If your ideal vacation involves eating a lot of pasta, scoping out artwork and architecture, and enjoying a nice glass of wine, you’re not alone. A new study conducted by booking site Travel Supermarket has revealed that Italy is the most-desired vacation spot for 2019 worldwide.
Using Google’s Keyword Planner, Travel Supermarket uncovered the most searched-for vacation destination in every country. Italy was the top result in places like the United States, Canada, Brazil, China, and Russia. Italians, however, seem to prefer vacations in Spain, which was the second most-searched destination globally. Australia, Greece, and France round out the top five.
It doesn’t come as a surprise that Italy would top the charts for dream destinations, with its widely admired cuisine, millennia of preserved history, and a dynamic mix of bustling cities and awe-inspiring beaches that present the perfect getaway for any type of traveler.
Your dream destination may be the most popular vacation spot in the world, but that doesn’t mean your trip has to be cookie-cutter. If a Roman holiday isn’t quite your speed, opt for these underrated Italian vacations instead.
If you dream of deep blue waters
You don’t have to go to the Amalfi coast to enjoy the beauty of warm-toned buildings set against turquoise lakes: Franciacorta is known for its sparkling wine and its dreamy 1960s architecture.
If you’re up for a mountain escape
Nestled in the Alps on the Italian border with Switzerland and Austria, Alto Adige presents a different kind of Italian vacation—one where you’ll enjoy delectable wine in view of awe-inspiring mountains. Nature lovers, here’s your spot.
If you’re all about the food
Located a very convenient 30 minutes away from Milan, Parma presents the best of the best for foodies and history lovers alike. Here, you can enjoy Parmigiano-Reggiano in its birthplace and ogle da Vinci’s in Teatro Farnese.
Which is the best electric toothbrush to use? We’ve tested a range of models to see which offers the best brush for your buck
When you brush with an electric toothbrush, you do so much more for your oral health than you can with a manual toothbrush. They clean better between teeth, get rid of significantly more plaque, and help you take better care of your gums. All at the push of a button.
Some people might be drawn to electric toothbrushes for aesthetic reasons – we Brits are generally mocked for our teeth (think Mike Myers in ‘Austin Powers’). Americans have long embraced the glaringly white, even smile, and it’s catching on over here. In the age of Instagram and selfies, more people than ever want to improve their teeth, and sales of electric toothbrushes are at an all time high.
And despite what our dentist tells us, a staggering number of us still brush our teeth for less than two minutes. This can, over time, lead to unnecessary, invasive and painful (not to mention expensive) treatment. Thankfully the latest electric toothbrushes are now clever enough that they can bully us into brushing better and for longer.
How do we test our electric toothbrushes
Our tester Chris Haslam has decades of experience of writing about and testing tech. He has been hands on with dozens of toothbrushes, whittling them down to the best. Chris was looking for a toothbrush that cleaned exceptionally, with good battery life. Simple operation was essential – buttons needed to be easy to locate and press, and modes and speeds easy to understand and change. The relative weight of the brush was important, as was the softness or hardness of the bristles. Extras, such as travel cases, or multiple ways of changing, got our brushes extra brownie points.
It’s no exaggeration to say that regular teeth cleaning could help you live longer. Good oral hygiene can improve our general health far beyond a pretty smile. Recent research found that gum disease can speed up mental decline – such as the progression of Alzheimer’s – by as much as six times.
Aside from the health benefits, and better smelling breath, using an electric toothbrush can improve your brushing technique. They can alert you if you press too hard – something that can wear gums away over time. Thanks to built-in timers they can help you to brush for two minutes, which is something must people fail to do when pushed for time.
Top-end electric toothbrushes can also help with that Instagram smile, thanks to whitening modes, as well as sensitive and gum care. Some even have tongue cleaning modes, but even the most basic electric design can improve the quality of your brushing and the cleanliness of your teeth.
