Mixing the right accessories can make a room more cosy and inviting. When it comes to accessorising odd numbers are preferable, especially three, rather than lining up a trio of accessories in a row, imagine a triangle and place one object at each point. The scale is important, too, so in your group of three it is more complimentary to vary height and width, with the largest item at the back and the smallest in front. For a creative effect, group accessories by the colour, shape or texture, find a unifying element to bring the overall look together.
A Transporting and Transformative Canvas, ” Colours this season transport us to a happier, sunnier place where we feel free to express a wittier version of our real selves” . said Leatrice Eiseman executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute. “With our culture still surrounded by so much uncertainty, we are continuing to yearn for those softer shades that offer a sense of calm and relaxation.”
Influenced by the world of art, new global doors opening and the desire to disconnect from technology and unwind, designers this season have gravitated toward a palette that is first and foremost calming. Paying homage to the beauty of natural resources, colours emerging in the Spring collections serve as vehicles that transport wearers to more tranquil, mindful environs which encourage relaxation first, followed by curiosity and exploration.
Designers were also inspired by the contrast of urban design and lush vegetation, leading to unexpected colour combinations and collections reminiscent of architecture, travel and nostalgia. By creating looks that truly represent the world we live in, both constructed and organic, designers sought to awaken a sense of reflection, followed by playful escapism. Artists, many of whom are known for bold colour usage and strong shapes and lines, played an influential role in this season’s styles – from Matisse, Picasso and Frank Stella to Esther Stewart and Sam Falls. With Cuba and other destinations south of the border top of mind, designers are playing with courageous colour statements that aren’t afraid to be vibrant but at the same time are combined with quieting, classic and more natural tones.
Colours this season transcend cultural and gender norms. Vivid brights give way to excitement and optimism, though quiet stability prevails in this season’s palette. For Spring 2016 there are truly no perceivable distinctions in colour choices between the men’s and women’s collections, both of which focus on a desire to breathe and reflect, then play.
The soothing, calming nature of colours in the Spring collections are led by Rose Quartz, a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Like a serene sunset, flushed cheek or budding flower, Rose Quartz reminds us to reflect on our surroundings during the busy but lighthearted spring and summer months.
The fashion and design communities, and consequently, consumers, have been in love with orange for several seasons. Coming to the fore this Spring is, Peach Echo, a shade that emanates friendlier qualities, evoking warmth and accessibility. It is an all-encompassing, tempered companion in the playful orange family.
Weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, Serenity comforts with a calming effect, bringing a feeling of respite even in turbulent times. A transcendent blue, Serenity provides us with a naturally connected sense of space.
A maritime-inspired blue, Snorkel Blue plays in the navy family, but with a happier, more energetic context. The name alone implies a relaxing vacation and encourages escape. It is striking yet still, with lots of activity bursting from its undertones.
While the majority of the Spring/Summer palette trends toward calmness, a few diversions from the theme emerge that offer a contrast. With Buttercup designers reveal a shining beacon transporting its wearer to a happier, sunnier place.
A shade of aqua that leans toward the green family, Limpet Shell is clear, clean and defined. Suggestive of clarity and freshness, its crisp and modern influences evoke a deliberate, mindful tranquility.
As in most any season, the need for neutrals arises. Essentially a basic, the subtlety of the lilac undertone in, Lilac Gray, adds a distinctive edge to this classic gray shade.
The high energy Fiesta is a harbinger of excitement, encouraging free-spirited exploration to unknown but welcoming locales. A strong and fiery, yellow-based red, the vivid Fiesta provides a stark contrast to the calming, softer nature of this season’s palette.
A transitional color that will take us through the seasons, Iced Coffee manifests as another strong neutral for the season. With its natural earthy quality, the softness and subtlety of Iced Coffee creates a stable foundation when combined with the rest of this season’s palette.
Green Flash calls on its wearer to explore, push the envelope and escape the mundane, radiating an openness that combines with the rest of the palette in unexpected but serendipitous ways. The popularity of this brilliant hue is representative of nature’s persistent influence even in urban environments, a trend continuing to inspire designers.
