Super bright interiors

As a general rule of thumb we prefer a reserved colour palette. Greys, whites and pastels are soothing, clean and calm. They go beautifully with the materials that we love such as plywood and concrete, the combination is very liveable.

But, every once in a while it’s good to embrace a bit of madness, an unexpected pop of colour here, an entire neon wall there. Without a few interior quirks life could get pretty dull.

Here’s a round up of our favourite super bright interiors. Inspiring, witty and bold. Lets embrace a bit of spring fever.

Super Bright Interiors

Who’d have thought a neon kitchen could be so stylish? They might be small but these tucked away kitchens pack a surprising punch. Designed by Harriet Ansthruther Studio, photography by James Merrel/ Henry Bourne.

Super bright interiors

Your downstairs loo needn’t be a dreary affair. Could you embrace neon striped bathroom wall with a hanging pendant to match?

Super Bright Interiors

Interior design by Ghislaine Vinas, photography by Mark Roskams.

super bright interiors

If one wall doesn’t feel quite enough why not go the whole hog and transform your bathroom into a bright pink paradise. This Californian home has been given a shocking pink bathroom hidden within their stylishly neutral eco friendly home. Designed by Christopher C Deam.

super bright interiors

What could be more uplifting than a bright yellow staircase to greet you when you get home. Perfect for grey days, staircase spotted on Stylish Eve.

Our Interior Design studio is awash with neon swatches, if you are thinking of dabbling with a bit of colour get in touch with our team..

Trending bedroom fashions for 2015

The bedroom is one area of the home where you can play around and indulge in some highly personal design touches.

It’s your own private space and as such it’s a great way to experiment with some brave new trends that are hitting the blogs at the moment.

Here are a few trending bedroom fashions that will be popular in 2015 for you to consider..

trending bedroom fashions for 2015

Mid Century Chic, photo from tarafirma.

No one is quite able to pinpoint when it started but the success of TV shows such as Mad Men and Boardwalk Empire means that we are still embracing styles of the 1940s and 1950s.

The best way to embrace this trend and still retain your contemporary edge is with a few choice pieces of furniture.

The 1950s silhouette is all about classic design and clean lines, the likes of which can be found in the range of Julian Bowen furniture that will add a retro edge to your bedroom whilst keeping hold of its sleekness and simplicity.

trending bedroom fashions for 2015

Going Green, photo from Varpunen.

Many top blogs have also stated that green is going to be big this year. It is a great colour to use for a subtle yet powerful effect in the bedroom.

Whether you use an elegant shade of cool green on an accent wall, or even just introduce some plant life into your space the colour green has been scientifically proven to have almost a primal effect, slowing us down and allowing us to sit back and relax.

trending bedroom fashions for 2015

Desert Styles, photo from Mae Engelgeer.

Whereas 2014 saw an overwhelming range of palm leaves and exotic fruits as we embraced tropical chic, 2015 sees us heading into the desert.

Who could deny the simple pleasure of having the odd cactus dotted around the bedroom?

Sandy desert hues of orange and pink have been used to great effect in the distinctly modern and visually arresting work of Mae Engelgeer.

Trending bedroom fashions for 2015

Blue is the new grey, photo from The Marion House.

Furthering the case for colour, many are heralding blue as a popular bedroom wall colour choice. We’ll see a bold range of cobalt blues and exotic turquoises that add elegance and character to our rooms. These colours work particularly well with bare wood that will be big this year.

Coffee counter inspiration..

Next month we will be opening a coffee hatch in our courtyard which becomes a bit of a sun trap in the summer months.

We’ve spent time pouring over beautiful coffee shops, counters and generally all things coffee related.

Our enthusiasm for coffee definitely exceeds our knowledge so we’ve been seeking out the expertise of Carlo at the Doppio Coffee Warehouse in nearby Kentish Town. The man surely knows his coffee.

We wanted to share with you the kind of coffee shops we’ve been admiring to give you a feel for what’s to come..

coffee counter inspiration

We’ve focused our attention on the small and perfectly formed and in our search we came across the very tiny La Distributrice which is located in the smallest commercial space in Montreal very close to one of the most visited Metro stations. We love the modern graphic look of their shop and branding.

Coffee Counter Inspiration

We love a good bit of functional design here at Future and Found and the Industrial look is finished off nicely with a mug of coffee. This is the interior from a Fabrique cafe, which is one of a series in Stockholm. Their simple no nonsense approach to both coffee and interiors is particularly appealing.

