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The A-Z of Interior Design - C for Colour

C olour is impossible to ignore. Colour is everywhere.  Whilst creating a colour scheme, how do you know which colours to use and which to leave out? The first thing to do is think of the colours that are closest to your heart. One colour may come to mind, but if you think carefully you will probably come up with a selection. Think about nature and the way vibrant colours surround us – the glorious sunsets, a field of poppies against a blue sky, the pebbles washed up on the shore, and, of course, the brilliant blue-green hues of the sea. Students' colour studies: Many people think there are definite rules about colour, but any colours can be put together as long as they have the same tonal value. Toning colours such as a soft blue and a soft green (see example below) can be combined, whereas a soft blue with an acid green would mean the green fights for attention. Generally, three types of colours are used for a successful interior design colour scheme: Base colours – th

Contemporary Bauhaus

The A-Z of Interior Design - B (continued) I thought I'd end the week with this Bauhaus-inspired contemporary home which demonstrates the influence that the Bauhaus holds in the 21st century.  Straight lines, block expanses of glass with white concrete, horizontal and vertical lines... Large balconies link the outside to the interior... Exposed concrete internal walls celebrate the Bauhaus ethos... The 550-metre square house is located in an historic avenue in the heart of Haifa's French Carmel neighbourhood, Israel.   Light and space are enhanced with the expanses of glass... Tel Aviv-based studio  Pitsou Kedem Architects  designed the Haifa House (Contemporary Bauhaus on the Carmel) which was built in 2011. The A-Z of Interior Design continues next week…

The A-Z of Interior Design - B

B auhaus - still relevant today and a major inspiration.  Here's a brief introduction and some images to explain why. The Bauhaus period lasted a relatively brief fourteen years but has made a major mark in the history of 20th century art, architecture and design - evident in today’s open plan living spaces, kitchens, furniture, lamps and art. The Bauhaus style has clearly influenced contemporary architecture and interiors with clean lines, white walls or blocks of colour and the use of glass and concrete.   The Bauhaus (translation: house of building) was founded by architect, Walter Gropius in Weimar, Germany in 1919 whose vision was to combine art, design and industry. At the Bauhaus School of Design, in Dessau, fine art students learnt to combine their artistic skills with new technology to design and manufacture products that were beautiful and practical. The Bauhaus building is open to visitors from 9-6 pm daily.  Gropius was influenced by the Arts and C