The Entertainer's Handbook to Open Space DesignThe very idea of an open concept space is all about multi-purpose use honed in a singular environment, meaning isolating the right spaces for entertaining can be tricky in open concept rooms - but that’s not to say it isn’t possible.Defining the space is where the deliberations begin; without walls to break up the space, it’s up to the entertainer to find unique and innovative ways to create sections of space that cater to different styles of entertaining — conversation spaces, lounging areas, dining, etc. As decorated modern interior designers, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to develop sure-fire ways to help open space design a more approachable topic for homeowners. It may come with its challenges, but entertaining in open concept spaces is doable. In this piece, we’re detailing our personal entertainers handbook to open concept space design. Plan Out ZonesIt’s always beneficial to have a plan before diving into a design project like this one, because it’s easy to be overwhelmed staring at the magnitude of the space you’re trying to overhaul. Before you can begin selecting furniture and aesthetics, you need to pre-plan how you envision using the room. Start by planning out zones by thinking about function. Whether you’re combining a dining room and a living room, or a kitchen and living room, or a reading nook, living room, kitchen combo - you should have an idea in your minds’ eye for how it’s all going to come together. Consider making separations for the following: Conversation spacesLounge/seating spacesDining spacesTransition spaces (entrances, etc)Plan by slotting together visual cues to help separate your distinct zones, and consider using a unifier like an area rug, or reorganizing existing furniture to visualize how individual zones may end up.Embrace Focal PointsOpen concept entertaining spaces may not be the standard, but that doesn’t mean you should abandon all preconceived notions of design etiquette. As per the usual, all spaces need to be developed around a focal point - but open concept spaces mean you’ll need to rely on multiple focal points to differentiate different zones for entertaining. Each spot needs its own pizzazz to draw the eye away from each other. Consider using: An eye-catching piece of artworkA powerful statement sofa A bold area rug/coffee table comboDon’t Turn Your Back on Negative SpaceOne of the most powerful secrets in the world of interior design is the importance of negative space - and with an open concept entertaining space, you likely have loads of it to work with. These empty spaces in between each subsection are critical to the success of your overall layout. The use of negative space in open spaces means most designers will choose to embrace minimalism; there’s no rhyme or reason to fill up all that airy, open space with furniture and turn it into a cluttered space — in this instance, use open space as a weapon for stylish transition spaces that help develop a sense of flow in the room. These pathways of space allow people to move freely from one to another making the room more functional and useable, and aesthetically gives the eye a chance to rest and focus on each setting, rather than seeing one jumbled mess. Colour CoordinatedThis may seem hypocritical or counter-intuitive, but while separating each subsection of space to create unique zones for your guests to inhabit, it’s also important to remember that all of these spaces must peacefully coexist in one open space — so the big picture is important as well. All of your design elements have to work together, despite being separated, and this is perfect for a curated modernist approach to interior design. A colour-coded approach to the space will help the room feel tied together and thought-out, rather than compartmentalized and fragmented. We always suggest a modernist colour palette that uses crisp hues, monochromatic layering, and textures to help ease the eyes into the space. A neutral base colour may be best as a dominant colour, but use bold hues to pop accent walls or unique furniture pieces and create some drama. Repeating textures, materials, or patterns is a good way to integrate a coordinated aesthetic into an open entertainment space. This can mean artwork, photography, furniture pieces, or textiles. Every space needs at least one element that helps it contribute to the big picture. ---Open concept spaces don’t have to be the intimidating blank canvases that spook homeowners eager to entertain friends and family. Using distinctly unique modern furniture in ways to break up, organize, and curate a tantalizing interior design can be done using a discerning eye, and being open to change. No longer an ailing social experiment, the open concept space deserves to be loved and embraced as the people’s champion of entertaining. 