Coffee Counter Inspiration

The About Life Coffee Brewers hole in the wall in Japan has the simple aesthetic that we crave. With the no nonsense menu printed on an exterior wall and a simple bench and shelf to rest your coffee on. They appear to have nailed coffee minimalism.

Coffee counter inspiration

August coffee shop in Wellington, New Zealand not only has a good aesthetic we also admire their approach. Much like the Future and Found shop August is off the beaten track so they aspire to be a destination store. As well as selling great coffee they also offer a exhibition space for fledgling artists and well established businesses alike and keep the look of the space minimal and clean with the coffee machine and art taking centre stage.

We know what we want the coffee counter to look like but would love to hear what you want to drink and eat. Where have you had your best cup of coffee? What is, in your opinion the best snack to accompany a hot cup of coffee? Also, what teas and juices do you love? We are all ears, so do let us know..

Herringbone Trend..

The herringbone pattern looks set to be a big trend for 2015. It looks fresh, new and modern when made with contemporary materials in surprising places.

Traditionally a herringbone pattern was used to make a hardwood parquet floor, in fact it is probably the earliest pattern that was used. Comprised of planks of equal length and width they are arranged in a staggered zig zag whereas in a chevron pattern the planks are cut on an angle and arranged so that the zig meets the zag on a perfectly straight axis.

We love it when old and new mix harmoniously, here are some of our favourite ways in the herringbone trend has been used in a modern way.

Herringbone Trend

The Herringbone House has to be one of our favourite pieces of architecture from last year. Photography by Mike Tsang.

Herringbone Trend

Designed by Atelier Chan Chan and located in Islington the designers have drawn on Japanese, English and Scandinavian design influences to create this thoroughly modern home. The lightness of the brick used in the herringbone pattern keeps it fresh and contemporary.

Herringbone Trend

These long and thin subway tiles have been used in this kitchen backsplash. The combination and contrast of materials gives it a fresh and modern feel. Photo by Nicole Franzen.

Herringbone Trend

This black tiled bathroom floor echoes the simplicity of the rest of the bathroom. It is uncommon to see black flooring in a bathroom space but the herringbone pattern really softens it. Photo spotted on Veronica loves Archie.

Herringbone trend

Wooden cladding on walls is fast becoming popular. Instantly providing texture, colour and contrast we love the way they have used the same wood on the table and seats in Father Coffee located in Johannesburg, South Africa. A self proclaimed Scandinavian haven in inner city Johannesburg (no wonder we like it so much.)

Have you seen herringbone used in any unconventional ways? Want to recreate a look you’ve seen on the blog in your own home? For a cost effective, modern and relaxed approach get in touch with our Interior Design team..

 

Moody bedrooms..

Even the sunniest spring optimists will have to admit that we are still very much in the grips of winter. Those icy winds and snow flurries will be making their presence felt for a little while longer yet.

It’s in months like these that we start fixating on beautiful bedrooms. When getting up in the morning feels like waking from the dead we like the idea of something a little bit moodier.

Moody bedrooms are definitely not for everyone. Many people like their bedroom to be light, bright and airy but for those of us who’d prefer to hibernate through the winter what could be more appealing than a bedroom cocoon?

Moody bedrooms

This moody bedroom still retains freshness whilst having a darker charm. Try opting for a paint in a matt finish to take the edge off the black. Matt paint will give the wall texture and provide a striking contrast to the soft white linen. Image spotted on sfgirlbybay.

Moody Bedrooms

This bedroom is in a traditional Georgian Townhouse but remains cool and contemporary. The black walls are balanced by the natural soap treated wooden floor and the bright bedlinen. Image spotted on Design Milk.

Moody Bedrooms

This dark textured wall in a room at Hotel O in Belgium is one we’d be happy to have at home. Partner vintage school chairs and industrial lighting with your dramatic walls to emulate this look. Image spotted on Remodelista.

Moody Bedrooms

If you want to keep your walls bright, or lack natural light in your bedroom try darker bedlinen. We are fans of linen bedsheets, they are wonderful to sleep in, don’t need ironing and the darker coloured linens will create a moody look that you’ll want to stay wrapped in. Image spotted on avotakka.

If you are truly a fan of the dark why not embrace your inner goth and go all black. This bold bedroom is from the ultimate moody apartment, shot by Romain Ricard and spotted on Nordic Design.

Moody Bedrooms

If the idea of having such a strong colour in your home fills you with fear you can still achieve this look with different tones of grey. Image from Whiting Architects.

