A colour lover’s kitchen: Why you should be brave to go bold with colour in your Kitchen!

I’m not entirely sure if you all know that I currently work for Wren Kitchens as a Kitchen Designer. This has been an amazing opportunity for me to design kitchens and utilities for people of all walks of life no matter what their budgets are.

 

Majority of the time, most of my customers go for more neutral or grey colours within their kitchens. This is due to the belief that if they go for a grey, white or beige kitchen design, it will make their home more attractive and easier to sell in the future.

However, there are many designers, as well as myself, who don’t believe that to be true.

Of course, with more neutral cabinetry, you can accessorise with lots of colourful objects, go for a bolder worktop, splash back or even paint the walls in a bright colour as a way of bringing in your own personality. But, they would always shy away from adding colour to their cabinetry for fear of falling out of love with the colour within a year of installation.

Every now and then however, I meet kindred spirits, colour lovers like myself who want to be brave with colour and really make a statement within their kitchen.

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s the space you probably use the most without even realising it. You make your 3 meals a day in there, as well as for trips to the fridge for a midnight snack. So, why wouldn’t you want it to reflect your personality and sense of style by experimenting with colour? It’s a huge investment, so why not go for something you know you are going to love?

 

Enter my customers: a lovely couple that live in Hampshire. Their original kitchen was white cabinetry with red and terracotta walls and lime green tiles. Just by looking at their original kitchen, I knew that they are colour lovers and wanted to freshen up the space, however I wasn’t entirely sure whether they were going to be brave with the door colours.

 

When talking to my customer’s about what they were looking for within their kitchen and creating a brief with them, they were leaning towards a pebble grey colour on all of the doors, with Quartz in “Highland White” and a Luxury Laminate in “Italian walnut” being used as the worktop surfaces, and they wanted a wow factor on their peninsular island with a feature colour. My customer had expressed that she loved the colours at Wren called “Midnight” Blue or “Bumblebee” Yellow to go on the island but she couldn’t choose between the two.

We spent about 2 to 3 hours creating the design together, coming up with a layout that works for their space and meets their needs. Quartz is a very expensive worktop material, so we agreed it would be best to save that for the island as it will also add to the wow factor and statement of the peninsular they were looking for, and have the luxury laminate on the rest of the run of units.

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We played with trying one or the other colour on the island with pebble grey around the rest of the kitchen, but my customer just didn’t feel like it was giving them the dream kitchen feel.

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At this point, 2 and a half hours in, her husband had to excuse himself for a little break and a little walk around to get some more inspiration. Me and my customer were sat there having a chat, trying to figure out a way together to make these colours work. I had an idea and pitched to them to paint their walls a light grey instead, and have both the blue and the yellow used in their cabinetry. I suggested that they have midnight blue around the whole of the kitchen with the Italian walnut laminate worktop, and the bumblebee yellow on the island with highland white quartz worktop. Although my customers were colour lovers, I think they weren’t entirely sure whether this would work.

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That was until I showed her how it looked in 3D and in virtual reality. She loved this idea! We waited for her husband to return, and we discussed what we had discovered. Funnily enough, he had the same idea whilst he was away from my desk, except with yellow around the whole of the kitchen and blue on the island.

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We tried his idea out. I thought it looked awesome, but he did not seem to keen on having yellow everywhere. So I showed him my idea, and he also loved the colour combination with blue on all the units and yellow on the island.

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However, it was when they saw the design in virtual reality that they absolutely and completely fell in love with the layout and the colours used within their space. They could really see themselves working within and living with this kitchen, and the island gave them that really unique feature they were looking for within the space.

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Fast forward a few months and I went round for a visit to see the end result. I thought I loved it when I designed it for them, and I fell in love with it when I finally saw it in person:

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The view from their dining room is absolutely breathtaking. They made the wall with a view in to the kitchen a feature wall by painting it in the same colour as their peninsular, which really ties the two rooms together and has such an amazing visual impact!

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Not to mention the ingenious use of the bright pink on the archway and back wall, adding in another colour to the mix. This colour really highlights the architecture of the space along the archway and carries your eye around the room.

 

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When I expressed my love for using such a vivid colour, my customer’s said that they were going to paint all of the walls a light grey, but that I inspired them to be even bolder with their choices. We had joked in the appointments about having a pink kitchen and when I created the visuals for them I had styled them with bright pink placemats as a nod to our conversation and little inside joke. They loved it so much that they decided to paint the walls in the same colour and it works perfectly with their design!

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I also love that they didn’t stop there with their colour choices. They bought their own splash back that has a picture of a bright green lime on it which adds another pop of element to their colour palette.

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They also incorporated the lime green colour within their blinds, which you can’t really see due to the sunlight coming in through their window, but you can see the light reflecting the colour on to the ceiling. This also tied in perfectly with their parasol outside in the garden. I love that it is also a little homage to the lime green tiles they had in their previous kitchen.

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The sink they chose is a black glass top sink with stainless steel bowls, which matched perfectly with the appliances they chose. As their island isn’t exactly a traditional island and more of a peninsular (meaning it comes off a run of units from a wall in to the middle of a space), they didn’t want one colour cabinetry to intrude too much on the other. So we designed the peninsular and the corner where the colours meet to be mitred so that they got a clear line going down the centre between the two.

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To add to the uniformity of the kitchen, we made sure that the worktops were the same thickness and the upstands for each material were the same height, so that it was one continuous line along the back of the worktops along the walls. As the feature unit on the end of the island has a frontal on both sides, I advised that they place false doors underneath the breakfast bar to tie it all in together. The customer chose to go for open shelved feature units in the same colour as the laminate worktop to carry it throughout the space. The use of the dark wood effect worktop, the dark grey flooring and the light grey walls work really harmonise with the brighter colours and help ground them.

 

When I asked my customers if they are happy with the end result, they replied,

Absolutely! Every morning when we come downstairs, the kitchen really brightens our days and it’s so inviting. We wanted to be more brave with the colour and we’re happy we chose went for brighter colours in the space. Whenever we have visitors round, they always compliment the design and say how well all the elements work together. We are really pleased and were lucky to have you as our designer.