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Interior Design Trends of 2018With 2017 behind us, the state of interior design is ready to shed the proverbial skin of yesteryear, and take on a brave new identity in 2018, spurred on by the ever-evolving human condition. Interior design has long been a personal reflection of taste, culture, background, and influences that vary from things like music and literature, to geography and socio-economic class. The way we choose to decorate and curate our surroundings can say a lot about who we are, what our interests are, and can influence our energy-levels, our happiness, and our outlook on life. Pretty powerful stuff. So what are some of the boldest and most interesting interior design trends of 2018? We’ve compiled some of the most prevalent emerging trends, influenced by both the industry’s top innovators and thinkers, and some down-to-earth realizations that help our style change with time.   More Colour Injections Throughout the Home No More White Kitchens White will always be a staple hue of kitchen design, though a sterile and cleansed white is on its way out, says Houzz editor/writer, Michael Parker, in an  Independent article from early January. The bright whites of 2017 will ultimately be replaced and swapped for warmer white tones that usher in a feeling of freshness and uniqueness. Look for many off-white references to wood, honey, milk, and even purple-greys and blues to help spark intrigue in the kitchen. The Year of Terracotta This multifaceted earthy colour stays in line with the style of warmth we’re already seeing in 2018, terracotta can be used in a variety of places; bed linens, tile and ceramics, and even as bold architectural features, according to well-known colour aficionado, Despina Curtis. Similarly, the inclusion of rust colours and off-oranges and browns are drawing in new colour palettes is helping to foster a sense of gateway progression. Green Many studies all come to the same conclusion saying human beings are happier more productive, and satisfied in spaces that include views of nature, or greenery. This inevitably means that more inclusion of green hues in interior design for 2018 will be a staple of new design trends. Further to green satisfying an instinctual need for nature, green is a colour that helps develop a sense of freshness, of renewal, and organic vitality; it’s easy to see why it’s so popular as we begin a new year. Accent/Feature Walls Wallpaper An interior design resurgent trend that first began in mid 2017, expect to see wallpaper and textured walls expand their growing influence in 2018. Traditionally regarded as a design taboo, and rightfully tainted by some really bad examples in the 1970’s and 1980’s, new school wallpaper trends dictate attention be paid to creating drama in rooms, adding contemporary character and bohemian aesthetics to the blah walls of the early 2000’s. Why the 180? The Washington Post suggests there’s something rebellious about wallpaper we can’t resist. Wallcoverings allow interiors to reflect a personal touch with less object gathering or room-overhauling involved. They help spaces feel special, eclectic, and unique - all for a fraction of the cost of a room makeover. Wood In years past, reclaimed wood or millwork was incredibly sought after, but also incredibly rare. Sourcing quality wood for accents or feature walls was all about knowing ‘someone’ who could supply the goods, and someone else who was skilled in working with it. These days, the warm and colourful burst of rustic energy provided by wooden accents like barn beams, shiplap, or mantles can beDIY’ed and installed with relative ease directly on top of drywall, giving the option to outfit a stagnant or dull space with a boost of organic modern character. Rustic/Vintage Accouterments The allure of rustic accents is an outcry for more accessible and warm spaces in the home (we’ll dive into this more later in the post). The presence of vintage or retrofitted accouterments helps to bring our spaces down to a level that helps us integrate and soothe our souls. Industrial materials and clean lines are made so much more welcoming and purposeful when contrasted by something warm, weathered, and natural - and this juxtaposition will keep the flea-shopper alive and well in 2018 interior design. Lighting Upcycled and antique lighting fixtures are adding a nostalgic touch to fresh and modern spaces in 2018. The idea that retrofitting your updated space with a rustic or antique focal piece adds credence to the sentiment that updating doesn’t have to mean buying new, or taking inspiration from to-the-minute trend reports. There’s tons of style and attitude in a lighting fixture that has some cracked paint and patina finish situated next to a freshly painted, bright modern space. Wood The DIY fanatic in all of us still views upscale wood accents as bold and beautiful additions to spaces that provide a breath of organic, Eco-minded sensibility. Wood is a great way to break up an overly dominating wall colour, or provide some much-needed contrast to a sterile space. Look for wood accents in places like the kitchen where they’ll be used as shelving solutions, as butcher block countertops adjacent to clean and postmodern marble or granite, or even as artwork. Recycled Materials Expect to see the continued use of recycled and upcycled materials in modern 2018 interior design. We don’t expect to see the Eco-minded, design savvy interior designer go anywhere in 2018, probably a sign of our current global and economic situation. Both residential and commercial spaces are increasingly eager to make use out of more objects to prolong their lives, and use less in the process - both as a way to reduce overhead, and improve the feeling of authenticity that some modern commercial spaces have lost. Saving material, and upcycling old materials will further compliment the more modern design tips on our list, and makes us all feel better about saving material from the landfill. Comfort-focused Spaces Resurgence of Classics Not all modern designs have to reinvent the wheel, so to speak. 2018 will enjoy an overarching trend of revisiting old aesthetics and ideals of the past combined with modern pieces, such as a contemporary sofa. As baby-boomers succeed to the millennial-driven GenY, the world’s turbulent socio-political climate makes familiar concepts and traditional comfort in the home a place of true rest that we can rely on.   This rekindling of old favourites will include printed fabrics, antiques or vintage features, Paloma Contreras tells Vogue. “I predict that classic, traditional design elements will be back in a big way in 2018! They’ve certainly never gone away entirely, but over the past few years, everyone has gone mad for modern… it makes sense that people would gravitate to classic, surefire favorites to make their homes a true respite from the rest of the world.” This will take root not only in overarching designs, but in the curation of time-tested accents and familiar experiences. Extravagance Also, coined as maximalism, over-the-top decadence and brash patterns and colour are on the rise. Contrasting printed fabrics and enamel/ceramic features, as well as plush and royal colour palettes will have a big impact on the retreat from Scandinavian-inspired minimalism. A globally increasing design culture, maximalism is dedicated to extravagance and design chaos - all about the individuality of the decorator, who is seemingly revolting against the character-squashing cleanliness of minimalist interior design - people want their voices back! The contrasting colours, patterns, textures, and styles creates tension and sensation in viewers and users of maximalist spaces, and that’s a feeling that’s surely going to keep this growing trend at the forefront of 2018’s conscience.   Interior design is all about feeling and emotion, so understanding that a fresh new year is bound to change and spark new ideas and concepts is both welcome and inevitable. This translation from feeling to reality is a recurring fact of the design world that helps us look forward to 2019, as we embrace everything that 2018 is becoming in front of our eyes. 
