Hawaii is a magical place that fills the soul and has healing properties. Every time I visit, I return with a little more aloha in my heart.
Back in March, Matt and I took our teens on a vacation to the Big Island of Hawaii. I didn’t have any input in the details of this Big Island adventure, Matt planned the entire vacation, I let him take the reins and I went along for the ride, so all of the beauty I saw and all of the inspiration I gathered came to me as a surprise.
One thing I’m learning is that the more present I am in the moment, the more I’m aligned with the pulse of the universe and in tune with nature and everything around me. I’ve become even more observant by living that philosophy and as a result I feel more gratitude and more joy just noticing the little things around me.
I’m one who craves constant stimulation in the form of shape and color so I’m always up for a new adventure to a new destination because I know I’ll find inspiration there, if I just pay attention. I could go on and on about Hawaii’s natural beauty. I could share pictures of white sandy beaches and waterfalls, but I thought instead I’d share the little things that caught my eye, that gave me little moments of wonder for just being in that place at that moment.
There’s an abundance of lava rock everywhere on the Big Island and the one thing I kept noticing was how black serves as a dramatic backdrop for green leaves! Consider black paint outdoors for your fences or arbors or planters, black really shows off the beauty of lush greenery.
We stayed in Waikoloa for a few nights at the Marriott and one thing I love about hotels in Hawaii is how they’re decorated in tropical style and open to the elements.
I’m usually not a fan of hotel carpet but this wide runner is out-of-the-box and I liked its blue abstract pattern. Also notice those awesome planters, these ones in white!
Are you like me when you spy a beautiful tree with branches that look like sculpture, you stop to snap a picture? Pretty much me all.the.time. 🙂
Vintage Volkswagon vans are a reminder of one of the coolest eras in American history, I found this one and these rad surfboards at one of my favorite stops: the Lava Lava Beach Club.
I’ve only seen a black sand beach once before and that was in the Hana area of Maui. I had to stare at this black sand beach at Waimanu Bay for awhile just to admire the contrast of the sand against the foam of the waves, so beautiful.
Botanicals are a huge source of inspiration to me so a stop at the Botanical Garden was a welcome pit stop. Each one of these is an organic work of art.
But you don’t need to go to Hawaii to be inspired by nature, it’s everywhere if you’re present and looking for it. 🙂
I’ve had a few requests to share recent pictures of my family. As my kids have gotten older I’ve pulled waaaaay back on how much I share about them on social media and here on the blog because I think they should tell their own online story, so out of respect for their privacy I rarely show pictures of my children, but today I’ll make an exception, just look how much they’ve grown! I’ll leave you with a few snapshots of some of the special moments we shared.
This was my sole souvenir, this black heart shaped rock found on the beach, better than anything I could buy in a shop. I keep it on my desk as a reminder of this beautiful island.
Hawaii is always a source of immense beauty and inspiration, don’t you agree? What’s one of your favorite memories from Hawaii?
These dining room paint ideas will inspire new ways to create a space to dine in style. From the latest on-trend paint colours to interesting paint effects, broaden your decorating style with any of these fabulous ideas.
We all know staying in is the new going out. With this popular trend for home entertaining, powered by the need to save money and still socialise, there’s an increasing desire to transform our dining rooms and make them a focal point in our homes.
Firstly think how you use the space. Do you host daily family mealtimes, to banish modern TV dinners and resurrect the age old tradition of sitting altogether around the table. You might want to consider creating an engaging space with chalkboard paint and bright colours.
Do you have a dining room that you only use on special occasions? You could try a more dramatic approach to your colour and paint ideas, adding extra wow factor to gatherings.
You might have an open-plan dining area and therefore looking for a clever, simple way to give the space more purpose.
Whichever best applies to you, our selection of the best dining room paint ideas will guide and inspire you.
1. Add ceiling height with a painted border
Image credit: Simon Whitmore
Adding an accent colour, especially a bright one (which can include white), as a border at the top of a wall can help to draw the eye up and therefore create the illusion of a higher ceiling height. This is an effective way to add to interest to walls if your home doesn’t have any cornicing. We love this joyful combination of sunshine yellow with an earthy taupe shade.
Our top tip for creating the perfect line between colours, without any paint bleeding is to paint the base cover over the tape BEFORE you paint the accent colour.
For instance here the background is taupe, you paint over the edge with the taupe first, which forms a seal when dry. Then when you put the accent colour on top, it won’t bleed under the tape.
