Colour Trend – Claret

There is nothing more relaxing than curling up on a chilly autumnal evening with a cosy woollen throw and a rich glass of red wine. With the weather dropping to familiar colder temperatures its time to take a look at one of the hottest colour trends of Autumn/Winter 2014 – CLARET.

This rich and warming red tone gives a perfect splash of colour in a traditional wintry hue that can be perfectly accommodated into sleek and contemporary interiors as well as classic home designs. This versatile colour will add a sense of cosiness and elegance that is perfect for the lead up to Christmas.

 

Colour Schemes

This luxurious colour can be partnered with a chic lilac, cream and chocolate colour palette for a soft and tonal interior ambiance and also looks wonderful alongside crisp white for a more fresh and sleek interior setting. This fabulous hue can also be combined with silvery greys and deep black for a glamorous and opulently rich finish.

 

Cushions

This rich colour option is a popular choice for furnishings and fabrics as its deep concentration of colour will add a sumptuous focal point to a specific zoned area of the room. A scattering of cushions on a bed of sofa area can transform the whole feel of your interior with minimum effort and cost. This colour works particularly well with classic fabrics such as satin and velvet and can be used as a plain accent tone or as a pattern that ties in to the remainder of the interior space. Lace, tassels and beading work fabulously in bringing out the period opulence of this vintage colour.

 

3. Upholstery

Nothing can look more striking than an opulently coloured sofa, window seat or occasional chair that brings a splash of exquisite elegance to even the most neutral of interior spaces. Rich velvet looks amazing in this flamboyant claret colour tone and will give a classic and authentic period look to a Victorian chair or chaise lounge. Opt for plain fabrics for a simple and sleek appearance or opt for classic baroque style floral motifs or prints for more visual appeal and detail. For a fresh and contemporary upholstery style choose simple pinstripe patterns or chevrons that will add a refined and sophisticated style to any interior design.

 

 

Accessories

Claret accessories are a huge trend on the high street this season with items that will seamlessly fit into both vintage and minimal home interiors. A classic lamp will make a fabulous purchase and will create a perfect balance of style and function in a living room, office or bedroom area. Vases, ornaments and candles make a great addition to a mantelpiece, sideboard or windowsill and will create an ambiance of warmth against a neutral painted feature wall. Crockery and table settings will provide a warm and welcoming finish that is perfect for large family dinners during the cold autumnal evenings.

 

 

Furniture

Painted furniture is still as popular as ever in the interior design world with more and more people becoming adventurous with their choice of colours and finishes. A single furniture item painted in a rich Claret paint effect will create a real statement in any room of the home and will compliment your chosen colour scheme and accessories. Opt for a centralised item such as a table, sideboard or dresser that will make the most impact on your chosen room. Alternatively opt for plain painted black or white furniture that will create a fresh or glamorous period feel that perfectly contrasts the bold claret colour palette.

For more ideas on how to use a claret colour scheme within you home then head over to our latest Pinterest Board - Pinterest – Claret Colour Trend or for a selection of furniture items to compliment this look then take a look at our luxurious French chateau white and French moulin noir furniture collections.

Colour Trend – Salmon Pink

There is nothing fishy about the latest SALMON PINK interior colour trend! This soft and sumptuous colour tone is sophisticated and stylish and will add a chic and boutique feel to both classic and modern interior designs.

This dusky colour hue can be partnered with bold and dramatic interior styles as well as soft and feminine furnishings to create a decor that is perfectly balanced and opulently eye-catching.

 

Colour Schemes

The soft and subtle tones of salmon pink make it a versatile colour choice that works equally well as an accent colour or as an all over colour palette. Its chalky tones look beautiful alongside pastel tones such as cream, grey and pebble or can be paired with  rich black, crisp white and silver for a more opulent and dramatic finish that looks particularly stylish in period style interior designs.

 

 

Upholstery

Salmon pink upholstery and fabric was extremely popular in vintage interior design and is a fabulous way of creating a centralised area of colour that makes a great alternative to a painted feature wall. A statement sofa or corner suite will provide a concentration of colour against a neutral or bold painted backdrop. A single occasional chair or a collection of dining chairs will provide a pop of salmon colour that looks fabulous when teamed with crisp painted furniture as well as bright and uplifting golden oak tones.

