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Have you ever wondered why we like some colours more than others? Or why did you paint your wall a certain hue? Was it just a randomly picked colour, or is there a reason we always make similar colour choices. Some people claim that we have a proclivity for a certain type of shades and hues, and that this proclivity depends on and expresses our personality. Look around your living room, since this is the room where we send most of our waking hours, and see if you can notice any colour schemes. Then when you have found one (and we are certain that you will), read the following list to see what the colour you choose most often says about you.

Yellow

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Ask yourself – what does yellow remind you of? Bright sunshine, high life energy, and roaring fires, of course. If you gravitate towards yellow, or other warm shades such as red, orange, or peach for that matter, you most probably have a cheerful personality. You follow your own rules and inspire others to do the same. Warm shades make the room look more welcoming and intimate. You probably like having people over.

Blue

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If, looking around your living room, you see a sea of blues, you are probably a bit introvert. Your home is your oasis and your safe haven from the crazy world. On the other hand, your strong will and determination and a no-nonsense attitude are what drives you. Unlike warm hues, cools expand a room, giving you the feeling of freedom. To avoid the chilly atmosphere, throw in a few brown details in your furniture.

Light Green

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Cool green shades are easier on the eyes, because they have a lower intensity. For this reason they remind us of something soothing and peaceful, like wide-open fields. If light green appeals to you, you are probably a good listener. Someone who calms other people down. You let them express their feelings and thoughts.

Pink

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Explosive pink reveals an explosive personality. You are most likely adventurous and tempestuous. You are always on the lookout for new experiences, you have to try and see everything. Pink loving person is someone who is easily bored by everyday, mundane things.

Brown

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It takes courage to go for brown painted walls. Brown coloured walls and décor show that you are responsible, diligent, and hardworking. You take your obligations seriously, and leave nothing to chance. Other people respect you, and you value their opinion.

White

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Maybe colours are not your thing. Do not worry. This just means you are a practical, even-keeled and satisfied person. This also goes for all neutral colours, like grey, beige, and ivory. You like permanence, cleanliness, and a classic look. To avoid the sterile and ‘boring’ look, work in some dark and light toned details in furniture, and plenty of texture.

Judging by your walls, what is your favourite colour? Would you say that your personality matches our explanation for your colour? Share with us your colours. 🙂

You know that excitement and rush of feelings you get when you spot that perfect shoe in the window or that impeccably tailored dress you simply feel you must have? Yes, fashion designing turned into decorating gives you the same awe-like feeling only, this time around, translated into your favorite pieces of furniture.

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Imagine having the opportunity to sit on a fabric designed by Diane Von Furstenberg herself and actually have it a part of your interior; Giorgio Armani lines, Dolce & Gabbana vibes, Cavali extravaganza or Salvatore Ferragamo’s romanticism of space…are just some of the names that pop in our head when we think about the latest trends in interior design.

To be honest, none of us is getting really surprised with the news that fashion designers are taking it to a new level now; if anything, it was a logical stream of development, with their creative genius finding all niches that will have their creativity supported while at the same time keeping it recognizable, desired and, well, expensive.

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Fashion designers turned interior designers have one big advantage over “regular” interior designers; they have already built a brand for themselves, they are already an adored trademark so there is no dispute if the translation of their clothes and style into furniture would work. Even if it happens not to, they’d be allowed a few slips and have a few passes at least until they get it right. In the end – the amazement before what they managed to accomplish and the beauty of their creativity replicated onto the living space is simply stunning.

We are allowed to ask, though – what may be the motive of this transition? Is it the never-fully-satisfied-rich-and-spoiled-clients? The models? The fact they might have got bored with doing one and the same? Or is it just that there is so much creativity in them that keeping it focused to runway only doesn’t seem enough anymore? Well, whatever it is, it’s amazing and we are loving every second of it.

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If you ever get the chance to pop over to Milan, make sure you see Hotel Maison Moschino which is nothing but spectacular and Hotel Bulgari featuring such refinement and attention to detail that it’s absolutely breathtaking; when in Edinburgh, see the Missoni Hotel and if you happen to drop by Berlin, go to Schlosshotel im Grunewald, by Karl Lagerfeld. The hotel is a true reflection of its designer – gloomy but chic, stunning and utterly overwhelming. If you are feeling like you could use a bit of exotic in your life, opt for Dubai – Hotel Armani (definitely something you need to experience firsthand) or Palazzo Versace in Australia. Donatella Versace oversaw every single detail of this opulent resort and guess what? There is a Palazzo Versace Dubai, also!

