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  • Mid-Century Modern: From Architecture To Furniture Design

    Here at Pash Classics, we love mid-century modern design for many reasons, from its timeless style to its iconic nature. Through the years, it has been easy to apply the term to any modern piece of furniture or interior that emulates that style. Now we are going to discuss the history, the reasons for its popularity and how you can look at recreating the style of mid-century modern interiors for your home.

    Open Plan Living Space Featuring Eames Elephant Eames Elephant | @jw_bespoke_archi

    The Beginning Of The Mid-Century Modern Design Movement

    Post World War II designers had to look for more efficient and cost-effective ways to produce their designs to keep up with the demands of a rising population. Homes were smaller so furniture had to be more compact and practical, all of which fitted the movement perfectly. In the United States it was named Mid-Century Modern whilst in Europe it was called the Bauhaus movement, named after the design school that had a big impact.

    There was a newfound optimism and prosperity in the late 40’s, 50’s and early 60’s that led to the development of innovative, new materials coupled with technological advances.

    The term Mid-Century Modern was used years after the actual design movement. Cara Greenberg released a book in 1984 called “Mid-Century Modern: Furniture of the 1950s” and so it has now become known as such. Its retrospective outlook on the furniture of the 50’s urged a sense of nostalgia within the public and opened their eyes to innovative designs.

    Why Does Everyone Love Mid-Century Modern Interiors?

    Online connections and communication have meant we are currently living in a trend-driven society. Everyone can be updated on the lost or latest trends very quickly. The fact that Mid-Century Modern style has mesmerised us all for nearly a century, and we see no sign of it stepping down, shows that some trends are born to last.

    Living Room Featuring Noguchi Coffee Table Noguchi Coffee Table | @nykke.jones.interiors

    Still feeling as fresh today as it did 70 years ago, the style emphasised the importance of form and function, making the designs inclusive for all homes. While a key element was the function of the piece, they were also designed to introduce art and sculpture in the form of furniture. A lot of designers pushed boundaries, which resulted in a revolutionary era of furniture and interior design.

    Mid-Century Modern Features

    As already stated, homes were smaller in size, but with large windows to bring the outdoors indoors. They incorporated open plan spaces to make the interior feel larger and provide a flow from room to room. Architecture made use of clean lines these were also found in the furniture design.

    Interiors used a lot of natural materials, such as wood, leather, cotton and combined them with the modern materials of plastic, fibreglass and vinyl. Sleek lines met organic curves, the designs were famous for making a connection with nature and designers used this as one of their sources of inspiration. They acknowledged the beauty of raw materials but with a contrast.

    While designs were understated, they incorporated plenty of graphic patterns and lively colours to brighten a home. Bold pops of colour were and still are a signature of Mid-Century Modern homes.

    Influential Designers Of The Era

    Charles and Ray Eames, Arne Jacobsen, Eero Saarinen, Florence Knoll to name a few, were all iconic designers of the mid-century modern era. They shaped the design world for years to come with their innovative ideas and modernising techniques.

    Charles and Ray Eames were two of the most influential designers in modern furniture. However, they also worked within architecture, graphic design and art. Their designs still influence the design world today with many chairs being inspired by their iconic Eiffel collection.

    Eero Saarinen brought us streamlined furniture, with a space age and futuristic feel. His innovative designs were essential components of the modern movement. His pedestal base designs were to remove the “Slum Of Legs” with the table and chairs providing more space and an ability to fit under one another perfectly.

    Arne Jacobsen embodied the minimal yet contemporary designs of the era. His designs may look simple, but each took him years to master as he was using new techniques that resulted in designs that were perfectly executed. With little additions or components, these designs make a statement with their beautiful, smooth form.

    Harry Bertoia took an industrial material and mastered it to become an eye-catching piece of furniture. His range of Wire Chairs are beautifully individual, with each wire having subtle waves to create a form that fits the shape of your body.Living Room Featuring Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair

    Why We Love Mid-Century Modern Designs

    The original designs have influenced many furniture pieces even to this day. Even though these updated designs look great, they can’t match the original.

    Another reason we love the designs such as the Eames Lounge Chair, Eames Eiffel Chairs, Noguchi Coffee Table, Jacobsen Egg Chair, and many more, is their versatility to be able to mix within a range of interiors. Pieces seem to be able to adapt to the environment they are placed within, and always look effortlessly stylish when they do so. Eames DSW Chairs can be seen in industrial, modern, minimal, farmhouse, bohemian and many more interior decors.

    Timeless Designs

    These designs are making constant appearances in film, TV and fashion. They are continuously used due to their effortlessly chic and practical designs. They are still a common choice for interior design projects and will keep reappearing for years to come. It was the designer’s commitment to functionality that has made these designs timeless, because the use of a piece of furniture can never go out of fashion.

  • How To Be Happier At Home

    For many people, the news of going into a second lockdown may feel daunting and overwhelming. With a majority of people spending more time at home than ever before, it is an important time to make sure that you are making your home a happy place.

    Even out of lockdown, it can be important to make your home feel tranquil and somewhere you enjoy spending time. With increasing stressful and busy lifestyles, you want your home to be somewhere you feel at peace.

    What Is Happiness?

    Our Saarinen Style Tulip Table - 120cm The Saarinen Style Marble Tulip Table | @thelittlegoldhouse

    A concept that is hard to define, as each individual will have different values that defines happiness. Simply, it's when worries and troubles are let go and you do what feels good to you, not what others are doing. It is connected to a wider well-being and making your home a happier place has internal factors affecting the change, so it needs to begin with you.

    Decorate Your Home In A Way That You Love

    Trends seem to dictate how many of us style our home, but the important part is decorating it how you would like it to look. You see your home everyday, more than anyone else, so make it look how you want, not what others say or do. Use your favourite colours, art work, patterns and make what you love prominent in your home. Sentimental items should be placed where you often see them, so when you do, they will strike an emotion.

    Ignore The Pressure Of Your Home Being Perfect

    Social media is a great place to share photos of things you are happy or proud of, but don’t let them dictate how you feel about your home. Channels like Instagram and Facebook always show the best side of any individual's reality, by accepting your home and loving it for how it is you feel a lot happier spending time in it.

    Does It Provide A Purpose Or Joy?

    This can be a great question to ask when you are buying something new or having a clear out. Clutter has been found to make you feel more stressed and anxious, and the pieces that you want to be more noticeable in your home can get lost if there is too much stuff that doesn’t benefit you surrounding it.

    Our Eames Inspired Lounge Chair & Ottoman - only £799 The Eames Style Lounge Chair & Matching Ottoman

    Lockdown can be a great time to do jobs like decluttering your home, redecorating rooms and ensuring you love your home that you are spending time in. If you are looking to transform your home, our range of mid-century products are a great way to discover our teams and customers' favourite, timeless designs.

