A unique blend of exotic colour, flavour + detail
- Dec 1, 2015 Abstraction Dec 1, 2015
- Aug 27, 2015 GREEN ROOM Aug 27, 2015
- Jul 6, 2015 MEXICANA Jul 6, 2015
- Apr 7, 2015 Enchanted Apr 7, 2015
- Mar 25, 2015 Español Mar 25, 2015
- Nov 23, 2014 Primary Colours Nov 23, 2014
- Oct 14, 2014 Ahoy Sailor! Oct 14, 2014
- Aug 10, 2014 Grey Matter Aug 10, 2014
- Jul 10, 2014 Glam Interiors Jul 10, 2014
- May 20, 2014 French Provincial May 20, 2014
- Apr 9, 2014 The Magic of the Orient Apr 9, 2014
- Mar 3, 2014 Electrific Mar 3, 2014
- Feb 1, 2014 Beach House Feb 1, 2014
- November 2013
- Sep 12, 2013 Pastel Perfection Sep 12, 2013
- Aug 22, 2013 In A World of Imagination... Aug 22, 2013
- Aug 6, 2013 Translating Style: Q&A with Interior Designer, Nina Maya Aug 6, 2013
- July 2013
- June 2013
- May 13, 2013 Monochrome Living May 13, 2013
Mystical and magical interior design schemes
Let us start this visual story with a 'once upon a time'...
Red. Yellow. Blue.
Set sail on a voyage into an interior space with nautical-themed decor
Play with varying shades of grey to achieve strikingly different moods for your interiors...
And, while you're at it, why not throw a contrasting pop of vibrant colour into the mix as well?
Glimpse inside some of the stylishly designed homes of the rich and famous.
Definition: 'Noting, pertaining to, or resembling a style of furnishings and decoration originating in the provinces of France in the 18th century, derived from but less ornate than styles then current in Paris and featuring simply carved wood furniture, often with decorative curved moldings.'
Invite the exoticism, romance and culture of the orient into your home with an Asian-inspired decorating theme. Designed to imbue a sense of peace and tranquility into a space, Asian interiors are simplistic yet modern in design.
Such interiors are frequently designed in harmony with the elements of feng shui, which creates and attracts positive energy into a room. For more information about feng shui, click here.
A mix of dramatic, neutral and metallic colours are used in Asian interior decorating. For example, the dominant colour in Chinese interiors is red, as it symbolises good fortune and joy. Red is usually combined with black; a neutral tone representing the colour of heaven. In contrast, the Japanese make use of more earthy tones, finished with gold trims and accents.
Asian furniture is typically made from natural materials, like wood and bamboo. In keeping with the minimalist theme, such furniture often serves several purposes. For example, storage boxes are used as tables, whilst futons can be converted into beds.
Rugs, tapestries and green foliage also feature heavily in Asian decorating, adding contrast, colour and interest to a room. Showcasing Asian culture and tradition, these elements give a space - that may otherwise be considered impersonal - character.
Overall, the trick to decorating a room in an oriental style is to keep it simple; the prime emphasis being on creating an uncluttered, balanced and serene retreat for its occupants.
1. Red Asian Cushion Covers ($28USD Etsy) 2. Yoshiko Tapestry ($595AUD Interiors Online) 3. Chinoiserie Mirror ($700AUD ecochic) 4. Recycled Wood Antique Coffee Table ($1249AUD Interiors Online) 5. Rattan Sphere Pendant Light ($309AUD Interiors Online) 6. Chinese Red Painted Bedside Table ($350AUD Admiralty Antiques)
Both brighten and work an interesting feature into your room with a simple lighting piece.
An artistically designed chandelier or pendant light can act as either a contrasting focal piece in a plainly decorated room, or as the inspiration for your overall decorating scheme.
Imagine the possibilities...
