It is time to stand against the ‘privileged’ minority in this country and fight for true colour equality in Jamaica. The majority has been marginalised by the ‘popular hues’ of society. The ‘Oranges’, the ‘Reds’, the ‘Yellows’ and the ‘Beiges’ have dominated for too long. We too can join the ranks of first world nations that have embraced the diversity of the colour wheel and done away with the ‘colourism’ that has plagued our island for decades. The change begins with you: the architects of society, the designers of the modern world, the creators, the home owners, the shopkeepers, even the hand cart man. We can all make a difference. Start with these simple steps:
1. Don’t Follow the Trends …
But instead be inspired by them. Burnt orange walls were trendy ten years ago; but trends are, by definition, always changing. Don’t get caught in the trap of making huge investments (both in time and money) based on colour trends. Instead apply them elsewhere in your space. Art, Accent furniture, Curtains and Throw Pillows are a few of the ways you can implement trends without experiencing remorse when the colour wheel makes its annual spin.
2. When in doubt, stay neutral…
Let us be clear here, Neutral DOES NOT mean Beige. Grey, black, white, brown, beige and any combination of these are all members of this family. Thanks to modern Technology, we can select neutrals that also have a hint of colour. There are hundreds of variations to choose from. Still not sure? Take your cues from nature. Look outside, the earth, tree limbs and most metals are neutrals accentuated by the broader spectrum of colours.
3. Don’t be afraid to stand out…
Take a trip around our beautiful island and you’ll come to one obvious realisation: more than half of our roadside shops, stalls and bars are painted in blue. Is blue paint cheaper? Does someone intentionally distribute the same hue of blue paint across the island annually? Did Pantone decree blue the roadside shop colour of Jamaica? Whatever the reason, rational business principles would suggest that, in an island with the most bars and shops per capita, having one that stands out is an advantage. Get creative with your décor and encourage clients to come inside.
Fighting colour bias is about stepping out of your comfort zone. Don’t allow society or trends to dictate how you should live. Let us actively change the hue of the Jamaican landscape, and move towards a society where we won’t ever have to submit to another Orange wall again.
There is no better time to take note of upcoming fashion trends than the much anticipated awards season; where 'Hollywood Royalty' parades the handiwork of top tier fashion designers. The 2016 Academy Awards was one of the biggest Red Carpet Events of the Season, and the fashion certainly did not disappoint. Interior Trends often mirror those on the runway, and Sunday night was no exception.
Popcorn in hand, we tuned into E! as our favourite stars and starlets arrived on the Red Carpet. Our pick for Best Dressed was none other than Lady Gaga, who epitomised Hollywood glam in a white Brandon Maxwell designed pants suit and overskirt.. Reminiscent of Marilyn Munroe, we couldn't help but be inspired by her ensemble.
We created our mood board based on the clean lines, subtle pleating and structure of the suit, which happens to be the same hue as Benjamin Moore's colour of the year for 2016 - Simply White. Gaga's outfit was complemented by 90 carat emerald-cut diamond drops from Lorraine Schwartz, which inspired our selection of subtle bling on the throw pillow and table lamp. The tufted Sofa and Ottoman are perfectly suited (pun intended) for the Hollywood glam living room, and the white pleated drapes accentuated the formality of the space.
We are totally in love with this white on white trend for interiors this year; and while we agree that upkeep may be a bit challenging, you'd be surprised at just how much wear and tear white can truly withstand.
Living in the tropics has never been trendier. Who could have imagined that this climate would produce such cool trends, but tropical inspired décor is heating up interiors this year. We blogged about pineapples in April, and now the spotlight is on Banana Leaf Prints.
We adore this refreshing addition to home décor, although there have been variations of it in the past with the palm leaf; but the Banana Leaf has a bold and edgy flavour that's irresistible right now. Celebrities like Beyoncé have caught on to the trend, and we must admit that Dooney & Bourke's Banana Leaf Satchel is a summer must have.
