How to Style- Statement Colour

Following on from last week’s blog, this week we are looking at how to add a statement pop of colour into our interiors. Using one bold colour is a great way to add interest and character into a space, and by sticking to just one colour, it adds to a room without making it look too OTT. We explore some great ways to add in crazy colours and still get the perfect, stylish interiors.

If you can find a colour that you really like, then try out a few pieces that match up well to add some colour in. I can appreciate that committing to a colourful carpet is a little bit crazy and probably won’t give you the look you’re after, but a runner carpet on the stairs may just work. Team it with some small accessories such as lamps, pots or vases and you have a wonderfully harmonious entrance room with a splash of colour to welcome your quests into your home. As long as you keep the rest of the space relatively neutral you can’t really go wrong. You could even add in a small printed rug to jazz it up a little bit more.

I am always up for a little DIY project and if you are too then whip out your paint brush and some bright paint and get creative! Painting small elements in your home can add a unique and interesting look and the more colourful the paint, the more eye-catching these elements will be. Try painting the risers on steps, maybe not a whole staircase but if you have 2 or 3 steps or a raised platform in your home then give this a go. Other great things to try painting are the insides of your bookcases, shelves, door frames or even radiators. And the best thing about trying this out is, if you don’t like it simply paint over it and its gone. Easy peasy.

Now I mention this in a lot of my blogs, but throws, cushions and artwork really are great ways to add colour into your spaces without spending too much and they are super easy to swap and change as your tastes and the trends change. If you want your bedroom or living room to be mainly neutral then get yourself some throw cushions in your favourite colour and you have easy, instant brightness. If you can’t afford to splash out on posh art, look online for colourful prints or even reach for the paint and have a go at creating something yourself. This is a great way to add colour and interest and brighten up your bare walls, and frames or art can be hung in any and every room in the house.

Another easy way you can add in that little pop of colour is to modify small parts of your furniture. Dipped furniture is a trend that seems to be cropping up all over the place recently. Take legs of chairs or even tables that are a neutral or plain colour and ‘dip’ them into colourful paint to create a unique, funky look. I’m sure people don’t really dip their furniture into big pots of paint and instead measure out where they want to paint so it’s symmetrical on each side, but you never know. If you’re not feeling brave enough to throw your furniture into a pot of paint then why not try coloured tape? It gives the same look and effect but without the commitment. If you don’t like it, you change your mind, or you maybe just want to try a new colour, taking off tape is a lot easier than trying to remove paint.

If you can pick a colour that you know you love and won’t get sick of, then why not go big and splash out on a colourful, statement furniture piece. If you keep the rest of your palette neutral, then you’re not limited to what colour you can try out. A colourful piece of furniture is sure to make a statement and be a conversation starter when you have guests visiting. You can then even team it with small accessories in the same colour to bring the whole look together so that the bold colour doesn’t look too out of place. And, if the colour is one that you love then you can rest assured that you’ll love it for years to come.

Again, if you don’t want to go big on new pieces or start painting your expensive furniture, there are lots of other ways to add in some colour. Wall art is always a striking way to add some interest into a space. Whether you want to do a whole mural or even just some small subtle touches there are loads of things you can do. You can drip paint, splash it, use tape to create lines, use stencils and spray paint, anything goes. Design is very expressive, so go bold and do what you think looks good and if you use your favourite colours you’re sure to love it. If you don’t? Just paint over it and have another go!

Why not give a colourful area rug a go? More affordable than new furniture and they usually take up a larger space too to spread a beautiful, bright colour out. Rugs are a must in an interior, as I’m sure we all know, so why not go big and choose one in a bold colour to mix in with a neutral interior. Fabrics are a great way to add in colour and the more vibrant the better in my opinion!

I’m hoping that you’re all going to go away now and add some wonderful statement colours into your homes. And as ever, I hope I have given you the inspiration to do so.

Until next time!