1. Oly Muriel Chandelier ($POA Coco Republic) 2. Shell Chandelier ($348AUD Eco Chic) 3. Cote D'Azur Chandelier ($1,790AUD Eco Chic) 4. Replica Poul Henningsen Artichoke Light ($995AUD Matt Blatt) 5. Replica Lagranja Group Coral Pendant ($395AUD Matt Blatt) 6. Oly Turtle Bowl Chandelier ($POA Coco Republic)
Bright, spacious, modern, simple, neutral + inviting = the only elements you need to create an idyllic seaside retreat.
Invite the spirit of Christmas into your home next month with these festive decorating ideas!
By Michelle Larin, Editor
Escape to the tropics in your very own home by creating a Balinese inspired space.
Often characterised by the use of a neutral colour base, soft lighting, wooden, rattan or stone furniture and accents, batik and ikat motifs, pops of colourful accessories and live greenery (in particular, orchids), Balinese interiors stimulate the senses to promote an inviting, meditative and tranquil environment.
Who needs a resort, when you can turn your home into paradise?
1. Rattan Chairs ($250AUD Exotic Interiors) 2. Ikat Throw ($40AUD Exotic Interiors) 3. Carved Dressing Screen ($550AUD Exotic Interiors) 4. Antique Boat Teak Javanese Daybed ($1,750AUD Exotic Interiors) 5. Ikat Cushion ($45AUD Exotic Interiors) 6. Decorator Pots in Gold Wash ($120AUD Exotic Interiors)
By Michelle Larin, Editor
Decorating with soft, pastel hues can make a room appear luminous. Such colours help engender the illusion of a larger space, as they assist with the reflection of light pigments in various aspects of a room.
Pastel colours such as baby blues, rosy pinks, lemon yellows and pale greens are not only reserved for nurseries. When mixed and matched correctly, these colours can create an inviting, chic, feminine and sophisticated space, imbued with elegance.
The use of pastel tones in a room can evoke both a soothing and uplifting feel in its inhabitants, in contrast to the capricious moods elicited through the use of darker, more dramatic colours.
When using pastel colours as the “base” for an interior scheme, consider playing with a few vibrant accessories; these can liven up the feel of a space, without interrupting the calming essence of a room’s disposition. Such accessories can also become focal points of a room, which is particularly pertinent if a host is keen to showcase particular pieces to his or her invitees.
1. Skater Wallpaper ($83AUD Ecochic) 2. Printed Cushion ($99AUD Nina Maya) 3. Esmeralda Headboard ($390.00AUD Ecochic) 4. Raffia Chandelier ($1590AUD Ecochic) 5. Pineapple Table Lamp ($375.00AUD Ecochic) 6. Egg Chair ($399AUD hardtofind)
Bizarre, bold & brilliant interiors - designed with a creative twist in mind
Fashion trends may fade, but interior design themes endure.
For designer Nina Maya, interior design offers a vast landscape of creativity through which novel ideas are grown and cultivated. Formerly the founder and designer of a successful fashion label bearing her own name, in 2011 Maya made the decision to shift her focus from fashion to interior design.
Having studied Textile and Design at The College of Fine Arts Sydney, majoring in Textiles, Maya's inherent understanding of colour, print and form encouraged her to pursue a vocation where the output transcends more than one season.
"Nina Maya Interiors" is an interior design studio offering a range of design services, including interior decoration, design/build solutions and project management of renovation/construction projects. As part of her business, Maya sources art and furniture internationally. She also offers a bespoke fabric and furniture design service for clientele.
Editor, Michelle Larin, interviewed Maya about her transition from fashion to interiors, her interior design style and some of her recent projects.
Q: Nina, you were a fashion designer for 5 years with a very successful label, what prompted your transition from clothing to interior design?
A: I made the transition in 2011 when I moved to London after launching my e-Boutique "Nina Maya Emporium". Whilst based in London and travelling through Europe I became so inspired by the incredible architecture and design museums that I began thinking of how I could utilise my current skill set to expand into the interiors industry. I have always been passionate about interiors and design and, in fact, studied a bachelor degree in design and textiles rather than fashion.