This top-of-the-range electric toothbrush is packed with six independent cleaning modes – Pro Clean, Daily Clean, Sensitive, Tongue Cleaning, Whitening and Gum Care. It also has timers to make sure you brush for long enough and pressure sensors to prevent you pushing too hard. A smartphone app and unique Position Detection mode uses your phone’s camera to map your mouth as you clean to be sure every angle is cleaned properly.
Oral-B claims that its Deep Clean Mode removes ‘up to 99.7 per cent of hard-to-reach’ plaque and it uses an oscillating rather than sonic cleaning action. This design cleans individual teeth and feels more vigorous than the sonic designs. Our teeth felt exceptionally clean after using. On the electric toothbrush handle there’s a 360° SmartRing that illuminates when you brush too hard.
The electric toothbrush smartphone app (Android, iOS) connects via Bluetooth and will record your every brush stroke and provide feedback on how long and how thoroughly you clean. The brush itself has memory for 20 brushes so if you don’t have your smartphone close, you won’t lose your brushing data. It comes with a smartphone mount that sticks to your bathroom mirror. This isn’t for watching Netflix while you floss! Instead, it uses the phone camera to watch you brush and analyses your technique. At the end you get a score out of 100 on how you’ve performed.
It’s a neat trick and when it works, it offers useful insight. However, not only is it tedious standing still in front of the mirror, but we found the app struggled to track us even when stationary. The cheaper SmartSeries app-controlled Oral B electric toothbrushes without the extra technology may prove better value for money (see number 7 in our round-up).
There’s no getting away from the fact that this electric toothbrush is exceptionally expensive. However, after just a week of using it our teeth, felt super clean. Thanks to the smart app features, we understood more about oral hygiene. There are five modes and three intensity settings; clean, for everyday cleaning; white, to remove surface stains; deep clean and gum health, and the idea being you treat your teeth to some extra attention once in a while.
As for the app, once you download and sync the toothbrush to your smartphone it will track your brushing. With the help of a mouth map you’ll see where you need to brush more, and you’ll be alerted if you’re pressing too hard. Once you’ve finished the set two minute clean it will show you where to clean more thoroughly. It is very clever stuff, but all a bit unnecessary. After a few days we started to skip using the app and just let the toothbrush tell us (by vibrating) where to brush.
The electric toothbrush base even lights up if you press too hard. This toothbrush comes with a neat glass stand that plugs into a shaver socket, and a more practical travel case that also doubles as a charger. You also get various brush heads for the different modes and a dedicated tongue-cleaner.
If your budget will stretch, we recommend combining this – or one of the others in the Sonicare range – with a water/air flossing machine. It’s the closest thing to having your very own hygienist at home(without the disapproving looks and funny pink water).
Available in three colours (black, white and pink), this dinky electric toothbrush from Colgate doesn’t look especially hi-tech, but for just £50 it boasts two distinct sonic cleaning motions: up-down and side-to-side. It did a very good job of cleaning our teeth and gums. Not much bigger than a standard manual toothbrush, it’s great for travel and won’t clutter up the bathroom. After a few days we noticed our teeth felt significantly smoother than they did with an older rotating-head toothbrush.
Although it lacks the plethora of smart features found elsewhere, there is a two-minute timer with auto-off when you’ve brushed for long enough. It will vibrate after 30 seconds to tell you to move to another part of the mouth. It’s faff-free. The bristles are quite soft but, trust us, that doesn’t mean they’re not doing a good job. A choice of power settings would have been useful and we would have appreciated a spare brush head. But in reality, this electric toothbrush is all about simplicity and is much better than average at cleaning.
Suitable for young children (aged 3+) this super little electric toothbrush managed to transform tooth brushing time in my house from a daily battle to a fun activity. The extra-soft bristles with two-part oscillating head design get into any nooks easily. The vibrations, while strong enough to get rid of plaque, don’t have the fierce motorised power of adult electric toothbrushes.