The top ten colours for men’s and women’s fashion for Spring 2016 are:
- PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz
- PANTONE 16-1548 Peach Echo
- PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity
- PANTONE 19-4049 Snorkel Blue
- PANTONE 12-0752 Buttercup
- PANTONE 13-4810 Limpet Shell
- PANTONE 16-3905 Lilac Gray
- PANTONE 17-1564 Fiesta
- PANTONE 15-1040 Iced Coffee
- PANTONE 15-0146 Green Flash
Pricing Guide for Curtains
Pricing Guide for Blinds
A classic curtain heading which never dates.
The pleat consists of three folds which create a beautiful even drape.
A more contemporary take on the classic triple pleat. Still drapes beautifully but uses less fabric for a more chic finish
The standard curtain tape, producing a continual row of small pleats.
The curtain hangs in a random fashion for a more informal effect.
A very modern heading, the eyelets are set in the fabric and the pole threads through the eyelets.The curtain hangs in an undulating wave for a simple contemporary feel.
The eyelets are available in various colour’s.
A contemporary finish giving a sleek curtain, requiring minimal stacking space.
The wave curtain hangs in the same way as the eyelet and is a good alternative for those windows where eyelets are not possible, also very cost-effective.
It is a very modern sleek look and may require specialist pole/track and tape.
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Designers take a modern twist on the traditional for spring 2014 by pairing soft pastels with vivid bright’s to create a colourful equilibrium. Inspired by a mixture of blooming flowers, travels abroad and strong, confident women, designers use colour to refresh, revive and defy conventional wisdom.
“This season, consumers are looking for a state of thoughtful, emotional and artistic equilibrium,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “While this need for stability is reflected in the composition of the palette, the inherent versatility of the individual colours allows for experimentation with new looks and colour combinations.”
Three very adaptable pastels sit on one end of the palette, and, because we are so accustomed to seeing them as nature’s background, they can be creatively combined with any other colour in the spectrum. Placid Blue like a picture-perfect, tranquil and reassuring sky, induces a sense of peaceful calmness, while Violet Tulip, a romantic, vintage purple, evokes wistful nostalgia. Similar to the verdant shade of springtime foliage, Hemlock, a summery, ornamental green, provides a decorative touch that’s very different from the greens of recent seasons. Pair any of these versatile pastels with a bolder hue for an au courant look.
Sand a lightly toasted and amiable neutral, conjures images of the beach and the carefree days of summer. Try pairing Sand with Hemlock for perfect, natural balance. Paloma serves as a quintessential neutral, interesting enough to be worn alone or combined with any colour for sophisticated poise.
Cayenne, a high-pitched red, adds a dash of spicy heat to neutrals, and heightens the excitement when mixed with Fressia, a blazing yellow that is sure to illuminate wardrobes this season. A tropical, floral-inspired shade, Freesia’s warmth and energy help set the stage for Colosia Orange, an optimistic, spontaneous hue. Pair Celosia Orange with Violet Tulip for a captivating vision, much like the setting summer sun.
The palette is brought full circle with Radiant Orchid, a bold counterpart to Violet Tulip, and Dazzling Blue ,a scintillating, polar opposite to Placid Blue. Surprisingly, these strong, vibrant colors also pair well across the palette: They are perfect companions to pastels, and add confidence and vivacity when mixed with other bold colors.
For more than 20 years, Pantone, the global authority on colour, has surveyed the designers of New York Fashion Week and beyond to bring you the season’s most important colour trends.
This past year has involved 2 moves for me, one to make more room at home and the other to down size the business space , the decisions did not happen at the same time but followed one another as a natural progression and so far the decisions have been the best I have made in a long time. I did not need the amount of space I had in the premises , I did not use it to the best advantage as the foot traffic had almost ground to a halt , I wasted space by accumalating “stuff” and I did not need the space for display purposes while in that quiet location, I had also decided I would enjoy more time in my home environment , moving to a bigger property gave me the space to have a curtain making room , that is a luxury for me , I can concentrate the work environment on upholstery, fabric books and office , also I am now working with other creative businesses and I am enjoying sharing ideas and their different perspectives.
