A Pinch of Colour

 

Statement walls have been around for quite some time and for good reason too! We have seen an influx of dark coloured walls to add depth to any room. A few years ago the trend was to have all white walls in our homes, but now a shot of colour is welcome in any home.

It doesn’t have to be dark, you can go bright and bold, it is all down to personal preference. One of the most popular colours we have seen is dark navy on feature walls for the living room, and as long as you have light coloured walls around your room, you will be able to pull off a dark colour. If you have a large living room you could even go for several colours in your living room, for instance a nice dark navy feature wall with your other walls being a medium grey colour, this will not only fantastic, but it will also add warmth to any room.

We will be looking at some of the post popular colours for the rooms in your home.

Colours for the Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of any home and getting your colour scheme right is crucial. Most people opt for a plain white or magnolia in their kitchen, but 2015 is the year to be bold and make a statement. You can do this with flooring and wall colours. A zig zag light grey floor would work perfectly with a dark grey or aubergine wall colour.

Colours for the Living Room

The living room is one of the most viewed rooms in our homes, with friends and family popping over throughout the year, this is one of the rooms that will get the most attention in terms of design and features.

Blacks and greys are one of the most popular colours for a feature wall in the living room, it has popped up in hundreds of home magazines and interior design blogs. Now, we know that black may seem like a daunting colour for a living room, but to make this colour work, why not try pairing this dark and sultry colour with a vivid blue sofa? Or light wooden floors. You can even try textured black walls, this will add depth and another dimension to your wall. One downside is if you change your mind, black can be a bit of a nightmare to cover, however, don’t let this put you off, if you decide to change 2-3 coats of Dulux will solve the problem.

Colours for the Dining Room

If you have a dining room one of the most important pieces of advice we have is to make this a separate, individual room. It might sound ridiculous, but it is so often the case that our dining rooms become a dumping ground from the other rooms in our house, or they can be a bit of an undecided room, the way to cure this is by making a statement with a bold wall colour choice and taking the time to add accents that work with your room.

A perfect example would be to have a walnut dining table, with one aubergine wall with the rest being a muted grey, with a white and gold trimmed dinner service, this will make a statement and help you keep your dining room ready for family meals and special occasions.

Colours for the Bedroom

Considering we spend over 2,300 hours a year sleeping, getting your bedroom décor right is an absolute must. From choosing the right bed and storage, to wall colours that suit you and your needs.

We recommend going for muted greys, or dusky pinks in the bedroom as these can make your bedroom the relaxing haven it should be. You can of course go bold with blues, greens reds etc, because the most important thing to consider when choosing a colour is does it work for you in your home. It is of course great to check out the new trends, but if they don’t work for your family tweak them to suit.

Interior Trends for 2015

Every year we see interior design trends change, from what furniture is in to the perfect wall colour and change is good! This season is all about traditional materials and luxurious materials, a coupling we certainly appreciate!

Monochrome was a big trend last year, along with statement walls in the home and part of this is still very much trending today, but instead of a statement wall, it is all about statement pieces of furniture that will stand the test of time, this is why traditional materials such as oak are making a big comeback.

We will be looking at the top 4 trends of 2015 below.

Artistic Details

The influx of having artwork in the home is quite astounding! Instead of traditional oils in gilt frames the trend this year is to support local and new artists who are yet to build their name, not only will you be supporting new artists but you will have a one of a kind piece in your home.

Now, the type of home you live in and the tastes you have tend to have a baring on the choice you make in terms of artwork, for instance a Tracy Emin sketch piece may not work well in a Tudor home, however this is all down to personal preference, whatever piece of artwork you like, you can make it work for you and your home.

Silky Soft

The materials we use in our home are also a big trend this year, with Silk being amongst them. Silk has always been seen as luxurious and for good reason too, but don’t panic, silk can work for any budget, you don’t need reams and reams of expensive silk drapes or bedding, if your budget is a bit tight you can still stay on trend by doing silk accents, such as a silk pillow for your sofa.

Silk prints are also a big trend this season. So, don’t be afraid to go bold, if your taste and home allows you can go big with this trend, however so remember not to over do it.

Blue Velvet

It doesn’t necessarily have to be blue, but this plush material has made a big comeback this season, from velvet curtains to velvet sofas, whatever your budget you can make velvet work for you and your home.

Velvet is a material that was huge in the 70s and it will make a big resurgence in 2015! You can choose to have velvet accents around your home, or you can be bold and go for a velvet sofa.

Wood

Wooden furniture has been around forever, from the traditional craftsman that make personalised pieces of exquisite furniture to the Ikea flat pack generation, however there is a new wooden trend this season, traditional wooden furniture, we don’t mean antique pieces, its the material itself that is reverting back to tradition.

An example is oak, which is about as traditional as it comes, not only is this wood incredibly durable but over time, the oak can change colour due to sun exposure and just plain old wear and tear, which makes it an evolving piece of furniture. Oak can also provide a fantastic focal point in any room of your home.

Making the Most of Your Small Master Bedroom

Not everyone is blessed with a large master bedroom, either not having a home with large bedrooms or having sacrificed the master to the children or as home office space. Having a smaller bedroom doesn’t necessarily mean having to compromise on style.

With some clever planning there is no reason why a smaller bedroom can’t be every bit as splendid as a generously sized master.

Modular Furniture
Using modular bedroom furniture works brilliantly in all room sizes however it is particularly useful for maximising storage space in smaller bedrooms. Designing wardrobes and similar to work around the shape of your room, something very handy in older houses with fireplaces in bedrooms, means that no space is wasted.

