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“Love the polished finish on this light. The swing-arm style is perfect for the bedside.”
- T. Jackson, Interior Designer
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1.Latitude 2 Satin Nickel 22-Inch-W Gatco Wall Mirror 2.Brushed Stainless Steel George Kovacs Wall Sconce 3.Besa Darci Modern Satin Nickel Three Light Sconce 4.Elton Espresso White Marble 30" Wide Floating Vanity Set 5.Destiny Contemporary Silver Two-Light Vanity Mirror
Decorating a modern home in a cool color palette means creating relaxation in the home. Colors in the blue, green and violet families have a cooling effect in the interior space and evoke feelings of openness. By swatching colors from the desert night sky, a rushing river, or a deep lagoon, we bring the sensations of the outdoors, indoors.
Using analogous colors (different shades of the same color) when designing a room with a cool color palette will have a drastic cooling effect. Add in warm accents, like colorful pillows in the turquoise image below, and the room will feel cool but have pockets of sun and warmth. In a violet room, use purple accents like an elegant purple lamp shade or accents in coral, like a coral pendant lamp to add in that touch of warmth while still remaining fresh and cool. If, on the other hand, you're going with a dark blue color scheme, adding in accents in white, like a modern white task floor lamp can help to keep things looking fresh and modern.
Cool blues like turquoise and cobalt also can work to make small spaces look larger, so if you're working with a studio apartment, or just a small bedroom, consider one of those hues to gain some visual square footage. Add in metallic details to contrast with the chilly hues, like this Ostrich Rust Babette Holland Table Lamp and you'll usher in a sophisticated warmth.
Lastly, remember to include plants or flowers as the finishing touches to the room--and since we're working with the cooler hues today may I suggest lavender or violets...?
Images: Unetouchede, Abigail Ahern, Drake Design Associates
Image from House Beautiful
Spring is just around the corner and we're celebrating with some ideas for adding blush pink to your interior design...
Whether you prefer bold or soft colors, pink can brighten up any space and can be found in home accessories, fun furnishings and especially with modern pink lighting.
French Seam with Linen Coral 18-Inch-H Square Ottoman
Image from Roses & Rust
This vintage modern bedroom features so much clean white, but the pink bed changes everything. Adding a little blush to the room provides personality and interest.
Shantung Woodrose Nail Button 56-Inch-W Full Headboard
Image from The Paper Mulberry
Even the smallest amount of any color can change the direction of a rooms style. This black, gray and white room above is enhanced with a little soft pink pillow.
Riddle Modern Pink Greek Key Decorative Throw Pillow
Image from The Everygirl
Adding small details around the pink accessories or lighting is a nice way to complete the design. The little flowers and pillow sham in the bedroom above support the starring role of the table lamp.
Delta Nickel Schiaparelli Pink Robert Abbey Table Lamp
Images: House Beautiful, Roses & Rust, The Paper Mulberry, The Everygirl
Personally I am such a fan of using wallpaper whenever the home improvement opportunity presents itself. There’s nothing that makes a larger impact in a small space than bold wallpaper.
My favorite space to go crazy with paper would be a powder room, or half bath. Due to its smaller size it shouldn't be too intimidating to be brave with patterns and color, plus you won’t have to make quite as large of an investment as some wallpaper can be on the rather expensive side.
And for those finishing touches use a pretty wall mirror, such as the Uttermost Migiana and hang a pair of sconces or a metallic pendant light,such as the Brio Gold Foil Pendant or the Hudson Valley Wall Sconces.
If you’re still hesitant to pull the wallpaper trigger there are plenty of gorgeous temporary papers which are especially fantastic if you’re renting a space.
Images: Cupcakes & Cashmere, Biscuit-Home, Lonny, Abchao
Image from Arch Daily
Sleek and chic or warm and well-worn, today's most talked-about bars combine comfort and class. And the modern barstool still bears that age-old burden of propping patrons up, no matter how long they've been imbibing.
Horizontal lines at the Dim Sum Bar in Quito (pictured above), are echoed by the counter stools beneath the bar.
Image from Hangar 41
Hangar 41 in Antwerp (pictured above) is modeled after a classic Euro cafe, with just enough mod accents to cater to the design-savvy Dutchman. We love backless barstools for casual entertaining - these designs can be simply tucked away neatly under the bar when not in use.
Image from Travel and Leisure
A table at Singapore's much coveted Waku Ghin, pictured above, can be hard to come by...but a masterfully crafted cocktail can be found quite easily in the bar.
Image from Lady Iron Chef
Bars need not be for drinks only. Also in Singapore, breakfast joint Hatched (pictured above) uses natural materials to give the space a fresh, early morning feel.
To get the "hot spot" look at home, search first for designs that are versatile, comfortable and durable:
Clockwise from top left: Kaffina Modern Black with Wood 34-Inch Barstool, Set of 2 Zuo Modern Marius Gunmetal Barstools, Zuo Twin Peaks Wood Metal 41 3/4-Inch Counter Chair, Tickle Zuo Gray Counter Stool, Yohkoh Modern Chrome and Walnut 17 1/4-Inch Wide Barstool
For the home bar, breakfast nook or kitchen, 24 to 26 inch counter height swivel stools are generally a good option. The rustic look of worn finishes and warm leathers ages well and looks particularly good in an industrial-style setting. Lastly, grab a friend or family member and a drink or snack--good company is the best accompaniment to good design.
Images: Arch Daily, Hangar 41, Travel & Leisure, Lady Iron Chef
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