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Concrete is the trendy product for home building if you want that modern urban-style aesthetic. It's a very raw material that provides clean lines and an open canvas for any home decor and furniture you decide to pair it with. Would you be surprised to learn that this living room wall (above) is not concrete but a wall covering? This image below is another style in the same Tom Haga Concrete Collection.
If you do have the option of selecting the architectural materials for your home or condo during the building stages, this super modern bathroom is a great design idea. The typographical screening concept paired with the concrete is also a really cool idea.
These tiles from Daniel Ogassian are a great option whether you're designing from scratch or just re-designing a single room. They can help you add concrete in a big way or just a little corner.
This ottoman gives the appearance of concrete without the heaviness. It's constructed out of clay with a slate finish made to look like concrete... perfect near a side chair in an urban-style loft.
Slate Finish Round Clay Ottoman
This floor lamp has a super fun and modern style, but also has a chic detail... the base is finished with a concrete paint to give it the effect without the extra weight.
Rico Espinet Brushed Nickel Floor Lamp
So, whether you're building your home from scratch and you have input on the architectural materials.... or you just want to add a little detail, there's lots of fun ways to incorporate concrete into your urban-style decor.
Images: Tom Haga, Daniel Ogassian, Apartment Therapy
Lighting is one of the most important stages in any design project. Different designers approach it in their own way, but it should be considered toward the beginning of the project. If you are making selections for your own home, first try to think about how much light you will need. After evaluating your lighting needs, then you are able to decide how many fixtures you will want, the scale and what style you prefer. You want the lights to be effective, look good, but you also want them to coordinate with the rest of your decor.
Left: George Kovacs Copper Bronze Ceiling Light
Right: Holtkoetter Old Bronze White Halogen Ceiling Light Fixture
When it comes to loft living, which is quickly gaining in popularity, lighting is very important. Lofts are typically designed with a modern aesthetic, which means minimal furniture and the less furnishings you have, the more important each item becomes. Typically lofts have lots of big windows and natural light, but the functionality of light fixtures are still important. The gorgeous loft pictured above demonstrates a warehouse-style approach to their lighting solutions. The fixtures are installed in a grid pattern, however the fixtures themselves are modern flush pendants rather than track lighting. The scale of a fixture is also very important. Considering the large wood beams and open space in this loft, the fixtures could not be too small.
This white and gray loft features light fixtures that contribute to the clean decor without distracting from it. This lighting design also demonstrates a fun alternative to ceiling fixtures such as chandeliers and pendants.
Left: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Chrome LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
Right: Holtkoetter Bernie Turbo Nickel LED Swing Arm Wall Lamp
The task-style wall lights are a very cool way to light the dining area since the ceiling is so high, which is often the case in lofts.
Left: Nova Arcing Linen Shade Floor Lamp, Right: Kichler Cantilever Brushed Nickel Finish Floor Lamp
The floor lamp has a long reaching arm to cover all of the seating area as an alternative to hanging a ceiling fixture. From a design perspective, it's perfectly acceptable to hang chandeliers or pendants from high ceilings, but there are other cool options as seen here.
This wide open space doesn't include a lot of lighting, but the fixtures that were selected provide a little color contrast to the rest of the space while pairing perfectly with the dining table. Forget having an issue with high ceilings at an angle, it's no problem here. This lighting design is perfect in both function and style.
Left: Bangle Collection Pendant Chandelier, Right: Jamie Young St Charles Amber Glass Pendant Chandelier
Whether you're designing a new space or just changing out the lighting in your home, be sure to make it a priority. Don't forget to consider function and scale first and then move on to style. Even though we all know selecting the prettiest fixture is always the most fun part!
Images: Smilay Properties, Trendland, Desire to Inspire, Eurostyle Lighting
This week we celebrate the birthday of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, "father of modern architecture." In observance of his brilliance, let's take a look at his most notable accomplishments.