I (obviously, because I am a colour lover and am biased) honestly loved the end result! I think even though it’s a country styled door, it is still quite a modern kitchen, with a fantastic mixture of traditional and contemporary. It makes me happy when my customers want to express themselves within the design and, trust my vision and ideas. If they are happy, then I am happy!

 

I feel it’s so important to experiment with colour in the home and that it doesn’t have to stop at just being in the living room or bedroom, that you should experiment with colour in the kitchen, too. This doesn’t mean that you have to buy a whole brand new kitchen. You can easily update the space just by painting the doors or buying replacement doors if you know where your current kitchen originally came from. Colours in the home can really lift our spirits and affect our moods, and that is no different in your kitchen!

 

However, if you are looking at buying a whole new kitchen and changing the space, why not go bold with your colour choices? It’s a complete myth that going for plainer, simpler colours will affect the resale value. Chances are, if it comes to you selling your home and you’ve fitted a white or grey kitchen, the person buying that house will most likely rip it out anyway. A Kitchen is a HUGE investment, so why not choose a colour that you love? Even if you are living there only for 3 or 4 years and plan to sell, you will always feel better about going for what you want and spending your time in a space you love, than going for something safe and wishing you had invested a bit more in your kitchen.

 

It’s easy to be bold, you just have to take that leap of faith with a colour you truly love! Why not try creating a design with your favourite colour? Or secondary favourite? This can be on the doors and drawer frontals, the walls, the worktops, the splash backs, the ceiling, you name it! Trust me, once you’ve added some colour, love and care to your kitchen, you will love it so much and not want to go back!

Additionally, if you are in to monochrome, then that’s absolutely fine, too! You do you, do what makes you happy and not what you think society and everyone else will want. If you love dark cabinets with white worktops, and lots of contrast, go for it! High contrasting kitchens are sexy and sleek no matter what the style is!

 

What do you think of this kitchen design? Has it inspired you to go big and bold? Or do you prefer more calmer colours? Or are you in to monochrome colour schemes? Let me know in the comments below!

 

Danica x

Concrete Planters: The must have item for your plant babies this Spring/Summer 2019

Hello friends! I know what you might bet thinking, concrete planters aren’t a new concept or a brand new invention. Planting, whether it’s indoors or outdoors, is back in fashion in a big way with the rise of conscious and mindful consumerism. More and more people are looking to have plants in their homes because of their health and well-being benefits. As proven with Biophilic design, just having plants in your home can help improve the indoor air quality in your home and also improve your mood and mentality.

This is one of the many reasons why concrete planters have become the must have interior accessory to coven. No two planters are the same, even when created with the same mould. There are so many different colours, shapes, patterns, sizes and textures available when it comes to concrete planters, so I am not surprised that they have become to popular!

Below I have listed some of my favourite designer makers that create their own concrete planters with a twist. Once you see what they have lovingly crafted, you will be sure to want some of their concrete planters in your own home!

 

Molley Designs

Emma Molley is a designer-maker and concrete wizard. Her concrete accessories are so incredibly unique! Molley is experimental with her creations with shape, texture, colours and patterns which really sets her products apart from the mass produced homeware accessories you see online or on the high-street.

Succulent plant pots:

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These succulent planters are perfect for this who are not green thumbs and want real life plants but without the hassle of having to water them every day. How gorgeous does the organic, rough texture on the concrete look against the vibrant green leaves of the succulent plants? A great meeting of industrial style and nature.

Macrame concrete sphere plant holders:

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A clever twist (pardon the pun) on her spherical concrete tea light holders, changing them and adapting them into hanging macrame planters! I love the contract between he rough exterior and jagged edges of the concrete against the soft, colourful thread of the macrame. This would make a great focal point in a corner of your room above your reading nook, above your bed as a canopy, in your office space above the desk or displayed proudly for all to see in your window. Each individual macrame piece Molley has created is unique and these would look fantastic in a bohemian interior scheme as well!

The Summer Collection:

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These are probably my favourites from Molley Designs of all time! Colourful marbled effect concrete planters! It’s such a fun and vibrant take on the usually grey concrete plant pots. How gorgeous do these look? These are perfect for colour lovers that are looking to add something truly special to their home. What’s even more fantastic, is that all of Molley’s creations are multi-functional. If you feel these are too pretty to be used for plant-life, you could use them as candle holders or a jewellery dishes instead!

To check out more of what Molley Designs has to offer, just take a look at their Easy page here.

 

Concrete Candy

I have been a big fan of Concrete Candy’s products for a while now. Sarah, the founder of Concrete Candy, has a genius way of playing with colours and combining different materials to create truly one of a kind pieces.

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I love the contrast and also harmony of the concrete base and the colour tops. No two plant pots are the same, with the tops being made up of different materials such as resins or jesmonite. They come in many different colours, finishes and sizes, with some of the tops having an almost terrazzo effect to them. These planters go with any interior scheme and are one of the most instagram-able and stylish concrete products I have seen.

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Concrete Candy also don’t do just plant pots. They have an array of different products available from coasters, wall clocks and incense holders to lollipop and pudding inspired sculptures, Candy Concrete’s accessories are works of art.

If you want to see what else Concrete Candy have available, simply just check out their website here.

 

Fruit Salad Studio

Fruit Salad Studio is an independent homewares and decor shop based in Brighton. They make some wonderful little plant pots that are perfect for your succulents and other plant children!

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What I love about these plant pots is how organic the colours and textures look within the marble effect pattern of the concrete. All the colours work well together, especially the terracotta orange where it looks like rusty copper, which really adds to and fits in with the industrial, rustic feel of the plant pots. The dark grey and white pots look stunning when paired with a pink backdrop and would work well in both masculine and feminine schemes. These would make the perfect gift for loved ones or be the perfect accessory for your windowsill or desk, be it at work or at home!

You can see all of the different planters Fruit Salad Studio has for sale here.

 

Green Living Glasgow

I pretty much squealed with excitement when I saw these planters! How adorable are these Bulbasaur and Oddish concrete plant pots!?

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These pokemon planters are perfect for a little planting starter pot for little ones (or pokemon loving adults as well). Children now days are always watching tv at home or on their own iPads or gaming with friends online, and with consumers and younger generations becoming more environmentally conscious and aware, what better way to start teaching little ones on how to look after plants and to take care of plants (and also the planet) than these Grass Pokemon inspired plant pots? Any kid (cough-adult-cough) would love to have one of these in their room! I mean… I really want one for myself! Now if only someone could create a Gloom themed planter or even Ivysaur or Venusaur.

