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Trend Spotter: Blush Pink

Having been a lifelong hater of pink and its awful cousin lilac, I have been surprised to find myself slowly coming round to blush and champagne tones. I wonder (as with many interiors trends) that this is simply a result of over-saturation. Seeing enough blush walls and peach upholstery can even crack my anti-pink shell. This all stems from Pantone announcing both Rose Quartz and Serenity as their colours of 2016, and the former does not show any sign of disappearing soon.

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Design History: Arne Jacobson

Easily one of the most famous names in modern design, Arne Jacobson was emblematic of the zeitgeist of his time. This Danish modern master created the furniture and the architecture of the future, which still endure as classics today.

Who? Arne Jacobson (1902-1971) was born in Copenhagen, Denmark and began his career as an architect. In fact, despite his later success as a designer of furniture, he always considered himself to be first and foremost and architect.

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Denmark, 1936 | Image courtesy of Christian Lylloff

Skovshoved Petrol Station, Denmark, 1936 | Image courtesy of Christian Lylloff

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The Dark Blue Bedroom

I think of the dark blue bedroom as a sign of maturity. A couple of years ago I would only have considered pale colours for the bedroom, as I did when I followed the inevitable pale grey trend and painted it with a Dulux ‘Cool Shadow’ or something equally wishy-washy. However, after several years of renting, where my wall colours have been controlled by a contract that dictated magnolia or white, pale hues hold somewhat less of an interest. Instead, the minute we move into our home the bedroom is going dark. And a very, very dark blue.

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Image courtesy of homeadore.com

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Trend Spotter: Dark Florals

Having made a full U-turn from crisp white walls to very dark, Abigail-Ahern-inspired ones, I have become increasingly interested in the rise of the dark wallpaper. Specifically, the rise of dark floral wallpaper. Although this concept seems slightly unusual, it is actually characterised by the classic Arts & Crafts designs of wallpaper genius William Morris.

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Inspiration: The Neutral Kitchen

The unbelievable has happened and it looks as though we may be able to scrape enough money together for a house deposit. And by house I mean a very small flat. What this means however, is that rather than simply admiring an interior for its luxuriousness or design ingenuity, I’ve been looking at ones that might simply be more practical. It is highly likely that wherever we end up, the kitchen is going to open straight into the living/dining area.

The neutral kitchen is thus starting to greatly appeal. Whatever kitchen makeover I’ll be able to carry out (with very limited funds) I will have to bare in mind that it will need to blend in with our other communal areas. An overly bold colour choice therefore runs the risk of looking cluttered and overbearing. It would also dictate to an extent later colour choices for the living space. After all, it is far easier to repaint than to retile.

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Anatomy of a Room: October

October’s Anatomy of a Room inevitably follows the season. This sudden winter chill means that I’ve been leaning towards warmer colour tones during my Pinterest-interiors-pervings. The interior chosen appealed due to the warmness of the grey walls, which can often feel cold, and ingeniously this has been continued on the ceiling. Despite the apparent size of the room it thus feels snug and warm, heightened by the injections of mustard, orange and blue. In all, a very clever use of colour.

Image Credit David Cleveland | The Guardian

Image Credit David Cleveland | The Guardian

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