But the real story here is the fact that once you turn it on a Minion will talk your child through a two-minute brushing programme. The brush will tell them to move to specific parts of the mouth (top left, button right, front etc.). This makes the obligatory two-minute clean fly by.
One of the best things about this brush is the positive reinforcement offered by the built-in brushing ‘coach’. It’s also good that if the user presses too hard there’s a vibration to warn them to be gentler. But it’s not all good news – while the batteries can be replaced, the brush head is fixed, so when the bristles wear out the whole unit has to go in the bin.
The Foreo ISSA 2 electric toothbrush has a slinky modern design (available in blue, black, lavender and mint) that’s more sculptural than pharmaceutical. But all the smooth silicone means it is extremely hygienic. It only has one cleaning mode but comes with an impressive 16 power levels and two brush heads. One is completely made of silicone and one combines silicone with traditional super-soft bristles for a very gentle clean.
Using a silicone brush head feels extremely odd to start with, but despite it feeling weird, the supersonic 11,000 brush strokes per min does get your teeth clean. We thought the all-silicone electric toothbrush performed well. While not sure we would swap a traditional electric brush head for it, some people will clearly love the look and the result.
The Foreo electric toothbrush can be charged using USB and it will warn you when the battery is running low instead of just running out of steam mid-brush. A two-minute timer with 30-second buzzes to remind you to move to a different part of your mouth. Best of all, the battery can last a year and there’s a lock so you don’t have to worry about it buzzing away in your suitcase.
So much easier to use than regular dental floss, this automatic teeth flosser uses micro-droplet technology, which combines bursts of air and water to powerfully remove plaque. Philips claim that when used alongside an electric toothbrush, it removes up to 99.9% of plaque, and when used regularly you’ll have healthier gums in two weeks.
This dental flosser gives a quick blast of air and water (it comes with a bottle of mouthwash) between your teeth, helping to blast the bad stuff away. It’s super simple to use and you can either press the button as you need to or hold it down for regular automatic bursts. It’s a weird sensation, but you’ll soon get used to it and you can really feel the difference in just a minute.
Flossing your teeth can be an absolute pain, but this is fast and effective with none of the discomfort or faffing. Battery life lasts around two weeks of daily use and it can easily be charged on the stand provided. There’s even the option to personalise the cleaning if you want a single, double or triple burst of clean. This electric dental flosser is expensive – especially if you’re also buying an electric toothbrush – but the combination will make a huge difference to your dental health.
We were reticent about including this disposable electric toothbrush because the concept seems unnecessarily wasteful. However, unlike some, the battery can be removed and recycled and some of the plastic parts can also be recycled.
While nowhere near as effective as a proper electric, compared to a bog-standard manual brush you can really feel the difference. For the price, it makes a great travel brush, or a first step towards a full electric. The bristles were quite soft, and without the pulsar motion switched on it didn’t clean anywhere near as well. But thankfully the battery lasted longer than three months, which is the recommended time to replace your manual brush.
What are the main features of an electric toothbrush?
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1. Cleaning modes
Look for brushes with a couple of specialist modes, such as whitening or gum care. They often use a different brush head and help you to target specific problems. At the very least your brush should come with a couple of power settings which makes it ideal if you’re sharing with family members.
2. Replacement heads
Most brands now offer different style heads for various cleaning modes, including those for sensitive gums and whitening. Remember, you need to replace the brush head ever three months.
Many electric toothbrushes come with built-in timers that stop once you’ve hit the magic two-minute mark or vibrate after 30 seconds to remind you to move to a different part of your mouth.
3. Travel case
Going away shouldn’t mean your teeth suffer, so look for cases that keep your brush and spare head safe. Some also have built-in charging for added convenience.
The majority of models available in the UK come with a 2-pin shaving socket plug for charging. If you don’t have one, you’ll need to get a simple plug adapter. Newer models now come with USB charging for added convenience.