2. Opt for an ombre paint effect
Image credit: Oliver Gordon
The ombre paint effect is hugely popular right now. The experts at Crown paint make this look easy, so we’ll hand over to those in the know to best explain the easiest method…
‘To create an ombré effect, the first step is to decide roughly where you want your colour divide to be, ‘ explains Judy Smith, Crown Colour Consultant. ‘Then paint the top portion of your wall down beyond the colour divide point. It’s important to start at the top first, as this avoids dripping on to the finished lower portion.’
‘Use small portions of masking tape to mark a horizontal line, to ensure that you keep your colour divide horizontal and central. Finally, where the two colours meet, use a slightly damp radiator roller to apply a thin, feathered dividing line to create the merging of the two colours.’
3. Protect walls by painting half and half
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Use the two-tone paint technique with a more practical purpose. If you love neutrals but suspect they won’t stay that way for long, the half and half paint effect could be a great solution – plus you get to inject a more vibrant colour palette into your home.
Using stronger colours on the bottom half of a wall is a great idea to hide wear and tear in busy, high traffic rooms. Especially handy in a dining rooms where you may have little mucky fingers tempted to touch the walls – or if accidents and spills happen. A darker colour will still mark, but it will appear far less noticeable.
4. Paint in a uniform shade
Image credits: Dominic Blackmore
Dramatic dark painted walls have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason as this image demonstrates. Dark brooding paint colours can give rooms power and definition. The black painted background in this dining room helps to create a sense of drama, key for ambience. Painting the shelving in the same shade helps to keep the look uniformed.
The dark wall in this room is complimented by co-ordinating painted furniture pieces. Enhanced by a contrasting light wood floors, table legs and the table top. White accessories help to add an element of monochrome.
Think dark is only for big spaces? It’s not always about the size of the room, it’s the light quality. As long as there is plenty of light dark walls will work their magic.
5. Add architectural detail with clever paint finishes
Image credit: Joanna Henderson
If the dream is to own a home with period features, but your live in a modern space – simple think outside the box when it comes to decorating. For instance, if you don’t have picture rails, dado rails or cornicing adding interest to walls consider other ways to add decorative details. While you can add these features, with the aid of a good carpenter or DIY pro, it may not prove cheap.
Our budget but brilliant suggestion is faking it with simple paint tricks. As seen above we’ve created the illusion of a dado rail by simply using two contrasting paint colours – a striking green underneath a warm white. The effect creates a more characterful finish to an otherwise plain wall.
We recommend FrogTape to help achieve the perfect clean line between the two colours.
6. Reclaim all four walls with soothing shades
Image credit: Lizzie Orme
With the trend for feature walls we quite often forego the idea of painting all four walls with a statement colour.
Statement colours don’t have to be shocking, we simply mean a colour with an element of saturation. Green paint shades are an ideal example. Green can make a mellow, gentle statement in any space, especially a sociable space such as a dining room.
In all its gloriously fresh shades green is the hue associated with creating a calming and invigorating, refreshing and comforting decor.
There’s a misconception that white always feels too stark. While that it can be true, if that’s the gallery kind of vibe you wish to create – Brilliant White was made for this look! But there’s a whole world of warm white paint shades out there ideal to create a blank canvas.
We see here how white painted walls lend the perfect backdrop to a rustic country dining room, without looking out of place. Rich earthy tones from the wooden furniture and the table accessories help to add further warmth.
Perhaps you’ve been inspired by all the colour you see elsewhere to finally take the plunge in your own home. But if you are still unsure about the colour apperaing too block, artwork and wall accessories such as clocks are a great way to break up the colour.
Grey continues to be the new neutral. While it’s a safe shade, not scary like a primary colour, you can still push your daring side by choosing darker shades.
9. Give personality to furniture with accent colours
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Give personality to dining chairs with a coat of imaginative paint. Update old existing chairs with a splash of furniture paint to make them feel brand new. Go for a uniform colour, such as a neutral grey, that suits your dining or kitchen dining space.
To add a quirky decorative touch dip the legs with an accent colour. You can get creative by using a different shade for each one, keeping the overall look more eclectic. Measure an equal height up fom the tip that suits how much colour you want to paint. Next simply section off by using a strip of FrogTape and paint the accent colour over the existing paint colur.
Add further pops of colour and pattern with decorative seat cushions.
10. Paint a chalkboard
Image credit: Joanna Henderson
Use the space creatively. If your dining room is more of an informal living space, such as an open-plan kitchen area, you can afford to be more experimental. Painting a blackboard on the wall can make the space feel instantly more inviting.
