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Target’s New Line of Exotic, Boho-Chic Decor Is Exactly What You Need

We can probably all use a little more exotic spice and color in our lives. Some of us are lucky enough to travel to far-flung places to get our fix. But if you can’t, you can now go to Target, no passport required.

The retailer is launching a new “eclectic” line called Opalhouse on April 8, featuring 1,300 pieces of exotic and colorful bedding, décor, tabletop items and furniture from around the world. Most items are priced under $30, which is impressive when you consider that the materials used include silks, velvets and pressed glass.

Target’s slogan for the line is: “Create spaces as bold as your spirit.” The decor was inspired by markets in places like Paris, the South of France, Mallorca and the Far East.

Opalhouse will be the first of the store’s brands to feature artwork from the design team. Designers had the lucky task of traveling to create interpretations of what they saw around the world. The work will be used in wallpaper, textiles and prints.

One of the designers created a watercolor after spotting some flowers for sale near a market in Paris. The same designer later notice a brightly colored bird in Lisbon and added it to the floral print. The watercolor was reproduced for the Opalhouse wallpaper for sale, shown in the alcove below.

A black and white sketch of whimsical pineapples is now also a wallpaper — and a coordinating table lamp.

A warm, exotic bath collection features ikat-inspired prints in oranges and reds. There’s plenty of other bath pieces in the line to mix and match to create the perfect look for your bathroom.

Layers of textures, embroidery and a crisp black floral pattern create a bed that’s closer to sleeping in Marrakech than in Minneapolis.

This is just a sneak peek from Target of what’s to come. All items will be available for sale both in store and online on April 8.

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Minimalist Layout With Quirky Twists And Patterns

Each of the rooms in this modern Minsk apartment, located in Belarus, have their own sophisticated mid to dark colour palette. Designed by Zrobym Architects, the room schemes are simple but come textured with pattern: furniture upholstery, graphic rugs, sculptural chairs and feature walls all come together to add personality and a touch of frivolity. Whilst the clean contemporary furniture and crisp lines of this interior lean toward the minimalist aesthetic, the discoveries of interesting prints, textures and unusual accessories add in a refreshingly quirky twist. Come and admire the giant pendant light, coloured neon tubes and funky floor level furniture for a fresh take on modern minimalism.

In the dark grey living room, the scheme is dominated by a large chimney breast painted in an auburn hue. A glass fireplace allows the flame to be enjoyed from two sides. In front of the fireplace sits a selection of floor level seating that adds a first touch of pattern and a delicate shade of pink to the scheme. An even lower coffee table holds a globe lamp.

The round charcoal coloured coffee table sits on top of a rug made of various textured sections to provide a graphic look. Beyond the fireplace, the side of the staircase cuts through the visual in an auburn diagonal line.

Outer posts on the chimney breast have a linear textured surface to add extra interest to the room’s focal point.

The kitchen-diner, at the other side of the open plan living room, is decorated in smooth shades of grey and light wood tone. In this space the most eye-catching pattern is the three-dimensional swirls that form the backrests of six modern dining chairs. The dining table runs directly off a central kitchen island, and ends in a recessed shelving unit that has been accessorised in a minimal fashion. A couple of small leafy plants and a vase of fern leaves decorate the surfaces of the cooking and dining spaces, beneath an uncomplicated pendant light.

In the hallway, an enormous circular mirror just about covers all of one wall. Just enough room is left at one end to situate a couple of cube stools. A ceiling strip light and a neat white wall sconce throw light over the mirror’s silver surface, and highlight the edges of a glass vase on the mirror’s shelf.

A selection of wall hooks and a wall shelf provide a tidy place to hang coats and set down bags on entering through the front door. A vertical anthracite radiator squeezes in the gap between the custom coat rack and an interior door. Around the corner, a pink neon light illuminates a nook, adding a little mystery and intrigue.

The home office is also decorated in grey. A shallow desk has been custom built to fit wall to wall without the need for support legs. The ergonomic desk chair, looking out over a view of green fields, is the Sayl Task Chair from Herman Miller. In the bathroom, the grey palette has been teamed with a beautiful soft pink – made edgy by the introduction of a further pink neon tube light. A pink partition wall and a pink pedestal basin are accompanied by a pink towel ladder to complete the interior rule of three.