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What’s evident is that designers are either using some of their most recognizable collections for the translation to the interior design, or they are sticking to their signature colors and patterns for the added recognition. And, do they find the whole process of “designing for the furniture” hard? If anything, it’s probably challenging.

I only know how to design clothes, so in a way I ‘dressed’ the furniture”, said Gaultier for the Independent. “When I design my couture and prêt-à-porter collections, of course I supervise everything. I can sometimes have ten fittings for a couture dress until I am satisfied with it. The dresses are then made in my atelier so I can follow it beginning to end. For the furniture, which is not my domain, I had a wonderful partner in Roche Bobois who could supervise the production and turn my drawings into a reality.”

Dear interior designers, you better watch your backs because fashion designers are rapidly stepping on to your turf, and they are doing it superbly!

Minimalism is in this season in the world of interior design, and a style that is often quoted as the landmark example in this décor category is the Japanese art of Zen. Characterized by natural materials, barebones layouts and simple lines, Japanese design focuses on function and free energy flow rather than luxury and visual interest. If you want to transform your bedroom into a private Zen haven, there are several adjustments you will have to make, including choice of colors, fabrics and boudoir furniture, as well as lighting options and accessories.

Colors

To render a Zen ambiance to your bedroom, go with soft, natural colors that have a calming effect. Gentle, neutral tones such as white, cream, beige or light bamboo will make an excellent wall paint choice, while the furnishings should be in brown, grey or subdued green tones. Visual distractions and multitude of colors are not conducive to de-stressing, resting and energy flow, so try to maintain a consistent color scheme throughout the room. Use bold and bright shades only if necessary, e.g. as accents in Japanese drapes or wall art.

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Furniture

In a Zen bedroom, balance, openness and stability are vital, so keep your furniture minimal and low to the ground. For best visual effects, pick elements that have a minimal monochromatic design and clean lines. The focus in Japanese décor rests on the essential rather than lavish, so your bedroom should feature only the indispensable furnishings such as a platform bed (a thick mattress placed directly on the floor will do the trick equally well), a short-leg coffee table and unpretentious wardrobe or a drawer dresser. Avoid clustering furniture to create a fresh, airy atmosphere favored in the East.

Lighting

Illumination plays an important role in a Japanese bedroom, and the best light source for a Zen-styled home is natural light. For ample sunlight, install large windows and keep the curtains pulled back – this will make the room more welcoming and create an optimal unity of the outdoor area and the room interior. Artificial light sources such as pendant shades and nightstand lamps should be employed cautiously and if their use is necessary, they should be concealed to achieve a minimalist, non-Western look. Standing floor lamps with wooden bases and spherical paper lanterns in natural colors, however, are generally acceptable as they are common in Japanese bedrooms.

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Fabrics

For a Japanese feel in the boudoir, make use of organic fabrics such as cotton and silk. Get linens and curtains in natural, light colors or using unbleached textiles. Dark blue materials are also well-suited to the Zen style in case you want to add an accent tone to the room. Standard floor coverings should be replaced by a tatami mat, a traditional Japanese rug crafted from compressed rice straws. For visual interest, throw in a couple of decorative cushions or bed covers with Japanese embroidery simulations.

Accessories

The Japanese style is predominantly minimalist, but a few practical accessories can help achieve a homely atmosphere in the bedroom. A Shoji screen made from a bamboo or wooden frame and translucent paper or hand-painted silk panel will add a dash of authentic Japan to your private area while helping you conceal the bed, an unsightly pile of clutter or the TV (if you truly cannot go without it in your sleeping premises). Other potential Zen accessories include bonsai trees, ikebana arrangements, pot pourri boxes, silk curtains, floor pillows and art paintings with swallows, cherry blossom or similar nature-inspired designs.

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If your lifetime dream is to visit Japan, perhaps a Zen feel at home can tide you over until you save up enough money to travel to the East. Follow these simple tips and transform your master bedroom into your private cradle of Japanese harmony, peace and elegance.

How big is your room?