We are definitely leaning towards a preference for the trend in home décor (maybe we're just biased), but the print adds a bit of whimsy to any room. Wallpaper, Upholstery, Throw Pillows, Drapery ( be careful with drapes, as the print could end up mimicking a hotel room at a Sandals Resort) and Art, are perfect ways to add this print to your décor. Our preference is throw pillows, as they add the perfect amount of this trend in your space without going overboard. The one in our collage is an 'If Walls Could Talk' special edition (email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order). Pair this print with black and white, gold, grey or tan, and ensure you don't mix too many additional prints or bright colours with this already bold statement.
We can't stress enough that trends are temporary, so try not to 'go bananas' with this one. Remember the old adage 'Less is More', and you can't go wrong.
Interior design is constantly evolving, and the prevalence of social media tools like Facebook, Twitter & Instagram allow us access to current trends faster than ever before. No longer do we have to wait for the next issue of Décor magazines to hit the stands; but, by the click of a button, Jamaicans can apprise themselves of the latest interior trends with ease. So why are some of us still holding on to these ancient styles?
We recently had the opportunity to create a relaxing Master Suite for one of our favourite clients ( yep we have favourites .... if parents can have a favourite child, we can have favourite clients). Her only request was "bright, airy and calm". She was elated with the finished product; so we must pay homage to these awesome side tables that stole the show..
These beauties were pretty difficult to find, but we searched high and low and landed them at one of our favourite little spots in Kingston, Jamaica ( www.livingspacesjm.com) . When you visit, just tell them we sent you.
There was no better way to complement the calming mint walls and soothing greys, than a pair of glamorous night stands. The mirrors help to bounce light around the room, creating a more spacious feeling, and also reflect the soft glow from the lamps during the night. The quatrefoil patterned area rug appears to continue endlessly in the table's reflection, adding dimension to the space.
While the night stands don't scream at you, they add a touch of elegance to any room and are impossible to ignore. Every girl needs even a tiny bit of glitz and glam in her bedroom (to satisfy our inner princess); and these mirrored bedside tables are the perfect fit.
'There's always time for a glass of wine' when you are relaxed at home; and we recommend that you have one of these miniature potted plants as a housemate. Miniature Cacti, Aloe, Euphorbia, Echeveria, Agave.. are all members of the succulent family, and they are a must have in every home this year.
This plant is perfect for the busy professional who lives in an apartment complex; a growing trend in Kingston, Jamaica. They are low maintenance, DO NOT require a green thumb, are perfect for indoors, and add a touch of modern flair to any room. Plants are necessary to create a space with good feng shui (we will discuss this concept in another article), they also provide oxygen; and help to filter the air in your home from harmful chemicals, including carcinogens.
Here is the major reason we are 'crushing on cacti' - they are the most budget friendly indoor plant we've ever purchased! The custom mini cactus and decorated mason jar included in the kitchen design above, cost under J$2,000.00/US$17.00 ; directly from one our favourite Jamaican artisans ' Soro Limited' (email - email@example.com).
Your succulents can be purchased from your local plant store in standard plastic flower pots, but the real beauty is in the presentation. We especially love seeing them in mason jars and mugs, but you can be as creative as possible with your plant's new home. Like any other plant, they will need water and filtered light, but only minimal attention is required.
Did we mention that using cacti in home décor is a huge Scandinavian trend right now? So why not join in and crush with us? We don't mind sharing.
Last year, we saw Birds popping up in home décor. 2015 welcomes its new trend - The Pineapple.
It seems interiors just can't have enough of these tropical accents.
What's not to love? Pineapples remind us of paradise; a relaxing vacation (well in our case 'staycation') in Jamaica. It appeals to all senses : the rough edges of the pine's texture, the punch of colour ranging from yellow to green to orange, that refreshing succulent taste, and of course its sweet distinct smell.
Before you get carried away, trends come and go; so we prefer these 'boho chic' fruits in small doses. Throw Pillows, Wall art, accent pieces in the form of miniature pineapples; actually, even real pineapples on your dining table make a stylish and tasty centrepiece.
We created this mood board for some inspiration.