November 23, 2016

8 Color trends that will transform your home’s interior in 2017

2016 was a fun year for experimenting with colors. But with only 1+ months to the end of 2016, you must be wondering which colors will define interior décor in 2017. It is generally expected that some color trends will endure but there’ll still be space for new color combinations.
Here’s a look at the color trends expected for 2017 and what they mean for your lifestyle, preferences and your plans for decorating.


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Native color combinations

One approach when decorating is to use a single color or pattern. But in 2017, a new trend that combines hues and patterns from dissimilar cultures, is expected to dominate. So, for instance, instead of going for a purely Moroccan theme, how about you combine a Turkish rug with Moroccan inspired upholstery, Asian-inspired draperies and African inspired art?
Color combinations that contain copper, gold, greens and blue tones will especially achieve dramatic effect.




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Floral patterns

Experts also expect that more people will tend towards floral patterns such as red Dahlia, lavender, chrysanthemums that will introduce dramatic color combinations of pinks, reds, violet and white.
This is a great theme for the warm and sunny months of the year.






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Acquired taste

The warm tones of 2017 dubbed ‘acquired taste’ by Pantone, include colors ranging between Orange and red. To round out the whole effect, color accents such as gold can be used either in the upholstery, trimmings, artifacts and other objects.
While most of these combinations are unusual, they work well together if you find the right way to combine them.





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Light and serene colors

These are definitely the colors you want to use in that one room that you escape to when you want to just day dream, forget about all the ‘heavy stuff’ in your life and have only pleasant thoughts. Colors such as rose quartz, yellow iris, Nile green and blue glow will light up a room and make it an ideal environment to just day dream.







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Japanese inspired forest themes

If you want to connect with nature, your choice of colors should be inspired by ‘Shinrin-Yoku’, which means to connect with nature in Japanese. Think of talking a walk on a forest floor covered in fallen leaves.
The dominant colors and accents in this theme green-blue hues, contrasted with colors such as plum, yellow/gold and grape kiss.






Lifestyle inspired theme

This is one trend that goes beyond just color choices, to encompass a whole lifestyle. The colors and hues reflect lifestyle choices such as healthy living and eating, and responsible habits such as recycling. Faded denim, oil yellow, Argyle Purple, winter twig and Zephyr pink are favorites in this category.

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Graphic theme

Black & white with shades of gray, and vibrant color accents such as pink, orange, yellow, and green, are bound to create a great impression in a room. Not only is the combination graphic, but it also has a pop element to it, making a great choice if you want to add some fun to a room.







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Sophisticated/Neutral tones

We cannot forget the neutral tones. Pantone calls this theme ‘At ease’ and it’s a combination of warm and cool neutral colors. For example, warm sand color combined with a cool aqua blue hue, with silvery accents on your upholstery. These and other warm and cool combinations are ideal for people with sophisticated tastes in color.

September 27, 2016

Tips for selecting the Best Bedding


When you think of your ultimate comfort zone, you think of that warm, cozy bed that you can’t wait to slip into each night. If you’ve invested in a top quality mattress set, you might think you’re taking a shortcut to Sleepville, but note this: 1. You might actually be taking the long winding road and 2. You don’t need the best mattress to get there! The key to a proper good night’s rest is having the right bedding! Here are a few interesting tips and ideas:

1. Fabric:

Bedding can be of various materials like cotton, silk, polyester, and velvet. The most important factor in cotton sheeting is the thread count; the higher the count the softer your sheets are. Low thread count results in stiff bedding that can feel like your sleeping on cardboard, even if you have a plush topped high end mattress. Polyester sheets tend to have a more plastic feel and might result in excessive sweating. If you prefer a chic or stylish look to your bedroom, then silk fabric is the best choice. Velvet and suede fabrics are other options that can add a touch of glamour to your bedroom. By far, high thread count cotton bedding is the best option for a cool, cozy, and comfortable sleep!







2. Color:

Bedding can either be solid colored or patterned ones. If you go for that trendy hotel style look, then solid color sheets would be the right option. You can also add some design by selecting a main color and complement it by using lighter shades of the same color for the pillow cases, for example. Patterned bedding, on the other hand, can be used if you want to incorporate accent colors from your bedroom i.e. if you have a wall painting with blue as the main theme, then you can introduce bedding with blue flowers or geometric patterns. You can also liven up a drab colored room by adding colorful designed bedding.




