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Raffi wallpapers with contemporary ambitions

Raffi wallpapers with contemporary ambitions

In the past, a cactus used to be considered the ultimate pot plant for hopeless fuddy-duddies. And now? Nowadays, a cactus has become what could be termed the “hipster” amongst pot plants. It can be found at art exhibitions, lifestyle magazines and in renowned newspapers and even features in editorials, where it is described with love and affection despite all its spikiness. Wallpaper has undergone similar ups and downs in popularity. Adored in the 1960s as a decorative wall covering primarily by conservatives and subsequently forgotten and even banished, it has once again regained its position as the star of contemporary wall design. Thanks to modern production processes, today’s wallpapers precisely reflect the vision and intentions of their designers; they have even come to symbolise avant-garde design. The Raffi brand’s latest wallpaper collection openly communicates nature’s thoughts by means of gentle shades and clear lines. And it does all that using an extremely modern design language and the latest colours. Dutch designer Maarten Vrolijk translates “The Essence of Nature” into modern product design, thereby removing the boundaries between naive contemplation and artistic realisation. read more…

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Raffi tiles for the living room, bathroom and kitchen

Raffi tiles for the living room, bathroom and kitchen

In recent years, bathrooms and kitchens have developed from slightly embarrassing, functional rooms to the centre stage of personal living spaces. For a long time now, cooking has no longer taken place behind closed doors, but in the focal point of the house, where people are now also happy for guests to watch. In this “age of health” the well-kept wet area is no longer a luxury, and has long since become a “must have” for the soul. The Raffi tiles collection effectively combines design and function in both areas.

Dive in and recharge: Stylish home spa

Is your bathroom already a quiet zone or an oasis of wellness? Not yet? Then Raffi has a few ideas about how you can create a beautiful space for your private relaxation ritual. Relaxation is a very personal thing. Some people enjoy silence and a good book; others listen to loud music and need to vent energetically; while the next person needs to get out into nature.

Whether it serves as a quiet zone, an oasis of wellness, or a family spa, the bathroom has been pursuing its new calling for a long time and has come a long way from its origins as a washroom. The modern wet room aims to provide a sensory zone and intimate space where you can leave behind the troubles of everyday life and retreat to your inner world. Exactly what kind of magic this room provides, is a matter of individual lifestyle and personal taste. However, one thing is for certain: Even a bathroom requires high-quality materials, patterns, colours and beautiful accessories to help create the desired atmosphere. read more…

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Rooms with character – need strong surfaces with their own profile

Rooms with character – need strong surfaces with their own profile

A warm welcome in the entrance hall

Your home presents your attitude to life. And it begins in the entrance hall. It’s not always easy for the entrance hall to look its best: on the one hand, it should receive visitors with stylistic and aesthetic sensitivity, inviting them to stay. On the other hand, it must imaginatively organise and conceal a mass of jackets, caps, scarves, bags, keys, mobile phones and shoes, producing them again instantly when required. Sometimes, a few little tricks can help make the house entrance both homelike and practical. The first few square metres of living space are often hectically busy as the house’s inhabitants, large and small, put down their bags, hurriedly hunt for jackets and shoes or hastily stuff them back. In order to create a peaceful location for this small chaos, it is a good idea to paint all the doors off the entrance hall in the same colour as the wall. That’s no problem with Raffi paints, because they’re suitable for wood as well as walls. Another suggestion: combining different textures such as sand and satin creates an atmosphere which promises both the down-to-earth lightness of Scandinavian country house style and the elegance of modern living. Skilfully placed mirrors smuggle an illusion of size into the entrance hall and reflect the light. read more…

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Light and colour – an inseparable couple

Light and colour – an inseparable couple

Private bright spots: artfully placed lights create atmosphere

Even now in the days of modern LED lighting artists, candlelight is the essential accessory for an atmospheric cosy evening, whether as a couple or with a larger number. In the flickering light of candles we can unconsciously conceal all the things we didn’t invite but which nevertheless have their place: the piles of books, the worn corners of the couch and other traces of life disappear in the delightful semi-darkness without spoiling the cosy atmosphere. In the beginning was light… it is energy, emotion and designer. read more…