Archive for the ‘Interiors’ Category

 

OLD + NEW

 

Apr
26
2014

I have an old sideboard or should I call it a ‘retro piece’, that I will be keeping when decorating the living room. I will be buying a couple of pieces, of contemporary furniture to provide a balance between ‘old + new’, and to give the room a taste of 2 styles. I do like the retro look and I love how you can contrast contemporary furniture with old.

A book that I bought a few years ago, and which I browse through from time to time, is great for giving me an instant inspiration boost. OLD & NEW, Combining past and present in contemporary homes by Katherine Sorrell (2002) illustrates how you can create a home where old and new look great together, adding interest to your home with unexpected and very individual pieces. It shows you how to combine old and contemporary objects to create a space that is entirely original and individual.

Combining new pieces of furniture with older ones which have, over time, gained pleasant and possibly nostalgic signs of ageing will allow you to contrast the young and old and to balance colour & style, shape & texture in ways which you alone can conceive from your own experiences in life and growing up.

To create a retro-inspired living room, it hasn’t to be taken too seriously. Have fun with the look (which I intend to do!) and experiment with what sits well with your old furniture – it only requires only one key piece, and I am going to just use the sideboard cabinet.

These points below are taken directly from Katherine’s book, as she has summed it up succinctly:

Getting it right –

 

  1. Keep it simple – don’t try to cram too much furniture into the living room. When mixing pieces from different periods, you only need a few examples or the effect will look cluttered.
  2. For the lines of furniture to really stand out, keep wall treatments understated and in a pale colour (I like the idea of adding a subtle pattern to emphasise the sideboard).
  3. For old furniture to work with new, both should have a similar feel. Keep them clean lined and pared down. Look for shapes that echo each other, such as gently curving lines, or boxy silhouettes.

 

Here are some fab retro furniture pieces in their settings, again taken from pinterest and from Livingetc.

 

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It’s interesting how the lampshades are a similar colour to the drawers, and the huge, blue still life artwork contrasts and adds more detail.

 

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With this image, again the retro cabinet is placed next to pale coloured walls and flooring, with the painting adding colour and detail.

 

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This sideboard has more detail on the drawers and looks great with the bird illustrations (not too bright and sit in harmony with colour of the cabinet).

 

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This cabinet has curved (inner) lines and looks fab in the contemporary setting. Loving the pair of curved metal light shades and the yellow and turquoise accessories.

 

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I like how the top of the sideboard blends with white wall and overall……..minimalistic!

 

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This sideboard looks very cool placed behind the blue boxy cushioned chairs.

 

 

 

 

 

INJECTING COLOUR

 

Apr
20
2014

Whilst working out how I want to decorate my living room, I have been investigating various ways of applying hints of colour.

If you like the minimal and uncluttered look, yet don’t want your room to look stark, and if you have white walls and you want to add accents of colour or pattern, then you can add interest by injecting some colour and pattern. This can be done by either accessorizing and/or accentuating certain features of the room, such as doors, window frames, small walls etc… By doing this, you will give your room an identity, personal to you.

I am particularly interested in using bright, ‘neon’ colours. I absolutely love what can be done with these colours and may consider applying it to a door or adding brightly coloured accessories when decorating my living room.

Here are some examples of what I have been looking at :-
(The images below were all found on Pinterest)

 

DOORS,WINDOWS,WALLS AND BRIGHT LIGHTING

 

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This neon lime green looks fab with the black and white wallpaper.

 

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Just add a border around each door panel.

 

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Yellow window frame with yellow and green accessories.

 

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Neon red contrasting with the neutral colour palette.

 

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Neon pink lighting on white walls.

 

 

COLOURED FURNITURE

 

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Bright yellow cabinet picking out the yellows in the rug.

 

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Green drawers stand out against the white walls and look great with the black television and colours within the artwork.

 

 

COLOURFUL ABSTRACT ART AND SOFT FURNISHINGS

 

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Injecting hints of cobalt blue and yellow within the neutral palette.

 

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Pink and blue shades look pretty against the white sofa and walls.

 

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Love the yellows, orange and blue tones in the white bedroom. They are enough and not overpowering for a relaxing bedroom.

 

 

 

PATTERNED WALLPAPER WITH PLAIN FURNITURE

 

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Plain yellow chair and blue patterned floral wallpaper.

 

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Gold polka dots and cerise pink chair look very glam!

 

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Multi coloured floral and leaf patterned wallpaper adds interest with white interior walls and chair.

 

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The red neon table looks fab against the small floral wallpaper.