There is so much to love about the design aesthetic of Japan. Function determines form resulting in the elegant simplicity of Japanese homes. Wood, earth, water & air are key elements of this style that features nature at its heart.
January gets our minds racing about the year to come, and 2015 promises to be one of great interiors. The trend to emulate is that of scaling back and simplifying rooms. Editing your rooms will allow your beloved furniture and accessories to take centre stage. By freeing up some extra space you can revitalize your place. Take advantage of the latest and greatest the design world has to offer this year.
1 International Influences 6 Black and/or White
2 Geometry and Angles 7 Natural Details
3 Large Scale Prints 8 Triangles, Checks and Dots
4 Lustrous Surfaces 9 Bold Colours
5 Gold and Copper Metals 10 Mixing Patterns
Let's see how you can incorporate these trends into your home :
Keep your bathrooms and kitchens fresh by sticking with black and white. From floor tiles to back splashes, white will reign this year, but expect to see black making a dramatic impact here as well. These timeless choices for more permanent design elements are wise. Designers and homeowners will strive to create a minimal look with lots of right angles and flat-front kitchen cabinetry. Black and white appliances are also going to be fashionable in 2015.
In the bathroom the standalone tub provides a much needed sculptural element in the modern home. Put a bench in your shower stall for comfort and style. Continue anchoring your design using black and white. This contrasting duo achieves a tailored, classic effect. Always keep it crisp and clean in the bathroom. Gold will be the metal of choice for faucets this year.
International influences will invoke an exotic look in all of your rooms. Consider introducing touches from the Orient and the Middle East. Mixing items from around the world will create a cultured and curated interior. Embrace the modern gypsy style by mixing bold prints, layering patterns and using bright fabrics.
To achieve a balanced look combine sleek, lacquered surfaces with natural wood or concrete. Bold colours are easily grounded with white and black. Incorporate lots of plants like epiphytes (air plants) and groupings of succulents in glass vessels with exposed soil to add that earthy element. Graphic large scale prints will give your home that gallery feel without visually cluttering the space.
Our preferred quirky trend is the nod to all things intergalactic. Outer space will be providing inspiration for textiles and artwork. We think it's out of this world!
So it's a new year and like most people you have resolved to be a better, more organized you. Make good on your promise with modern furniture designed to get you and your home arranged for easy living. Accomplish your goals in style.
Media cabinets hide unsightly electrical equipment and miles of cords:
Modloft - Aleen Media Cabinet
MASHstudios - PCH Entertainment Shelf
Modloft - Eldridge Media Cabinet
Task specific storage serves serves a purpose while looking great:
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The temperature has dipped again and has us longing for toasty evenings by the fire. We love Malm fireplaces that have been around since the 1960s and fit perfectly into modern interiors. Suspended fireplaces, like the Gyrofocus, are also super on trend at the moment. Grab some wine, a good book and get cozy.
Every year we eagerly await Pantone's announcement for the upcoming colour of the year. Now that we know about Marsala, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015, we can expect to see retailers stocking their shelves with all sorts of furnishings in the newest 'it' hue. This year designers will find innovative ways to integrate this earthy, rich colour into interiors, but how can you do the same in your home? We have a few tips and ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Make Use of What You Have
Marsala has so much going for it. It is warm, spicy and full of life. There are lots of colour combinations that will allow you to use it in your home with items that you already have. This colour likely already lives in your spice cabinet, wine rack and vanity. The time has come to unleash it all over your place. Pair it with blues, golds, dark green, pale pink, grey, tan, black, white and silver.
Use Marsala as an Accent Colour
By simply introducing Marsala through the use of accessories you can monopolize on the trend without breaking the bank. Marsala is absolutely gorgeous, but will be gone again in one short year. Curtains, towels, throw pillows, bedding or an area rug would be great places to use Marsala in 2015. Paint The Town Marsala
Creating an accent wall featuring Marsala will warm up your interior. This will work especially well if your furniture and accessories are fairly neutral. Painting takes a bit of elbow grease, but is inexpensive and adds enormous impact that can easily be changed. This colour would look really romantic in a dining room.
Look to the Past to Decorate for the Future
Wine tones have been incorporated into homes for ages. Marsala conjures up images of the opulent interiors of royal castles. Picture plush velvet, luxurious brocade and rich wall coverings. Now dial it back. Way back. Select textiles with patterns and texture that will give you that lavish feel with a modern aesthetic.