Neutrals Don’t Have to be Boring

A lot of people are under the impression that neutral colours are boring. From clothing to furniture, a lot of us shy away from those neutrals because of a fear of looking too dull. But neutrals don’t have to be boring and they can actually be a great way to decorate your home easily be able to change with the seasons and trends.

Texture is a very important thing when it comes to decorating with neutral shades. Using a range of different textures adds a lot of interest where you may be lacking in colour. Easy tricks like adding in rugs, throws and textured cushions are a simple way of adding instant texture to any space. Wicker baskets and smaller accessories are also a quick and easy way to add in texture and bring the whole look of the space together.

Now if you’re not big on colour but still feel like you need a little added something in your space, pastels are a great solution. They can add in more interest without totally standing out against the neutral tones of your colour scheme. They blend in nicely and there are lots of ways to showcase pastel colours. From bedsheets and cushions to art work, there are some really great choices in the pastel colour palette to give you the perfect accent in your neutral rooms.

There are so many so-called neutral shades that it can be hard to know which one to choose. So why not go with a variety? No room sticks to one single shade so experiment with neutral tones in your space. Start with a white canvas and play with shades of grey mixed with tan tones to achieve a more well rounded look. These colours can really complement each other well if you get them just right, so try them out and see what you can create.

Metallic gold accessories can really top off a neutral interior space. It brings with it a little added extra luxury and, combined with luxurious fabrics, can really inject a touch a glamour into your home. Look for lamps and side tables to try out this look, or even smaller items such as vases, trinkets and trays can work really well to add a subtle touch of gold. If you really like the metallic look, maybe even splash out on some beaded cushions to add to your sofas or beds!

Wood accessories are a great way to wrap up a neutral colour palette. Go for a brown wood that is on the same spectrum as your neutral colours and you’re onto a winner with this one. It gives the illusion of adding colour without actually straying away from your initial colour palette. Even using different shades of wood can add depth and dimension without adding in any actual colour. Grab yourself a wooden side table and a fabulous potted plant and you’ve instantly added a little extra something to your otherwise conventional interior space.

Black and white is an age-old trend, and using it in an interior works just as well to create a beautiful monochrome space. Done well, it can create a wonderful, minimalistic, scandi style interior. Starting with a bright base is important as it keeps the room open and ready to contrast any black/dark accessories. Just because you are using black, doesn’t mean the space has to be dark and moody. Opt for light rugs, soft furnishings and accessories to place on or next to your black surfaces to bring the whole look together. When looking for black furniture, go minimal. Tables with thin legs, narrow framed mirrors and picture frames and shelving that isn’t too heavy. This will again create this look without making it far too dark!

And that’s it; how to make sure that your neutral spaces aren’t boring. There are so many small changes that really make all the difference and bring your space into a whole new look.

Until next time.

Interior Design Trends for 2017- Part 2

Last week we brought you the first part of ‘Interior Design Trends for 2017’ and now, we bring you even more great trends for this year. There’s definitely something for everyone so if you didn’t fancy any of the trends in the last blog, you’re sure to find some in this one!

Deconstructed Luxe

The clue is in the name for this one. Using natural materials to create an amazing, on-trend look. This includes the increasing popular exposed brick look along with plaster and concrete finishes on walls and floors, metals, cork, woods and clay. Combining a few of these raw materials can create a great rustic/industrial look which is very popular right now. A lot of restaurants and bars have started to incorporate these trends into their interiors but these looks are starting to show up in homes also which I think is great.

Marvellous Marble

Marble has been seen all over the place for many years. But, now it is becoming increasing popular. From the classic marble floor tile, to marble faux wall finishes, it has become a very diverse material for interiors. Explore marble wall murals, colourful marble and, if you search it on Pinterest, marble pretty much everything! I’m definitely a lover of marble and if you don’t fancy tiling your entire kitchen in marble, why not try out some accessories? Every market seems to be untouched by the trend right now, you can even get marble look carpets! Maybe you fancy that maybe you don’t, all I know is that we’ll be seeing lots of this trend in 2017.

