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Detox And Declutter Your Home

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Studies have shown that people who accumulate clutter in their homes share certain traits, ways of thinking, and behaviours. For example, they are perfectionists, lack time management skills, struggle to focus on the present, and need to be needed. By understanding why you hoard possessions, it will be easier to make a positive change. But do not despair as we look at strategies for decluttering the home. Secondly, we discuss why it is necessary to detox after you declutter, and how to do so.

Why Declutter?

Our homes are an expression of ourselves. As such, we want them to reflect harmony and beauty and a state of calm. Clutter detracts from the ambience we want to experience when we return home after a long day at work. Our homes are our castles.

Another reason to declutter is that we want to express our style through our décor. Having chosen beautiful pieces with which to furnish our homes, we want to showcase the aesthetics of that style at its best.

Additionally, we want to surround our furniture with space so that we can move with ease as we enjoy our homes.

A Minimalist Approach

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The minimalist approach relies on having few pieces of furniture but making those stand out. To avoid clutter, one should not purchase too many items as they will get lost in the whole rather than being individually visible and able to make a potent statement of sophistication and elegance. Then our really special pieces of furniture that were so carefully chosen can shine forth and be truly appreciated.

If you find that your home has become cluttered by too much furniture, it is time to go back to the drawing board and carefully consider what your chosen style is. Ask yourself, which pieces of furniture are true to that vision? How can they be positioned for maximum impact, style, and comfort? Which items of furniture have strayed from the original concept? Has your vision changed at all and how best can the newer one be realised? Have you purchased something that you truly love but that does not fit in with the rest? Is there another place where it is better suited? For example, you can repurpose heavier coffee tables for the bedroom as bedside tables and replace them in the living room with minimalist tables with sleek lines.

A minimalist design will always allow your furniture to be seen at its best provided you have not crowded too many items into a space too small to contain them. You may have to make a few hard decisions but in the end, it will be worth it. It will free your mind from stress and provide a harmonious living space where you enjoy spending time and can invite your friends to.

Colours, Shades, And Tones

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Avoid saturating the indoor rooms with an overwhelming mix of colours. Furniture pieces in neutral colours are more versatile and enhance the aesthetics of a room. The right colour palette integrates all the elements of walls, furniture, and accessories. This has a positive influence on mood and provides a restful space.

Bedrooms benefit from wooden beds and bedside trays that place everything close by and make them accessible. Wood can be functional or elegant and a combination of the two lends itself well to the minimalist look you want to achieve. It is a restful medium that will not jar with soft blue walls and the greenery of pot plants. Then, when you enter the room, immediately your spirit is soothed, and you start to unwind and are restored.

Look For Add-ons

If you have the option, select furniture that can be self-assembled without tools and employ basic Do It Yourself (DIY). These pieces allow you to remake the living space with minimal fuss and you can attach or detach parts to reassemble them in new ways. This is great if you are moving homes where the sizes of the old and new rooms are different, but you are keen to keep your existing furniture. Thus, you can optimise the layout and ensure that the space and the objects within it are perfectly balanced and soothing.

Reduce Items That Need To Be Stored

You can declutter your home further by finding solutions for different scenarios. For example, a trans-seasonal comforter is suitable all year round. This beats having to change your bedroom décor from one season to the next. It also eliminates the need to store bedding for seasonal changes in the weather. A bonus is that your comforter will be irresistible when it is time to let go of the day and its stresses and have a night of restorative sleep.

Decluttering Your Home

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The first step to decluttering your home is determining your style of décor and restoring your home to that vision as already outlined.  Next is ensuring that you maintain the oasis of peace and harmony that you have created. This means making sure that no junk accumulates and that you retain the space that is so vital to a minimalist style. And the final step is to make sure that your home is always sparkling clean and fresh and free from health and safety hazards.

Detox Your Home

Your physical and mental health can be affected negatively by clutter. Common problems you may experience are hay fever, asthma, and allergies from dust mites, mould, and pet dander. Cortisol, the stress hormone, will place you in a fight or flight mode. This hormone increases in your blood circulation when you become stressed. Disorganisation reduces the ability to focus and also to relax and make the most of your beautiful home. Avoid clutter and you will avoid insomnia.

Once an area has been decluttered, clean it thoroughly. Make a green cleaner by combining one part vinegar with one part water. Add lemon peel and sprigs of rosemary. Allow it a week to infuse properly then place it in a spray bottle and use it to wipe down all surfaces.

Declutter and detox your home for a healthier, stress-free, and peaceful environment.


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How To Style Your Room With Rattan

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The Bohemian or Boho style of interior design is currently enjoying a lot of attention. It seeks to recreate the outer beauty of nature inside a room or home by using natural colours, patterns, and textures in the interior. Boho is an organic mix of designs that is an expression of free-spiritedness. At the same time, it is an eclectic blend that sees a rattan chair paired with a tribal rug and colourful blanket or two. It is a style where elements are layered and different finishes come together, and echoes biophilic design rather than a hodgepodge of ‘anything goes’.

Following Boho principles when styling a room with rattan is the ideal approach to knowing how much and where to include it. Rattan doesn’t shout its presence, nor does it hide in the shadows. With the right touches, it harmonises with other facets of the underlying design, enhances the organic whole, and adds a note of individuality.