    Find Your Favourite Spot

    This is the place where you find yourself gravitating to in your home, whether it is because it is the comfiest chair in the house, next to your favourite piece of art, provides the best view out the window or it’s next to the fire for those colder evenings. This place that you love, you should make a conscious effort to spend more time here. If you are feeling overwhelmed your favourite spot can be a great place to disconnect and relax, doing whatever makes you happy.

    A Design That Is Proven To Have Positive Impacts

    One design style that has been proven to benefit your well-being is Biophilic Design, this style incorporates nature into indoor spaces. By trying to stimulate senses this can help you feel happier at home.

    Biophilia is an innate biological connection with nature, it helps to explain why individuals find elements like crackling fires, crashing waves and garden views captivate us.

    Biophilic design encourages the use of natural materials and organic forms in your home and Biomorphic aesthetics have inspired some of our beloved designers such as Isamu Noguchi with his iconic Coffee Table.

    There is no literal way to introduce nature in your home without incorporating plants, the benefits of this can be lowered stress and an improvement in mood.

    Our Barcelona Style Daybed and Noguchi Inspired Coffee Table in a living room The Barcelona Style Daybed & Noguchi Style Coffee Table | @won_photography_

    Keep On Top Of Household Chores

    If you only have the time or energy to do one household task during the day then make your bed, many studies have been carried out to find that people who complete this task daily are happier and more successful.

    Going back to the negative impact of clutter, trying your best to keep your home looking tidy has been proven to make you feel a lot more calmer. When you are feeling peaceful you can feel more satisfied when you are relaxing.

    Many studies have been carried out research to understand how your home or interior can impact your well-being, if you want to find out more read our Can Your Home Be Impacting Your Well-Being blog post.

    Our Saarinen Style Tulip Table - White The Saarinen Style White Tulip Table

    How To Improve Your Well-Being

    Keep in contact with friends and family. Texts and instant messaging are great, but as humans are social beings a phone call to a loved one can make you feel a lot better, even if you don’t feel like it will. You can also try various ways of communicating such as spending time to write letters or cards, this can make a nice change if you aren’t feeling up to video calls or messages.

    Spend Money On Things That Make Time At Home Better

    This can be from small purchases or games or renting movies, to big purchases like an exercise bike or new accent armchair. Trying to cultivate exciting experiences at home is a great way to spend your money at the moment, even though it is a great time to save it.

    Try To Keep A Routine

    If you are off work or working from home, it is important to keep a routine. Try to go to bed and get up at similar times, making sure to get plenty of sleep, seven to nine hours is the recommended amount. Make time for exercise, this will help to boost serotonin levels.

    Our working from home blog discusses how to set up your home office to be a productive work station and how you can try to adjust to the new norm of remote work.

    Ventilate The House

    The Saarinen Style Tulip Table

    During the winter months, it seems less appealing to spend time outdoors. If you are struggling to find the motivation to go outside, open your windows for 10-15 minutes each day to help ventilate fresh and unpolluted air into your home. Keep your blinds and curtains open during the daytime to let in natural light, this has been proven to uplift your mood and improve general well being by increasing serotonin levels.

    Pick Up Old Or New Hobbies

    This can be a great way to start something new, maybe starting to learn a new language or picking up a new hobby. Reading a book or completing puzzles and quizzes are easy ways to keep your mind active, which will help you sleep better at night.

    As a society, we need to remember it is okay to experience negative emotions from time to time. They are a natural part of life, and instead of making ourselves busy we need to make a conscious effort to make ourselves happy.

    If you are struggling with your mental health, the following charities can offer support:

  • How To Choose The Right Accent Chair?

    An accent chair is a great way to provide extra seating, and can be a versatile way to add a new style element to your interior. You can introduce a new colour, pattern or texture to any room. Whether you are looking for a statement design or a chair that looks warm and inviting for you to sit upon, find out how to choose the right accent chair?

    How Can An Accent Chair Be Used?

     

    Before we begin discussing what to look for in the right feature chair we will consider how the chair could be used in your interior?

    In A Reading Corner

    If you find a room has an unused corner that feels like it has something missing, you can transform this into a cozy reading nook. You can look at combining a bookshelf, side table, lamp and a comfortable chair to relax on.

    As An Inviting Statement

    A great room to introduce a statement chair is in the hallway, it serves as a great first impression while providing a comfortable place that yourself and guests can take their shoes off and put on. For smaller hallways, an armless chair takes up less space, is light-weight and the perfect occasion chair for when you need an extra seat in the living or dining room.

    To Create A Perfect Seat In The House

    An accent chair placed next to the fireplace will provide an inviting and cozy spot to relax during colder nights and harsher winters.

    For Winding Down Before Going To Sleep

    Placed in the bedroom, a feature chair can come in use when you’re not quite ready to get into bed, but want to start to unwind with a book. This can be a great way to spend time after a hectic and long day.

    To Create A More Social Space

    While they work beautifully on their own, pairing two accent chairs can work just as well. Used opposite a sofa, it can transform your living space into a more inviting social space for both formal and informal conversations.

    To Enhance Your Home Office

    If you have a home office, a feature chair can be used for work that doesn’t need to be done at the desk, such as reading. This provides more comfortable seating as well as a change of scenery allowing you to achieve more enjoyment during working hours.
    Wegner Style Shell Chair, Black Cushions

    What To Decide Before Purchasing Your Accent Chair

     

    Think Of The Chairs Purpose

    Deciding on where and how your accent chair will be used can be a big part in helping you decide what type of chair you are looking for. A chair in the living room is likely to get a lot more use compared to the one in the hallway. You will also need to consider whether the chair will take a lot of wear or is it a more decorative piece?

    Decide Where The Chair Will Go

    Adding a feature chair to any space is to make that place more inviting. You do not want to block movement around your home or clutter up your interior. Planning where your chair will be placed before purchasing it will help you imagine what style of chair is best and how you want it to transform the room?
    Eames Style RAR Rocking Chair, Black

    Consider The Size Of The Chair

    With many factors impacting the size of your accent chair, it can be more complicated than just the chair needing to fit into a space. You want the chair to be the same or similar height to the other chairs or sofa in the room. If the purpose of the chair is to curl up and read, you want the chair to be deep and wide enough for you to sit comfortably. Or if you want to put your feet up, how will you fit an ottoman in the room with your chair?

    Choosing The Right Style

    Are you looking for a deep armchair? Or a sleek lounge chair? Large wingback chairs can help balance a room that features a larger sofa. A swivel chair can help provide versatility to a view.

    Pick A Suitable Fabric

    A chair that is used by young children or pets may want to be more enduring. Unsuitable fabrics such as suede or velvet can be easily stained and aren’t durable. By considering how the chair will be used and by whom, will help you decide on a suitable fabric.

    You can also choose to make a statement with the material you choose.

    Deciding The Colour Of The Accent Chair

    For an interior that flows, try matching the colour of the chair to colours that are featured through the room. Look for complementary colours that you can find on a colour wheel.