Mark out a simple rectangle to the same length of your dining table, to create a feature that’s part memo board and part wall art. Paint the rectangle onto the wall using specialist blackboard paint.
For a further styling tip fix pegs to the wall within the painted area to hang plants and storage baskets.Pretty and practical, just how we like our decor.
11. Frame features with contrasting colours
Image credit: Robert Sanderson
Use contrasting paint shades to frame architectural features, such as door frames, skirting boards and cornicing. Even more effective if your doors are also painted, you could match the colour and use this framing technique to create the illusion of doors or windows being larger than they are.
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A prewar apartment from Manhattan was transformed by architecture and interior design studio MKCA into a contemporary urban oasis full of color and refined beauty. It’s one of the most impressive and most inspiring before and after projects we’ve seen in a while and we’re very excited to get into all the details.
The original layout of this 2,800 square foot apartment was segmented and a lot of the spaces were dark so the architects focused a lot on maximizing the natural light and on creating enlarged openings between the spaces in order to increase circulation and visual connectivity. The rooms were already well-proportioned so no adjustments were necessary in that regard.
A variety of stylish apartment decorating techniques were used to reimagine the spaces for contemporary living and that was achieved without stripping away the apartment’s original character. The large entrance hall is adjacent to the cloak room and the powder room which was originally a closet space. They’ve both been transformed and now feature brightly-colored flamingo wallpaper and respectively dark and elegant wall tiles.
In general all the spaces have a graphic and colorful look and burst with playfulness without being too casual. A lot of the furniture pieces have vintage designs and are used in combination with contemporary pieces, complementing and bringing out the beauty in each other.
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Cityscapes twinkle beyond the windows of this 78.07 square metre apartment, belonging to a blogger located in Kiev, Ukraine. The dark and sophisticated living space was designed and visualised by Home Cult. It is a design that explores creative lighting solutions, in order to accentuate pieces of modern furniture and textured feature walls, and bring a whole new dimension to the decor. The bedroom in particular has a unique slatted wall design that incorporates LEDs inside to stunning effect. You can also find a home office that’s set up for flawless sound recording, incorporating sound absorption panels, to facilitate the making of YouTube videos and podcasts.
Modern track lights glow around the ceiling space of a living room dining room combo. Perimeter LEDs cast a glow down a black marble and wood effect feature wall behind the living room sofa. Under-cabinet LED lights cut across a one wall kitchen.
Within the wood effect wall, an internal door has been panelled with the same wood finish so that it almost disappears from view behind the modern sofa.
Large windows let natural daylight flood in across the grey living room and onto the contemporary grey sofa. A column of space between the large windows has been given a grey gloss surface in order to define it as the tv wall. The ceiling track lights reflect in its high shine finish.
After nightfall, the evening cityscape twinkles through the generous expanse of windows, wrapping the living room like a large wall mural.
The flat fronted grey kitchen is somewhat camouflaged against the grey walls of the living room. Wall cupboards have been double banked to capitalise on vertical storage space in the compact room proportions.
Lights on the horizon glow in the twilight, whilst horizontal kitchen lights glow beneath the cabinets.
A chrome tap shines against the grey backsplash and countertop.
Taller units finish off the grey one wall kitchen, and include an integrated oven. The dining set is a mix and match of soft neutral chairs and a dark wood table.
The tabletop is kept clear of a centrepiece, or any knick-knacks, so as not to obstruct the window view to the sofa across the room.
The home office is like a box of texture. A rustic stone feature wall is cut through with wooden volumes, beside a smooth grey panelled wall. Sound absorption panels have been installed around the desk to maximise sound quality when recording videos for YouTube, or when recording podcasts. The acoustic panels bring their own texturised effect to the room, stretching all the way from the desk to the ceiling.
An LED strip light is concealed under the desk overhang, which creates a warming and welcoming glow from underneath.
The long desk is able to support two widescreen monitors, used for video editing. Two storage cabinets nestle beneath the worktop.
An ergonomic desk chair sits at the modern home office desk, to provide good back support for long hours in front of the screen.
The home studio contains a grey modern sofa dressed with a brown accent cushion, which pulls in the wood tones and complements the warm light at the bespoke desk installation.
There is a bank of office shelves spanning one entire wall of the home workspace, with deep storage drawers underlining the stacks.
The phone stand matches the walnut finish of the neighbouring headphone stand.