Not only do they sell plant pots, but you can also purchase little plant friends to go with them from their online store!

You can see their range of plants and planters here.

 

Crafty Little Cactus

If you are really a bit more worried about the carbon footprint in regards to delivering your concrete planter, then there is a designer-marker in London that creates Bulbasaur and Oddish planters.

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Crafty Little Cactus have a variety of different concrete plant pots that are the perfect homeware accessory for a geeky friend or to fill your geeky needs! Not only do they have pokemon planters, but they also make concrete planters inspired by other franchises such as Star Wars and Guardians of the Galaxy.

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How cool are these Star Wars themed planters and this Groot plant pot? These would be the perfect gift! Only difference I can see between the two Bulbasaurs is that Crafty Little Cactus looks to be a bit smaller in size, however you can still use it as a starter pot. How adorable would a larger succulent look on tieback of this little Bulba? Definitely thinking of getting one for myself!

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Crafty Little Cactus also have different shapes and sizes of planters available for those that aren’t that in to comic books and sci-fi! Look at these adorable little geometric planters. These look ultra-modern and sleek, and I love that you can either have them sat on their own or stack them up to create your own work of living plant art! All of these items would make beautiful gifts, even the more tongue in cheek ones. Another pot that I would have to buy! It’s just too good to pass up. I can also see a few that I may have to buy my partner as well.

You can check out all of Crafty Little Cactus’ glorious geeky accessories here.

 

Maison Des Pauvres

Maison Des Pauvres is a Hampshire based company owns by two sisters that have a love and fascination with concrete. Their ethos is to find the beauty within the imperfections of the material and celebrate it and they are inspired by the Japanese view of Wabi Sabi. Each product is hand mixed, hand proud, painted and sealed to ensure that you get the highest quality product.

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Their products certainly are unique and beautiful with it’s imperfections. I love the contrast between the rough gold paint and the dyed concrete, where you can see the porous exterior showing through in the cracks of the paint. I also love that their concrete planters are solid with their colours, which sets them apart from other designers. I can really see these being styled within a gorgeous kitchen that has brass or gold accessories on the handles and lights, or on a coffee table amongst some gilded coasters or candle holders (which these talented ladies also sell in their shop). I’m especially obsessed with the concrete gold moon wall hanging plaque. May need to get my hands on one of those!

You can see the whole range from Maison Des Paupers on their etsy shop here.

 

DIY Concrete Planters

Want to try your hand at making your own concrete planters? It’s super easy to do and inexpensive to make. Below is how I made my own concrete planters when I was studying at Uni a few years ago:

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All you need is:

  • Concrete mix, which you can buy from any DIY shop
  • An old juice carton or ice cream tub
  • Scissors
  • A stirring stick
  • Water
  • A cup (preferably paper) as the hole in the plant pot (I used styrofoam cups back then, which I now know is a big no no, so please do use recyclable paper cups or a solid cup that you don’t mind reusing for concrete planter moulding)
  • A scalpel

 

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Cut the carton in half or to which ever desired height you’d like your concrete planter to be. Really have a look at the carton and where about you want your plant to pop out from.

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Once you have done that, mix up your concrete with water. What I did was I just kept adding a little bit of the dry mixture and water together until I was happy with the quantity and consistency. When you’ve reached a stage that you’re happy with how the concrete mixture is looking, tap the carton or tub on the table top or on the sides to let out any air bubbles that may have gotten trapped when you were mixing it all together. Then place the cup in to the centre and press down. Secure the cup with masking tape (again, silly young naive me used sellotape, which did the trick but is not very environmentally friendly) and let it dry for 24 hours. Once that is dry, you can cut away the card or tub using a scalpel.

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And ta-dah! You have your very own concrete planter! I love how mine turned out and I still use them today! I love how you never know how they are going to turn out and every plant pot is unique. For example, I used an left over plastic soup pot for the rounded one that came out really smooth and sleek, yet the orange juice carton’s exterior texture is all rough, rustic and organic.

 

I have a feeling that I may end up accumulating quite a few new concrete planters by the end of the month! What do you think? Are you loving the concrete planter trend? Would you want to try and make your own? Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments below!

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend!

Danica x

5 Ways to Update your home without breaking the bank

Spring has most definitely sprung (the weather this week has been gorgeous!) and you may be thinking of decluttering, spring cleaning and sprucing up your home for a little refresh. However, if you’re like me, you haven’t got the budget to do a full refurb!

Fear not! Whether you want to follow the trends or inject more of your own personality and style, below are some budget saving tips and tricks for updating your home.

Soft Furnishings

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Changing the soft furnishings in your home is probably the easiest and key way to create a new interior scheme. It helps you bring in patterns, textures, colours and can be in the form of anything that is a loose textile product. This includes cushions, rugs, throw blankets, bedding, tea towels, table cloths and curtains, the list goes on! You could mix and match the cushions and throw blankets you already have, or you can buy a few new bits and pieces such as new bedding or a new rug.

Decorative ornaments, accessories & plants

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Buying new decorative ornaments such as vases, miniature sculptures, ceramics, lampshades or even paper weights can make a room scheme look different and new. Try mixing and matching with some of your existing accessories or styling the ones you have in a different way to create the feel of a new look. Adding in some plants to the space adds pattern, texture and colour. This could be in the form of a potted plant, a faux plant or even a fresh bouquet of flowers in a brand new vase styled on the dining table, kitchen counter or on a side table in the living room. Introducing fresh flowers to the room will really uplift your spirits and give you that spring feeling for when the weather (let’s be real here, this is England we’re talking about where the sunshine never lasts for long) turns grey and miserable again. Repotting existing plants can also give your home an update with minimum effort. It helps encourage your plants to grow as well as making you feel good.

Artwork, posters, photographs & mirrors

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Changing or swapping around artwork, photographs or adding in a mirror can really make a space look different. There are so many different ways you can display your chosen artwork and images. You could display your images as a gallery wall in your own designed composition, showcasing all your favourites together. Or, perhaps you could hang a large piece of artwork as a feature piece. You could swap the artwork from upstairs and downstairs as well, really play around to see what feels right for you. Mirrors help bounce around and reflect light and help to open up the space.