    For a well thought out design, you can choose a colour or patterned chair that will coincide with other elements in the room. For example, you could choose a royal blue accent chair to complement a piece of art on the wall or a decorative accessory that features the same royal blue colour.

    As a feature chair is meant to bring a new design element to the room, you can be bold and choose an eye-catching statement colour. Pick a colour that you love, but wouldn’t normally use.

    Sign up To Our NewsletterOur Mid-Century Accent Chairs

     

    Eames Lounge ChairsEames Style Lounge Chair & Ottoman, Rosewood & Black Leather

    This amply proportioned chair took Charles and Ray Eames several years to master the process for this classic design. The inviting and traditional style has been used in stylish interiors across the globe, and is featured in many TV shows and films.

    An icon in the world of furniture design, this highly recognised Lounge Chair will add an authentic touch to your interior.

    Arne Jacobsen Egg Chairs

    Arne Jacobsen’s empowering, wingback chair design has an uncomplicated style that transcends through seasons and trends. Jacobsen strived for a flawless, shell-like shape for the design, which he exceeded through endless trials for perfection. Keeping the design clean and uninterrupted, Jacobsen designed the Egg Chair with no stitching down the front or back. They have a distinct wave like stitch, ours are carefully hand stitched to perfect this style and finalise the design.

    With muted and expressive colours available, this is the ideal chair for any design-led interior, whether it’s a Scandinavian, Contemporary or minimalistic inspired home.

    Hans Wegner Shell Chair

    Designed with comfort and stability at the heart of this chair, the wing-like seat cradles the body while the arching, tapered legs provide structural support. During the Shell Chairs initial release, the general public were reluctant to accept the chair's distinctive expression, it wasn’t until its reintroduction that it captured the public's admiration.

    You could describe this chair as before its time. A design meant for 21st century interiors with its minimal and fresh look.

    Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe Barcelona Chair

    Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe designed the Barcelona Chair for the King and Queen of Spain when they visited the German Pavilion at the International Exposition of 1929. So the design is definitely fit for royalty.

    The design was an icon of the modern movement, and it was Van Der Rohe’s “less is more” mantra that provided us with a chair with such simplistic elegance. The chair exudes luxury and premium style. Exceptional craftsmanship brings this chair to life.

    Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair

    With no distinction between sculpture and furniture, Harry Bertoia flourished in his designs with steel rods. His expression found grace in an industrial material, where the elevated material became a work of art.

    Bent and moulded into a wire mesh, this created an exceptionally strong chair. Durable to withstand harsh everyday use, this chair can last you a lifetime with the right given care.

  • Dining Room Design, How To Make The Most Out Of Your Space?

    A multi-functional space, your dining room can be anything you want it to be, where you eat, entertain and sometimes work. Whatever your style, size or budget, we have some dining room design advice on how you can make the most out of your space.
    Saarinen White Tulip Table & Eames DSW Chairs

    Choosing A Dining Table

    A focal feature of any dining room, the dining table is more than just a functional surface. An integral decision when designing your dining room. It is important to select the right style and shape for your space and lifestyle.

    Dining Table Shapes, Rectangle or Round?

    The uncomplicated, linear shape of a rectangular or square dining table conveniently fits in most rooms. For the smaller dining room the table can be pushed against walls when not in use to allow for ease of movement.

    The most versatile of all shapes, the round or oval dining table, works in any size or shape room. These shapes make clever use of the space that is available, the rounded edges incorporate curves that help to soften the scheme and break up angular lines.

    The circular shape helps to build a sense of intimacy, with no head of the table, resulting in the dining experience feeling a lot more casual and it can easily accommodate an uneven number of guests.

    Round tables can offer flexibility that a square or rectangle table often doesn’t.

    Deciding On A Colour Scheme For Your Dining Room

    You have the freedom to do what you want when it comes to designing your dining room. It's your house, so your rules. Think about how you will use your dining room, and this will help to decide which shades and tones work best.

    Colour can be introduced throughout your dining room with painted walls, furniture, accessories and more.

    Calming Colours

    If sitting down for your evening meal is the perfect way for you to relax after a hectic day, introducing shades of blue, dusky pinks or lighter greens ensure a sense of comfort, tranquility and serenity.
    Black Eames DSW Chairs - Dining Room

    Energising Colours

    Deeper greens and pinks can add a punch of energising colour to your dining room, and can be integrated with lighter, calmer colours. Not designed for the faint hearted, these will bring a statement look to your dining space.

    Inviting Colours

    Create an inviting ambience with warm colours such as red, yellow and orange. These colours are meant to make us feel brighter and peckish, therefore ideal for the primary purpose of any dining room, eating.

    Dare To Go Dark

    If your dining room receives plenty of natural light, you can be bold and embrace a darker toned colour scheme. Arrest the interest of guests with shades of deep purple, indigo, slate grey or midnight black.

    Simple But Effective Colours

    For a pared back space, an earthy or monochrome scheme, layered with subtle colours in soft furnishings and decorative accessories is perfect.

    Sign up To Our NewsletterDesigning A Large Dining Room

    Consider the function of the room. How will time be spent in there? How much seating is required? Does the space need to have furniture to store away dinnerware?

    You want your dining room to encourage conversation among the people seated. The space shouldn’t be too noisy or have too many distractions. Sometimes, in an open plan home, it can be hard to ensure a private and intimate set up.

    Make the dining table the centre of attention. Furnishings and accessories can be situated around the focal point to complement the space. To give a more creative approach, mix the style of furniture, lighting and artwork to give an eclectic look.
    Eames Eiffel Dining Table & DSW Chairs

    Designing A Small Dining Room

    When designing a dining room with limited space, you need to be more thoughtful when it comes to decorating. However, don’t let a small dining room limit you, make use of every inch of space you can.

    Pedestal bases give more available floor space, giving the illusion of extra room. These designs can help a small dining room feel more open and airy.

    If you need a versatile dining room, a round table allows you to fit more chairs comfortably. These round bistro inspired table designs help to provide a chic and practical choice for smaller dining spaces.

    If you are living with an open plan space, and your dining area is included with another room in your home, you can establish clear separation between the spaces with a rug. On the flip side, you could position the rug in another area and use the negative space as the separation between your dining area.

    You can try transporting your dining area into a French bistro by hanging a photo on the wall and dressing your table with fresh flowers and a candle.

    Family Dining

    Family meals can be a very important part to your children's development, it is the perfect way for them to learn table manners and you can model acceptable behaviour as you are sitting around the table with them. With everyone sitting at the same level, this is the ideal place for eye contact while speaking. This results in better hearing and understanding as everyone can observe important social cues such as facial expressions and body language that can easily be missed with modern day interruptions. Creating this atmosphere in your home will leave your family members feeling valued, increasing their self esteem and building a culture of respect within the house.

