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50 Shades of Urban Decay: Colour Palettes Inspired by Abandoned Places

Have you ever stumbled upon a derelict building and though about how much of an eye sore it is? What about that dilapidated old park bench that could do with being replaced?

If you’re into urban exploring, finding beauty in something that you’d ordinarily find grotesque can be a magical thing, and looking deeper into what these spaces offer can open up a whole new world, especially from a design perspective.

When decorating, it’s common to work out a colour scheme before you start. With that in mind, we’ve decided to take those unloved buildings and spaces, and draw inspiration to create a stunning set of 10 unique colour palettes. In addition to this, each colour palette comes with its own set of Hex codes, perfect for those designers looking to get creative and delve into the world of rust, overgrown structures and exposed brickwork on a more granular level.

So, if you’re looking for some design inspiration, check out our colour palettes inspired by abandoned places below. You never know, urbexing might just become your new favourite pastime too!

YARD

Something as simple as an old, wooden bench can tell a thousand stories. Who sat there? What thoughts were those that sat there thinking when they gazed out in contemplation? The weathering of the wood and the life that’s sprung from it over the years, provides an array of natural hues which are perfect for those looking for an earthy, muted colour scheme.

TIME PLEASE

Popping down the local for a swift pint on a Sunday, might seem like a distant memory for many. The surprisingly comforting scent of tobacco-aged decor and the dust from an open fire providing a somewhat smoky haze, are long gone as times have changed. But what’s been left behind provides a plethora of classic tones that are familiar and cosy.

RUST

When metal starts to oxidise, the changes in structure and colour can be fascinating. The stark, cold surface transforms into what looks like a birds-eye view of a barren, sun-dried landscape. The corrosion causes craters and pits to form; adding a new dimension to the shades of lush orange, red and yellows, providing you with a warming, fiery colour palette.

RECLAIMED

There’s something quite magical about man-made structures being overwhelmed by nature. New life sprouting from the forgotten, blanketing the foreign object and rightfully reclaiming that space as its own. In an almost firework fashion, an explosion of lush greens and subtle browns create the perfect colour palette for anyone wanting to reconnect with the earth.

GRAFFITI

You’d be hard pushed to walk though a city and not find a burst of graffiti adorning the walls of an underpass, building or bridge. While many might see it as a random act of vandalism, the shock of bold colours and dystopian scrawl wrangle a sense of passion and youth; creating a colour palette that’s ideal for anyone looking to inject some energy into their design.

EVACUATE

A once much-loved home now left to ruin. Dusty memories fading away to nothing more than a wilted mess. A sad yet beautiful image of a quickly forgotten past, sun bleached and weary with mellow tones of blue and yellow, creating a feeling of calm after the storm.

DRAINED

A place once full of colour and fun, the cavernous, empty space of an old swimming pool is monotone and quiet. The colours drained like the pool itself. Hollow blues and shades of grey are understated and neutral; fitting background colours for anyone that would like to accessorise their space in a more ostentatious way.

CLOCK OUT

Busy and industrious, the tea breaks and idle chit chat with much loved colleagues now a distant memory. A shell of the machine it formally was, the exposed pipes and bare walls leave a milky, dream-like colour palette. Luxurious and inviting, the colour palette inspired by an old warehouse is far removed from the toilsome environment it once was.

BRICKWORK

Almost skeletal, the deeper inner layers of a building exposed for all to see. The bright orange clay of bare brickwork is harsh against the years of dull, grey rendering. The mix of colours is striking and allows you to add depth to your design.

BETTER TIMES

A grand old house, emptied and deserted with nothing but a piano for entertainment. A reminder of the good times passed and a secret treasure left for someone new to discover. Light and airy, the mix of cool blue hues and nostalgic caramel create a calm yet tentative colour palette.

What If… Smart Home Technology and The Transformers Joined Forces?

Smart technology such as the Amazon Alexa and Philips Hue are fast becoming a staple part of many homes, providing a convenient and often novel way of doing day-to-day things that would otherwise be more complex.

Say you fancy turning the heating up just a little so it’s nice and cosy when you return home, the Nest Learning Thermostat will allow you to do that remotely via your mobile phone. Or, if you’re planning on having a relaxing night in, you feel like getting funky with some chilled out tunes and subtle mood lighting… then Google Home has you covered.

Now imagine you could take these incredible inventions one step further. What if they got smarter? Like, really smart… Not only could they make your day-to-day life that little bit easier, but what if they could sense when you needed them? What if they could go and fetch your slippers for you so you don’t have to rely on the dog?