Try looking at brands and superstores such as IKEA, Matalan, BHS, Homesense, H&M, Sainsbury’s Home, George at ASDA and Tescos Home for inexpensive, on trend items.

Paint

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Adding a lick of paint to any room in the house automatically gives the space an instant refresh. Why just stick to walls? Why not try painting the ceiling as well for a dramatic and fun look? Or painting architectural details such as door frames, coving and skirting boards. You could get creative and paint parts of walls or make your own pattern out of geometric shapes, or design a burial to add some interesting details and a customised feel. This medium gives you many possibilities of how you can transform your space!

Upcycle

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It is international Earth Day and what better way to help the environment and update your home than upcycling?

Upcycling an existing piece of furniture is a great way to not only save money and be creative, but also a fantastic way to really customise something, inject your personality and make something unique and original to you for your own home. This can range from painting a piece of furniture, picture and mirror frames, cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens, decorating the surface with some wallpaper you have left over, to reupholstering some seat cushions or making cushions from scratch out of scrap fabric. It could also be something as simple as changing the knobs on your chest of drawers.

Head over to DIY stores such as B&Q or Wickes to find their own paints or other brands for your interior and upcycling projects! B&Q also have their own wallpaper collections and some homeware pieces too!

I hope this has given you some ideas on how you can give your home a reboot on a low budget without hurting your bank account! I’ll be using some of these ideas for my own bedroom as it is in desperate need of some TLC.

Happy Earth Day! Hope you’ve been enjoying the stunning weather this week and enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Danica x

A Trip Back In Time: How The 70’s Are Making A Come Back

Have you found yourself being drawn to circular, more rounded styled furniture, textile wall hangings and ochre coloured paints and textiles lately? That’s possibly because the glamorous style of the 70’s is now back in fashion and infiltrating the Interior world.

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This New 70’s Glam has a more polished, contemporary feel to it. Everything is a lot brighter, more opulent and streamlined, but with some textural, natural pieces to help keep it grounded and bring in some juxtaposition and contrast. Below are some of the key pieces to help you give your home a modern blast from the past:

Circular/Curved Furniture and Accessories

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The biggest key ingredient for this look is the shapes of the furniture used within the space and scheme. Softer, more curvaceous shapes and lines are what you need when creating this luxurious look.

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The type of furniture you use to bring in more curves can vary. If you are in need of a new sofa, try looking for tub shaped sofas, armchairs or even more squared sofas with curved arms would make a great alternative. Rounder sofas can add juxtaposition against more angular pieces and the can break up any lines in the room.

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You can also look for curves in other pieces of furniture. Try adding pieces with circular shapes such as coffee tables, side tables, shelving, mirrors, ornaments and anything you can think of!

Gold and Brass

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Brass and gold metallics are definitely in, replacing copper and rose gold. These metal are making a huge appearing in furniture such as tables frames and dining chairs, as well as accessories and lighting.

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Don’t be afraid to be more adventurous with these metals. They help bounce light around the room and give it a more opulent feel. Why not try some shelving or cabinets made of brass like in the above image? Set against a dark wall it can look not only stylish but also can give the space a high end industrial look.

Wicker

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Wicker was a huge part of 70’s interiors and design, almost everyone owned at least one or several pieces of wicker furniture in their homes. Wicker since then has been used mostly as garden furniture or pieces placed inside of conservatories, however this year it’s definitely made a come back!

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Using wicker in your space with more luxury pieces will add contrast to the scheme and help warm it up with it’s natural wood tones. It will also calm down the room a bit if you feel that going all out luxurious is not quite your style, and add a tropical and bohemian accent to the space.

The Shag Rug

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The shag rug has definitely seen a revival in today’s interiors! It adds another layer of texture to the space and contrasts well against other materials such as wood, stone or concrete.

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There are lots of different designs out there that you can buy for your home that features solid or mixed colours, shapes and patterns across them. Some shag rugs have different textures on them such as tassels or pompoms. Or you could create your own shag rug from scrap pieces of fabric, to make it really unique to you and your home. There are tons of tutorials online on how to make your own!

Terrazo

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Near to the end of 2017, we have seen a massive increase in the popularity of terrazzo and it hasn’t stopped there. Terrazzo has become one of the most popular materials to be used for surfaces in interiors across the globe. Using terrazzo in your home could add interest and a focal point and can be used throughout the house and not just in one area. It can also help introduce some colours that could then be reflected in your furniture pieces.

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Adding terrazzo to your kitchen as a counter top or splash back could look really funky, classy and contemporary all at the same time. You can match your cabinets to the colours in the terrazzo or you could contrast it with different colour to make it pop.

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Terrazzo would also look fantastic as a key feature and focal point as part of a bathroom design. This would take a lot of commitment to this fun material. You could have a counter top with a matching terrazzo basin to create a seamless design, or use the terrazzo to define areas within the space, such as the shower and bathing area to make it really eye catching like in the image above.

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For a much cheaper alternative, why not try using terrazzo wallpaper to create a feature wall, or highlight architectural details such as panelling, the ceiling or even upcycle some of your furniture that you can’t bring yourself to replace.

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Or bring in terrazzo in your decorative accessories, such as lamp bases and shades, coasters, patterned plates, cushions, etc., as another cheaper alternative to bring this gorgeous, patterned material in to your design scheme. BHS has a range of bedding, cushions and lighting that has terrazzo patterns and designs on them which are inexpensive but still look contemporary and sleek.

Velvet

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Velvet has been extremely popular in the last couple of years in interiors and is thought to be one of the most luxurious materials to use in the home, and that is not about to stop any time soon! This sumptuous fabric gives this new 70’s revival a sophisticated and elegant look, whilst still being trendy.

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A velvet sofa is key aspect for bringing this look together. However, don’t panic and starts thinking that you need to through out your sofa to make this look work! You could simply get it reupholstered if you feel it needs a bit of an update, or reupholster your arm chairs or dining tables, it don’ts have to be expensive and stressful. This material adds a layer of softness to the room, so even if you have a square sofa, it will still have that 70’s feel.

