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What is Wabi Sabi?

Have you ever heard the term Wabi Sabi? You would be forgiven if you haven't. In the interior design world the Wabi Wabi influence took off last year and its growing popularity means its here to stay. It could even take over from the recent trend for "Hygge". We love it. Wabi-Sabi originates from Japan. Its is a philosophy that has been around since the 15th Century and is the ability to find beauty in imperfection and impermanent. Cherishing the ageing process as a natural process of life and appreciating all the attributes that comes with it. From the wrinkles on a face, the wear and tear of an object or indeed the cracks in a building. The philosophy focuses on simplicity and puts authenticity at its heart and soul. How does this translate into our home decor? Wabi refers to peace and harmony, whilst Sabi means "bloom of time". In home decor terms, Wabi Sabi is a simplistic design influence, bringing in all things natural and pure. It is a change of mindset away from aiming for perfection, to appreciating the imperfect. To some extent, you could view this influence as a rebellion against mass produced items. A movement towards handmade and unique goods. Pieces that represent their maker and tell a story, with imperfections and organic shapes. From items you buy to those your family members have made. Such as the pottery your children made in school or a blanket knitted by your grandmother. A soothing colour palette combines with natural textures and simple styling in this fabulous apartment Image credits: Practicality Possessions are pared back and valued for their beauty and utility. A less is more style, you should select items not only for how they look but how they will be used. Our Oslo bowls are a fine example. They look stunning but also make superb fruit or serving bowls. Equally the handmade Seagrass tray is a beautiful addition to a kitchen island but can also be used to carry your drinks or tea outside. Oslo Bowls by Layered Lounge - beautiful organic shape and smooth matt ceramic Natural Materials With an appreciation of the world around us, natural materials feature highly in Wabi Sabi. So you can overlay this philosophy on to other design styles too. If you are a lover of Scandinavian design then incorporate ample light wood into your scheme. A Mediterranean style could see hand made terracotta pots dotted around the place. Other materials which age well over time such as stone or linen would also be good choices. An abundance of natural materials add warmth to this otherwise stark white bedroom. Image credit: Arkpad Colour Wabi Sabi colour schemes also take their cue from nature. This actually leaves a lot of artistic scope when it comes to your colour choice. The change in seasons, for example, can be a rainbow of inspiration from the burnt orange of the leaves in Autumn to the vivid pink of the blossom in spring. But overall, a Wabi Sabi colour palette will be calming and help create a relaxing place to live. Think earthy tones and natural shades, such as greens, beige, blues but pops of colour inspired by florals. Sumptuous earthy tones in this bedroom scheme add warmth to the room and turn it into a true sanctuary to relax in. Styling When you put your scheme together, simplicity is key! Each piece needs to be able to breathe and be seen. With Wabi Sabi the look is very much paired back, unlike a maxi design style, negative spaces can simply be left empty. This bodes well for our change in focus on consumption reduction and less wastage to prevent further harm of the planet. So create a clutter free home with a more considered approach to purchases. Choose fewer pieces but invest in those you love. Simple styling of our Hero pots. Rustic handmade beauty. Mindset Above all remember that Wabi Sabi originates not from a design style but a philosophy. It is a mindset. Learning to be content with life, appreciating the simple pleasures and the ageing journey. We can take away a lot from this thinking.. To read more about Wabi Sabi, take a look at the following book recommendations: "The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty" by Robyn Griggs Lawrence or "Wabi Sabi" by Beth Kimpton Some of our favourite Wabi Sabi inspired pieces below: From top left: Hand carved wooden tray, from £25 Hero pots made from black clay, from £20 Frosted candleholders, from £13 Oslo Bowls, from £37 Bamboo Salad Bowl, £35
Honey tones combine with rich terracotta at the Paris Maison & Objet Fair
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Trends? This could be our favourite year yet...