Q: What is it about interior design that appeals to you?
A: I love how transformative something like the right shade of colour, or a combination of textures and shapes in a room can have on people's moods and their experience of a space. Whether it is someone's living room, a restaurant or bar the design choices made can have a powerful and often positive effect on peoples experiences within those spaces and the activities that take place within them.
Q: What is your design niche?
A: My design niche would be my intricate knowledge of textiles, understanding of colour, print and form, in particular from my days as a fashion designer. These attributes differentiate me from my contemporaries.
Q: What elements do you think create an inviting space?
A: I think having a balance of opposites creates an inviting space. An interesting and inventive play on scale, silhouette, tone and texture within a space entertains the eye and invites you in!
Q: What is your favourite interior design theme?
A: Usually, in my work, I like to start with a neutral background and then play with and layer colours, prints and textures. This way, the foundations of the scheme will hold the test of time and yet can easily be updated with personal items and new accessories as desired.
Q: What types of design projects do you work on?
A: I am working across a variety of both commercial and residential projects at the moment. These range from a beautiful family beach house in Sydney's Palm Beach to an new exciting cafe/restaurant in the heart of Hong Kong.
Q: From where do you draw inspiration for the interiors you design?
A: Sometimes, I will start a project having been inspired by a particular piece of artwork or ceramic piece that will inform my colour choices and feeling for a space.
However, I also derive a lot of inspiration from my travels. I love experiencing new places, exploring exotic markets and being inspired by new sights. I am very lucky to be currently working on some international projects that allow me to do this!
Q: What fabrics and items do you most like to play with to dress up a space?
A: With a background in textiles, I obsess over unique fabrics in beautiful prints. This often leads me to designing my own fabrics for private customers to ensure they are perfect. I usually start with a colour or print and then work in a combination of textures and tones to create a balanced yet interesting look. I also love playing with lighting elements and am always on the hunt for new lighting designs in my travels.
Q: Describe one of your most enjoyable design projects thus far.
A: One of my most enjoyable projects so far has been to design and renovate the Paddington Inn in Sydney. It was a fun, exciting project working alongside a fantastic building team and it was surreal to see my vision come to life! I was able to source some great lighting elements for the project, with my favourite being the handmade ceramic bronze pendant from Italy. The light has stunning gold leafing on the inside, creating a beautiful warm glow in the Moroccan domed booth.
Q: What advice would you give to someone who is seeking to overhaul the look of a room?
A: Start with a new feature item; whether it be a bold new colour with which to paint the walls, a fabulous new rug or interesting lighting piece. Then, work all the other elements around the feature piece to support and compliment it within the space.
Bright or printed accessories are always a cost effective way to update the look of a tired room; whether it be new cushions for the lounge or a striking piece of art for the walls, it will instantly freshen up the look.
By Nikita Sheth, Interior Design Editor
We often take lighting for granted. It is an intangible feature we seem to only direct our attention to when it is either too harsh, too dim or not present at all.
Lighting is a fundamental feature in any space. It can significantly alter the appearance of a room without physically changing it. Light distribution and illumination directly influences how we experience our surroundings.
Visibility is enhanced through light, ambience is created through light and spatial awareness is perceived through light.
Open up any interior design magazine and you will immediately notice the common application of pendant lights within the interior space. Pendant lights balance the functional with the aesthetic. More specifically, lighting designers are commonly blurring the boundaries between lighting and art. With the experimentation of various materials, shapes and types of light sources, many pendant lights transcend the function of illumination to also be viewed as a display of sculptural art.
In the last few years, pendant lights have become a popular source of lighting within the living and dining areas of the home, as they tend to draw attention to specific details. Dimmers can also be added to allow control over lighting levels.
Made from a
variety of materials (think timber, concrete, brass, copper), contemporary
pendant lights add panache and visual interest to a space, leveraging the
When installing pendant lights, be mindful of the height: if positioned too low such lights may dominate a space, but if placed too high the feature may be visually lost.