Before exploring ways to incorporate rattan into your overall style, we look at what it is and isn’t.

What Is Rattan?

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Natural and woven textures continue to make their mark in home décor. However, most people fail to make the necessary distinctions between cane, rattan, and wicker, believing them to apply to the same material.

It should be understood at the outset that wicker is not a material, but a weaving process using diverse materials. Once the item is complete, it is known as a wicker basket, for example. At the same time, it could also be a rattan basket. Wicker weaves many substances, such as synthetic fibres, palm, raffia, rush, straw, and willow. The method of weaving combines sturdy vertical pieces to form the structure. Narrow, lengthy pieces are interwoven into this for support. The end result can be painted or stained.

Rattan fibres are solid timber vines that are indigenous to the Malay Archipelago and tropical forests in Indonesia. More than 600 species exist. Common uses of rattan are to make baskets, chairs, and tables. However, it is also frequently used in items like shelving units, pendant lamps, and French bistro chairs.

Fibres for rattan nowadays come from a palm called abaca in Southeast Asia. As a natural fibre, rattan is not suitable for outdoor use and exposure to the elements. Rattan’s shape lends itself best to small accessories and certain furniture. It can be combined with a lacquer coffee table and Oriental rug, or Asian screens and chests of drawers, lighting, sisal rugs, and black accents. Rattan is often found in homes at the seaside but goes equally well in formal designs.

Organic Settings

Rattan can be used with multiple styles of design but teams best with organic environments. These styles comprise tropical, organic modern, coastal, and Bohemian. Rattan should be used to complement and support a design, and to add a textural layer, but neither to lead nor dominate it.

The popularity of rattan has not waned in recent years. It adds a muted note to its surroundings and is easily incorporated into most designs, specifically to add texture.

Rattan and a Variety of Finishes

Rattan’s light colouring pairs well with the right finishes. You can team it with dark or light floors and rugs. The rattan can be stained or painted, making it very versatile.

A rattan chair made with flax linen has a simple elegance and the textures contrast nicely. All you need to complete the look is a throw pillow in pinks or blues.

Rattan Layered into the Overall Design

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Little touches of rattan can be scattered throughout the home. Done correctly, it requires very little to layer rattan perfectly into your overall design. It is actually very simple to look at the whole environment and find where rattan can be included. Then consider what will highlight or accent it. It could be as small as a toy basket with a navy blue ribbon wound around the handle. Rattan should not overpower the chosen design.

In the dining room, rattan placemats with a complementary turquoise table cloth will add vibrancy without overwhelming the décor. Food trays made from rattan can have matching cloths. These can also be used in the living room on the main table to place keys and remotes. The colour of the cloth will vary accordingly. Display boxes on shelves in the living room, study, or bedroom is a small step toward bringing the rattan component into a room.

Kitchenware encased in rattan and a rattan pot plant holder with a bright green plant is uplifting. In terms of adding bits of colour to rattan items, botanical or floral materials will complement the feel of nature indoors. Earthy colours teamed with rattan provide a balanced note. Opt for greens, greys, sage, and beige. Navy blue will provide a stronger but more serious contrast.

Different Styles Paired with Rattan

It has already been mentioned that a Bohemian style is a perfect style into which rattan can be introduced. Another great style is shabby-chic. Traditional and formal areas will benefit from the whimsy rattan brings. Include an abundance of indoor plants, floral prints, and natural wood items that will soften a sterner room. Also, consider metallic colours in small amounts and silky mid-century furniture.

Using Caned Rattan Furniture to Enhance Style

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Cane furniture is predominantly made from the outer bark of rattan fibre. This material has an open weave in multiple directions. Cane furniture recalls an atmosphere of the wind gently blowing and softly lifting the curtains, a feeling of freshness and light. Boost this style with caned headboards, chairs, and storage containers (e.g., an ottoman).

Rattan Storage Containers

There is a size and shape rattan basket to fit any space. From a wash basket to a toy holder, there is no shortage of options. Use bigger containers to store linen and blankets. There is no reason these baskets should not be useful as well as beautiful.

Paint Or Stain Rattan

Rattan can be painted or stained in any colour that is complementary to the overall design. This can make items of rattan furniture look brand new. Rattan is often painted white for an elegant appearance.

Start with one room at a time. Consider your style of décor and determine the role rattan can play.


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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard LA Home Review

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After getting a glimpse into Johnny Depp's world we decided to review his former home he shared with Amber Heard, a penthouse loft in one LA’s most prominent historic landmarks the Eastern Columbia Building. Read on to see our interior design thoughts.

Entrance to the Home

Upon entering the inviting interior of the house, it is made clear that this house has been designed to accommodate even the most contrasting of guests - it is the epitome of comfort. The excellently selected furniture echoes somewhat of a country, yet contemporary feel, due to the sheepskin pillows and the rich mahogany floor. To our surprise, the designer chooses to take a leap of faith as they bravely decide to pair the warm aspects of the house with cool, industrial components, which range from stainless steel kitchen tops, red-brick walls and a large staircase.

Despite this being such an unusual pairing, these different aspects all work together to complement one another and ultimately build an enticing appearance.

