Our newest project - primed for an extensive overhaul! Think our work is cut out for us... Stay tuned for further updates.
We're in the media again! Our latest project is featured in the Huffington Post in the article 'The Rise of Modernism in Canadian Architecture.' A huge thanks to Nikki Fotheringham @Greenmoxie for this informative and interesting item. The link is below: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/nikki-fotheringham/modernism-canadian-architecture_b_10341144.html
They say that April showers bring May flowers, but indoors one can enjoy the beauty of blooms year round. In fact, house plants are making a huge comeback in interiors and are listed as one of the top design trends for 2016! Three good reasons for incorporating them into your abode are as follows:
1. Air cleanse – the truth of the matter is plants not only look nice, but are beneficial for your health. Little known fact, but indoor air is typically more polluted than that outdoors! Our interior greenery helps decontaminate it by filtering out VOC’s (= nasties) and are a natural method of purification. No room fresheners required.
2. Lively statement – whether large and stately or small and bright, plant life adds an attractive element to any space. They can tie into a holiday or theme ie a breezy palm for a beach house look, as well as coordinate with colour schemes, acting as a live accent. Gorgeous green specimens will enhance your home. No need to spend a fortune either.
3. Homey factor – ever wonder why those houses in design magazines look so lovely, yet also feel inviting? Well, have a closer look and you’ll see thriving plants are usually an integral part of the setting. They not only add a cozy, I’m ‘home’ feel, but also bring something living to a space. No artificial substitutes need apply!
Our latest and largest project to date, a modest bungalow was converted into a spacious 3-storey house. Below are some before and after photos that depict the transformation from tired, worn and outdated to light-filled, lively and inviting.
Whether you have a cute condo or a massive mansion, transparent furniture and accessories help make a space airy, expansive and elegant. Three ideas for incorporating these on-trend transparents include the following:
1. Contrast – heavy, dark furniture can weigh a room down, whereas acrylic accents generally don’t dominate a space, but instead contribute to a more open feel. They also provide visual variance from alternate pieces, allowing other furnishings to feature.
2. Clarity – large, lumbering items tend to block sightlines and close an area in. So don’t over-stuff and suffocate your space. Instead, why not substitute some see-through specimens for subtle silhouettes? They're a sure way to invoke interest and intrigue.
3. Current – although glass lamps or crystal candleholders are timeless, adding a classic note, there is a contemporary edge to a ghost chair or a polycarbonate table. Mix it up for a fresh, new perspective in your home and infuse some transparency – the advantages are clear.
When designing interiors, art should never be an afterthought! When chosen carefully, the right wall art can enhance and unify a space, add instant beauty and refinement, as well as reflect your personality. Unsure about giving art a prominent role in your design plans? Here’s 3 tips on picking pieces that coordinate with your current space and provide harmony and appeal.
1. Focal Point – a basic design principal, which every room requires and a role art can easily fulfill. Whether it’s a single painting or a gallery of photos, consider both the size of the artwork and the area it is to occupy in order for them to reinforce each other.
2. Colour Splash – contemplate paint choices based on your art. Choose a neutral background for existing works to stand out. Alternatively, select shades from inspirational illustrations to incorporate into your décor for use in accents to bring the space together.
3. Final Touch – the element that completes a space, art is that little extra, taking it from functional to finished. When obtaining artwork, ensure it complements existing styles, is varied in nature (different types, materials and textures add interest) and is something you love. You’ll spend years admiring it if you do!
Toronto's annual Interior Design Show took place last weekend, attracting international guest speakers and showcasing innovative new products. Here's a summary of some of OI's favs...
Oudejans Interiors is thrilled to 'adopt' a family in need through Holiday Helpers for a 3rd consecutive year. Below is a photo of the gifts purchased for the family sponsored. We wish them and everyone else a very Happy Holiday!
A recent business trip to Europe was a good excuse for Oudejans Interiors to take a detour to North Africa, where amazing Morocco became our muse. Although predominantly traditional, architecture and design in Marrakech also incorporated modern aspects in new and exciting ways, as revealed in the following photos...
Last week Benjamin Moore announced their colour for 2016 was - surprise - 'Simply White'! Well, here at Oudejans Interiors we've been using said colour for a long time prior to that accolade. Here's 4 reasons why we use it (and 'converted' clients swear by it) and why you should try it too:
1. It's a 'neutral' backdrop enhancing other colours, features and furniture. The phrase "it pops" is used all to often on design programs, but with Simply White, it truly is the case. This paint creates a blank slate, flattering the other elements in the composition and allowing them to stand out.
2. A less demanding room won't date as quickly as one clad in vibrant, trendy colours. Save those for the accents. It also offers a refreshing break from more intense coloration, which can be distracting. And due to its subtlety, Simply White works well with both warm and cool hues.
3. White is perceived as clean, calm and fresh and is therefore particularly welcome in areas such as kitchens and bathrooms where germs are deemed to rule. Colour psychology also states that white is associated with happiness, serenity and purity - great attributes for a happy home!
4. It enlarges, brightens and enlivens spaces. Research shows that white makes a room feel more spacious and its ceilings appear higher. It is also classic, yet contemporary, blending simplicity with sophistication. So, for a multipurpose, crisp, light look the choice is simply, white.
Peter Oudejans, founder of OUDEJANS INTERIORS, provides feedback on his latest projects as well as highlighting exciting trends in the world of interior design.