So we got to thinking… Technologically speaking, who or what is the most reliable of all? Why, it’s the giant, sentient robots of Cybertron of course. The Transformers as they’re lovingly known are noble, compassionate and chivalrous – those Autobots certainly know how to look after us human folk (forgetting the Decepticons, obviously). Add to that their ability to shapeshift and we’ve got a force to be reckoned with.

We then got creative. We wanted to see what a smart technology/Transformers mash-up might look like and we’ve got to say… We’re quite impressed.

When Smart Home Technology Meets The Transformers

Below are our very own versions of the Transformers, all of which are based on smart tech that has become an integral part of our lives. What do you think? Would you fancy owning one of these rather cool little critters?

Alexatron

 

Smart, sassy and just generally a bit of a diva, Alexatron is a transformer who loves to help others. Whether you need a shopping list creating or you just don’t fancy cooking dinner tonight, she’ll always be there to lend a hand. Based on the Amazon Alexa, she’s sure to become a big part of the family in no time. She can be a bit chatty though.

Chronos

Sleek, sophisticated and a little bit on the pretentious side, some might say that Chronos is engineered to perfection. Based on the Apple Smart Watch, he’s known for being the smartest companion when it comes to keeping your life on track while on the go. A data whiz kid, not only can he help you maintain a busy schedule, but he can shout at you when you don’t get in your daily exercise requirements too. Who needs a personal trainer when you’ve got Chronos to keep you in check, right?

Lightwave

Possibly the sweetest of the smart bot bunch, Lightwave loves nothing more than to help you see clearly (literally and figuratively). Based on the Philips Hue, he knows exactly when it’s time to help you chill out with some delicious mood lighting… or if you’re feeling all of the disco vibes, he’s there for that too! Almost like an emotional support bot, if you will…

Switchblade

If you need to kickback and chill but you need a gaming companion too, then Switchblade is your guy. Based on the Nintendo Switch, he’s a bucket full of fun and one of the most easy going smart bots, he’s also more than happy to go wherever you go. He does have a tendency to be a little feisty though, especially if he’s losing a game…

Fitbot

Strong, fierce and not willing to let any challenge stand in her way, Fitbot is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to health and fitness. Inspired by the FitBit, she’s the perfect yoga partner, where she’ll be a constant source of motivation and ready to mop your brow when things get tough. She’ll also be there to smash that cheeky doughnut out of your hand when you start to let things slide. Be careful though, she can be a bit bossy if you don’t do as she says.

Questor

The brain box of the smart bots, what Questor doesn’t know isn’t worth knowing. You want to know why giraffes have long necks, or how toilet paper is made? Just ask Questor, he’s full of answers and he’s not too bad with directions either. Created with Google Home in mind, he’s sharp, quick-witted and just a great chap to have around the house. He’ll even help entertain the kids when they start to grate on your last nerve.

Thermo

Never before has comfort been so important to a smart bot. Thermo is obsessed with ensuring her humans are suitably warm (or cool if you’d prefer it that way, she aims to please). Based on the Nest Learning Thermostat, she makes every effort to know what it is you need, even before you do. So, if you fancy a nice hot bath after a long day at work, Thermo will have it ready and waiting for you… and maybe even a glass of wine or two if you’re lucky.

 

How Much Pizza Do You Get For $1 Around The World

Ever wondered how the price of pizza differs around the world? We’ve put together a graphic looking at how many slices of pizza you’d get for $1 in a variety of countries around the globe. We’ve compared the average prices for a large Margherita to keep things fair and consistent. The graphic also includes information about any unique or interesting pizzas you can get in the region because as well as price differences, some of the toppings were very intriguing.

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Pixel Scale Buildings Around the World

Pixel Scale Buildings Around the World

At a lofty 830m high, the Burj Khalifa is the tallest building in the world. It cost $1.5 billion to build and took almost six years to finish, which is almost as long as it took us to recreate these magnificent pieces of architecture as pixel art (I joke, but seriously, it took a long time!).

Thankfully, not all the world’s iconic buildings are as complex as the Burj Khalifa! They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and we hoped to capture, and compare, them in a new and interesting way.

Sure, illustrations or photos might have made our lives easier, but in the end we opted for a pixel art approach, at a scale of 1 pixel : 1 metre squared. And believe us when we say, each pixel felt like reconstructing the original brick-by-brick!

The actual Taj Mahal took over 20 years to build and looks just as impressive at dawn as our pixel version does.

Even a low-detail process like pixel art can capture the essence of each building, no matter the size. The huge 830 x 150 pixel Burj Khalifa is impressive, but there’s beauty in the smaller buildings too. In fact, recreating all these structures gave us an opportunity to study their form in intimate detail.

St Basils Cathedral Pixel Scale

Saint Basil’s Cathedral may only reach a tiny 48px high, but there is beauty in those blocks.