Tall Modern Windows

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Look to your right and you are greeted with the tall, modern windows which are cleverly lined with an eye-catching black frame, allowing them to stand out from the blank canvas that the walls create. The bright rays of light invade the room, revealing the details that hide in every corner of the room as they fight to make us aware of the futuristic side tables and lamps.

Colourful Sun Loungers

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Upon walking outside, the decorative use of the natural environment quickly lures you towards the delightfully coloured sun-loungers which form a playful atmosphere. It is evident that the designer has found the perfect balance between comforting and thought provoking as the variety of different patterns form a sensory experience which is tamed by the neutral colours we see in the furniture.

Overall, we like the height of the space but find the industrial steel finishes a bit too much. We would change the kitchen cabinet doors to a painted finish and paint the air vent tube near the ceiling white so it doesn't stand out so much, or integrate it into the wall if possible. We would change the blinds to a linen to soften the windows a bit. A feature wallpaper or different paint colour could be added to the high wall by the sofas to add interest. Overall, some more art and plants could be included in the space.


Modern Vastu Interior Design Trends

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The Principles of Vastu Shastra

Vastu Shastra did not only apply to Hindu architecture but was valid for any form of construction including a town, city, road, temple, and house as well as for plots to build on. Factors that guided decisions were based on how to maximise the potential of a piece of land and the placement of a structure on it, wind direction, the position of the moon, the heat and light from the sun, and the planet’s magnetic field.

The five key elements needed to be in harmony. These are air, fire, water, earth, and space. Photos of modern-day interior design using Vastu principles demonstrate this with plenty of space between furniture and other objects, wide internal walking areas, and space between the house and the plot boundaries. The five senses, seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, and touch should also interact harmoniously.

The energy field, which surrounds every home and is specific to it, affects those that live there. Vastu design principles ensure the attraction of positive energy and abundance. There are some similarities between Vastu and feng shui, which seek to align the home with its natural surroundings.

We cannot apply all of the Vastu Shastra principles to contemporary homes. For example, one of the requirements is to have a courtyard in the exact centre of the house. Front doors must face a certain direction. We cannot break down our houses and recreate them correctly. However, it is possible to incorporate certain elements into how we carry out interior design. Let us see what we can do to improve the energies in our homes and hopefully increase our wealth, balance, and happiness.

The Front Door

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The front door plays an especially important role in Vastu Shastra. It is through the front door that energies enter the home, along with all else we allow to come in. When you exit the front door, you should ideally be facing the north, the east, or the northeast. Many properties today are north facing.

The front door should open clockwise. It must be much taller than any of the other doors in the house. No bathroom must be positioned close to this door.

If your home doesn’t comply, don’t worry; there are other things that can be done.

Your front door should be made of the best quality wood available and be more attractive than your other doors. It must not be painted black. There should be no water elements, such as fountains, in the direction of the door. Other items that must not be placed outside the front door are shoe racks, figurines, animal statues, and dustbins.

The entrance must have bright lighting; this applies to all lighting inside too. You can use stunning nameplates to decorate the door. A toran, which is similar to a wall hanging and is decorated with auspicious symbols, can be hung outside the front door.

Furniture

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The living room where you receive guests should face in the same direction as the front door. If you have heavy furniture in the living room, this must be placed in the west or southwest. Mirrors should be situated on the northern wall of this room. Position appliances and electronic items in the southeast in any room. Don’t situate big pot plants in the northeast.

If your bedroom faces southwest, then it is perfectly placed for wealth and good health. The bed must be situated in the southwest, and when you sleep, your head must face west. No mirror or television must be situated in front of the bed while you are sleeping as it will capture your reflection. If you fail to comply, you can expect marital disharmony and discord in the family. Don’t use rooms in the northeast or southeast as bedrooms to avoid problems with your health. Wardrobes must face southwest.

Once again, you may have no control over the direction a room faces. But what you can do is use earthy colours to paint the walls to create positive energy. Never use black paint. If you want to avoid high, unstable emotions, avoid anything in the bedroom that is watery, for example, a fountain or a painting of nature that contains water elements. Make use of fragrant oils and mood lighting for a calm state.

All walls should be painted cream, blue, pink, or green, or in earthy colours.

Items That Will Attract Good Fortune to the Home

A crystal or wooden tortoise symbolises protection with its hard shell. Wooden tortoises should be placed either in the east or southeast. For crystal tortoises, the northwest or southwest provide the best placement. They will bring you fame and fortune.

An Arowana fish is used for attracting good luck and money. Place it in the east or northeast.

A Shree Chakra in the east is more than a decoration. It entices wealth. The Shree Chakra is a yantra, a mystical diagram, with nine triangles. It is possible to get it in a 2D form for hanging, or a 3D model, which is more powerful.

Apply Vastu to your home by applying these guidelines and use matching textures and colours in your décor.


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How To Style And Use Your NFT At Home

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Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) have hit the headlines in recent months, but millions of people remain unfamiliar with what an NFT actually is and how it can be used. If the world of NFTs is still a mystery to you or you’ve never heard of incorporating NFTs into your interior design, you’re certainly not alone, but help is at hand. Here, we take a closer look at how NFTs are changing the way we look at design and how you can use NFTs to enhance your own home.

What Are NFTs?

A non-fungible token is actually a form of financial security that confirms your ownership of a digital asset. Until NFTs were introduced, purchasing digital assets was a risky business. After all, there’s nothing stopping other users from right-clicking on a digital image or video and downloading it to their own hard drive.