5. Connected cleaning
Some electric toothbrushes come with a free smartphone app that gathers data on how you brush and helps you improve your oral hygiene. It’s helpful to see how you brush your teeth, and where you need to improve. Plus, the apps can remind you to buy new brush heads.
How much should I spend on an electric toothbrush?
We’ve tested models from £7 to well over £300, but you can buy a great quality electric toothbrush for between £30-£80. Look out for promotions on big-brand toothbrushes.
The top-of-the-range electric toothbrushes come with many features, but in our tests, many of the headline grabbing extras – smartphone apps for instance – were ignored after the novelty wore off. Travel cases and good charging bases are the most practical extras.
Oscillating or sonic electric toothbrushes – which is best?
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Oscillating-rotating brushes have a small, circular brush head that targets individual teeth, while the brush head of sonic (or super-sonic) toothbrush is similar to that of a manual toothbrush.
Oscillating electric toothbrushes tend to have rotation at between 2,500 and 7,500 brushes per minute in comparison to only 300 manually. Sonic brushes offer an estimated 30,000 brushes per minute.
There have been various clinical trials done to answer this question. Tests in 2009 and 2010 ranked them equally good at removing plaque.
The good news is that all leading toothbrush manufacturers offer a money-back guarantee (typically a month) so you can try both and decide which you prefer.
“Some days ideas come easier than others. Some days it’s like pulling hen’s teeth.” – Jim Palmer This morning was perfect. Sunny, colorful, calm. Other than the pollen, Spring is such a fun season, don’t you think? (Achoo!) Wrinkled brown seeds turn into rainbows in the dirt, and birdsong is carried on the…
Yesterday I spent the day in San Francisco with my client, her full scale home renovation is underway and we’ve made some exciting progress! The bathrooms are nearly complete and the kitchen cabinets will be installed soon, it’s all coming together beautifully and I cannot wait to share these spaces with you!
I have a few local projects in the works as well, a patio makeover for a good friend is in progress and a DIY shelf project for me! I’m off to gather the wood to my design come to life, stay tuned!
If you are looking for small living room ideas, take inspiration from our gallery of beautiful small space designs to unlock the potential of your compact living room.
When you are redecorating, one of the easiest ways to make a small living room feel more spacious is to inject soft, pastel shades into your design scheme to keep the room warm and inviting – check out our ideas for living room colour schemes for more inspiration.
Take a look at these small living room ideas to get you started.
1. Swap your sofa for a snuggler
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A bulky sofa can gobble up living room space quickly, so if you have an especially tiny room, ask yourself if you could manage with an equally comfy but far less invasive ‘snuggles’. Otherwise known as a 1.5 seater, it can easily accommodate a parent and child – or a cuddly couple.
This room also employs another neat trick that’s genius for small rooms that back onto gardens – a botanical decorating scheme. ‘Pretty florals are perfect for blurring the lines between indoors and outdoors,’ says our Senior Features Editor Stephanie Durrant. Creating this visual link will draw the eye outside and again make the rom feel bigger.
2. Avoid a corridor effect with a corner sofa
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This reception room is quite long and thin, and previously the owners had a long dark sofa, which only added to the corridor effect. By swapping it for a pale L-shaped design, they’ve created a cosy corner and opened up the space. There’s now also room for more seating by way of large floor cushions.
3. Use stools as seats
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The first thing you should never do if you have a small living room is cram in too much furniture. Instead, choose a sofa that’s proportional to the size of the space, and if you’re still in need of more seating, use stools. They’ll take up far less room than bulky armchairs, and can be easily manoeuvred. If you like your living room cute and cosy, try clustering colour-co-ordinated objects together – from pictures to cushions – to create a coherent look.
Make the most of natural light in the room by keeping window dressings simple. If you are lucky enough to have high ceilings, full-length curtains are a good choice as they’ll draw the eye upwards and create the illusion of space, even if the square footage in your living room is a bit meagre. Subtle stripe designs add to the feeling of extra depth. If you do choose curtains, make sure they can be swept away from the window for light or alternatively go for Roman or roller blinds.