Whilst we've always said wepay attention to trends but aren't slaves to them, this year could see us eat our words!Yes, this could just be our favourite year yet in design terms. Butcan we really call them trends or is the interior design world experiencing something more? Perhaps a permanentshift in consumersmindset. Whatever the case, arecent buying trip to Maison & Objet, Paris left us openly falling in love with so much. Why? Because this years "trends" are so much greater aligned to our own values and desires.... 1. Colour - overall the look this year is much warmer and more fresh. Grey as a neutralhasto an extentbeen replaced with strong ormilky whites. The kind featured in many an Australian interiors magazine.Dreamy tones of cream and soft honey alsoprovide the perfect backdrop upon which to layerpops of colour such asblush pink bronze or indigo. Funnily enough there wasn’t an awful lot of Pantone’s Colour of the Year Living Coral about. Instead a lean towards a softer more palatable tone of rust orange, dampened red and rich Terracotta.But if that all sounds a bit too blandfor you, don't fretsince the rich and confident jewel coloursof emerald green andteal are set to stay. Perfect for adding sophisticated drama to ascheme. chasing trends for trends sake..long make itcontinue… 2. Texture - Wow, this really is a key driver for interiors this year - hurray! With toned down colour palettes contrast and interest mustbe injected throughother forms and what better way to breathe life into a room than texture. From your lamp bases to your cushions,layering with texture can add depth and warmth to your room and help designa schememore in tune with nature. Within this period of reflection, there is a greater desire for oursurroundings to be an oasis of calm and relaxation, a need forsensory stimulation through touch as well as sight. Textures are therefore highly tactile and considered on even the smallest of interior pieces. 3. Materials - 2019 will see an increase in the use of more natural materials.Concrete in furniture design is a big play, although frequently combined with fibreglass to make it lighter, pieces are often handmade and hence have true character to them. We are total converts to this material playing a larger part in both indoor and outdoor schemes. Other natural materials such as rattan/caneand stone are also having their day. The desire to be closer to nature behind this shift.Metals are less brash too, brass and burnished golds are complemented with nickel for that mixed metal look which we totally adore. As for Rose Gold, its packed its bags and left the design studio - Hallelujah! The revival of velvet continues. A beautiful material which adds a sense of luxury to any scheme. 4. So what about the overall look - overall the look has amuch more relaxed vibe. Immersed in a tech-driven world that never sleeps,it feels as though we are ever more cravinga better sense of well being. Thedesire to break free and go back to basics, toreevaluate how we want to live our lives.Sound deep? Perhaps, but the moment in which we are living provides greatinspiration to the design world. Hence there seems to be bit of ashift away from interiors adorned witheclectic clutter. Whilst the eclectic look is still evident, the finish is much more "less is more" now. Anincreased awareness of how our purchases impact the the environment has ledtowards a buying culture that values quality and longevity. Pieces that arehandmade rather than mass produced, usingtraditional craftsmanship, and in harmony with nature. Such items by thenature of theproduction process are known to have imperfections and we are wholeheartedly embracingthis uniqueness. Overall there's a distinct move away from "trends" for trends sake..
Tranquil Dawn: Dulux Colour of the Year 2020
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Dulux Colour of the Year, what is it and why do we care?