    Surprising Benefits You May Have Not Thought Of Before

    With many potential benefits to a regular family meal round the dining table, such as encouraging picky eaters to try new dishes, promoting teamwork as everyone in the home can have a job to get the room ready, helping to prevent obesity by slowing meal times down with conversation between eating and building your child’s self-esteem by listening to what they have to say, this shows you value their thoughts and opinions.

    Easy to Clean Dining Furniture

    Family dining furniture doesn't need to be compromised by spills and mess. Stylish designs without compromising on style, can still be made affordable. Consider the Eames Dining Table and Eiffel Chairs range. ABS plastic and durable materials mean the pieces can easily be cleaned and are tough enough to take on the demand that comes with daily use.

    Fine Or Fun Dining

    Home Dining Room with Saarinen Tulip Tables Credit to Cliveden Design

    Whether you want a sophisticated or more relaxed look for your dining room, these interior design tips will perfectly implement your preferred dining style.

    Light coloured walls can be more intriguing than white walls without engulfing the room in bold tones. But, if you want to make a statement, the dining room can be one of the best opportunities, with less time spent in the room compared to a living room or bedroom. You can be more expressive without making the room too busy.

    Versatile Dining Rooms

    A dining table that seems to adapt with its surroundings is the Saarinen Tulip Table.  It never looks out of place, no matter what your interior style. The pedestal base leaves ample leg room for a comfortable seating experience. You can create an eclectic mix of materials and styles by contrasting upholstery and contemporary features.

    To soften a modern dining set, trying balancing the neoteric materials and design with homemade elements like a cozy, wool rug.

    Accessories are the finishing touch to set the tone for the room. Think about the mood you want to create before purchasing your dining rooms decorations.

  • Can Your Interior Design Be Impacting Your Well-Being?

    It has been estimated that the average person spends around 80% - 90% of their time indoors, which makes our indoor surroundings important. What if our interior design could be impacting on our well-being? Well, it could be, and that is why neuroarchitecture is around.

    Neuroarchitecture is the study of the psychological and emotional impact that architectural and interior design can have on your well-being.

    Designs Influence On Individuals

     

    Designers and architects understand the influence that designs can have on the way an individual uses them and how they experience them. Paired with neurological research, it is believed that buildings can be created to achieve a specific objective, for example a less stressful office space, a more focused school environment or a hospital that facilitates recovery.

    What Is The Benefit To Understanding How Designs Can Affect Our Feelings?

     

    The challenge is to understand why there are places that encourage or hinder certain moods. It is more complex than just looking at light and colour to understand the influence on people’s frame of mind. The idea is to be able to apply these discoveries to the design and construction of spaces to improve our well being.

    Almost all past architecture and interior design movements have been chosen by a current aesthetic style or philosophy that drives them. Neuroarchitecture is the opposite of this, as the movement embodies the people that will be impacted by the design.

     

    Are Individual Preferences Considered In Neuroarchitecture?

     

    It is common knowledge that people respond to design differently. There is no universal reaction to one singular space, and neuroscientists take this onboard when proposing their research and designs.

    Different demographics such as age, cultural background and possibly gender might dictate our personal preferences.

    However there are some common problems faced by everyone when choosing a home, that date back to prehistoric time. Choosing the right location is the big one. Whether this is for a bird trying to build a nest on a sturdy branch or a human choosing to live in the city for easy access.

    How It Can Help Us To Understand Popular Furniture Designs?

     

    It has been found that humans still unconsciously prefer locations in an area where they feel protected and the ability to sense their surroundings. The popularity of the wing back chair might be related to this.  Small alcoves set in larger spaces are often the place that people gravitate towards.

    Neuro-Architects highlight an importance of being able to inhabit different types of spaces within your home.

     

    What Are Some Of The Main Stimuli In Your Home?

     

    • Lighting

    The level and colour of light can have an impact on your brain.  While an intense white light activates your brain, warm, softer lighting can help reduce your levels of stress.

    Unnatural blue lighting can negatively impact your sleep cycle, as it  tricks your body into thinking it’s day time. Be aware of this when choosing artificial lighting for rooms you spend time in during the evening. TVs and computer screens have been known to emit blue light,  a better night's sleep could be encouraged by turning these off before you go to sleep.

    Try to include different sources of light. Use dimmers in rooms that you spend time in in the morning and evening This gives you the option of the level of light in the room.

    Design styles such as biophilic and ecological design are based on evidence from extensive research that green surroundings and natural materials have a beneficial effect on your health. While plants in your home have been found to reduce stress and improve concentration, a great plant to incorporate in your home is an air purifying plant. They refresh the air which has the benefit of increasing positive feelings. The most effective plants are Peace Lilies, Snake Plants and Aloe Vera, and all of these are low maintenance.

    • Shapes

    Rounded edges have been found to make individuals feel more relaxed compared to sharp angles. Studies have found that round decor is perceived as more friendly. Soft geometry used through your interior is a great way to create a flow throughout your home.

    • Smell

    Our sense of smell can sometimes be overlooked, but the right scent for your home can help enhance your space. With different scents creating different feelings, you can plan the scent in your home to individual rooms. Natural scents encourage relaxation which will be effective in your living room. For your home office or kitchen, citrus scents can make you feel more awake and productive. Using lavender scents in the bedroom can help encourage a better night's sleep.

    • Colours

    Colours act on different areas of our brains which can affect our mood. Organic colours that are common to find in nature, often trigger a calming and serene effect on our moods. Intense colours such as red, orange and yellow the brain so wouldn’t be recommended for the colour to be used a lot in rooms that are meant for relaxing. These stimulating colours are recommended as feature colours, compared to calming colours that are great to use on walls and large areas.

    Calming and stimulating colour chart

     

    • Temperature

    Well balanced temperature is important for creating a comfortable environment. Our brain is very sensitive to sudden temperature changes which may impact our cognitive performance and on an emotional level, cause hostility.

    • Clutter

    Items strewn around your home can cause you to feel drained, stressed and chaotic. Subconsciously, when we walk past clutter our brain decides whether to put it away or leave it, hence  it has a negative impact on the brain. Iit causes it to constantly be thinking and making decisions.

    A designated junk draw is great for items that you don’t know whether to throw away yet or to keep.

     

    Sign up To Our NewsletterThe Key To Approaching Neuroarchitecture At Home

     

    Understanding yourself and how proposed designs will impact the way you feel. For example, if you are a strong introvert, a large open-plan home may not make you feel comfortable.

    If you are looking for a new home, think back to past experience for clues on what works for you. Try to create a design that works for your lifestyle and makes tasks easier. Put objects and furniture in logical places, and put more thought into your design, not just whether it looks nice, but is it beneficial?

    Neuroarchitecture is a relatively new and exciting design concept, with enough research the idea is to design cities of the future that will improve the health and social relationships of their inhabitants.