During the time of packing and unpacking which seemed endless I came across a programme called “Love it or List it ” , I became hooked on the ideas and design restructering of homes by Hilary Farr , most programmes I have watched Hilary manages to reform the home of the client so that they are living in the home of their dreams without searching for a new one. I was able to take the advice and concept as I was challenged by space in the new work area , it has proved very valuable information to me, and I am sure I will be able to use this in the future.
Some advice from Hilary Farr
RENOVATIONS THAT ARE WORTH THE INVESTMENT
When a house no longer feels like home, homeowners are left with a big financial and emotional question: renovate or real estate? Love It or List It helps fed-up homeowners decide.
Whether it’s do-it-yourself, or hiring a contractor, everyone is looking to upgrade and update, hoping to add the most value to their home while spending as little money as possible. Certain renovations are a win-win situation, providing satisfaction to the current homeowner and making the home more marketable in the future. Other renovations can cost you thousands, and are less likely to payoff. Here are some of the smartest home renovations you can invest in.
CREATE YOUR DREAM KITCHEN
The heart of the home—kitchens of the new millennium are now the place to be when entertaining family and friends. They are the one space where it’s almost impossible to lose money. Updating a kitchen could be as small a project as adding great lighting and putting nice hardware on your cupboards to installing an island and new granite countertops. Whether you spend $2,000 or $20,000 on your kitchen, you can expect to recover almost all of your investment when the time comes to sell.
BUILD BEAUTIFUL BATHROOMS
Whether it’s renovating an existing bathroom or adding another to your home, bathrooms are the next smartest investment in your home promising an almost full return. A soaker tub and a walk-in shower are both great additions. If the budget allows for it, a heated floor is an added bonus. If you are building a bathroom from scratch and you have the space, add an ensuite as this is a huge selling point in any home. Remember not to neglect your powder room if you have one, as this is the first bathroom people are likely to see when they’re in your home. A fresh coat of paint and updated fixtures are a quick spruce up.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
The easiest and most affordable way to update your home is painting. It’s a cheap investment, and when done tastefully, it adds immediate value to any home.
Some other smart sellable renovations are:
- Installing hardwood floors
- Putting in new doors and windows
- Upgrading to an energy efficient furnace
- Putting on a new roof
There are a few renovations you should steer clear of if you are hoping for a maximum return on your investment. Adding a pool or hot tub to your property makes the bottom of the list as they appeal to a limited market and require potential homebuyers to take the hassle of maintenance and costs into consideration.
The key thing to remember when fixing up your home is not to over-renovate. Keep in mind that every neighbourhood has a ceiling when it comes to what homes are worth and it’s important to make sure your renovations don’t push your home’s value above that—overspending on renovations is a surefire way to lose money. As long as you keep this in mind, when you renovate your home you’ll benefit twice, once when you are enjoying your beautiful renovated home and again when it comes time to sell.
It is everywhere you look now, ” 50 shades of grey ” with a huge amount of intimate detail ( and soon to be chick flick ) and then we had ” 50 shades darker”, ah I admit to hearing about it but confess I did not read any of it ( well a smidge ) …….then I penned my “50 shades of fabric”, now that is a passion of mine, which is my version for the newest line of economic fabrics to arrive from company Froca and Rioma, with a rather nice looking chap in the ad I must add, could he be a Mr Gray???, so what are we doing for the Autumn with fashion and the home in the colour arena ? do we have 50 shades for home and fashion???
