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Using Accessories to Complete the Home

Satara Sales - Tuesday, September 11, 2018

 

Accessories encompass a large range of items, from cushions to lamps, vases, candles, sculptural objects and beyond. They are the small elements which give insight into the occupant of the home. What colours and styles do they like? Where have they travelled and what interests them? They can be fashion items which are easily changed as the season’s pass, or they can be carefully collected over years and years. Even if you reside in a completely minimal home, a few curated objects will complete the space. Below are some of our tips for sourcing and arranging accessories at home.

Find a common thread

If selecting accessories makes you a bit nervous, try to find a theme, a colour or style that interest you. For example, if you love a Hamptons style home, collect accessories with a natural colour palette with hints of blue. Add items made from rope, polished stones, baskets, lanterns and white-washed timber vessels. If you have some existing accessories, ask yourself what you love about them. Is it the pattern? Is it the fact that it’s on-trend/ contemporary/ rustic? This will give you hints as to what aesthetically interests you and sets a palette. Pinterest is a great source of inspiration too. Finding a “goal” image is a good starting place to build on your home- with touches of your own personality too of course!


Objects with meaning

Some of the most successful homes are filled with objects that mean something to the occupant. They tell stories of their life, their travels, interests and, family. They may not be the newest, the shiniest or the trendiest pieces, but they move beyond this. These items may consist of gifts, photos, inherited pieces, travel mementos and special items purchased to celebrate an important time. Try not to hide these things in cupboards and bring them out for all to see. Mix store-bought pieces with something your child made, a collection of pinecones or an inexpensive piece bought in a marketplace on the other side of the world.


Found items

There is much beauty to be found in nature, that doesn’t have to cost a thing. A beautiful bowl filled with river pebbles is a gorgeous, tactile arrangement. Or large leaves and stems brought in from the garden to fill a simple glass vase. Elements of nature add depth, colour and texture to a space and can be changed easily and without a visit to a homewares store. Fruit and vegetables also work well in kitchens and meal areas. Pops of colour through citrus fruits or a pile of green apples. Wintery displays of pumpkins on a kitchen bench is an edible delight too.


Practical accessories

If you feel accessories are unnecessary or ostentatious, try to find objects which are beautiful but practical too. There are great utensils, desk items, and bathroom objects which make for beautiful displays but can also be used each day. Baskets for books, candles for their scent and interesting books are also props which can not only look great but have an important use as well.


Groups of three

There is something magical about the number three. Try it yourself with an arrangement of three objects on your coffee table or bedside. A tray on a coffee table, for example, looks complete when layered with two other items, such as a thick, hard covered book and a poesy of flowers. Or three cushions on a sofa. It just feels “right”. On hall console, try a lamp, a vase and a small, low dish. In a bathroom, a gorgeous soap, a timber brush and a shell or piece of coral group together nicely. If you’re more of a maximalist, keep with the odd numbers, five being another excellent combination.

Contrast for maximum impact

When grouping accessories, try not to be too coordinated. Don’t be afraid to combine different textures, shapes and colours. Materiality matters too. Try layering objects made from varying materials, such as timber, marble and leather. Or, glass, ceramics and timber. This allows for each individual item to be observed on its own merit, standing out from one another. With this said, there can be beauty found in arrangements of similar items, such as a collection of candlesticks or trinket boxes. Even here though, various heights, shapes and sizes will add the final touch within the vignette.

 

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 3)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 28, 2018

An issue with modern design in my opinion, is the oversized, expansive open plan living areas. The excitement about opening up our living spaces, combining kitchen, living and dining areas in the hope of creating a relaxed environment, often leaves us with these large cold rooms that in reality do not promote intimacy or comfort. Some of you may love this feeling of expansiveness, however if like me you want to add a sense of intimacy, choose darker colours that work to close a room in. To instantly add atmosphere, add muted, spicy tones of brown, orange, yellow, red and purple. The darker versions from the cooler colour palette of blue and green will work however they won’t create the warmth that an oversized room requires. Add strength not only to the wall colour but also through the furnishings. Making a larger space more intimate is as much about placement of furniture as it is about colour, so create vignette areas throughout the middle of the space rather than attaching your pieces to the walls. Use strong colours that will give the effect of a reduction of dead space. Oversized rugs on the floor in intense shades give your furnishings a strong foundation.

There is a certain seriousness that comes with unearthing your sense of style, however don’t be too stressed about the process. Colour is supposed to be fun and the process of infusing colour into your home should inspire us. Use your intuition to guide you through your colour choices that set you on the path to creating an individual space, unique to your own sense of style. Rich tones of mustard carry all the positive attributes of yellow but have an air of sophistication. Work back with black, chocolate and cream for the most luxurious aesthetic, perfect for a lounge room or bedroom.