If you are looking to redesign your home or are just in need of a bit of styling advice get in touch with our Interior Design team. Looks like these can be achieved quickly and cost effectively with a bit of help.

Dinesen Floors..

Get ready to be floored (sorry), this week we are devoting a bit of blog space to some of the most beautiful wooden flooring we have ever seen. Truly, this is no exaggeration.

We recently had the pleasure of finding out a little bit more about Dinesen wooden flooring and it really is too good not to share.

If you haven’t already heard about Dinesen, let us fill you in. Dinesen manufacture wooden floor boards and have done so since 1898. They are passionate about wood, nature and sustainability and are a tightly knit family business on their fourth generation of Dinesens.

All their suppliers practice sustainable forestry sourcing only the best raw wood which is always treated with care and respect. Much of which comes from the Black Forest in Germany. Dinesen obtain their raw wood from majestic Douglas Firs and characterful Oak Trees. Douglas Firs can grow up to sixty metres tall with a diameter of one metre, you can only imagine how huge the planks can be.

Dinesen floors are particularly suited to a paired back Scandinavian interior, no surprise then that we like them so much.

Here are some of or favourite interiors with Dinesen floors (the Douglas Fir floors are a particular favourite)..

Dinesen Floors

Gorgeous greyed off Douglas Fir floor in a sea front property. The greyed off look is obtained by coating the floor in lye, which is a strong alkaline solution used for cleaning. As it is a natural product the more frequently you wash the floor the more greyed off the wood becomes. We’d be scrubbing the floor like maniacs..

Dinesen Floors

Another greyed off Douglas Fir floor in the monochromatic Scandinavian kitchen of our dreams.

Dinesen Floors

This natural Douglas fir floor has found a home in a former pencil factory in Copenhagen.

Dinesen Floors

The warmer hues in this natural Douglas Fir floor show just how varied the tones of this wood can be.

Dinesen Floor

Planks of Douglas Fir have also been cleverly used in this office to create an extra long desk. Only the best and most productive work would be done in this space we reckon.

If you would like to find out more about Dinesen or see some beautiful samples just get in touch with our Interior Design Studio. If you are hankering for more beautiful spaces take a look at our Pinterest boards..

The best bits from Maison et Objet 2015

Maison et Objet is one of the biggest trade shows in Europe. It is our go to place to discover new product and get inspired.

The show is vast and if our edited best bits are anything to go by, 2015 is going to be a great year for Interior Design.

Maison et Objet 2015

We were particularly impressed by Danish design brand Menu and thought their collection looked cohesive, they definitely had one of the most impactful stands at the exhibition.

Maison et Objet 2015

We are fans of their trade mark ‘soft minimalism’ and find that the look and feel of the carefully designed product is clean and simple whilst still obtaining an element of warmth and comfort which is so important at home.

Maison et Objet 2015

Another Scandinavian brand that caught our eye this year was Normann Copenhagen. Previously we have thought of them as a brilliant brand for home essentials, this year we were also taken with their textiles.

Maison et Objet

Plenty of bright spring shades and simple geometric patterns in light fabrics, perfect for warmer weather later on in the year.

Maison et Objet 2015

The gorgeous colour palette and the textural details added to the pattern made this collection.

Maison et Objet 2015

Nomess Copenhagen, another Danish brand (is there anything they’re not good at?!) had stylish storage covered. Orderly perspex boxes to neatly organise and display your treasured bits and pieces.

Maison et Objet

What desk wouldn’t be complete without a series of grey and mint trays?

Maison et Objet

We fell for the exquisitely solid and satisfyingly simple ceramics by Japanese brand Hasami Porcelain.

Maison et Objet 2015

The simple and playful kids products from American brand Rock and Pebble an off shoot of the wonderful Mr Printables also caught our eye.

Keep your eye out as some of these products will creeping into the collection later on in the year..

Plywood at home..

Our new look shop is now open and we are pretty pleased with the result. Those of you who have visited the new shop or follow us on our various social media channels will know that we are big fans of plywood and we have used it copiously in our new fixtures and fittings.

Plywood is brilliant, humble and honest and still has the capacity to look slick, pristine and very modern. Ideal for your home, plywood can be used in many unexpected ways and places.

Plywood is manufactured wood panel that is made by gluing thin sheets of wood veneer together. The wood grain of each layer is rotated relative to the adjacent layers which not only provides strength and stability but also provides us with those neatly organised lines we love so much.