Now that NFTs are available, purchasing a digital asset becomes more worthwhile, as your ownership is recorded in the blockchain. The blockchain is essentially a distributed ledger that records information. Additional blocks are added to the chain when there’s new information (or transactions) to record. While ownership of an NFT can be transferred by adding another entry to the blockchain, previous entries cannot be deleted. This makes it easy to authenticate your ownership of a digital asset.

What Can Be Sold as an NFT?

When you purchase an NFT, you’re effectively buying the right to assert yourself as the owner of a digital item on the blockchain. However, a wide array of items can be sold in the form of a non-fungible token. Clothes, artwork, furniture and even houses have been sold as NFTs in recent times, with Beeple’s artwork entitled, ‘Everydays – The First 5000 Days’, selling for a staggering $69.3 million dollars at Christies in 2021.

Of course, buying an NFT doesn’t mean that you receive a physical item – quite the opposite. While some NFTs may include physical assets, the majority of non-fungible tokens are related solely to digital files. If it seems strange that a virtual chair or digital painting can sell for as much (or more) than its physical counterparts, you’re beginning to understand the new and exciting world of NFTs.

How Can NFTs Be Used in Interior Design?

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As so many types of NFTs consist of artwork, decoration and furniture, it’s no surprise that non-fungible tokens are having a revolutionary impact on interior design. Despite the increasing trend of releasing NFTs amongst creators, many people are still unsure how to use and style their new decorative assets. For inspiration, take a look at these four ways to use NFTs to enhance your surroundings:

Digital Displays

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Buying a digital asset gives you the opportunity to display the piece in your home in its original digital format. From digital frames that showcase your latest NFT artwork to projectors that generate life-size images of your NFTs for an immersive experience, there are plenty of innovative ways to display digital assets around your home in their original format.

A dedicated NFT frame is designed to show off digital artwork at its finest but there are also a lot of user-friendly features to look out for. Using motion sensors to determine when people are nearby, an NFT frame can even recognise when to start displaying pieces, for example, or show various artwork from your NFT collection on a loop.

Physical Copies

Being able to render a physical version of your digital NFT gives you added scope when it comes to using and styling the item around your home. If you purchase an NFT of a chair, for example, having a physical version created allows you to incorporate the piece into your interior design and integrate it into your day-to-day life. Adding physical functionality to the digital form, this is an exciting way to make your NFT tangible and maximise its impact.

When creators release NFTs, they sometimes offer buyers added bonuses, such as access to a new collection or a physical copy of their non-fungible token. If so, you’ll receive a physical version of the digital asset you purchase, which ensures you’re able to enjoy a new piece in various formats throughout your home.

Showcase NFTs via the Metaverse

The ‘metaverse’ is still tricky to define but you can think of it as a blend of virtual reality, augmented reality and real-life. Commonly hailed as the ‘future of the internet’, the metaverse empowers people to live digitally, as well as physically, so where better to use your NFTs to spruce up your environment?

If you’re active in the metaverse, you’ll notice than NFTs are becoming increasingly coveted within this world. In fact, designers and major brands, like Adidas, are releasing new product ranges for users to wear or enjoy within the metaverse and you can use your own NFTs in a similar way.

Print Videos

If printing videos sounds like an oxymoron, prepare to be surprised! In a new twist on NFT displays, adventurous innovators are printing videos and turning them into permanent design objects. When you add printed video to your interior design, you can style it in the same way as printed images or regular artwork. From custom frames and bespoke installations, printed video turns moving images into must-have artwork in your home or workspace.

Alternatively, print a still image from your NFT video and incorporate a QR code into the design or frame. You can style the piece as artwork in your home, with the QR code providing instant access to the NFT video in digital format.

Are You Ready for NFT Interior Design?

Although NFTs are proving to be wildly popular, we’re still at the inception of this exciting new technology. As more creators release NFTs and interior designers become more accustomed to integrating non-fungible tokens into their work, we’ll see more and more people adorning their spaces with these innovative pieces. If you want to get ahead of the curve and set the trend, begin exploring the world of NFTs now and discover how interiors can be elevated by blending digital and real worlds.


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Reshaping Real Estate with Interior Design - The Developer’s Guide

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Commissioning a new property development gives stakeholders the opportunity to build real estate that will entice future buyers and maximise value. However, interior design plays a key role in ‘selling’ a property and can have an enormous impact on a potential buyer’s purchasing behaviour.

Due to this, it’s vital that property developers realise the value that an interior design can add to their project and use their expertise to enhance the final outcome. In our Developer’s Guide, you can discover how to integrate an interior designer into future development projects to achieve the best results:

1. Appoint a Designer at the Concept Stage

Hiring an interior designer once a property has been built is a little like shutting the stable door after the horse has bolted! While a talented designer can certainly add value to a project at this stage, you’re limiting the impact they can have. In contrast, appointing a designer at the concept stage of a project allows them to integrate their ideas and visions into your plans for design and construction of the building itself.

Essentially, you’re pooling more resources and knowledge-sharing on a wider scale at a time when it can have the most beneficial effect on the project. As a result, you’ll be able to use input and recommendations from your designer to inform your overall design and construction decisions.

