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Bathroom Trends, Spotted at The Show “Salone del Mobile Milan 2016”

In in the previous post I have quickly taken you over the furniture fair “Salone del Mobile in Milan”, this time, still under the impression and enthusiasm of one of the greatest design events, I am writing exclusively about the bathroom trends.

Bathroom in our daily lives plays a greater role than we are aware of. We enter it as soon as we get up in the morning, and again at the end of the day, before going to bed. So, there we start and finish the day… Let’s see what is happening in the bathroom design world, and how we can brighten up with fresh trends, the space that takes a significant part of our daily routine!

Rounded Soft Edges

Besides preventing the unpleasant hits into sharp edges, rounded lines add softness to every space, giving it a gentle feminine touch.

A touch of youthful cheerfulness was radiating from the following bathroom vanities and accessories, made mainly from acrylic, available in “raspberry” red, “olive” green and “turmeric” yellow.

The following, fully rounded self-standing washbasin, with the design, inspired by the shape of a glass for water or lemonade, has a playful aproach to the bathroom.

Console basins continue to be trendy, again with softly rounded edges, made of different materials such as stone, ceramic, brushed concrete, glass, and options with a mirror effect.

Finishes & Materials

Among the vanity and cabinet finishes stands out a distinctive copper, which is found on the edges of the mirrors, faucets, and decorative elements, vanity legs, or as a finishing material for bathroom cabinets and vanities.

Glossy finishes are still trendy, in white, light gray, graphite and cappuccino brown. On the opposite side, we find finishes in matt versions, in already mentioned colors, which give the room a man’s sophisticated and elegant touch.

The first place, among materials in the bathroom, gets definitely wood, as a natural material that gives a feeling of warmth and associates with nature. Whether it is found in a completely natural, raw form, with visible wooden structures, or as a replica of natural wood, it is trending in many varieties, such as light brushed oak, dark brushed walnut, dark chestnut, and more.

More Storage Options

Designers have devoted more attention to the storage space in the bathroom, which is especially a common problem of small bathrooms. They have developed a built-in mirror with the possibility of storage behind the mirror. They designed deeper bathroom vanities, and strengthened the legs for greater support.

The towel racks, inspired by the design of traditional ladders, which also don’t require much space are still a popular addition in a contemporary bathroom.

Aesthetics and functions have advanced also for the electric towel warmers. They open and get a function of a towel shelf.

The latest novelty for all “mini” bathrooms, developed by “Duravit”, is a built-in shower, which closes against the wall after use, and it turns into a large wall mirror.

Ceramic & Stone Tiles

Geometric patterns continue to decorate ceramic tiles, with a 2D and 3D effect, from small to extreme formats. In addition to white, gray and beige, you can find combos with “cappuccino”, “chocolate” brown, and “cobalt” blue.

The most fascinated and inspired me the handcrafted stone tales with a 3D effect, produced by the Italian company “Lithea”, which feature motives of printed lace, macramé; and fossils, as geometric patterns of nature. These are products that call for interaction, provoke feelings and sensibility, and as such act as an artwork in space.

“Living Room Atmosphere” in The Bathroom

Would you consider a living room piece of furniture in the bathroom, such as a comfortable armchair, a soft carpet or green houseplants? All these are certainly among the most recent trends of modern large bathrooms, spotted at the show.

Have you managed to find some inspiration for yourself, and for your bathroom among these trends?

Until the next time…

Anita

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“Hot” from The Furniture Show “Salone del Mobile 2016”, Milan

I have just returned from a spectacular furniture show “Salone del mobile Milano”, held in Milan, for the 55th time in a row. It is one of the largest events in interior design sphere, where many furniture manufacturers introduce and predict hot trends every year; and every other year, also manufacturers of kitchen and domestic appliances at the same place with the event “Euro Cucina”.

There is so much happening, not only at the “Fiera Milano”, but also in the heart of Milan. Streets, squares and museums are lively in accordance with the big event. The city is filled with visitors from all over the world! The atmosphere is mixed with the inspiration and expectations!