Take some time to admire the pixel-patterning on the domes of Saint Basil’s, or bask in the digital sunlight drenching the tiny Taj Mahal.

Pixel Scale Buildings Around the World

For greater detail simply hover over the image on desktop, or tap and hold to use the zoom tool on mobile and tablet. Please enjoy and share!

Want to download them as a resource for your website or next design project? No problem, download the set here (please include attribution to Climadoor).

The Future of Tinned Food?

Following the news that food bank use in the UK has reached its highest rate since records began last month, we got to thinking about how food is changing in our society. The previous year has seen a 13% increase of emergency supplies being delivered since the previous year. We won’t get bogged down in the politics of it but increasing living costs due to inflation is certainly a large factor.

Since fast-food’s rise to ascension, people’s relationship to food is changing. The appeal of spending an hour or more prepping and cooking food has dwindled when you know you can get a meal in minutes down the road. We’re also often strapped for time. As a result, there’s been a surge in convenience foods: Microwave burgers, noodles, ready meals, these offer the convenience of fast-food at often even lower prices.

There’s one convenience food in particular that we want to talk about: tinned food. Tinned food is often always cheap and easy to use. We’ve already seen entire meals in tins before and you may have avoided these like the plague. But the reality is, there are lots of people that rely on them to get by.

The long-life and low prices of tinned food also mean they feature heavily in food banks. As the rate of food bank usage appears to be climbing, we thought about what tinned food could look like in the future. As people are being priced out of food, could this be where we are headed?

We took some different cuisines and imagined what they would look like if they were condensed down to fit in a tin. Would you eat any of these?

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4 Eco-Friendly Home Improvements to Maintain a Comfortable Temperature All Year Long

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The quest for a comfortable room temperature is one of the great challenges of our age. A room that’s too hot in summer and too cold in winter can really darken your mood, be it during sweltering summer nights or frosty winter mornings when you daren’t leave your bed.

The temptation is always to stick the heating on for longer or invest in a fan or air conditioning unit – and these solutions may work in the short term, but they’re less than environmentally friendly, and they usually vamp up the cost of your energy bills. Air conditioning units across the world rely on CFCs, a type of gas that’s harmful to the atmosphere and contributes to the greenhouse effect – while most central heating systems rely on fossil fuel burning.

If you’re looking to reconcile comfort with sustainability, in this post, we’re focusing on how you can achieve a comfortable temperature all year round while being eco conscious.

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Hogwarts Reimagined - Harry Potter

Your Favourite Movies Reimagined as Caravans or Trailers

Your favourite movies reimagined as caravans or trailers, depending where you’re from… because, well, why not? Sure, some people reading this may think it’s an odd concept but bear with us, we do actually have a reason. You may have noticed there’s been an increase in trailer parks and mobile home living. This is due to a lack of affordable housing for many families. We wanted to raise awareness of the issue by portraying it in a new light. We commissioned a designer to have a little fun, and we designed your favourite TV and movie locations as trailers. The settings we chose, when introduced with the context of the show, could viably have been created as trailers. Take a look at our creations below.

Pokemon – Pallet Town

With Ash and his friends constantly on the move, looking for new Pokémon and seeking new battles, it is viable their Pallet Town home could have been a trailer. In fact, it would make a lot of sense. Here’s how it would look.

Pokemon - Pellet Town House Reimagined

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How to beat your family at board games EVERY TIME!

We all know how competitive we get when it comes to playing board games with our family. You could be having a lovely Christmas Day, lots of lovely new gifts, a nice wholesome dinner, a few glasses of bubbly, feet up on the sofa with the tin of chocolates next to you… it’s all going well until someone suggests a game of Monopoly. Board games are a fun tradition but let’s face it, we all want to win. Monopoly had to create a hotline in recent years, where experts were on hand with the official rule book, after it was revealed 51% of games end in a row.

But it’s not just a Christmas problem, you never know when someone might next suggest bringing the board games out of the loft… after a Sunday roast, when you can’t find anything to watch on tele, when the kids have gone to bed… Board game gate could happen anytime and unless you want to spend the rest of eternity being reminded by Uncle John about that time he stole all your money and left you bankrupt, you better get clued up.

We’ve created some fun graphics to show you the sneaky tricks that will help you win at the most popular board games, every time! Say goodbye to losing and get ready to watch the smirk disappear from Uncle John’s face…

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The Best Internal BiFold Doors

We sell a very large range of internal bifold doors with varying designs so we have something to suit everyone’s tastes. We have three different types of internal folding doors, the Roomfold Standard, the Roomfold Deluxe and the Roomfold Grande. We decided to create a list of the best internal bi-fold doors we offer.