 

Accessories

A scattering of salmon pink accessories can completely transform the feel of a room. Vases, bowls and ornaments look great on a mantelpiece or shelving area and will add visual colour and detail against a plain or bold feature wall. Salmon pink kitchen accessories look particularly stylish against a dark granite worktop or natural wood surface area and fit seamlessly into contemporary and farmhouse styles and designs. Salmon pink lamps, and trinkets will add a beautiful splash of tonal colour to a dressing table or bedside, proving that this particular colour choice can be used in almost every room of the home.

 

Cushions

Fabrics and textiles add a visual and textural beauty to an interior space and create areas of cosiness and warmth against the sleek and streamlined edges of the room. Cushions are a great way of including colour and pattern in your home and can be stacked, layered and scattered across any sleeping or seating area and can work in coordination or contrast to your walls and upholstery. Salmon pink cushions look fabulous against a white, black or grey interior backdrop and can be found in a huge variety of contemporary and vintage inspired patterns for a broad and detailed focal point.

 

Furniture

Painted furniture will perfectly compliment a salmon interior decor and can create a diverse and varied finish depending on your tastes and style. Antique white furniture will create a soft and serene feel that is reminiscent of French chateaus and country cottage interiors. If you prefer a more flamboyant finish then why not furnish your salmon interior with some opulent and glamorous French black painted furniture that will create a regal and stately feel that oozes boutique style and Art Deco sophistication.

For more ideas on how to use salmon pink in your home interior, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Salmon Colour Trend or for a selection of complimentary furniture items take a look at our extensive French Moulin Noir and French Chateau White painted furniture collections.

 

 

 

How To Create A Modernist Interior

After the rich and opulent Neo-Rococo and Neo-Gothic revivals of the Victorian period it was a complete departure for homes of the early 20th century to drop heavy ornamentation and luxury in favour of plain and unimposing interior design. It was not until after the First World War that the modernist movement began to take hold and remained firmly in place until the mid 1950s.

Modernism became a huge movement across Europe and was particularly popular in Italy and Germany with the famous Bauhaus movement. Influences were taken from the industrial revolution and the rise of consumerism as well as the simplistic style of the Arts and Crafts period. Sleek and open spaces as well as industrial and abstract design played a huge roll in creating this instantly recognisable interior style.

 

Colour schemes

Walls and floors should reflect natural and simple lines with a feeling of austerity that is familiar with the modernist movement. Bare concrete was a popular feature of modernism that has made a huge comeback in contemporary home interiors creating a blank canvas on your walls that can be contrasted with a bold and abstract artwork in vivid or primary colours. Wallpaper was banished from modernist interiors in favour of simple crisp white paint or a mirrored glass covering that created a light and airy feel that added to the minimal ambiance of the interior space.

 

Glass

Glass was a heavily used material in modernist homes due to its reflective and streamline nature. Concrete walls were replaced by glass screens or glass bricks to create the familiar ‘open plan’ look that is popular in many modern homes. Plain or opaque glass was selected and would be used to screen and zone particular areas for a sleek and sophisticated interior feel.

Glass was also a staple finish for modernist furniture items and worked particularly well when teamed with tubular steel and chrome finishes to create an eye-catching yet unimposing look that was not over adorned or flamboyant. Choose centralised items such as a coffee table, dining table or sideboard that will provide a sense of spaciousness and illumination.

 

 

Lighting

During the modernist period lighting moved away from the rich chandeliers and tasselled lampshades of Victorian interiors and chose instead to celebrate the simplicity of industrial style designs. Modernism borrowed techniques and styles from industry and engineering and for the first time lights began to be bent and styled into more angular shapes and designs. Lights were made from typical everyday materials such as brass, copper and tin and could be polished or left in a slightly tarnished state to emphasise their industrial roots. Light bulbs were no longer concealed among swathes of fabric and beading and were instead exposed and made into part of the finished look.

 

Radiators

These days contemporary interiors do everything in their power to hide and conceal any radiators or pipes in in favour of a sleek and uninterrupted interior finish however modernist interior design chose to celebrate all things practical and highlight the functionality of heating and workmanship. Radiators were often placed in the most visible part of the room and were left in their basic metal state or painted in a simple crisp white finish. Decorative radiators were avoided due to the minimal feel of modernist homes and were replaced with small and simple designs that once again held in high esteem the beauty and ruggedness of industrial design.

