Category Archive : Walls & Floors

How to create different functional areas in a large room?

This apartment located in Saint-Petersburg was decorated by INT2. A good example for those who want to structure a large room and keep an open space while creating several different functional areas. This Scandinavian-style apartment is just perfect!

The Main Room: Kitchen + Dining Room + Living Room + Office + Piano

Scandinavian Living room ideas
We note:
    Spaces delimitation: a wood loggia for the dining room, white bricks and a dark wood bar for the kitchen, a large rug around the sofa.  

1. Kitchen

Opened Kitchen
We love:
  • Art on a kitchen wall;
  • White bricks that look like tiles;
  • Industrial-style lights;
  • Stools stored under the bar for a much neater impression.

Scandinavian Kitchen and dining room
We note:
    ➨ Different floorings to show different spaces.

2. Dining Room

Wood Dining room
We love:
  • wood raw material;
  • the rear shelves with beautiful tableware;
  • the unpaired chairs. 

3. Living-Room

Scandinavian living room ideas
We love:
  • the mix of different geometric patterns;
  • the vintage style of the furniture.

Scandinavian and vintage living room
We love:
  • the fox (an original touch in this Scandinavian design);
  • the decentred canvas and lamp;
  • the unpaired furniture;
  • the orange touch (lamp + canvas).
graphic wallpaper scandinavian design
We note:
    ➨ wallpaper on a single section of the wall;
    ➨ the mix of geometric patterns;
    ➨ the mix of pastel colors.

entrance and living room and office

4. The Piano

piano design ideas
piano and bookshelves
We note:
    ➨ the grey wall to create a distinct space;
    ➨ Frames just put on the Piano and decentred.

5. Office

how to create a distinct office space
We note :
    ➨ The office is isolated from the rest of the room thanks to bilateral bookshelves, that also bring some additional storage space.
get an office in your living room

Bathroom

black bathtub
We note:
    ➨ A short band of colored tiles over a white base.
original and scandinavian bathroom
We love:
  • the black matte bathtub;
  • the whale poster;
  • the ladder;
  • the two nude bulbs.
stylish restroom

how to decorate a long bathroom
We note:
    ➨ just one section of the wall with blue pattern;
    ➨ the yellow desk lamp on the wall.

Bedroom

scandinavian bedroom idea

modern dressing table
We love:
  • blue and orange colors together, a great match of 2 complementary colors;
  • the mirror hanged with leather belts;
  • the two-colored wall (and the fuzzy delimitation).

Laundry room

geometric flooring

We love:

  • the geometric pattern on the floor;
  • the mix wood, white and natural fibers.

A Living Wall


From Paris to Singapore through Palm Beach, a quick tour of the most beautiful living walls around the world.

We could be in a jungle, @Pershing Hall, Paris

@Sevva, Hong Kong

East Conservatory, Longwood Gardens, Pennsylvania, US

Artistic living wall on one of Saks’ wall in Palm Beach

@Athenaeum Hotel in London, Made by living wall superstar, Patrick Blanc

Singapore’s Supertrees, and the restaurant of the same name at the top of one of these big trees.

Private Apartment in Paris


Tropical Bathroom


You would like to have one of these living walls at home? There are a lot of different solutions: you can make it yourself, order living wall kits, hire a specialist or even buy a stabilized plant frame (which need no water or light).
Or you could just opt for the junglewallpaper!

10 Original Ways to Paint your Home

1. Paint the baseboards or the stairs (or both)

Grafic black & grey baseboards
with a yellow touch to energize the whole

2. Paint Geometric Figures

DIY tutorial on VintageRevivals’ blog

3. Paint the doors




4. Paint one or two bands on the wall




5. Paint just one wall or a block


© Jo Pesendorfer
© Sophie Hanniet

6. Paint the furniture tone-on-tone




7. Paint the moldings

 8. Paint the ceiling

9. Paint half of the wall




10. Paint… a canvas


If you don’t dare to paint the whole wall,
try the light way: just paint a canvas with a plain color
(here the 
Blue by Klein)
Or just buy the Pantone canvas !

Decors and colors in Wes Anderson’s movies

With his last movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson not only confirms that he’s a brilliant director but also reveals that he could have been a great interior designer! Colors, furniture, lights, disposition, all reveals that décor is important for esthetic reasons but also has a meaning of its own.