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Maximise Your Storage Potential
To give you more room to store items in a smaller bedroom it might be wise to consider choosing furniture which offers additional storage space in the form of under dressing table drawers or bedside tables with cupboard and / or drawer space. This enables you to leave your surfaces clear and still have everything to hand that you want. Fortunately furniture which boasts extra storage potential does not need to be functional and ugly; far from it in fact.

Use the Walls
Clutter is often a problem in smaller rooms however if you utilise the storage as discussed above and also use your wall space this issue could be dramatically reduced if not eliminated. Why not use attractive wall-mounted shelving to house items off dressing tables and bedside tables, using pretty storage boxes, tray or baskets.

A novel way to hang practical items such as jewellery would be to create a fabric covered pin-board or hang them on, or utilise ornate photo frames (minus the glass). Making a feature of pieces in this way adds to the design of the room and also makes the most of the space available.

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Light is Your Friend
One problem many smaller bedrooms suffer from is a lack of light which may cause the room to look darker then it is and often smaller. Choose lighter coloured wood furniture, invest in window dressing which maximises privacy as well as allows as much light in as possible and where applicable use mirrors. Mirrors reflect light and also serve when placed correctly to make a room appear bigger than it is.

Choose Your Colour Scheme Wisely
In the same way that a small room with limited light makes a room look smaller so do dark colours. It isn’t necessary to create a pastel bedroom however if you want to incorporate a bright red or burgundy for example perhaps choose bedding and soft furnishing which use these colours on a lighter background.

 

Rather than being a room which causes problems, a smaller bedroom often offers the opportunity for you to unleash some rather clever and creative ideas so that you may enjoy a space that is unique to you, clutter free and looks attractive.

Arranging Your Perfect Dressing Table Area

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If you intend on having a dressing table area in your bedroom or dressing room it is important to ensure that you set it up properly so that it is both functional and attractive. Here are some points to consider when choosing a dressing table and when setting it up for use.

What Space Do You Have and Need
If your dressing table is to be place in a large master bedroom you have the option to choose any sized piece of furniture. It would be wise to consider though not only the space required for the table but also the stool or chair and that there will be adequate room to move.

If you have a smaller bedroom maximise your space by placing the table against a wall and hang items, reducing clutter on the dressing table top. Consider how many beauty tools, toiletries, pieces of make-up and similar you will need to store when choosing which dressing table design will work best for you.

Storage Solutions
Dressing tables come in all shapes and sizes and while not all of them do, many include storage drawers underneath. Maximise storage by using decorative small drawers on the top of the table itself.

Using dividers inside drawers to section off areas for specific items such as jewellery, make-up, hair products (etc) will make using your dressing table more enjoyable and items certainly easier to find.

Let There Be Light
When dressing your hair, putting on make-up, painting your nails or taking care of any of the health and beauty tasks commonly done at the dressing table it is important to consider light levels. if you are able to place the dressing table near a source of natural light, such as the window, as well as with adequate ceiling light you won’t need to add a lamp or similar to your dressing table top. If not, look for a lamp which is bright, attractive and ideally won’t take up too much room. An illuminated mirror also boosts the light levels over a dressing table.

Choosing a Mirror
When choosing a mirror for your dressing table, or choosing a dressing table which comes with a mirror consider what you will be using the table for. For example, will you need a three sided mirror which curves around the back of the table, allowing you to see the front, sides and when turning the back of your hair? Will you want a mirror which may be tilted or are you looking ideally for a portable mirror which sports a higher level of magnification?
Keeping it Pretty
The key to keeping your dressing table pretty is to keep it clutter free. Why not mount open and ornate picture frames on the wall behind the table to use for hanging necklaces and earrings? Use hooks to keep your hairdryer and other hot styling tools off the top and off the floor.

Utilise the storage options you have and dress your dressing table making it a stylish addition to the room in its own right, adding perhaps a photo frame, pretty trinket boxes or even a bud vase.

 

Lavish Some Love on Your Bedside Tables

Bedside tables are often ignored, unloved and worse a haven for clutter. It is bemusing really as these cabinets frame your bed and offer a wealth of practical storage as well as the opportunity to add an additional layer of design to your bedroom.

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Choose the Right Bedside Cabinet

Not all bedside cabinets are created equally unfortunately. In order to add something to your room rather than detract you need to find pieces which work alongside the other furniture in the room, either matching or complementing them in some way. Consider how much room you have, for example do you want, need and have room for a bedside table on either side or the bed and if so how big do they need to be?

Also consider how much storage you want your chosen pieces to incorporate. Would you like two drawers or would one be sufficient? Consider your choices carefully before buying.

Clear the Clutter

Bedside cabinets and tables attract clutter. Glasses, books, glasses of water, medication, tissues, jewellery and more often languish on the top making that part of your bedroom look untidy and spoiling the overall calming effect that you had wanted to create in your bedroom.

A top tip is to use the drawers or cupboards on the bedside cabinets to store your items so that items remain close at hand and organised while the top may be used for more decorative purposes.

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Dress Your Bedside Tables

When dressing your bedside cabinets you have a limited amount of space to play with therefore it is important to make it count. If a reading lamp is a must make it a spectacular piece which works perfectly with the existing décor and ideally doesn’t take up much room.

If you need a glass of water by the bed invest in a carafe and covered glass which again complements the style of the room.

Choose Quality Every Time

You could pick up some cheap and cheerful bedside cabinets for just a few pounds however they will not be as study, last as long or look anywhere as good as a quality set or individual piece would. Quality doesn’t necessarily have to mean overly expensive however it does pay to spend that little bit more to find the right pieces for your home.