Friday, July 7, 2017

Reasons Why Moodboards Are Not Enough

Let's see how the last moodboard could be turned into a 3D illusion. 
It is different, isn't it? I had to add a coffee table, a pouf, a rug, some cushions and a floor lamp, and had to create a wall and floor. The original idea is carried out in a certain style here, but should you change the floor or the wall (darker grey for instance?) you may get a more masculine expression. 
As you see, the original moodboard is a good starting point, it may lead to several design solutions, and still this set could look different from home to home. 
Some people have the ability to translate a concept into their space, others do not - but that is why interior decorators exist. My aim is to inspire you and give you ideas that you can use in your home. 
It is not worth living a life without style. 
Interior Moodboard

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Reasons Why Moodboards Are Enough

As I had said in my introduction - it feels like a lifetime ago - I love moodboards: I feel it gives a little extra compared to an average 3D rendering, as it presents you materials and a different point of view of the interior project. 
Strictly speaking not everything I make here is a moodboard - some of them can be considered as an illusion of a 3D drawing or a concept board or design board - whatever nametag you wish to put on it. 
Moodboards do not necessarily give you the exact picture of the design. It shows you materials, colours and pieces of furniture, but it does not allow you to feel the space, only the mood of it. 

Let's take the example below. 

You can see some of the furniture used - sofa, armchair, shelves, a decorative poster, a lamp and a side table, with some accessories thrown into the mix. 
You can see the colours - grey, brown, pop of red - and materials - glass, metal, walnut wood, leather -and even pattern (grid pattern dominating). 
I think it gives you the idea of a modern, urban apartment with pops of colour, but you can not see the space, the placement of furniture, the walls, the floor, how all these elements of the interior interact with each other. 
It means that based on this moodboard you will not be able to furnish your apartment, it only serves as an idea board that must be tailored to your space. Moodboard is an excellent tool to help you to decide what style and colour scheme you want to use, so keep it on your mind when you are brainstorming.
Interior Mood Board

Friday, June 2, 2017

A very personal note

I know, I have been very quiet lately. This year so far has not been easy for me. After a short, but very painful battle with cancer my father died in January. I am not going to give up this blog, so I will be back soon. Thank you for follwing me.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Decor

Happy Easter everyone! Spring is in full blossom, but who said that Easter decor can only be pastel coloured? I chose a bit of a Scandinavian approach to this year's decor with all the white flowers, black and white graphic patterns, blackboard and natural wood. It is a very subtle but sophisticated look for this time of the year. Enjoy!
Interior Moodboard

Friday, April 14, 2017

Styling Greenery - 3

My last take on greenery. As I mentioned, you can bring colour into your home in three ways. The easiest - and arguably the most budget friendly - way to refresh your home is getting new accessories. (Painting your wall could be another - although more expensive - option, if you don't mind the fuss.) You can replace paintings, small tables, cushions and decorative objects any time with new ones, thus creating new atmosphere from time to time. 
Green looks lovely with pink and purple, but again I found that greenery simply needs some black to stand out, to really show its vibe. I found this beautiful rug with worn effect, and immediately employed it because the white pattern makes it so much lighter and more playful. Should it be plain without pattern, I would have considered too much in this colour. 
The overall effect is light, eclectic, slightly bohemian and utterly cheerful. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Styling Greenery - 2

I promised another styling for greenery, Pantone trend colour of 2017. This time the styling is made for a man, who owns a lofty, industrial-style apartment. 
Compared to my previous moodboard, now greenery appears on a smaller surface, namely the armchair bean bag, backed by some cushions and a lamp. 
Apart from these colour spots we only see black, distressed wood, metal and brick, all signature elements of loft style. As green is the only colour used, the overall effect is more sophisticated, but still fresh. Wall marquees and a tripod lamp complete the industrial look. 
I would like you to notice the sofa. Michel Ducaroy designed it for Ligne Roset in 1973. It is very 70s, but this time I resisted the temptation to style it in a retro way, and rather enchanced its comfy feel. 
The next and last look for greenery - no surprise here - is going to be designed for a lady. Stay tuned, it is coming on Friday!
Interior Moodboard

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Styling Greenery - 1

Whenever you use colour in interiors, you have to decide how much you want to see of it. The brightness of the colour can be an important deciding factor - a bright colour attracts the eye and over time you may grow tired of it. However, it should not deter you from using them, if it is what you want. As I said in my previous post I have been inspired by Douglas Elliman Florida to share my thoughts on the best way to utilize the colour of the year. And as this year's trend colour is greenery, we got some really vibrant hue to style an interior with!

In interiors you can use colour on three surfaces:
1 - walls, rugs, carpets - they are huge surfaces with big impact
2 - furniture (beware, a big kitchen unit might have similar effect to a sizeable wall)
3 - accessories (including small furniture)

For this moodboard, I chose a sofa in bright green. Once you have a green sofa, especially a bright one, it is already vibrant enough for the room, but I brought it back in the pattern of the wallpaper. I strongly advise using a wallpaper like this on one wall or on a smaller part of the wall only, and preferably not fully behind the sofa.

A colour can be paired with other colours (just one or two), or can be the only one to stand out from neutrals. If you have one bright colour, you may want it to stand against a toned down shade; if you have a light colour, it may look good against a dark one. Greenery is bright and relatively light. For this moodboard I paired it with dark blue, together they create a youthful but a bit serious atmosphere. 
I found these colours and the hexagonal patterns might be too strict for a home, but could look very good in an office environment, in the waiting area, teamed with greys, white and black. 
In my next post I will show you a possible styling for a masculine interior. 
Colour Greenery Interior Mood Board