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Another way to save time and money is bringing in velvet accessories such as cushions and curtains. It’s a simple and easy way to bring details from this trend in to your current scheme. You could even buy cushions or make your own with patterned velvets, which is also trending right now!

Macrame

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I know, you may be thinking that this is more hippy dippy and bohemian than 70’s, but believe it or not, these were the must have home accessories back in the day. My grandpa use to make macrame plant hangers himself and even sold a few! Who knew that my grandpa was trendy!?

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It’s not just macrame plant hangers that are popular, it’s also macrame wallhangings, as well as woven pieces that are becoming the must have wall display for the home.

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These would make the perfect DIY project! Accessorise your macrame with some decorative details such as colourful ropes and threads, colourful or natural wooden beads, thread on some crystals, dip-dye, you can really make it your own! You can also create your own wallhanging by weaving your own and playing around with different thread and wool thicknesses, colours and textures.

Pouffes

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Foot pouffes are the must have accessory for this trend! It could be used as another surface to display a throw blanket or a decorative tray. It also double as extra seating for when you have guests over and gatherings.

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Leather moroccan pouffes are what’s seen to be the footstool of the moment, but you could opt for others that could link to any other textures such as the ones mentioned above: velvet, macrame, soft (faux) fur, jute or anything you like that would fit the type of 70’s glam look you’re going for.

Decorative Walls

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Another popular feature is having decorative walls that go along with these luxurious items. For example, the diamond shaped tiled wall in the above picture looks very high end juxtaposed against the curved mirror and chairs.

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Moulding and panelling is seen to be the favoured style with this design scheme, which adds more interest, plays with light and shadows and gives it a traditional and more grown up atmosphere.

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Other wooden decorative walls that have been seen with this revival are parquet, chevron or wooden tile walls. By using wooden tiles or parquet on your walls, it not only adds some pattern to the space, it also adds a warmness and links to the natural environment.

Orb Lighting

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One of the most sought-after lights around in the industry, these beautiful globes with gold fixtures and stems really do make a statement and exude luxury. Pretty much all homeware retail stores have their own orb light designs, to name a few: Made.com, BHS and Amara have some gorgeous ranges.

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These lights can also come in different finishes, the second most favoured to gold is black. That way it can fit in to any colour palette and work to suit your tastes.

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They’re great for making a room feel atmospheric, just look at how this Flos table lamp glows! Modern and sleek, these lamps look like works of art. They are the perfect lights to have when decorating your home, no matter what you’re style is!

70s Colour Palette

It’s not just the style of furniture from the 70’s that has made a comeback, it’s also the colour palette of that decade that is resurfacing in to our homes. However, it’s not in the same way that is was back then, so do not panic thinking you’d have to redecorate your bathroom in avocado green from ceiling to floor with an amber glass lampshade and a salmon pink bathroom mat. Unless, that’s your jam and it’s your dream bathroom then go for it! It’s a lot more playful and sophisticated, though I’m sure at the time that was considered modern and THE bathroom suite to have. Below are some images I found of how these colours have been used together to create a more harmonious colour palette, where everything is more balanced.

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Peach is a HUGE favourite this season, not just in the 70’s revival trend. It’s thought to be the colour that will replace millennial pink as the new pink, as it were, and we are likely to start seeing a lot more decorative accessories and fabrics with this colour across the board. As of right now, there’s not a lot to choose from that has this colour in them, however you could source some fabric and reupholster your existing pieces or even create some scatter cushions to start bringing the colour in to your space. Peach could range from salmon pink to dusky pink to terracotta and, they all look lovely together as shown in Dulux Australia’s image they used for their colour trends to look out for this year. Avocado green is also back in fashion and works wonderfully with peach. Burgundy has also seen an increase in popularity and works well with both peach and avocado green.

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Playing with the different tones and shades of these colours, with lighter and paler peaches playing against darker, more emerald-like greens works well together and makes the room look quite fancy. Yellows such as ochre or mustard add a nice pop of colour and gives the room some interest, it also works well with the gold in the room, like the image above.

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Complimentary colours such as dark, inky and/or teal blues paired with burnt or rusty oranges are also a great colour combination, showing that the colour blue is still reigning supreme in interiors as it has done over the last few years. Yellow is also being displayed along with these colours which helps brighten the space a bit more from the moody palette but also adds a nice contrast, making it lively and exciting.

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Aubergine and other more earthy shades of purple as well as softer, paler tones such as lilac, have been seen paired up with more dusty and dirtier pinks and rusty colours. This fits perfectly with the colour of the year, although it’s Ultra Violet, it’s within the same colour umbrella of purple. Painting your walls with this colour, paired with any of the colours mentioned above will give your home an stylish ambience.

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Greenery make an appearance in this colour palette in other shades. Yup, the colour of 2017 is still going strong. This is due to our want and need to be more connected with nature and being more conscious with what we have in our homes and what we’re doing to our planet. Whether it’s using real plants, fake plants or even plant patterned fabrics or wallpapers, we want something that gives us that link to the outside environment. If avocado green is not your thing, then why not try going for a moss green or a sage green instead? It’s still neutral, a natural colour and they look luxurious and work wonderfully with the other colours above.

Get The Look

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I created this mood board for Claude Hooper Interiors a couple of months ago, and I based on the New 70’s trend. The brief was for young professionals in new London apartments, and I felt that the mood board should have a very modern feel to it. It features curved furniture, gold/brass lighting fixture with globes, lots of luxurious velvet upholstery, mixed natural textures and, brass and black metal finishes. The colours I used were peaches and avocado greens,  brighter and lighter colours such as yellows, dusky pinks and sage greens, as well as bringing in some darker tones for a sophisticated look, such as emerald green, burgundy, navy blue and grey. The furniture used in the moodboard are taken from their list of stockists, such as habitat, made.com, sofa.com, Coach House, Maison Du Monde, Cult Furniture, and Amara to name a few.

