home: trend [ sanctuary ]
Forget the high tech gadgets, forget the plugged in paraphernalia, switch off all devices and embrace the santuary trend.
It’s all about creating a natural, calm, serene environment to allow you to switch off, and for your over stimulated senses to have a break from work, stress, busy lives and hectic schedules.
What better trend to bring in to your home?
Using soft tones of colour, mainly neutrals and white, natural fibres and simple accessories including a happy abundance of indoor planting as this will increase the potential of your calm space.
Create seating or bed cocoons with comfort and relaxation in mind. Layer up cushions and throws in soft fabrics, avoiding pattern or bright colours. Use voile or lace on windows to have privacy but allow plenty of natural light.
1 Ira Lamp / Made £49
2 ‘Calluna’ Paint / Farrow&Ball from £43.50
3 Mongolian Cushion / Tesco £12
4 Cerrant Mirror / Maison Du Monde £180
5 Monstera Plant / Waitrose £24.99
6 Alvine Spets Curtains / Ikea £10
7 Stockholm Chair / Ikea £175
8 Wool Effect Throw / Dunelm £35
9 Beatrice Hanger / Urban Outfitters £18
home: made [ room planners ]
So the expertise of an interior designer can be invaluable but with so much interior inspiration from magazines, blogs and tv programmes it’s a lot easier to get a good idea of how to style, create and design a great laid out room yourself. However more important that the actual styling is the fit and measurements. Furniture has to fit, spaces have to work, movement can’t be restricted and a room has to feel like layout has been considered properly.
We love the IKEA software to ensure your kitchens, cupboards and bathrooms are the perfect fit and comprises of all the right elements to suit your requirements and brief. Linking directly to the full shopping site you can work in all the components you need into the correctly measured room with even wall colour, allowance for features like fireplaces and doors, plus being able to view from all sides and angles. It’s an incredibly useful tool especially when you are spending a larger amount of money (on a kitchen) and need to get it right or it could be a costly mistake.
However recently there’s many more apps providing room planning tools. Can they measure up (literally) and are they are better help than an old fashioned pencil, ruler and graph paper, and do they give you more scope for using all sorts of furniture and not just that of IKEA?
Over the coming month we’ll test out the various new apps for room planning and find what works and what doesn’t. We’d also love to hear if anyone has reviews, feedback or results from using room planning apps.
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