6 essential design philosophies for minimalist interiors

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

Simplicity is relaxing and very alluring especially to those who appreciate the “no-frill” lifestyle.  Pragmatically organized interiors are thus decorated with the motto of “less-is more” utilizing just the right amount of furniture and a keeping to a fluid sense of wholesomeness.  Following three simple philosophies that define this style, a minimalist modern decor is can easily be realized.

Function is first – to avoid cluttering and over-furnishing any space, focus on defining the function of every space and every piece of furniture or object within its confines.

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Penrose office desk by Tonelli

Scale and fluidity – furniture should be proportional to their surroundings, decor should be proportional to the furniture and the space around it.  The room should have a clear sense of dimensional balance and stylistic congruency.

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Nuvola sectional sofa by Bonaldo

Focus on quality – minimalism encourages fewer objects therefore it is natural to invest in higher quality elements with durable materials, innovative functionality and unique designs as they will be used more often and will draw more attention to themselves.

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Aqua platform bed by Presotto

Understated details — when it comes to adding decorative touches to the room keep in mind the entire space and reinforce its simplicity with small but essential decorations that add stylistic intensity without screaming for attention.
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5 tips to making your bedroom look like boutique hotel room

Saturday, July 30th, 2016

Boutique hotels sprung up as an alternate to the cookie-cutter hotel chains of years past, offering its guests originality, innovation and luxurious comfort.  So it comes as no surprise that the signature design of a boutique hotel guest room has become a source of inspiration.  From vintage modern to streamlined art deco, travelers can recreate professionally designed, extraordinary bedroom spaces by following predominant decor elements that are consistently echoed in most high-styled boutique hotel rooms.

High Headboard: The bed is definitely the center-piece of the room which means the headboard must be immediately noticed.  Whether it’s a stand-along bed with high headboard like the Patrick leather bed or a paneled headboard bed like Saturno platform bed by Mobenia, headboard dimensions are essential.

Patrick leather bed by Cattelan Italia

Patrick leather bed by Cattelan Italia

Bench at the foot of the bed: The bench is meant to offer a convenient place to put on shoes or socks, and is really extension of the bed in color, material or style.  Very often bedroom manufacturers will offer a matching bench as an add-on to the bed like the case with Bonaldo’s Squaring alto bed and Squaring bench.

Squaring alto bed and bench by Bonaldo

Squaring alto bed and bench by Bonaldo

Sitting Area:  Separate sitting area is present in most large-scale master bedrooms, however it is rarely decorated or used to its full aptitude.  Using scaled furniture, congruent decor and space defining components like lighting and a rug will help identified the sitting area as a separate but linked space.

Pendants instead of sconces: Very common in boutique hotels to see pendant light fixtures that hang unexpectedly low over bedside tables instead of the more typical sconces and bedside table lamps.  For a sophisticated, modern aesthetic, suspend a striking light fixture like the Topez pendnant by Cattelan Italia that hangs impressively next to the Adam leather bed.

Adam platform bed by Cattelan Italia

Adam platform bed by Cattelan Italia

Color scheme: in boutique hotels, the color scheme is often based on tonal harmony rather than on flashy pops of color.  Symmetry and balance are the most vital when it comes to color so neutral hues are often most common.  For added depth, insert subtle drama through textures that will contribute to the bedroom’s dimensional appeal.

4 stunning honeycomb furniture designs

Friday, July 29th, 2016

The honeycomb pattern has long inspired every industry, from fashion to architecture, jeweler and furniture design with its flawlessly symmetrical silhouette that’s geometric on its own or highly dynamic when combined into a repeating configuration.  Highly effective in any constructive aspect or purely decorative, the honeycomb also has a spirited nature and an organic appeal that catches the eye.

In a recent Milan furniture fair, honeycomb pattern was on display in major showrooms like Cattelan Italia with the newly introduced Thiago platform bed with a honeycomb inspired wall hung headboard and the Honey buffet that incorporated honeycomb pattern into its facade which was seen at the Tonin Casa showroom.  Honeycomb is also frequently used to create a unique visual composition by repeating independent hexagonal structures like the case with the Hexagon ottoman/end table by Steven Holl for Horm and the Skin mirror collection.

Honeycomb furniture designs

Color Story: Earth Tones in the Family Room

Thursday, July 28th, 2016

What’s more welcoming than a palette that signifies warmth and coziness?  Decorating with earth tones is easier than ever with the addition of modern colors that have minimal yellow and orange undertones but instead have delicate hints of grey, an example of which can be seen with the exquisite leather upholstery of Sunset sectional sofa by Gamma Arredamenti.  Additionally, reinvention and reintroduction of precious metal finishes like bronze and copper inserts a new dimension to everyday objects like the Kadoo coat rack and the Apollo chandelier both of which have dynamic natures thanks to their metallic finishes.  And finally, natural influences like the walnut wood of Lingotto coffee table, cotton chenille of the Delhi area rug or the cooper stone facade of Presotto’s I-ModuleArt wall unit allude to the inviting and softening aspect of organic textures in the realm of modern decor.

Earth tones in the modern family room

3 hot examples of red room decor

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

These hot red rooms are not the kind from “50 Shades of Grey” but rather are steamy illustrations of exceptional unification between the powerful and the subdued.  Red is an inspiring and highly influential color that sets the ambiance in any room around the house, evocative of passion, power, and elevated emotions.  In interior decor, red color is at its best when used subtly and conservatively with understated hints of warmth and exhilaration.  When introducing a new iteration of the Basket platform bed, the Basket Air version by Bonaldo was depicted in a subdued room with primarily grey color scheme and red accents in the form of the Icosi end table, select bedding elements and the frame of the Alfie accent chair.

Basket Air platform bed by Bonaldo

Red color increased in its intensity in the red and white library, showcasing impactful architectural elements with predominantly red colored Wally bookcases by Cattelan Italia.

Wally bookcase by Cattelan Italia

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