The blue bedroom scheme resides mainly in one corner of the room, made up by a slatted blue feature wall design and floor length curtain at the adjacent window. The solid blue accent chair and matching footstool could double up as a comfortable reading chair in its location below a large wall sconce. A blue side table with a gold ornament completes the vignette. In the centre of the room the decor becomes a lot more beige, with only a circular leaf print rug to ring in a vibrant pink and blue colour combo.

The ensuite master bathroom continues on the blue colour journey, with a blue and white wall mounted vanity unit.

A chirpy little Eames bird sits on top of a small bedroom cabinet beside a floor mirror. A swing arm wall lamp casts light over a headboard harboring tucked away book storage shelves.

A second bedroom has a pretty scalloped edge headboard in pale coral, beside a simple grey comfortable chair and floor reading lamp.

Subtle geometric pattern fills a section of space above the unusually shaped headboard, whist a small wall sconce lights a tray table at its base. On the opposite side of the room, an elliptical desk holds a designer table lamp.

The child’s room has a toddler bed raised on a platform base that spans the length of the floor. Storage drawers are situated beneath the platform to stow away toys and clothing.

A tiny but highly stylish kids’ drawing desk is situated in front of blue spot wallpaper.

The family bathroom holds twin vanities made of concrete. The luxurious bathtub is centre stage at the top of a climb of wooden steps.

An upstairs living room is nestled around a humongous pendant light shade that would make even the tallest adult feel like the size of a small child as they lounge beneath it on the low-level sofa or chair. Pattern appears over the console unit to one side, and another Eames bird hops into view on the surface of a small round coffee table.

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Sick Of Winter? Check Out CB2’s Pool Party Collab With Fred Segal Los Angeles

CB2 is California dreaming of long summer days by the pool. Their latest collection, in conjunction with the famed Los Angeles retailer-to-the-stars, Fred Segal, is available now.

The new line is named Pool Party and features some of Fred Segal’s most famous denim designs on pillows and upholstery. Most of the pieces are designed for indoor/outdoor living and include eclectic pieces that mix vintage and whimsy. The “luxe California daydream” inspiration is on every item from sofas to a Bocce Ball set to melamine plates and accent tables.

Here are some of the highlights of the CB2 x Fred Segal Pool Party Collection:

Pool Party White Sofa, $1199

Brass Bird Side Table, $229 Eye Candy Outdoor Pillow, $40 Loves Neon, $299 each Love One Another Pool Party Float, $80

Melamine Dinnerware and Striped Pool Party Barware, $6 – $8 Studio Acrylic Storage Table, $800 Cloud Distressed Pillows, $159 each Be Who We Are Shag Rug, $700 – $1200 Red Lips Beach Towel, $40

Look See Feel Be Love All Bocce Set, $159

 Love One Another Black Pendant Light, $199 Terrazzo White Serving Pieces, $50 – $70 Sunset Teak Lounge Chair, $699


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30 Buoyant Blue Bedrooms That Add Tranquility and Calm to Your Sleeping Space

Signifying security and calm, blue is everyone’s favourite colour. Unconfrontational and ever so mellow, it reminds of the gently rolling sea, beach holidays and the stillness of the world’s most beautiful lakes. These 30 bedrooms use blue to create spaces that infuse tranquillity and calm into your downtime. Whether you’re colouring in bright turquoise, royal or pastel baby blues; colouring your whole bedroom blue or simply painting a lintel; you’ll notice the feeling of calmness the hue brings to an interior. Take a gander through our collection of beautiful blue bedrooms, to see how pieces in this cooler shade could work in your next sleeping space.

Source: Ikea  

Many blues combine to make this bedroom come together. Fronted by a greyscale oil abstract, mid-blue walls combine with a turquoise floor and teal cushions for deep sea exploration. Pops of white, grey and purple show themselves in desks, bedding and a rug, giving the room’s intense colours room to breathe.

Designer: Vera Tarlovskaya Interiors  

Feel like a princess, in a blue and green bedroom. A chiffon canopy overlays this French-headboarded bed, while a strip of frog green stripes over the top. Simple white bedroom tables and a lightly-embroidered bedspread add to the feeling of serenity. A tropical pillow atop brings it all together.

