Marsala – 2015 Pantone Colour of the year

Interior Design and Decorator Tips

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Pantone have announced Marsala 18-1438 as the colour of the year 2015.

To me this colour speaks maturity, elegance and sophistication.  Named after a fortified wine it’s richness and earthy red brown tones bring character and I think will add a lot of charm when used in interior spaces.  It is a colour that could be used on it’s own or as an accent.

Incorporate Marsala into accent pieces, decorator accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.

Lets explore some ways to use Marsala in home interiors.

1.  Use Marsala for upholstery.  I can see it in a velvet upholstery for a traditional wingback chair sitting next to a beautiful old fireplace in a library, old vintage rug….. you get the picture.

2.  Complimentary colours are blue, green, gold even grey will work nicely with it.

3.  Paint your dining room walls Marsala if you are feeling brave, be sure you get a lot of natural light in the room though as it is quite a strong, dark tone it could also make you feel very warm too so if you live in a warm climate you may want to consider a cooler colour.

4.  Update your current interior with some Marsala in various tones of light and dark, texture, print in the form of cushions, decorator items or art it’s a brilliant winter colour.

5.  Marsala will work well with a contemporary interior as well, add more earthy tones and bring in some white to keep it all light and minimalist.

I would love to hear how you use Marsala in your home, feel free to comment below.

See links below for more uses for Marsala.

http://www.houzz.com.au/ideabooks/34755738/list/raise-your-glass-to-marsala-pantones-2015-colour-of-the-year

http://www.pantone.com/pages/index.aspx?pg=21163

How to mix pattern into your interior – clash or match?

Interior Design and Decorator Tips

Pattern brings personality to a room. There are two ways to introduce pattern into a space, the safe calculated matching way and then the clashing quirky way.

To clash or match that is the question?

As I have mentioned in my blogs before I often look to fashion to see what will be trending in interiors. Currently pattern clashes are trending in the fashion world and beginning to seep through to interior design. The vintage interior theme is popular at the moment, this theme carries clashing prints really well. But is there a right and wrong way to clash prints? I think the key is to have a bit of fun, mix up your prints and go with what you like.  I think clashes work well as long as your colour scheme is similar then patterns can clash. For instance small or large print floral, paisley, bold abstracts, images and checks and stripes all can work together when they are in the same colour family.  I think the unexpected element of surprise of mismatch can bring individuality and personality to a space.

 To match is much easier in theory. For example one way to achieve a perfectly matched interior is to pull your theme from the supplied stories that come in soft furnishing fabric sample books as fabric houses have generally designed them to match.

 Mood boards work well to help you design your scheme, using small samples of the fabrics prints that your are considering will help steer your scheme.

Let me encourage you to clash a little, push the pattern boundaries, explore what different patterns look like together and have some fun with pattern.

All interior images from Houzz

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5 ways to style a Vintage look..

Interior Design and Decorator Tips

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Wow, doesn’t that headline sound like I’m going to give you fashion advice.  Well this is fashion advice for the home.

I know that the vintage theme has been trending for a while now but I actually had a client ask me the other day for some tips on how to achieve the look.  I had a squiz through my categories and was horrified to see that I hadn’t actually written a post about vintage styling, so here it is.

I think that today’s vintage interior covers the eclectic, eccentric, quirky, hand made, pre loved pieces with a nostalgic past and some whimsical fun.  It’s nearly a return to the simpler lifestyle of days gone by.  Think ‘playing lady’s’ as my mum used to refer to afternoon tea with her friends, drinking from fine bone china tea cups.  It also has a great dose of the 1920’s retro thrown in.

How can you achieve a Vintage Interior in your home?  Easy, whether you are starting with a blank canvas or mixing it in with an existing style here are 5 ways to add some Vintage to your look.

  1. Be you, if you love your collection of fine bone china now is the time to display it.  Or if you have a fabulous 1920’s retro chair – resurrect it.
  2. Don’t use the cliche union jack – everyone does this.  Be original.
  3. Find one vintage piece of furniture you love and feature it well.  Maybe it’s a retro sideboard, style it with some fantastic quirky decorator pieces or family collector heirlooms.
  4. Go shopping.  Op shops, Antique stores, Etsy.  The key is to find some original items that you love.  Or make your own handmade item with love.
  5. Vintage can be overwhelming so keep your floors and walls neutral, soft pastels at the most.

One last tip, don’t go all out vintage.  You don’t want your room to look as though it should belong in a museum.  And remember a good room is one that evolves, so keep adding bits and pieces over time – keeps those that enjoy the space on their toes.

Now go and make yourself a strawberry milkshake!

 

Prue