Embracing the dark side...

Embracing the dark side...

For a time, white and cream were the colours ‘de Jours’ for interiors. Everything, everywhere was painted in a white or light neutral palette, then we moved to 50 shades of grey literally…. grey walls, curtains, woodwork, lights, upholstery, scatter cushions, throws and on and on and on. All beautifully co-ordinated and teamed with silvers, lilacs, glass and mirrors. But eventually you see so much it all becomes a little…well boring!. Straight out of a magazine, even the accessories become repetitive.

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Love Metalics? Check out these Gorgeous Gold Bedrooms for Inspiration

Who doesn't love Gold and it is so popular at the moment for interiors. Theme it with white or a statement colour to get a really nice effect rather than the stale heavy interiors of days gone by.

Check out these very different gold bedrooms for a few different ways to get gold right in your bedroom

Add a bit of glitter but best to keep it to small amounts - would work well in an apartment

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Gold and white with pink for light, bright and fun theme ...this is a really pretty colour scheme for a girls room.

Monochrome Madness

 
 

Statement walls and geometric prints

 

Gorgeously glamorous Moroccan influences

Our top 5 Inspirational Kitchen Colour Combinations

Are you thinking of revamping your kitchen? Here are some great ideas for different colour combinations to give you the inspiration you need to try something different

We love this vintage style blue in a matt finish and we've picked out similar colours from both Dulux and Laura Ashley

 
Dulux - Sea Smoke

Dulux - Sea Smoke

Laura Ashley - Sapphire

Laura Ashley - Sapphire

 
 
Colortrend Historic - Peat Biscuit

Colortrend Historic - Peat Biscuit

Make your kitchen warm and cosy with these beautiful earthy tones - Colortrend do a similar colour in their historic range

 

Brighten up a Georgian apartment with bight and funky colours from the Little Green Paint Company

The Little Green Paint Company - Mischief

The Little Green Paint Company - Mischief

 
The Little Green Paint Company - Basalt

The Little Green Paint Company - Basalt

 
The paint and Paper Library - Blue Bird

The paint and Paper Library - Blue Bird

 
The Paint and Paper Company - Constantia Blue

The Paint and Paper Company - Constantia Blue

 

Keep it simple with warm neutral tones in creams and browns

 
Colortrand - Greek Tea

Colortrand - Greek Tea

Color trend - Victoriana

Color trend - Victoriana

 

 

Images are sourced from Pinterest, thekitchn.com, Better Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful

8 Mint Kitchens you’ll love on Pinterest right now

The kitchen is the heart of most homes, it’s where we spend most of our time outside the bedroom so we should be really happy in it.It's no secret that mint green has made a bit of a comeback in the last couple of years and it's easy to see why with it's calming soothing properties. Used in the right way this versatile colour can make a kitchen really funky.

 

Check out our top 8 kitchens from Pinterest

 

Use natural wood for a much softer take on the colour de jour

Mint Green and wood kitchen

Pair it with teal green for a stylish two tone combo

Mint Green mixed with Teal

Add it to monochromes for a funky diverse palette

Mint green and black
 
 
Mint green and grey
 
 
 

3 Great Tips to Designing a Room in Black & White

The thoughts of designing a room in monochrome black and white may seem unbelievably dull and boring to some but if done correctly this look can be both stylish and sophisticated. But it’s hard to get right as too much will have your home looking like a Kardashian abode and too little just misses the mark. Here are some tips for creating a funky two toned theme that won’t look too stark.

1. Add natural effects through soft wood and plants

Adding plants throughout a room subtly adds to your palette and softens the overall feel of the room through the addition of organics. The same applies with light coloured woods which lighten the severity of black and add a contemporary Scandinavian feel.

 

Add plants to black and white

2. Reverse the palette

Automatically one might assume that you would use white on walls and furniture and accent with black but painting one wall and the furniture around it completely black and then softening the look with textures in white soft furnishings for a really different approach. Use rugs, throws and cushions to make the room cosy yet all in shades of white.

Black Statement Wall
Black wall _bedroom

3. Add Pattern

Try using varying patterns in your rugs and cushions to vary the space but be careful to show restraint. Introduce organics again through faux animal prints and hides.

Cow hide rugs
Black & white home accessories

Source - Apartment Therapy and tomfo.com

Looking back at British Colonial Style...

The British Empire during the 19th century.

The British Empire during the 19th century.

Now that we are all over the shock of Brexit and are wondering how it will impact us in the near future I wanted to take look back at the positive design influences that Britain left behind in the past and in particular British Colonial style.

 

British Colonial style was developed during the 19th century under the reign of Queen Victoria when the British Empire was at its peak and stretching as far as North and South America, Australia, Europe, Asia and Africa. As members of the British military travelled throughout the colonies they liked to bring elements of home for comfort for the duration of their stay in a foreign country. It was quickly realised that British materials couldn’t withstand the tropical conditions and so local crafts men were employed to make replicas of British furniture out of native materials. The furniture would often have been made from local mahogany, teak, wicker, rattan and animal hide but the craftsmen often added their own design elements such as carved pineapples or florals. This marriage of influences between the British and Asian, African and Indian influences resulted in British Colonial style.

The interiors were designed bright and airy with high ceilings in an attempt to keep them as cool as possible within topical temperatures. The furniture was sophisticated and beautifully carved with a touch of formality. Many of the pieces were collapsible to make them easier to transport and these were called campaign furniture. Campaign furniture included writing tables, mahogany chairs, beds and liquor cabinets and were most notable for the use of their dark woods and criss-crossed legs. Large travel trunks and suitcases were used to transport clothes and possessions.

Patterns that were very popular of the time consisted of botanical prints, paisleys, Ikat and animal prints in light weight fabrics such as cotton and linen. Window shutters and celling fans had practical uses in controlling breezes. As the British travelled they collected numerous accessories which they displayed proudly on shelves and in cabinets. These consisted of China, crystal, carvings, maps, magnifying glasses, telescopes and letter writing sets.

Probably the most instantly recognisable feature of British Colonial style is the use of large tropical plants indoors. Potted plants, ferns and large palms adorned the rooms giving a sense of grandeur and bringing the essence tropics inside. 

 

Images Via  Houzz