  • Interior Styles Through The Decades

    Interior styles are ever changing, with each decade having a staple look. Designs seem to evolve and reappear, with trends having a story behind the look. These stories reflect what is happening in the world at the time. We will explore a number of factors, including the impact of the post war era, along with the ability for mass production through the development of industrialisation. Even the seasons as well as a nation's obsession with space travel influenced design trends. Here we are going to dive into some of the biggest interior trends from the past 10 decades.

    Art Deco 1910 Illustration Interior

    1910s - Art Deco Interiors

    The art deco style reflected an admiration for the modernity of machines at the time. Pieces were elaborate and atypical, the distinctive and glamorous movement made use of round mirrors, geometric textiles and stainless steel framed sofas. Often pieces would combine multiple materials in single items. The style went out of fashion in most places during World War II, but there was a renewed interest in Art Deco in the late 60s and 21st century.

    1920’s - The Bauhaus Movement

    Originated from a German school of the arts. The school eventually morphed into its own design and art movement. Famous furniture designers that went to the Bauhaus school include Ludwig Mies Van der Rohe, who went on to design iconic pieces such as the Barcelona Chair and Barcelona Daybed.Bauhaus School

    The style combines form and function with minimal detail, it made a statement by embracing bold and primary colours. Most furniture in the 1920’s was made from wood, but during the Bauhaus movement designers utilized materials that were revolutionary at the time, they experimented with tubular steel, glass, plywood and plastic.

    A lot of furniture designed during this interior trend was light weight and featured thin, slender and straight legs.

    Today Bauhaus is still renowned for its unique aesthetic and enduring influence on modern and contemporary art.

    1940’s - Modernism

    A lot of people presume modern interior design is based on the current interior styles; it actually refers to the 1940’s where the modern movement took place. Inspired by the machine age and new technologies, more designers began to have an analytical approach to design as there was less of an emphasis on decoration and more focus on form and function.

    They followed a mantra that less is more, and homes were made minimal compared to previous interior style trends.

    1950’s - Scandinavian Design

    The introduction of Scandinavian furniture was a significant part of the modernist movement. Influenced by Nordic regions where their winter days were cold and short, the desire for interiors to be cozy yet bright was a crucial key to the trend. There was a demand for affordable furniture due to the slum of post war, this meant furniture was produced with low cost and durable materials.Scandinavian Inspired Home Interior The designs followed a neutral colour palette and a minimalist form and function design.

    These practical considerations led to a new level of spare elegance and a fondness for lighter colours, simple forms and open plan spaces.

    Influential designers to the trend include Arne Jacobsen who brought us simply elegant pieces such as the Egg Chair and Series 7 Chair.

    1950’s - Mid-Century Modern

    Across the pond, America was creating its rival modern design movement that was later called “Mid-Century Modern” by art historian, Cara Greenberg. The concept of the design was simple, to create functional yet aspirational furniture that was accessible to the general people.

    The style first started to appear on the West Coast of America, architects focused on bringing modernity to post-war suburbs. The buildings were designed to be contemporary and practical family homes, as this was the “Baby Boomer” era.

    Charles and Ray Eames were among the most prominent of American Mid-Century designers, their easy and casual Californian aesthetic along with the designer’s motto appealed to mass people across the country.

    Mass produced furniture that was functional, simple and elegant yet was easy to afford and manufacture was the basis around a lot of the furniture designs. They made use of clean, simple lines, geometric silhouettes and multi-purpose usage.

    1960’s - Space Age Era

    Putting an end to the grey post war years, there was technological progress and economic recovery after years of struggling and healing. Society was finally ready for a change and thanks to new integrated technology and new, enthusiastic designers embracing innovative materials, this took interior style into the future.Tulip table in Space Age Inspired Interior

    Space Age furniture was a mixture of futuristic and organic design. There was a fascination with fluid shapes and sleek forms that could be achieved through clever, new use of materials.

    The moon landing triggered an even bigger hype of space travel as it seemed closer than ever.

    Designer Eero Aarnio seemed to embrace the space age vision when he was designing his futuristic and innovative Ball and Bubble Chairs. With an unconventional approach to creating these designs, Eero Aarnio was turned away by manufacturing companies as his ideas seemed to be impossible to produce.

    Self Expression Inspired Interior Featuring DSW Chairs

    1970’s - Self Expression

    During the hippie movement, interior design took a turn for the outdoors. With a lot of pieces being made from natural elements, we also saw an introduction of dark reds, mustard yellows, and dark green as earthy tones made a large impact.

    Furniture and interiors were made to be environmentally friendly as during this era, people began to think of the effects of the quickly developing technological and industrial industry.

    1980’s - Postmodernism

    A reverse reaction to the direction of the modern movement from previous decades, postmodernism saw use of bold colour, clashing patterns, oversized scale for designs and excessive decoration. The edgy and playful trend was short lived but was seen as a proactive movement that challenged the establishment made by previous interior styles. A robust rebellion, the design embraced unconventional ideas and artsy, extravagant styles.

    1990’s - Minimalism

    Minimal Home Featuring DSW Chair and Barcelona Chairs
    After the 1980’s wild and excessive interior trend, simple became a synonym for sophisticated. Trends settled down and moved back to the basics, as there was a heavy focus on creating a comfortable and welcoming home.

    The 1990’s saw a rise in DIY after a number of interior design and DIY shows started to be aired on the television. This gave inspiration and enthusiasm to individuals, if they had little knowledge before here was proof, they could certainly begin to learn.

    2010’s - Bespoke Furniture

    With smart technology being so accessible and the growing market of ecommerce stores, good design is virtually available to everyone. With a wider choice and a more diverse style, individuals began to expand on their choice of interior designs.

    There are a lot of interiors that are styled from previous design trends, however one that has recently become available is the Industrial interior design.

    Inspired by a growth of converted warehouse, factory and high ceiling loft converted apartments, Industrial homes make use of raw materials and earthy colour palettes staying true to the buildings initial purpose whilst creating a stunning liveable home.

    With styles making impressive changes over the past 100 years, thanks to inspiring designers, innovative technological advances and revolutionary materials, the next 10 decades will be exciting to see the progress that is made.

    Tolix Chair in an Industrial Style Home

  • Eames Eiffel Chairs, As Intended

    For anyone who isn’t aware, the Eames Eiffel Chair range is made up of plastic side chairs, armchairs, and rocking chairs from the iconic mid-century design duo.

    How have the dining chairs been made to be “As Intended”?

    Eames DSW Chair used in the homeEames designed the Eiffel Chair range to be affordable so everyone can enjoy, so as Eames would have wanted, we are now making our Eames Dining Chairs more affordable so that everyone can have the designer look at a lower price. In no way have the chairs been compromised in quality to achieve this, actually the opposite with the introduction of softer feet and new manufacturing methods means the chair is the same standard if quality whilst remaining faithful to the original design.

