I have had a few people ask me for tips on how you can bring warmth to the current Industrial style that is trending at the moment. Industrial in it’s pure form is quite cold and uninviting due to it’s materials being old industrial factory pipes, concrete floors, exposed brick walls, high ceilings, large spaces etc… but this fascinating style can definitely be warmed up so to speak so that it is more user friendly and more suited to today’s lifestyles. Today I thought I would give you 5 easy ways you can add warmth to your Industrial Interiors.
1. Lights – use warm lighting not cold. Simple change your light globe!
2. Colours – again, use a few splashes of reds, oranges, warm pinks in your furniture, rug, art and furnishing selections.
3. Finishes – introduce some wood, rugs, red brick.
4. Personal effects – some family photos maybe?
5. Flowers and Plants – select flowers that are modern and arrange them to suite the large scale of your space i.e. bird of paradise.
Have fun with it and if you have any further tips please comment below.
For further reading see my previous blog post http://mydecorator.com.au/2012/06/25/industrial-design-how-to-get-the-look/
and also Apartment Therapy blog post http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/creating-a-warm-industrial-living-room-decor-style-source-list-172769
- 8 Homes With Industrial Style That Make Warehouses And Factories Seem Totally Chic (PHOTOS) (aspinterior.wordpress.com)
I always like to add some warmth to my home during the cold months of winter, yes I turn the heater on but I also add some decorator pieces that make me and those that use my home feel warm and cosy. Here are some tips if you want to do the same:
1. Add a floor rug – Even if you have carpet a nice rug under foot helps keep those toes toasty and warm.
2. Change your scatter cushions – Get rid of cool coloured cushions such as white, blues etc… and bring in red’s, oranges, black, browns in textured linens and wool (get rid of soft silks etc…) and use lots of them, this will make your room nice and cosy as well as inviting.
3. Candles – Buy a whole bunch in different sizes, group them all together and pop them on your coffee table, you will feel warm in no time.
4. Throw rug – Get that beautiful wool throw rug or afghan that you have hidden away in your linen cupboard and drape it over your lounge and use it! Or go a step further and pull out 2 or 3 more and store them in a basket by your lounge.
5. Signs of life – Pot plants are a brilliant addition to living areas.
6. Get some curtains – not only will they add some personality to your room (there are some stunning fabrics out there, call us if you would like a quote) but if you buy thermal lined they will act as an insulator to keep the cold out of your rooms and the warmth in (and reverse in the warmer months) saving you $$ on your electricity bills.
7. Re style your surfaces – Again store those beach decorator items away and pop some family photos, vases with winter berries, wooden or brass art pieces to create a new look for your coffee table, bookshelves, console tables.
8. Change your light globes – if you currently have cool lighting now is the time to change it to warm lighting, this will make the world of difference and use that dimmer switch to create a relaxing vibe at night. Invest in some lamps and use these as your light source at night.
9. Layer – Just like we put layer upon layer to stay warm, do the same in your rooms over winter. Don’t just put one cushion on your lounge go for 3 or 5. Same with your windows if you have blinds, add curtains. If you usually use 3 candles use 10. This all helps create an inviting space.
10. Make your fireplace the focus – Rearrange the hearth and mantlepiece by introducing candles, books, pine cones, family boardgames. Add some floor pillows nearby.
If you have any tips you can add, please comment below we’d love to hear from you.
Have a great day!
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.