A cluster of pendant lights can serve as a sculptural feature. Further dimension can be created through positioning the lights at different heights.
It is important to choose pendant lights made from a material that will compliment your design style. For example; concrete pendants are the perfect compliment to an industrial style, whilst organic shapes align with a natural modern setting. Filament pendants, such as those shown in the image above, compliment a monochromatic, modern kitchen setting.
Pendant lights not only ‘open’ up a space, but they also free-up valuable table space, making them ideal for hanging over the dining table or kitchen bench.
Pendant lights can help delineate various areas of an open space. For example; in the above image, the pendant lights define the ‘living area’.
Soft ambient lighting can also be achieved with the use of pendant lights. This is ideal for living and dining areas, as no one wants to have a bright spotlight shining on them whilst eating and socialising!
The recommended height to hang a pendant above a table is 28 to 32 inches, but depending on personal preference, the pendant can he hung slightly higher or lower depending on fixture size and ceiling height.
SHOPPING FOR LIGHTS
Check out the following designers/stores for fashionable pendant lights to illuminate and decorate your home or office:
- David Trubridge: http://www.davidtrubridge.com/
- Marz Designs: http://www.marzdesigns.com/
- Lightly: http://www.lightly.com.au/
- Who Did That: http://www.whodidthat.com.au/product.php?product=17
- Nud Collection: http://www.nudcollection.com
- Top 3: http://www.top3.com.au
- Louis Poulsen: http://www.ouispoulsen.com
- Koskela: http://www.koskela.com.au/
By Nikita Sheth, Interior Design Editor and Michelle Larin, Editor
An injection of colour can add vibrancy, life and energy into what may otherwise be a dull space. Colours invigorate and stimulate and, if used successfully, manipulate the feel of a space. Although we may not realise it, colour brings meaning into our lives. It makes up our world. There is no denying that colours possess the capacity to influence our emotions.
For example, greens are the perfect colour for the bedroom as they promote tranquility and health, whilst red is ideal for living rooms as it raises energy levels and encourages appetite! Colour psychology plays a significant role in interior design, but it is frequently overlooked.
Achieving a harmonious and sophisticated colour composition often requires some serious experimentation. Whilst trade fairs and interior design magazines are useful to generate ideas, a colour wheel is also a great tool that can be used to compare colours side-by-side. Another handy (and free) source of inspiration is the paint chip sample displays at paint shops or warehouses (think Bunnings). Paint chips are excellent for ascertaining which colour scheme or combinations resonate with you.
Experimentation is crucial when deciding which colours to integrate into a space. Longevity should be considered. That is, do you want a bold statement feature wall that is on trend? Or, do you wamt to create a timeless neutral colour scheme to allow for an evolution of furniture and accessories?
It is important to remember that whilst omnipresent, colour combinations are essentially a matter of personal taste. Colour trends will always come and go, but the key is to select colours which reflect your likes and personality. Remember, there are no set ‘rules’ and it is always best to listen to your 'gut feel'. At the end of the day, you are the one who will need to live with your colour choice!
Colour possesses the power to change the shape and size of a room.
Limiting the number of colours to two or three is always a good idea. To many colours can result in a cluttered or inconsistent space.
When applied with thought, contrast through colour is the perfect way to add an element of dynamism.
With colour, it is often best to start small. Integrating some colour into a space through the use of either furnishings or accessories is a safe and impermanent option.
Colour adds visual interest, especially when teamed with varying patterns and textures. For example, colourful wallpaper lifts a room, injecting it with a sense of personality and playfulness.
1. Aztec Printed Cushion ($89 Nina Maya Emporium) 2. Ocean Ikat Art 1 ($290 Ecochic) 3. Red Beaded Abesia Bowl ($70 Oxfam) 4. Hause of Glassborow Time Traveler Lamp ($280 hard to find) 5. Multi Stripe Rug Upholstered Armchair ($1750 Complete Pad) 6. Lilly & Lolly Liquorice Ottoman ($499 hardtofind)