    Our Pash Classics collection has also been pared back to feature a curated range of 8 coloured seat tops. These colours have been specially chosen to complement the wide range of interior design styles that the chairs correspond with. Because we are now only producing curated colours, our manufacturing costs have been reduced and we are passing this onto our customers.

    How The Plastic Seat Is Made

    The ergonomically designed shell styled seat is comfortable to sit in for hours and is suitable for any individual. The ABS plastic used to create the seat top is moulded so it can be made from one continuous material rather than multiple pieces joined together.

    How They Got Their Nickname Eiffel?

    So why are they nicknamed “The Eiffel Chairs”? This term was coined from the original all steel frames that have a close resemblance to the famous Paris landmark. The DSW & DAW Chair were produced later with their incorporated wooden and steel frame base.

    These timeless and beloved designs seem to always be in high demand due to their versatility and style. They are one of a few modern plastic dining chairs that remain stylish.
    Business Interior Using DSW Chairs

    Versatile For Homes & Businesses

    The durable design is a favourite for home and businesses alike. A lot of cafes, restaurants and waiting rooms put their trust in this design for its timeless style and hard-wearing quality.

    What Makes The Eiffel Chair Range Special

    The plastic chairs are easy to clean making them maintainable, hygienic and perfect for families. The high-quality materials make the chairs long-lasting and able to take on everyday knocks and bumps that come with constant use. The high pigmented colours ensure a colourful and vibrant addition to any setting.

    Pash Classic’s Curated Colour Choice

    Available in a vast range of coloured seat tops, we felt there were too many options making it harder to choose the right one.  Also a lot of the colours only had a slight difference between shades. We have narrowed the choice down to a versatile range of curated colours. These include white, black, dark grey, mid-grey, beige, ocean, mustard, and forest green.
    Eames DAR Chair in Home Interior
    Monochrome colours are easily the most popular colour choices as they are simple to style and suit a lot of interior colour schemes. These are the colours that never seem to go out of fashion even with trends constantly changing.

    Mustard yellow was chosen as it was a popular mid-century colour and is great to use to make a statement. Paired among a muted colour palette, mustard can be a lot more usable than you may have originally thought. While it is a strong colour, it coordinates and complements a lot of other hues and shades.

    Blue being a primary colour is a colour we needed to keep. The ocean blue Eiffel Chairs work well with many homes as the darker tone complements both bright and muted colour palettes.

    Minimalist Interior Design MoodboardAs nature is a trend that will never go out of fashion, we have chosen a forest green to complement this. For those who are cautious of adding striking colour contrasts to their interior, this is the ideal solution to add a splash of subtle colour.

    In Minimalist Homes

     

    The concept of minimalism is to take notions of modern design and simplify it further. Nothing is excessive or flamboyant in a minimalist interior.  Furnishings are streamlined and simple, colour palettes are neutral and airy.

    The neutral colours and design of the Eames Chairs fulfill the clean, crisp aesthetic of the minimalist decor. They merge well with the interior to create an understated look, but with the addition of a patterned cushion you can draw the eye to the piece, if you desire.
    Mid-Century Modern Interior Design Moodboard

    In Mid-Century Style Homes

    A retro nostalgia style that emphasises the throwback design elements of functionality, pared-down and organic shapes of the 1950s and 60s. Designs are easy to use and contemporary with simple upholstery designs.

    The warmth of the colour palette can be complemented with walnut legs and a mustard seat top. Designed in the era that inspired this trend, there is no better addition to include in a mid-century modern interior.

    In Industrial Style Homes

    Industrial Interior Design MoodboardAs the name implies, an industrial interior decor is inspired by the raw features of warehouses and urban lofts. With a sense of unfinished elements, it is common to see exposed brickwork, wood and ductwork. Normally renovated from industrial buildings or lofts, the design emphasises the high ceilings and metal fixtures.

    The intricate work of the all steel frame legs can perfect the raw impression of an industrial home. The bold, striking features that create the style merges seamlessly with a dark Eames DAR or DSR.

    In Scandinavian Homes

     

    Inspired by the simplicity of life demonstrated in Nordic countries. Simple and understated it usually has a sense of a piece of art from its curvaceous form and unique craftsmanship. Designs are made from sculptural influences and furniture is made to be functional.Scandinavian Interior Design MoodboardWith a close connection with nature, organic elements are commonly used.

    The wooden elements featured on the Eames DSW and DAW Chair helps to provide the connection with nature that the style relies upon. While the plastic seat top contrasts this material and defines the beech legs and other wood features.

    Muted colours of beige, white, and mid-grey fulfill the neutral color scheme and help to achieve a flawless and simplistic aesthetic.

    In Coastal Homes

     

    Common features from coastal inspired homes are the light and airy colour palette complemented with shades of blue and green. Furniture is mostly white or beige and elements of wood used are inspired by the seaside. Coastal Interior Design MoodboardThe intention of a coastal interior design trend is to achieve a relaxed and comfortable environment inspired by the beach and ocean.

    Don’t be afraid to mix up your colours to achieve your coastal interior. Ocean, white and mustard complement this colour palette the best. Against white, monotone walls the colourful chairs can uplift the room.

    Along with the plastic seat top, the light wood effect of the beech legs contributes to the coastal aroma of the interior.

    In Modern Homes

     

    Modern Interior Design BoardModern interior design is seen as a broad term but it typically refers to homes that are clean, with crisp lines and a simple colour palette. Popular materials used are metal, glass and steel. A commonly used word to describe modern homes is sleek, the idea is that there is not a lot of clutter or accessories.

    The use of steel is a popular material for this look. The sharp angles of the legs and steel frame paired with the curvaceous features of the seamless seat top coordinates with the characteristics of a modern interior design. Minimal backdrops can contrast against the strong tones of the chairs.
    Versatile and beloved since the start of production back in 1950, it is easy to understand why the Eames Eiffel Chair collection is still one of the most popular designs of the mid-century.

  • Interior Design Ideas: How To Spend Time Uplifting Your Home

    With more time being spent at home, do you find yourself noticing more ways your home could do with a touch-up? We have got our in-house interior designer, Lydia, to give you some advice to make a home you are proud of.

    Her opinion, when it comes to interior design, is that the best homes strike a balance between style and comfort, so you can enjoy spending time in the pleasure of your own home.

    Adding Warmth To A Room

    If you find a room in your home lacks character or warmth, there’s no better solution than adding wood. The details of wood features and furniture is an easy way to uplift your layout and create texture.Eames DAW Chair in Kitchen with wooden features

    Why does wood add warmth? It’s part of a nature connected interior design and can transform the mood of the room or house. With its organic aesthetic presence, it can create a homely and welcoming feeling that other materials don’t always reflect. And unlike other materials, wood is easy to work with as it looks good in pretty much any interior style. It blends tastefully with a range of different materials.

