Last One (I promise!)

Okay, I admit to being a bit obsessed with the whole Ikat look. Can’t help it– I just love it.
Ikat is the new chevron! 😉

Here is one last idea for bringing a little design tension to a room using a bright Ikat-inspired print. Once again, the sofa itself is a good starting point, blending traditional styling with a contemporary print.

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The pendant is a custom piece from Eclectic Revival, right here in the Junction. If you live in the Toronto area, definitely check out the shop– there are some seriously swoon-worthy lighting options for the person who likes a bit of whimsy with her industrial.

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Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind?

Today, I thought I’d show you a couple more ways to mix and match in order to create design tension, using this groovy upholstered bench in two different colours. The bench itself is a good starting point, as it combines traditional lines with a very contemporary fabric.

In the pink-based palette, the faux-bamboo side table in an unexpected shade, plus the industrial take on a traditional table lamp combine with the au courant Ikat print bench and the antique rug to create an upbeat, harmonious look with just the right amount of tension.

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In the cool palette, the modern, geometric weave of the rug and the industrial-insipired wall sconce work with the curves and rustic vibe of the side table and the Ikat print on the bench.

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Juxtaposition

I am a big fan of a little tension in décor; I think the best rooms have a bit of the unexpected in them.
I also think it is this element of surprise that keeps a room from looking dated.

I like the idea of suspending a pretty-yet-industrial pendant over a feminine, traditional chaise in a floral print to create a spot for putting your feet up and enjoying a good book. Play with scale– the large pendant will keep things from getting overly cutesy– as well with a mix of styles. Layer a bright, modern flat-weave rug under the chaise and add a chunky brass table (for your cup of tea or glass of wine!) and you have a perfect, girly nook that looks crisp and contemporary, rather than frilly .

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(Rug, cube & chaise from here.)

Tip: this look works because the woven metal of the pendant shade echoes the shape of the trellis print in the dhurrie rug and the lime of the rug ties in with the same colour in the floral. Easy, right?