If your room is spacious and light, you may choose to leave the floor bare, especially if you have nice wooden ones lacquered with a quality lacquer. On the other hand, if the room is too little, you might not want to put anything else in there for fear it would make it look even smaller. However, if the room is really too big, you might to divide it into two or more segments. Instead of erecting walls and changing the dimensions of the room, you could simply try to do it by putting different rugs at different places of the room. One big rug at the sitting area, and one smaller over at the bookcase will visually divide the room into two parts, especially if they are of contrasting colours.

 

Texture

Depending on the room, you might want to use differently textured rugs to make the space more cozy. This is also great for children’s room, they will be spending hundreds of hours on those floors, and you want them to be comfortable while they’re colouring and playing with their cars, dolls, or puzzles. Also, if your guests will be taking their shoes off when they come to your home, having a fluffy rug in from of the armchair or a sofa will certainly make them feel cozy. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a rug to put under your dining room table it will be ten times more difficult to clean up the crumbs that might fall on it, so a simple rug would suffice.

 

Colour

If your floors have solid and peculiar colours, beautifully patterned tiles, sea foam floor boards, or something similar, you might want to show off their beauty to the world. Nevertheless, a beautifully coloured rug will not dull the beauty of such floors, but enhance it instead. Small, brightly coloured rugs will keep the dark room looking fresh and open, while other colours and designs can tone down a too-light space. Darker family rooms, hallways, and living rooms look best with bright rugs, but if your rooms have excessive sunlight you might want to consider colours which will not fade easily.

 

The issue of hygiene

You might not want to have a rug in the room because it collects dust and it is difficult keeping it clean, but you should know that they require minimal maintenance and are incredibly easy to clean. All you need to do is vacuum it on regular basis and make sure you clean up any liquid spillage before it dries and leaves a stain. Clean and dust-free rugs are not impossible to achieve, and it will keep the air in the room clean and minimize allergic reactions. They are in a way natural filters, they keep dust inside instead of letting it float around the room, and you only need to vacuum clean them.

You should take into account a lot if things: light, wall colour, furniture, the dimension of the room itself, etc. Do your own research because what works for one room may not be right for the other one, and before you make your own decision make sure you took everything into account. Experiment and express your own taste, let your room reflect who you are.

Painting your home is one of the most important things for the general impression that it is going to create. It is exactly for this reason that most people decide to hire professionals to do it. Although the proper painting equipment is not that expensive to buy and acquire, painting itself is far from easy. Still, this does not mean that it is something that you couldn’t do properly on your own. Just follow these few tips and tricks and you will in no time be able to paint your home like a pro.

 

Protect the surfaces in the room

Before you start with the very process of painting, it is vital that you first prepare the room properly. Try to remove from the room anything that can be moved with ease, and as for the rest try to find a way to cover it. Cover your furniture, sometimes even parts of your floor with something old, something you wouldn’t miss too much if it was ruined. Another great idea is to try and cover it with some outdated newspapers. Although some professionals pride themselves in never staining this is mostly just plain boasting. Better be safe than sorry.

 

Getting the right equipment

Now, before you start on your quest to transform your with the use of colors, you need to acquire the right tools for the trade. First of all you will need some things for preparation, or the first stage of your painting process, such as spackle and spatula, some soap and water solution and painter’s tape. Next you need some painting equipment like paint brush, roller and paint tray. After you have all of this covered it is time to start worrying about the paint itself.

 

The choice of paint

First thing that you must have in mind here is the fact that painting is not something you do that often. Your walls require painting at most once every few to several years so when you do decide to do this, do it properly. However the key to this is finding the right interior paint. Color is also crucial here since it is known that different nuances can effect human psyche in different ways. Just remember if you don’t like the color, or later find that that particular paint won’t stick, you will be the one who will suffer for it. A bit of negligence here can cause you some serious problems for you in the future.

 

Be careful about the dipping

Dipping your roller into the paint is a skill on its own. Throwing it inside the tray all the way, every time is not a way to go, and can cause your paint to seem unequal or cause it to drip all over. Try inserting just the tip of your roller and then rotate it with you finger in order for it to properly soak up the paint. For those who do not have enough confidence to try this on their own, getting a specially designed roller called the paintstick might be just the thing you need.

 

The right direction

In the end, it is essential that when you start applying paint, you do so top to bottom. Gravitation forces paint to slide down the walls, so if you start form the bottom the paint will just pile at the base. On the other hand if you start from top and roll down towards the floor you can turn this situation to your own advantage and this is why this kind of painting motion is the only proper one.