    The use of wood and plants in this home brings a comforting feeling and paired with the yellow metal chairs adds a touch of colour that could be seen as cold in another setting. The Eames DAW Chair is an easy addition to any space, made from a curated range of plastic seat tops and beech wooden legs, it’s adaptable to the style it's placed within.

    Consider Designer, Contemporary Furniture

    They seem to only get better with age and don't appear to be going out of fashion any time soon. We have found that mid-century designer pieces have stood the test of time and are becoming ever more popular. By purchasing designer furniture you don’t need to worry about trends changing and your home looking outdated. The timeless designs seem to be adaptable with varying interior trends from Scandinavian to industrial homes.

    Wegner Shell Chair in living room with wall details

    Add Details To Your Walls

    The decorative feature of wall panels and other details can be added to more than just period properties. It can add character and texture to your home and is becoming a prominent trend in the world of interior design. It may seem and look expensive but it doesn’t have to be.  You can look for MDF versions that are a lot more affordable. Once your wall details are mounted it can do a great job of hiding surfaces that aren’t looking their best.

    In this photo, they’ve been bold by combining a coral wall with black detail. If this is too bright for you, play safe with neutral colours. Then they have contrasted the colour of their walls with a mustard sofa and white cushioned Wegner Shell Chair.

    Don't Be Scared To Use Bold Patterns

    Floors are often left a bit unforgotten and not given that special attention they should receive.Eames DSW Chair in bedroom with bold flooring A statement flooring balanced with stripped back walls can create striking results in your home. The key to the composition of a room with bold flooring is to compensate for the busy flooring with plain walls. Therefore look for furniture pieces that can be lifted off the floor or have a small surface area.

    If you are uncertain about whether to take the big jump to bold flooring, a great way to test it out is buying a large patterned rug. This allows you to see what it will look like and can you live with it. Here you can see that they’ve used a geometric rug to cover the flooring in their bedroom. They’ve paired it with a neutral colour scheme and furniture like the Eames DSW Side Chair. They have then added splashes of colour through the use of art and plants.

    Eames All Black DSR Chair in home with contrasting colour block walls

    Reinvent Classic Looks

    Revisited from the past, the interior design world is featuring a lot of colour block walls. It’s one way to make a statement on a bland wall without the use of art or tall furniture. The one thing a colour block wall guarantees is the power to create a serious impression in the room.

    There are various levels of bravery. How many colours do you want to use, the types of colours and the style of the block? The divided and sharp lines can emphasise interesting parts in your home as in this photo. The curved wall is exaggerated with the diagonally split black and white wall. It is complemented with dark furniture, in this case the black leg Eames DSR Chair.

    Use A Colour Palette That Inspires You

    Eames DSW Chair used at a home desk
    Your choice of colour is very important when it comes to your interior design ideas. If you want your decor to be lively, then you will want to step away from neutrals as they’re subtle and won’t make your space stand out.

    An easy way to add colour to your home is to accessories with the use of brighter hues and tones while sticking to a neutral backdrop. So keep your walls and large pieces of furniture neutral but add splashes of colour with smaller items that are less noticeable and easier to replace, such as a vase or lamp. This is a lot less expensive if you then want a change of colour scheme.

    Here neutral walls, desk, flooring, and Eames Eiffel Chair are paired with a turquoise lamp and plants to add greenery.

    Eames DSW Dining room and accessories

    Style Your Storage Furniture

    By applying the art of display to your storage solutions, you can make a big difference to your home. Make having shelves and bookcases more than just a need for storage, they can give great style to a room. A tip for achieving the art of display is not to always overcrowd a space. Choose accessories in the same or similar colour and tone and use the rule of three.

    Rather than just hanging some art on the wall, here they’ve used a shelf to display their pieces and a few extra accessories in their dining room.

    The Rule Of Three In Interior Design

    A trick used by interior designers everywhere is to remember the rule of three, this is the idea that grouping odd numbers of items forces the eyes to move around the room and creates a more visually interesting space.
    Eames DSW Chair used as plant holder

    Make A Design Unique In Your Home

    Making a piece of furniture a focal point by using it in an unprecedented way can create a bespoke piece for your home. It can be inspiring to think outside the box and not always conveniently use products. Here a Side Chair has been used to hold plants in a botanical part of a house.

    While interior designers know about interior styles, trends and how to perfectly execute them, individual style and personality can help your home feel your own and make you happy to spend time in.

  • How To Adjust To The Redefined Idea Of Working From Home

    DSW Table & Chairs WorkspaceCurrent situations have left people unprepared for the upcoming months, whether you’ve had to quickly double up your dining room as your office, or switch your lounge to your new boardroom, it has redefined the original perception of a home office and adapting to the new normal has been a major change for a lot of people.

    To try and make things a little easier for everyone going through these hard times, we have put together tips on how to make the most of your home office and adjust to working from home.

    The Positives Of Working From Home

    It’s best to try and look on the bright side of all situations, there are a lot of benefits to working from home. It can provide a better work-life balance, remove the hassle of commuting and potentially (one of the best reasons), provide the ability to personally create your office space. With your own decision on how to put together your workspace, you can make it productively stimulating and pleasant to spend time in.

    Find A Practical Solution

    Make the most of what you have. Find a space that doesn’t have too many environmental distractions. The best workspaces need to be functional before anything else. It may seem like a nicer idea to work on the sofa, but a dining table or counter can be more useful when it comes to productive working.

    Saying that the benefit of working from home is the ability to move where you like. If you have a less busy afternoon then take your laptop with you onto a comfy chair, sofa or outside into the garden to enjoy some fresh air and the sunshine.
    Eames EA119 Office Chair at Office Desk

    Follow Ergonomic Rules

    Many studies have been undertaken to make sure that working at your desk all day doesn't affect your health. These are tested procedures that you should put in place, such as:
    Have the top of your computer screen at eye level. This is so when you read down the screen your eyelids will naturally close slightly which will moisten and reduce eye fatigue.
    Find a chair that your feet can rest firmly on the floor or something placed on the floor such as a thick catalogue.
    Use a chair that supports your posture so you can sit comfortably without hurting your back.

    We have worked to put together a range of trusted Office Chairs or ergonomically designed dining chairs that are the ideal alternative at an affordable price. Take inspiration from our Redefined Home Office range if you are currently struggling with your home office seating.

    Embrace Natural Light

    Try and set up your new workspace where there is a good amount of natural light. As well as providing the benefits of a well-lit workspace it also benefits your mental health making you feel happier and helping you sleep better.

    Home Office Workspace Pash Classics

    Incorporate Plants To Your Home Office Desk

    Indoor greenery can do more than just look stylish. They can make you feel good mentally and physically. Studies have shown that plants in your home can boost morale, productivity, concentration and creativity, along with reducing stress and fatigue, which are all important elements when it comes to creating your home office.

