Set The Mood With Metallics
Thursday, 22 August 2019
From copper industrial wall lights and pewter plant pots to entire rooms painted in luminous tones, the metallics trend is becoming more popular in all sorts of settings. As well as being a prominent feature in ultra-glam schemes, metallics add a visually appealing element to all zones, bringing warmth and light into a space.
If you’re a bit uncertain about how to embrace this ever-growing trend, start with accent pieces and metallic accessories that will punctuate a space, rather than taking over. Cattelan Italia’s Apollo Cluster Suspenion Light in copper or bronze would encourage light to bounce around the room, creating a warm and welcoming environment. Or opt for a brass hairpin side table or bar trolley for that Gatsby-esque ambience.
As pictured above from left to right: The Cattelan Italia Apollo Suspension Light and Skorpio Keramik Table
Chrome furnishings add a level of shine no other metallic can give and can be found on designs dating back to the Twenties. This high-shine finish exudes a sense of luxury that is suitable for all decor schemes. The Led Gaslift Bar Stool by Connubia Calligaris is the perfect solution for adding chrome details.
A moody kitchen with navy or dark grey tones would benefit from brass details – from lights and taps to door handles, giving the cool hues a welcoming splash of warmth. Alternatively, metallic ceilings bring an unexpected dose of glamour to a design scheme. The reflective finish creates an elegant sheen throughout the entire room.
Gone are the days of declaring yourself a gold or silver person. Interior designers have proved that a clever cocktail of metallics can be just as stylish. Silver grey sofas could be accentuated with a golden-framed console or side table for a contrasting scheme. But do bear in mind to keep the palette sophisticated with a mix of only two or three finishes – too much of a combination will confuse the entire look.
Ethereal and mesmerising, the metallic trend is certainly having its moment and it is certainly not one to shy away from.
Velvet – The Soft Touch
Friday, 31 May 2019
If this year’s Oscars are anything to go by, then velvet is in. And we don’t mean the classic little black dress – it was the men who were sporting velvet tuxes and dinner jackets in a variety of colours. Velvet has also made it from the red carpet to the red sofa. Lime Modern Living are stocking the latest styles and the Sits Mattias Sofa can be upholstered in a wide choice of colours and fabrics, including velvet.
To be among the stars, head to Oliver Bonas whose Constellation Velvet Cushion – combining plush velvet with an entrancing star print, is the perfect addition to any sofa.
As Pictured Above (from left to right): The Calligaris Love Chair and Graham and Green's Tulip Pink Velvet Lampshade
Or you could take your seat on a comfy dining chair - the Calligaris Love Chair is upholstered with a velvet seat pad with detailed stitching on the backrest and seat. And to keep you in the lime light, Graham and Green’s Tulip Pink Velvet Lampshade is a must, with its gold inner drum that emits a warming glow around a room.
With online searches for velvet going up by 400 per cent, velvet continues to be one to watch out for in 2019. As one of our all-time classic fabrics, velvet exudes luxury with a soft, tactile surface that has taken both our homes and wardrobes by storm. Unlike other fabrics, it has no raised weaves or loose threads, which makes it difficult for the material to snag. And with its rug-like flat pile, it makes it highly durable and an ideal material for the home.
There is a huge range of chic velvet pieces out there that will keep you ahead of the trends for 2019. So, indulge yourself and embrace that soft touch.
The Mystique of Teak
Thursday, 23 May 2019
It’s time to soak up the sun and relax on your Teak patio furniture – the highest quality outdoor furniture you can find. And it looks like teak will continue to stay in fashion during these spring and summer months, as stylish Teak designs are hitting our decking. The Amaze sofa by Cane-line creates a unique sculptural and decorative effect with its undulating slatted seat and backrest.
As Pictured Above: The Amaze sofa by Cane-line
If it’s versatility you want, the Cane-line Area Stool with its slender tri-legged teak base can also be used as a side table. Or if it’s a more rustic look you’re after, then the Cane-line Core Table is perfect for alfresco dining
Going along with the popularity of all-natural teak styles, one look that will be in style this year is weathered teak. As teak is exposed to the sun, the furniture gradually takes on a grey-ish look, perfect for homes looking for a neutral style. Because Teak is a dense and oily wood, the natural oils present within it offers protection from pests such as termites. The oil also keeps water from seeping into the wood. This means teak furniture can be left outside to endure years of rain, wind, heat, and cold - but don't forget, everything does need a bit of TLC from time to time.
As Pictured Above: The Cane-Line Core Table, available at Lime
With teak becoming a highly popular choice for furniture, the drive for more of the wood has reached an all-time high. Unfortunately, the growing demand for teak has attributed to major deforestation throughout Asia. The latest trend will be a call for more sustainable and environmentally friendly options that are grown on teak plantations. More and more consumers are requesting teak furniture that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.
Some regular cleaning is also necessary to keep the wood looking beautiful. With a little care and maintenance, teak furniture can endure a long life and you’ll feel the benefits for many years to come.
Flexible Fitness at Home
Wednesday, 8 May 2019
Hailed as the Netflix of gyms, innovative apps such as Peloton and Fiit have fuelled the popularity of on-demand workouts that can be carried out from the comfort of your own home, while offering the innovative boutique quality of leading gyms.
Busy schedules frequently impact ambitious fitness plans, but a home gym can significantly increase your weekly workout sessions, helping you to address and maintain specific goals with ease. For flexibility and time efficiency, this on-trend ability to live stream studio classes by elite instructors offers the same motivation drawn from group sessions.
As Pictured Above: Fiit – On-Demand Fitness
Vacant spare rooms or garages at home can be cleared out and furnished with basic gym equipment, adding essentials such as yoga mats, puzzle flooring, resistance bands and kettlebells for weightlifting provide the perfect foundation for beginners. For decoration and functionality, adding oversized mirrors can significantly help to improve performance technique and minimise the possibility of injury.
Where space is limited, a living room TV or Tablet is sufficient. From cardio to strength exercises, modern on-demand interfaces feature a range of time-fixed workouts that you can join in real time as soon as you wake up or while dinner is simmering.
Childcare becomes unnecessary so get the whole family involved. Encouraging little ones to practice alongside you at home will build their confidence, emphasise the importance of fitness on their wellbeing and install a workout routine that can last a life-time.