Not everything is about money. It is true that for the right fee a professional can paint your home in a matter of hours. However, just the knowledge that you did something with your own two hands can often be enough for people to make up their mind for a DIY painting project. The choice is all yours but if in the end you do decide to paint on your own, make sure that you do this by the book and do both yourself and your walls a gigantic favor.

We all like beautiful things and can’t resist buying new stuff we like, from souvenirs to cushions and furniture we don’t need. I used to be the victim of my own good taste, I passionately searched for and collected everything that was pleasing to my eye. Until there was no space left in my house and I started to suffocate. And that’s how I discovered minimalism, by being forced to de-clutter and simplify.

Minimalism appeared in 1920s, as a reaction to heavily decorated lush styles of the previous epochs. The motto was ‘Less is more’ and later ‘Do more with less’. This rather self explanatory rule emphasized the need to simplify and keep only what is necessary, using what’s left to heighten the esthetics. It is a complete U-turn from piling things up and losing the esthetic impression due to the excess of visual stimulation.

So I began, from the golden rule – have a big clear out. I guess the most difficult part is deciding what to keep and what to let go of. Once you have that done, your new look starts to emerge. Then you need to tidy up and organize what you’ve kept in the most functional way, and change the colors, textures or replace some items with new more suitable ones.

Kitchen

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My kitchen was cluttered the most. It was full of souvenirs, flowerpots, utensils, machines … you name it. I let go of most of the stuff. We only kept the things we actually do use in the kitchen, and we were surprisingly able to fit them all into cupboards. We completely cleared the counters of any objects except the blender and the coffee machine. The cupboards became visible again and clean lines of kitchen furniture brought texture out so we repainted the cabinets and refinished the table and the chairs and we had ourselves a new spacious kitchen.

Living room

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We did the same with other wooden furniture in the house, refinished and repainted it in the same light crème color, staying consistent with combining only two basic colors – white for the walls, crème for the furniture. We wanted to have a functional but cozy and comfy space. The change was amazing. In our living room, we only kept the couch and the sofa and covered them with white throws. One coffee table replaced two chairs, a chests of drawers and the TV stand. The TV was hung on the wall, all the floor lamps were replaced by one wall lamp, and our heavy old patterned carpet with a dark grey rug.  Twenty or so little framed drawings and photos that hung on our walls were replaced by a single large wallpaper photo of nature. Calming and non-intrusive at the same time, it gave our space soul but did not distract us.

Bedroom

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We did the same with the bedroom, leaving only the bed, the night table and a chair. We installed a big mirror over the entire surface of the closet giving the room depth and richness. It was functional at the same time.

Bathroom

 

Our bathroom was already minimalist, I just uncluttered it from products putting them all into one cupboard and removing everything else except the towel hangers and soap. We changed the rugs into light crème and white and threw in a single white candle for atmosphere. The coat hangers from the hall were taken down and the coats are kept in our almost invisible hall wardrobe.

What we gained from going minimalist is actually some serious relief. I used to waste so much time cleaning and arranging all the stuff in our house. Now cleaning is a breeze and it stays clean for much longer. We can sit on the floor, we can move about much more freely, the space is fresh with whiteness, open, relaxing and soothing. Yet we have everything we need and we enjoy our house much more now. ‘Less is more’ turned out to be true – more time, more money, more space, more freedom!

 

What was called a “warehouse look” in layman terms, used to be seen only in enormous top-floor, attic apartments of those who usually could not afford anything else. However, times have changed and this brave and bold look can be found within the walls of some of the most expensive mansions all around the world. Modern architects prefer to expose, rather than hide; they combine neutral with utilitarian, wooden with metal, thus celebrating humble materials, showcasing amazing interplay between form and fiction. What used to be considered unfinished and cold is actually modern, innovative, unassuming and rather comfortable place you can proudly call home.

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Exposed pipes and ducts

First signature element that every industrial look must contain are the pipes and ducts that are usually hidden behind the thick walls. It started as a necessity when people had to redecorate old warehouses and turn them into living spaces, and slowly became one of the most popular interior design ideas among those who seek out what appears to be “unfinished” look. It is also a smart choice for all-white spaces, as bright walls are a fabulous contrast to metal piping, providing even more light to the room, making it look visually bigger. Some people even incorporate old pipes into the furniture, so they use metal brackets and tubes to make one of a kind shelves, chairs, tables and even stairs.

