Tips for Designing and Decorating a Small Bedroom

Tips for Designing and Decorating a Small Bedroom

Let’s face it.. in every house or  apartment there is one teeny went room or box room that seems impossible to decorate or furnish. Obviously if we had Ikea designers living with us we’d have no problems. But in the absence of that luxury I've collated a few great tips that you can use to maximise the space in your small rooms – here I'm focusing on bedrooms but many of these tips apply to any small room.

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Storage Ideas to help you get organised for spring

Well if you are anything like me once January passes you are into serious organisation mode - I think it's an in built need I have to start spring cleaning. and de-cluttering. Storage is the bane of my life as we never had enough of it. Stop hoarding! I hear you say but it's impossible. I'm a gatherer. As a result, I'm always on the lookout for great storage ideas and I'm guilty of making far too many trips to Ikea to feed my need.

The thing about storage is that it doesn’t need to be boring, the days of boxes and tins piled up in corners, wardrobes and under beds are long since gone and now it’s all about making storage a feature of your room or at the very least making it seamless and unnoticeable.

Here are some great ideas for storage that might make you think twice about that awkward old corner and re purpose it as a funky shelving unit. If you have created any funky or innovative storage spaces yourself then we’d love to see them – take a quick pic and email it into suzanne@desartin.com and we’ll feature the best on our Facebook, Instagram, twitter and pinterest!

Sheepskin..this trend is here to stay...

Sheepskin..this trend is here to stay...

Some people hate it ..some people love it..personally I was on the fence but I kind of love it at the moment. Sheepskin has had a revival with lots of synthetic varieties and in lots of different colours and as it's small it's an easy texture to play around with in your interiors. It also goes well with a great many colours and textures.

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Great ideas for decorating kid's rooms in 2016

There is so much Disney merchandise knocking around these days that it can be hard to be creative and different with rooms for the little ones in your life. Every child seems to have the matching duvet set and pillows combo...Frozen in anyone's house by any chance?

But it really doesn't take much to create a really pretty and stimulating space for kids. Kids love bright colours and it's so easy to pick up a few sets of shelves in somewhere like Ikea or your local hardware shop and paint them in primary colours or in subtle complimentary shades.

Add in a few wall decorations and kids paintings - maybe some bunting and a readers corner and you have a little playroom in their bedroom.

If anyone is looking to source paintings for children's rooms then please drop me a line to suzanne@desartin.com

Enjoy the pics XoXo

Velvet, Velvet Everywhere....and in every colour...

Velvet...it used to be so passé...but it's back in vogue with a bang for your furnishings and the exciting thing about this trend of velvet are the colours. Bold blues , strong turquoise, slate grey's and envious greens, there really is something for everyone.

Where velvet used to be a textile that blended into the background this seasons velvets are your statement piece. They are dramatic standalone sofas that dominate a room and rightly so...they've been hidden away for so long. 

This is by far my favourite trend of 2015 and it's here to stay, contrast your velvets with strong metallics or bold prints  or a striking pink for added effect and texture. Be bold , be proud, be Velvet...

Enjoy xxx

 

Mad about Folk!

Just when we’d all turned ourselves into 1950s housewives as we embraced Vintage in all its forms from making cupcakes to stringing up bunting like our lives depended on it another trend has slowly started to creep in.

You may have noticed it here and there – gradually making an appearance in cushions or the odd lampshade. You’ve probably thought to yourself that is the next level of vintage in a more colourful form. Well I’m here to tell you it’s not, I now herald the arrival of folk, yes you read it correctly – folk!.

To all you Anne Sloaners…drop your wax now and grab a stencil kit because it’s time to add folk floral designs to that old bench or side table. Think brightly coloured patterns with tight floral leaf designs and heart shapes with a touch of aztec here and there. Think of the blankets used by the American Indians, the headscarves and long patterned skirts worn by country women in Eastern Europe. But beware this is a trend to embrace in small doses and subtle touches or your interior will look like the inside of an old fortune teller's gypsy caravan. The trick is to accent with it and to work it against contrasting colours or neutral shades.

Here’s a little inspo to get you thinking! Enjoy XoX

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The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

Following on from my post on the return of Rose Gold I had to continue my theme with the modernised interior staple of Yellow Gold. Gold has been used in interiors for centuries. It becomes very fashionable every few seasons and then it dampens down again for another few years.

Recently it is making a much more modern revival in it's shiniest of forms paired with more unusual colours and fabrics such as navy velvet, matt slate grey and even teal green. It's popping up in funky cylindrical lamp shades , bespoke wall hangings, up-cycled retro furnishings and tasteful  murals.

This is the modern urban use of gold with a designer edge, clean lines and mirrored surfaces. Take a look at some of these great examples to help you redefine your perceptions of how gold can be incorporated into a contemporary living space. Enjoy X

 

The Return of Rose Gold

One of the hottest trends in interior design at the moment is the return of rose gold. It's soft pink hues mean it can compliment many more colours than the yellowness of standard gold and it's such a modern trend it brings your interior right up to date.