Among the most spectacular exhibitors at the fair are found big names, such as Fendi, Trussardi, Versace, Knoll, Minotti, Natuzzi, and many others. Designers, interior designers, architects, journalists, bloggers, students and other visitors, all meet at one point, looking for innovations, which have been prepared by the companies in cooperation with the designers, who create and suggest new trends and concepts.

"Momenti" - when a wallpaper turns into an art

“Momenti” – when a wallpaper turns into an art

 

"Momenti" - when a wallpaper turns into an art

“Momenti” – when a wallpaper turns into an art

I extremely enjoyed the atmosphere at the show; experienced high scale designed exhibitions, gathered the innovations, inspiration for decorative ideas, and perceived what is hot on the market! After the visit I felt exhausted, but despite this, I feel fresh and full of inspiration!

Bedroom atmosphere by "La ebanisteria"

Bedroom atmosphere by “La ebanisteria”

 

Playful animal print by "La ebaniesteria"

Playful animal print by “La ebaniesteria”

 

Impression from the show by exhibitor "Cattelan Italia"

Impression from the show by exhibitor “Cattelan Italia”

 

Little sitting area by exhibitor "Cattelan Italia"

Little sitting area by exhibitor “Cattelan Italia”

 

Nostalgic loveseat by "Meritalia"

Nostalgic loveseat by “Meritalia”

 

Living room coziness brought into bathroom by "Duravit"

Living room coziness brought into bathroom by “Duravit”

Are you interested in what’s “hot” this year? Which colors, materials, patterns are going to follow interior designers? Follow me; I’m going to reveal what trends have caught my eye in the world of interior design; room by room, from a living room, to a kitchen, and a bathroom.

Anita

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Cupcake Shop Interior Design Story

Today I am writing about my recently finished retail interior design project for a cupcake shop.

The “Cupcakes4Ever” shop is located in the heart of the city of Arnhem in the Netherlands. Designing the interiors was an exciting task. Goal of whole interior design of the shop was to promote and reflect new brand or concept on the market, and deliver message about the irresistible “home made style” cupcakes to the potential consumer. In addition, the design reflects a cheerful personality of the owner, Charlotte Jensen Pauly, who is the founder of the “Cupcakes4Ever”. This is her first shop and also the first cupcake shop in Arnhem.

The project had to stay within the low to moderate budget. It started with ripping out the old interiors. Space was then divided into two areas, shop in the front and a kitchen in the back.

Cupcakes4ever shop - new floorplan

Cupcakes4ever shop – new floorplan

Image: Shop before

Image: Shop before

 

The choice of color palette has been created in harmony with existing logos, which include a happy, playful frog character with cupcakes, a boldly printed shop name in bright yellow and red, along with slogan: “love at first bite”.

The main focus of the space is the cupcake display, custom made from white glossy material, glass and stainless steel. Each delectable cupcake is displayed at eye level, as a piece of art, engaging with the consumers, and emphasizing that effect in the mirror on the wall.

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The colorful and bright acrylic lamps above the counter radiate playful light and link the dazzling cupcake display with flow of stripes on the walls.

In order to keep place connected with the charm of old town brick buildings, accenting the sentiment of “home style” baking, contrasting with clean lines and glossy finishes, the existing characteristic brick walls got only a fresh layer of creamy white paint.

The wall that has been constructed in order to divide the kitchen from the shop has the passage and a framed window, which both let customers to have a pick into the kitchen to see where yummy, freshly baked cupcakes are being made. That way the kitchen atmosphere is brought into the shop.


Besides the cupcakes, shop is offering also coffee and tea “to go”. To accommodate that, there has been designed a self-service “coffee & tea station” with a curved serving table.

For those who like to read a magazine, watch people passing by, or rest their tired feet from walking the paved streets for too long, there has been designed a sitting area along the window with cute glossy “cup-like” sits.