The quirky color combinations of early ‘60s interior decorations — think Olive refrigerator and Pink walls
We are using two color stories that use bold contrast colors to really make our prints pop: Tangerine Pink and Black Polka dots on a Midnight Slate background or Citron Lime and Aqua dots on a Light Rust background
We are using bright accent colors, such as Tangerine Pink, in prints as well as color blocking details to add pops of color while keeping the palette warm and dark for fall
A ‘60s inspired wool swing coat in an unexpected color such as Light Rust
Bright lips in Berry Citrus colors complement the accent colors sprinkled throughout the collection
I love looking at interiors for fabric and color inspiration: I have a picture on my mood board of a room with Mint Green walls, Antique Gold accents and a very cool Bright Orange velvet chair; I also have an amazing picture of Helena Rubinstein’s bedroom — the walls are Bright Orange, the bedcover is Purple-ish Blue and the headboard is Gothic Black — love it!
Sour Citrus Yellow paired with Rich Jade Green and Fiery Red Orange — these bright tones are the perfect foil for the Medium Heather Gray and Camel neutral tones we are showing for fall; I am also pairing Fiery Orange with a Luminous Violet — it’s very baroque
Fiery Orange! — it is lively and delicious and brightens everything it touches
A printed pencil skirt — I am loving this skirt right now and I want to wear colored and patterned bottoms
I will keep the cosmetics pretty neutral this season to play off the bright colored clothing; the fingernails will be metallic!
The Oba print slip dress — it’s influenced by geometric tribal patterns and features our most important color, Deep Emerald Green, with highlights of Cool Gray,
Sandy Camel and Insignia Blue
— Charlotte Ronson
Beauty trend and color palette
Your home and you would benefit from having an area for promoting a healing and relaxing atmosphere, use these little home makeover ideas.
The choices you make can result in enhanced mood, less stress, and better sleep. To transform your living space into a healing haven, follow these easy 10 decorating tips for a stress-free home.
Healthy Home Secrets
IN THE HALLWAY OR ENTRANCE
1. Create a feel-good focal point. When you enter your home the first thing you see should be something you love, whether that is a piece of art, a vase of flowers, or a special keepsake, a beautiful first impression helps you relax from the day you have let behind.
2. Organise your daily pastimes, seeing old newspapers on the floor and bags of charity donations waiting to be dropped off, you will be thinking obligation, not relaxation. Leaving anything messy in your entry suggest the message that there is more mess and chaos within, not very helpful in creating a relaxed atmosphere. Have a designated space for every item that enters and exits your house by placing a couple of chic containers near the front door, one for outgoing items and one for incoming things.
Home Cleaning Mistakes
IN THE LIVING ROOM
3. Create space, our anxiety builds in small spaces if there is too much clutter, to reduce the clutter and make the room feel larger, ask yourself if you really need the end tables or picture frames, and dispense with anything deemed nonessential. Consider painting a table or bookshelf the same colour (or a tonal one) as the wall it is up against, so it “disappears” into it. Painting walls white or a light colour will always make a smaller room feel more spacious.
4. Light up spot areas and not whole rooms. as bright overhead light can make it difficult to wind down at the end of the day.Use positional lighting for areas where you need brightness, such as next to the sofa where you may read, and put overhead lights on dimmers. Also, switch to full-spectrum bulbs, which mimic natural light and they create a more soothing harmonious atmosphere.
Hidden Home Dangers
5. Create pedestrian-friendly paths. especially if you can barely get into a chair without banging your leg on the coffee table, or if the path from the sofa to the door is cramped, rearrange your furniture,not being able to safely and easily move about produces anxiety.
6. Simplify your colour scheme. Use restraint with patterns and strong colours. If you mix patterns, keep their colour schemes similar, and if you like lots of colours then compromise by keeping patterns to a minimum. If you have too many bright colours or vivid contrasting patterns in a room then your eyes are going to be drawn all over the place, this will make it difficult to switch off and relax. Simple designs and colours are soothing. A less-is-more rule applies to shelving and tabletops too, try to not fill them just because they are there. Display just a few pieces that are meaningful and complimentary to each other.
