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Carisoba 28" Wide 6-Light Antiqued Silver Chandelier
"There’s nothing more beautiful than a sparkling chandelier with a modern twist!"
- C. Glendel, Product Designer
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Living room design with shades of grey.
Ok, ok so interior design is not quite as sexy as the movie Fifty Shades of Grey will be. But we still want to daydream about pretty spaces that use different shades of grey perfectly.
Grey floor lamps, grey seating and of course grey textiles together create the most beautiful shades of grey for the home. Even the little bit of color in this living room above has a grey tone. The pink, the blue.... they're all a little subdued to blend in with the grey aesthetic.
Remember to include different wood finishes to break up the grey. It's a great way to add contrast without introducing color.
Here's some product ideas to get you started...
1. White washed wood mirror
2. Grey striped pillow
3. Wood framed accent chair
4. Grey pouf
5. Grey shade floor lamp
6. Modern grey coffee table
Images from Dwell
The Harpa Concert Hall stands as the center of Reykjavik's design district.
Icelandic capital Reykjavik hardly sits on the beaten path. But its new design district - an organic wellspring of re-purposed fishing sheds and warehouses in Reykjavik's old harbor - does much to showcase Icelandic design sensibilities and place it on the map as a design destination.
Modern glass interior of the concert hall.
The area is anchored geographically by the modern glass Harpa Concert Hall (pictured above), but it's in the small surrounding business that the real creative design work is evident.
Bright colors and natural materials combine in this design district restaurant.
Icelandic design tends toward stark utilitarianism with a craft aesthetic. Hanging pendant lights, such as the ones above, are given a localized flavor with the use of colored fish nets.
Contemporary craft seems to influence much of Icelandic modern decor.
Bright pops of color are found everywhere in the design district.
Shop? Atelier? Record label? This venue houses all three - part of the communal nature of the design district.
Duck into any shop or cafe and you're likely to find something to smile about. Sure, the gleaming concert hall may attract all the media attention, but it's the charming back roads that truly give Reykjavik's design district its soul.
All images from Corynne Pless
Industrial style kitchen with rustic barstools, track lighting and pendants.
We had to stop and stare at this loft style kitchen design for a little while. It's very well put together, all the details are considered. Best of all, it also looks incredibly functional with lots of counter space, seating and lighting.
If you're wishing you had a loft style home, don't. You can create any style you want no matter where you live. It's all about the elements you bring in and how you put them together.
Industrial style barsools are perfect for adding extra seating in a loft style home.
Just make sure, you also consider function and what your specific space needs. This kitchen, featured in the top image, provides great lighting with pretty green pendant lights and LED track lighting fixtures.
If you break down the important elements in the design, it's easy to get this look in your own home. Here's how...
1. Add directional illumination to your industrial kitchen with LED track lighting.
2. Add some urban scenery with this framed wall art.
3. The perfect wall art addition to create a stylish pair.
4. The green pendant light will add a little color and contrast to an industrial design.
5. This metal folding cart is perfect for adding more counter space and shelving.
6. Add some vintage charm and distressed finish with this industrial barstool.
Image from Dwell
Modern cabin with glass box addition.
We're always talking about trends in interior design and sometimes fashion, but today let's take a look at a pretty cool trend I've been noticing in modern architecture... the glass box.
What better way to show off your modern lighting style and interior design skills than with floor to ceiling glass?!
Image from Homedit
Architectural renovation with a glass box.
Glass boxes have been used to accent modern architecture, but also to add a modern touch to more traditional architecture.
Look how beautifully those modern black pendant lights look from outside!
Image from Home Designing
Modern architecture exposing beautiful interior design.
This modern home has one of the coolest pool areas I've seen. With that glass box, the beautiful interior design is fully exposed, as it should be.
All images from ArchDaily
Prefabricated materials and a simple floor-plan make this modern home affordable.
With the air of sophistication surrounding modern design, one might be inclined to ask if there's such a thing as a cheap modern home? As it turns out, this Copenhagen home by Sigurd Larsen packs a lot of modern into a reasonable (only $145,000 in construction costs!) price tag.
The key to the house is a simple but effective floor-plan that maximizes shared areas, yet still siphons off enough space for three bedrooms:
A combination of shared and private areas makes the most out of the home's 861 square feet.
Furnishings are kept to a minimum and directional lighting like plug in wall lamps provide illumination without bleeding into other parts of the open floorplan:
In a minimalist space like this, clutter need not apply.
Likewise, modern pendant chandeliers delineate kitchen and dining areas without casting unwanted light across the entire space.
An open dining, kitchen and living area and wide windows create the illusion of space.
That Larsen has designed an affordable modern home in one of the world's priciest (and most liveable) cities is astonishing. And it's proof that good design is often the product of constraints, not big budgets.
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