Italian graphic designer Federica Naj Oleari is not intimated by colours. One is seduced by the expressiveness of the colours in this small apartment which Naj Oleari transformed into a microcosm of rich ideas. A deep mustard yellow is balanced by a black and white artwork. A yellowish green in the kitchen makes a statement. The aubergine furniture in the living room provides an elegant contrast with the green wall which makes the room visually mesmerizing.
This modern pool house in Chappaqua, Westchester County, New York designed by From the Desk of Lola mixes contemporary style decor with eclectic elements. The casual elegance of the furnishings and the exotic touches such as the Moroccan lanterns, leather pouffes and rugs work seamlessly together to create a relaxed atmosphere. The stone fireplace and high beamed ceilings complete this cozy little hideaway.
Purple is a powerful colour that can be used to counterbalance another strong colour such as brown, or highlight a plain canvas such as beige or white. Interior designer Amanda Nisbet uses purple to great effect, even a purple ceiling can create an attractive balance to a room.
The modern design with a little bit of retro flair captures an era with bold colours.
Pantone named Honeysuckle (PANTONE 18-2120) colour of the year for 2011. This reddish pink colour is an uplifting dynamic colour that gives any room a burst of energy. You can use Honeysuckle to add intense elegance to a living room, or make a statement with it in the kitchen. This powerful and upbeat colour provides interior spaces with a lively flair.
Danish designer Soren Rose creates contemporary interiors with a tongue-in-cheek approach. The designer uses colours with economy in these contemporary settings, bringing the rooms to life without overwhelming them. Splashes of colour highlight the plain or white backdrop and instantly add personalities to the interiors.