Source: Ikea  

Build a blue and yellow bedroom that’s devilishly serene. The light teals of this boudoir cover walls, door frames and corridors, while light wooden flooring reminds of a beach house. White and a potted plant provide light, as a desk chair acts as an eye-catching feature.

Visualizer: Andrew Rudoi  

Only have a small room? Use white, LEDs and lighter blues to create space. A sky-hued wall heads up white shelves and a striped wardrobe, while a turquoise duvet intersperses more white. A deep blue curtain frames the space.

Visualizer: Koj Design  

Ditch sea blues for more regal colouring. The powder blue wall in this modern couple’s space works well with an almost-charcoal duvet and multi-tone spiral print. Patterns in the dressing chair and rug add points of interest, whilst large swathes of white ensure blue doesn’t dominate.

Source: Columbini Casa  

Love blue in its many shades? Think about smarter colour combinations. This bedroom paints a ceiling ledge and one wall turquoise, using baby blue in stripes beside beige blocks. A denim blue circular rug, striped pillows and darker books create an eclectic space.

Source: Columbini Casa  

Make a splash with neon blue. White and light wood complement this modern bedroom perfectly, as bright blue covers a wall, book shelves and a bed. Wide windows, concrete floors and lots of space construct a room that’s cool, not cluttered.

Source: Columbini Casa  

Blue rooms aren’t just for adults. This quirky kids’ bedroom uses turquoise to back bookshelves, a cabinet and bedside table, while white and beige fill in the rest. An adventurous model airplane and corrugated metal feature make this a room to remember.

Visualizer: Eke Interiors   

Deck out your kids’ sleeping space in full-on blue. This room keeps its walls and windows light, highlighting a single bed, pull-out mattress and bookcase in turquoise blue. A circular mat and picture frames tie the hue further in. An orange seat and lamp offer complementary colouring.

Designer: Onion  

Why not create a kids’ haven? Turquoise marks the spot in this two-level sleeping space, which leans ladders to the upper bed, a coloured panel around the lower. Double mattresses and a large cloud decal make this much more interesting than your standard bunk.

Visualizer: SumoD  

A blue and purple bedroom creates an entirely different mood. With Marilyn on the feature wall and orchids on the floor, this gorgeous girl’s room makes blue pretty as lilac, white and yellow join the party. Nifty shelves and drawers beneath offer secret storage.

Visualizer: Mimar Interiors   

Minimalist is the word for this blue and grey bedroom. A typographic feature wall heads the space, with an enclave lined in blue. Grey wooden floors, light chiffon curtaining and low furniture show elegance. A blue ottoman and mat tie it all in.

Take it to the next level with LED lighting. Featuring lighting panels in the ceiling, under-bed skirting and around the desk, this white room with blue lightbulbs takes you to New York at night. White floor tiling keeps it looking sleek.

Visualizer: Saimir Brahao   

Go for casual cool in darker blue shades. Set on a concrete floor, an almost-black wall and dark denim mingle with simple wood and white furnishings. Two colourful bulbs and pop art prints complete the look.

Many shades of blue contribute to this bedroom’s zen. A dark blue wall heads the bed, a striped rug the floor and an almost-grey throw the covers, while a filigree lamp glows through the darkness. Two swing arm wall lamps illuminate a place for sleeping.

Designer: Flat Design  

Want to travel the world? Make a blue feature wall your inspiration. This blue and grey bedroom maps out the globe, using a bed-come-couch and velvet ottoman as colour coders.

Source: Ikea  

Transition your teenager into a more grown-up room. This fleur-de-lis wallpaper, baby blue duvet and dramatic drapery provide childlike comforts, whilst white furnishings and two wicker bedroom chairs look to the future.

Visualizer: Gaurav  

This contemporary room for two shows a blue bedroom set is sometimes all you need. Set upon a concrete accent wall, teardrop wall icons, woollen rug spheres and a quilted bed frame keep it cosy. A wooden floor brings warmth, a private deck the summer view.

Visualizer: Int2 Architecture  

Design your blue bedroom Scandinavian-style. Complete with a circular hanging mirror, orange grasshopper lamp, open wardrobe and fox print, its half-blue wall reminds of the sea’s rolling tide.