4. Invest in multi-functional furniture
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When it comes to small living rooms, hard-working, multi-functional pieces of furniture are your friends. Take this coffee table, which doubles as a storage bin, allowing you to clear away any clutter at a moment’s notice. You could also invest in lidded stools, or even a sofa with storage under the seat. Add wall mirrors and furniture with reflective surfaces into your design scheme to maximise the amount of natural light in your living room to make it feel bigger and brighter.
Whether it’s a bijou country cottage or a studio flat, it can be tricky to create a relaxing bolt hole when your front door opens straight into your living room. Take the emphasis away from the entrance by creating a focal point with thoughtfully arranged seating. Here, a neat two-seater and comfy armchair have been placed at a 90-degree angle to a slim side table and lamp.
A cool neutral palette works beautifully with the rustic plasterwork and the roller blind makes the most of a recessed window to add extra square inches to the room.
6. Decorate vertically
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Think about living room wallpaper designs to complement your lounge. Take that décor up high when floor space is limited. Here, a small corner of a brilliant white room has been transformed with a column of geometric pattern that pulls the eye upwards to make the most of a high ceiling.
The pattern is echoed at the window in a sheer voile, which allows the natural light to filter in for a clean and bright effect. The neat base of a marble floor lamp negates the need for a side table while providing great task lighting for when the sun sets.
7. Pare it back with wood
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Think about alternatives to traditional living room furniture, such as the three-piece suite. It’s still possible to have a cosy area for relaxing and reading with less space-greedy furnishings. Swap an upholstered armchair for a wooden rocker with cushions; and bookcases for slimline ladder-style shelving. Wash walls and accessorise with subtle colour.
8. Pop an L-shaped sofa into a tight space
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Before decorating or furnishing an awkwardly shaped living room consider how best to optimise the space available. Think about an L-shaped sofa in a tight eaves space teamed with trunks that can function as coffee tables as well as handy storage. Keep a dark room white to make the most of what little light there is.
Decorating with white on walls, ceiling and floor can leave a space feeling clinical and stark. Take the chill off a compact nook with a homely leather armchair, red floor lamp and woollen rug – all circled around a log-filled fireplace. A tactile cushion and soft throw in viridian green add a final designer touch.
10. Use lighting to your advantage
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Mark out a living space with an overhanging pendant light and carefully positioned round coffee table. The two pieces work together to create a focal point around which you can sit a couple of chairs and add floor cushions or stools when guests visit. Here, a selection of accessories and books are displayed on industrial-style open shelving to create a relaxed feel without hiding the beautiful texture of a slate feature wall.
11. Show off interesting objects
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Just because your living room is verging on the small side, it doesn’t mean that you should hide away all your favourite belongings in storage. If you have objects that are worthy of showing off then display them along an open shelf, above the sofa. This idea is great for when floor space is at a premium.
12. Place your pattern to create a theme
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Pattern can work as well in small living rooms as it does in large, but it pays to think carefully about where you put it. Wool fabrics are made for cosy country-style firesides, but keep tartans, checks, paisleys and florals confined to throws and cushions on sofas and armchairs, leaving walls for plain paint finishes. Add a natural flooring rug to bring the two sides of a room together.
13. Distract the eye with characterful furnishings
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While banishing clutter might help a smaller living room feel more open, if you’re a fan of the cosy, lived-in look such a pared back scheme will do little for you. But small doesn’t have to mean bare and characterless. Try the classic combination of dark leather armchair and traditional fireplace – there’s nothing like it for creating a warm, cosy environment. Add much-loved items and accessories – in an interesting, character-filled scheme, no one will be thinking about how small the room is.
14. Make the most of the space under the stairs
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Make the most of the unused space under the stairs by incorporating everything from storage to quirky accessories. If you have space issues in your small abode and need to make the most of every nook and cranny then turn to that nimble spot under the stairs into a warm and cosy living space. Here, a built-in bookcase and sofa tucks in neatly in that often unloved and underused area.
