It may feel as if the warmer weather and Summer is a long way off but we have some interior design ideas that will make your home feel like Summer all year round.
Brighten up your home using colours associated with Summer sunshine. Warm reds, oranges and sunny yellows are ideal and can be teamed with soft creams or white for a fresh look.
Fitted carpets are out and natural wood flooring is in. If you don’t have floor boards some of the laminate flooring options resemble natural flooring and are a good alternative. Add colour by way of area rugs if your floor space is large to break up the monotony.
Your choice of window dressing should compliment the style and theme of your room. Choose coloured curtains or Roman blinds which have a sunny look to them. Floral patterns are another effective way of bringing a touch of Summer into your home. Look for repeat patterns that travel up the weft of the ready made curtains to give the illusion of more height.
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Do you need a home office and simply don’t have a spare room? We’ve got some great ideas for integrating a home office into your home without having to sacrifice on style.
Landings are a great place to use as a home office, more especially if you have a window. This space is generally used and although not the most spacious of places a chic table placed in front of the window may be all the office space you need.
Under the Stairs
This is another area which can, with a little ingenuity, be transformed into office space. Do away with an existing cupboard to open up the space; you’ll be surprised just how much room you’ll have to put a table and some storage. As there’s no window make sure you provide plenty of light. Angle lamps are ideal for directing light where you need it most.
Corners of living rooms or dining rooms are a great place to pop a small home office into. If you live in an older style of house which has a chimney... [Read more...]
One of this year’s biggest interior design trends is texture. We have different textures all around us and yet for the most part we take very little notice of them. As functionality took precedence over any other furniture or soft furnishing qualities the tactile nature of each object was left on the side lines. Today it’s different, now we want to be able to touch and feel all aspects of our homes and it’s only when you do this do you realise just how lacking in texture your home can be.
Texture plays a vital role in the overall looks and dynamics of a room whether you’re aware of it or not. For example you may get the feeling that a room looks and feels flat and lifeless, this is most likely due to its lack or variation of textures. With wood and suede topping this year’s ‘must have’ material charts it’s a good idea to use these as a starting point.
Trendy eyelet curtains in suede or with a suede band are an easy way to introduce this tactile... [Read more...]
We’re not talking about the delicious foods from India, we’re talking about being inspired by the beautiful jewelled tones which are dominating this Springs style trends. With Pantone colour of year being Emerald green you’ll have a home packed with style and be bang on-trend when you use these gorgeous jewelled tones in your home.
It’s not just the jewelled colours which can be introduced into your home, stunning patterns and rich materials should also be incorporated to get the look.
India inspired prints can be found on curtain fabrics as well as ready made curtains. Go for beautiful chartreuse if you’re not too keen on gold itself. Chartreuse is far gentler on the eye and with a pale cream pattern your windows will look sumptuous.
Paisley patterns will also work well with Indian inspired themes. Emerald green paisley pattern on a white background offers a fresh look with out being too overpowering. Use matching cushions to bring a sense of cohesion to... [Read more...]
If you’re like many people and love the look of curtains at your windows we have the top 4 tips and tricks to make your curtains do their job effectively. This doesn’t solely mean giving you privacy, although that is probably the number one reason we use window dressings in our homes, it also means your window dressing becomes part of the overall design and aesthetics of your rooms. For far too long window treatments have taken a back seat and if this is true in your home take a look at our tips and view your curtains in a different light.
1. Keep curtains in proportion.
You should choose a window treatment which fit in with the proportions of your rooms. For instance, if you have a room with a high ceiling and tall windows full lengths curtains will add elegance. Shorter length curtains will look out of proportion, as if you’ve skimped on the size which won’t do your window dressing any justice. If you do want to use a shorter length use a fabric with a bold central... [Read more...]
There may still be a distinct chill in the air but Spring really is just around the corner and that means the once-a-year cleaning routine begins in earnest. De-cluttering, decorating and generally blowing away the cobwebs from Winter sees us throwing open our windows to let fresh warm air into our homes.
Spring cleaning isn’t a new craze or fad, it’s been carried out for hundreds of years for exactly the same reasons as we do – the only difference is that we don’t have old straw to throw outside and for many of us we don’t have to content with sweeping chimneys and getting rid of coal dust.
So, when it comes to cleaning windows where do you start? We have some practical tips to guide you.
Take down your curtains or blinds. Decide whether you’re going to put them back up once cleaned or replace them with new or lighter weight curtains.
If your curtains need to be dry cleaned take them to the cleaners so that you don’t have to have bare... [Read more...]