They are known as green terrariums, but their more elegant name is glass gardens. They are absolutely beautiful. Apart from being extremely decorative, they also permit you to admire the wonders of nature every day inside your very home.
The idea is to grow plants under a glass container from a substrate: soil, sand or gravel. The most ambitious people will choose a micro garden, a soothing landscape or even a real miniature forest.
While some floral creations are as modest as Japanese culture arrangements, like bonsai trees, others are more extravagant. They are full of shapes and colours.
In addition to those traditional wallpaper patterns that were popular in the 70s, more impressive ones from digital printing technologies have made their appearance. The good old tacky wallpaper is faced with so much competition now. Fantasy abounds. Choosing your wallpaper has become a pleasing dilemma. There are so many colours, textures, and patterns to choose from. Wallpaper is no longer just a decorative accessory. It has become artwork.
Over the past few years, new digital printing technologies have challenged artists to create spectacular patterns. Wallpaper has regained its popularity with unique, highly customized designs. Not only can you find flowers from the Victorian era, but you can also find numbers, letters, equations, math problems, houses, cats, Legos, fractions, beach accessories, TVs and just about anything you can imagine. Continue reading →
The title might surprise you, but it’s the truth. Just a touch of black can make any spring colour, like yellow and green, pop in a room thanks to the magic of contrast. See how.
Even a hint of black can improve the look of any room by providing more depth to the dominating colour. Orange, yellow and pink are all the more vivid when paired with black.
Others will say, on the contrary, that a touch of black will tone down any overbearing colour. It helps to soothe plenty of bold colours that can be irritating over time. It’s a fact. Black will mellow down any colour proclaiming to be overpowering.
This trace of black can be a trim molding halfway up the wall or a crown molding, a door, an entire staircase or parts of it, the woodwork, a curtain, the upholstery fabric, the ceiling beams, the den, a lampshade, a wrought-iron structure, a strip of wallpaper or a screen. Continue reading →
If you browse through the websites of paint manufacturers, you will quickly notice that violet will be the trending colour in 2017. Shades of blue and grey are not that far behind. Here are the results of our exploration.
Bétonel found its inspiration in the universe and in outer space. Its featured colour: Starry Sky in the shades of violet, which could complement any room. Night blue and grey are also trending colours. And since not everyone embraces violet, Bétonel offers a solution: integrating violet accessories into the home.
Since we are living in an environmentally friendly era, Bétonel also proposes a colour palette that brings nature inside the home.
Sico features a blue-grey violet colour called Mozart Violet. According to the manufacturer, this colour has all it takes to give a luxurious feel to a living room or create a soothing atmosphere in a bedroom.
As for the home office, Sico suggests a whole range of colours: Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Furtive Mauve, Greyish Blue, Citrus Yellow, Sockeye Salmon, Zen Green, Pale Purple and Beach Taupe.
Benjamin Moore features the colour Shadow, the master of ambiance: a violet colour with intense blueish tones that gives a very rich and royal feel to a room. As cited on their website: “Indulge your mysterious side. Let Shadow set the mood”.
BEHR has categorized its colours of the year in three trending palettes: comfortable, composed and confident. Each palette it suited to a personal style. Shades of blue, purple and grey are the common denominator. BEHR describes their colours as trendsetters.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Most paint manufacturers display videos on their websites. Check them out, if only to see the colours dance before your eyes.
In addition, many manufacturers propose very daring colour pairings. No lack of imagination nor fantasy there. The names are just as dreamy as always: Smoke Turquoise, Cedar Shadow, Red Candy, Geisha’s Cheeks, New Moon, Stormy Monday, Diva Glam, Flickering Flame and many others.
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From the 60s to the 80s, everyone was rushing to install wall to wall carpeting. Decorative, warm, comfortable, sometimes soft, they had everything. Synthetic fibres proliferated on Quebec floors.
Faced with the accelerated degradation of the environment, ecologists pushed carpets out of our houses. There are many reasons. Carpets cause a great deal of pollution, from manufacturing to use. Carpets are not biodegradable, don’t last long, can barely be recycled, contain numerous toxic chemicals and are made of petroleum products.
Health professional have added their grain of salt with a concrete argument: carpets can be dangerous for your health. They attract everything that floats in the air: dust, chemical residues, mites, humidity and even outdoor waste that sticks to soles. They also contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and sometimes turn into germ nests. That was the end for carpets. We see less and less.
Hardliners have tried to group rugs with enemies of the environment, but in vain. Today, certain rugs are made entirely of recyclable materials. Continue reading →
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