10 Painted Ceilings That Pop

Are you in the mood to do something a little unusual with your space… a bit daring even?  Here is an atypical home trend you might want to try: painted ceilings. And no, I definitely DO NOT mean white – or off-white for that matter! I’m talking bold, bright, unapologetic colour!

Think about it. We decorate and colour-in our floors, walls and everything else, yet our ceilings remain a large unused stretch of open real-estate. Consider it as a fifth wall – another blank canvas to be painted.

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Painting the Fifth Wall:

While a white-painted ceiling is the traditional and safe choice, it is also predictable and boring. It has been the norm for far too long! Giving your ceiling a fresh lick of paint is an unexpected and playful approach to add colour and interest to your interior without overwhelming the space.

It is said that a white ceiling appears higher and brighter, while a coloured ceiling appears lower. However, if the colour and application thereof is chosen with care it can actually make your ceiling look higher. It is therefore important to select the right colour and shade that will best suit en compliment your space.

Bright Painted Ceiling

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Things to Keep in Mind When Painting Your Ceiling:

⊗  Height:  If you are brave enough to opt for a very bright or dark painted ceiling, you have to ensure that you have the appropriate ceiling height. The last thing you want is to feel claustrophobic. The ceiling should preferably be 2.7m or higher if you want to prevent the room from feeling like it is closing in on you.

⊗  Colour Balance:  If you choose to paint your ceiling in a coloured tone or darker shade, consider keeping your walls light or neutral to avoid colour overload. Light will cause the colour on your ceiling to reflect and bounce unto your walls. So, ideally one should pair a painted ceiling with white to create a beautiful contrast and a pleasing balance.

  Light:  Make sure your space has an abundance of natural light. Painting the ceiling of a dark room with little natural light will make it look like a cave.

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Different Painted Ceiling Configurations to Try:

⊗  The “Broad Brush”:  Walls and ceilings are painted the exact same colour. This seamless effect, where walls flow directly into ceiling without interruption, creates a sense of completion and a feeling that you are enveloped by colour. This works best with lighter shades and gentle hues.

⊗  The “One-Shade Darker”:  The ceiling is painted the same colour as the walls but one or two tones darker. This effect gives your room an almost ombré, paint chip / deck effect. Use light to light-medium tones.

⊗  The “Kickstand”:  The ceiling and a single wall is painted the same colour. This effect elevates the walls and ceiling by drawing the eye up the painted wall towards the ceiling. Here you can attempt a brighter colour for a playful and unusual room feature.

⊗  The “Ceiling with a Skirt”:  The ceiling and cornice is painted in the same colour. You can also extend the paint effect further downwards to create a broad skirt or band of colour all around the walls of your room. This effect adds a sense of snug intimacy and cosiness.

⊗  The “Contrast”:  The ceiling is painted in a bright or vivid pop of colour paired with white walls and mouldings to create a bold contrast.  Be warned – this option is not for the faint of heart.

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Video: Decorating Using The Colour Wheel

Finding the right colour scheme for your home can be a real decorating challenge. The secret to creating a successful colour scheme is by using the colour wheel! A favoured tool of designers and decorators, the colour wheel makes colour relationships easy to understand by dividing the spectrum into twelve basic hues: three primary colours, three secondary colours, and six tertiary colours. Watch this short video to help you better understand how colours work.

10 Spring-Inspired Accessories Under R150

By Marica

Spring Time is upon us in all her glory! Nature has finally shaken free of Winter’s cold clutches and adorned herself with a myriad of colourful and happy fauna and flora. Not a moment too soon I might add – this winter was dreary indeed – and I usually LOVE winter.

It also seems our flowerbeds aren’t the only things stirred by this long awaited Spring Revival – the shops are suddenly filled with bright, vibrant and cheerful things! So, let shake a bit of that winter gloom – here are TEN beautiful and colourful Spring-inspired décor items and home accessories to make you all excited for this most beautiful season of the year…

A happy SPRING to all!

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Art Crush: Sarah Danes Jarrett

Whilst in Hout Bay last week for a meeting I spotted the most beautiful and captivating artwork in the Hout Bay Gallery window. I was absolutely spellbound by the dramatic faces staring back at me. The portraits, painted by artist Sarah Danes Jarrett, has an almost “fashion glamour shots meets fine art” feel – very sexy. Don’t you just adore the bold use of colour and choppy brushwork?! Love these – a definite art crush!

Images: Hout Bay Gallery

Trend Watching 2012 – Part One

By Marica

Just like last year, Rose and I sat down earlier this week to discuss our favourite trends of the past year. We might not be good at predicting future trends (yet) but we love to observe the evolution of current and past trends – we call this little exercise “trend watching”.

