At last!!

June 8, 2016

Well it’s a very long time since my last post!! What can I say, it’s been a bit of  a whirlwind of a year, we have been crazy busy for the last 8 or 9 months and haven’t really had chance to come up for breath, hence the lack of posts. It’s a good problem to have but you have to be so much more time efficient . So when  Zoe Clark contacting me to collaborate on one of her interior blog posts I thought this was a good idea, not only because it won’t take me as long to do a blog post (they can be very time consuming) but also to get me back into writing for the blog,so here we go, enjoy!

Here’s a bit about Zoe,

Zoe Clark is a journalist, freelance stylist and blogger. She is a visual storyteller and aesthetician by heart who often writes about decorating and DIY ideas. She loves sparking creativity in people and giving them ideas for their own spaces.

 

The Natural Home Look: Clean, Healthy, and Chicgravityhomeblog-vintage7feat

 

If you are following interior design trends, you probably know that décor styles starring natural elements are in, and highly likely to stick around in the years to come. From energetic African décor and Scandinavian minimalism to time-tested grandeur of vintage interiors and Japanese harmony of indoors and outdoors, Mother Nature seems to have a hand in every sophisticated home nowadays. In addition to their aesthetic value, homes centered on organic materials such as stone, wood, and natural fabrics are also healthier and cleaner energy-wise. Eager to try out the natural formula at home? Here are some elements that will help introduce a fresh, natural feel into your space.

David says: In regards to interiors I don’t tend to follow trends, trends can inspire but in my opinion you should go with what makes you feel happy which will end up being timeless as it’s something you really like rather than what is on trend, But I agree that natural elements are great in interiors and they never really go out

Stone

The most durable natural material, stone can be used instead of tiles in contemporary kitchens and bathrooms, but stone veneer can also be incorporated into walls, fireplaces, and worktops for added personality and surprising décor twist. Depending on the budget and target look, you can rock out your home in marble, limestone, travertine, granite, slate, or sandstone. Stone for indoor use is rated according to porosity, hardness, water absorption, and abrasion and impact resilience, so you should follow recommended maintenance guidelines to ensure lasting charm and maximum longevity of stone surfaces.

David says: Stone is a lovely product but needs to used wisely, too much stone can make a scheme feel cold and uninviting and a little too commercial. As per the pictures above it must be teamed with softer/warmer material like wood.

Wood

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Another natural material that occupies an important place in 21st-century homes, wood is used in flooring and furniture manufacturing, but you can take the timber game up a notch and opt for faux wood wallpapers to achieve a well-rounded natural look. Cost-efficient wood types which can be deployed in a natural décor include oak, maple, poplar, elm, and walnut. If you are aiming for a more exotic ambiance, however, turn to high-end timbers such as mahogany, teak, and cedar, or spice up your home with the help of voguish custom blinds and shades made from bamboo or rattan.

David says: For me wood is a must in every interior design scheme, it can totally warm up a room in an instant, wood is being used far more than just for furniture and flooring, walls are now being clad in wood and if done in the correct way can look fab. Again you must team it with other material as too much wood can be overkill as you don’t want your room looking like a sauna!!

Metal

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Metal is one more organic material found in a modern home, and trending design styles such as vintage and industrial often rely on metallic charisma for added décor character. Copper, brass, wrought iron, and zinc can be mixed or paired with wood, concrete, and stone in contemporary homes to achieve stylistic eclecticism and increase visual interest. Creative blends of metal and other organic materials add textural opulence, variety, and urbane feel to a nature-inspired home. Metal elements can be either polished to high shine or left slightly matte for an intriguing design twist. 

David says: Love love metal, same principle as all the natural materials it must be mixed with softer items, but a touch of gold, copper or bronze can lift an interior and gives that little bit of bling without being footballers wives!!

