Home Interior Trends for 2013

So, 2013 is well underway and, if like me, you have run out of steam on your pledge to de-clutter and re-organise then join me in a look at some of the key trend’s for 2013 and how they can be interpreted for our interiors.

Touch – 2013 will be as much about texture as it is about colour and just as we are in for some interesting colour combinations so too will we see contrasts in our textural finishes.  Think natural, tactile materials such as wood, leather and stone meets glass, steel and plastic. Woods will be light, such as beech and light oak, and we’ll see them paired with polished concrete, plastics, clear acrylics and polished steel. Look out for polished concrete floors and kitchen worktops!!

Dining room with concrete floor featured by www.housetohome.co.uk

Colours – Still in uncertain times we’re looking to be distracted with things that tease our imagination.  Bright colours continue their trend from 2012 but we see them becoming less saturated and teamed with neutrals such as stone, grey and off-white to create interesting and unusual colour combinations. Bronze as a colour and texture will also feature. Pantone announced their colour for 2013 is Emerald Green and their most influential colour for the year will be Monaco Blue.

Pantone's Emeral Green and Monaco Blue

Leatrice Eiseman, the executive director of the Pantone Colour Institute, director of the Eiseman Center for Colour Information and Training, and author of several books on colour, says that colours for 2013 will need to “coax and cajole, soothe or astonish, renew and replenish.” But it’s not all about colour and she predicts “earthy textures will lay a new foundation for palettes of blues and greens”.

Designers are predicting indigo will be the biggest colour trend this year and expect to see lots of grey… charcoal will be the new black (fabulous!!).

From Pinterest & Spanish Hibitania Magazine

Pantone have collated 9 key colour palettes for 2013 and I’ll be taking a look at a selection over the coming weeks so watch this space!

Patterns – well, we saw geometrics hitting in 2012 and they’re here to stay for 2013. Pure geometric designs, tribal, retro botanics and vintage florals will all be big this year but expect to see them on bright white backgrounds giving lots of impact. How about trying them for an occasional chair?

From Elle Decor & Pinterest

Style – Mixing antique and distressed with contemporary will be a key look for 2013 giving you ample opportunity to get the ‘textural’ vibe spot on.  If you’re a white wall, ‘contemporist’ then try introducing Sujiivana’s Luna Design Frames to get the look just right!

Luna Frame from www.sujiivana.co.uk

Finally, internal gardens will be huge.  It goes along with the ‘textural’ and organic themes for 2013 and expect to see designers introducing planting areas in their large home and commercial designs this year.  For those of us with a little less space, a great way of combining glass and garden is a Terrarium.  Click on the image for a link to Wiki “how to make”.

Wikihow - Grow a Garden in a Bottle

Personally, I love the new picture walls coming to the forefront and predict big things for them this year, particularly in my dream house!

via ffffound

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a look at what’s in store for us this year but remember, this is just the designers talking…go with what makes your heart sing and do share your thoughts!

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Art Nouveau Style Creates Verve With Curves

Tassel House in Brussels - Architect Victor Horta

Its breathtaking fluidity is still sweeping us away a century later. See how Art Nouveau style is swirling through homes today

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Tips on choosing a wood floor – Guest Blog by Wood and Beyond in London

There are many ways to make your home feel special and luxurious. Often you can furnish your home with tasteful accessories, but sometimes you may want to take it a step further and renovate. Flooring, and wood flooring in particular, are a common consideration, but homeowners are often put off by the sheer amount of choice.  Help is at hand in this handy guide to some of these considerations.

Not All Wood Flooring Are Alike

Most are unaware that wood flooring includes two very different types of construction technology. In some cases only one type should be used in your project. After all, the goal is to achieve not only an interior design that meets your taste, but equally one that is durable.

Solid Wood Flooring: Solid wood flooring is the most established type and is used in both commercial and residential properties. Each board of wood is made from solid hardwood such as Walnut for example. The use of complete solid wood means that the boards are extremely strong and you will benefit from being able to sand and re-coat the boards many times over the lifetime of the floor. This process can rejuvenate the boards for very little cost.

Engineered Wood Flooring: Engineered wood flooring, as their name implies, are man-made from a combination of materials. The top part is made from solid wood while the core is made from MDF, Plywood and Softwood. The use of wood as the top layer means that engineered boards look precisely like solid boards when fitted.

Suitability Of Wood Flooring In Your Project

There is a reason why two different construction technologies are offered. This lies in their suitability around the property. Often only one type should be fitted. Using an incorrect type will expedite the wear of the floor. In the right conditions and with the right care, solid wood flooring can last for 100 years and engineered wood flooring for about one-third of this.

Areas With Under Floor Heating – Under floor heating is popular in various forms and in various rooms. The heat that is generated, as well as the likelihood of humid conditions existing, will damage natural wood. This makes solid wood the wrong type to fit over under floor heating. An engineered board with its varied construction is suitable.