3. Texture:

If you are going for solid color like white or beige, select fabric with some texture like ruching or pin tucks. This makes the fabric look more interesting and less dull. Also if selecting flannel or bedcovers, remember to buy preshrunk fabric since they might shrink after the first wash.








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The size of bedding selected depends on the size of the mattress. Mattresses comes in 6 sizes – Twin, Full, Queen, King, Twin Long, and California King. Before shopping for new bedding make sure to measure the width, length, and depth of your mattress. Most bedding sites offer measurements for each size.







5. Length and Width of sheets:

If you are buying a thicker mattress, it is advisable to opt for deep fitting sheets that fit the entire thickness of the mattress. If your sheets are not deep enough, mattress suspenders can be used to keep them in place.

6. Weather:

Last but not the least, weather conditions for your area should also be taken into consideration before purchasing the bedding. Natural materials like cotton and linen are breathable and provides a cool feel. These fabrics, especially high thread count ones, are the ideal choice for summer season. Wool or synthetic material that do not allow ventilation would be more suitable for a cold winter season.
A good set of bedding can last years and offer endless hours of luxurious sleep. Many companies, such as Marc Tash Interiors, offer custom bedding to suit your design, comfort, and budget. Contact them at for a free quote.

August 24, 2016

Amazing tips on how to use pillows to make your sofa “alive”!

If there’s one item that is most used in the living room, it’s the sofa. But this important piece of furniture can sometimes look dull and fail to stand out. A great way to redefine your sofa as a focal point is to style it with pillows.

On their own, pillows don’t do much. But combine pillows of the right fabrics, colors, prints, sizes and shapes and you’ll be amazed at how different and ‘chic’ the whole room looks.

A great thing about pillows is that you can change them to suit different occasions, moods and seasons. This way, your couch will look revived with every passing day, event or season.

Below is a guide that you can use for picking pillow colors, patterns, fabrics and arrangements that will make your sofa “alive”.



The color palette of your room should serve as a guide for the pillow color you choose.

Multiple colors in a pillow may create a sharp contrast with the sofa and the rest of the room. But by including an element of your room’s color palette, you blend the sofa with the rest of the room.

Notice how in the example above, the multiple bright colors add brightness and contrast to this otherwise dull couch and room, while the grey helps to bring congruence between the wall and couch.

Don’t be afraid to play with colors. Make them brighter in the summer and spring to create a light mood and use darker tones to create a cozy feeling in the dull winter months.




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Most people are shy about patterns, choosing to stick with solids. And if they do venture out of their comfort zone a little bit, they tend to go strictly with geometric patterns. But swirls, floral prints and other odd patterns can be a lot of fun and create a lot of appeal depending on how you use them in a room.

To achieve a stylish and tasteful look with patterns,

  • Stick to a color scheme.
  • Don’t go pattern-crazy because this will end up looking cheap and will overwhelm other accent items you have in the room.
  • Restrict your choice to 3 patterns at the most. To make them cohesive, stick to the same style and shape of pillow.
  • An odd number of pillows help to achieve the best effect because you can alternate designs.
  • You can include a pillow with a solid pattern to break up the contrast.





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Fabrics & Textures

Nothing screams monotony like cushions that have the same fabric as the sofa itself. To create interesting and eye-catching textures in your upholstery, go for pillows made of silks, faux furs, corduroys, velvets, knits and weaves.

There are two ways you can make use of texture:

  • You can include pillows made of plain cotton fabric to call attention to the individual textures.
  • As long as you stick to the color scheme, you can alternate different textures.

Notice above how the texture of the small pillow contrasts with the solid texture of the larger pillows. The pillows also stick to the color palette of the room.





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Numbers & Arrangement

To achieve the most impact with your pillows, you have to layer them properly.

Odd numbers achieve the best arrangement. Depending on the size of the pillows and the couch, you can use 3, 5, 7 or more to create a modern feeling. Even numbers of pillows create a classic feeling.