Already first days after official opening of “Cupcakes4Ever”, the shop with its lively atmosphere attracted many visitors and customers to stop by. Charlotte and I were happy to see such positive response and comments of first customers. Atmosphere of shop in combination with yummy cupcakes made the ambient perfect. I am sure this trend of visits will continue and that shop will be a great success “4ever” :-)

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Spring Color Schemes with “Marsala” – Color of the Year 2015

Spring is around the corner and some of you would perhaps like to add some fresh spin to your space. Would you like to try that with the rich and warm color of the year “Marsala”, Pantone 18-1438 (I wrote about it in one of my previous posts)? You like it, but you and aren’t sure how to incorporate it into your home color scheme?  

You can always combine “Marsala” with greys and creams, but do you wonder what it happens when “she” gets the company of other hues?

I created five color schemes for you to see how to pair Marsala with other colors:

1. Mostly “Marsala” in diverse textures for extremely warm and elegant atmosphere:

 

 2. “Marsala” blend with tangerine, combined with diverse textures, copper and bronze, and wood – for an earthy atmosphere with a twist: 

 

 3. “Marsala” room with beige, and a touch of different shades of grey, a splash of yellow, with well balanced textures – for an elegant, happy home atmosphere:

 

4.”Marsala” paired with pink, red and white – creates a sensual, feminine, and romantic atmosphere:

 

5. “Marsala” in a company of deep blue and green, some aquamarine, and a dash of yellow, altogether paired with natural wood – for a pleasant, calm and soothing atmosphere:

 

The exciting thing about designing with “Marsala” is that every room gets a sense of elegance and warmth at the same time! There are endless options to “play” with “Marsala”, depending on personal color preference, etc. Do you have your favorite?

Have a nice day :)

Anita

*All color schemes are designed by A-Interior Designs, Anita Janjic

Marsala is the Pantone’s interior design color of the year 2015!

In the begining of December, global Pantone, the authoroty on color, announced Marsala, as color of the year 2015. Yes, Marsala, named after red Italian wine!

Marsala is a rich, earthy, red-brown hue with bold character, which adds elegance and tasty texture (just like Marsala wine to the food) to any space.

Lets see how Marsala color works in different situations and rooms!

1. Marsala in the kitchen:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Marsala in bedroom:

3. Marsala in living room:

 

I am so looking forward to start working with Marsala :)! How do you feel about the color of the year 2015? Would you “marsalalize” your living space?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classy Copper is Back in Trend

One of the latest trends that really inspire me lately, is seeing copper in interior design and architecture. I remember orange-redish glossy copper pots and dishes from my grand mother’s kitchen. They have such a nostalgic impact on me!

Walking through old parts of cities, my eyes would stop at the green oxidized copper roofing of churches and impressive older buildings. Copper had been around for centuries, and now is back in trend!

That means that silver, nickel, and stainless steel, which have been seen as metalic decorating materials in modern interior design for years, got a respectful company. Copper is used in interiors and exteriors. Indoors is mostly seen as wall covering, light fixtures, bathroom fixtures, cookware, and even furniture! Outdoors you can find it on roofs, gutters, front doors, pergolas, and more.

Usually metals give luxury, but slightly cold feeling. Copper is one of rare metals that warm up the space. Because it has been around for centuries, it has a nostalgic impact on people. Depending on what style are the products, and how they are incorporated into style of spaces, that can change the feel from homey, rustic, modern to classy, with a strong taste of luxuriousness.

Bellow you can see some examples of copper in interiors and exteriors:

Copper in the kitchen for nostalgic, rustic and homey feel, but also modern if looking at the modern kitchen appliance on the picture.

Copper lighting for modern, subtle or rustic atmosphere.

Furniture made of copper – from modern to traditional.

Copper makes every bathroom luxurious!

Exterior copper finishes nowdays!

How do you feel about letting copper into your home or other spaces?

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