Multi-Functional Furniture

Now if you’re tight for space, or you like furniture to tuck out of the way when you’re not using it, then you’ll love this one. Multi-functional furniture is becoming increasingly popular and with more and more new innovative ideas coming out all the time, I can see why. Fold-out tables that turn into mirror or picture frames, sofas that turn into chairs and then back again, the classic extendable table and even height adjustable tables are just a few great examples of this up and coming trend. Whether you want a piece which works as more than one thing, or something that folds away completely (like the classic old Murphy Bed) you’re guaranteed to find something to suit your needs.

Blue Hues

Blue is for sure my absolute favourite colour, so this trend really excites me. This year navy is the new black and French blue is making an appearance too. The great thing about blue is that it can be very versatile, it goes well with most colour schemes so it’s easy to add a hit of blue into any space. And why not go big and rework the whole colour scheme to match your new bold, blue walls! As mentioned in part 1 of this blog, velvet is a big trend for this year and blue is a colour which looks amazing in velvet. Try blue accessories and furniture or even blue artwork to try out this trend if you’re not keen on the idea of painting your walls with such a bold colour. Also blue is great as it lends to a space without making it feels small!

Techie Furniture

In the past few years, and this year especially, we have been seeing LOADS of new technology cropping up all over the place. Personally, I’m not massively into gadgets and tech accessories but some of what I have seen in the past few months has been pretty impressive. One great new product are the new voice-activated home assistants, like Google Home. These are great and not only are they super helpful, but they look great too and come in a whole range of different colours. Another popular trend is tech that is integrated into furniture. This can range from phone chargers built into bedside tables or light stands, to upholstered speakers like the classic Linn speaker upholstered in Timorous Beasties fabric (shown above). This trend is very exciting and I’m certain we will be seeing a lot more of this over the next few years.

Bring the Outdoors in

If you read my blog ‘How to Decorate with Florals’ then you’ll know that I love having fresh flowers in my home. But it doesn’t stop there. Indoor plants are another great way to bring the outdoors in and bring a little life into your home. You might opt for a huge potted plant if you’re feeling adventurous or maybe you go for a tiny terrarium, either way it’s sure to add some more character into your space. With green being all the range this year this is a great way to incorporate two trends in one and explore natures colour palette. If you’re lucky enough to live somewhere with beautiful surrounding views you can even put in a large window to incorporate the outside colours into your space. I suppose if you don’t feel like doing major construction work on your property you could always just grab yourself a cute little cactus and stick it on your desk instead.

I hope this has inspired you all and helped you explore the interior design trend for this year. As always, please feel free to leave a comment and tell me what you think or if you’ve tried any of these trends out yourselves tell us how they worked for you!

Until next time!

Interior Design Trends for 2017- Part 1

With 2017 now fully underway, we are starting to see more trends appear and those trends that were forecast for the year are starting to crop up in the design world. So, I thought I would take this opportunity to share with you all what’s hot right now and how to make your interiors on-trend for this year.

Plush Textiles

Velvet has been a trend emerging for the past few years and has spread to everything, from fashion to interior design. But, we are now seeing more natural/organic fabrics such as linen being introduced and ethereal fabrics being used for bedding or drapes. These fabrics are also being folded, pleated, gathered and manipulated in different ways to introduce added texture to upholstered furniture, soft furnishings and textile pieces.

Brass is the New Copper

Copper was a big hit last year, unavoidable wherever you looked it seemed. No more is the high shine, pink tinted metal. Instead, now, brass is making an appearance and what a welcome reception it has received. Whether or not it is because we are all fed up of seeing copper EVERYTHING, I don’t know. But I’m certainly pleased about the change. Swap out your copper accessories with brass or gold ones and why not even go bigger than that and include a larger piece. Brass showers or exposed pipes are a great way to incorporate this into a space. Team this with tapestry tilling (also very on-trend this year) for the perfect shower space.

