It may seem counterintuitive to consider new window treatments as the days lengthen and views brighten. In reality though, as the sun shines longer and stronger, it’s all the more important to consider appropriate covering options. There are plenty of ways to dress your windows attractively and adorn your living space while also protecting furnishings and controlling indoor temperatures. Here are some helpful hints on how…
Function – choose the right type of treatment throughout your home for practicality purposes. For example, oversized drapery pooling on the floor in a small condo will cause it to seem crowded, provide a trip hazard and isn’t easy to clean under. Instead, think of subtle solar shades or light, airy curtains that allow light in and create a feeling of spaciousness.
Style – since you’ve decorated your home with a certain design aesthetic, it makes sense to choose the right window treatment that compliments it. Whether selecting discrete roller blinds for a modern, minimal space or rustic wooded shutters for a Victorian cottage, ensure your dressing coordinates with other elements for a complete and cohesive look.
Tricks – window hangings can enhance a room in numerous ways. Using colour, texture and pattern will add interest or even become a focal point. Floor to ceiling panels will increase visual height by drawing the eye upwards. Sheers will brighten an area yet provide privacy, while blackout blinds will darken a bedroom and aid with sleep. Sweet dreams!
A recent trip to Mexico (= a prize won for a charity donation!) prompted an extended tour of said destination. Although traditional in many aspects, the country surprised with contemporary design in unexpected places…
Pantone’s colour for 2017 has recently been announced and it’s a welcome one. With winter still hanging around and current affairs making the world feeling increasingly volatile, a bright burst of colour is just what’s needed to lift spirits.
This year’s celebrity is called Greenery and is a fresh yellow-green that is reminiscent of spring growth. Due to its origins in nature, it is recognized as a neutral colour that can be easily paired and effortlessly incorporated into one’s décor. Here’s how:
Refresh – what’s old is brought to life again through the enhancement of a vibrant new hue. Use for walls, furniture, accents and artwork, just about anywhere a pick-me-up is required. And although it might be associated with spring/summer it can certainly be used year round.
Revitalize – equated with getting back to nature, greenery is a connection with the outdoors, bringing the outside in. It assists in creating calm, serene spaces and is a reminder to make time to recharge. Living walls of greenery can also be incorporated into interiors for aesthetic and health reasons.
Renew – green is also a colour linked with conservation and leading a more sustainable existence. It denotes a more lasting quality and evokes reusing or recycling goods for a simpler, greener lifestyle. No need to swap it out for next year’s latest and greatest, as this one’s a keeper!
The annual Interior Design Show held in Toronto hosted an impressive array of international guest speakers & featured the latest products. Some of the following caught our discerning eye!
Oudejans Interiors is once again delighted to support a family in need in conjunction with Holiday Helpers Canada. Here are some of the goodies purchased for those sponsored. We wish them and everyone else a truly Happy Holiday season!
Canada’s National Design & Architecture Exposition held in Toronto at the end of November, once again hosted international guest speakers, held informative seminars and showcased innovative products. Here's a look at what was on offer:
As the weather gets colder, we in the west retreat indoors and seek comfort in places that are warm and cosy. Whether it’s a soft sofa in a sunny window, a comfy chair by an old aga oven, or nestling near to an ambient fire, there is consolation in feeling the warmth these provide. We at Oudejans interiors love a fireplace and recommend installing one (where possible) to get through another winter. Here’s why you want to get on board.
Heat – a fireplace can add a lot of warmth to a home, particularly on those bone-chilling days when one is disinclined to venture outdoors. Whether it provides enough heat to slowly infuse a room or even an entire house, a fireplace will certainly add an element of toastiness and solace. It may also help reduce the heating bill, decrease energy dependence and provide more tolerant temperatures during a power outage.
Hearth – a fireplace can be a real magnet and welcomes in anyone who’s around. Historically it was generally located in the center of a room, often the kitchen, and the hub of activity which induced people to naturally gravitate and reside within close proximity. With the possibility of plentiful, comfortable seating in the vicinity, as well as some festive decorations around it (for any occasion), the hearth becomes even more attractive and often a year round draw.
Heart – we’ve all heard the saying, home is where the heart is, but seems there is a whole lot of truth to it as well. There’s nothing like a flickering flame to enliven a space, whether from a gas insert, a wood burning stove or an open fireplace. The snug ambience created by an indoor fireplace is second to none, or in other words, one can’t hold a candle to it! A living space is truly enhanced by the light and comfort a fireplace provides. So we say bring on the cold!
No longer an emerging style, industrial chic is now clearly visible in fashionable stores, local restaurants and converted lofts. It’s also becoming increasing prevalent in home interiors ~ and not just those of urbanites. This trend’s appeal has gone mainstream and it’s easy to see why. Here’s a look at what’s involved and how to use it.
Basic background: this design aesthetic was adopted from old factories and industrial spaces, many of which have been transformed into hip hotels or large, light-filled living spaces. Inherent to this style are exposed elements like building systems (think ductwork) and raw materials such as bare brick, weathered wood or polished concrete. Then throw in utilitarian lighting fixtures for full effect.
Get the look: to achieve this in one’s own space, imagine maximizing space, minimizing clutter and eliminating ornate items and accessories. Choose a pragmatic palette of black, grey and white. And as it’s all about utility, consider using reclaimed goods such as a pipe bookcase, a vintage table with casters or a galvanized metal plant pot. Finally, have fun with it, ensuring it's functionality suits you lifestyle.
When it comes to lighting design, one of the main challenges is finding fixtures that are multi-functional. They must: provide sufficient light for varied tasks, be the right ‘colour’ to enhance furnishings, coordinate with other lighting in the environment as well as create the appropriate ambience.
There is also the aesthetic side of what looks best where. One must decide between pendants, table or floor lamps, sconces, chandeliers or possibly built-ins to highlight a feature or space. And then there's where to place them. Are you getting overwhelmed yet with the many choices involved? Don't despair, there's help at hand!
Our advice is to incorporate different types for visual interest. But, with so many decisions to make and so many options to choose from, best speak to a specialist/shop or an actual designer who knows (& loves!) lighting. At Oudejans Interiors we are passionate about all things lighting and are always happy to assist. Shown are some of the lights incorporated in our latest projects.
Our newest project - primed for an extensive overhaul! Think our work is cut out for us... Stay tuned for further updates.
Peter Oudejans, founder of OUDEJANS INTERIORS, provides feedback on his latest projects as well as highlighting exciting trends in the world of interior design.