If you’re fed up with boring plain block of colours and want to add a visual interest to your room, introducing pattern can be a good idea. Today I will give you few tips how to start.
Choose the colour palette first. Decide which colours you like and check if they go well together. Weather it be warm or cool colours, complementary or harmonious scheme. Now you can proceed to mix and match patterns.
Pick one colour that ties everything together. On the picture below we can see that mustard yellow ties two unrelated patterns in cohesive look.
Photo credit: Ikea
The image below shows beautiful tiles pattern which is only highlighted by small dots on the emerald green vases.
Black and white pattern is perfect solution if you have other colours in the room it can be stylish and interesting update to any interior.
Photo credit: Ikea
One bold print as an accent wall gives this room a focal point. It is interesting element itself but could be paired with a smaller pattern with the same theme colour.
Your personal style is the most important as it comes to decorating your home so I encourage you to experiment ant play around. Breaking the rules can have unexpected effect like on the picture below.
I hope this post inspired you to do some changes in your houses. Introducing pattern gives an interest to your favourite rooms and will stimulate your brains which can lead to many more creative ideas …
Finally I want to share with you some mind blowing example how a German artist Lars Contzen combines bold colours with patterns in his work (click).
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After certain age the new year is not so exciting anymore and I am in that age already, but 2018 is here and I would like to wish all my readers a really good one.
The last year wasn’t as good as I expected… I thought that after obtaining my diploma in Interior Design all doors will open for me instantly and I will choose among job offers but this didn’t happen. That was a hard lesson from life but this led me to few good things. One of them was volunteering for Society of Saint Vincent de Paul where I met wonderful people and started to do window displays, which was something I was thinking of for a long time. I also appreciated more people around me, my friends and their support. Starting the blog was also a result of my difficulties with finding the job. I love Interior Design and wanted to be up to date with trends and wanted to share the knowledge and skills that I learned at school.
The start of the year is a time when people make new resolutions but research shows that most of them fail after a few weeks. I read an interesting article related to this subject here which I recommend. I decided to make some changes in my life and thought that a new year is a good time to start and that declaring my goals publicly will increase my chances to succeed.
In 2018 I want to:
- Be more productive and work everyday on blog related tasks because when I write my post I often struggle to find perfect imagery or spend too much researching the topic. I was so far spontaneous and I need to organise that process. At the end of the year I happened to be sick, then I sunk in Christmas madness and haven’t published for weeks. I need to have backup for such situations.
- I want to develop my writing skills as English is not my native language and we speak Polish at home. Sometimes it is hard to find words to describe things and I repeat the same word over and over. I want to read more design related articles and books and make notes.
- Create an office space in a spare room to not work in my bedroom.
- Exercise first thing in the morning during the week to look better and uplift my mood.
- Have more social interactions both in the real life and online as I really suck at this.
I had a long list but I think there’s no point in overwhelming myself with expectations. Every little change can have a huge impact on life. I am starting from now on and will see where this will take me.
Do you make a new year’s resolution and would like to share it here? Please comment below and maybe we can motivate each other?
Thank you for being with me and reading the post.
This year I started preparing for Christmas relatively late… I am still on the stage where I look for an inspiration. I would like to do something different this time and I am planning to use a lot of natural materials and DIY decorations.
I like the informal style on the photo below- creased linen as a tablecloth, a branch suspended from the ceiling and paper star decorations in the window. I imagine my slow Christmas morning breakfast with my boys at the table set like this.
Photo credit: Ikea
I also think the greenery around a chandelier like on this photo would look interesting as a holiday decoration- simple yet interesting.
Photo credit: Ikea
If the “white Christmas” is something you desire (but you live in Ireland where it is seldom the case), why not decorating all room in white? I really like that idea but I am afraid in my creative house it wouldn’t work 🙂
Definitely when everything is monochrome you can go more crazy with decorations and it will still work well like in this beautiful living room.
Photo credit: Ikea
I still haven’t purchased the tree I would like the living one but I am considering the environmental issues maybe the potted one would survive until spring and could be transplanted to the garden?… And what about you? Do you have bought yours already? Do you opt out for the real or the artificial one? Are you making your decorations or you prefer the store bought ones?
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A TV is a thing to be found in almost every house but it is not really aesthetically pleasing item. Even if you have the newest, the slimmest model it is still a large, black rectangular when it is turned off. There are ways to incorporate it in your interior so it wouldn’t be such an eyesore.