15. Work with original features
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Give architectural features a modern update with a fresh coat of paint and light retouching. Here original features have been painted to give this living room a modern edge. The black fireplace remains the focal point, and adds a sense of cosiness along with the chunky sofa and rustic wooden coffee table. A wool rug brings texture to the scheme and enhances the inviting feel of the room.
16. Maximise storage potential
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Small living rooms need to be kept fresh and uncluttered with well-chosen storage. A great way to make a small living room feel larger is to keep it meticulously tidy and in order to do that, everything in the room needs to have its proper place. Floating shelves are perfect for small rooms because they can hold a lot of things on a wall or in alcoves, or choose bespoke fitted, floor-to-ceiling shelves and cupboards that make use of every inch of spare space.
Home offices are as much a part of the modern home as formal dining rooms these days – in fact, many of us repurpose underused dining areas as workspaces! A home office can be set up within almost any room. Small study areas in bedrooms are commonplace, double workspaces pop up in living rooms to accommodate demand, and even the kitchen often has more than one kind of ‘worktop’. Once you’ve found a good spot, what about the colour scheme, desk design, chair style, shelving needs, and storage furniture to keep the whole thing neat and tidy enough to live with full time? Here are 51 of our favourite workspace designs to get you started.
Invigorate your working mind with a bright and welcoming colour. If you want your workspace to be inviting (and we all no that feeling of being repelled by a boring looking desk) then lay out the welcome mat, so to speak. Whack on a welcoming colour like this bright sunshine yellow to chase away a Monday morning feeling of gloom.
Carve out a section of your room using colour coordination. In this bedroom, a storage cupboard, shelving unit, desk and wall paint are colour matched to define a royal blue home workspace. One thin wood trim around a shelf cubby complements the Scandinavian style chair, which is the Hans Wegner Elbow chair.
Reap the rewards of repositional small shelves by installing a pegboard. The pegboard trend can be utilised in plenty of areas in the home, but is particularly useful in a busy workspace with changing needs.
Screen off noise without blocking off the visual. If you don’t like the idea of being holed away from family life when in the home office, then how about a glass dividing wall? Screen out excess noise and even cooking smells (if that’s your work domain) but remain part of the action. White decor, a minimalist desk and a slender led desk lamp keeps the work stuff paled into the background.
Make use of an unused alcove. Use custom cuts of timber or MDF to fashion a desk top and shelves inside a small alcove. Bring it out of the shadows with a designer table lamp, like this Menu JWDA lamp.
Aligned pendant lights aren’t just for breakfast bars. Hang a row of small pendants along the length of your desk to give it some status – as well as ample illumination no matter where you pull in your chair.
Don’t forget about the down time. Everyone needs a moment to mull something over during their working day, or even just a moment to rest their back after too long in the chair. Consider including a small sofa or comfortable lounge chair in the layout.
Jazz up a minimalist home office with controlled colour. If you like the clean look of an all white home office but need a little colour in your life too, introduce some colourful storage cubbies into the cabinetry.
Want your home workspace to meld more with the room? Colour match all office furniture and shelving with the wall paint colour. This home office features a stripe of mirror behind the desk to reflect the rest of the room decor too. LED strip lights illuminate the edge of the glass and a Rosendahl monkey.
Nothing feels quite so inspirational as green spaces. If you can, build your home workspace in front of a window with a garden view, incorporate a courtyard or indoor vertical garden, or even bring in a nature themed wall mural.
Set the scene. Kids workspaces are pretty essential these days with the amount of homework continually rising. If they’ve got a dedicated, comfortable and attractive area in which to do their work, it may be easier to persuade them to crack those books.
Home from home. Office shelving doesn’t have to be all packed out with overstuffed files, paper trays and pen pots. Arrange framed artwork, decorative vases and keepsakes on the shelves in your study to help it feel more like part of the home.