Flexible, easy to use and reusable. Here are some of our favourite interiors that use this remarkable material enviably well..

Plywood at home

Plywood has been liberally used in this remodel in Melbourne it looks clean and slick yet cosy. Photograph by Lisbeth Grosmann, spotted on Desire to Inspire.

Plywood at Home

These stools by Drill Design showcase the real wow factor of plywood. The coloured layers are made from recycled paper which is sandwiched between wood. The material is completely sustainable and extra bendy and strong because of the paper.

Plywood at home

This bathroom designed by Studio Pepe is clad completely in plywood which allows the fixtures, fittings and cleverly selected details to really pop out. Spotted on Coco Lapine Design.

Plywood at home

The exposed plywood edges make beautiful shelving units in this kitchen. Spotted on The Design Files.

This impressive staircase in a small Parisian apartment designed by Schemaa Features is as stunning as it is practical. Made entirely of plywood the ergonomic holes enable the draws and cupboards that make up the staircase, to be opened with ease. Spotted on Dezeen.

Desperate for a bit more plywood goodness? Check out our Pinterest board.

Spring Colours of 2015: Yellow

We’re currently surrounded by chaos, dust and noise whilst we undergo building work to increase the shop floor space and relocate the Future and Found team to the first floor. We can’t wait to tell you more about all that, but the excitement will have to wait for another day.

As we’re in need of a bit of distraction we’ve turned our focus to the second colour for spring 2015, one of our favourites, yellow.

We have devoted many blogposts to the colour yellow. From the psychology of the sunshine colour, to creating a yellow Kitchen. It is definitely one of our favourites. Nothing signifies spring more than being greeted by buckets full of yellow daffodils when popping into the local supermarket.

Yellow is a very easy colour to inject into your home, here are some of our favourite ways to do so..

colours for spring 2015

Highlighting small areas at home, like panels on your steps, is an easy and graphic way to introduce a pop of yellow. Photo from Mad About The House.

colours for spring 2015

Paint just your chair legs yellow, for a business in the front party in the back kind of dining attitude. Always remember to use egg shell paint when painting high use items such as chairs. We love yellowcake yellow by Farrow and Ball. Photo from Swedish Elle Decoration.

colours for spring 2015

The colour palette of this bedspread is one that we particularly like for spring. The yellow and pink are instantly softened by the grey. Photo from The Interiors Addict.

spring colours for 2015

Yellow adds a bold pop of colour to a neutral paired back interior. Photo from a painfully stylish Swedish home spotted on sfgirlbybay.

Which colour do you prefer for spring 2015? Will you be opting for cool mint or warm sunny yellow this season?

Spring colours of 2015: Mint

January is notoriously a bit of a monster month. Say goodbye to fizzy wine at midday, it’s back to work and business as usual. Why do we make it even tougher for ourselves by starving ourselves healthy, exercising in the dark and trying to remain really positive and happy whilst doing so. God January, you are cruel.

So lets just fast forward a few months to spring, which may feel like a blurred image on the horizon for you but in the world of interiors we’ve been thinking about it for months.

You can have it on good authority that mint green is the colour this spring. Pastels seem to come about every year in fashion and interiors and whilst we are not that bothered by lilac or pastel pink we’re pretty keen on green. It’s cool, calm appearance is instantly soothing. The least gender specific of all the pastel shades it can also be distinctly modern when used in the right way.

Spring colours 2015

The clean and simple mint green tiles used on the splash back on this sink give a contemporary edge to the more traditional pieces in this interior. Photo from Fine Little Day.

Colours for Spring 2015

Create serenity in your bedroom, with complimentary minty hues. Photo from April and May Studio.

Spring colours for 2015

If you’d like to add a subtle whiff of mint to your home you could paint a neglected vintage chair, remember to use an egg shell paint to stop chipping. Photo from Tiny Side Kick.

Colours for spring 2015

Mint green comes in various tones, an earthy matt mint has been used for the cupboards in this Kitchen. Combined with marble it is super slick and effortlessly modern. If you are interested in revamping your cupboard doors check out Swedish brand Superfront they make fronts, handles, tops and legs for several Ikea frames. Photo from Blackbird Style.

Colours for spring 2015

If you require a little bit more convincing that mint green can be masculine this Kitchen should do the job. You may think that the natural pairing for mint green is grey but black works brilliantly. Photo from The Design Chaser.

Yearning for more? Check out our Pinterest Boards and enjoy an hour (or several) of January escapism.