Colour Bold

The secret to achieving a nice room and turning it into a great room is by using colour that complements the room and brings an added element to your lifestyle.  There are some vivid changes you can make with just a little decorating knowledge.

Nearly every decorating programme or home make-over show talk about feature walls, nearly everyone is aware of this phenomenon.  For instance, in the bedroom the feature wall could be behind the bed and the bedding incorporating on the key colours of the wall.  It’s not just feature walls that can create impact in the bedroom; bold bedroom furniture can give an instant lift to tired decor.

You can make the whole room striking from the beginning.   If your style is more classic than modern, a great colour would be olive green, although you de need to stay away from overly yellow greens as this can make the space look dull.  The best way to find the perfect colour for your room, is to make use of paint samples, ensure you are generous with painting blocks of colours.  You will need to view the colour at differing times of the day to ensure, it still looks good with varying light conditions.  Once you’ve chosen your colour, make sure you paint your woodwork white and if you can get white with a hint of lime, it will only add to the striking effect of your room.

You can also create a spectacular room with the use of darker tones. An important aspect is not to drown the room in a solid dark colour but to counterbalance it with crisp white woodwork or white gloss wardrobes if in a bedroom, this all helps to break up the darkness.

A little know-how can create a wonderful home for you and your family, with outstanding contrasts and brave statement decor which will give the edge to any room, giving your home the wow factor.

Colour Your Way

If your walls are of a neutral tone, then it is time to add a splash of colour to your home.  The trend for this year is bright, bright, bright, too much to handle, not to worry, this year there are soft pastels with modern overtones, still bringing in the colour but with a more muted effect.  You can even blend the bright and muted with patterns.  Pattern is really big this year, from tribal prints to eclectic mismatch fabric patterns, seen adorning upholstered armchairs’ and pouffe’s.

As mentioned in previous posts, the colour can come from contemporary art, even art of your own making, this colour trend screams individuality.  Gone are the sterile rooms, it is now time to integrate everything you love, if you room looks a little cluttered, add a frame free mirror to give the illusion of space.  If your pastels are making your home more little girls bedroom than boudoir, paint the walls white, to add a grown up element.  If pattern is invading every corner of your home, open up the space with larger and plainer pieces of furniture, such as white wardrobes or a cream sofa.

Colouring your home is about putting your stamp on it, with less of us moving into new homes at the moment, we can afford to personalise the one we live in, the one we call home.

Buying Bedside Tables

Often the bedside table is classed as an afterthought but they are a much used piece of bedroom furniture.  Often seen housing books, glasses, bedside lamps amongst numerous other items, they are vital.

Bedside tables come in many designs, you really need to think ahead before buying one.  The first thing you need to consider is what you would like it to be used for, do you need drawers or are you happy with a simple shelf.  The more storage you have the likelihood you will inevitably fill it, the less space you have you may wish you had an extra drawer.  However, if you are just using one for a lamp, then a simpler design is suitable.

The next thing to consider is the design, making sure it fits in with the overall theme of your bedroom.  If your bedroom is traditional, a wooden bedside cabinet or a painted one would add to the decorative style.  If your bedroom is more inclined towards the modern design style, choose clean lines and a more simplistic look.

Measurements need to be taken, how much space do you have on either side of your bed, you may find if there is not much room, you will be limited with your choice, squarer bedside cabinets tend to require less room, than curved or circular.  Make sure your room maintains a feeling of space, too much furniture will make the room feel unwelcoming and this could affect your night’s sleep.

A bedside cabinet is normally the first thing you see in the morning and the last at night, make sure the one you choose makes you feel good.

Display Ideas for Wall Space

Have you got walls in your home that look a little too spacey, as though they just need something to break up the width or height.  There are some great ways to break this area into a cohesive mix with the rest of your room.

If you have lots of little bits you would like to display, but they would get overshadowed in a display cabinet, you can buy simple geometic shelving to create an eye-catching display area, arrange the shelves as the focal point of the wall and adorn with your knick knacks, you can even separate the shelves with a small picture or stencil around them for a more organic feel.

Develop a family gallery, choose a random picture of photos that have great memories, and depending on the style of your room, you can either have all matching picture frames or your style maybe a little eclectic, so a mixture of frames would suit and begin forming your gallery.  You can arrange in a pyramid style for a more formal look, or graduate out from the largest picture frame to the smallest.  This idea gives an instant impact, alongside happy times.

Words can be used on walls, from your favourite poem to a chorus from a cherished song, it also adds a personal touch and gets a conversation going.  Simply stencil your chosen text onto the wall, you can buy various fonts and letters of the alphabet or you can print out from your computer.  Make the letters contrast to the colours of your wall and the larger the letters, the bigger the statement.

There are other ideas to break a wall up, from displaying your ceramic plates to mirrors and large pictures, it all depends on your style, but there is no reason to be shy, make your statement!