Tag Archives | interior design trends

Spicy Spaces

One, just one element can move a space from ‘eh’ to ‘awesome’.  So which one?  And how do you decide?

Try a funky paint color, cool fabric, awesome rug, eye-catching lamp, or even one brave furniture purchase.  Take a look at the spaces below and see if you can find the Thing that makes them notable.

Headboard!  Headboard!  Headboard!

Headboard! Headboard! Headboard!

At first glance, this space could be just about any luxury hotel room. Very nice finishes, but devoid of real personality.  And, as fun as that graphic bedding is, it is the headboard that is really eye-catching.  The scale, color, and style all demand attention, with a subtle nod to the color spread around the room (chair upholstery and lampshades) for balance.

Hot Pink Graphic Fabric

Hot Pink Graphic Fabric

In this case, the dining space has personality from not only a great color addition, but a great pattern.  The high contrast, large scale graphic fabric (repeated from the window treatments to the bench), immediately pulls your eye to the great architecture of the space.  Adding the color with an accent wall reinforces its importance in the room.

What do both these spaces have in common?  One bold element that makes the space memorable.  Looking to make an impression with your home?  One brave decision is all you need!

Consider a Patterned Sofa!

I know, I know, everyone remembers the patterned sofas of the 70’s and 80’s.  Brown and orange plaids gave way to mauve and blue florals in a stunning style 180.

But not all patterned sofas are dated.  In fact, after years of microfibers, people are starting to revolt…in a big way.

Patterns don’t have to be overwhelming and the simple, neutral palette in this space ensures that the sofa is the star of the show, in a good way.  More patterns, and color, could also be mixed into the room for a different look.


A large scale stripe is also a great option for a sofa because, again, the pattern is not overwhelming and stripes easily mix with a variety of other patterns.

Royal Kahala Sofa | Schneidermans Furniture

Royal Kahala Sofa | Schneiderman’s Furniture

Would you consider a pattern the next time you’re looking at upholstered furniture?  The right piece could liven up your space!

PS – Make sure you ask about the manufacturer’s skill level with upholstery.  Some are better than others at matching tough patterns, like stripes and plaids, and the last thing you want is an upside down flower or bird right in the middle of the sofa back!

*updated 8/27/15

Interior Design from Outer Space

It is well documented that media influences fashion and design.  Sometimes directly (MTV in 1983…) and sometimes a little more subtly.  The last few years of cinema have seen an influx of space, super-hero and comic book movies.  Whether or not you enjoy the movies, it is hard not to see the design influences in the world around us.  Products are becoming sleeker, metallics are more popular, and furniture is starting to take on as many functions as the space shuttle.

Japanese architecture from io9.com

I love this couch I found on Homedit.com.  Not only is the color reminiscent of an alien being, but the built-in lamps as eyes are an excellent idea.  Definitely for a specific home, though.  I wish I could see this in my own living room, but I think it falls into the category of a great idea for someone else.  And I think I would feel weird with that giant face staring over my shoulder all the time.

Euro Modern from Homedit.com

I think I would use these planters, though.  They look like a miniature Jetson’s set – fabulous!


Much like most trends in interior design, a little alien goes a long way.  But for those true fans, HR Giger, the conceptual artist and designer for a TON of futuristic and space projects (including Alien) designed a restaurant that included this (fantastic) dining set.  These images are not new and the restaurant was not built recently, but it is always fun to look at older projects with new eyes.  For a complete set of pictures of the project, including a brief Giger biography, check out designer Anthony Lingwood’s blog.  Click on the picture below for the link.  Enjoy!

Giger Dining Set





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