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Decorating the Bedroom with Modern FurnitureModernism in the bedroom? Some may envision the very concept of the modernist movement as cold, linear, straight-laced, and lacking of warmth and comfort - and they’re sort of right. Without careful consideration, decorating the bedroom with modern furniture and a modernist style can be tricky. Stumble, and you’ll be left with a cold, uninviting space; succeed, you’re left with a dynamic bedroom that oozes style, carefully curated style and warmth, and loads of individuality. In this post, we’re looking at ho to successful decorate your bedroom with modern furniture. Incorporate Pieces that Include All Elements of Modernism Modernism may be peppered with parallel lines and a clean-cut aesthetic, but at its core is a dedication to functionality, practicality, and purpose - three pillars of clever bedroom decoration and design. The trick is, to use modern furniture and all of modernism’s design traits to portray a bedroom with a full-bodied expression of what it means to be modern. Bedrooms are inherently perfect spaces for modernism. They have all the architectural elements required: linear lines, ample natural light, and cleanliness. They can easily be accented by a different coloured wall, wooden floors, and simple accents and decor like books and artwork that keep the floor plan open and simple. Populating the bedroom with modern furniture is all about obeying the modernist mantra - keep things functional and open. We recommend using a simple and clean headboard or bed frame as a focal point for the rest of the room, and accenting it with dressers and nightstands that mimic the same aesthetic. Think in terms of small footprints and mass functionality - this many mean a longer, slimmer dresser, or tiny side tables with storage integrated into them. Simple Artwork Artwork is a stellar way to inject some humanity and warmth into a cold modern space. In the bedroom this is particularly important. It’s where you rest, lay your head, prepare for the day, and lounge on the weekend - this space needs to accommodate life as much as it does functionality. Modern artwork is a great way to accent your modern furniture choices in the bedroom and add a zeal of ardor to your space. Modern master bedrooms support a plethora of artworks as well, so there’s never a worry about selecting works that won’t suit your own personal style. Typically, modern rooms look great with black and white photography or fine art prints; those are the two we usually think of what we envision modern art. But exploring mixed media, drawings and illustrations, pop art, and paintings are all valid choices to help bring colour and life to wide open spaces. Abstract artworks can add a beautiful juxtaposition to your space and help create a dynamic independence that can be quite motivating and refreshing. Alternatively, black and white photography of family and friends is a classic approach to adhering to the modernist rules while adding a form of humanity and culture. Wood The stigma of modernism is it can never change - while that’s not entirely untrue, modern style can certainly be permitted to evolve as present day tastes change. This means integrating a more and more eclectic flair on modernist structuralism and aesthetics. Adding natural wood accents or utilizing wood furniture as a base for modern furniture in the bedroom is an excellent way to bring warmth, inspiration, and a zest of vintage style into the bedroom. Natural woods like birch, maple, teak, and mahogany are excellent hardwood choices for modern furniture. They’re light enough to help the light and airy feel of a modern bedroom alive and well, yet strong enough and clean enough to lend their visual strengths to a modern interior design. The clean, linear lines of wood furniture can help accentuate the linear nature of an open, functional modern space, as well. Darker woods sharing the same style and modern aesthetic can be lightened and livened up with a modern colour palette used as bedding, drapery, curtains, area rugs, and other textiles. Colour Adding colour is a vital step in decorating or re-imagining your bedroom, but choosing the right palette to compliment a modern style can be difficult, especially if you’re drawn to overpowering, overwhelming hues. In a modern bedroom space, nearly any colour could be used, whether that be neutrals, bright colours, or pastel hybrids, but to truly portray a classic modern style, colours are successfully used as focal points in an accentuating capacity, whether that be on the walls, or in your furniture choices. If your space features a predominantly monochromatic colour pattern, consider adding boosts of bright colours to your furniture choices; a pair of bright, textured chairs, for example. Or a colourful bed frame, area rug, or set of lamps to adorn your nightstands. These minimal pops of colour help bring drama and style to modern bedroom spaces while not overpowering the entire room with one colour. ---- The inventors of the modernist movement believed in functionality, cleanliness, and clean shapes above all else. We adore the stylish sensibility of modern decorating, and believe the bedroom is the perfect place to begin exploring the broader scope of modern home styling. 
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