Contemporary Living Room by Eduard Caliman Depicting a Luxurious Lifestyle

A Luxury Lifestyle is something I guess we all aspire to. A designer called Eduard Caliman based in Leeds, Yorkshire, UK, is making a name for himself as the man to go to get your living room souped-up to a level of luxurious. A bit of a bio first:
Eduard Caliman describes himself as a 3D visualizer and interior design enthusiast. Throughout his professional career he has worked at visualization studios in Italy and the United Kingdom where he has had the chance to offer his support and skills to complete many visualisations covering the field of yachts, residential interiors, industrial design and product design. He uses 3D computer generated imagery to produce (“visualise”) his blueprint for an interior design and then develops the process by modelling bespoke furniture and decorative elements for his interior scenes. His design for interiors is not restricted to shapes and space management, but includes materials and surface textures, and environmental lighting.
One of his more recent and much lauded projects has been an intriguing living room project. The luxurious interior was envisioned as having an open layout, with a plus-sized sofa located in the middle, which acted as a visual and physical divider between the lounge area and the dining area. Large crystal chandeliers seem added spice to the room, bringing a touch of regal or royal elegance. Add to this an eclectic mix of other furniture and hey presto, a living room with a unique and luxurious character.
Eduard used elements that belong to the Visionnaire Ipe Cavalli brand collection such as a feathery mirror (Bird) and a console (Gretel) while the large sofa was designed by Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia. The lamps and the ceiling lights came from Giovanni Sforza Home luxury Collection and were carefully chosen to further depict a more bright and luxurious lifestyle.
Where did he get these ideas from? Eduard said that he had been a long-time admirer of the Minotti style and he spent a lot of time “in awe” just browsing their website. He said that his admiration for the exquisite visuals that Minotti has produced inspired him to recreate his living room design with space that maintained and emphasized the Minotti look and feel.
The over-sized sofa mentioned above is a Hamilton sofa and he modelled it into his living room visualisation using 3DS Max and Marvelous Designer. Marvelous Designer is a computer programme that is mainly used in creating fashion industry designs, but Eduard used if for designing cushions for his living room project. 3DS Max® 3D modelling software is a sophisticated set of programmes that provide a comprehensive modelling, animation, simulation, and rendering solution for games, film, and motion graphics artists. However its tools can also be used for interior design.
One of Eduard’s passions is using the colours of black and gold to create a sumptuous luxury that reeks of royalty and a lifestyle of opulence. He says that in recent times he has been obsessed with the idea of a classic space where the more predominant tonalities are mainly composed of black and golden details. Perhaps his next client could be members of the Royal family wishing to redecorate one of their stately homes? They could do a lot worse than contact Eduard!

Colour Psychology: Using Teal in Interiors

What is teal you might ask? The dictionary definition says:
1. A small freshwater duck, typically with a greenish band on the wing that is most prominent in flight.
2. A dark greenish-blue colour.”
Why are we interested in teal (the colour, not the duck) is because earlier this year paint giant Dulux names it as the “Colour of the Year for interiors 2014.”
Experts said that this colour tone represents balance, calm, and soothing whilst also being restorative and rejuvenating. Well, in these crazy times, creating a pool of tranquillity in a room in your house using teal sounds like a perfect way to forget about increased airport security checks, a struggling Health Service, and all the other tensions visited upon us as we try to live our lives! It is also supposed to be a colour which is good for contemplation, reflection and focus. It is also supposed to represent harmonious balance- yin and yang if you will, half-way between blue and green. Physically the colour’s light wavelengths require no adjustments for our eyes. The colour doesn’t grate on us.
Teal actually comes in a number of different shades and therefore there’s not one standard colour that you will see in everyone’s bedroom or living room because the glossy magazines have highlighted its colour of the year status. The best thing to do is to get some small quantities of each type of teal, such as Dulux’s “Sea Urchin 1”, one of the lighter shades of teal. That colour is good for rooms that don’t get a lot of natural light. A darker tone would better suit conservatories and light bedrooms and living rooms.
The teal colours combine well with mustard yellows, burnt oranges, ivories and earth-brown tones. Of course whichever colours you use in conjunction with teal, don’t overdo it and make a room fussy with hip multi-contrasts, or you’ll lose the teal’s recuperative properties! Some colours don’t go well with teal, such as bright acid yellows and dark greys.
Because teal is a great colour to use when you wish to relax and unwind and allow you to regain balance and equilibrium after a hectic busy day, use it in rooms such as the living areas, library space, bedrooms. Also think about using it in the bathroom to create that restorative, rejuvenating spa-like feel.
Whatever room you use it in, don’t “crowd out” the colour by having too much clutter around. You should not have too much of anything in a teal-coloured room. In the bathroom, put all those shampoos and shower gels in cupboards and not around the rim of the bath or wash basin. In a bedroom, don’t have loads of lampstands and clothes furniture, let the colour teal breathe and you’ll have a good night’s sleep! Consider some subtle semi-concealed lighting in the bedroom, even a coloured strip of LED’s around the skirting board can create a great ambience.
Avoid using teal in the kitchen- you want a kitchen to be busy and vibrant- a hive of culinary activity, not a place to be drifting off from the food preparation to commune with the music of the spheres or have a spiritual communing with teal!