Areas With High Humidity and Moisture – In recent years the introduction of engineered wood flooring made it possible to fit wood flooring in the kitchen, bathroom and basement. While engineered flooring is suitable, the board must be coated with a suitable waterproof coating such as UV Lacquered.

Commercial Areas – Areas that experience high level of foot traffic often look for durability. Solid wood flooring is by far the more durable of the two which makes it the more suitable type in commercial properties without under floor heating and where the area isn’t the kitchen, bathroom or basement. Furthermore, the ability to sand and re-coat solid wood means that a commercial business does not have to shut its doors while a new floor is fitted. Sanding is a quick and relatively inexpensive means to brighten up a worn looking floor.

All Other Areas – Often you will be able to select from either of the two types. In such case, budget and the best deal found at the time will play a major part. Care and maintenance is similar in both cases.

Grade and Finish

Both solid and engineered wood flooring are distinguished by grade and finish. Grade is an indication of how refined the wood is in terms of colour variations between the boards as well as how many and what size knots and sapwood are present. Finish refers to a top transparent layer that acts to seal the wood. These should be considered on a case-by-case basis based on your desired décor.

Rugs and Wood Flooring

Wood flooring’s best companions, believe it or not, are rugs.  Area rugs that are placed on top of the floor add a luxury feel to the room, but more importantly do wonders to protect the wood over time. When it comes to choosing the rug pay attention to the following tips:

  • Quality is essential due to the footfall that the rug is likely to experience
  • Avoid a rug with a rubber backing as it will prevent the wood from breathing
  • Look out for rugs made from natural materials, such as wool, cotton, or blends of natural fabrics, rather than synthetic materials, which again could cause the floor to stifle

Have any questions? Leave your comment below.

Written for Sujiivana Blog by www.woodandbeyond.com London based sellers of wood flooring from solid wood flooring to engineered wood flooring. When ordering wood, please ask as to the origin of the wood to ensure sustainable sourcing.

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How Arts and Crafts Style Beautifies Today’s Interiors

The Drawing Room at Standen House in Sussex

Based on beauty and purity, this movement from more than a century ago is still influencing design elements in home interiors

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Regency Style Shows Interiors a Grand Time

Lavish and hinting at the fantastical, regency designs are still influencing interior decorating 200 years after their birth

The Royal Pavilion - Brighton


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Georgian-Inspired Elegance Lives on in Today’s Homes

Classical design from a bygone era gives today’s homes beautiful proportions, subtle color palettes and decorative architectural features

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How to dress your Therapy Lamp – Guest Blog for Design Essentials

The Design Essentials Therapy Lamps are proving a best-selling home accessory but I guess that’s no surprise.  When lit they emit a gorgeous glow, made all the better for knowing they’re enhancing your mood and creating the ambience you wanted.  The Therapy Lamps are an interior designers dream in such a wide range of colours – great for a contemporary aesthetic!

But how to personalise them and add interest?  Through a Design Essentials sculpture of course! Just check out this quirky arrangement, taken with my i-phone, on an unlit blue lamp and imagine it in your cozy room.  A dark silhouette adding an extra dimension and texture.

I’m lucky enough to have had a sneak preview of the new stock and can also reveal that, if you’re joining us this Thursday evening at Goddards Interiors, you’re gonna have loads of fun mixing and matching colours and sculptures to create you own individual look!

Sujiivana Design will be around on Thursday evening to answer your home styling questions and with a range of their own home accessories to mix and match with your Design Essentials purchases!

Look forward to meeting you there!

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Colour me happy, calm, inspired…

Hello All,

Feeling blue or are you seeing red? Maybe you’re green with envy?

There is little doubt that mood and colour are inextricably linked – you only need to slip on that LBD and you’re feeling chic and sexy!

There have been many scientific studies on the relationship between colour and mood and yet the ancient traditions of the Hindhu and Buddhist religions have long understood this. They believe that colour doesn’t just affect our mood but, more importantly, our physical well-being, and this knowledge has been used to create a stunning range of Therapy Lights, available at Design Essentials.

Blue Therapy Light by Design Essentials

You’ll find some really useful information on the well-being effects of each coloured light on the Design Essentials website www.designessentials.org.uk but I’ve chosen to talk about two of the very “on trend” interior design colours in the Therapy Lamp range, that just happen to be ‘complimentary” on the colour wheel.

Blue – the overwhelming “favorite colour” and the least “gender specific” making it the perfect choice when designing a shared bedroom! It’s seen as trustworthy, dependable and committed. The colour of sky and the ocean, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives.

As the collective colour of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming; however not all blues are serene and sedate. Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic, an engaging colour that expresses exhilaration.