Designer: HAO Design  

Prefer pastels? Make like this bedroom, and design a line of oscillating panels. A bright blue duvet and single pendant match the theme perfectly.

Visualizer: Zrobym  

It’s hard to find a bedroom that both partners like, but this blue gem could fit the bill. Kept light and airy by a beige and white futon, its corrugated iron creates a not-too-girly feature. A matching chair, ottoman and simple swing lamp create a place for reading, whilst extra books lurk inside the headboard.

Visualizer: Int2 Architecture  

Have a small space to work with? Frame your bed in wood, painting a side wall blue. This compact bedroom shows how it’s done, as throw cushions, a simple painting and crouching bedside lamp add flair.

Designer: Metaforma  

Love thin wooden panels? This bedroom stretches them over a wall and side ledge, as blue takes centre stage. White surrounding walls, a landscape canvas and potted white peonies bring a sense of grace.

Designer: Division1  

Japanese design enthusiasts can’t go past this zen bedroom in blue. A black futon bed, pillow and high-shine wooden flooring meet their match in turquoise bedding, an ottoman and glass-covered prints. LED lighting and white keep the look minimalist.

Source: 55kvadrat  

This blue bedroom could have you dreaming of Scandinavia. A gorgeous shade of teal covers all four walls in this Nordic style, which uses white to frame all the spaces inbetween. Unusual fixtures in the fluffy chandelier, monochrome prints and idle suitcases make this a beautiful example for Scandinavian bedrooms.

Designer: Karen B Wolf  

After a light blue bedroom instead? This quirky little number places mirrors on its bedside table, quilting on its headboard and a textured print beside it. Touches of soft grey and white enhance its pale, fresh hue.

Source: Echelon Custom Homes  

Use blue to create striking colour combinations. The dramatic striped rug of this boudoir pairs with a red duvet,patterned cushions and a turquoise headboard, infusing a Mediterranean feel. A baby blue border around the walls’ uppers softens the contrast.

Visualizer: ArchiCGI  

Create difference with tiny pops of colour. The blues in this bedroom’s prints and cushions set its white walls and wooden floors apart from the neighbours’. A string of fairy lights gives the room a festive feel.

Source: World Market  

Rather be at the beach? This rustic bedroom sits you right beside the sea. Light wooden ceilings provide room to breathe, above a deep blue panel. A patterned blue duvet and raft of competing cushions add character, while three metallic wall sconces above head a space for reading.

Visualizer: Donara Dolgopolskaya  

Make a splash in blue and yellow. This bedroom borders on the artistic, with a painterly rug, textured graphic wall and gothic fireplace for company. Yellow heads up two geometric feature chairs and a vase-shaped bedroom table. Metallic bedroom pendant lights polish off the look opposite a golden wall sconce.

If blue is you color of choice, don’t forget to check out:
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30 Blue Living Rooms To Relax The Mind, Body And Soul

The colour blue is said to symbolise many positive qualities, such as trust, loyalty, truth, wisdom, intelligence and confidence, faith and heaven. Blue is thought to be beneficial to the mind and body as it produces a calming effect that is even said to slow human metabolism. If light colours leave you cold, dark blue is associated with stability and depth. With all of this in mind it seems like a pretty great colour choice for a room used for relaxation doesn’t it? We think so too, so we’ve put together thirty of our favourite blue living room decor schemes to help relax your mind, body and soul.

Source: Hukla  

This pure sky blue paint colour has got to be one of the most relaxing of all. Teamed with white adjacent walls, floor and furniture the look is kept fresh and uncomplicated. The introduction of green from indoor plants acts as a subtle splash of contrast against the hue. Black accents brought in via a console unit, cushions and coffee tables add just enough weight to the light scheme.

Designer: Charlotte Crosland Interiors  

If dark and sumptuous opulence is more your style, then this dark blue lounge scheme with a plum coloured sofa and yellow ochre cushions is sure to inspire. Bronze accents and colourful wall art complete the decadent decor.

Photographer: Photovisions  

Another dark blue decor scheme but this time with a slightly pop art inspired feel due to high contrast sunshine yellow accents and graphic prints on cushions, artwork and a geo rug that dazzles through the glass top of a mid century modern coffee table.