Upholstered Headboards

Upholstered headboards are also becoming more popular this year. If you want to add a little bit of drama and an added ‘wow’ factor to your bedrooms, this is the way to go. From big to small and from square to spectacular, there is something for everyone with this new trend. Some are very high and others are extremely wide. But, whichever style you may opt for these headboards are sure to add texture, colour and charm to your space.

Barely There

This trend is definitely one of my favourites and a very clever one also. By choosing furniture pieces which are either clear acrylic or completely mirrored, you can create the illusion of more space. Transparent acrylic furniture and accessories can appear to be almost invisible and this allows you to take a piece which may be too bulky or unpleasing to the eye and swap it with something that is barely there. On the other hand, mirrored furniture will reflect the space around it (just as a normal mirror would) and this makes the room look larger and again the piece almost disappears into its surroundings.

Art Deco Makes a Comeback

Now for probably my favourite of them all. Art Deco is such a classic and recognised trend worldwide that the thought of putting a modern twist on it and injecting it into our homes really gets me excited. Expect loads of and lots of bling! Look out for bold geometric wall coverings and tiles (also big trends for this year) and amazing statement lighting. A brilliant way to try out this look is with small upholstered furniture. Try a velvet chair or ottoman in a blush pink or mint green to add in a small glimpse of Art Deco style in your interiors. Team these elements with gold/mirrored furniture and you’re onto an Art Deco winner!

Go Bold or Go Home

Now, this trend certainly won’t be for everyone. But, if you like to be adventurous or you’re feeling brave then this is a great trend to try out. Statement walls have definitely been an in and out trend for the past few years, but now they are back with a vengeance and bolder than ever. Think neon colours, geometrics, tropical prints and botanicals. Splash these across your walls and team them with simple, wooden furniture and you can achieve this look brilliantly. And if you don’t feel like going so big and bold, try wall hangings or art work to achieve this style without changing the whole look of your interior.

Jewel Tones

More colour inspiration for this year. We all know that Greenery was the colour of the year from Pantone and has been a massive hit so far. But, there are also lots of jewel toned colours appearing and looking to be popular for this year. From vibrant greens and teals to purples and ruby reds, there is certainly a beautiful array of colours to choose from. Combine these into upholstered furnishings or soft furnishings and accessories to explore this trend. Or even take it a step further and try a dark, moody colour on your walls and combine with others of this year’s trends to create the ultimate look for 2017!

I hope this blog has given you some inspiration for your interiors this year and has inspired you to incorporate these trends into your homes. Part 2 will be coming soon also so watch out for that one.

Until next time!

How To Decorate With Florals

With spring now officially making an appearance, I know I’m not the only one looking forward to seeing the beautiful spring colours and foliage cropping up everywhere. So, why don’t more of us bring the spring inside our homes instead of just admiring it in the outdoors? I know that a lot of people associate florals inside the home with the Granny’s old curtains, but it can be much more than that. Have a look at these beautiful and on trend ways to incorporate florals and bring the spring time into your homes.

The best thing about spring for me is flowers. The beautiful colour combinations are certainly inspiring and that can be translated into our interiors. A great way to inject some floral fun into a space is through the walls. There are so many beautiful wallpapers and wall coverings out there now that there is easily something for everyone. Floral walls don’t have to be boring, go for colour and something beautiful. Try something with branches and birds and butterflies worked into it. And for those of you who don’t think that florals are ‘manly’ enough, try darker colours and damask patterns instead.

Fancy bringing your bathroom alive? Don’t settle for something plain, try out a feature wall in your bathroom. This tile wall is a perfect example of this. Try beautiful colours and patterns or even go for mosaic style patterns for your tiling instead. And if its florals you want, opt for a hexagon tile pattern on your walls or floors and use a range of colours to give the illusion of flowers.