As predicted many of the 2011 trends we wrote about last year continued on into 2012. Since most of these trends are still relevant and to refresh your memory you can read the 2011 trend reports here: Part 1 (Style), Part 2 (Colour), and Part 3 (Pattern).

Interesting to note that the primary style trends have not changed much over the past year. Trends like Industrial, Mid-century Modern, Scandi, and Vintage are now more popular than ever – especially since trend-related items have finally reached the retail market. More and more emphasis is also being place on designing green and buying homemade.

Rose and I also read a fascinating article on Freshome recently concerning the link between fashion and interior trends. In recent years the world of interiors has seen about a 2 year lag from runway to living room. Now that gap seems to be closing in at a much faster rate. The article also addresses Pantone’s Colour of the Year and its trend influence – it’s a very interesting read.

Now, today we’ll be looking at our favourite colour trends of 2012…
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The most surprising colour trend of 2012 would have to be Neon! First hitting the runways as part of Spring/Summer 2012 fashion collections – my first instinct was to run for the hills. However, this current neon trend is not a rehashing of the horrible, unmentionable neon trends of the 80’s. It’s contemporary, it’s refined, it’s balanced – it’s interesting!

Within months (maybe even weeks) this bold trend made its transition into the world of interiors and décor. Vibrant and eye-catching, pops of fluorescents adds an unexpected element to any interior. I’m not saying you should go paint all your walls a shocking pink – just add one or two bright accent pieces. It’s cool, it’s brave, it’s not for everyone – I totally love it.pastel

Pastels are by no means a new trend – it has been around for yonks. However, we have noticed a pastel evolution over the last handful of years. No longer restricted to kid’s bedrooms or fluffy girly spaces, we have moved away from the predictable cotton-candy pastels. The current pastel palettes – including those of 2011 & 2012 –  have a lot more depth. We saw the introduction of “bright pastels” – think corals, salmons, mints and aquas. These spring-coloured pastels where much the rage last year.

A new addition, which I’m sure we are going to see a lot more in the year to come, is what I like to call “dusty pastels“. Not as saturated as “bright pastels“, it has an almost time faded appearance – think dusty lilac, faded rose, or powdery moss.

Another delicious current trend is to combine pastels with pops of neon – the result is absolutely stunning!

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Various metal finishes have once again made a comeback. However, it is not the shiny, glam, and gaudy metallics of trends past. It is an aged, faded kind of metal trend – no blinding, polished golds and silvers. Old gold, antique silver, and especially brass and copper have seen a revival. There is just something about these rich, warm-hued metals that adds dimension and a sense of vintage luxe. I have seen some gorgeous brass and copper light-fittings and décor accents, and it works so well with our other colour trends!

Stick around for Part 2 of our 2012 Trend report where we discuss the past year’s pattern trends…

{So, what colour trends did you notice in 2012? We would love to hear about your favourites colour!}

Jared Odell Asks “What’s Your Colour?”

I’ve recently been thinking back to our whirlwind Design Indaba experience earlier this year. We saw SO many awesome things and met SO may awesome designers, including this talented local boy’tjie…

Jared Odell on his FULBRITE Coffee Table

Capetonian furniture designer Jared Odell has been making some serious design waves since the launch of his first furniture range last year. The Fulbrite Range playfully combines bent powder-coated sheet metal with gorgeous solid Scandinavian birch plywood. It has an elegant simplicity and quirky fold-out and slot-in look about it that in some slight way reminds me of flat-packed furniture. The beauty of the range is the option to choose your favourite colour for powder coating, giving you the option to create something truly unique.

The FULBRITE chair. Pick a colour!

Jared, who studied Industrial Design at Cape Peninsula University of Technology alongside the Pedersen+Lennard whiz kids (sho, that year sure turned out design diamonds), is a Mid-century Modernists enthusiast. Just like the Modernists, he attempts to balance aesthetics, function, and simplicity while staying true to his chosen materials.

The FULBRITE bench and the newest addition to range, the “Lobby Chair” on the right.

In an interview with Jared last year, Visi posed the question: “Does South Africa inspire your design at all? If so, how?” I quite like Jared’s answer…

“Yes, I think the relaxed culture of South Africans has inspired me to create furniture that’s fun and not too pretentious. European design is beautiful, but it’s often so serious. South Africans like beautiful yet practical things, so I’ve tried to create a range that’s usable and practical. I’m designing furniture, not making art.”

Check out Jared’s website: here.

The Jared Odell FULBRITE Tri Table & Table
The FULBRITE chair in white.
Absolutely LOVE the FULBRITE desk lamps!
[Images via Jared Odell]