In home decor there are good matches and then there are perfect matches. A design piece can become something completely different by simply combining it with the right piece or set. Everything depends on your own style and taste but our suggestion is this: remember that some materials go together better than others. The same applies to the colours, which should match the mood in each part of your house. Today we have 4 different moods for you, which do you like best?   Perfect match, perfect rest Natural oak is a great way of creating a warm, cozy environment at home. We love the touch of wood in home decor, especially in the bedroom where comfort and warmth are so important. Our suggestion is: go simple but sophisticated with the furniture, just like our beautiful Bracara Bed and Bracara Bench. With an unrivalled simplicity, both pieces are a work of fine, almost...

If you like a touch of Scandinavian simplicity and charm in your home, you will absolutely love  Paularte’s Bracara collection -  Combining locally sourced materials from native trees like walnut and oak, with the know-how of several generations of Portuguese carpenters, this beautiful collection is proof that tradition and innovation can go hand in hand. With an unrivalled simplicity and sophisticated design, the Bracara collection is the perfect complement for all areas of your home – from the living room to the bedroom.  Find out next how to brighten up your bedroom decor with these beautiful design pieces.   Comfort is all you need There is no doubt that comfort is one of the most important factors in bedroom design. This is why the bed must be the centerpiece, just like the sofa in your living room.  We have fallen in love with the elegant simplicity of the Bracara bed, which shows that the expression less is more...

We love design and everything related to it. From interiors to home furnishings and decor pieces, we are always looking for the best pieces to add to our portfolio. Today we are really proud to share the news that Duistt, one of the brands we represent, has two unique design pieces shortlisted for the renowned Design et al International Product Design Awards, the Isabella Lounge Chair and Julius Chair. Created in the city of Porto in 2014 Duistt is a home furnishings brand specialising in upholstery. It combines the uniqueness of handmade craftsmanship inspired by Portuguese tradition, with the best that modern design has to offer. If you want to hear more about this young and vibrant brand, already considered one of the best emerging brands to showcase in the 100% Design this September, sit back and enjoy what founder and designer Olga Torres shared with us in this first Open Plan...

Recently a candidate for World Heritage status, Portuguese tiles have become increasingly popular in home decor. Full of history and style, these tiles are used to create original and vintage looks, adding that statement touch to any room. What’s more, they have even inspired some designers to come up with new and innovative products. Here are some ideas on how to use Portuguese tiles in your interior design project and get inspired!     Portuguese tiles to inspire upholstery  Portuguese tiles not only inspire those who wish to decorate their walls, but also those who want to spice their interior upholstery. Renowned interior designer Lazaro Rosa Violan has proven exactly that with his project Chez Coco in Barcelona. The beauty of  blue and white Portuguese tiles was brought by the designer to his chairs' fabric, creating a very interesting environment that matches with the tiled floor and hand painted floral wall art. A great inspiration for a sophisticated home...

Wall art plays a very important role in home decor as it adds personality to any space, giving it a really unique touch.  As design lovers, we are passionate about turning your walls into a statement and helping you to carefully choose some really unique wall art.  That’s why we want to introduce you to two talented artists that we truly admire. Find out more about Pedro Guimarães and Manuel Correia, the two talents behind Open Plan Living’s art portfolio. [gallery link="file" size="large" ids="369,368,367,366,365,364,363,362,361,360" orderby="rand"]   Pedro Guimarães, Plastic Artist Pedro Guimarães is a Contemporary Plastic Artist who uses a wide range of resources and materials to achieve creative and stunning wall art pieces. The possibilities of his work are endless and each piece is truly unique, often spanning different genres from the figurative to abstract. One of the wall art highlights of Pedro Guimarães portfolio is his range of 3VD paintings.  He uses a technique...

Fine dining is not just about great food but also about enjoying an exquisite experience. That’s why when it comes to choosing the best restaurant, your palate is just one of several things to consider. A unique atmosphere and impeccable service are also important, and of course the restaurant's design is a crucial element of its success. The UK is filled with some great choices for dedicated foodies who want to take their dining experience to the next level.  Some restaurant projects are designed and built from the scratch, whilst others take of a building's location and history. As we love a good design and architecture makeover, today we share with you the most stunning restaurant conversion projects in the UK. From churches to factories, everything is possible when true creativity is applied to reaching the next level in restaurant design.   Blixen, London  A former bank built into the walls of London's Old Spitalfields Market, Blixen...

Rose Quartz and Serenity – two names that you may have already heard of since the end of 2015. This is because Pantone chose not just one, but two colours of the year for 2016,  giving us many new colour combinations to suit each home's style.  Although many people associate these two colours with a child's nursery  we believe that if mixed correctly, they can provide great results for any room. This is why we are bringing you 5 home decor ideas making use of these two great colours.   Mix it with black and white When working with an unusual colour, one of the best home decor ideas is to mix it with black and white. These two neutral colours will help you frame the new one, adding a very graphic touch to your home. Firstly decide whether you prefer Rose Quartz or Serenity,  then add it to the wall behind your favourite furniture piece –...

New year, new interior design possibilities! If you love the world of decor and interiors as much as we do, you are probably already planning some exciting changes at home - a new colour here, a different room layout, a new sofa to make the room feel more comfortable. As every home needs some challenges every once in a while, find out which interior design trends will rule this year and get creative at home.   Portuguese tiles inspiration We already shared on the blog just how much we love Portuguese tiles and we believe that these beautiful items will be an even greater source of inspiration this coming year. No matter if you use them in upholstery, as a way to remodel your kitchen, on your bedwear or simply as a decorative detail, Portuguese tiles will be one of the greatest interior design trends for 2016. So don't miss this opportunity to...

Lofts, studios, flats - there are many ways of describing a small apartment but they all have one thing in common, a lack of space. If you are a Londoner, this will ring true as space is a precious commodity, fitting everything in and making your space comfortable can be a challenge.   Above all, Londoners must be demanding when it comes to choosing the right furniture. Today we'll start with the bedroom, one of the most important areas in the home given its versatility. To help you relax, read, organize your clothes or watch a movie in your own cozy bedroom, Open Plan Living portfolio offers you some great choices. From beautiful tables to stools, lamps and comfortable rugs – here are 5 pieces that add a special touch to any bedroom!   Lune stool A stool can be a very interesting piece and can add both space and versatility to your bedroom. This beautiful stool is elegant enough...

The Holiday season is all about colour and light, and that’s why we have decided to bring you a little more fun to brighten up the week. With Christmas already gone, now is the time to enjoy New Year’s Eve celebrations so we bring you 5 beautiful lamps to start off 2016 . Discover more below and celebrate in style!   Origami If you are an Origami fan, this beautiful wall lamp is the best fit for you. Made of brushed brass and matt black lacquer, Origami is one of the most elegant wall lamps for your living room, bringing a touch of grace to your New Year.   Square and Cross Square and Cross are the perfect fit for a stylish living room.With the added function of a side table these lamps combine understated and chic design with a duality of functions.   Giacomo Floor Lamp Floor lamps are perfect for any type of home, no matter how big or...