Below are some product boards I created that are inspired by the mood board above and a list of where to find the products used, to give you some ideas on how you can bring the 70’s look in to your home. Some items and products aren’t listed by these companies anymore, so I’ve added some alternatives that could be used:

Living Area

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Clockwise from the top left:
Wallpaper: Watered Silk Wallpaper in grey from Cole & Son
Paint: Cornflower white by Dulux
Curtains: teal blue curtains from Made.com
Ceiling light: Faye brass large chandelier pendant from Made.com
Clock: Cloudnola structure wall clock from Cult Furniture, alternatives from Made.com and Amara
Copper mirror: Kartell All Saints round mirror in copper from Amara
Gold mirror: Amara no longer stock a gold tinted version of this and I’m unable to find a similar one, however using a gold framed mirror will work just as well! For example, this mirror from made.com
Sun mirror: Mosaic sunburst mirror from Coach House
Shelving: EKBY MOSSBY grey shelves from IKEA
Accessories: House Doctor sculpture from Amara, Serax Cactus Vase from Amara, similar cacti shaped vase form made.com and maison du mode, similar blue vase from maison du monde
TV unit: Zabel media unit from Swoon Editions
Chair: Normann Copenhagen Ace lounge chair in lake blue from Amara, unfortunately it doesn’t seem like they stock the burgundy/dark red version of this chair anymore
Dining table: Haku dining table from Made.com, and in another colour
Rug: similar grey rug from maison du monde, made.com, john lewis,
Armchairs: Betty armchair in willow from sofa.com, Peggy armchair in powder pink form sofa.com
Floor lamp: Bodil floor lamp from Blue Suntree
Sofa: Teal 2 seater or 3 seater Melvin sofa in teal from Cult Furniture, similar Margot 2 seater sofa in peacock blue or forest green from Made.com, also available in matching armchairs.
Cushions: DIHYA cushion from Maison Du Monde, similar blue velvet cushion from BHS, Missoni Home Sausalito cushion from Amara, Mongolian sheepskin in purple from Cult Furniture, scatter cushion in willow from sofa.com
Table lamp: Flos IC T1 high table lamp from Amara
Side table: Notre Monde round tray table from Amara
Armchair: Peggy armchair in powdered pink from sofa.com, Betty armchair in Willow wool fabric from sofa.com
Pouf: Normann Copenhagen Circus pouf in dark red from Amara
Coffee Table: similar style coffee table at Habitat, maison du monde,

Bedroom 1

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Clockwise from top left:
Curtains: light grey curtains from Made.com
Ceiling light: Tangle chandelier pendant light from Made.com
Paint: Steel parade by Dulux
Wallpaper: Paste the Wall wallpaper in parsons green by Designers Guild
Cushions: Zeoppritz soft fleece cushion in royal blue from Amara, plain cotton cushion in spruce blue by John Lewis, silk cushion in paprika orange from John Lewis, design project cushion in emerald green from John Lewis, Ryker grey patterned cushion from Made.com, Solar cotton cushion in mustard yellow from Made.com
Table lamp: Pico table light from Blue Suntree
Side table: Aspen lamp table from Cult Furniture
Bed: Hayllar double bed in aegean blue from Made.com
Chest of drawers: similar from Maison Du Monde,
Wardrobe: AULI/ILSENG wardrobe in ash veneer from IKEA

Bedroom 2

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Clockwise from top left:
Curtains: light grey curtains from Made.com
Ceiling light: Adhere pendant lamp by Blue Suntree
Paint: Satin bow by Dulux
Wallpaper: Cranes in Flight wallpaper from Harlequin
Wall light: Kartell E wall mounted lamp in green from Amara
Cushions: Faux fur cushion in mulberry from John Lewis, Missoni Home Coomba cushion in T65 from Amara, design project cushion from John Lewis, silk cushion in coral from Amara, Solar cotton cushion in mustard yellow from Made.com
Table lamp: Broste Copenhagen Caspa table lamp from Amara
Bedside table: The faux leather ostrich bedside table from Coach House is out of stock, however they have a similar one in stock that looks almost identical here
Vase: LSA Vases from Amara, they don’t stock this green vase, but they do have a moss green and sapphire blue
Planter: Hanging planter from Maison Du Monde, alternative hanging planter from Amara
Bed: Roscoe double bed in dusky pink by Made.com
Chest of drawers: These chest of drawers are from Maison Du Monde, however they don’t stock them anymore. They do have something similar called Carlotta and another called Salome
Wardrobe: AULI/ILSENG wardrobe in oak veneer from IKEA

What do you think of this 70’s rediscovery and love affair? Do you think it’s a style that you could have in your home? What’s your favourite from this trend? What would you not have from this trend in your home? Let me know in the comments!

Hope you enjoyed reading this, apologies for being late with this update! Have a great week everyone!

Danica xx

Surface Design Show 2018: My Top Picks

Last week I went to the Surface Design Show 2018 in London at the Business Design Centre. I like going to exhibits or trade shows to see what companies and manufacturers are creating in the interior and architecture worlds, to see what is in trend, to find out about new materials, inventions and technologies, colours, textures, and I also love to see how they display these wonderful surface designs and ideas!

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This was my second year going to the Surface Design Show, and I did find that it was a lot of the same companies that displayed last year, which is not a bad thing! It means it’s great for that business, that they are so popular that they can exhibit again and grow their customer base or catch up with any existing customers and clients in person.

There were also some that I didn’t recognise from last year, which was cool to see and refreshing. With all that in mind and without further delay, below are my favourite displays and exhibitors from Surface Design Week and why!

 

Innerspace

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Innerspace is a family run and independent company from Cheshire that create interesting, innovative, textural and stunning hard surface materials to be used in interior spaces, be it offices, restaurants or hotels.

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This display was by far my favourite, and I’m guessing you can already see why! I had a lovely chat with their managing director, Richard, who designed the display. We talked about the display and the work they do. The display was designed by Richard and inspired by the work of artist Charlie Edmiston, with it’s geometric shapes in the different finishes and materials the company makes, which makes it truly eye-catching from any level in the Business Design Centre and a perfect homage to Edmiston’s bright, juxtaposing paintings.

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They had these little samples out of their panels that can be installed at any size the client desires, some with coloured wood, hay, moss and even dried flowers. I asked about the moss and flowers, and Richard explained to me about how they are preserved. They dry out the moss and flowers, but they preserve them with non toxic chemicals and keep them bright and colourful with food safe dyes (so essentially food colouring) which is just amazing! This way it is sustainable and eco friendly, and you know that you aren’t exposing yourself to harmful ingredients or toxins with these installed in your office, restaurant or home. I loved that this display was so interactive, where customers and clients can really feel, look at, pick up and mix and match the samples to get some ideas for their spaces. This is something that’s really important when exhibiting at a show like this and Innerspace definitely delivered!

