There’s no need to dread an apartment that leans towards the ‘bijoux’ end of the scale when there are so many decorating options available to make the best out of it. Little spaces with big personalities are frequently featured in lifestyle columns as aspirational – so get designing.
This utility room is made beautiful by careful organisation of the useful things within it. The cupboards, drawers, boxes and baskets are coordinated in shades of cream to set off the pretty eggshell blue walls. The lesson here to keep small spaces neat and tidy.
Remember to have fun
Hello, who’s that? If seeing a zebra staring at you when you come into your bathroom for your morning shower doesn’t cheer you up, then nothing will! OK, quirky animal prints aren’t to everyone’s taste but it’s a fantastic way to make a statement in a limited amount of space.
Dark colours can work great in small spaces
It’s common knowledge that small spaces should always be painted as pale as possible right? However style blogs now note that rich, dark colours can create a sense of space and place as well as white walls, if not sometimes better. Choose blacks, blackened browns ad charcoals to bring the tranquillity of night. Then accent the rest of the room with pale and brightly coloured objects.
Mini apartments can be gems and there’s now a whole culture of decorating magazines and blogs celebrating the art of living in a small space. If you’re creative and inventive, you can transform practically any space into a great place to show off your tastes and interests. You don’t have to compromise on form or function!
A small bedroom for a couple needs both great use of space and great expression of your style. Good or bad bedroom decor can mean the difference between a relaxed feeling and stress that carries over into your home life. We’ve picked a few budget-friendly items to liven up your pad.
To make the most of a small space, a rug adds warmth and interest to the square footage that you have. This pretty astronomical design brings a bit of the night sky inside and isn’t too loud to overwhelm a small space.
Storage needs cornered
This cute corner storage unit is a good solution for two wardrobes that need to be condensed into a tiny space! It’s reasonably priced and available at – you guessed it – Ikea. The light colour will help to bounce light around your room- a key concern when you’re trying to make the best out of a small space.
An eye-catching print in a small space is the best way to express your style. This Flamingo print from Habitant is going to cheer you up every time you walk through the door! It comes in at a very pocket-friendly £12.00.
Light of my life
This metal bedside lamp is also from Habitat, and it’s so useful and adorable that it’s frequently sold out on their website. The polished metal look will fit in with absolutely any bedroom decor and is more sturdy than a cloth or glass alternative.
What kind of style will you choose for the bedroom you share with your partner? Remember that limited space doesn’t mean limited style options. Pick bold options that make you feel happy when you see them dotted about the room and remember to maximise the space that you do have with clever storage.
Can a beautiful interior in a hair salon make the experience worth part of the price tag? We take a look at four stunning salons as famous for their looks as their locks.
Mizu Salon Boston
The Mizu (which occupies the inside of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel) is a kind of religious experience. The all-white, chapel-like space is one of the most unusual places to get a haircut in the Northern states. Alongside the most minimalist salon interior experience you could possibly imagine, the Mizu’s team make regular editorial contributions to fashion magazine and advertising shoots.
Ruggeri Salon New York
This New York salon has a more home-y feel. That is if you were in the home of a kind of art collector-cum-interior decorator. We think it’s a great anecdote to the typical clinical feel of contemporary salons and the light looks much more flattering!
The Drybar is typically Calfornian with its design ethos of ‘clean and pretty’. It’s kind of a compromise between an uncluttered, unfussy white space and a very feminine salon with its marble tops and decorative mirrors. The Drybar (you might guess this by the name) is somewhat unusual in that it doesn’t offer colour or cuts. Just blow dries to shape your mane into something a bit more stylish.
Bumble and Bumble New York
One of the biggest product brands in the hair industry have a chain of airy, industrially-kitted out salons in New York. The attention to detail is really breathtaking and the space manages to look as accessible and welcoming as it does sparse and cool. Their Meatpacking District branch is noted for its exceptionally fashion-forward haircutting and host of other services like a cafe and shop.
The decor of a hair salon can say a lot about its ethos and the quality of the artistry that goes on there. A hair salon that advertises itself as a ‘total experience’ might charge a premium for its services, but it’s down to the individual to determine how important the decor and feel of a place is to a great haircutting experience.
You’ve decided to compare London property prices , you may have even put a deposit down. Now you need to think about designing an interior for your new flat or house that expresses your lifestyle and your needs. We take a look at some of the most beautiful, most quirky and cool interior design ideas we predict to be popular in 2012.
Wallpaper as a focal point hot for 2012
Antique and contemporary antique-look wallpaper continues to be a big trend in 2012. New craftsmen from the past are celebrated and big new designers are heralded. This year it’s the turn of Madeline Weinrib. Her wallpapers and fabrics are inspired by traditional motifs and techniques from the around the world, ranging from Ikat to Moroccan prints.
Reclaimed furniture an enduring trend
Furniture reclaimed from schools (science lab stools and workbenches – anyone?) and brass door fitting reclaimed from demolitions are becoming popular additions to contemporary homes. You can style your interior so that it isn’t obvious that some of your furniture and fittings are reclaimed. That’s part of the point – making the design and materials of the past a seamless part of the future.
Neon tops the colour charts
You might think neon is difficult to use in the home, but for 2012 design companies have come up with innovative and subtle ways to put a pop of loud colour into your home. Try neon as an accent (rather than as a wall shade for your bedroom) and incorporate it into glassware, backlit mirrors, splashed onto wood as colour and woven into textiles. If neon makes you tremble, then try its cousin chartreuse, a slightly dulled bright green that is perfect around kitchens.
Minimalist fittings with unique and free flourishes are perhaps the key trends for 2012. The focus is on showing your resourcefulness and pleasure in finding useful and quirky things to decorate your home.
Fireplaces are a feature that many buyers would be willing to pay a premium for, whether in the countryside or in a city townhouse. How many buyers however know that fireplaces cause a lot of environmental damage and also pose a serious hazard to asthma sufferers and people with heart problems? Not to mention there are escalating energy prices to worry about. Let’s explore fireplace concepts that are better for us and the environment.
The EcoSmart Aspect fireplace uses bioethanol fuels to produce a more environmentally friendly home heating option. It can be installed in houses, flats, businesses, bars and anywhere else you can think. Its design is minimalist enough not to be out of place in any interior design context.
Fire Ribbon Vent Free
All extras have been stripped away for this fireplace. It looks as if it consists of nothing but a single ribbon of fire. It’s sure to attract compliments from houseguests and will add to the cool points of any room you put it in. Because there’s no vent, you really can put it in absolutely any room you choose – there doesn’t need to be a chimney to the outside world. A vent free fireplace burns very hot, which in turn makes it more efficient.
Ecosmart Zeta Stylish Fireplace
The zeta is fully portable and requires no installation. It runs on bioethanol. The modern design would make a stunning centrepiece for your environment and the glass screens amplify the comforting flicker of the flames. The outside is also finished in leather and available in three colour ways.
You can now add a green fireplace to your home. Remember to check carefully the safety requirements and choose a style that reflects the space you have and the type of design environment you want to create. Contemporary fireplaces are designed to be as ornamental as much as they are built to keep you warm.
Precisely the occasion of the centenary of the birth of George Nelson, Vitra signature honors, with a retrospective of his work and life, and especially with the reissue of one of his greatest works, the Pretzel Chair.
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The most basic and serious color, black, is becoming increasingly important in the decoration. It is no longer exclusive minimalist style housing or single or young couples to get into classic style homes. This color is also used as a base color when it comes to making a successful mix of styles.
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