The Terrazzo Trend
Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Once a trend in the seventies, Terrazzo is experiencing a revival. Shifting away from its association with public spaces, ultra-modern Terrazzo options introduce decorative surfaces that have been reformed with a sophisticated element to suit the contemporary home.
Deriving from mosaic art, Terrazzo counters traditional decorative patterns to create a unique surface that exposes marble chips, quartz and other fine elements. Bonded to a single cement bed, this creative process can produce varying colours and unique ornate features.
As pictured above: Terrazzo surface
Currently an interesting alternative to granite and concrete options, terrazzo can be utilised in practical kitchens and bathroom spaces. On traditional countertops or floors, the stone base of this finish maintains traditional neutrality, while adding a dazzling eye-catching effect with an intriguing on-trend artisan appeal.
Introduce the speckled texture of Terrazzo to everyday objects around the home. For Art Deco inspiration, the Alan Giles Fragment Collection by Bonaldo celebrates the beautiful pops of colour variations that this classic craftsmanship has to offer on a conventional coffee tabletop surface.
Easy and cost-effective, contemporary wallpaper trends inspired by Terrazzo provide a simple alternative. Accentuate the quirky and graphic essence of this finish with a range of options from Graham & Brown, which can be used to create a feature wall that complements your desired colour palette.
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Dulux Colour of the Year: 2019
Wednesday, 21 November 2018
As we shift towards 2019 Dulux recently announced Spiced Honey as its colour of the year. Following the cocooning influence of 2018’s Heart Wood, this warming and inviting hue is a positive selection that reflects transformation and awakening.
Described as a ‘warm amber tone’, Dulux believes the versatility of Spiced Honey can be ‘both calming and nourishing or stimulating and energising, depending on the palettes and light surrounding it’. Following a period of retreat, going forward, this shade signals a universal desire for positive action, optimism and purpose.
As pictured above: Dulux Colour of the Year 2019 - Spiced Honey
By inviting tones of amber and rich caramel into a living room setting, Dulux warmly demonstrates the soothing qualities of Spiced Honey when applied to walls. A cool and earthy grey sofa creates a timeless setting, while a linear black accent piece, such as the Twiggy Floor Lamp by Foscarini brings an intentionally graphic edge.
Providing balance in the bedroom, an energising yet zesty aura reinforces enough positivity in the morning to get you out of bed, while soothing hints of ochre encourage rest and reflection to promote a good nights’ sleep. Introduce a contrast of pure white elements such as the Drift Bed in soft leather texture to harmonise the scheme even more.
Get tactile with textiles to truly spice up this shade - leather and velvet cushions or throws in muted pastel tones will help to spatially inject the dimension and versatility this colour is set to inspire.
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Introducing Reflective Surfaces at Home
Friday, 26 October 2018
Injecting harmony and balance into the home has been a strong interior theme throughout 2018. This meditative inspiration continues to influence new collections and designs in the physical form of reflective surfaces.
Opposing an overly shiny or flashy feel, introducing coloured glass and tinted mirror finishes is key to mastering this trend. Marked with subtly, find elements that exude decadence, yet mindfully transform any room.
As pictured above: The Planer Round Table by Cattelan Italia at Lime Modern Living
Mixing luxurious materials to employ reflection as decoration, the Aston Sideboard by Cattelan Italia features a contrast of wood, soft leather and a central opening backed with stylish fume glass. The Harlem Bookcase also employs a similar technique to create an interesting focal point enhanced by intermittent reflective spaces.
Reflective surfaces can help mirror natural light and brighten smaller spaces. For a refined industrial look, introduce finishes with delicate lighting sources. For instance, the Foscarini Lumiere Table Lamp in black chrome can be stylised as an accent piece amidst softer surroundings.
For an iconic ambience, be bold with larger, unexpected surfaces. A softly rounded yet powerful reflection, the fumé mirrored top on the Planer Round Table imposes a glam retro feel. Enjoy this look in the modern home by recreating cocktail hour with elegant tumblers and bold gin glasses.
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The Bathroom as a Living Space
Friday, 19 October 2018
The most functional room at home is becoming a realm for escapism. Taking inspiration from luxurious resorts, a 2018 Pinterest 100 report revealed a 269 per cent surge in saves for ‘spa bathrooms’.
Establishing the bathroom as a sanctuary for relaxation, trends are encouraging us to indulge with the purpose of creating a spa-like experience. Serving as your personalised do-not-disturb spot, a soothing and minimalist selection of accessories or furnishings can bring the holiday essence home.
As pictured above: The Sweep Rattan Basket by Cane-Line at Lime Modern Living
A traditional bath can dictate the look of your bathroom, and on-trend freestanding styles create a sculptural focal point to admire and enjoy. Demonstrating irresistibly deep and shapely variations, the Bateau collection by Catchpole & Rye is available in plush copper or nickel finishes that contrast stylishly against crisp white surroundings.
Introducing real furniture in your bathroom merges this space with everyday living. Reminiscent of hotel leisurely pursuits, unconventional cocktail-style tables, such as the Gliss by Cattelan Italia, provides a spot for your morning coffee or glass of wine as you unwind during a late night soak.
To achieve the look, mix tonality and textures – rattan integrates perfectly indoors just as it does outdoors; showcase plentiful linens to ignite warmth; and for a classic final touch, store towels rolled in the Sweep Rattan Basket or stylishly drape them over the chic Climb Ladder by Cane-Line.
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