A beach theme is hinted at in this living room. Striped chairs that recline low like traditional deck chairs, and a tasseled area rug on a pale floor like a beach rug on pale sands. Blue panels cover a feature wall, reminiscent of a beach hut. The coastal look is reined in and given a modern edge with the introduction of black metal coffee tables and unique wall shelves.

Visualizer: Ugo Concept   

In this dark blue living room theme, the shade of the feature wall is copied and continued around the room via an upholstered L-shaped sofa. A bright yellow accent chair with matching footstool has been introduced to shatter monotony.

Visualizer: Z Axis Design  

A single wall of strong blue is echoed only by one diluted blue cushion on the opposite side. Purple heather cushions and curtains complement the blue tones perfectly, and one vivid chartreuse strip balances the visual weight of the room. The sofa and floor are neutral and light, whilst a dark coffee table, modern rocking chair and a designer table lamp provide the base notes.

Designer: Nexus  

Purple and blue at play together again here, this time in a much more vivid combo. Plenty of surrounding white and light wood tone prevent the vibrant hues from appearing too much.

Visualizer: AM Studio  

Is there any colour more restful on the eye than duck egg blue? The calming colour of this bespoke bookcase has been put with a beautiful blush sofa in this pastel coloured lounge. A pink and blue colour combination looks super sweet, but here the cute clash is toned down by the addition of a soft sage accent wall plus deep wood stain.

Visualizer: Lugerin Igor  

A volume of light blue storage cabinets makes a great divider in this open plan space. Again the blue hue has been warmed by the introduction of soft pink, this time in the form of an area rug. The sweet shades lift the monochrome scheme but are relaxing rather than jarring.

Visualizer: Max Nevkhoroshev  

This velvety modern sofa is camouflaged against a teal wall. A round mirror and round coffee table resemble a full moon and its reflection in a still pond.

Visualizer: Aleksey Krivosheyev  

An orange Chesterfield sofa and a gold floor reading lamp sing off midnight blue wainscoting.

Designer: Winder Gibson Architects  

Like gazing up into a cloudless summer sky, this lofty sky blue living room looks heavenly.

Designer: SMLXL  

Electric blue flashes around the perimeter of this black, white and blue living room. Blue may typically be thought of as a calming influence but this hue feels positively energised.

Visualizer: Viacheslav Sobolevsky  

We love the unexpected styling of a colour coordinated ornamental bicycle in this room scheme. The bright red seat is a nice cheerful touch.

Designer: Suite Arquitetos  

Orange meets blue again in this enormous layout. Because blue is at the opposite side of the colour wheel to orange, the combination is naturally striking.

Visualizer: Maxtree  

Just a kick away from orange on the colour wheel is yellow, making it another eye-catching combo.

Visualizer: Eve Images  

A blue-yellow mix in more muted shades.

Visualizer: Alexander Kuzmenko  

In this lounge scheme the colour has been restrained to only the sofa, one cushion and a lightshade.

Visualizer: Constantine Rybkin  

The bright hue of this aqua blue sofa has been broken up with huge pale pillows to match the overall decor, and black pillows that are matched by the kitchen base units, teapot and cups.

Visualizer: Aquiles Ruiz  

Against a backdrop of wood and concrete you can go as bright as you dare.

Visualizer: Materica d_sign  

Choosing different shades of the same hue adds depth and interest.

Designer: Ford Design  

This minimalist living room gains added interest from highlighting the unusual shape of the sofa with a bright shade.

Designer: TG Studio  

A couple of matching blue accent chairs balance this layout.

Visualizer: Z River Studio  

A single unique coffee table could be your stand-out blue accent…

Designer: Amber Hodgins  

… Or a piece of blue wall art.

Source: Mark Lawrence  

Living rooms with large wall art can be simple in design to let the art do the talking.

Source: SCE Construction  

A blue aquarium casts a dreamy light over this lounge.

Architect: DSDG  
Source: Living Color Aquariums  

Designer: Rules Architect  

Colour changing LEDs can be a great alternative to painting on permanent colour. You can check out more images of this gorgeous home here.

Visualizer: Next Level Studio  

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