 

 

Furniture

Modernism saw the rise of built in or fitted furniture designs that were adorned with practical storage and design features but did not encroach upon the simplicity and clean lines of the interior space. Cabinets and bookcases were popular choices for home interiors and were crafted from interlocking or curved wood and tubular steel and were wall mounted to make full use of the floor space within a chosen room. Non fitted furniture items were designed to be low level and unimposing and never reached from floor to ceiling to avoid the feeling of overcrowding.

Miles Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier are some of the most famous names not only of the Modernist period but of the furniture design world as a whole. Their unique and recognisable designs have been used in some of the most famous homes and hotels in the world due to their simplistic style and sophistication. Their combination of soft leather and sleek tubular steel is the embodiment of modernist furniture design and will compliment even the most minimal of contemporary home interiors.

 

For more inspirational modernist interior ideas, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Modernist Interiors or for complimentary items to furnish your modernist home then take a look at our fabulous modern furniture and sleek selections of glass tables.

 

 

How To Use Palm Print In Your Home Interior

Just because Summer is ‘officially’ over it doesn’t mean we have to ditch the bright colours and summer prints in favour of darker tones and autumnal patterns. With weather forecasters hinting that an Indian summer is here to stay we have decided to embrace the last weeks of British sunshine and showcase the simple style and elegance of palm print designs.

 

Cushions

What better way to update a plain sofa or bed than a scattering of patterned cushions that will add depth and colour to your home interior. Palm print patterns in bright or muted tropical colours such as blue, green and yellow will look great against both neutral and dark upholstery and give a subtle pop of pattern that can be seamlessly introduced into your current home decor. This pattern looks particularly elegant in a conservatory area or in a garden view living room, bringing a reflection of the outdoors, indoors.

 

Wallpaper

While palm print wallpaper may conjure up images of Hawaiian beach bars and fancy dress parties there is a way to avoid the ‘tacky’ connotations that is often attached to this classic pattern. Modern designs have moved away from bright and vivid palm tree patterns and have instead chosen more muted and glamorous tones that give a vintage and elegant interior feel. Delicate palm fronds and leaf patterns look wonderful on a bold feature wall or alcove and colour schemes such as black, gold, monochrome and beige will create a softer and more refined version of this much loved pattern.

 

 

Bedding

Palm print bedding will provide a relaxed and laid back feel to any bedroom area creating a Miami beach front style that is refined and tranquil. Soft tones such as pale blue, mint green and sandy beige look wonderful against a muted interior backdrop while bolder more vivid colour options look great in a crisp white, minimal bedroom space. Layer your bedding with complimentary plain sheets and pillows and add a scattering of cushions for added visual depth and comfort within your sleeping space.

 

Wall Art

If wallpaper is a no go in your home then why not update a feature wall with a selection of palm print art work that will add colour and a visual focal point to your chosen room. A framed arrangement creates a sleek and organised focal point that can be matched to your interior colour palettes while a bold palm tree landscape photograph will compliment more contemporary interior designs. You can try your hand at some DIY crafting by creating some pressed palm leaf pictures or painted prints and stencils for a more personalised and artistic design.

 

Accessories 

Palm tree print was very popular in vintage interior design. Home accessories often featured flamboyant Hawaiian designs and these fabulous items are still readily available in charity shops, auctions or are possibly laying hidden in your attic or garage. Classic palm print lampshades are a must have in retro inspired interiors as well as Art Deco crockery, vases and ornaments that showcase this bold yet elegant design. If vintage style is not to your taste then modern and abstract versions of this classic design can be readily found in high street stores and look wonderful nestled amongst a neutral interior design or a bold and funky interior setting that embraces the fun and fabulous nature of bold prints and patterns.

 

For more amazing palm print interior ideas, take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Palm Print and transform your home into a elegant and eye-catching beach side retreat.

How To Create A Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Holidays and mini breaks have the perfect way of making us feel happy and uplifted and whilst this may have a lot to do with warm weather and historic culture it also has a great deal to do with the atmosphere of our accommodation. If your anything like me, there is nothing more satisfying than waking up in a luxurious and sophisticated setting that oozes classic elegance and style.