Explosive colors

Red and Purple


Mixing bright red and purple is a bold choice, yet it is the main color theme of the Grand Budapest hotel. From the elevator walls to the lobby rugs through staff uniforms, red and purple are the sign that you belong to this special hotel. The two main characters are indeed proudly wearing these colors, even outside of the hotel.
Not really well-known for being the best match, these two colors have first been associated by Yves Saint-Laurent, inspired by the mix and match of colors in Morocco. Maybe India (let’s remember Darjeeling Limited) was Wes Anderson’s inspiration for this masterful association of colors.

(with a touch of orange, like Yves Saint-Laurent in his time)

Orange and Green


Orange and green are two colors which echo themselves quite brutally as well. He uses these two colors, which were very fashionable during the Sixties, to show that time has changed. But the dull tones used (also in contrast with the bright red and purple of the 30’s) let show that the hotel is not what it used to be anymore.


Light pink, blue and green


These colors are often associated with a female world; linked to the young baker in the Grand Budapest Hotel, similar colors are present in the bathroom of Tenenbaums’ daughter in the Royal Tenenbaums.


Complementary colors


Wes Anderson uses a lot of other bright colors, and plays with strong and explosive combinations. He often associates so-called ‘complementary colors’, well-known among artists and physicists for their capacity to enhance one another.

Yellow and Blue

Yellow and Purple

Pink and Green



The way Wes Anderson uses colors is not only visually strong but it also gives a fresh look to interiorsthat are either too classical or a bit old-fashioned.

Lights


Like all good interior designer, Wes Anderson knows how to use light and lights to create a specific atmosphere.


A perfect symetry


Wes Anderson’s shots are often perfectly symmetrical, as this video demonstrates.
Symmetry reinforce the beauty of a scene while giving an impression of order and completeness.

Characters and Decors


Last but not least, if colors and decors are that thoroughly chosen by the director, it’s because they do not only serve an esthetic goal, they also reflect the characters who live in them and thus serve to introduce these characters and to understand them better. In the Royal Tenenbaums, characters are introduced through their bedrooms. In the Grand Budapest Hotel, the main character keeps wearing the old colors of the hotel even though the décor has changed, to signify that he, hasn’t changed.

(zebra wallpaper available at Salamandre)

Lessons to be learned? Don’t be afraid to DARE vivid colors and to furnish your home as YOU wish, remember, your home reveals a bit of who you are! J

Wall Painting & Optical Effects

No need to do much for enlarging a room or create perspective. You just have to know how to use paint to transform your interior. Here are some ideas for using optical effects properly:

Light Colored Walls & Floors

Light colored walls and floor would have an enlarging effect and would also enlighten the room. You’d better chose one color only from floor to ceiling: it won’t draw attention to the corners, the room will then seem larger. Light teints (wood, white, light brawn) would also perfectly match with colorful furniture. 

Dark floor, light walls

A dark floor would make an enlarging effect and give more character to your interior. That is the reason why it is mainly advised to have a floor slightly darker than walls. Grey or black floors can be very elegant but they would also draw attention on the floor only, overlooking the rest of the room. What’s more, pay attention to colorful floor, your eyes might get tired of it very quickly! 

Light floor and dark walls

Dark walls – with light floor and ceiling – would seem higher and deeper but also very tight. You should also have a very bright room if you want to use a dark painting, so that your interior doesn’t seem too dark – pretty much like a shady basement. 

Light floor and walls, dark ceiling

A dark ceiling would make the room lower. Nevertheless, if you have a high ceiling, painting it might be a good idea, it will give the space some colorful energy and transmit light from the different ceiling lights. 

Colorful niche

Painting a niche will allow gaze to escape the room and create the illusion of an open space. Use of a colorful canvas or mirror would have basically the same effect. 

Paint one wall only

Paint one or two walls instead of all of them modify the organization of space and contribute to make it larger and more open. Paint the wall at the back with a strong color will enlarge the room. For example use it at the end of a tight corridor. Be careful if you decide to paint lateral walls, it will make the room longer but tighter.

 Play with lines

Horizontal lines will open the room in its width. Vertical lines will extend the space to the back of the room. Then, it is strongly advised to use line perpendicularly to the longest walls in order to enlarge the room. 



Vertical lines on the walls (or curtains) will stretch the wall to the ceiling, whereas horizontal lines will make the walls wider.
  

Pay attention not to select too big lines in small interiors. It will make the room smaller.