Dark background and large interesting artwork on this wall are the first things noticeable when coming into the room
1.On a black wall. If your TV is black you can simply paint the wall behind it the same colour. This will prevent the TV from standing out when it is turned off and no one will pay attention to it.
2. In a gallery wall. As I mentioned in this post creating a wall gallery can add some interest to a boring wall. You can simply treat a TV as if it was just another picture and arrange your pictures around it.
3. Mounted on a wallpapered wall. An interesting print on the wallpaper creates a visual impact and attracts attention. A TV attached to wallpapered wall won’t be the first thing you notice when you come into the room.
A wall gallery with the TV
A TV mounted on a wallpapered wall
In this short post I gave you three simple solutions how to design your interior around a TV if you would like to see more examples please check my Pinterest board where I share my inspirations.
I admit that I don’t like to read the long stories on the blogs. I like to get to the point quickly so my Idea was to be more straight forward. I am curious if you like the short form of my posts? Please leave me some comments below so I could improve this blog for you 😉
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Wall galleries became very popular thank to inspiration websites like Pinterest or Instagram. We admire the photographs of perfectly arranged pictures or artwork on the wall… The truth is it’s no mystery and everyone can instantly add some style and a personal touch to the room.
Even spaces, colour palette and frames style ties everything together here
To elevate the space by creating a wall gallery there is few things worth considering:
- If you are hanging your pictures above the chair or sofa leave at least 20 cm between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture
- The best height to hang the artwork is so the centre of the artwork is on the eye level
- Think of a theme that ties the pictures together weather it be the colour palette or frame style
- Leave even spaces in between frames or work in a square/rectangle
- Be creative, be flexible, experiment- the pictures don’t have to be fixed to the wall. You can use decorative tape or clothes pegs to create temporary exposition that you can remove or rearrange
This wall looks interesting because the frame style, theme of the pictures and industrial lighting are in relation wit each other
Using the clothes pegs is a good idea, especially if you like changes
Personalising the space by creating a wall gallery is a quick and easy way to transform your space. Putting your favourite pictures or artwork on display creates also a feeling that you’re at home and you can do it effortlessly even when renting.
I hope that this post encouraged you and inspired to create your own wall galleries and if you’re looking for some examples please check my Pinterest board with some inspiration.
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Decorating with neutral can be a good way to create a solid base for your design. There’s many options you can choose… From minimalist, clean whites to rich greys, beiges or dark browns. Neutral interior can be transformed cost effectively according to current season, trends or mood you want to go for by changing the accessories.
The clean and neutral base is a good start for designing a room and by changing a bedding, table lamps and decoration a totally different look can be achieved.
Who wouldn’t feel good in this kitchen? It’s a clean, calm and contemporary base for interesting decorations of your choice.
This dining/living space is simple and functional and depending on the season can be more cosy, glamour or playful depending on decorations used.
This room, though neutral, is really interesting and classic.
As a designer I work with colours a lot and I can be influenced easily by the project I work on. My rented house is decorated in neutral so I could transform it cost effectively with seasons. I also tend to relax more here after work… I don’t like to spend time in the kitchen though, because the colour of my floor and cabinets is dreadful.
Do you like neutral interiors or you prefer to surround yourself with colour? If you want to create colourful room but you don’t know how to start I encourage you to use the colour wheel and you can find it here how to do it.
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So far brass was associated with the grandma’s house. It was not related with modern and trendy house but this has changed. Now brass is the new copper and making a big come back in 2018. It gives the interior a touch of luxury and warmth.
Use brass accessories like lamps, door knobs or planters for trendy look and to avoid high costs…We never know how long this trend can sustain. Brass accessories can be easily found in shops and thrift stores or you can fake this material by using a spray paint.
Brass lamps give the warm light and look gorgeous with rich colours as well as in neutral interiors.
Brass, like copper, ages and looks even more interesting with time thanks to oxidation process.
Another big thing of 2018 is the dark wood like walnut, rosewood or charred wood. I must admit that this trend really excites me because it has more character. In my designs I often use vintage and antique thrift stores and flea markets finds and I usually go for the dark timber.
In my previous Post-Interior Design Trends For 2018. Part I I mentioned that our homes in 2018 should not look like from catalogues. Personalisation, combining different materials, handmade and recycled materials are welcome in our rooms so let’s play with it.
These were trends for 2018 that I liked, but I must admit that I won’t give up on copper towards brass… And how about you? Are you following the trends or do you have your personal taste despite the fashion?
Thanks for reading and for all your feedback.