You can recreate the glamour and opulence of a boutique hotel bedroom with these simple steps and ideas. Using items that are readily available on the high street you can create a sleek and luxurious sleeping area that will feel like a high class getaway, everyday.

 

Colour Schemes

Boutique hotels tend to stick to neutral yet tonal colour schemes that can be used alone or with more bolder colour options for a luxurious contemporary feel. Soft beige, pebble grey and mocha tones work really well in creating a sleek yet relaxed setting that is both warm and uplifting in appearance. Monochrome colour schemes also work extremely well in hotel style bedroom areas as they provide a fashionable balance of feminine and masculine tones that give a contrasting yet complimentary feel to the room. Crisp white gives an illuminating backdrop to a bedroom setting however be sure to partner it with bold or earthy colour tones to avoid your bedroom feeling cold or stark.

 

 

Beds

The bed is the first item we see when we enter a hotel room for the first time and is obviously the most important aspect when it comes to comfort and a good nights sleep. Depending on the look of your hotel style bedroom there are several avenues to explore whe it comes to choosing the right bed. For contemporary chic interiors with an earthy colour palette (right) opt for a leather or Upholstered bed frame in complimentary tones and fabrics. If you prefer a more period interior setting then choose a plain Hardwood Bed frame in a sleigh style design for a grand and eye-catching appeal. For a more glamorous and truly ’boutique’ feel then choose a fabulous French Carved Bed Frame and where possible go all out with a King or Super King sized frame for added visual impact.

 

Lighting

Cleverly positioned light fittings and lamps will make a huge impact on small or large bedroom interiors and will provide that recognisable luxury hotel feel within your chosen space. Classic chandeliers look fabulously glamorous in both modern and classic boutique interiors and whilst you may not be able to accommodate one on the same scale as the Beverly Wilshire (left) there are many eye-catching French and Venetian designs available on the high street that will add a splash of period glamour to your bedroom area. Don’t forget to purchase some complimentary bedside lamps for a stylish spot of light bedtime reading .

 

Furniture

When it comes to bedroom furniture both home and away, each item should provide a perfect balance of eye-catching style and functional practicality. Wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedsides should compliment your surroundings and provide plentiful storage space for all of your items. Mirrored items, French designs (such as the armoire on the right) and regal style mahogany frames work extremely well in boutique style settings and will create a stunning focal point within your room. Make sure you include a sumptuously stylish dressing table to accentuate the glamour and class of hotel style living.

 

Seating

No hotel room would be complete without a stunning and relaxing choice of seating that is perfect for slipping off your shoes after a long and busy day, or sitting at your dressing table for a much needed pamper session. You can opt for classic armchair designs for the ultimate in comfort and ergonomic design. Wood or metal exposed frames look fabulous when partnered with sleek, soft fabrics in neutral tones that will add an opulent feel to your interior space. Occasional chairs look amazing nestled in the corner of your bedroom area and can be a glamorous addition to both bold or minimal colour schemes. French painted bedroom chairs can be purchased in a range of chic and flamboyant colours that will add a splash of boutique opulence to any bedroom area.

 

For more ideas on how to bring hotel living into your home interiors then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Hotel Living and for an extensive range of luxury bedroom items then check out our fabulous Bedroom Furniture collections.

 

How To Create An Urban Home Interior

With more and more people flocking to large cities and populated areas for work there has been a huge rise in popularity in urban interior design. Reflecting the hustle and bustle of city life as well as elements of social and cultural influence, urban interiors have become a diverse and versatile theme that work well in small city interiors.

Urban style can come in a broad spectrum of designs that each have a perfect balance of everyday practicality and artistic flair. A balance of rugged industrial style and chic city beauty go hand in hand in creating a space that is both simplistic and rich in visual features.

 

Colour Schemes

Urban interiors draw attention to the natural beauty of the building around them with many interiors using exposed brickwork, concrete and wooden beams as a basis for their interior colour palettes. Greys, whites and earthy tones work well in creating a naturalistic and minimal backdrop with a calming interior ambiance. Natural elements are often partnered with industrial metallic tones such as chrome, bronze and silver whilst the addition of bold contemporary colours such as red, lime and electric blue will create an eye-catching ‘colour pop’.