Some shades, or the overuse of blue in a monochromatic colour scheme, may come across as cold but team it with it’s complimentary colour, orange, for added warmth.

Didi Azure Cushion by Sujiivana

Orange – a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colours. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy, it stimulates activity and appetite and encourages socialisation.

This makes it a good colour when planning to decorate a dining or sitting room, especially if you entertain a lot, and a related colour scheme with red-orange and yellow-orange can create a lovely harmonious room. Alternatively, use it as an accent colour with it’s complimentary blue for a contemporary take and a mix of cool and warm!

Luxury Alpaca Throw by Sujiivana

Finally, for interior design remember that warm colors such as reds, yellows, and orange hues tend to make a room feel cozy and can be a good choice for larger spaces that receive plenty of natural light.

On the other end of the color spectrum, cooler colors such as blues and greens can open up a small space while creating a more calm effect for relaxation.

Sujiivana will be on hand for tips and advice at the Design Essentials event at Goddards Interiors in Saffron Walden on Thursday 16th November.

Happy home styling and please do share your experiences!!

For a more in-depth consultation on how you can best use colour in your home give me a call at Sujiivana Design for a chat about how we can help!

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Rain or shine?

Sitting here on a wet miserable day but with the summer sound of Wimbledon on the telly to cheer me up.

My mind keeps wandering off to the thought of summer holidays.  If, unlike me, you have yours to look forward to, here are some holiday essentials to brighten your day.

Peshtemals – from £16.00

These luxurious Turkish peshtemals come individually in three handy sizes or as a beach set of three, perfect for holiday. Lightweight for easy packing, quick drying yet ultra absorbent and gorgeous to look at too.  Towel, sunbed cover or sarong – take your pick!

Savannah Leather Shopper - £84.95

A Sujiivana favourite this gorgeous shopper is really versatile and all you’ll need for your holiday.  It goes with everything!  Nice and roomy for taking as hand luggage, easy ‘hold all’ for your sun-cream, a good book and your peshtemals and equally as chic for sundowners.

Veldt Toiletries Bags - from £9.99

Keep all your toiletries safe and avoid any messy explosions in your suitcase. Choose from the Accessories bag, ideal for your shower gel and shampoo and with a handle to hook on the back of the door, or the Toiletries bag with three inserts for keeping bottles upright or the cute matching Make-up bag.  All with waterproof lining and the cutest doggy design to remind you of your faithful friend back home.

Linen Scarf - in the sale at £12.95

Finally, the ever popular Linen Scarf. Another versatile piece it goes with everything. Not just a scarf, it’s perfect for throwing over your shoulders when the temperature drops or to tie round your waist when you venture off your sunbed for that midday cocktail!  Lightweight, quick to rinse out and dry and no ironing needed – what more can a girl ask?

That’s all from me, all that’s left is to wish you a happy holiday with plenty of sunshine!

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O.K. Coral

Everything’s swell this season so hopefully there’ll be no gunfights (except maybe over our lovely products!). We have our glorious addiction to the colour Coral to thank.  It’s everywhere we look and a good job too as it’s the only thing hot in the UK this summer! From pastel pinky oranges to full-on tango we’re loving it.

My personal addiction to this happy colour started with a pre-holiday manicure where I was persuaded by a lovely young thing that I must try Jessica’s “Sensual” nail polish.  A stunner I have to admit…perfect for my holiday!

Sensual by Jessica

The holiday was the trip of a lifetime to India (ok, so I had to work a little but how bad can sourcing gorgeous new products be?) where I was overawed by the beauty of the country, it’s history and it’s people.  The Amber Fort near the Pink City of Jaipur was a real highlight and looking at the holiday snaps reminded me again of my addiction.

The Amber Fort near Jaipur

So, returning to the usual post holiday blues, what else was a girl to do but re-decorate?  Fed-up with ‘builders magnolia’ I decided to spruce it up a little and, inspired by the colours of India (oh, and the gorgeous new Turkish hand-loomed towels at Sujiivana) I decided on Orange Aurora by The Little Greene Paint Company for a feature wall. What do you think of the results?

Cushions at Sujiivana - Pictures by Sujiivana Design

The orange looks amazing with the Sujiivana Didi Azure Cushions and the pictures are Indian architectural images (£45.00 plus P&P – email Sujiivana Design).  Carrying the colour through to the en-suite gave me the perfect opportunity to use the gorgeous new Turkish, hand loomed towels in Ivory with a Coral and pale blue edging. Mornings are so much more bearable with this happy colour and my luxurious new towels.

Turkish Spa Towels at Sujiivana

So, you can see what I mean about my addiction. I now have perfectly coordinated nails, walls and towels…joy!

For other matching products visit www.sujiivana.co.uk.

I love to read your comments so do let me know what you think of my latest madness.

Bi for now,

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