Color Story – is it wine o clock yet

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

Wine colors tend to represent their namesake quite literally with the same amount of sophistication, depth and relaxing disposition. Exuding warmth and inspiring complete coziness, wine-colors are a powerful way to showcase a rich combination of design styles and architectural details as well as a known decorative method that brings attention and highlights a desirable feature.

Tonin Casa does an excellent job with this elegant color palette through Astoria sectional by Aldo Petillo that is eloquently upholstered in deep burgundy velvet fabric while the Dharma bed with its rounded headboard and plush structure is featured in a beautiful shade of merlot. Equally enamoring is the multi-purposeful Ricciolo armchair by Angelo Tomaiuolo in ruby red Nubuk leather that also doubles as a chaise lounge using its patented folding mechanism. To finish this tempting color palette with yet another example of chic timelessness is the Sorrento dining chair that satisfies multitude of styles and enhances with its enveloping structure as well as with its intricate choice of upholstery.

Modern interiors in in wine colors by Tonin Casa

Cheers to beautiful interiors to achieve which you can’t go wrong with a red-wine palette!!!

Color Trend – a different shade of blue

Tuesday, July 25th, 2017

The blue palette is so vast and so popular, from indigo and navy to ocean and sky blue, (just a few go-to shades), that this color family cannot possibly have another fashionable offspring. But that is definitely the case because these new shades of blue-grey are absolutely mesmerizing and they are taking the interior world by storm. Calm and relaxing, these almost ethereal blue-grey colors are agreeable in both traditional and modern environments, making an impactful visual statement without being too overwhelming.

Blue-grey modern interiors

Lending itself easily as the newest (and most favorite) choice of color by Gamma Arredamenti, various shades and types of blue-grey leather were used on the Marylin fringe bed, Swing rounded sectional and its newest introduction, the Tuxedo sofa as was the case when Tonin Casa reintroduced the Goya sideboard, a dining room staple, in a new blue-grey lacquer color.

Neutral and full of impactful sophistication, this invigorating color palette mixes well with white, gray, black, even brown colors as well as with any metallic like silver, gold and copper and bronze. The eloquent pairings of this color is eloquently demonstrated by Bonaldo in a dining room setting that featured a grey-schemed Origami table accented and anchored by the dimensional richness of blue-grey wall.

4 Modern Kitchen Trends For 2017

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

If you are planning a kitchen renovation in time for the holidays, we have your 4 biggest trends for 2017 that will help make your new modern kitchen space become the heart of the home, a comfortable space for entertaining or preparing dinner for your family.

OPEN CONCEPT
While open kitchen is not completely a new trend nor is it a layout suitable for everyone, it is a trend that is not going anywhere soon and is actually based entirely on the lifestyle of family gatherings and entertaining as well as on the modern notion of an airier, lighter living centered around casual lifestyle. An open concept kitchen is definitely attractive but can also be a source of “domino-effect” yielding fluid aesthetics across the living and dining spaces. So choose color palette that will be easily carried beyond the kitchen or from the living space, into the kitchen.

Modern kitchen featuring an open layout

PATTERN
Gone are the days of extreme uniformity when it comes to kitchen surfaces and finishes, as patterns are becoming exceedingly prevalent in kitchen design. Trendy patterns help break long rows of cabinets and tall monochromatic cupboards while at the same time introducing an opportunity to be bold and creative. While patterned cabinetry may not be your cup of tea, back-splash, floors, or the island may be a great place to add playfulness and visual depth as well as appliance paneling. Trotter kitchen by Porcelanosa is a great example of patterned island and a few different finishes for the cabinets and appliance panels.

Trotter kitchen by Porcelanosa

METALLICS
Brass, steel, copper and bronze are no longer considered out of style as metallic surfaces and finishes have made their way back to modern interiors. While brass, bronze and copper bring a warmer touch without undermining the glitzy nature of modern design, other favorites like chrome, black chrome and stainless steel help bridge wooden surfaces with ultra-contemporary style. Leading Italian kitchen brands like Varenna use an entirely steel island in the Artex collection to blend bronze glass and wooden surfaces. Read More

The New Stone Age

Monday, February 6th, 2017

Stone and ceramic surfaces are growing in popularity, reaching beyond their typical utility on the kitchen or bathroom floor with increased presence in products ranging from modern dining tables, contemporary wall units as well as bedroom furniture.  Paralleling the craze for rustic drift woods, stone finishes that feature rough, almost primal textures offer enhanced tactility and a rugged contrast to the sleek minimalism of modern design.

Balancing interiors with character and aesthetic dimension, marble surfaces like White Carrara and Black Marquina are often seen on tables like Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia or Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo as well as on wall units like I-modulART collection by Presotto Italia.  Sophisticated pieces like these create an unexpected edge and a counterpoint in the interior while helping balance softer materials with hard surfaces, complementing glass, wood or metals.

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Penta coffee table by Cattelan Italia

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo

Hoola Hoop dining table by Bonaldo

2017 Pantone Color of the Year is Greenery

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

A blend of citric yellow and refreshing green, this particular green hue suggests positivity, hope and new beginnings.  “Satisfying our growing desire to rejuvenate and revitalize, Greenery symbolizes the reconnection we seek with nature, one another and a larger purpose,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute when introducing the color to the world.

Greenery is known as an invigorating color whose presence proves to have a desirable effect on well-being and overall healthy state of mind.   As Laurie Pressman, vice president at the Pantone Color Institute explained, “Greens help our heartbeat to slow down, help us to breathe and pull ourselves away from a world tied to flat screens and immerse ourselves in the physical beauty of the natural world.”

Unlike a richer, jewel-toned green that signifies luxury, Greenery is a simpler shade with a yellow undertone that is more suggestive of minimalism rather than opulence and of modern elegance instead exaggerated flamboyance.  Pantone 15-0343 is this year’s neutral and can be used as such in any space and within the context of many stylistic twists.

In interior design, Greenery is perhaps too bold to be the main color, and is better utilized as an accent and a complement to a variety of color schemes from cooler to warmer tones.  It is also the perfect color to interject into any space through its literal interpretation, in the form of actual greenery.  By bringing the outside in, green becomes independent of any décor and design constituent.

With the beginning of the year behind us, it is time to think about how this color can translate into our everyday space.  Will it be through a dining chair like Cattelan Italia’s Vita that’s paired with an-all white Ray Drive dining table?  Paralleling the color scheme of white and Greenery, Presotto Italia shows that this refreshing color combo chosen for one of its I-modulART wall unit compositions belongs in the modern living room.

If desiring one or two statement pieces that will embody the prominent focal point of a space, then look no further than the velvet upholstered Structure armchair by Bonaldo, edgy Flow sideboard by Presotto Italia or the Metal glass table lamp by Foscarini for Diesel.  All of these intricate and highly illustrative accents evoke everything that Pantone intended to convey with their 2017 Color of the Year choice.

Greenery - 2017 Pantone Color of the Year