Castors provide moveable solutions. It’s not just office chairs that cruise on wheels, slide out drawers provide and extra work surface when needed, whilst a pull out PC tower offers easy access to wiring at the back and an easy clean solution.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place- what is mankind that you are mindful of them? Human beings that you care for them? You have made them a little lower than the angels and crowned them with glory and honor. You…
Amidst all the period revivals currently happening in the interior design world (Art Deco! Memphis Design!), one stands out as being perhaps the most pervasive: The comeback of the ‘70s. We’ve seen it in furniture, with tubular pieces and swivel chairs taking hold of the market. The retro style is alive and well in the materials we love, too—just look at all the contemporary takes on rattan. However, there’s one area of the decade that remains relatively unexplored in decor, and that’s color. We can’t look back at the 1970s without remembering the avocado green trend; and while the controversial hue definitely has its critics, we think it’s ripe for a renaissance.
The color green in general is enjoying a moment in the spotlight. This may be due to its range: On one end of the spectrum, emerald green is a luxurious, deep shade that instantly imbues sophistication into any room. On the other end sits lime green, a zesty hue perfect for warmer weather and beloved by the creative community at large. Fashion designers Ashish and Jeremy Scott both put the vibrant color at the forefront of their spring collections.
What’s missing is something in between—an earthy green that’s both elevated and light. This is where avocado green comes in. A critic might disparagingly call the shade “puke green”, but we here at Domino choose to remain positive in fully embracing this retro color.
This is made substantially easier by the fact that there happens to be such a cool array of avocado green decor ideas on the market right now. From cool ceramics to sculptural light fixtures, these pieces are proof that you can give an old trend a contemporary twist to great success. Need some convincing? Shop our edit of stylish avocado green products.
To light up your space
For the avocado skeptics: Tiptoe into the color trend with a sculptural mid-century inspired light fixture that features ombre shades of green. Breaking up the bold hue makes it more digestible. This Danish-designed piece would look stunning hanging over your breakfast nook or dining room table.
To bring charm to your living room
Picked up at a market in Lyon, France, this vintage piece perfectly encapsulates the vibe of the ’70s with its cushy material and fringe detailing. Place it in your living room or office for a cozy vignette.
To test the waters
Another way to slip gradually into the avocado green trend is by finding an item that features it in a small way—like this watercolor-effect porcelain vase. With only a tiny hint of green at the bottom, it’ll be the perfect complement to your spring blooms.
To dress up your mantel
We love a good tapered candle. Effortlessly elegant and surprisingly fun to style (there are so many playful candlesticks to pick from), they’re the perfect finishing touch for a mantel or coffee table. These slick handmade candles would look great with a contemporary brass holder.
To bring a natural touch to your space
Whether filled with greenery, dried florals, or fresh blooms, this speckled vase is a gorgeous accent piece. It even works left empty as a sculptural object.
To actually bring back a hint of the ’70s
When paying homage to a bygone era, sometimes the best thing to do is actually buy something that was built in said era. Etsy is a treasure trove of cool vintage finds and has no shortage of avocado green pieces. We’re loving this set of federal glass dessert bowls, which will look just as great in your kitchen’s open shelving as they would on your tablescape.
To get you excited about cleaning
To make cleaning less of a draining chore, this chic dustpan comes with a wooden brush and is possibly one of the most sophisticated cleaning supplies we’ve ever seen.
To liven up your tablescape
Tablecloths and placemats get all the credit, but sometimes, even the smallest parts of a tablescape can make the biggest impact. This napkin set will add a refreshing pop of color to your table—plus, the linen material is perfect for warm weather fetes.
To dress up your nightstand
This Insta-famous shell ceramic has gone viral for a reason: It’s the perfect blend of delightfully kitsch and actually chic. The muted avocado green hue is especially pretty. Try it out on your nightstand as a place to hold your jewelry or other trinkets.
