Scandinavian kitchens are looking better than ever,
black has become a more popular choice for cabinetry lately,
we definitely love this trend...the inclusion of black adds
a touch of drama to any kitchen and looks stunning
especially when paired with white and timber.
Salone del Mobile
The hottest new trends were on show in Milan at this very well known international industry event. The Salone is always filled with gorgeous new ideas and amazing inspiration, and it's not only the big pieces that turn heads...often the discovery of more mundane ones inspires us just as much...
Here are some of our favourites, hope you enjoy...
We spotted sophisticated blues and greens at Bitossi, their new ceramics are beautiful
and we cannot wait to see them land in Oz
We absolutely loved the shapes and textures of the new Urkiola Georg Jensen collection by Patricia Urquiola - the detail is lovely, that lady is truly talented...
We loved the look of these ceramic tiles by Cristina Celestino of Bottega Nove,
we think that they are just divine, don't you?
The "Cumbia" is Marni's new furniture collection, the colours are fantastic,
From the archives...we still love these inspirational images from a few years back!
A few of our favourite things this month...
We are hanging beautiful abstract artwork in deep, bold hues - think indigo and black - to add drama to a living space or a bedroom, add soft merino blankets for a luxurious winter look...
High windows and open plan spaces are our favourites, we love to design big spaces with character, the black framed floor to ceiling windows add drama to this space, the leather armchairs and timber coffee table add warmth and help create a unique and cozy look...
An unexpected collection adds a personal touch to any space, we love warm hues for winter like reds and purples, they add richness and luxury...mix shapes and heights for a result that will turn heads...
Don't forget to add greenery and poetry to your space, they will make the difference between soulless and amazing...
When sourcing floor tiles there are a few basic rules that need to be taken into consideration. First step is to identify your budget, this is necessary in order to avoid disappointments later and it's helpful when it comes to the actual tile selection as it'll narrow down the choices which is always good! It is important to research all products available on the market and to look into materials, formats, patterns, designs and colours. Colour is generally a good starting point as it sets the tone and feel of a space. Neutrals have always been favoured over brighter hues simply because they suit most colour palettes and styles. Out of all neutrals grey is generally the colour that creates the most response to the eye and it has become quite a popular choice for both interiors and gardens. Grey is also popular with designers and architects as it works well with most schemes and is effective with most architectural styles and decors.
When it comes to materials the most popular ones for floor tiles are: stone, ceramic, slate, marble and granite. Stone (limestone and sandstone) is a popular choice, reason being it has a beautiful texture, it suits our coastal climate and works well with both modern and traditional architecture. It's widely used for walling as well as paving, and suits both country and coastal homes/buildings. Limestone is pale and smooth and suits a variety of applications, it's used a lot in residential projects both inside and out.
Ceramic is one of the most popular materials out there, one that is not going to disappear for a while. Traditionally ceramic tiles are used in interiors, especially in bathrooms and kitchens as they are easy to maintain and they are practical and durable. Patterns have made a come back lately and are a stunning way to inject personality into any space without breaking the bank.
If it's a more luxurious look you are after then marble and granite should definitely be at the top of your list. It's important to make sure that the material selected suits the application and that it can be sealed for durability if needed. Shopping around clarifies doubts and makes decisions easier so be sure you take your time and consider all options. Formats and patterns are also key to a design, generally bolder patterns are used in commercial applications (cafes and hotels) and can also make a striking feature in a residential project. Texture is also a great way to create visual interest and add tactility to a design.
If you are shopping around for tiles, putting together a mood board will help you get the project started, collect some colour cards in the hue that you favour and some images from magazines (or online on pinterest and houzz), it will be useful when questions arise later. If you have any doubts and need help with editing or just feel overwhelmed by the whole process, it might be a good idea to hire an interior designer or decorator, it'll make it a far less stressful experience and (probably) a much quicker one. Whichever route you may decide to take just remember to have fun and enjoy the ride:)