this trend going anywhere soon…so get those creative juices flowing and try color blocking in your home!