Last week we visited Clerkenwell Design Week (which is technically only three days - go figure). An indoor/outdoor festival as venues spread out from Angel all the way to Old Street and Smithfields in venues as diverse as a nightclub, Victorian underground prison and churches and boasting it's own street party on Great Sutton Street. It's also open to the public so you can go and discover at the same time as the Pros. Here are our favourite sights and finds from a very fun, boozy final day.
Japan, the coolest place on Earth? Well their architecture and interiors are super-cool. After watching the fantastic documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix and always being asked by clients for clever small space solutions, I knew that The Japanese House punches above it's weight on both of these topics. So here's a little on what we saw at the current Barbican show. We thoroughly recommend that you get yourself down there. You will literally get lost in this fantastic exhibition. Open until 25th June.
..... then head to Bonfire BBQ for a Coke Float
Are you a fan of those Grand Designs and £100K Houses with their minimal Plywood surfaces and furniture? Us too. Hot of the Press - we've just stumbled upon Plykea (launched this month) who can give you a cool, architect designed looking kitchen using IKEA cupboard frames.
This lovely company can make bespoke, hand finished doors, cover panels and worktops for your IKEA’s Metod base cabinets to re-vamp your out-of-date kitchen and get a the Scandi (Hygge) vibe on. I'm sure Piers Taylor would approve.
Colour schemes - Do you really know what a colour scheme is and even if you do where do you start? Well I'm going to share some trade tips over my next few posts which'll help to transform and enhance your home or business.
As a trained colour consultant, I am in my element playing with colours and making them work in a space so I thought I'd let you in on some of the tricks I've learnt over the years.
Taking Inspiration from Nature
Look at the flora and fauna around you, country, parks, beaches, skies, shells, animals, there are an infinite amount of colour combinations out there but here are some ideas to start you off
Mountain - Just imagine a forest green velvet sofa, with charcoal cushions floorboards with pale grey walls with moody sky blue and light green accessories. This scheme would also work for a jungle themed room
Arctic - Icy blues and fresh whites riven with grey veins makes a perfect colour scheme for a kitchen with marble tops, painted cupboards and gr-eige accents. Also note the icy clear glass splash-back.
Flamingo - A very on-trend colour scheme from the most kitsch and colourful flamingo. Use this colour everywhere from colour-pop skirting boards and doors to duvet covers and kitchen cupboards. Mix with brown toned neutrals (ala flamingo chick) and some white and grey to anchor the room.
Mallard - One of my faves. This bird has plenty of safe neutrals to play with but the shocking cobalt blue and emerald green would work perfectly on mass as in the walls pictured above or as highlights in cushions, silk lampshades and rugs.
Seaside - The seaside is full of colourful ideas. For a bold room you could paint the entire room orange and have neutral furniture and green accents or like the second picture where the feature piece enlivens a room set against natural colours and a hint of sea green to create a rustic and calm space.
So look around you, look at favourite nature prints and paintings and notice the harmonious colours, which will have been a big part of what drew you to the place/image in the first place, then translate into your space. Well that was easy. Thanks nature!
Find our second part on 'how to create a colour scheme' soon and in the meantime contact us should you need more help
Take a look at what we found when we visited the fantastic London Welsh Centre for 'The Welsh Emporium''. Welsh interior design once meant itchy brown woollen blankets and novelty daffodil lamps but no more! You'll still find rustic materials, traditional prints and Welsh charm but the next generation of savvy crafters and shopkeepers are making sure that it'll fit into your modern home.
Discover more Welsh Wonders here
One of London's Best Interiors Bloggers (Ideal Home magazine), The Open Plan Interior Design, London produces contemporary interiors for homes and business' and this very useful home interiors blog