2. Prioritise Internal Space Planning

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No matter what the square footage of a property is, it’s how the space is used that has the biggest impact on subsequent owners. A poorly planned property doesn’t make the most of the space available and can be frustrating or disappointing to live in. As well as making it more difficult to secure buyers and potentially reducing the value of the development, this could result in unhappy customers further down the line.

Working with an interior designer allows you to prioritise internal space planning from an early stage and gives you the scope to utilise the interior in a way that is most effective. Designers are adept at defining how a space will be used and creating interior designs that accommodate everyday living, which is vital for a successful residential development.

3. Permit (and encourage!) Creativity

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People often assume that using bland colours and leaving a property as a ‘blank canvas’ will make it easier to sell. While it’s true that this approach allows new homeowners to make their mark, it may not have the effect you expect it to. In fact, being too neutral is off-putting to potential buyers, particularly in the luxury and sub-prime market.

Instead, permit and encourage your interior designer to use their creativity to design a unique and inspiring interior. When prospective homeowners walk into a property, the interior essentially allows them to envisage a future for themselves and sells them a dream lifestyle. With a distinctive yet non-polarising interior design, you can ensure that buyers are captivated by a property as soon as they come through the door.

4. Choose Quality Craftsmanship

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One of the advantages of working with an interior designer is getting access to their network of artisans and craftspeople. As you might expect, interior designers work closely with creators to access high-quality products and inspired designs. From furniture and joinery to artwork and decorative pieces, choosing quality craftsmanship will elevate the properties within your development and enable you to attract the right investors.

Furthermore, don’t shy away from having bespoke items commissioned. This empowers your interior designers to collaborate with creators and have unique pieces produced. When custom-made furniture or decoration is used within your development, it accommodates, reflects, and highlights the features of the property and showcases them to maximum effect.

5. Create a Legacy

If you want your property development company to be renowned for its work and highly respected within the industry, focus on creating a legacy for your brand via your properties. While maximising commercial value will always be a top priority, don’t overlook the fact that you’re creating homes that will be enjoyed for generations.

Hiring an interior designer ensures that the purpose of the property is at the heart of the design and construction process at all times, and it gives context to the build. As your designer focuses on how the interior will look and feel, this approach will enhance the final product and allow you to cultivate a reputation as a top development firm.

6. Factor in Final Dressing

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‘Dressing a property’ is the final stage in getting it ready for sale and it should never be skipped or hurried. When your interior designer reaches the stage of final dressing, they will be adding the artwork, furniture and decoration that brings the property to life and highlights the features you want to draw attention to.

However, many developments run out of time and over budget, which means that developers tend to overlook the importance of final dressing. By ringfencing some of your budget and allocating sufficient time, you can ensure that this critical aspect of preparing your development is given the time and expertise that are required.

7. Trust Your Designer

Successful property developers have a wealth of expertise, knowledge and skills, but interior design may not be one of them! When you’re working with an interior designer to enhance your developments, be confident in their abilities and put your trust in them.

Establishing the parameters of the project in advance and being clear about expectations will help both parties to set reasonable objectives and give you an insight into how your chosen designer can enrich the project.

Can Interior Design Add Value to Your Developments?

When you’re reviewing a site for potential development, the interior of the property might not be the first thing you think about. However, interior design is a major factor for potential buyers, which is why it has the potential to add significant value to your developments. With input from the right designer, you can ensure your properties exceed the expectations of subsequent buyers, reflect your brand’s attributes and add value to your portfolio.


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Modern Arabic Inspired Interior Design Trends

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Blending Islamic, Mediterranean and Moroccan styles, modern Arabic design is a wonderful fusion of colours, textures and cultures. From the elaborate ornamentation and interlacing arches synonymous with Moorish architecture to the geometry and structure of Islamic design, Arabic art is celebrated all over the world and now, you can discover how to integrate this timeless style into your own interiors.

To get started, take a look at these top modern Arabic inspired interior design trends and find out how to weave them into your own interior design:

1. Warm Colours

Traditional Arabic design is known for its warm, enriching colours and you’ll see this palette coming through in more modern interiors too. Moroccan styles tend to incorporate bold colours, like blues, reds and greens, for example, while Islamic interior design often uses more neutral shades interjected with more vibrant colours.

If you want to put a modern twist on your interior and embrace the latest trends, stay true to the warm colours associated with Arabic design but choose hues that offer tone variation to add depth to your design.

2. Luxurious Fabrics

Often seen in traditional Mediterranean and Moroccan design, luxurious fabrics play a significant role in Modern Arabic interior design also. Plush furniture adds a sense of decadence to any room and the use of tactile fabrics adds another layer of depth to your design. Furthermore, adding luxurious fabrics in the form of sofas, chairs, rugs, and cushions to a room allows you to integrate bolder colours into the space easily, if you choose to.

Silk velvet, damask and even cashmere can all elevate your design and feature in a modern Arabic interior. No matter what colour palette you choose, using luxury fabrics to furnish the space will emulate the traditional aspects of the style.

3. Strategic Space Layouts

The way you use space has a considerable impact on how a room looks and feels but it also determines its functionality. Unsurprisingly, space layout has been a top priority for centuries amongst designers and you can see how traditional Arabic design used layouts to reflect the purpose of a space.