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Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 2)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, August 14, 2018


If your room is dark for most of the day, your aim will be to maximise the light that is available to you. In this case you need to use colours that reflect any available light. Painting the walls white is most obvious, but be careful which shade of white you use as a bluey white can leave an already cold, dark room feeling icy. Use a warmer shade of white, that is, one infused with a touch of yellow to add a little warmth to the room. This then creates a simple backdrop for a décor of pale linen furnishings in fresh shades of aqua, turquoise, yellow or green. If your space is flooded with natural light you’ll need to tone it down, so avoid white at all costs. White is a reflective colour and a bright room painted white will be filled with glaring light, leaving you squinting. Stick to deeper colours that absorb the light, this applies to everything from the window treatments to sofa covers. Choose cooler colours in shades of blue and green, consider tones of red, orange and yellow if you need to warm the space even further. Orange is such a fun colour however it doesn’t have to be overbearing. You can turn the intensity up or down. Bright oranges will draw your focus, whereas an earthier Terracotta can work harmoniously with other elements in a room.

The colour you use in a small room won’t actually increase the available floor space it will however give the illusion that it has. In a small space colour works as a kind of mirage, it tricks the eye into thinking one thing when the reality is a much different story. If you want to make a small room appear larger, the key is to keep the colours pale. Add to the expansiveness by painting the ceiling white to give the room a sense of height. Cover floorboards in a white paint or lime wash to maximise the effect, if you prefer natural wood, choose timbers in a washed-out tone. If the room has carpet, choose a lighter shade. The going paler in smaller rooms rule works not only for the paint colours on the walls but also for furnishings. Lighter tones for your sofa, flooring and bed linen will keep the mood of the space upbeat. Ensure the fabric textures are light and breezy as heavy weight fabrics work to close a room in. Who says white has to be bland? Prevent white from looking clinical Use white as a canvas, then overlay with rich, natural tones to create warmth and depth. White can be successfully coupled with almost any colour from the spectrum. Combine it with brights (berry, aqua, lemon, orange, apple & lime) for an uplifting playful effect.

Image 1 by FlooringXtra featuring Satara Products [Aslak Sofa, Eden Cage Coffee Table, Sundial Dining Table etc.]

Image 2 by Satara via [www.satara.com.au] Featuring the Boomerang Coffee Table, Boomerang Kitchen Stools & Nordic Side Table

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Using Colour (Part 1)

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Defining colours and decorating with them is a rewarding experience once you realise what can be achieved using simple shades. Explaining our responses to colour is about an emotional reaction as it is an exact science. There is something special about the personal and mysterious connection between colour and our emotions. We live with colour every day and yet it can be so intimidating. So why does the commitment to colour, especially at home, demand such an act of courage?

The question of context is crucial in choosing the colours that both move you and fit within your environment. Is your home period, modern, rustic or urban? If so you may like to consider a palette that enhances that particular period. An easy way to create colour flow is to use lighter and darker shades of the same colour throughout your home. Colour is a universal language, it stimulates emotions, shapes cultures and forms the background of our world. Quite simply, colour can influence mood, create atmosphere and lift spirits. Seeing colour, using it and surrounding yourself with a personal palette that works for you produces a calming backdrop for daily life. I think of colour as one of my greatest indulgences.

Image by FlooringXtra featuring Satara Product, the Lakes Lounge Chair

Creating a Visually Pleasing Interior - Hanging Art

Satara Sales - Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A great rule when hanging pictures is always hang your artwork at 145cm on centre. Meaning the middle of your artwork is always at 145cm. 145cm represents the average human eye height and is often used as a standard in galleries and museums.

A big mistake people often make is to hang artwork too high. Artwork should “talk” or connect to the other elements such as furniture, rugs and lighting. Hanging artwork and photos lower than usual will also give the impression of taller ceilings.

When hanging artwork relative to furniture or fireplace, position the bottom edge of the framed art 20-25cm above the sofa or mantle, again this ensures that the artwork connects with the furniture piece.

A “Gallery Wall” of pictures is a great way to create impact especially on a larger wall. Hanging pictures and photographs together can require practice to achieve an overall balance. You may like to position the grouping on the floor first moving pieces and seeing what works best together before committing to holes in walls. Again, think of your gallery as one picture and hang your centre piece first at 145cm then surround them with the rest of the group.

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Useful tips on how to create a visually pleasing interior give us great broad-brush strokes to help us design beautifully balanced spaces. At the end of the day your home should be your sanctuary, a place to unwind, escape and recharge. It should reflect you and all that is important to you. Surround yourself with the things that you love and express yourself honestly and you will, no matter what your surrounds, create the most nurturing home for yourself.

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