 

Storage

With compact style studio apartments and city flats there is often a need to make the most of the limited space you may have. Storage is a must have in any urban interior as it allows for an uncluttered and organised living area. Urban style celebrates all things industrial with a twist of city charm and this is reflected in the choice of storage styles. Metal framed shelving, rustic oak chests and bookcases work extremely well in this style of interior as they provide an area that creates a visual focal point and a natural/man made partnership. Opt for quirky or bohemian style items like this fun fire escape style shelving unit (right) for a unique and personalised home addition.

 

Seating

After a long and stressful day there is nothing better than putting your feet up with a nice cup of tea. When choosing fabrics and looks for your seating arrangements opt for simple neutral upholstery such as corduroy, cotton and linen for a soft and sumptuous finish and partner these with exposed wood framework for a retro style design. Alternatively opt for metal framed styles such as the famous ‘Tolix’ chair that will look fantastic around a rustic dining table or breakfast bar area. Avoid a cold and stark feel by partnering any plain metal seats with a complimentary cushion or seat pad that will add a cosy contrast against the sleek finish of the frame.

 

 

Lighting

Less is more when it comes to lighting an urban style interior. Industrial designs and stylish vintage items will create a simple yet eye-catching design that works really well against the clean lines and rugged backdrop of urban interiors. Ceiling lights can be left with exposed bulbs for a minimal look and feel and can be arranged in a cluster design (right) to create a contemporary industrial chandelier. Table lamps should be designed in chrome, brass or rusted metal finishes for a illuminating factory style feel.

 

Furniture

Urban interiors strip furniture back to its simplest form and celebrates the sumptuous materials and craftsmanship of its design. Metal framed items such as bookcases and coffee tables work wonderfully in an urban setting whilst stainless steel and rustic metal cabinets will create a mix of city slicker style and industrial design. Wooden furniture should be distressed or reclaimed and a chunky and bold appearance will look perfect when partnered with man made materials and modern accessories. Choose statement furniture items for a focal point in your home and don’t be afraid to mix and match your styles and materials for a varied interior finish.

 

For more Urban interior inspiration take a look at this weeks latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Urban Interiors or for furniture designs and ideas for your finished room then check out our new and extensive Industrial Furniture collection.

 

Colour Trend – Chrome

You can add a splash of glitz and glamour to your home interior this season with the illuminating CHROME colour trend. From industrial chic to rich opulence, chrome interiors will create a metallic finish that is complimentary in both vintage and contemporary settings.

 

Strategically positioned chrome items and accessories can create a pop of illumination and elegance within your home without an overwhelming ‘Disco’ finish that may be best left in a 1970s nightclub.

 

Colour Palettes

Chrome is a versatile colour that can comfortably compliment both neutral and bold colour tones. When partnered with white it creates a crisp minimal finish that fits wonderfully into urban and industrial interior designs or it can alternatively be paired with mustard and duck egg for a vintage colour scheme. Add chrome to pink or lime green for a splash of colour and texture that will give a contemporary feel to any interior space whilst chrome and pebble grey creates a universal colour palette with just the right amount of tonal texture.

 

Fabrics

Here’s where things can get a little tricky. If your going for a retro disco theme then knock yourself out with some glittering chrome upholstery and swathes of metallic fabrics however if your looking for a more reserved chrome finish then you may want to reign in the chrome to a more subtle and scattered appearance. Opt for patterns and prints instead of solely chrome fabrics and alternate with plain white and grey for a muted yet illuminating feel. Opt for neutral curtains with a band of chrome to the top of the swag or create a scattering of cushions in alternating prints and designs for added texture and visual detail on a plain upholstered bed or sofa area.

 

 

Lighting

Lighting is a great way of adding a central colour theme into your interior and will create a focalised  centrepiece with your chosen room. Chrome light shades are a truly versatile fixture that look equally as glamorous in a chic, modern home as a retro or vintage inspired setting. Pendulum shades are the perfect way of creating a visual focal point in your interior and look great in a central living room or poised above a dining table or breakfast bar area. Chrome lamps have long been a favourite in the interior design world and look fabulous on an industrial lamp table or vintage desk for a splash of reflective elegance and refinement.

 

 

Accessories

Stainless steel accessories have become hugely popular kitchen items over the past few years and are easily available in most high street stores. They are a simple way of adding a chrome finish to your kitchen area and look great against contemporary black granite worktops or traditional natural oak. Whilst stainless steel looks fabulous in the kitchen/diner it does not always work so well in other rooms of the home. To create a chrome effect in your vases, photo frames or ornaments then opt for silver, mirrored or mosaic items that will provide a shimmering exterior and create a focal point on a painted or plain oak table or mantelpiece.

