The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
Adding green to the bedroom is easy if you already have a muted color scheme going in the room. It is a color that works beautifully with the likes of white, gray and even brown. While the yellowy-greens add warmth to the bedroom, the blue-tinged variants bring a touch of coolness along with a vibrant ambiance. Here is a pick of 25 gorgeous bedrooms that incorporate green in a gorgeous fashion.
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.
Apartment Therapy shows a really interesting bathroom design where a bench on an outer wall extends right through the glass into the walk-in shower. Another great and simple example of a shower with a bench (again from Carla Aston) makes use of wood material for both the bench and flooring. You may not have a ton of room for a full-sized bench, so a corner built-in might work instead. This one featured on Angie’s List looks great in this smaller shower! Another from BHG highlights the top of the bench with white.
Villa Sterk, a one-storey residence designed within the landscape context was completed last year by the Amsterdam-based architectural firm, Inbo, in Bontebok, the Netherlands. Hidden from the road by walls of trees, the house offers intimacy and tranquility. It’a a peaceful secluded haven, ideal to relax and enjoy the quiet of the countryside. Morning dew, a cup of steaming coffee, the vast expanse of green, the soothing sound of dawn – you don’t need much to unplug from a chaotic lifestyle and give your brain a break. Enjoy the little things.
“Where the tree rampart touches the house, a natural stone wall takes over the guidance of the landscape and at the same time serves as the termination on both short sides of the house. On the south side the stone wall retreats a little and provides a diagonal view of the landscaped garden. The ground floor floats just above the earth as if the house has not yet ‘landed’ and is a guest in the landscape.” The neat, clean-lined architecture encourages the spatial seclusion of the place. Interior feels light and uncluttered. It almost gives you the illusion that you are outside. High efficiency glass distributed along the lateral walls ensure a good penetration of light and warmth. Walls, ceilings and floors are all-white, made of concrete and natural white stone finishes. All materials used in completing this project are durable and high quality.
The dark and cold old Chestnut Hill Residence, a house built in 1983, went through radical changes and became the green dream house the owners always wanted. The renewal of the old quirky residence located in Brookline, Massachusetts, was completed by A+SL Studios and OMA. The renewal consisted of a new passage added along the south side and higher ceilings in the living room. The result: a cheerful-bright, contemporary interior and a wonderful living ambience. “The owners’ growing family and passion for green design mandated a complete reappraisal of the interior spaces and their connection to the site, as well as technological upgrades to reinforce the house’s original mission and to make an up-to-date sustainability statement.”
One of the main advantages is definitely the view. Peaceful and relaxing, the surroundings can be easily “accessed” from the intimacy of the living room. Floor-to-ceiling windows allow the owners to enjoy the beautiful site and feel more connected to the nature than before. The use of eco-friendly materials qualifies the house as ideal for the owners, which have a deep respect towards the nature. The glossy white furniture blends wonderful with wooden floor and window frames…
There’s nothing quite like an old weathered wooden bench to add some character to almost any bathroom, even if the rest of the room isn’t exactly rustic at all. The State of Things shows a semi-rustic style in this farmhouse bathroom, which obviously works quite well, followed by this more modern and minimalist bathroom featured on Atelierul Decor.
The rustic-modern bathroom often presents a blend of strong, simple forms and warm, earthy details. Note how the wooden shelves and charming view soften the modern features of the bathroom below from Jasmine McClelland Design. Once again, we see a lovely Apaiser tub take center stage. Warm wooden tones are also alive and well in the next featured powder room. We’re loving how the round form of the tub perfectly complements the modern Vernor Panton Large Globe Light, which adds industrial flair to the space.
Curves or angles? This may be the very question you’re asking yourself as you shop for the perfect bathtub. And if you’re a modern design enthusiast, the choice becomes even more difficult, as there are clean-lined advantages to both approaches. Today we shine the spotlight on round bathtubs, both oval and circular. We’ll take a look at the different styles that can be evoked by round tubs, and we’ll even point you in the direction of some fabulous bathtub sources should you be ready to make a purchase!
Emerald is a color that has consistently topped trend charts in recent times and its jewel-toned glamor is perfect for bedrooms with Hollywood Regency style. Malachite pattern and color is also a smart choice if you love that luxurious look in the bedroom while eclectic bedrooms drenched in green goodness steal the show with sheer audacity and flair.
Designed for the high-end luxury interiors market, Genevieve Bennett’s bespoke sculpted leather is created using cutting edge techniques, innovative pattern making, beautiful materials and excellent craftsmanship. Top quality leather is embossed, engraved, inlaid, printed and sculpted and can be used to make decorative wall panels, flooring, upholstery or furniture.
Each piece by the London-based designer is made to order and the designs and techniques can be customized and ordered in bespoke sizes and colours. However, there is also a standard range of products available as 12 inch panels in 26 different colours.
Having graduated from the Royal College of Art in 2000, Bennett is inspired by three-dimensional sculptural qualities, surface relief and striking patterns. Her designs draw on a vast range of archive material and influences, including historic ‘Spitalfields’ silk patterns, wood carvings by 17th Century craftsman Grinling Gibbons, advanced paper engineering techniques and Elizabethan armour…
Green in the girls’ bedroom coupled with pink works surprisingly well and it elegantly complements other colors such as brown and orange as well. Working with more than 3 or 4 bright colors in a room requires great care, perfect planning and a hint of ingenuity that lets each hue standout even while blending with the overall look. While it does sound like a risky proposition, get it right and you will have a playful kids’ room that is a visual treat.