A can of paint

Time for a late night post! A bit like a Nightcall by Kavinsky! At night we are truly and totally ourselves. Late night activity/creativity, whatever that is, shows the way we feel, it’s genuine and super emotional! But this is how we feel and should feel about interiors, EMOTIONAL, and personal, so here we go.

Colours. They transform interiors, they change everything, and they do it in an easy and rather cheap way.  So if you’re looking for a change of vibe of your room, change the colour and you won’t believe what effect it will have. Colours give our interiors depth and intimacy like nothing else. But only if you go for right hues. So forget about white walls. I’m sorry, but I don’t get the Scandic style in its purest form. I think it makes interiors flat and we want them to be Tantalising, we want them to draw us in, we want to go down the rabbit hole when we come back home after a long day, plonk down on a sofa with a glass of wine, wrapped by the squishiness of the living-room, while listening to … in my case Chopin.

Sooo, if you want to avoid one-dimensional spaces, play with colours, shades and hues. No rules here, except of one, which I will mention in one sec. Look around you for inspiration. What sort of colours will you find in your wardrobe or on your bedside? This is where your personal style lies. Gather a palette of your personal colours and then mix them. Try to mix neutral colours, such as beige, greish or even white with something strong and dazzling, like electric blue or intense pink. You will be literally bedazzled by the effect.

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Beige mixed with mature yellow & turquoise blue

Another advice is to go for unconventional, yet almost magical, in my humble opinion, hues, like the ones below from Abigail Ahern’s paint range. Simply COOL. They bring unbelievable luxury to every pad.

Ohh, I almost forgot about the one and only rule when it comes to mixing colours. That is limit yourself to a few, for example 4. If you overdose, you will lose the effect, if you’re too restrained, it will be flat.

Good night all the interior lovers! Sweet dreams.

camY

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Atelier-like home

Hello lovely people! Today I had an exceptionally nice afternoon thanks to an American couple, whom I met in one of the art galleries in the city and started talking to them about art and … politics. It turned out that they came to Warsaw from Washington DC only to buy a few pieces of art. And that inspired me to share my view on the exposition of art at home, specifically paintings.

The way people traditionally expose art at home is by hanging it on a wall at eye level, usually in the centre. A bit like in a museum, don’t you think? Personally, it makes me feel a bit uptight and gives a rather not homely cosy feeling. And it’s just boring.

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Not a bad interior, but not very creative.

What I would do, unless it was an original Da Vinci (not a big fan though), would be to put different pieces on the floor in a row, like below, or, if hang them, then super high, for example above the door, or in a place like … a bathroom. Weird, no? Yes, but so much more intriguing and chilled-out at the same time. Needles to say that not every painting would look cool in a bathroom, so it’s a tricky art (literally) to show art in an artistic, yet original way, but, as someone once said, “if you are unwilling to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary”, so there you go!

And here you have a little unintended example of presenting art without all the airs and graces. This is an art gallery (http://galeriaart.pl/), but I would do it exactly the same at home.

A bit like here.

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Below a couple of really cool pieces for an atelier-like home. The first one is from the gallery above.

Art is beauty. Enjoy it your way. Accessible. Easy. Cool.

camY

industrial cafes

Good afternoon! (for me it’s actually still morning, not really an early bird)

Today it’s about industrial cafes! Industrial style has been a hot (even though it actually gives a rather cold feeling) design idea for some time now. Everyone wants to live in a loft these days, especially nouveau riche society class. Urban areas for urban people. An old factory or a power station, adapted to living needs, is a perfect creative and full of its own life setting. Prices of studio apartments in Battersea Power Station in London start at £800,00, but you can also get something bigger for even £4 million! So, yeah, there’s demand for rough open spaces with metal and wood.

Industrial is also making a foray into cafes’ and bakeries’ interiors! Look down to get an idea of the trend.

But what I find even cooler than adapting a not necessarily originally industrial space into a cafe is simply using a real old industrial building for that purpose, without changing anything, except of just putting a coffee machine and some chairs in there . Such a natural and effortless way of giving a cafe or a restaurant a raw twist. It’s REAL and we want real stuff in this superficial world, no?

And, yes, you can be sure that your favourite cafe will be a unique one, because there are not too many naturally industrial interiors around you, at least not too many left.

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Modern Art Museum Cafe in Warsaw. An inspiring city. Naturally industrial because of its Communist history, glorifying industry.

Speak later,

camY