 

 

Furniture

Chrome furniture will make a super sleek and glamorous addition to any home interior and will create a sense of space and light in compact or darker rooms. If you are looking for a subtle addition of chrome then choose a statement furniture item such as a table, dresser or bed that will become the focus of the room and partner it with crisp white painted furniture for a splash of femininity and elegance. Alternatively you can balance chrome furniture with rugged oak or hardwood designs for an industrial loft style ambiance that is both contemporary and retro in appearance.

 

 

For more inspirational chrome coloured interior ideas then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Chrome Colour Trend and check out our stylish Mirrored Furniture collections for chrome effect interior items.

 

 

5 Best Hallway Accessories

Many people tend to neglect their hallway areas as they are the one room of the house where we spend the smallest amount of time. The hallway is, however, the first port of call for visitors and guests and gives the first impression of your home and interior style.

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    No body wants to have muddy boots and grubby trainers tread throughout the entire house, but you don’t want them stacked up in a pile near the front door either! Shoe storage chests and shelving are a great way of keeping your shoes in a neat and organised space with easy access to them as you are on your way out, or in through the door. adidas nmd męskie Specifically designed shoe cabinets feature sectional areas for your shoes and can be closed away so they are visually out of sight. Alternatively you can opt for an open fronted shelving area (left) that uses your shoe collections as a visual feature in your hallway area.

     

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    For me, there is nothing worse than coming in through the front door and having to find somewhere to store your coats, scarves and hats that are out of the way of your general living area. Green Bay Packers Jerseys Coat hooks and stands are the perfect solution for hanging up your outerwear and also make a great feature in your hallway area. Traditional coat hooks look great at the side of a hallway or an alcove area and can be personalised to your exact tastes. Try adding pictures of your family members to each hook for a fun ‘school cloakroom’ style design or you can purchase or create a traditional or contemporary hatstand that works as a piece of sculptural artwork as well as a functional storage device.

     

    3. Hallway Seating

    Hallway seating provides a stylish and practical area within your home for you to sit down and put on or remove your foot wear.

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    Lighting and lamps play a huge role in any room of the home, however if you are coming home or leaving the house at unsociable times of the day you may not want to put a bright main ceiling light on (we all need time to adjust in the mornings!) Lamps provide just the right amount of light to illuminate the hallway space without flooding the rest of your home with bright light. When selecting the perfect lamp for your hallway try opting for a freestanding floor lamp that can be placed in a corner or alcove; or matching table lamps that can be placed on a hallway table or sideboard so you can easily find your keys, bag and accessories.

     

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    How To Create An Oriental Interior

    Oriental Interiors have an elegant simplicity that makes them a simple and easily achievable look in a wide range of homes. Their broad range of colours and sleek and sophisticated finish allow them to be adapted into both traditional and contemporary interior settings.

    This stylish interior design trend has swept the high street which means that accessories, wall finishes and furniture are readily available and reasonably priced to ensure that everyone can try their hand at transforming their home into a peaceful oriental retreat.

     

    Colour Schemes

    When we first think of Oriental interiors the colours that usually pop into our heads are sleek black, red and white that are a staple colour palette in Chinese design. But there are far more colour combinations that can be used for this trend. Japanese interiors focus on luxurious neutral shades and rich green, jade tones or for an illuminating and more traditional look you could opt for crisp white and blue that reflects the famous willow pattern artwork .

     

    Fabrics

    Oriental fabrics can range from basic and natural cotton and linen to rich and luxurious silk that will add a shimmering feel to any interior space. Curtains rugs and cushions look fabulous in a classic oriental pattern and will create a focal point against a plain painted wall, upholstered seat or bed, providing a splash of colour and texture. Bold and feminine Floral patterns are huge in oriental interior design and can be chosen in delicate pastel shades for a soft ambiance or bold hues for a striking visual appearance. Willow patterns, cherry blossom and pergola prints are also popular choices for fabric and upholstery and provide authentic detail and opulence within your chosen interior.

