Since I graduated from university I’ve lived in rented apartments, so I’m always delighted to discover design ideas that offer the opportunity to bring temporary colour into a space. MT Casa, an initiative from the folks behind the much loved MT Washi Tape, provides one such solution with tape that is designed to be used across household objects and walls. I especially love the idea of covering kitchen cabinets or ugly appliances with a bold colour block stripe; the perfect way to add a personalised touch to a rented kitchen. If you’re happy with your kitchen, why not try the tape on a pair of lampshades either side of the sofa or to make a statement from a basic coffee table? I think this is a fun way to add interest and creativity to affordable pieces of furniture – ideal when you’re just starting out! MT Casa tape is also great for bringing smaller quirky colour touches into your home – I couldn’t help but smile when I saw those piano keys adorned with brightly coloured tape. Are any of these playful colour ideas capturing your imagination, friends?
// Photography by MT Casa
Don’t you love it when you happen upon a brand that really excites you? This happened to me when I found Kauniste recently. The brand is a collection of talented young Scandinavian graphic designers and craftsmen who aim to create products that last beyond seasonal trends. And, well, they do just that: their range is packed full of timeless pieces suitable for cherishing year after year. I like how the designers combine unique modern designs and implement them onto the pieces using traditional screen printing skills; it’s this charming mix of old and new that brings interest and heart to each of their designs. I have my eye on their Metsa cushion cover but which pieces do you like best?
// Photography by Kauniste
Remember the colourful delights of last year’s limited edition Billy bookcases? Well, IKEA have once again embraced bold brights to bring an updated spin on the 1979 classic to create three limited edition styles for February 2013. White on the outside and on the shelving edges but as vibrant as they come on the inside, these Billy bookcases are an affordable way to bring a statement piece into a room. You can choose from colour blocked designs in aquamarine blue or vivacious orange, both designed by Gillis Lundgren, or the black and white wallpaper-style print that depicts books open like fans, which was designed by Susanna Löfgren. At only £80 each these limited edition Billy bookcases are affordable enough to buy in multiples – try placing three in row to create a bright and cheerful library wall, or opt for different colours in alcoves either side of a fireplace for an instant storage solution. I can’t choose between blue and orange, but which of the three Billy bookcases gets your vote?
// Photography by IKEA