As an interior designer the number one piece of advice I would give anyone that is decorating their home interior is
Radiant Orchid has been named Pantone’s Colour of 2014. I think this is a fabulous, vibrant, fun yet captivating colour that can definitely be introduced to our interiors. Lets explore some ways to do this.
- Use Radiant Orchid for upholstery on your accent chairs and for scatter cushions.
- Yellow or Gold compliments Radiant Orchid but don’t over do it. Less is more.
- Radiant Orchid walls in the right room could work a treat.
- Not wanting to change your whole interior? Buy some radiant orchid toned flowers to bring your room up to date.
- Play with the varying tones of Radiant Orchid, along with the shades and tints surrounding it using them for for a variety of elements in your room. This will add depth and interest.
- Pair Radiant Orchid with white if you are wanting a subtler look, grey/brown for drama and yellow for a bold effect.
- Finally add some quirk to your room (i.e. an animal coffee table perhaps?) to make it more eye catching and memory making.
I’d love to hear how you use Radiant Orchid, feel free to comment below.
Below are some more ideas of ways to use Radiant Orchid in your home:
I love spring. Over the weekend we went on a little road trip out west to see our family and it was so beautiful driving through the lush green country side seeing fields of canola, cute lambs and foals playing in paddocks, wild daisy’s growing by the side of the road, the sun was shining and there was such a breath of new life in the air.
I thought I would write todays post about a few simple changes you can make that will help bring that spring vibe that we all love into our homes. You will see from the above moodboards the difference a few changes can make. Note the furniture remains the same, this is to illustrate how easy it is to tweak your living room to create a new look.
Here are my top 6 tips on how to style a new spring inspired living room.
1. Flowers – go outside and pick some beautiful spring flowers and feature them in your living room, front and centre on the coffee table for all to see and enjoy.
2. Scatter cushions – store away your winter wools, and warm toned cushions and hit the shops to buy some new cotton, light weight fabric and brightly coloured spring ones. Let nature inspire your design and colour selections.
3. Rugs – roll up and store that heavy wool brown toned rug and replace it with a nice blue/green cotton one, it will give your room an instant freshen up.
4. Paint job – get your paint brush out and paint your walls (or even just 1) a nice fresh clear spring tone as pictured.
5. Art – bring out your brighter art and feature it.
6. Decorator pieces – store away any warm toned decorator pieces and use white, bright pastel toned artefacts that you love instead. I have added a quirky Abigail Ahern rabbit lamp to my spring room, it’s good to be unpredictible and add some quirkiness to rooms. I have also removed the old vintage box and added a rustic screen and ceramic stool instead.
I hope I have inspired you to bring some spring goodness to your living room.
Enjoy the sunshine and happy decorating! Prue
Proposed foyer design for Performing Arts Co.
A few Friday nights ago we went into the city to take in the amazing atmosphere at Vivid Sydney 2013. We enjoyed dinner and drinks first at the Opera Bar and then wandered around Circular Quay and The Rocks to see all the different visual light displays.
I couldn’t help but let my designer mind go to thinking how some of the amazing images that were projected onto the Opera House could be used in Interior spaces. So to capture this creative thinking I have put together a 3D image for an Old Warehouse of a Performing Arts Company that shows what some Vivid could look like in a Commercial setting (pictured above). The proposed foyer would have a huge artwork image of the opera house (vivid a fied) hanging in the foyer with some quirky performing arts bowler hats as pendants and tan leather barcelona chairs to create a warm friendly welcome to any visitors.
I hope you had the opportunity to go and see Vivid Sydney 2013, if you didn’t have a look at the slideshow I put together of some of the photos we took. I would also love to read your thoughts and experiences of Vivid Sydney 2013 so feel free to comment below.