Those at the heart of the interior design world, distinctly mark this week in their calendars. Why? Because it’s the week in which we see the announcement of the Dulux Colour of the year. A prediction of what lies ahead for us for the following year. It will influence what consumers will see on magazine covers, in high street shops, on Pinterest and of course, on many an Instagram grid. Last year saw us embrace Spiced Honey, a warm rich tone, so what is the Dulux colour of the year for 2020? Tranquil Dawn: A cool soft green. A serene colour which acts as an antidote to what Dulux see as an “increasingly disconnected” society. Source: Dulux So just how does DULUX choose the colour? DULUX panellists along with extremal advisors assess current factors affecting society on a global scale and the impact they have on us. Social pressures, climate concerns, the state of the economy for example, as well as design and lifestyle trends. So in a world where climate change is at the forefront of our minds and technology is changing at an ever increasing rate, it’s no wonder they have come up with a colour which reminds us of humanity and our natural habitats. Tranquil Dawn reflects “a growing desire to understand what it is to be human, at a time when advances in technology are making us feel increasingly disconnected from each other” says Dulux. The colour green symbolises nature, its use in interior design helps to bring the outside in and Tranquil Dawn is the percent hue for creating a comforting place to relax, recharge and invigorate our mind and souls. What impact does the Dulux colour of the year actually have on the interiors world? Early adapters will no doubt be rushing out to grab their pot of paint and emblazoning it on their walls immediately. Designers and manufacturers will be incorporating it in their new product ranges as we write this. For consumers that means it will soon soon start to appear in product collections for you to buy. Whether you choose to embrace it or not will depend on your own personal taste but you will definitely be exposed to it. If its a colour you love - great. Unsure? Try a few smaller purchase items and see how you feel. If its simply not for you then at least take a look at the colour palettes Dulux have put together as a complement to it, see below. (more on that in a upcoming blog). Source: Dulux So what do we think? We have to say, we absolutely love Tranquil Dawn. Lovers of muted colour palettes which are easy to love and easy to live with, we aim to help create homes which are calm and soothing. A sanctuary in which to unwind from the days stress. Tranquil Dawn fits right in. Against our favourite natural textures and materials such as concrete, wood and glass, this colour works beautifully. So whilst we wouldn't go all out and cover our walls in it, we shall definitely be incorporating into our home accessories collections. As for how it makes us feel, well let’s just hope it does what it says on the tin!
5 Steps to bring Lagom into your home?
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5 Steps to bring Lagom into your home?

Lagom is to set to become the new "Hygge"... You may have only just got your head around Hygge, and can even say it correctly, when along comes another Scandinavian craze. This time its a Swedish trend, easier to pronounce and it's the secret to living well. It's called Lagom. It means "not too little, not too much but just right". It sounds like a Mary Poppins quote yet without the perfection! There is no English equivalent to the word and some Swedish folk actually believe it can prevent experimentation and stop them expressing themselves. Yet it is making a mark on interiors and in design it effectively implies "less is more". So let's explore and see how you might incorporate Lagom into your home. Adopting the philosophy of Lagom within your home is an attempt to enjoy a happier, balanced and sustainable lifestyle. At the heart of this trend is the elimination of unnecessary items. Banish the clutter! Try instead to choose functional pieces with sleek, minimalistic styles. You can still create a beautiful and comfortable home but without too much fuss. So here are 5 steps to help bring Lagom into your home... 1. Create Harmony & Balance Keeping life simple is at the heart of Lagom, a lack of complication both in lifestyle and interiors is key to this philosophy. In your interior design, that doesn't mean it has to be boring. Colour is central to influencing your mood. Harmony and balance can be achieved by keeping your colour palette to a few key colours. A style that we at Layered Lounge favour with our muted complimentary colour schemes forming the base of our collection. Grouping relatively neutral colour palettes always translates to elegance and simplicity. Cool greys and milky whites are ideal for a relaxed backdrop. A timeless look. Whilst natural tones of warm taupe gives a feeling of comfort and blue can bring a sense of calm and serenity. Take our collection of throws below, wonderful tones combine with timeless patterns - super simple, super elegant. 2. Declutter Pare back your accessories with the "less is more" motto in mind. It's not always easy to achieve clear surfaces when you have a family but clever storage systems can help you. This can make all the difference to ensuring a more tranquil room. If you like to display your children's work, still do so but don't ram a pin board with paintings and drawings that can't be seen. Instead select some favourites and allow them to be shown off individually in all their glory. 