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I couldn’t help myself and started playing around with their samples that were out on the table there and then, creating a scheme in my head and looking at how these different materials could work together. It made me seriously consider having a moss feature wall or even a small board for my room. They can make these panels in a tile format so that it’s easy to install and you can mix and match with the different materials they have to offer, to create a unique design on your wall, or they can even create rolls of the hay and wood surfaces for even easier application if you wanted a whole wall of it, which is also then better for the environment as it’s using less materials but will still have the same effect as having solid wood on the walls. Find out more about Innerspace on their website!

 

Finsa

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Another display that was eye catching! It was made entirely out of MDF! This MDF shown by Finsa is called Superpan, which has a chipboard core, allowing it to be able to carry a lot of weight, making this material perfect for kitchen cabinets, chairs, tables, counter tops, stairs and even floors and ceilings! Very impressive!

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Finsa had a table and kitchen set on display that was made out of the same material. The whole stand was designed as if it were someone’s home, which you could then interact with and explore through virtual reality! I’ve never done virtual reality before, not even in gaming, so I thought I’d give it a try. It was pretty genius! You could see what colours and finishes the MDF could be produced in. This material can be used in a variety of different interior spaces such as offices, residential, third spaces, used for doors, in vehicles and in retail design. They offer alternative finishes on top of the MDF boards such as melamine, laminates and veneers.

Find out more about Finsa here.

Petrus

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These concrete tiles in Petrus’ display really caught my attention, especially in these colours! They’re so gorgeous and I love that you can see a bit of texture where the concrete dried with a few air bubbles in them.

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Another thing I found amazing about these tiles is how 3 dimensional they are. Petrus have a whole range of tiles that are different shapes, sizes, colours and designs. Some have lines carved in to them, some have raised geometric shapes that create shadows and pick up on lighting in interesting ways, creating dimension and variety. Find out more about Petrus here.

Tile of Spain

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I automatically fell in love with this display. I went to Spain back in October 2017 for the first time ever and loved seeing all the different tile designs they had in the towns I visited, so this display really called out to me!

Different Spanish tiles on display at Tile of Spain
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Tile of Spain had lots of different tile companies from Spain exhibiting within the space, full of a variety of different styles, shapes, colour combinations, textures, 3-dimensional elements and patterns to look at. The companies on display are listed below:

Cas Ceramica
Ceramica Elias
Cevica
Dune
El Barco
Equipe Ceramica
Harmony By Peronda
Roca
Zirconio
ZYX by Colorker

There were so many different tiles in the space that I couldn’t pick a favourite as they were all so stunning! Find out more about Tile of Spain here.

 

Pintark

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The whole of Pintark’s display was covered with panels and boards of upholstered shapes in leather and other fabrics, mixed with metals and veneers. The detail in some of their designs was amazing, like the fan shaped leather covered tiles, each had their own colour combinations and quilted or embossed patterns on them which could create a really unique and visually contrasting wall.

Different displays of materials and surface displays by Pintark
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It’s fantastic how they have taken these materials and thought of new or inventive ways to use them, such as combining metal, leather and wood to create a tessellating triangular and geometric wall-cover design, or creating a lighting panel with the same materials in a honeycomb pattern. I also love the large rose artwork they created out of small bits of rolled up mixed colour fabrics and split them up on to separate tiles, creating something that could be a stand alone art piece in anyone’s home. Find out more about Pintark here.

Treniq

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Treniq is like the Facebook and pinterest of the Interior Design world. An international social network for professionals in the industry, where you can build relationships and make connections with other designers as well as find furniture and products to use in your projects. You can find out more about Treniq here.

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Though I found that all really interesting, what fascinated me the most was the range of materials, surface designs and products they had on display that showcased new inventions and technologies in the product design industry, especially the products that were sustainable and made from recycled materials. A terrazzo made from left over bits of timber, a bowl made out of old ground coffee beans and a materials made out of mushrooms and plant fibres!? How cool is that!? I thought these were so clever and amazing! Click the images to enlarge and find out more about what these materials are made out of!

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They had tons of things on display, such as magnetic putty, glass fibre concrete, recycled plastic that looks like wooden planks, eco-friendly panels made from combined newspaper, cardboard and office/forest waste products, there was so much to look at or fan girl over. Find out more about them in the pictures below!

Glass Fibre Concrete slab, Environmental Composite Panel, Recycled Plastic plank, fused and recycled Glass and Ceramic silicastone and Magnetic Putty.
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There it is! My top picks from the Surface Design Show. Did you go to the show? If so, did you see any of these on display? What did you think? What were your favourite designs or displays this year? Comment below!

Have a great week everyone!

Danica x

 

Sustainable Saturday: Patterned Plants

Last year we saw a huge increase in the number of house plants everyone was keeping in their interiors, due to the colour of the year being Greenery but also due to consumers becoming more consciously aware of what they are putting in to their homes and about what is going on in their environments. That trend and thoughtfulness hasn’t stopped there, although it has taken on a more aesthetically pleasing turn: Patterned plants.

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Pinterest has seen a massive increase in searches for plants that naturally have patterns on their leaves, some that have just a splash of colour on them.

Below is a list of different plants with patterned leaves if you want to get your hands on some form your local garden centre or if your supermarkets stock potted plants:

Snake Plant

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Also known as “Mother-In-Law’s Tongue”, which is a weird name for a plant, by the way! Who came up with that!? This plant is so gorgeous and will add a touch of pattern and texture to your home. I suppose it’s called a snake plant because of how the leaves wave up like a snake and due to it’s scale like pattern. This plant can add a bit of funkiness to any room. I definitely have this one on my wish list of many plants I want to fill my home with.

Prayer Plant

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Also known as rabbit’s trail, this plant adds not only pattern but colour to your interior! Two for the price of one! This incredibly striking, beautiful, vibrant and somewhat alien looking plant prefers low light conditions, to be kept out of direct sunlight and thrives in warm environments, well-drained soul and to be moist but not over watered. In the winter, the soil should be kept drier but the plant should be kept amongst other house plants to help create a tropical humid feel for it to survive.

