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Trend Alert: Bold & Moody Interiors

by Marica Fick

You don’t have to pour over every single one of our blog posts to know that Marica loves loads of colour in a bright, white space. The white-on-white interior trend, inspired by those lovely bright Scandinavian spaces, has long been an industry darling. While a white backdrop will always be a popular go-to choice, the past year we have seen the winds changing.

People are starting to yearn for something a bit more substantial … darker, moody. If there was one home trend that seemed to eclipse the others this past year, it was the gradual shift towards dark and rich tones.

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source: Adore Magazine

Even I, lover of white, have succumbed to the inky siren’s call. Maybe it is the approaching cold of winter that has me longing for a dark and cosy nest.

I think, however, the element that finally convinced me to move to the “dark side” was the deep jewel tones often paired with these inky interiors. The only thing I love more than a white backdrop is an array of bold jewel colours.

In fact, that is one thing that most trend predictors agreed on last year – the insurgence of vibrant jewel tones. The beauty of these gemstone colours is that they are bold, loud and impossible to ignore in a room. It instantly fills the room in with warmth and drama.Read More »

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Pinterest Picks: Lovely Living Rooms

Rose and I were pretty excited to get stuck into our first Pinterest Picks blog post of 2018. For those keeping tally, this is our fifth post in the series, having previously selected our favourite bedrooms, nooks & nichesworkspaces and bathrooms.

Now, I have the word “were” emphasised above for a reason. Turns out, this was our most challenging Pinterest Pick post yet! In fact, we reached a point of such frustration that Rose remarked that she was “getting very disillusioned with Pinterest” – gasp! Why was this so difficult? I don’t know. Maybe it is because we both have such a specific picture in mind for our ideal living room that the beautiful lounges on our board were just not cutting it this time. Nevertheless, we soldiered on!

Just to quick refresh on this series and its criteria: we are in essence playing a little game of “I wish“, as in “I wish I had that interior” – be it lounge, bedroom, kitchen or anything in between. After spending some time scouring our various Pinterest boards, we each select our favourite interior image – the space we most desire to have as our own. We then explain exactly why we coveted that particular space and if there is anything we would like to change.

Naturally, we ended up choosing two “runner-up” interiors… because deciding on just one room is just too difficult!

For this instalment, we decided to select our favourite images for our “Living Rooms” Pinterest board. The board is a collection of Design Monarchy‘s favourite and most beautiful lounge/living room finds.

After much, MUCH deliberation, here are our top 3 nominations for the loveliest, most desirable living rooms…
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Plascon Paint Colour Name

A Paint Colour By Any Other Name…

by Rose McClement

It has really been a good while since I wrote a blog post.  Marica is such a rock star in this regard.  At the start of the new business year, the pace is generally much slower.  In fact, it is so bizarrely opposite to those fast and furious months of November and December. With a bit of time on hand, I get to put into practice another one of my passions – writing.

I was reading the YOU Magazine the other day (yes you heard right – the YOU). Every now and then I buy one. I have to read something before switching off the light each night and it is the lightest reading matter for dozy brains. True Confession! There was a light-hearted article called “You Do What for a Living?” in which they featured some seriously whacky jobs, such as Pet Food Taster, Full Time TV Series & Movie Watcher, Odour Judge.  But the one that caught my attention was having a job of “Paint Namer”.  Yes – someone has the job of naming hundreds and hundreds of paint colours that make up that enormous Colour Fan Chart we sport in our office.

Plascon Paint Colour Name

It caught my attention because, for more years than I can remember, I have always proclaimed with total amazement “who on earth puts names to these paint colours?”. Where do they get all these names from? Do they suck it up, make it up or what?  But wait, it is not only paint colours.  There is someone out there for each fabric house that exists that makes up the names of each fabric design and colour.  It is often to the point where the name and the colour somehow seem disconnected… and that boggles my mind.

What’s more, the article speaks about these about two “Paint Namers” from Pittsburgh in the USA, who have been at it for 20 years (serious business!) and this is what they had to say about their job:

Every colour has an emotional association and it’s their job to help connect people to these shades with words. Like naming a colour ‘mocha’ instead of ‘brown’.  Or ‘sky’ instead of ‘blue’.”  Apparently, words like “mocha” and “sky” evoke an emotional response to the colour increasing its emotional connection. That is meant to be the strong selling point.

Plascon Paint Colour Name

So, having read these remarks by the professional “Paint Namers” I decide to put it to the test. I whip out our huge and always confusing Plascon Colour Pack (as you could well imagine, in ye ole design office it’s not just any ordinary paint chart), flip through some of the colours and names with a far more concentrated effort than usual, to see if I make that emotional connection.