Crown Hall (above), located in Chicago, was completed in 1956 during Mies's tenure as director of Illionois Institute of Technology's Department of Architecture. This design features industrial simplicity with exposed steel frame construction.
Farnsworth House is a one-room weekend retreat built in Plano, Illinois. It is brilliantly designed to be one with the landscape. The glass panels and white painted steel construction are so simple and elegant, it's the perfect design aesthetic for a weekend home.
The Barcelona Pavilion was completed in 1929 for the International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. Seamlessly merging structure with water, Mies selected marble, red onyx and travertine to create this stunning structure. Such extravagant materials contrasts this beautifully simple structure.
In addition to Mies's profound accomplishments in architecture, he also designed modern furniture and his furniture is just as well known. For example, the Barcelona chair and ottoman (below). This noteworthy pair, inspired by ancient campaign and folding chairs, is made of steel with a chrome finish and leather upholstery. Like the Barcelona Pavilion, it was also designed for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona, Spain. Mies designed much more sleek furniture which has been inspiring furniture design ever since, such as stylish ergonomic office chairs.
Tuesday would have been Mies's 126th birthday.
Images: Wikipedia, Paul J. White
Products (from left to right): Artemis High Pure Red Ceiling Fan, Jonathan Adler Capri Red Accent Lamp, Sao Paulo Ribbed Metallic Red Round Wall Mirror, Lights Up! Woody Pickled Red Dupioni Silk Shade Floor Lamp, Set of 4 Zuo Juju Red Outdoor Dining Chairs
The allure of cranberry red can be coughed up to its association with excitement. Red is daring, bold, and just plain fun. My favorite use of red in interiors is when it is used as a stand alone color against a very neutral or white background (as shown in the bathroom picture below). Cranberry red also mixes well with other colors such as teals, violets, and light yellows. If you want to just dip your toe in the red color scheme, go for red light fixtures and home decor versus painting an entire wall.
The bright red ceiling fan would look awesome over a modern bed. The red table lamp adds a pop of color and excitement to living room decor. I would love to see the Sao Paulo metallic red mirror used over a side table in an entryway. I have major tripod floor lamp envy and would die to purchase the red floor lamp for my home office. Jazz up your outdoor dining experience with bright red dining chairs. Which cranberry red home accent are you craving?
Using concrete in your home will not only add aesthetic interest, but will also slash heating and cooling costs plus help preserve the environment. Concrete homes are durable, cost effective and super stylish.
This concrete living room above balances both colors and materials well. The concrete provides a clean slate for the modern furniture and stylish home decor accessories, allowing this framed art to really pop. The sofa, area rug and pillow poufs add beautiful soft textures to this hard surfaced interior.
In the same way that concrete allows the interior decor to stand out, it also helps the surrounding landscape seem even brighter and more bountiful. While allowing the environment to be noticed, it is simultaneously helping to preserve it by allowing a more efficient lifestyle.
The design of this eclectically modern living room uses the surrounding concrete materials to its advantage, highlighting all of the gorgeous texture and color. The soft eggplant upholstery and jewel tone area rug stand out beautifully against the soft gray floor and walls. Handsome brass floor lamps, like the one seen above, provide another smart contrast while the lamp shade and coffee table add a pop of white.
There's no reason the cool tones of steel, concrete and glass can't be warmed up on the exterior just like we've seen it done on the inside. This bright orange door adds both personality and warmth to this impressive modern home.
One of the major benefits to concrete homes is the ability to furnish with lots of wood. In a typical hardwood-floor home, you might want to monitor how many furniture pieces or accessories are made out of wood, but not here. Go ahead and express your love for this natural material in all color tones and sizes.
Whether you're a modernist at heart or you just enjoy clean design, concrete is a gorgeous material to use both inside and out.
Image credit: Miss Design, Fresh Home, Analog Dialog, Trend Design Interior, Arent & Pyke
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