Spider Plant

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The name speaks for itself. The leaves of this plant grow out in all different directions and then curve and droop over the sides like spider legs, but don’t worry, that is the only similarity or affiliation this plant has with the 8 legged critters. This is by far one of the hardest plants to kill. I was given one by a friend for my birthday last year (exactly a year ago) which was a baby spider plant that had grown from his own spider plant, and it was wrapped in wet tissue, placed inside a clean empty little yoghurt pot, and it lasted in that for months, before I moved it to an open mason jar, and then it dawned on me that I should probably put it in an actual plant pot with soil. I was still in University at the time so it wasn’t something that was on my mind to sort out straight away, bad Danica. However, my little spider plant is still going and growing strong with me barely watering it. Definitely a good starter plant for beginners!

Fittonia

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Also known as the painted net leaf, the nerve plant or mosaic plant. The pattern that covers the leaves are veining in red, white or pink over a dark or olive green background. This plant does well as a hanging plant or in a terrarium.

Calathea

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There are so many different types of calathea that you can buy for your home. Calathea originate from the Amazon rainforest and are used to more warm and shadowy environments, so these plants are fine with being away from direct sunlight. This plant is also sometimes known as a peacock plant as the markings and shapes on it’s foliage sometimes look like eyes, similar to peacock feathers. What makes calathea so beautiful is that it behaves like a flower, closing the leaves in when the sun sets and then opens up again at sunrise. However, calatheas don’t often flower and it’s very rare for them to flower indoors, apart from one in their family, the calathea crocata. Calathea plants are great air purifiers and are not poisonous to cats or dogs, making it the perfect addition to have in your plant collection. Below are some images of the different species of calathea you can buy to add some pattern and life to any room:

Calathea Makoyana AKA the Peacock Plant AAKA Cathedral Windows:

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Calathea Lancifolia/Calathea Insignis AKA the Rattlesnake Plant:

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Calathea Crocata AKA the Eternal Flame:

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Calathea Zebrine AKA Zebra Plant:

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Calathea Leopardina:

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Calathea Medallion:

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Calathea Roseopicta:

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Calathea Orbifolia:

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Calathea Ornata AKA Pin Stripe Calathea:

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There are many more different calatheas that you can add to or start your plant collection. I am already lusting over these and cannot wait to add them to my ever expanding family of plants!

Marble Queen Pothos

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A long, trailing vine plant that cascades beautifully when placed on a high shelf or in a hanging basket or in macrame. True to it’s name, it has a speckle marbled effect pattern across glossy, leathery textured, heart shaped leaves. This plant is easy to look after and prefers lower light levels as opposed to needing to be near a window in direct sunlight.

Silver Philodendron

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Silver Philodendron has been a popular indoor plant since the Victorian era. It’s often known as the Sweetheart plant due to it’s heart shaped leaves. It’s quite small, so it’s perfect for terrariums, as table plants or a hanging plant. This plant will either trail or climb, so please take this in to consideration as this little guy seems to have a mind of it’s own and will grow aerial roots and is a quick growing plant. This trailing plant only needs to be watered weekly and prefers medium sunlight exposure.

Alocasia

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This dark, sculptural plant with high contrasting veining pattern across it’s foliage is visually striking and stunning! However, you should definitely research how to properly take care of this plant as it is quite a difficult plant to look after and keep alive. This plant doesn’t like to be in direct sunlight but also doesn’t like being in dark, shadowy corners. It’s soil should be kept moist, not dry or soggy, so it’s best to water little and often. It also thrives in humidity, instead of dry air. Don’t let this put you off, though, as it will make a perfect addition to any tropical plant collection! There are a few different names that fall under this species of plant:

Amazonia:

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Elephant’s Ear

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African Mask:

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Peperomia 

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There are over 1500 species of peperomia and they originate from rainforests in South America. Related to the pepper, the tropical peperomia’s name literally means “resembles peppers”. There are many different patterns, colours and shapes that these plants have. Like succulents, they can do well with storing moisture, however they aren’t as good and still need to be watered more than what succulents or cacti would need to be. They also like to be in light places, but not in direct sunlight. Below are some of the different Peperomia you can buy:

Marbled:

PEPEROMIA-MARBLED(Image credit: Baton’s Foliage Group)

Golden Gate:

PEPEROMIA-GOLDEN-GATE(Image credit: Baton’s Foliage Group)

Watermelon & Mini Watermelon:

(Image credits: Baton’s Foliage Group)

Silver, Red, Chocolate & Emerald Ripple:

(Image credits: Baton’s Foliage Group)

Tradescantia Tricolor

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This gorgeous plant is also known as Tradescantia zebrina, Zebrine pendular, Inchplant or “Wandering Jew Plant”. It got the latter name thanks to it’s ability to easily adapt to any environment or home it’s put in to, being able to root easily and because many years ago, housewives use to give each other cuttings of the plant and passed them on, which reminded them of the biblical stories of Jewish wanderings. This plant definitely thrives in an indoor environment and is easy to care for. To bring out the brighter colours of pinks and purples, place inside brighter rooms in a warm room. It hates soggy soil, which can cause the roots to rot, so make sure you wait for the soil to dry before watering it again. Between watering, you could try misting it with a spray bottle to keep it moist.

 

Plant prints, faux plants, textiles and wallpapers

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If you find the idea of looking after a living thing a bit daunting, you could opt for prints/photographs of patterned plants, illustrations and artwork inspired by them or with different, unique or more abstract designs. Faux plants are also a good way to bringing in some foliage, however you won’t get the health benefits a real life plant brings in to a room.

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You could decorate your home with textiles and decorative pieces such as cushions or throw blankets that have patterned plants on them, or even perhaps a feature wall or cover the whole room with a wallpaper inspired by these magnificent leaves. What’s great about this trend is that you can really have fun with it, so you can bring in as much or as little as you want!

 

What do you think? Would you have any of these plants in your home? What plants do you have that you love and think others would love too?

I hope this was helpful and that you feel bit more inspired to embrace patterns in a different and maybe more natural way, even if it is with faux plants! One thing I know for sure is that I will most definitely be investing in more of these to go along with my collection of succulents and spider plant.

 

Speak soon!

Danica x