For Modern Arabic interior design, take the same approach to space layouts and ensure that the proportions of the room and its styling reflect the functionality of the space. When you want to encourage interactivity and conversation, for example, ensure seating is not too far apart. Alternatively, when peace and tranquillity are the order of the day, adjust the layout to afford everyone a little extra space.

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4. Ceiling Design

In modern homes, the design potential of the ceiling is often overlooked but one glance at Arabic interior design will highlight just how impactful this element of the room can be. While you may not be able to recreate the glorious ceilings seen in traditional building in a residential property, you can certainly be inspired to use ceiling design to create your own modern Arabic interior.

Recessed ceilings and strategic lighting are effective ways of integrating ceiling design into the overall aesthetic of the room, for example, and this can draw your design together too. A suspended ceiling with clean lines gives a modern, minimalist feel, for example, while ornamental lighting fixtures and chandeliers deliver a traditional feel.

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5. Low-Seated Furniture

If you want to embrace modern Arabic interior design trends, be sure to feature low-seated furniture in your new space. Hailing from the traditional use of mattresses around the perimeter of a room, low sofas can easily be used to reflect the tenets of Arabic design.

For maximum flexibility, choose modular pieces that can be easily modified to accommodate your needs. When you’re hosting large gatherings or entertaining guests, for example, a modular sofa or ‘diwan’ can provide additional seating without disrupting the flow of your design.

6. Organic Materials

Organic materials have been used for centuries in interior design but, more recently, they gave way to man-made alternatives. However, the cyclical nature of fashion, combined with the desire for increasing sustainability, means that demand of organic materials is once again on the rise.

If you want to futureproof your modern Arabic interior, choose organic materials that represent those used in a traditional setting. Ethically sourced rosewood, lemon wood and walnut exemplify Arabic design and can be used at the centrepiece of a modern interior, for example. Similarly, cotton, woollen linen and even hemp can be used to incorporate organic fabrics into a modern Arabic interior.

7. Lighting Effects

Lighting always has a tremendous impact on a room, so be sure to factor this into your design plans. While traditional designs will feature warm lighting, more modern designs can lend themselves to cooler, more contemporary lighting styles. This is especially true for certain spaces, such as home offices, hallways, and kitchens, which typically require brighter lighting to optimise functionality.

When it comes to fixtures and fittings, modern Arabic interior design gives you the perfect opportunity to embrace luxurious light installations and decadent drop lighting. Suspended fixtures and pendant lighting are a fabulous way to draw attention to your ceiling design, for example, and will draw different elements of the space together.

8. Fine Flooring

Tiles, marble and carpet are all acceptable flooring options if you want to use modern Arabic design to elevate your interiors, but this doesn’t mean that wooden flooring is to be avoided. Adding clean lines to traditional styles is a key element of modern Arabic design and wooden flooring is one way to achieve this. As always, you can use rugs and floor coverings to reflect the space layout and integrate accent colours into your design.

Using Modern Arabic Interior Design in Your Home

Traditional Arabic design is a fusion of styles that has developed over the centuries and the most modern interpretations blend age-old elements with contemporary trends, such as minimalism and muted tones. By adding a modern twist to Arabic design in your home, you can create an interior that’s luxurious, welcoming and decadent while maximising functionality and flexibility.


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Decorative Ceilings - The Forgotten 5th Wall

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The ceiling is a much-overlooked space yet incorporating it into your interior design can have a tremendous effect. If you’ve relied on white ceilings until now, it’s time to rethink your approach and determine how decorative ceilings can enhance your interiors. For inspiration, take a look at these eight ways to make decorative ceilings a feature in your designs:

1. Use Colour

White is typically used on ceilings, but this doesn’t mean you have to stick to a neutral shade on the fifth wall. In fact, using colour to brighten up your ceiling can be an effective way to add drama and decadence to a room, without dominating the space. Even in minimalist designs, adding bold colours to the ceiling can create a more dynamic environment while ensuring the eye-level design retains a sense of a calmness and serenity.

If you’re hesitant to use solid colour on your ceiling, try using patterns to avoid overpowering the room. From simple stripes to chequered squares, there are endless ways to inject colour into your ceiling design.

2. Match Walls and Ceilings

If you want to create a cocoon effect, use the same colour on walls, trims, and ceilings. This works particularly well if you’re using a neutral palette or soft tones, like dove grey. By matching the colour throughout the room – including the ceiling – you can create a welcoming and enveloping environment that exudes comfort and calm.

By choosing furniture and accessories that complement yet contrast the wall and ceiling colour, you’ll add visual interest and texture to your interior while maintaining a soothing feeling of continuity and serenity.

3. Hang Wallpaper

For an easy way to add texture to a room, try hanging wallpaper on the ceiling. Many homeowners are hesitant about this approach but, once you see the finished result, you’ll discover why so many designers use wallpaper to redefine the fifth wall. From subtle grains to more noticeable surfaces, a wallpapered ceiling can add character to any space and achieve a balance with eye-level décor and furniture.

4. Install Wood Panels

Wood panel ceilings work equally well in traditional spaces and modern rooms, which makes them an ideal choice in any home. They are an excellent way to add texture and can be an eye-catching feature in their own right.