Be bold- go big and bright and colourful. Wall murals are an interesting way to add colour and character to any space without the repetitive patterns that a lot of wallpapers have. Another great thing about them is that they’re individual to you and your space so you won’t be seeing your mural anywhere else. Not only that but they are a great way to bring a room alive and it definitely draws the eye. So if it’s that bold look you’re going for murals are the perfect solution.

Now, if you don’t fancy coating your walls in large, colourful flowers there’s lots of things you can do to brighten up your walls instead. Artwork is always a scintillating way to add interest to a space, try adding florals in this way. Big or small it will be sure to add colour in where you need it. Art doesn’t have to be expensive and if you’re on a budget there’s a few things you can do. Look for artist prints which work out less expensive or look for young up and coming artists who tend to sell small scale works and prints online. Grab yourself a simple frame and let the art do the talking. Or, if you’re feeling really creative give it a go yourself! Dust off that old watercolour palette and pick up a brush and see what you can create.

Now I’m definitely partial to a throw cushion (or twelve) and I think they are a great way to add colour and pattern into our living spaces and bedrooms. The best thing about throws and cushions is that you can change them whenever you want. Maybe you want your bright floral patterns for the spring and summer months but something darker and cosier for the winter time. Cushions make this easy. They can change with the seasons and trends and don’t mean you have to splash out your hard earned money on larger pieces if you know you change your mind too often!

If throws and cushions aren’t your thing or you don’t like battling with hundreds of pillows before getting into bed at night, then work with your sheets instead. If you’re like me you probably have a few different bed sets that you can swap and change depending on how you’re feeling or what time of year it is. Spring/summer is an ideal time to bring this into effect. Look for bright floral bedding that can be changed with seasons and moods. However, if you’re not into bright colours or it clashes with your interior, try smaller floral patterns in muted colours or spring pastels and even try a black or grey floral pattern.

If flowers are your thing and you’re loving the floral/spring trends then combine this with your furniture choices. Upholstered chairs can be used in any interior in any colour, style and fabric. Little floral (or printed) chairs like this one are a terrific way to add a bit of character to an otherwise plain space. It can also make a large statement with a small piece of furniture. And if there isn’t anything out there on the market that you like, why not take an existing piece and have it reupholstered. That way you take a piece you know you like and choose exactly what fabric and print goes onto it.

If you aren’t into bold prints and bright colours then opt for something a little subtler. Try cushions with smaller florals or paler colours and team them with plain pastel coloured throws and other cushions for a more muted spring time look. Take the florals to the windows also. Long drapes or curtains with elegant floral patterns are a great way to inject a touch of spring time into your space. So even if it doesn’t look like spring out the window, it certainly will inside!

Now for possibly the greatest and most simple way to add a touch of spring to your interiors. Bring spring indoors with beautiful flowers and plants. Best of all, fresh cut flowers are only temporary so you won’t have time to stop liking how they look in your space. In addition to this, you can also explore a range of colours, shapes, heights and best of all fragrances with all the different options you have to choose from. I love having fresh flowers in my home, I feel it gives an added fresh and homely feel in any room. And if you’re too busy to be buying fresh flowers every week, you can even go for faux flowers either sculpted in a vase or in a vase of your choice to add a bit of colour.

Hopefully now you’re all as excited for the spring and summer months on their way as I am. And I hope I’ve inspired you to be adventurous with florals in your own interior spaces.

Until next time!

Creating The Perfect Mood Board

Being a creative thinker/processor, I thought the topic of the blog today might be visually yummy & a guide for you budding Interior designers on the purpose of a mood board: which are used in a variety of design disciplines and how it can help you confidently create a space that works in terms of colour & styles.

A mood board is a collection of images which reflect the style, feel and look of an interior. This is the first stage of the design process, defining our ideas about the space, and later working as a guide for design development. Below are a collection of mood boards which represent various kinds of styles:

An analogous palette of colours that harmonize and sit beautifully together in any interior.

A feminine palette creating a visual language which translates vintage peach with a monochromatic and natural base.

    Gorgeous naturals and textures sit beautifully together.