I look at “Grandma’s Pearl” – a shade of a soft pink. No, my gran’s pearls were white or pearl in colour. No connection.

Child’s Smile” – a stronger tone of coral.  No connection to a child’s smile for me.

Camel’s Hump” – nope never seen a camel, so no connection. I would have named it “Donkey’s Body” rather.

Plascon Paint Colour Name

Despite the fact that I had little emotional connection to a few of the colours I will probably not be able to select paint colours as I did before the reading of this article.  There is now a new awareness around paint names and I might well be able to run with it when trying to do one of the most tedious and challenging project tasks, which is selecting paint colours.

In closing, I do tip my hat to these “Paint Namers”.  I for one would not like to do this job.  My intellectual and emotional brain would be fried at the end of each working day.  It still boggles my mind as to how they come up with some of these names without any repetition.

When you next have to paint the house or piece of furniture, will you make that emotional connection with the paint name, enough to be moved to buy it?  I wonder?

 

Pantone Colour of 2018: ULTRA VIOLET

by Marica Fick

Happy 2018 everyone! I hope you all had a brilliant and rest-filled festive break?

I’m sure by now you have all noticed a certain colour trend flooding image-sharing websites and blogs? You know the colour I’m referring to – it is a bold and dramatic shade of purple with a slightly bluer undertone – an almost “Royal Purple“.  Anyhoo, however you choose to describe it, it is called Ultra Violet and it is Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018.

Pantone Ultra Violet
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Purple tends to be a colour that people either love or hate. It is often viewed as a transcendental colour – it symbolizes spirituality, the sub-conscious, creativity, and royalty. Purple is also associated with decadence and conceit and, in some countries, it is the colour of mourning.

Design Monarchy is no stranger to using purple in our interior design projects – we LOVE bold. In fact, when Pantone announced their new Colour of the Year last December, I immediately thought of two specific projects – Summerley Court and The Manor – both upmarket retirement/hospitality venues. While the purples used in the aforementioned projects were not the exact tone and shade of Ultra Violet, it serves as an excellent example of the power and popularity of purple.

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Design Monarchy Season's Greetings 2017

We Are Alive! … and Season’s Greetings

Believe it or not, this is not a blog post written from the “Other Side” – we are indeed still alive.

For the past few months Rose and I have been working on an interior design project that demanded every minute of our time.

It is actually quite an exciting project to share with you as it is all together different. Now, I don’t want to too much give away – we will share a nice meaty post with some lovely images next year. What I can tell you is that we here at Design Monarchy just completed the interiors of an upmarket beauty spa in Cape Town.

Chan Wela (meaning “me time” in Thai) is a gorgeous oasis in the heart of the Century City business district. The chosen colour scheme is calming combination of clean white and soft pastels, while the glitzy finishes and decorative accessories speak of total opulence. For those of you who are dying of curiosity you can read the following IOL article for the tiniest of sneak peeks: here.

If you are in the greater Cape Town area you can visit this space in the flesh – I hear they do the most amazing pedicures. Oh, and ladies – they have bubbly on tap! Talk about luxe!

So that, dear friends, is reason we have been missing in action – we apologise for the radio silence. We have really missed our readers and sharing beautiful design inspiration with you. Next year we will jump back into blogging and our social media accounts head first! Until then, Season’s Greetings to you all…

Design Monarchy Season's Greetings 2017

Wishing all our readers and friends a Merry Christmas and a joyous festive season!

We loved sharing our passion for design, decor and pretty things with you this past year!

Our studio will be closed for business from the 19th of December 2017 to Wednesday the 17th of January 2018.

Have a good one, guys and gals! Design Monarchy out!

Love, Rose & Marica  x x x

6 Industrial Chic Bedside Pedestals | via The Design Tabloid

6 Industrial Chic Bedside Pedestals for Your Home

by Marica Fick

Finding the right bedside pedestal for your bedroom can be quite a difficult task. I have experienced this firsthand. I have been on the hunt trying to source a suitable bedside table for our guest bedroom which we are in the process of revamping.

There are so many factors to consider – most of which comes down to functionality and personal preference. Are you strapped for space and need something slimline or can your available space allow for a bigger bedside unit? Do you prefer a bedside table with storage? If so drawer(s), door, or pigeonhole basket? Then there is table top space – do you have the space for a decent bedside reading light while leaving enough room to plop down your book, phone and other bedside necessities?Read More »