3. Think Green Not the colour as such but greenery in your home with house plants - it will have an impact on your wellbeing and instantly improve how you feel. (See our blog The Revival of House Plants for more info). Plants can really have a benefit both to your health, by removing pollutants within the air, and to your mental state by lowering blood pressure. Not to mention the plant pot can contribute to your home decor. We have a wonderful selection of beautiful pots for plants or succulents so have a peak in our flower shop. Berg Grey Plant Pot 4. Maximise light We've already mentioned clearing your surfaces but you can create a greater sense of light and space through the use of mirrors, your home accessories and the colours of your walls. An obvious one but paint your walls a shade of white to instantly brighten a room. Strategically place mirrors in a dark room to allow the light from outside to bounce around it. Select home accessories that will add to a light and airy feel. Take our beautiful glass candlestick holders on a table scape for example. They give the table a sense of elegance and ambience due to their varying heights and the glass ensures they do not dominate the space. A metal version would block the views and give the table a completely different, more heavy appearance. Simple Glass Candle Stick 5. Less is more Less is more is at the core of Lagom. Yet finding this balance and creating a simple style need not imply an overtly minimal look. Try to buy selectively when making your purchases. Buy items that are not only beautiful but functional too. Shop mindfully. We do when sourcing our collections. There is an awful lot of low-quality trend led products out there. We make a conscious effort to curate timeless quality pieces that will last. Lagom still encourages a cosy home so this winter buy candles, blankets and cushions to give a feeling of comfort, yet keep them stylish and simple. When it comes to your accessories, select some key items to style display areas. See our shelfie below as a perfect example - calm, serene and not overly cluttered. So as you all know by now, we are not driven by trends. However, philosophies are not exactly trends yet they do influence the interiors world. Coming in and out of fashion themselves. Hence why we delve into the likes of Lagom, Wabi Sabi and Hygge, here on our blog. When it comes to the Layered Lounge style, we take elements from all of these to create a collection that also combines Scandi, Asian, Hampton's and Aussie vibes. So why not try create your own transitional style. Take influence from various influences and see what you come up with - we would love to hear from you so please do share with us!
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The Revival of House Plants..

Having plants around the house reminds me massively of my childhood (in the 80’s particularly) It was so common then to have spider plants hanging in green plastic containers from the ceiling of the bathroom, large ferns in huge wicker pots in the lounge to play hide and seek behind and rubber trees dotted in the hallway that constantly gathered dust! Houseplants have come and gone over the century – in Victorian times the common Aspidistra plant was very popular, known as the cast iron plant for it’s ability to survive in the gloom of the era. But after falling out of fashion plants made a massive comeback in the 70’s and 80’s not only in homes but in shopping centres, offices and public buildings. Plants were part and parcel of the décor culture. Rubber trees, cocoa palms, umbrella trees and weeping figs were common place in homes that were visually large and over empowering which compensated for the lack of general furniture in rooms. And then they were gone! But now plants are having a massive revival not only for their looks but also for their health benefits too. Magazines and Instagram feeds are full of images of them. Even macramé pot hangers are cool again (hanging pot supports made of cord) along with terrariums (little gardens of plants in what looks like a fish bowl!) Plants purify the air: Our homes without us realising are harbouring many nasty substances, which hide in man made fibres, home furnishings and even our carrier bags. Over time they can affect our health, but studies have proven that plants can purify these substances by pulling contaminates into the soil, then the microorganisims coverts them into food for the plant – Don't you just love nature! Plants reduce the carbon dioxide levels, increase humidity in the air and help reduce the airborne dust levels. You may have seen the increase in plant walls in city centres. Not only do they create a “wow “ factor they help with reducing urban heat island effects and smog, offset the carbon footprint of people and fuel emissions and act as a sound proof barrier – How clever is that! Release Water: As part of photosynthesis plants release vapour, which increases the air around them releasing roughly 97% of the water they take in. Place several plants together to increase the humidity of your room. Improving Health: Adding plants to hospital rooms speeds recovery rates of surgical patients. They help to lower heart rates and blood pressure, anxiety and fatigue. Helping also with a faster recovery from metal tiredness. Plants shown here in a collection of our pots. Top Plants for Indoor Use: (Using their common name) Spider plant, Dragon Tree, Gerbera Daisy, English Ivy, Boston Fern, Philodendron, Snake Plant, Peace Lily So whether you live in the city or suburbs having plants around you can only have a positive effect on your wellbeing. So grab yourself a plant and create the perfect excuse to buy a new pot! After all it's not just the plant that adds to your interior decor but the pot too.. Toro Pots

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