Lighting tricks are at play inside the master bedroom. LEDs beneath the bed reflect onto the wood floor, giving the bed an elevated floating effect. Strip lights accentuate a wide headboard design and textured accent wall.
The grey bedroom scheme looks warm and alive under the lights, which reflect in a mirrored and slatted wardrobe door design.
At the foot of the bed, lights have been threaded between the slats of another feature wall. The undulating line of light gives an abstract impression of another cityscape, to match the view out of the window.
Bookshelves complete the space, butted up to the windows in a quietly cohesive grey on grey aesthetic.
A Snoopy table lamp shines against leather effect panels on the headboard. Electrical sockets are colour coordinated in a matching shade of grey.
The bathroom is another triumph of modern lighting solutions in a monochrome design scheme. A warm white trim of light stripes the seam between the floor and the wall in this room, which creates uplighting upon a charcoal colour toilet. The low level illumination also highlights raw grey concrete floor slabs that bring in a cool industrial vibe.
A clean and crisp white rectangular bathtub contrasts with the raw concrete, and with the darker elements in the room. A rainfall showerhead is installed above the bath.
Beneath the vanity unit, a piece of mirror reflects the floor lights and tiles, which makes the room appear much larger than its actual proportions.
Underlit shelves glow inside a recess at the side of the vanity area, offering an easy reach storage solution for regularly used toiletries, makeup and hair products. Heated single bar towel rails gleam against the grey backdrop in shiny stainless steel. The toilet flush plate, roll holder, bidet rinser and basin tap match the smart silvery finish.
Multiple green spaces shape the many views and tranquil nature of this 6802.79 square feet luxury home in Río Claro, Brazil, designed by the architect team at Celso Laetano Arquitetura. Based in the countryside of São Paulo, the homeowner wished this to be a house to be a practical and functional space in which to regularly host family and good friends. This wish explains the multiple sitting areas clustered throughout the living space, and a seriously gourmet kitchen. Aesthetically, the interior decor has a timeless elegance that is interspersed with some contemporary furniture choices. Blue accents colour the interior, with botanical green beauties bordering every window glass.
A private swimming pool shimmers up to the back of the modern home exterior, which is clad with Cumaru wood. Warm light from within the house reflects on the still water over natural hijau stone.
Mature trees grow from a manicured emerald lawn, with exterior lights making their trunks and branches glow golden in the dusk.
Stepping stones cross the swimming pool where it meets the house, joining access to a hot tub area on one side of it with a sun patio on the other.
Integration between interior and exterior space was a main focus of the project, which has been achieved in this living space by installing huge windows that span the entire length of the long room.
A social lounge and a gourmet kitchen are situated up by the glass, with a more formal living room set further back inside the house.
A cool blue colour story runs throughout. Warming contrast is brought in by pieces of wooden furniture, which are prominent elements in the interior project; a number of these pieces have been signed by their Brazilian designers.
In the back of the living space, farthest away from the windows, a few indoor plants continue the garden element of the design.
Botanical art brings greenery to solid walls, which is lit from above by LED perimeter lights. Plentiful comfortable seating makes this lounge a place where house guests and hosts can congregate in the evening time.
A blue patterned area rug holds the whole seating arrangement together as one island in the large open plan room. A blue sofa marks each end of the lounge, and twinned accent chairs border the sides.
The central wooden coffee table holds a beautiful chess set and a jewel-like blue decorative vase.
Various wooden side tables have been dotted between the seating to provide places to set down plentiful drinks and snacks when entertaining house guests.
Table lamps are on hand to set a cosy ambient glow.
Burnt cement texture was applied to the walls and ceiling to add subtle interest to the neutral backdrop.
A smaller lounge area sits by the window, inside an indoor patio of sorts. There is also a dining area here, situated close to the industrial style gourmet kitchen.
There is a much larger table situated inside the formal interior, just behind the formal lounge. A sofa table runs along the back of one of the blue couches here too; blue decorative vases dress the top of the table and the space beneath it.
Blue tinted mirrors hang above a sideboard in the dining area. They playfully reflect the light, and the room, in several directions with their geometric cut glass.
Blue modern art complements blue walls. Red accents are thrown in for good contrast.
The furniture here is cosy and comfortable, chosen as much for function as for form.
The high performance gourmet kitchen looks like it has been ripped directly from a top end restaurant.
A glorious garden view softens the look of the serious industrial style kitchen.