7. Bring the outdoors in. By surrounding yourself with natural elements this will encourage friendlier interactions with others. For a more peaceful home you could display a couple of houseplants or try hanging a mirror across from your largest window to maximise the view outdoors , or even hang art with a natural theme.
Create the Ultimate Home Gym
IN THE BEDROOM
8. Use soothing hues. Usually we find cool shades of blue and green and neutral earth tones to be relaxing and calming because they remind us of nature, If you are not quite sure of changing a colour scheme incorporate a few accessories, such as throw pillows, a quilt, or lamp shades, in calming colours.
9. Switch off electronics. If you can then remove all televisions and computers from your bedroom. The light emitted by these devices signals the brain to stay awake, interfering with a good night’s sleep and leaving you with elevated levels of stress hormones in the morning, or at least camouflage their existence when not in use by way of a cabinet or screen.
10. Bring your idea of tranquillity to life. What does paradise looks like to you?. If it is a tropical island you could add sand and ocean colours, even sea shells with tropical touches, incorporate wicker or cane accessories, Prefer a mountain cabin or a country home? Then add colours, textures, and accessories to your bedroom decor that bring those settings to mind. Use magazines for ideas of your idyllic surrounding.
The exterior of your house is the face of your home and shares its style and personality with the neighbourhood and those just driving by. It is the last thing you see of your home as you head into your day, and the first thing that welcomes you on your return. The exterior details and materials are just as important as the inside, even more so than the bathroom tiles or your kitchen’s back splash. Materials such as stone, copper, wood, steel and brick can be used to finish a specific architectural style or create a new one. Your house’s exterior paint colour may be the most visible design decision you make especially if showcased with exterior lights. The landscaping of the front and side lawn offer both a welcoming transition from street to door and a buffer between your home and the public spaces it shares.
Outdoor areas are often the last to receive design attention, but they shouldn’t be. What surrounds your home is just as important as what is in it. Whether it is the manicured front lawn, the infinity edge pool in the back or flower beds and potted plants, These spaces benefit from the same attention to detail as any bathroom or kitchen. Well designed landscapes complement the home’s architecture and design, giving the home a story that can be read inside and out. By carrying your design style outdoors, you can turn a patio, deck, or even a balcony into another room of the house.
Plan space for your lifestyle by incorporating ample seating, outdoor tables, cushions upholstered in outdoor fabrics, play areas, dining areas and sunning areas. Many outdoor spaces have become quite elaborate, including seating areas, fireplaces , barbecue facilities, kitchens and dining areas. Even if your space isn’t that elaborate, you can still create a relaxing spot for lounging and entertaining.
Exterior Lighting not only helps to beautify the home, but also enhances the safety.
and helps to change the complete aura of a house, as it lights each and every corner. Lighting in the exterior spaces can facilitate people to enjoy the weather for longer and make them look spectacular. Entrances, decked areas, gardens, lawns, staircases and many other exterior corners can be brightened up with lights and made a center of attraction for the home.There are various kinds of outdoor lights and they can profuse your house with an air of elegance, charm, sophistication and aristocracy. The various models of outdoor lights include: Victorian five lamp-post, palm tree uplighters, garden torches, archway lights, French style lanterns, hanging and patio lamps and others. Apart from households, outdoor lights can also be installed in your workplace or any other public area to make that place look beautiful and decorated. They also add security to the place by providing adequate lighting.
As a transition space, your porch should feel like an extension of your home’s interior. There are no formal rules, so decorate your porch to reflect your lifestyle. Don’t forget, this can be done for apartment balconies and high-rise terraces.
A popular trend which looks appealing is the use of outdoor curtains around seating areas, offering some shade or wind protection.
As you are outside keep in mind materials like metals and fabrics can rust and absorb moisture.
Materials are available for terraces and gardens that are sun and mold resistant at reasonable prices to ensure your decorative items remain in their original condition, fabrics produced for the marine industry are also a good choice for exterior garden use, and a new edition is specialist outdoor curtain fabrics too.
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