Muted Colors – In the Spotlight

February 14, 2017

Interior trends change fast, it’s hard to keep up! But every interior designer (or enthusiast) on the hunt for inspiration can spot the trend while in its roots. One of them that is having a major moment are muted colors. Last year was all about Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue, but it seems like 2017 is going to be even more stained in subdued shades!

What are muted colors? When you mute sound, you make it quieter. Same goes for the colors. When you mute the color, you reduce its vibrancy, it becomes faded, quieter and partially desaturated. Plain blue ends up being dusky or deep sea blue, green becomes earthly green or olive, yellow transforms into dusted yellow etc. If you want a more subtle color presence in the interior of your home, opting for muted colors is the way to go. They will give you the freedom to play around with other shades, add patterns and texture, making your decorating choices almost endless. Let’s take a glimpse at some of the muted hues’ hidden powers.

Forest Green

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Wining and Dining: Scandinavian Style

January 20, 2017

dining room

Scandinavian bedrooms and living rooms are very stylish, but you should not stop there if you want to transform your home into Nordic-inspired eye-candy. Although relatively modest size-wise, kitchens in North European homes are characterized by peerless elegance and superior spatial economy, and they are often seamlessly blended into dining or living rooms for utmost functionality. Here are some tips on how to take your cooking area to the superior Scandinavian level: be prepared to privately whistle in awe!

1. Creative material combinations

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Japandi: The New Design Movement Taking Over the World by Storm

January 7, 2017

scandinavian wabi sabi japandi

One of the trends that we are looking forward this year is a stylistic fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian interior designs, otherwise called Japandi. It was only a matter of time when these two styles will join forces to create something truly unique. Drawing inspiration from the Japanese wabi-sabi (principle of finding beauty in imperfection) and Scandinavian clean, streamlined yet playful design, Japandi creates a soulful and unique interior design style that will change homes all around the world in 2017.

The Scandinavian Simplicity

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Where Design Eras Collide: Modern, Vintage or Both?

December 16, 2016

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Vintage seems to be the new black in the interior design world, and retro-inspired elements are taking chic living areas by a storm these days. Still, a vintage home makeover should be handled with special care to avoid extreme stylistic contrasts and excess visual detail. To stay on the safe side of the timeless décor formula, turn to exquisite blends of classic and modern elements and spice up home aesthetics with a few playful boho, Nordic, or eclectic traveler touches. Here are a few simple tips to help you come up with an evergreen yet up-to-date décor masterpiece.

Build from Mid-Century Barebones

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How to Decorate with Pale Pink

August 2, 2016

Pale Pink Moodboard created on


Light pink tends to be associated with retro decor, children’s rooms, or antiquated bed and breakfast furnishings. It may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but there’s good news for lovers of this gentle color. Rose Quartz was named Pantone Color of the Year in 2016 and is cropping up to show its sophisticated side. Home decor enthusiasts can use this as an opportunity to re-brand the “girly” hue as something a little more versatile.

So forget the doilies and roses. Instead, check out fresher takes on pale pink from Home Improvement Leads.

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How to create a colour inspiration board

September 17, 2015

pastel color inspiration board created on


In this colour inspiration board I used the following tools and techniques in the SampleBoard editor.

  1. Print-quality portrait canvas size
  2. “Pinter Etsy” style template
  3. Built-in search the web keyword search “pastels” to find pastel-inspired images
  4. ColourLovers to find pastel colour swatches
  5. Shape tool to create the circle
  6. Text tool

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Fab Find // Designer Eyewear Warby Parker launches The Corner Collection

October 9, 2014

Warby Parker glasses mood board created on

Warby Parker, an online designer eyewear company’s story is pretty cool – to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price, while leading the way for socially-conscious businesses. I love how they offer a “home try-on” – you can pick 5 pairs and they ship it to you for free, as well as a virtual try-on service.

According to Warby Parker, a good frame is all about the shape.

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Trend Alert // Decorating with Pastel Colours

July 23, 2014

Pastel Trend Mood Board created on

Trend Alert // Decorating with Pastels – click on mood board for links

Romantic shades of soft pastels are making waves this year when it comes to decorating homes with this feminine colourway. Living in the southern hemisphere, we are deep into winter weather and just the thought of pretty pastels brightens my day! Be selective to where and how you use pastels, maybe only paint a feature wall like some of the examples below. It does soften an uninviting interior immediately, but most of all, make sure you LOVE what you buy and only surround yourself with beauty.

Here’s some interior inspiration using pops of pastels…x

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Home and Housewares Trend 14 | Crayon Brights

March 11, 2014

home housewares trend crayon brights mood boardConcept and information: Tom MirabileColor trend board created using SampleBoard’s mood board creator program

A note-worthy bright crayon color movement was noticed at Milan last year at their International Home Show, MACEF.

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Beauty Trend for Spring/Summer 14 | Prose

March 10, 2014

beauty trend spring summer  14

Concept and information: Beautystreams| Beauty trend board created using the SampleBoard mood board creator program

According to PantoneView, Spring/Summer 14 highlights the value of experience and emotion. Prose finds diversion from the pressures of the modern world by turning inwards, through poetic verse. Romance blossoms in delicate petal hues and discreet neutrals.

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