Investing in Luxury: top decorating tips for investment properties

Wednesday, November 9th, 2016

It’s utterly lucrative to invest in the next hottest real estate opportunity and many of these are disguised as vacation homes that get rented occasionally.  With sought-after high-rise condo properties that offer ocean views like those steadily springing up along South Florida’s coastline, luxury living is inevitable.  But beside the obvious luxury perks like full concierge and full amenities, these properties are blank canvas and require an equal amount of luxury design to make them on par with their backdrops.  Here are a few decorating tip that guarantee exactly that:

Function is key and most of the time, storage is one of the most important elements which is why it is pivotal to invest into custom closets and wardrobes.  Ranging from simple to elaborate, functional closet organization is truly essential in every room as well as at the entrance, kitchen pantry and bathrooms.  Some stunning examples include Plana collection by Pianca and Tecnopolis collection by Presotto.

Plana collection by Pianca

Plana collection by Pianca

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Tecnopolis collection by Presotto

Sophisticated window treatments and ambient light fixtures are also popular luxury barometers as are wall coverings and smartly placed furnishings.  So choose wisely by selecting finishes and materials that have a wide appeal and also are consistent with the look and feel of the condo property.  Some properties have a clean modern look while others offer a more transitional vibe.  Check out Big table by Bonaldo with the colorful base in an all-white condo space that certainly gives off an art-deco, Miami-like style.

Big dining table by Bonaldo

Big dining table by Bonaldo

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Color Trend: Pink is not just for nurseries and Barbie houses

Tuesday, November 8th, 2016

When thinking about pink interiors, one’s immediate association is with a little girl’s room and of course with every doll’s house on the market.  But there is a grown-up way to use pink color in interior design that is not blatantly feminine but rather soft, sophisticated and full of style.  Powder pink, or any unsaturated shade of the color with dusty hue will yield a fresh and elegant result whether through an accent or a backdrop or even when taking on the center stage.

With a visible yet not overwhelming contrast, pink is compelling as an accent to a generally white room like the one featuring white Vendome glass table and Paris sideboard by Tonin Casa that are contrasted by pale pink leather upholstered Vivienne dining chairs.  On the other hand, equal amount of pink and blue makes for a striking and highly noticeable combination that’s often used on furniture and accents as shown in Luca Papini’s Liber Showcase collection for Tonelli.  Emanating elegance and tranquility, the subtle nature of pink makes its presence sinuous with almost any color, from grey hues like the accent pillows on the Charcoal colored Lars sofa by Giuseppe Vigano for Bonaldo, to a single cabinet in Presotto’s I-modulART composition that is by and large graphite and charcoal brown, pink proves as a subtle and sensible element in modern decor that departs from its childish relatives.

Pink modern interior design

Color Trend: Teal is fun and fresh

Monday, November 7th, 2016

Teal shades are certainly making their presence known in modern furniture with unique realizations of the color, from the role of an accent to statement pieces.  Dark and bright teals are trending because of their chameleon-like character that’s both blue and green, equally and independently powerful.  With the help of natural and dramatic lighting as well as various complementing color schemes like greys, yellows and neutrals, teal colored furniture yield inspiring results and create fascinating interiors full of modern, dynamic and bold ambiance.  This is especially true when teal color is the main attraction in a space, with the perfect example of that being Squaring Penisola bed by Bonaldo that’s daringly upholstered in teal fabric and accented by lots of natural light.  Teal color is also an excellent choice for accent furniture like the Plisse ottoman by Tonin Casa or the desk section of Presotto’s I-modulART wall unit as well as in the form of smaller accessories like decorative pillows and throws.  Teal furniture and subsequently, teal interiors are balanced and sophisticated, especially when elegantly accented by black or white colors like the combination of the La Defense dining table with white base and teal-colored Round dining chairs by Tonin Casa.

Teal interior design color trends

Color Trend: Red powerhouse

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

A powerful color that symbolizes everything from passion to range is also a popular choice in many modern interiors.  Demanding attention and offering enormous visual impact, red color can be used for a main furniture piece like Tonin Casa’s Dharma bed where the rest of the room is subdued or it can also be a statement making accent piece in the form of a lighting fixture like the Big Bang Suspension Light by Foscarini or Cattelan Italia’s Joker bookcase.  Red color is innately prevalent and its presence can be very minimal in order to still achieve a visually memorable presentation and a perfect example would be the slight incorporation of a red panel into Presotto’s I-modulART Verona sideboard which immediately made it an eye-catching centerpiece.

Red interirs color trend

Top Tips for Decorating a Large Room

Saturday, September 10th, 2016

It is always a challenge to find the right scale when it comes to decorating any room, but it is especially difficult when it comes to decorating large spaces.  This challenge is especially common with open-floor layouts that are becoming the norm in new construction.

Instinctively, the room’s perimeters tend to be its guidelines when it comes to furniture placement; however, this is not necessarily the case when it comes to bigger spaces.  To avoid typical pitfalls and classic mistakes these large room design tips are all you need.

Arrange furniture around functional areas that form distinct spaces but share common design elements, color scheme and theme.  In a large living room, there may be a sectional sofa for TV watching and a few swivel armchairs that function as a separate seating area.  The same layout logic applies in a large bedroom where the bed (sleeping space) is complemented by a sitting area an example of which includes the Vinci chairs and Monet bed by Cierre.

Monet platform bed by Cierre

Monet platform bed by Cierre

Keep the ceiling in mind when buying furniture.  A low ceiling in a large room may hinder on its roominess and not allow the same layout or scale that would normally be appropriate in a high ceiling room.  On the other hand a very high ceiling in a large room will modify the furniture scale of the room.  Use ceiling pendants or chandeliers to compensate for the extra ceiling height by suspending them a little lower than usual or large scale floor lamps like the Twiggy by Foscarini to give the illusion of intimacy.

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

Twiggy floor lamp by Foscarini

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