However, if you want to integrate the ceiling into your interior design without it feeling overpowering, use paint to mitigate the impact of wood panels and incorporate it more fully into your colour palette. Rustic, reclaimed wood with visible streaks and knots can create a cosy, cottagecore feel, for example, while sleek, smooth, and narrow panels work well in contemporary and minimalist rooms.

5. Illuminate Ceiling Panels

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Combining a decorative ceiling with lighting design is a fantastic way to create an ambience and illuminated ceiling panels will bring any room to life. You can use ceiling tiles of any size to add depth to the ceiling, giving the appearance of recessed and drop sections. With hidden lighting fixtures illuminating the ceiling, it becomes an eye-catching feature and a main focal point in the room.

Alternatively, you can use illuminated ceiling panels to create a subtle yet impactful atmosphere. With soft, pinpoint lights or a gentle drop between the ceiling and tiles, the effect becomes more delicate, which can be an effective way to achieve balance with your existing décor.

6. Go Glossy

People typically use matt paints when adding colour to walls and ceilings, but a glossy ceiling can be an innovative way to turn this space into a feature. Not only will a gloss finish look super-stylish, but it can also lend itself to incorporating unusual or organic shapes. If a particular space has unusual proportions, for example, a glossy ceiling will enhance its proportions and add visual interest without dominating the room.

You can even use a glossy ceiling to add curvature to a room by adding waves to the ceiling. While contrasting colours will draw the eye, a single gloss colour adds interest and texture in a gentler way.

7. Add Depth with Moulding

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Ceiling mouldings add elegance and sophistication to any room, but they’re also a good way to inject depth and texture to your interior design. While ceiling mouldings are often associated with traditional styles, there are a variety of options that work well in more modern spaces too.

A coffered or waffle ceiling can work extremely well with a classic interior, for example, while geometric patterns can deliver a contemporary feel. If you want to maximise the impact of ceiling moulding, use contrasting colours on the trim to draw the eye and match the walls and décor.

8. Create Height with Multi-Level Panels

If you want to create the illusion of space, a multi-level ceiling will increase the appearance of vertical height and make the room feel larger. People often use ceiling panels to create a two-level ceiling, but there’s no need to stop there. By using multiple panels at different levels, you can make the ceiling appear virtually never-ending.

In addition to adding depth, a multi-level ceiling gives you the opportunity to integrate a range of decorative ceiling ideas too. You might illuminate one level of the ceiling and use textured wood on another, for example. This adds visual interest and texture, while creating a unique fifth wall that brings the entire interior together.

Adding Decorative Ceilings to Your Interior Design

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Now you know what’s possible when it comes to decorative ceiling design, you will never be tempted to overlook the fifth wall again! With so many design options to choose from, integrating decorating ceilings into your interior design gives you the opportunity to enhance the space with new ideas, textures, finishes and colours.

While people often assume that decorative ceilings are best suited to larger spaces, like expansive hallways or spacious dining rooms, this isn’t the case. With the right design, a decorative ceiling can be an excellent addition to any room and any style.


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6 Decor Trends That Will Rule 2022

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Following the super-successful Milan Furniture Fair in June, we’ve got the inside track on which décor trends are going to be big throughout next season. As we transition to a post-pandemic era, designers are reflecting the new demands of homeowners and presenting innovative and exciting ideas.

There’s no doubt, however, that the pandemic has left its mark on the interior design world, particularly as people’s needs evolve and lifestyles change. In this year’s décor trends, you’ll find inspiring ways to enhance your home while maximising functionality and prioritising comfort.

Whether you’re planning a total redesign, starting a new renovation project, or looking for ways to refresh your interiors, these six trends will give you the inspiration you need to envisage a whole new style:

Bold Stripes

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Many top furniture designers are incorporating exaggerated stripes into their work, so you can expect to see this fashion statement in on-trend homes throughout 2022. Perfect for adding drama and excitement to an interior, stripes can also make a compact space feel larger. Select vertical stripes if you want to add height to a room and horizontal stripes to make the area feel wider.

To stay on trend this season, you’ll want to choose stripes that are thick and bold and use them to inject a little colour into an interior. Bright, playful colours or soothing, traditional tones work equally well, so be sure to use stripes to complement your existing style. From a welcoming sofa to a statement armchair, bold stripes are an easy yet uber-fashionable way to ensure your interior design stays bang up to date this season.

Woven Furniture and Accessories

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Rattan furniture has proven popular this year and the trend looks set to continue throughout 2022. However, don’t feel restricted as any woven piece will fit the bill and keep your home up to date. Cane, wicker, raffia and even seagrass can all be used to create a light and relaxed interior, so use them to keep interiors feeling fresh.

Often seen outdoors, woven furniture has become a firm favourite amongst interior designers and is becoming increasing popular in living rooms, bedrooms, and studies. The lightness of the material lends itself to smaller spaces, while intricate woven designs can add detail and character without being overpowering.

When you embrace furniture made from natural materials, you can also inject biophilic designs into your interior. Achieving harmony between traditional architecture and the natural world, biophilic interior design is heralded for optimising wellness and delivering a sense of calmness and tranquillity.

Inspired Home Offices

After two years of living and working from home, it’s no surprise that people are looking for innovative new ways to combine these elements of their lives. As the remote working trend continues to boom, an increasing number of people are making their homes dual purpose and updating their interiors to reflect the changing environment.

