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Seventies Deluxe

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This interior is a great example of how a few pieces can make a room. In this case the ochre couch and geometric wall lamp turn the simple white space into a rather glamourous interior.

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This interior is all about geometry. The fabric of the chair, the mouldings, the rug and the print on the wall display different geometric shapes. The quiet colour scheme ties everything together.

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Now that’s an inventive way of hanging a print: divide it between three different frames. It works especially well with this geometric design. The gold frames are the ideal match for the classy colours of the print.

To see a colourful geometric artwork in an otherwise very classic interior is surprising, but that’s why it works. Such an addition keeps a chic room from looking stuffy.

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This fun chandelier is the kind of centre piece that can transform a room from drab to glam. It’s a design in plexiglas and brass, called Diciotto x 4 by Vibeke Fonnesberg Schmidt for Milan gallery Nilufar.

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Etsy shop We love CMYK has some great art prints. This one is especially fine, of classic seventies shapes given a twist by adding perspective and a white border. It looks fab in a thoroughly modern interior.

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Amsterdam-based artist and designer Mariska Meijer has an eye for beautiful patterns and fabrics. This cushion is a great example: it has pretty colours, an intricate motif and a lovely shine.

Emilio Rivera from Rome is inspired by design from the sixties and seventies. He creates wonderful new prints with enchanting geometric shapes and subtle colour combinations.

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Amazing Ikat

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Whatever colours you have used in your interior, there is always an Ikat design to match them. And if you really love your Ikat prints, you can also work the other way around and find furniture that matches them.

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It’s fun to use ikat as a starting point for the decoration of a room. These headboards upholstered in ikat are complemented by the bedding and stools. They also match with the art prints in a cool, unexpected way.

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Don’t hesitate to combine ikat with other fabrics, patterns and prints. As long as you keep the colours similar, the effect is striking without being messy. The lobster and whale prints go well with the blue hues.

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French luxury label Hermes not only makes fantastic bags, but also has chic tableware. The Voyage en Ikat collection is inspired by ikat fabrics. Eat like a king from these plates with a 24 carat gold trim.

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Ikat fabrics come in many different patterns. These art prints by Pottery Barn showcase a few of them. The use of similar colours makes sure they go well together and that the overall effect is classic.

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The fun thing about artworks inspired by ikat designs is that they’re abstract but never cold or boring. On the contrary: they bring a touch of summer to any interior. This swell painting in vibrant colours is by Laura Dro, an artist from Florida.

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Ikat fabrics are made with yarn that is not entirely dyed. In some places, the yarn is tied together or covered with water resistant wax. This causes the characteristic hazy borders of the patterns. They can be a great inspiration for an original artwork, as shown here.

If you have a great piece of Ikat fabric, or a scarf, why leave it in your closet? Consider hanging it in in one of your rooms. Maybe you can even turn it into a screen or have it framed.

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Dark Flora

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Just opened in Paris: Hotel Providence. It has a warm, opulent interior with lots of dark colours. Many walls are decorated with magnificent wallpaper featuring plant motifs on black backgrounds. Doesn’t it look chic?

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Artist Ellen Hoverkamp makes wonderful scanner photographs of flowers and plants. She scans what other people grow, and with her careful arrangements brings attention to nature’s beauty.

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A dark floral print works well in an interior with moody colours, like this room with luxurious teal wallpaper. The fifties lamp and chair in matching colours make this a very classy corner indeed.

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French luxury brand Hermes had a recent campaign that showed dark flora at its most luscious. The designs were photographed amidst dense tropical foliage in a blueish light, acquiring an air of mystery.

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If you’re fond of antique botanical images, look up the work of Mary Delany. This 18th century Englishwoman created delicate paper cut out works, beautiful and botanically accurate depictions of plants.

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An image of plants looks lovely surrounded by… more plants! This set-up with hanging plants, a few potted plants and an antique botanical print of a horse chestnut is especially inventive.

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This interior features mostly earthy tones, but the print and cushions with plant designs lift those up with their bright blues and yellows. The botanical print with its typical wooden poles was used in education; look for similar ones in antique stores and markets.

Etsy shop Insitu decorative arts is run by Suzanne DeVicaris, an artist from Philadelphia. She makes fabulous glass trays with decoupage, using pretty mid-century botanical illustrations. They not only look great, but are useful too: they are washable, so presenting food on them is an option.

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Woodland Creatures

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This is a terribly cute print, available at Swedish artist Linn Warme’s Etsy store. And look, although it’s monochrome, there is a hint of spring: the sleeping fox is surrounded by tiny flowers.

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Bring the outside in with a beautiful forest print. If you pick a big one, it’s almost like having a window with a view. The mist and muted colours of this print give it an arty quality. It’s also a great match for the chic wooden furniture.

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This print matches wonderfully with the natural materials that are used in this interior. It’s also a great example of doing Christmas the subtle way. If bright colours and tinsel are not your thing, you can still create a lovely Christmas atmosphere.

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This image of an owl in a snowy forest will look fantastic in your home when the weather is cold. And also when it’s not! It’s by talented nature lover Jennie Marie Schell and available at Fine Art America.

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Using a clothes hanger is a fun way to hang a print, especially a pretty wooden one like this. It looks good with sober images, like this print with an entirely white background. Surrounded with fairy lights and branches, it makes for an enchanting little corner.

This is a terribly cute print, available at Swedish artist Linn Warme’s Etsy store. And look, although it’s monochrome, there is a hint of spring: the sleeping fox is surrounded by tiny flowers.

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Now this is a stunning way to hang a print! Especially one of a stag with impressive antlers, as it makes for an interesting shape. It takes some patience and planning, but the result is well worth it.

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This fairy tale image is made for an exhibition in the Trianon Palace Versailles hotel. Deyrolle, a Parisian shop that specializes in taxidermy, has created a poetic cabinet of curiosities celebrating the magic of Christmas. Until January 7 2016,

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Make Me Blush

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Just opened in Amsterdam: The Pelican Studio. It’s a fabulous store selling fashion by hip brands such as Maison Kitsuné, Won Hundred and Wood Wood. The interior is just as eye-catching as the clothes, if not more so: a mix of sumptuous velvets and cool pastels.

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With a pink this subtle, there’s no need to restrain yourself. Have the colour on your wall, in the prints on that wall and the fabrics of the couch and throw pillow. Brass touches and different picture frames add a certain richness to the look.

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A pink piece of furniture makes a great statement, like this wonderfully designed chair and footstool. Make the most of the retro vibe of the design by choosing an equally retro print that has the same shade in it.

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Sure, the food there is great, but Sketch in London is also known for its original interior. The restaurant is definitely not afraid of pink. Their velvet upholstering looks fantastic in pink, and the colour is a great match for the tile floor with shades of teal and peach.

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It’s rare to find a floral still life without shades of pink, which is why they look so good on pink walls. This interior looks especially good as all the colours in the prints seem to pop up in the room: the cushions and accessories were clearly chose with care.

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This graphic rug is by CC-Tapis, a label founded in 2011 by the traditional Persian house Maison Chamszadeh. All their rugs are designed in their headquarters in Milan, and made from Himalayan wool by Tibetan artisans in Nepal.

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This interior really shows the powerful combination of pink with ochre and teal. It keeps the colour classy and grown-up. A simple graphic print also says: this look means business. No place for Barbie!

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If you feel like a bit of experimenting but don’t want to commit to pink completely yet: just pick a simple piece of furniture and some prints with the shade in it. Together they will make an impact. By the way: how cool is this idea of hanging prints around a corner?

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