Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
Trina Turk Pillows at burkedecor.com offer vibrantly patterned statements. Nuloom Ikat Rugs come in a variety of patterns and colors to give your floor a modern look. DENY Designs Bianca Green Throw Blanket at wayfair.com adds graphic detailing to your apartment-size sofa. Banksy Life Is Beautiful Canvas Print at icanvas.com is available in several sizes for a wall needing an urban edge. Surya Cosmopolitan Transitional Area Rug at amazon.com has a bold, graphic pattern that gives a small space an expansive feel. Don’t give up on your apartment just because it’s small. Give it the high-design look you’ve always wanted; it’s easier than you might think, thanks to these products and tips. The saying “Good things come in small packages” is popular for a reason. Use it as your small-apartment-living mantra.
Bookcases are a lifesaver when it comes to living small. They come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Our picks are not only functional, they’re attractive. Some ways to use a bookcase creatively in a small apartment include. As a room divider, floating it in an area to split up the space. To house collections of items to clear clutter and give a room a design boost. As a home office, with a shelf set at a height of 28-30 inches to serve as a writing or laptop spot, plus a section for a printer. As an entry, breakfast, media or sofa table. As an armless sofa bookend instead of a side table.
If you believe that green does not work in a trendy and minimal contemporary bedroom, then think again! A green accent wall is easy to shape and it brings that much needed warmth to an otherwise cool and mundane interior. Just repeat the color in the room using vivacious bedding, accessories, nightstands or even a couple of lovely vases and you have an inviting bedroom that is both energetic and relaxing. Those who feel that an accent wall in green or décor are not your thing can still add the color by placing a couple of potted plants to fill up those empty corners. It is an easy, eco-friendly and healthy choice to turn to that will instantly alter the mood in the bedroom.
There are a few specific styles and themes which come alive in the bedroom with the addition of a green tinge. The first that comes to mind is here is the exotic tropical style. Whether you wish to combine a hint of tropical charm with modern aesthetics or want to create a guest bedroom that is full of tropical flair, green is the color to turn to. A splash of bright or mossy green can turn your boring bedroom into a fun and playful space that reminds of your recent holiday trip to a stunning tropical getaway. Another look that revels in green is the beach style and you can replace the traditional white and blue blend with white, green and a hint of orange to create a unique and exquisite bedroom.
Looking into the future and the ocean with an exceptional marine skyscraper design named SeaOrbiter, humanity will learn more about 80 % of life on Earth, hidden in the oceans. The construction of this impressive research ocean skyscraper will begin by the end of 2012. Atypically rising 170 feet (51m) tall, this collection of laboratories will be the first vertical vessel to sail in the name of oceanography. It has been a concept for twelve years, and now, this colossal ocean lab will take shape under the attentive supervision of its creator – French architect Jacques Rougerie. Part submarine, part research vessel, the SeaOrbiter is expected to cost around $43 million and will be powered by sustainable resources like solar, wind and wave power. Supported by former NASA Administrator Dan Goldin, the European Space Agency as well as other industrial organizations, this amazing ocean skyscraper found on MyModernMet will be exploring uncharted territories and help construct a better understanding of our planet…
You see your friends on Facebook, you chat on Facebook, why not also eat and sleep on Facebook? This is probably what Croatian designer Tomislav Zvonari? of DevianTom had in mind when creating this unusual bed. FBed concept is shaped like the logo of the worldwide famous social network and I believe I even see some “like” buttons on the small pillow and sheets there. According to the designer, “FBed is a conceptual multipractical bed design that would allow you always to be up to date and close to your online friends even when you sleep. The idea is that you may hoop in front of your screen directly from your bed when you wake up, and inverse when you get tired and wan’t to go sleep…” Honestly, I don’t think that such a bed was necessary for most of the people out there to go online on Facebook as soon as they wake up. They do it anyway. Do you find the idea behind this bed practical or exaggerated? Please leave your arguments in the comment section below…
Visually and functionally divided into two separate pavilions, the Edgeland Residence, designed by Bercy Chen Studio and located on the shores of the Colorado River is surprising to say the least. The sustainable features of the project are meant to heal the land of its former industrial character: “The project raises awareness about a diminishing natural landscape and its finite resources by creating a balance between the surrounding industrial zone and the natural river residing on opposite side of the site“.
One of the volumes accommodates the sleeping areas, while the other shelters the social zones. Floor to ceiling windows ensure a high amount of natural light and a good connection with the outdoors. The elongated roofs filled with soil and grass keep the residence cool in the summer and warm during winter time. Other sustainable additions include hydronic heating & cooling, geothermal heat exchange and phase-change thermal heat storage. Aside from its obvious aesthetic feature, the swimming pool provides an additional thermal mass included in the geothermal system.
These original Ienami Bonkei planters by Metaphys introduce us to a delightful miniature world. The inspiration behind the project has its roots in the Japanese art of “Bonkei”. A bonkei is defined as a three-dimensional depiction of a landscape in miniature, developed using mainly dry materials like rock, cement mixtures or sand. It may also contain miniature figures of people, animals, buildings, bridges, and other outdoor elements.
The micro-universe in the photos below is made up of different planters, each resembling a house with roof garden. There are four distinct versions to choose from: hiroba (which means “square” or “plaza”), roji (“alley”), zigzag and tunnel. Combine multiple planters and you will get a beautiful small village. Play a bit with the greenery color and type of each rooftop for adding visual diversity. The Ienami Bonkei planters make for a charming decorating indoor unit at home or at work.
If you liked this idea, check out other creative planter designs featured on our site, such as the elegant Kasokudo Bonsai Planter by designer Adrian Magu or these minimalist glass sculptures created by Score + Solder!