     

    Lighting 

    Lanterns are a must have addition to your Oriental interior design as they provide a stunning ambient light as well as beautiful colours and patterns that will cast elegant shadows across your interior space. These delicate paper designs can be purchased on the high street or if you feel crafty then why not try your hand at your own lanterns with a few simple items or a DIY kit. Lanterns can come in simple orb shaped designs as well as more complex shapes such as birds, animals and pergolas that will create an artistic area of light and sculptural detail that looks fabulous in the centre of the room or hanging above a dining  table, bed or coffee table.

     

    Accessories

    Oriental accessories come in a vast range of colours, shapes and sizes that can be easily matched to your chosen interior colour palette. One of the most popular choices is the famous Chinese vase that is almost always blue and white in colour and features traditional Chinese imagery such as dragons and cherry blossom trees. Other oriental vases include rich golds and bold red and black designs or soft floral designs for a more subdued appearance. Popular ornaments include Chinese dragons, delicate Japanese Geisha girls and Buddha figures in ebony, jade and marble finishes.

     

     

    Furniture

    A stand out feature of Oriental furniture design is its rich and dark tones and simple lines that create a sleek and sophisticated look against both bold and neutral backdrops. Rich walnut. ebony and black painted designs are a popular choice that fit neatly into traditional and contemporary interior spaces. Tables and chairs are a key item within your interior space as well as a striking display cabinet or sideboard and a sumptuous low Japanese style bed that will provide a glamorous yet simple centrepiece in any bedroom area. Combine your dark furniture with light fabrics or patterned upholstery for a contrasting yet complimentary finish.

     

    For all original photography and more Oriental interior inspiration then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Oriental Interiors or for oriental inspired furniture items then check out our sumptuous French black painted furniture and Hardwood furniture collections.

     

     

    Colour Trend – Jade

    With Bohemian, Moroccan and Oriental interior design becoming increasingly popular during 2014 there is one colour that has become a must have tone that is both fresh and colourful as well as sophisticated and refined – JADE.

    This fabulous colour trend is bright and versatile and fits easily into classic and retro interiors as well as complimenting contemporary or minimal interior designs. In a few simple steps you can inject this rich colour into any room of your home.

     

    Walls

    A carefully selected wallpaper can completely transform the look and feel of your home and with a vast range of Jade colours and patterns available on the high street it is one of the simplest ways of adding this colour to your interior space. For added texture and colour then why not add a matching coloured art piece or mirror to your chosen feature wall for an illuminating focal point that will create a sense of openness in compact room designs. Opt for rich jade painted frames and designs or alternatively choose a mosaic style frame inlaid with jade effect stones for a textural and visual appeal.

     

    Lamps

    Lamp bases and Shades are an ideal way of introducing a new colour into an existing interior decor. Bold jade designs will provide a refined and classic feel that looks perfect in both minimal and colorful interior settings. Opt for historic oriental designs or vintage art deco styles that adopted this rich colour choice. You can combine your base with a matching lamp shade or opt for varying tones or completely contrasting colours. This will create a visual focal point that looks fabulous on a classic lamp table, sideboard or console table providing practical illumination and elegant style.

     

     

    Cushions

    For me a sofa or bed without a selection of cushions looks naked and unfinished and not particularly inviting. A scattering of cushions creates visual colour and pattern as well as providing a welcoming and cosy space in which to relax. Oriental floral designs look wonderful in this colour choice and will compliment both dark and light upholstery. Bold and abstract designs will look great in contemporary interiors and will provide a colour pop in both minimal and bold interior settings.

     

    Furniture

    Jade green furniture may seem like a bold choice for your interior but this illuminating colour looks fabulous in neutral interior spaces as it provides a colourful and visually striking focal point within your home. When opting for a colourful furniture item, choose a statement item that will create an artistic splash of colour in your chosen room. Sideboards, dressers and tables will create a centrepiece in your interior and can be adorned with complimentary accessories and crockery for a rich and lustrous finish that will provide a textural and practical addition to your home.

     

     

    Buddha

     

    Last but not least, no jade interior would be complete without a traditional jade Buddha to watch over your home. In eastern cultures Jade can represent healing and purity which makes it a popular choice for jewellery and statues. The soothing and wise energy of jade is believed to be the best match for Buddha energy and therefore even the smallest of statues will create a peaceful and purifying atmosphere within your home interior.

     

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