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Living Rooms From Around the World

Interior design around the world is greatly influenced by culture, climate and history, which is why living rooms in one country can differ hugely from ones in another.

With this in mind we’ve put together this guide below to help you take influence from the decors around the globe.

Japan

Japan

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If its one thing Japan is known for; its culture, this Japanese living room is modern with many cool and tranquil colours and in typical Japanese architecture the room is very spacious with high ceilings and large windows bringing in lots of natural light. The furnishings themselves are elegant, clean and minimalistic with wooden flooring which is very typical of classic Japanese styling and decor.

Moroccan

 Moroccan

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Moroccan interior design is rich with bright jewel colours and intricate detailing. Moroccans are not afraid to use clashing patterns but keep the look cohesive by using a similar colour palette throughout the scheme as to not overwhelm.  This use of colour reflects the rich culture and aromas of the streets of Morocco.  Woodwork is often carved and highly detailed and is often paired with vibrant tiles and traditional rugs.

Australia

 Aust

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Australian living rooms tend to be some of the largest in the world due to the larger floor plan space in their homes. Traditional Australian living rooms are well balanced with neutral colours and statement ornaments to complement the room and give it grand and yet welcoming feel.  The use of outside is often drawn into the living room with large windows and doors, and this theme is often highlighted by making use of natural textures and plants.

Denmark

 Denmark

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Danish living rooms are picturesque with a sense of simplistic elegance. The design of the Danish living room can be typically described a mix of contemporary meets modernism. Making use neutral colours; furnishings are simple and functional and basic decor giving a sense of comfort and relaxation. 

Greece

 Greece

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This is quite a modern take on typical Greek design; however this living room still uses a colour palette of calming white and intense deep blue.  White is often the most used colour in Greek design in order to create a cool fresh ambiance as a haven from the warm climate. Accessories are usually quite paired back and unfussy, and instead interest is often created with a few statement pieces.  

America

 America

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When it comes to size American living rooms came out on top, boasting chunkier sofas, bigger mantle pieces and larger statement ornamentation. Traditional American livings rooms tend make use of light colours such as whites, pale blues and delicate pinks. The typical American living room tends to have larger windows capturing lots of natural light.

England

 England

English interior design has many influences from all over the world, however traditionally a comfortable sofa is the epicentre of English living rooms. Colour schemes tend to be quite paired back with one or two key colours used. Metallic tones are often used on accessories and fittings to give a feeling of grandeur.

These are just a snippet of the many different styles from around the world.  If you would like any help creating your perfectly designed haven, then why not call Plumbs today and speak to one of our expert Home Consultants. We can talk you through colour and fabric choices for your furnishings and offer any advice you may need.

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“I don’t like our throwaway culture” – designer Orla Keily speaks out

Designer Orla Kiely is most recognised for her simple and repetitive floral print which has adorned the likes of tote bags, clothing, and home furnishings for around the last 15 years. 

Dublin born Orla began her career designing hats, which after branching out to bags and accessories also lead her into the world of interior design.  Her retro designs lend themselves perfectly to the Scandinavian style which is hugely popular today.

“Modernism had a huge impact on Kiely, 52. “Growing up in the late 60s and 70s I was very aware of modernism. And as a student in the 80s (in Dublin and London) I was always hunting out modernist vintage, and of course the Scandinavian look.” Rosie Millard from the Radio Times.

Orla Kiely 

Orla Kiely expressed that although her designs are featured on numerous products, she hopes people who buy her items will keep them forever.  This philosophy of keeping and looking after the things we buy is something that resonates with Orla “I don’t like our throwaway culture. It’s very sad when you see sofas chucked out on the front doorstep. I love things that last. My mother would have re-covered a sofa. When I grew up, it was always about giving things a new lift. I like that.” . 

This way of thinking is one that we hope will catch on soon, as the latest figures show that around 672,000 tonnes of furniture is thrown away each year, with currently only 17% being recycled.  These figures seem even more shocking when we take into consideration the amount of CO2 needed to produce new pieces of furniture and thus the increasing strain on the planet. (See our infographic for more information)

It’s great to hear people of the design industry with the same philosophy as ours and we are lucky enough to even have one of Orla Kiely’s designs in our Prestige Collection.  Our Amari fabric shown below in Graphite colourway can be made into sofa covers or used to reupholster a tired piece of furniture.

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If you would like to give a beloved item of furniture a new lease of life then why not speak to one of expert Home Consultants by contacting us today  for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Every year Pantone will release what they believe to be the colour that will best represent the world for the upcoming 12 months. For 2016, Pantone have done something different; they have selected two official colours.

Their chosen colours are Rose Quartz & Serenity and are designed to be used together to create a balance and a soft and tranquil tone.

Here is how Pantone describe these colours:

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

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How to use these colours in the home

These pastel shades feel fresh and uplifting compared to 2015’s colour of the year – Marsala, which was an earthy wine tone.

Rose Quartz and Serenity work well in the home, especially when used in accessories or accents.  As these colours are designed to balance each other we suggest trying to use equal amounts of each.  Too much pink and the overall look may be too sickly sweet; too much blue may be too cool. 

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These colours when combined together create a soft retro feel, which would work particularly well with Scandinavian style furniture.

Rose Quartz and Serenity will not be for everyone but will definitely add some fun and freshness to a colour scheme.  What do you think of these colours?  Comment below and tell us whether you’ll be incorporating these colours into your home this year… 

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Happy New Year

January’s here, the decorations have been taken down and we’ll still be finding pine needles in the carpet for weeks, so it’s not surprising that January can seem a sombre month. 

With that in mind we’ve searched for the most beautiful interiors we could find in order to lift your spirits…

Happy NY 1 

This design mixes different styles and materials to create an effortlessly cool space.  The mid-century furniture adds a retro feel to the living room and contrasts perfectly with the modern and industrial lighting.

Happy NY 2 

Gallery walls have been popular for a while but we love the creativeness of this one.  The colours of the artwork blend to match the walls, which make the vintage frames really pop.  By adding a few more modern frames the look is kept much more up-to-date and in keeping with the rest of the room.

Happy NY 3 

Darker shades of grey can be hard to use especially if you want to create a light and airy space, however by keeping woodwork white and adding a bold colour you can really brighten up the room.  Orange is a great contrast colour to grey and we especially like the way this tangerine hue has been used to co-ordinate the furnishings. 

 Happy NY 4

Purple is a big trend for the season but it can be overpowering.  By keeping walls simple and introducing purple shades through furniture and accessories you can easily control the overall effect of the look.

If your home needs a lift after the festivities, why not call Plumbs today to speak to one of our expert home consultants. 

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