Play with light

Good afternoon everyone!

Outside finally sunny and you can work until late only with the sunlight! Unless you happen to live in a place like … Scotland – astonishingly beautiful BUT dark. And cold. Been there, lived there, had an amazing time, but never in my life was so obsessed with light! Anyway, wherever you live, what brings light and warmth to our everyday lives is interior lighting, often overlooked by designers, and unjustly so.

Light changes interiors like nothing else, and it does so in an unnoticeable way (if you manage to nail it). The moment you enter a room and feel some sort of magic, but can’t tell what it is, I bet it’s the ambient lighting mixed with some cool accent lights. Light adds drama to interiors, it gives them vibe, a flavour.

What is super crucial when designing lighting for your room is blending different layers of light. There are three main kinds of light in all interiors: ambient light – main source of light in a room, often coming from recessed downlights (too common and modern as for me to be honest), task light – used to carry out certain activities at home, important especially in kitchens and bathrooms, and accent light – to highlight a piece of furniture or architecture features, for example table lamps. They should all overlap and blend, creating a warm and cohesive room, without boundaries, unless you want to divide your room of course, then you could use light to separate space by putting “light walls”.

This is what I mean by drama and magic in a room. Super warm and romantic.

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A cool industrial lamp in a restaurant/bar, mixing original brick walls with twisted pink and turquoise.

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I would personally use this lamp in a loft-style flat as well. It perfectly fits the city and gives your space an urban edge. If you are more traditional, go for a crystal chandelier, like the ones below. Don’t be scared of oversized chandeliers/lamps. You can use them as an accent piece of furniture which will decide the atmosphere of everything around.

Finally, I’m a bit crazy here, but do not overestimate candles and … Christmas style lights. It’s such an easy and cheap way of warming up your house, not necessarily in Xmas season.

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Enjoy the rest of the week people!

camY

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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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Calm apple & rich raspberry

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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.

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