February 17, 2016
Many people are afraid of using strong colours at home. However, as this beautiful Sarah Lavoine designed apartment in Paris shows, strong colours can create interiors of unparalleled style when used with intelligence and confidence. Here are a few simple tips to follow.
First, start with a monochrome background. The white ceiling and floor of this apartment work well with the black feature walls and steel staircase to create a neutral structure against which the brighter colours are showcased like jewels.
Secondly, choose a bold but simple colour palette. The furniture and upholstery are in pops of teal, mustard yellow, purple and emerald, which work wonders against the monochrome backdrop of the apartment. With such intense colours there is no need for complicated patterns.
Lastly, go for furniture and accessories with strong sculptural shapes. These look amazing against strong colours.
Use furniture in bright colours to add interest. The pigeon blue of the Gavotte armchair from Moustache, the blue and orange of the Mathilda chair from Moroso and the signal red of the Chariot trolley from Casamania all have a strong presence.
Lights in simple shapes but strong colours make a real statement. All LZF wood veneer lights come in multiple colours, such as this Escape suspension light in blue. For something with a simpler silhouette, this Skylight Tower One suspension light from Frederik Roije looks great in copper green.
February 16, 2021
Japanese zen style goes far beyond minimalist white spaces. It is about thoughtful spaces which encourage the contemplation of light, colours, textures and shapes - the building blocks of nature and beauty. The Shutter House in Perth is a great example.
February 08, 2021
There was a time when the use of marble was largely restricted to floors, posh kitchen counters and grave statutes. And then, at some point around the mid-noughties, marble was everywhere. Could the same be happening to terrazzo?
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