Organic fiber

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While wood, stone, and metal provide a framework for a natural home, organic fabrics are used to warm up the décor and add a note of comfort. Jute, cotton, linen, canvas, silk, cashmere, and homespun are the most popular natural textiles found in a sleek contemporary home. The color palette of organic fabrics for indoor use ranges from soothing neutrals and pastels to flourishes of bold hues and botanical and animal prints. As a general rule, vivid textiles can be deployed as accents, but excess use of bright colors should be avoided as it can produce a garish effect and shatter visual unity.

David says: Every interior has to have a soft side, so fabrics is a must to soften the overall look and can be the holding pin in the scheme, you can go to town with the fabrics adding that all important splash of colour or you can tome down the scheme with natural neutral fabrics but be careful this works best with a more dramatic scheme as you don’t want the overall look being too bland. Linen is a favourite of mine and always works well with the natural home look.

Natural details

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Potted plants have by now become a must-have for an elegant home. Foliage used indoors adds both visual interest and keeps the air clean and fresh. Succulents are very on-trend, and they can increase aesthetic value of the décor, especially when combined with pastel hues and light organic fabrics such as jute, cotton, and linen. Other items sourced from Mother Nature that can add a personal touch and break up monotony of sleek modernist design include ivory figurines, potpourri, nature-inspired wall art, seashells, pinecones, and other treasures collected during outdoor adventures.

Nature has sneaked indoors and settled there for good. A good thing it has, too: homes inspired by nature are neater and healthier than those centered on abundant use of synthetic materials. Eager to spice up the vibe in your living area? Then make sure to follow in the natural footsteps for lasting aesthetic appeal.

David says: Adding botanicals to any room gives it an instant lift, I am a massive fan of faux foliage as it everlasting and really can lift the a scheme, when working on a show home this is one thing we add a lot and really finishes off the overall look. Outdoor plants coming inside is going to be a big part of interiors in the coming years.

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Watch this space, my next blog will be about the all important mood board and how effective this process can be when designing your scheme.

David

Doing it yourself

June 6, 2013

Interior design can be a very tricky thing to get right, and lots and lots of mistakes can be made along the way, I think this is one of the reasons why so many people play it safe, and when I say that, I mean painting the walls an off white, and one of my other bug bearers, and I see a lot, is small furniture pushed up against the wall with a load of space in the middle of the room, why!! unless your thinking of dancing the night away and need the space!!

So here’s just some simple ideas to get on your way to having a cool pad. 

1). The thing that will transform the space almost instantly is paint! My tip is paint the whole room out in one colour, the ceilings and woodwork, it will make the place look super slick, if your daring enough a really dark colour but if not at least a couple of shades darker than you would normally do, trust me it does work. Don’t get me wrong white can look great but you usually have to have an amazing place to pull it off!

2). Pull in the furniture from the edge of the room, my lounge is quite long but my sofa is away from the wall and I have a table behind it, and I can walk around the chairs which are opposite. It doesn’t make the room look smaller because your using the space! it actually makes it look bigger. Even if you have a small room pulling the sofa away from the wall a little will help and don’t be afraid to ad furniture, a large lamp on a small table can look super cool. I worked on a small apartment a couple of years ago and used super large pendant shades over the dining room table, it worked a treat.

3). Fill the walls, don’t be afraid to use all the space, it will make the space look so much more interesting and a great way to get some personality into the room. Mix it up, so large pictures, ie a framed poster works well and is as cheap as chips. It doesn’t just have to be art, ad sculpture of some sort or decorative plates work well, it’s all about mix and match. Add shelves another great little tip and not expensive is using the ikea lack floating shelves, I joined them and put them the whole length of my wall, then went crazy with layering up the shelves with books, vases, pictures overlapping and lent up against the wall, it totally changes the feel of the room.

A few pics to try and show you what I’m going on about.

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One of my favourites is the marble effect wallpaper which is craft paper, it makes a small wall (her it’s used in a bathroom) look so much more interesting and what a great contrast to the dark wall in the next room.

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See what I mean about large furniture pulled into the the space and more importantly filling the space. Ok I know it’s white walls but there are lots of features in this room, high ceilings, large windows, brick wall etc. Although personally I would still prefer darker walls!

 

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Have a great Thursday! Now go and fill that room!!