Japanese design office Nendo has recently been declared Maison&Objet’s Designer of the Year. When invited to develop a lounge for guests at the furniture and design show, Nendo also envisioned nine pieces of “designer’s chocolates”, to allure visitors. The resulting Chocolatexture collection includes sculptural pieces of delicious truffles, each different in shape, taste and texture.
Oki Sato, leader of the Milan and Tolyo-based company Nendo, stated: “The 9 different types of chocolate are made within the same size, 26x26x26mm, featuring pointed tips, hollow interiors, smooth or rough surface textures,” says Sato. “And while the raw materials are identical, the distinctive textures create different tastes.” Moreover, each of the chocolate types were inspired by an onomatopoeic word from the Japanese language that describes texture. The chocolates correspond with words like “toge toge” (sharp pointy tips), “sube sube” (smooth edges and corners) and “zara zara” (granular, like a file).
Chocolatexture was created for the Maison & Objet trade fair currently taking place this week in Paris. 400 limited edition Chocolatexture sets were created and will be sold during the event in Paris at the “Chocolatexture lounge.” We think this sweet design idea would make a perfect gift for an architect, wouldn’t you agree?
Here’s another Caroma tub, this time in a pearly shade of white. In fact, this Caroma Pearl (also available through Reece) boasts an oval organic shape. Note the way its simplicity is the perfect contrast to the ornate wall in the product shot below. Would you choose an acrylic tub for your crisp, clean powder room? This Nazzano Acrylic Modern Bathtub from Modern Bathroom Vanities has the advantage of being nonporous, which means it’s very hygienic and easy to clean.
We all need a little bit of color in our lives. Color sets the mood and the tone of the home – some colors are vivacious and energetic while others are much more calming and relaxing by nature. Whether you want a pop or burst here and there, or you want to pack a colorful punch, below you’ll find some creative and unexpected ways to add a little more color to your life!
Why not make a bang up impression and wow your visitors before they even have a chance to step inside your home. Nothing is as welcoming as a warm entry. Your front door is the portal to your home. It should be inviting and reflective of your home. A freshly painted front door suggests a home that is well kept. A dark front door, such as black or navy might indicate you’ve a sophisticated style. A red or yellow front door suggests that you’re bold and love color and pink, or other unexpected colors may indicate that you love surprise and whimsy. Painting your front door is a simple and easy way to add color to your home.
Perhaps you’re renting, or perhaps you prefer to have a neutral color on your walls but you yearn for a touch of color. You don’t want to buy accessories – after all, the ones you have are perfect. You’re not looking to replace or recover your couch, nor are you wanting to totally recreate your style. By painting the inside of your bookshelves (or cabinets) you’ll be making a big impact with minimal fuss.
Painted floors are increasing in popularity and often come as a welcome and fun surprise to a first time visitor. Painting your floors is a great way to cover up the imperfections in older hardwood floors and can cost significantly less than refinishing your floors in their current, less than perfect condition. A pop of color on your floors is a fantastic and creative way to breathe new life not only into your floors, but to the entire room. Any surface from hardwood to concrete can be painted.
Add an unexpected splash of color to your room by painting your ceiling. Worried about the old adage that a dark ceiling will make your room feel smaller? Don’t worry, it’s been dispelled. Still worried, then opt to go for a “safer,” lighter color such as a pale blue or grey. Adding color to your ceiling will add a lively touch to your style and will delight your guests.
This trend, as many are apt to do, started in Europe. Europeans are more playful, daring and adventurous than we Americans tend to be. Colorful appliances are not only the rage, but are becoming commonplace in many European home kitchens. A blue or red or bright orange oven adds not only a bold pop of color to your kitchen, but it adds an energy, character and dimension. Take caution, however, it is not so easy to change the color of your large appliances than it is to say, repaint cabinets or walls!
Kitchens don’t need to have white, dark or wood cabinets, though this is what we most often see. Kitchen cabinets can easily be repainted and can provide the perfect vehicle to adding color to your room. Whether bold or more subdued, your kitchen cabinets can be painted any color. Perhaps you want to add some color to you space, but want to do so in a less obvious manner, simply paint the insides of the cabinets instead. Feeling bold? Daring? Why not paint both the insides and the outsides in various shades of the same color, or in contrasting colors! Re-painting your cabinets can give your kitchen an inexpensive and immediate face lift.
Painting vintage furniture is a perfect way to add new life to something old. It’s salvaging a piece of history and it’s environmentally friendly. Really, there is nothing that can’t be painted anymore! And older sofa or loveseat that may have faded, earned a few stains or seen better days but it still structurally sound can benefit from a new slipcover. Recovering or repainting a piece of furniture is a simple way to add a pop of color to your space. Adding a new color even to some old chairs can transform your room dramatically.
You needn’t an extensive collection of fine art, simply a few color paintings, posters or photographs. Hanging art on your walls will not only give your walls an instant pop of color, but the paintings will add another layer of texture and dimension to your room, and nothing is as reflective of one’s style as the art in one’s home. A home truly looks and feels lived-in when there’s a nice collection of art hanging on the walls. For those of you just starting out, or moving into a larger space and in need of things to make your walls less bare, sites like art.com offer incredible selections of works by all your favorite artists in every genre.
You can instantly add color and change the tone of your room by changing or layering your accessories. Swap out throw blankets and pillows for those of a different hue or pattern from time to time. This inexpensive face lift can dramatically alter the mood of your room. Keep a few spares on hand, if you can, and change your room’s ambiance with the seasons, or just because you feel like it!
Perhaps the easiest and most versatile means of adding a touch of color to your space, is simply the addition of bright, colorful flowers. Whether an ornate arrangement or a simple grouping, a vase or large bowl of flowers can instantly transform your space. And what’s more, you can change your flower colors on a regular basis and according to the seasons!