Located on the small tropical island of Samui, Thailand, this extraordinary villa is known as the Vastu Villa project – the first of its kind to be designed according to vedic knowledge, Vastu Shastra. For those not familiar with the traditional Hindu system of architecture, Vastu Shastra literally translates to ‘science of architecture’. It includes everything from design principles to spatial geometry, and integrates architecture with nature, ancient beliefs, directional alignments and symmetry. Many of these aspects become evident in this magnificent home tour. Sweeping architectural features, natural materials and wide stretching reveals of stunning nature views give this home design a terrifically tropical flavour that is hard to resist.
A tropical scene forms the backdrop to this magnificent living room in Thailand, leaving absolutely no requirement for fancy wallpapers! A leafy indoor plant brings a touch of the tropical inside of the living area, between a light L-shaped couch and a swing chair. A cane hanging lounge chair takes up the other side of the furniture layout, at the edge of an overlapping rug arrangement.
Sitting low against the rugs, the rattan pouf is a wonderfully textural piece. The base of the sofa is solid wood beneath the light seat cushions, to bring the modern piece back in line with nature.
A live edge coffee table adds more rustic vibe to the lounge. Curvaceous architectural fins sweep into view along the open plan living room, which mark the entry point to a central staircase.
Dropped ceiling panels echo the smooth geometry of the curved fins. Wooden ceiling planks provide crisp contrast behind the white dropped volumes.
Frosted glass panels provide symmetry on the tv wall, making light reflective columns up either side of the screen and media cabinet.
The cane accent chair is perhaps the best seat in the lounge – due to its prime position facing out to the tropics.
The sunlight and green views through the vast surrounding windows give the dining room a sunny al fresco feel.
The dining set sits on an Aztec rug island. A buddha statue meditates peacefully by enormous sliding patio doors.
The stairwell divides the the lounge and kitchen diner from one another, which is partially screened from the rooms on either side by the sweeping architectural fins.
The rustic spiral staircase design is accessorised at the bottom with a pair of rattan baskets that can be used as ‘catch alls’ to keep the downstairs looking clear and peaceful. A rattan planter also rests at the bottom of the stairs, with a plant peering into a golden wall mirror.
White and wood kitchens provide the perfect balance of freshness and warmth, which is exactly the case in this one here. Wood wall cupboards, open kitchen shelves and dining peninsula cladding all work to break up the cold gloss white units.
Wood and metal kitchen bar stools line up along the dining peninsula. Three glass pendant lights create a cosy glow above the bar stools, their illumination amplified by an attractive wall mirror. On the other side of the kitchen, a recessed arch has been fitted with shelves and wooden cabinets to hold more decorative kitchen items on display.
The master bedroom is an impressive room with an imposing bed. A gathered canopy hangs from a timber frame. A wooden accent wall provides a dark backdrop behind the clean white fabric.
Tree stump bedside tables are tucked beneath low hanging rattan light shades. A glass vase holds a sprig of green down at floor level. A rattan planter holds an indoor plant by a swing chair in the window.
The bedroom is blessed with panoramic views on two sides. A dressing table area sits by the second window, under a round vanity mirror. If you should ever tire of the amazing views, a flat screen tv is mounted to the wall by the makeup table.
Stunning blue tiles pattern a modest sized bathroom. If the tiles weren’t enough of a feature, the vanity also holds an eye-catching unique sink, with a tactile rippled stone surface.
The same beautiful blue tiles back the shower enclosure and cover its floor.
A second bathroom design exhibits another attractively tiled shower cubicle. Thin timber beams criss cross the ceiling, continuing the nature theme all the way to the top. A wood vanity table, small side table and shower tray fascia add to the wooden accents.
Rattan bedroom pendant lights hang in front of another wood clad bedroom feature wall, this time framing a four poster bed design.
A sheer runner drapes across the top of the bed frame.
A rattan chair with matching footstool and a small side table have been placed in a sunny window spot.
Beach trinkets dress the bedside table.
An illuminated wood mirror has a Thai beach meets Hollywood look.
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