    Add Some Home Comforts To Make You Smile

    Once you feel your workspace setup is complete, add personal touches from photos of family and friends to your favourite cushions and accessories. Find something that reminds you to smile to make working from home happier. Incorporating cushions, blankets and tactile elements can help your work environment feel warmer and settled.

    Adjusting To Working From Home

    Home Office Desk Set UpThe transition from working from the office to home can be daunting. From my personal experience I have found trying to get the balance of work and personal time difficult. When I walk out of the office I can switch off from work, but when working from home I have found it difficult to switch off and relax.

    Some tips I was given, by a close family member who has worked from home for years, have been really helpful and I wanted to share:

    1. Structure Your Day

    Start the day or week by understanding what you need to achieve for the working days ahead. This will help you set daily, and weekly tasks. Being organised and understanding what you need to be doing can help you focus and be productive as you know what goals you are working too.
    This should help if you find yourself getting easily distracted by what's going on around you.

    2. Create A Good Routine

    Eames EA217 Tan Leather
    One thing I have enjoyed about working from home is being able to sleep in due to not having to commute from home to work. However, this can easily slip into late nights and struggling to wake in the morning. Treat your working days like you are still going into the office, get a decent amount of hours sleep, shower and get ready in the morning so you feel prepared for the day. Have an end time to the working day, leaving some time for yourself.

    3. Make Your Day More Than Just Work

    Working out of the office isn’t just the absence of commuting and a different environment, it can be the lack of social interaction with others when you aren’t working face to face. Make time for socialising in the day with colleagues. Talk about work and check up on one another as times like this can be found to be lonely.
    Along with socialising, take breaks in the day for yourself. In the office, you wouldn’t be working the full day so give yourself a break from your desk. A minute outside, stretching or deep breathing will be beneficial and help you be more productive and focused whilst working.

    We hope that these insights help with the current need for adjustments to your work and home life. Along with being productive, ensure you are taking care of yourself and those around you.

  • How To Create Hygge In Your Home

    Pash Classics Oslo City SofaHygge stands for a quality of cosiness and comfortability that induces a feeling of contentment and well-being, it is considered to be one of the characteristics of Danish culture.

    Practicality and simplicity are two of the greatest principles of Scandinavian design, this can be associated with the 1950s and ‘60s where a lot of Scandinavian home were traditionally small. Due to the lack of space in homes they didn’t allow space for extravagant amounts of decorative items, they had a stripped-back style where all furniture had a purpose in the home.

    The Icons That Inspired The Furniture Design Industry

    Influential Scandinavian designers of the era include Arne Jacobsen, renowned for his curvaceous, sleek designs such as the Egg Chair and Swan Chair. Along with Verner Panton who can be recognised for his fluid, futuristic shapes seen in the S-Chair and then Hans Wegner, who mastered the Danish modernism of the period with designs like the Shell Chair. These designers started the trend that would lead to globally inspire the industry.

    Mid-Century Designer Replica PK20 Chairs

    Scandinavian homes offer an understated elegance that is centred around warmth, clean lines and flawless craftsmanship which creates a pure style. It can be characterised by the use of earthy, soft tones, minimal ornamentation and honest materials.

    A Substantial Impact On Interior And Furniture Design

    A blend of textures, contrasts and soft hues are applied to create a sleek, modern feel to their interior, this is what makes the style renowned for its beauty. It's understandable why Scandinavian décor has made an undeniable impact on interior designers approach to space.

    Their mantra complements the art of living well as it promotes a simple home environment that enhances an uplifting lifestyle, which embodies the main desire of Scandinavian design that is to improve daily life.

    What We Love About Scandinavian Design

    There seems to be nothing about Scandinavian Design that isn't to be loved? The ability to create a cosy, content home that is found to help your well-being, the care for nature and the environment so possessions are made to last rather than easily be replaced, along with sophisticated and modern designs that seem to be constantly in style.

    The important balance that the design follows, it seems to take the most valuable parts of interior design to provide the perfect compromise. It delivers functionality yet comfort into spaces. Ultimately, we love how it embraces a variety of principles and characteristics to achieve this.

    Mid Century Designer Replica Sofa

    How You Can Recreate It In Your Home...

     

    1. A Functional yet Inviting Living Space

    Create a living space that’s clean and functional but still inviting, to accomplish this make use of straight lines and minimal, modern furniture combined with cosy elements such as throw blankets, cushions and plush area rugs.

    2. The Key To Any Living Space… The Sofa

    Try looking for a sofa that has a mid-century modern aesthetic, commonly incorporating wooden angled legs and consisting of muted colours such as the Finn Juhl Poet Sofa. As it's the heart of any living area, it is important to find a sofa that you will find comfortable and easy to relax in.

    Eames DSW Chair in a Scandinavian Inspired Dining Room

    3. Dine Comfortably

    The key to a Scandinavian inspired dining area is to strike a balance in creating a sophisticated yet casual enough space that you will dine comfortably. Create a space that feels open with the use of light colours and wood, Eames DSW & DAW Chairs will fit these conditions well.

    4. Neutral Colour Scheme

    Winters are long and dark in Northern Europe, so the design utilises light, neutral colours to make space feel bright and consistent. With a considerably large neutral colour palette, often bold colours are loosely incorporated throughout their home to bring some colour.

    5. May There Be Light

    The use of light is regarded to be extremely important, that is typically why Scandinavian interiors have white walls to attract the light. Natural lighting can be used to make your home feel brighter and bigger.

    Even though it is preferred to have a lot of natural light, there is still a need for artificial light and in this case, it is best to use pendant lighting as it complements the aesthetic of Scandinavian design and is a great modern alternative to a chandelier. Poul Henningsen Artichoke Lamps enhances the style, creates a striking look compared to other pendant lighting and also helps to spread light over the room that's achieved by layering reflective materials to complete Henningsen's vision of a perfectly lit room.

    6. Declutter

    Follow a less is more design mantra by scaling back on accessories, make your décor visually lightweight with small amounts of decoration. Plants, flowers and other botanicals are the vital decorations as they incorporate nature and will brighten up your space.

    If you would like to add artwork, go for monochrome pieces such as ink drawings, black and white photography or charcoal sketches to complement the principles of Scandinavian design.

    Scandinavian Design

    7. Hard Flooring

    Carpets never became popular in Sweden, instead, you will commonly find the use of light wood flooring throughout homes, apart from in the bathroom. The use of wooden flooring helps to provide a connection with nature that Swedes love.

    8. Make The Most Of Your Outdoor Space

    Entertaining outdoors during the late summer nights in Sweden is so popular that even the smallest of apartments will have a balcony and terrace so they can host outside. This relationship with nature is in line with the idea of your home bringing you a feeling of content, as spending time outside has been closely linked to a better, healthier mind and body.

    Important Principles

    Even if you don't want to recreate the Scandinavian look in your home, there are principles you could take away that you can apply to your interior, such as creating a space that makes you feel at peace and comforted along with being more sustainable to help the environment.

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