Up on the first floor of the house, there are four bedrooms with bathrooms. This particular bedroom suite is situated around a green terrace that separates it from its washroom. It is possible to spot the bathtub inside a glass wall bathroom just through the foliage. Inside the bedroom there is a small lounge area, made up by a two tiered wooden coffee table and two blue bedroom chairs.
Orange accents bring heat to the bedroom decor scheme.
The courtyard terrace provides calming green views.
A deep pile rug softens the wood floor.
Colourful wall art brings sunshine to the side of the platform bed.
If you’re looking to give your living room a quick face-lift but don’t want to commit the requisite time for a creative paint job or money for a luxe sofa, there is a convenient alternative: accent chairs. Aside from being an easy way to infuse your space with color and bold style, their generally lower price point will allow you to get more experimental and try out a trend or design you might be hesitant to test on a $1,000 seating option. And one of the most affordable places to indulge your inner HGTV star? Walmart, which we already know as the purveyor of surprisingly chic design pieces.
Below, the accent chairs your living room needs, regardless of your style or space.
Consider this bentwood-inspired retro piece an easy way to infuse some old-school charm into a more modern home. Opt for the natural finish for a high-contrast look against the dark cushion. Those looking to marry sleek minimalism with mid-century modern will particularly love this simple armchair.
Contemporary lines meet punchy pink for a seating option that’s a far cry from your average lounge chair. For a more personalized touch, remove the lumbar pillow (you can use it as a finishing touch for your sofa or bed) and swap in a printed throw or pillow that adds some contrast.
If you live in a studio and have been hunting for the perfect hero piece, call off the search. This country-styled chair, designed by none other than The Novogratz, is pretty much the only seating option your apartment needs. Cozy it up with soft throws for a reading nook or bring it to your dining table–turned-desk when you need it. Pick the sunny yellow hue to infuse a pop of brightness to your tiny home and you’re all set.
If you don’t know how to make leather cool
If you’ve been looking for the perfect, 2019-approved way to decorate with leather that won’t make your home resemble the study of an elderly gentleman, consider this chair. Bright white leather (it’s faux!) balances out a sleek wooden frame. It’ll work equally well with minimalist neutrals and as a calming presence against a more maximalist backdrop.
If you need a chair that works double duty
Somewhere between simple Scandi style and mid-century edge sits this oak wood armchair. Intricate woven detailing lends an almost spiderweb-like quality, elevating it from a simple wooden chair to a design moment with a capital M. And while it makes a great filler for an empty living room nook, we can also see it working well as a desk chair or even as seating for your dinner table. Versatility is this chair’s main selling point.
If you want an unusual look
Ever look at a pair of jeans that are the perfect shade of blue and say, “I wish I could get these in the form of a chair?” Consider your (oddly specific) design wish granted: This simple yet sophisticated chair almost looks like it’s crafted out of denim. But considering that material is hardly one you want to sink into—there’s a reason people lounge around in pajamas, not jeans—the fact that it’s actually linen makes this piece all the more desirable.
We talk about seasonal refreshes a lot: a throw pillow here, a bud vase there. These are all well and good, because they’re generally smaller updates that make you excited about your home again without breaking the bank. However, one thing that often falls to the wayside in these sporadic refreshes is outdoor furniture. Because they’re often made of weather-proof, durable materials, these pieces tend to be quite expensive, making patio decor a one-and-done purchase. So what happens when your tastes evolve or you find yourself craving an al fresco update? Allow us to introduce you to The Inside’s new outdoor furniture range: An eight-piece foray into designer-grade decor, without the accompanying price tag.
The whole range is fun, fresh, and (perhaps most importantly) affordable. It skews from $39 for a throw pillow to $179 for a sling chair and stool set, and includes the biggest staples of outdoor decor. Choose from a slew of different-sized pillows, cabana sling lounge chairs, stools, and even colorful tote bags—essentially, it’s summer on a webpage.
Fans of The Inside will surely recognize a few of their favorite prints from the brand’s numerous collaborations. Heritage brands (like Scalamandré) and high-end designers (like Peter Som and Clare V.) that have partnered with the company before have a selection of patterns in the new collection, so you can take your pick from a range of styles.
Stripes are a great option for a more classic look, and there are several simple shades to let you test out this timeless pattern; though we love the unexpected pairing of bright pink and orange courtesy of a Christene Barberich print, if you’re willing to try something more daring. For a smaller patio update, go all out with a statement-making printed pillow. Scalamandré’s animal-emblazoned designs are an all-time favorite.
Fancy yourself an early summer treat? Head to theinside.com to shop the just-launched collection.
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