Fun and pops of colour work fabulous together as all have the same tone of white added to the pure hue.

Vintage pastels which tonally compliment as illustrated in this vintage board.

A masculine palette, illustrating the smoky and woody tones for a space.

The elements that can be explored in the mood board include inspirational images, colour palettes, furniture, textures, and the overall look and feel of the interior.

A mood board is extremely useful for establishing the aesthetic feel before going into more detail with material sourcing or even furniture sourcing, as we don’t want to waste valuable time putting finishes and furniture together when the aesthetics are disjointed. It’s a fun stage yet crucial to ‘get it right’ as the elements put on the board do show how the space will feel once you get to that stage.

 My advice is, research thoroughly and enjoy yourself as this will shine through in your interior space.

4 Ways To Style – Pantone’s Greenery

I have always been a lover of bright colours, but when Pantone’s new Colour of the Year ‘Greenery’ was released I was definitely sceptical. Although it’s a beautiful natural green shade, how could this be translated into an interior? The first thought that flashed into my mind was an image of green walls, green carpets, green everything. But after the colour hit the internet and everyone started talking about it, I saw how some people were using Greenery in interiors (among other things) and it started to grow on me.

I was quick to assume that the colour would be plastered everywhere across the following year but instead it is being used in very subtle and clever ways. So if you weren’t a fan of Greenery before, you will be soon.

We always want our front doors to be beautiful to give our homes a great first impression and I think using Greenery to decorate a front door is a great way to incorporate the colour into our homes. Not only this but it is beautifully harmonious with the natural surroundings, especially in the spring and summer months.

As greenery is such a natural colour it works great in areas that have lots of natural light flooding in. Try adding in green furniture such as dining chairs or side tables and team them with smaller accessories in the same colour such as vases or candle holders to tie the whole look together.

If you don’t feel like splashing out on a full set of green dining chairs, then soft furnishings are a great way to inject the colour into your home. A green rug on a hardwood floor or throw pillows on sofas and beds are simple ways to add in some colour, especially if you change your mind a lot!

If you still don’t think Greenery is for you why not try the simplest way to try out the colour- actual greenery! Potted plants and fresh flowers are great additions to any space, whether its keeping fresh green herbs in the kitchen or a tiny green cactus on your desk, it’s a great way to brighten up and bring life to any space.

I know for sure I’ll be trying Greenery out at home and I think you should too!

Until next time.

Playful Pastels for the Bedroom

I never know how people manage to motivate themselves to get out of their warm, soft, marshmallow-effect bed during these cold, dark mornings.

Fresh caffeine, a warm room and a clutter-free zone are this diva’s requirements for winter motivation. Our place of sleep is like an oasis for many of us during these freezing winter months, meaning more time spent in bed to feel well-rested. And I believe I speak on behalf of many of us when I say that our bedrooms is the ultimate place to get away from it all and truly relax.

So it’s hardly surprising to learn that redecorating the bedroom on a regular basis is a priority for many homeowners. The decorating styles are always changing, therefore, new trends are constantly emerging.

Many people nowadays invest more money than they would’ve normally spent in revamping their bedrooms in the past. The reason for this is no mystery considering reading, watching the latest episode of our favourite show on Netflix and catching up on work are now mostly done on our beds. Due to the longer length of time spent in our bedrooms, it has increasingly become a place of escape, to get away from everyone and everything, and to focus.

More and more bedrooms now also serve as a home office, so having an efficient and productive workspace is now a priority for many of us. Some people are also opting to exercise in their bedroom rather than the living room as they find they are less likely to be disturbed and distracted; planning their bedrooms in a way that leaves enough space to roll out a yoga mat or pull a fold up weight bench out from under the bed.

The bedroom really has become more than just a room to lay our heads down to rest. I adore my bed and am continuously looking for ways to decorate or soften. Above are some images of winter’s most beautiful bedrooms and colour combinations, in case you too are thinking of hibernating this season.