Glazed Oak P10 RoomFold Clear Doors

These doors have full-length clear glass panels and are surrounded by oak. They are one of the most popular styles of bi-fold door, mostly due to the fact that the set can be decorated or stained to the colour and style that you prefer. This standard system is available in either 3 or 4 door sets, and are offered in a large range of styles so you should be able to find one for your room. They are also offered with no floor track, this means that the whole room can have a seamless floor, without a track in the middle. It also means that you don’t have to worry about installing a track.

Oak Mexicano RoomFold Grande

To go with our Mexicano internal door range, we also have the Mexicano internal bifold door. These doors have a cottage door style. You get the advantage of being able to shut a room completely off and with high-quality folding doors. If you have the Mexicano internal doors too, you can match your doors, showing how much attention to detail you put into the interior of your home. These doors don’t use a track along the floor either, but the upper track still provides you with a smooth folding door. The Mexicano range uses only the best unfinished solid core engineered oak doors.

White 4L Shaker RoomFold Deluxe Doors

These doors are created with high-quality white primed finished with clear toughened glass, helping the door achieve its contemporary look. Due to the clear glass throughout the door, it allows you to shut off the other side of the room while still being able to see through. These doors come in many different sizes and are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 door systems so you have plenty of options to choose from.

Oak Aston RoomFold Grande – Clear

These doors have more of a traditional style, using glazed unfinished oak with clear toughened safety glass. These doors are very simplistic but still look stylish and they let the light flow through the room seamlessly. The Aston doors are available in 2, 3, 4, and 5 door systems and can also be adjusted in both height and width to fit the non-standard door openings. They comes without the floor track again, however, the head track still allows your door to run smoothly.

Contemporary White 4L RoomFold Deluxe Doors

If you’re looking for a more contemporary look for your rooms, these are definitely the bifold doors for you. These deluxe doors offer a patterned solid white primed door, with 4 frosted glass panels per leaf. It is great to be able to close off a room off and then be able to open it all up, that’s exactly what these doors do. They come with both a head track and a floor track, both help make sure that the door runs smoothly across the room. These particular RoomFold doors are available in 3, 4, 5, and 6 door systems so there’s bound to be one for your room.

York Oak RoomFold Deluxe Interior Doors

If you’re looking for some bifold doors that can also match your other interior doors, these might be the right bifold doors for you. The York Oak doors come with both a head and base track, this tends to be most common when the doors become longer. They are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 door systems, and come in a large variety of leaf sizes, this allows you to choose the best sizes for your needs. If you still cannot find one to fit your door frame, these doors are adaptable and can be adjusted by the width and height a fair bit.

Lincoln Oak RoomFold Interior Doors

The Lincoln Oak doors are also offered as more of a traditional range of internal doors. They are made with unfinished glazed oak and clear hardened glass. They are available in 3 and 4 door sets, meaning they’re not our biggest door, however, the stylish door makes up for it. Also, if you’re looking for a door that you have without fitting a base track, this type of door might be right for you. The sets are also reversible, meaning you have the doors open whichever way you’d like. They start at 533mm for the door leaf size, and go all the way up to 686mm wide, this means you should be able to find one for your door frame.

Prefinished Glazed Oak RoomFold Deluxe 

This prefinished door set means that they are ready to install straight away, without any decorating. These doors are offered with a solid core, engineered oak and clear glass door panels. These are available in 3, 4, 5 and 6 door sets, giving you an amazing range of sizes to choose from. Again, if you don’t find the exact size you need, these doors can be trimmed a little to fit your door frame. Be sure to have a long look through all of the sizes beforehand, though.

Oslo Prefinished Oak RoomFold Interior Doors

The oslo doors are also provided with prefinished engineered oak with strong clear glass. This means that once they arrive, they can be fitted straight away, without having to decorate anything. The doors have narrow horizontal lines through the glass, this still lets the light flow through the room. These RoomFold doors are from the Standard range, so they are available in 3 and 4 sets, but still come in a variety of sizes. These doors don’t need a floor track either, so they allow you to still have a seamless room. This set is also reversible, so you can decide which way you want your doors to open.

Walnut 4L RoomFold Grande – Clear Prefinished

This walnut set offers a contemporary styling which is becoming rather popular, especially in modern homes. This set is made from toughened clear glass with a warmer colour wood. Explaining why its name is Walnut. The colour is known to make you feel warmer, as the colour is warmer whereas the glass still allows the light to pass through the rooms. As the door, doesn’t need a floor track, they can be put on any materials and if the door is a little too big. The doors can be trimmed a little if done properly.

There are our top 10 internal bifold doors. We wanted to make sure there were lots of different styles of doors, as well as colours. So, everyone could find a door for them.