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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.
Sydney Fashion Week was held in April 2013 and showcased the fabulous new fashion trends that we are not only going to see on fashionista’s but also in our Interiors. See this you tube clip for an overview. I find that fashion always leads the way and influences what will be happening in Interior trends by about 2 years.
Fashion designers that showed their new ranges at Sydney Fashion Week 2013 were Aurelio Costarella, Whitney Eve, Toni Maticevski, Collette Dinnigan, Blesse’d are the meek, Carl Kapp, An ode to no one, Nana Judy, Akira and more.
Trends that are coming to your wardrobe and our interiors are: Metallics; Brights in aquas, red violets, pinks, oranges; Warm based neutrals in varying tones of beige; 1920’s art inspired wasabi green, bisque, tapioca, chartreuse and still some remnants of greys.
So how is this going to translate into interiors? I think interiors will steer away from the grey colourings with the steel metals to warm metallics like golds and warm based neutrals along with murky muted 1920 colours through to the brights that we have been seeing in fashion for the last year. Interiors may also see the vintage and pastels theme continue. Maybe the below mood board will give you a feel for what I predict we will see in our interiors in the next one to two years here in Australia. What are your thoughts, would love to see your comments below.
I’m really loving industrial interior design at the moment. When applied well to a space it can make a room sing. Think old warehouses, factory’s and laboratory’s. Exposed pipes, high ceilings with exposed beams, exposed brick walls, huge windows made up of small paned glass, concrete or wood floorboards, old patina’d metals not to mention industrial items such as coggs, wheels, wire surround pendant lights and more….. but what happens when you love the look but have a domestic, low ceiling home with a normal lounge suite and other furniture. Is it still possible to create this industrial look in this kind of space? My answer is yes. I like to call it eclectic industrial. Most times genuine industrial spaces could never be called intimate, yet we like our living rooms to have that warm friendly intimate feel. So how can we take industrial and make it intimate? Today I’m going to give you a few tips and ideas on how you can achieve an industrial look for your living room, dining or bedroom.
A room with personality is a real show stopper. I love walking into a room that has character and individuality. How do you create this industrial look in a room, yet still have intimacy and that friendly lived in look? Below I have listed a few tips that may help.
1. Be a true industrialist, use salvaged, recycled materials that you would find in an old warehouse, factory or laboratory and re-purpose them – get creative and start some DIY. Items like old coggs, wheels, rusted chains, worn wood, exposed pipes, metal wheels, conveyor belts and old hooks can all be given new purpose.
2. If you have an exposed textured brick wall use this as your backdrop, make it a feature.
3. Industrial colour palet of stone neutrals, greys, coppers, muted browns, aged chromes, old patina’d metal. If you are planning on painting select tones on the warmer side of these colours. Stone neutrals are probably best and consider the affect your natural and artificial lighting is going to have on these colours. You also need to make sure those that live in the space like and can live with your colour selection.
4. Exposed pendant lightglobes with wire cages, or interesting shades or no shades at all are all excellent choices for the industrial style. Even stage lighting works well.
5. Concrete, if you have it feature it.
6. Watch scale. This style really suits grand scale rooms i.e high ceilings but if you have low ceilings just keep the scale of your room in mind when you are picking out furniture and industrial artifacts. Large scale decorator pieces can be great but you still need to be careful with how the proportions of these items relate to your existing furniture and furnishings.
7. Don ‘t be afraid to bring nature in. Plants work well and add a lived in warmth to a room, but choose architectural leaf based plants nothing to pretty or flowery.
8. Rugs – Handwoven and knotted quality traditional rugs work well with the industrial interior, pop one under your coffee table… not to mention they are nice and cosy underfoot. Wool blends are hard wearing choices.
9. Furnishings – choose wisely, less is more. If you have a fabric lounge select simple original, good quality cushions that are hand made, non mass produced genuine leather, knitted or woven. You will already have some wow pieces in the room so you don’t need your cushions to be competing with your industrial artefacts. Same applies for quilt covers for bedrooms.
10. Exposed pipes – if you have some on your wall or in your ceiling, don’t cover them, it’s their moment to shine.
11. Metal framed tables with thick wooden tops and big industrial castors.
12. Iron framed bookcase (made of pipes) with thick wooden shelves – wow!
13. Typical industrial furniture pieces are functional before they are attractive, keep this in mind with your styling.
14. Old metal filing drawers or metal lockers.
15. Choose quality pieces that will last or are ideally from the 1950’s or before as these are from an era of when things were built to last – this will bring a fabulous authenticity to the industrial look you are creating.
16. The industrial style works well with modern clean line furniture. Clean lines, plain neutral coloured pieces of furniture with an amazing industrial cog sculpture is going to allow the sculpture to be the feature rather than putting it on an ornately designed shabby chic hall table where the cog will be competing with the furniture.
17. Think quirky and unexpected when you are styling your room. Also be sure not to over style, this look is minimalist.
18. The best interiors are those that evolve over time, if you love this style build on it and let your space evolve. This will keep space users interested and creates layers and depth to your room.
One last thing to keep in mind. If you already have architectural features that are industrial no. 15 is a good point to implement as you don’t want to over style and make the room look like an actual factory. However if you don’t have industrial architectural features then go with 10-13 to bring industrial styling in with furniture.
I have put together a slideshow that will hopefully inspire you to get started. Happy creating and feel free to comment, ask questions or email me photo’s of your finished work.
Other helpful resources:
Ideas for an industrial furnitures home decoration – http://youtu.be/ZVLRq3pp_E8
We’ve had this tired looking but cute little side table put aside for the next council pick up but mid last week I decided I would give it a fresh new look.
I already had a tin of black gloss enamel paint that needed using up so that was the colour and paint decided. Although enamel can mean a messy turpentine clean up, I knew it would be worth it in the long run.
The following steps apply to painting any piece of wooden furniture.
Step 1 – Have a look at the surface area of the piece of furniture you are going to be painting. If its glossy with varnish or sealed wood the best thing is to sand paper the piece with 100 grit sandpaper. I definitely had to do this with my piece as it had a wood varnish on it. If your piece is unfinished wood or already has been painted with a flat paint finish you don’t need to do this step at all.
Step 2 – Use a brush to paint on some oil-based primer (you don’t have to paint this on perfectly, just make sure you cover the whole piece), this helps the paint stick and also ensures no stains come through and ruins your finish. Wait for it to dry.
Step 3 – Use a new paint brush (especially if like me you are painting with enamel) to apply your chosen paint. Note a semi-gloss is the most practical and hard wearing choice. When you’re painting it’s best to do many thin applications then few thick drippy ones, you will get a much smoother finish. Wait the recommended dry time (it took 7 hours for enamel, but really worth it) acrylic is a lot faster and then do another coat or three.
Tip: I often glad wrap my brush between coats, the glad wrap keeps the moisture in and it saves time cleaning in between.
Step 4 – This step is optional. If you are painting your dining table you may opt to paint a couple of thin coats of clear gloss for extra durability and protection. I didn’t do this with my side table as it isn’t going to be used on a daily basis.
Step 5 – Wait 3 to 5 days or more until you put your item to use, especially table tops. I waited 4 days until I used mine, this is to avoid any dents or scratches and allows time for the primer, paint and gloss to cure as sometimes the weather (humidity in particular) can slow this process down. Be patient, it will be worth the wait, trust me.
So get into some D.I.Y. today, maybe today is the day to paint that old piece of furniture after all!