Designers are responding to the demand by creating inspiring yet functional home office furniture in chic, fun palettes. Instead of relying on drab, grey tones or using transient spaces as a makeshift office, dedicate some of your home over to a permanent workspace and make it a motivation hub. From bright colours to ergonomic designs, home offices are about to become better than ever.

Cool Comfort

Unsurprisingly, comfort continues to be a top priority amongst designers and homeowners alike. We’ll see a rise in cumulous sofas and low-to-the-ground chairs in 2022, as people embrace a relaxed and welcoming vibe.

When you incorporate low-to-the-ground furniture, it creates a sense of casual calm and positively entices you to lounge around and take life at a slower pace. As people continue to seek comfort from their homes, this trend is set to be even bigger this year.

What’s more – low-slung furniture makes it easy to integrate statement pieces into any space. In smaller sitting areas, for example, a low sofa can be eye-catching without dominating the space. Conversely, low-to-the-ground furniture can be idea in minimalist interiors, when you want the space to speak for itself.

Paper Lanterns

For a super-fast way to brighten up any room, add paper lanterns to your interior design. While paper lanterns have long been a popular lighting choice, designers are putting a new spin on the trend this year. With geometrical panels over a wooden frame, for example, colour and light can fill the room without relying on a traditional overhead light.

While paper lanterns may be popular in garden design, they’re enjoying something of a renaissance when it comes to interiors. Use them in isolation or pair them with bejewelled lighting for a mesmerising focal point.

Enhanced Colour

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Changing the colour of a room can be one of the quickest ways to give it a brand-new feel and an enhanced focus on colour in 2022 makes it easy to update your interior. Sky Blue is a popular shade this year and has already been named as Dulux’s Colour of the Year. Associated with nature, it’s ideal when you want to connect to the outside world and add a sense of calm to your interior. Also from the blue colour family, Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2022, Veri Peri, uses a red violet undertone to add a dynamic feel that inspires and motivates.

Whatever colours and palettes you choose for your home, rely on colour theory to achieve a sense of balance. Remember – repainting the walls isn’t the only way to inject colour into your interior design. With a spectacular selection of pieces in coloured glass from this year’s top designers, there are plenty of ways to incorporate more colour into your interior.

Embracing 2022’s Décor Trends

Using the latest trends to enhance your interior design is a fantastic way to keep your home feeling new and fresh. While you needn’t redesign your entire interior on a whim or use every trend to renovate a property, incorporating your favourite elements of this year’s décor trends can give you the inspiration and impetus you need to reset and refresh your home.


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House Review for Kendall Jenner

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Despite spending the entirety of her childhood in a New England influenced, “Hamptons” style home, this has not prevented Kendall Jenner’s personal taste surrounding interior design from evolving to represent more of a bohemian, chic, yet unusual style.

James Turrell Digital Art

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Just off the entry, a signature James Turrell ovoid wall sculpture, animated by shifting, computer-programmed LED lights, greets visitors with a dreamy chromatic display.

Our attention is immediately taken from us as soon as we step foot into the house as we are beckoned into the home by the ‘James Turrell’, a rare, digital art piece. With digital art having become more and more popular over the last few years - due to its phenomenal atmosphere that it is capable of creating (one which is suitable for meditation, relaxation or even the complete opposite as a result of the playful colours it generates). It is wonderful to see Kendall Jenner incorporate this exhilarating component into her well-crafted home as we are brought aware of the fact that she acknowledges the benefits that bright lighting can have on your well-being.

Lounge

To our surprise, Kendall has gone with an intimate lounge area that consists of neutral, earthy colours which generously provides the house with a designated area for intimate discussions and the chance to catch up with a loved one away from screens and the eyes of the public - in simpler terms, a safe spot that provides you with all the comfort your heart can so desire. Her dining room mirrors this tranquil vibe due to the dark wood and old, detailed rugs.

Powder Room

Kendall Jenner’s varying taste in interior design is further visualised through the moody powder room which seemingly permits her to accommodate all generations. Gold accents are seen throughout the entirety of the house, for example, within the vintage faucet and brass trinkets within the bathroom and the kitchen which help to slowly breath a sense of life into the minimalist room as it warms the room. Although the use of concrete in interiors, typically provokes a sense of confusion, this concrete sink acts as a statement piece to tie all the aspects of the room together.

Vintage Elements

A Waldo’s Designs iron chandelier hangs above a walnut-and-oak dining table

A Waldo’s Designs iron chandelier hangs above a walnut-and-oak dining table 1930s Axel Einar Hjorth chairs from Lief.

A variety of vintage elements are scattered around Kendall Jenner’s home and works to compliment the mahogany wood that is seen through the floors and some surfaces.

Natural Environment

It is made clear that Kendall Jenner enjoys the soothing company of the natural environment as we see how she cleverly attempts to bring it into every aspect of the house, whether it be through bouquets of flowers or the chic walkway that connects her office to her newly designed art room. The walkway is lined with multiple high-rise doors which create a classy appearance due to the black frames that hug the windows.

Digital Art by Tracey Emin

Once again, digital art appears to be extremely popular amongst Kendall as she has a ‘Tracey Emin’, the light pink colour seen within this light up calligraphy lures you in as it forms a delicate feeling towards the room.