Vintage furniture & accessories

Since what is usually concealed is already exposed, industrial design requires you to take a step further and experiment when it comes to furniture. But be careful, experimenting in this case does not refer to color and extravagant furniture pieces, but rather simple and neutral ones found at a local thrift shop. Old wooden coffee table surrounded with modern leather furniture, old TV turned into a retro bar or an old sawing machine you found at your grandmother’s attic, there is a place for everything that could in a way be called second-hand.

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Even though industrial spaces are usually quite bright, exposed electrical fixtures are still an important element to be incorporated in such homes. The options are numerous: you can choose to set up simple, old, iron triangular chandeliers above your kitchen island, or stretch cables across the entire ceiling just to have light bulbs hand in the middle of the room. Classical metal wall fixtures are also quite frequently found in industrially designed spaces that blend with white walls and exposed piping.

Cool Colors

Metal surfaces prevail together with wooden ones thus creating the perfect contrast, so in an industrially designed space you are bound to see metal ceiling in combination with wooden flooring, but sometimes even vice versa. Earthly green and brown, as well as many light neutral tones are the most popular color choices, with grey being the most prominent one, creating a bit uniform, but extremely chic and modern home.

Basic Flooring

In enormous open-plan rooms, tiles and concrete are the most common choices for flooring. However, for those who prefer warmer colors, wooden and rubber ones are usually the alternative. But what is important is that the industrial design does not allow any rugs, even if you complain about the cold feet, and in that case, floor heating is your only option. Small portable mats are tolerated, but only on those places in your home that require you to stand for a longer period of time, like in the kitchen when washing the dishes. But only then. Once you are finished, they lose their purpose and must be removed for the sake of the amazing design.

Neutral tones, whites and grays, together with wooden floors, metal fixtures, pipes and mats are the signature elements of the industrial design. It gives your home a uniform look that still allows you to experiment with old and retro furniture, as well as add a couple of your own DIY projects. Show that you are bold and brave by exposing what is usually concealed, blending it all in one neutral earthly color.

Choosing a rug is the “crown” of decorating a room. The right choice of a rug will further embellish your life space and influence the apartment’s decorating in general. Because of that, pay attention to a few details when buying rugs. The rug is one of the things in your apartment you’ll come in contact with very often. You step on it, vacuum it and enjoy in the warmth and the visual effect it gives to the room. Today you have a very large rugs offer everywhere but we are here to help.

The choice of a rug and functionality

This is one of the most important things when it comes to choosing a rug. Think about how much you’ll walk over it, if you want to walk barefoot on it, if you have children that will play on it or perhaps a pet that will leave hair. It is also important to know if some liquids will be spieled on it.

So, for places where something is more likely to get spied on, find a thin rug that absorbs less liquid. Where you need comfort and warmth you can afford to get a thicker rug with soft texture. For carpets in children’s rooms the most important thing is its decoration but also they need to secure warm floor surface for kids to play on.

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Shape, dimensions, quality and colour of a rug

The shape of a rug can be square, rectangular, round or oval. Choosing a rug based on its dimensions depends on the size and the purpose of the room but also on the furniture. It is believed that rugs have energy values depending on their shape. Round carpets are the embodiment of spirituality and peace. That’s why they’re suitable for rooms where you want to relax, the bedroom, the living room or the dining room. Rectangular rugs bring energy and they fit studies, libraries etc..

The basic colour of a rug should fit with the rest of the room’s colours. For smaller spaces you should use lighter colours for the rug, and for the big ones choose a colour of your choice. If you want your room to look casual, you can choose a multicoloured rug, and if you need it to look more formal, then you should use a rug with one or two non-staring colours.

Rug’s maintenance

In order for your rug to keep its neatness and decorative effect, you need to vacuum it regularly, dust it occasionally with a wet rag in the direction of its fibres and sometimes remove the stains from food and drinks. With its regular maintenance you’ll prevent allergic reactions of people with breathing condition.

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Tips for choosing a rug

Expensive rugs should be set on a place that is visible and not that frequent, where there is no that much more furniture that can hide it or damage it.

For frequent places in the apartment you should choose a more quality rug with higher density, and medium or small floor level. By choosing a certain colour or design you can emphasize the neutrality of the space, or its accent. If you want your rug not to be noticed, choose a colour similar to your furniture. The choice of a rug is always interesting, and rugs are waiting just for you.