No I’m not going to break into song Mariah Carey style……. but I do want to share what I feel makes a room go from beige to wow, or drab to fab
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:
Over the past month I have found myself saying to clients “It’s okay, you don’t need to fill every corner of the room – sometimes less is more”. It’s like the fashion stylist advice I’ve read or heard about when you are getting ready and have your winning ‘outfit’ on, take one accessory off. Sometimes I think it’s the same with interiors. Have you ever walked into a room and there is so much stuff in the room that the beauty of the space is drowned out? I’m a tad passionate about this subject, can you tell?
Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying go all out minimalist and banish that layered lounge room with it’s warm friendly welcome, I’m just saying let’s reassess and don’t be afraid to move a few items out of the room so that it can breath again. Especially if there is a hero feature piece in the room, give it space to sing!
A key element to knowing if your room is too cluttered is to look at the interior style you are trying to achieve. Modern, Contemporary, Classic, Industrial, Retro styles definitely lend themselves to the less is more approach. Traditional, Country Cottage, Rustic, Vintage etc… are more content with clutter. When I say clutter I don’t mean mess, I mean having a decorative item in every corner, nook and cranny of your room. They may be gorgeous pieces but this brings me to my next point.
The art of rotation. Freshen it up. Just like when you go to your favourite home interior store and the window display and store displays get changed on a regular basis do the same at home. I have a storage nook where I put my decorator accessories, cushions, rugs, art and rotate them on a regular basis (okay sometimes not as regular as I would like) it gives my home a breath of fresh air when some old newbies come out of storage and get positioned in new vignettes.
Same goes for walls, leave some of them bare. Groupings of art are far more impacting then scatterings.
I love going to homes where the interiors reflect the personalities of the owners, homes that are filled with furniture and items that have meaning to their owners. Isn’t this quote from William Morris inspirational? For me implementing what I am writing is a constant challenge. Being an Interior Designer I often stumble upon so many ‘things’ that I just ‘need’ but I think if you decorate using the things you LOVE than you are on the right track to creating a home not a house.
“Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” – William Morris
After all a home has soul, a house that is too minimalist doesn’t!
What do you think? I would love to read your thoughts below.
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
Denis is a business owner who consults from home and wanted to create a friendly yet professional welcome to his apartment.
Below are samples of the digital moodboards that I put together for Denis that showed him the look that he could achieve and gave him information of which store he could purchase each item from, based on his provided budget. Denis choose to implement the job at his own pace and time and used the My Decorator digital moodboards as his guide. You will see from the after photos also pictured below the final result of his newly decorated apartment.
Based on Denis’ brief I chose a blue palette, introduced elements from the beach, kept furniture light in wood tones and added some pattern and texture into his apartment with art, decorator items and furnishings. He now has a space where he can work and relax in.
Denis requested his dining room to be “Lesehan” which is an Indonesian casual style of dining. Its a very homely way to dine and brings people closer together. It’s also widely common in Restaurants.
I choose a black and grey striped rug to anchor the dining room and used Denis’ own coffee table as the dining table. Large bold stripe black, white, grey and yellow striped floor cushions were placed around the table. The addition of a fun clock, some art and a bright yellow bowl meets all the requirements of Denis’ brief for a Lesehan dining room. He has used the space on various occasions and is very happy with it.