It's been creeping back into fashion for a while particularly in watches - Michael Kors has a few magnificent examples which are on my wishlist. Although I don't wear a watch so I guess that's where they will stay.

Rose gold pairs perfectly with softer pastels and neutrals which will suit many homes and where using gold with these colours may come across a little too Miami circa 1980s, the rose hues add a much richer dimension and warmth to a room.

Personally I'm kind of in love with it at the moment and I'm on the hunt for some really great accessories for my own home. Using accessories means you can chop and change whenever you feel without a massive investment and little touches here and there can instantly change a room.

Here are some great examples of colours you can pair rose gold with in your home

Defining Elements Of The Modern Rustic Home

Modern rustic is proving very popular of late and as I’ve had a few queries on one of my Facebook posts for rustic kitchens I thought I’d do a full blog post on it.

Why is rustic design so popular, well it removes formality from a room and it gives it a warmth and inviting feel. Modern rustic also now tends to range from log cabin style all the way to beach cottage or New England charm.

Some elements to consider when trying to incorporate rustic into your theme.

1.       Wood- whether you are using pine for its exaggerated knotting or reclaimed wood for it’s used and aged to keep it authentic try to keep it as natural looking as possible.

2.       Metal- Use punched tin or any non-shiny metal to capture the aged concept. Also some antique metals can work quite well in a rustic setting.

3.       Stone- you could incorporate stone in your flooring, fireplaces, walls or subtlety as ornamental features to add an additional feeling of nature to your room

4.       Colour schemes- use natural colours reflecting nature but for a beachier theme you could try adding washed out pastels to soften your other elements.

Here are some examples off subtle additions that you can put together quite easily to add a rustic feel to your room

 

Camden street is where to go for Retro.....

If you haven't noticed the surge in 1960s style furniture and in particular the sideboard creeping into interiors then seriously you must be wearing blinkers because it's EVERYWHERE

I remember when I used to cringe at the sight of those narrow handles and teak paneling thinking they were so kitsch. Now it reminds me of photos of my parents  with big hair, big flowers and my Dad had even bigger glasses. Now I'm only delighted to embrace fashions latest offering of 60's furniture  now that it's back and bang on trend,. In fact I've just told my mother to strip down her old drinks cabinet that she had previously tried to disguise by up-cycling it in Anne Sloane cream.

Trendy as these retro pieces may be they don't suit every interior so take time to consider how you will incorporate it into your scheme. If you are looking to make a purchase  then many of the design shops are carrying them in some form but if you are lucky you will pick something up at a charity shop or market - In Dublin -Camden street, Oxfam homestore ( Francis Street) or the Third policeman in Rathmines  they may need work but that's half the fun of making it your own.

Check out these great examples of how to incorporate them into an modern interior. XoXo

 




Accessorize with personality

What makes any space unique? What gives it style and sets it apart from a similar space of the same colour scheme - Accessories of course!

When I say accessories I mean everything from what you hang on your walls to lighting and down to ornaments. The one way to let your personality shine through in a space is through your brave use of accessories that you really like and enjoy on a daily basis.

People can be hesitant to  invest in lights or paintings or even that accent chair but the way I look at it is this...if you calculate the amount of years you will have that piece and in that year the amount of times you will look at it and get enjoyment from just liking it and you divide that figure  by the price then the cost of each little piece of happiness is very small. So it's worth investing in something you like for your home if it will make you smile every time you see it.

Here are some inspirational pics of how people have let some of the personality shine through in their interiors in very different ways. Enjoy X

 

Adding a tablespoon of vintage to your kitchen design!

The vintage theme has been circulating for quite a while and has probably reached saturation point. Although let's face it there is something really quaint and quirky about sweet little vintage touches to a room.

It gives a little hint of familiarity that makes us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Here I've pulled together a few inspirational ideas. These range from subtle hints to full on retro and can help you add a little bit of personality into your kitchen. Hope you enjoy XoXo

 

50 Shades of grey...well nearly 50!

I'm currently championing grey as the colour de Jour. To me it epitomizes elegance and style as alone it creates a striking line but when themed with other colours it lifts them to new heights.

By styling your room in grey it enables you to add a touch of colour through accessories without dominating a room with a strong colour that might date quickly. You can stack various hues of grey to create interest and depth to a space. It works well with all sorts of patterns and in patterns itself.

In Ireland and the UK we have so many grey days outside we can be hesitant about bringing the colour inside but when you reflect the colours of your landscape outside it can reflect the light into the room.

But it's worth experimenting using deep charcoal grey for an accent wall or corner and lifting it with a striking pink, blue, white or even neon. It really can create quite a dramatic effect.

I've curated various ways in which you could explore this fascinating colour and hopefully it will inspire you with your own interiors. Enjoy XoXo

Subtly, seductive shades to draw you into a warm embrace

Pantone's colour of the year for 2015 is Marsala 18-1438, described as being enriching for mind, body and soul exuding confidence and stability. Wow bit of a tall order for a shade! 

This is not the first time this colour has been around the block and in fact a more reddish hue became really popular back in the early 2000s. Marsala does have a more burgundy hue to it which adds a touch of elegance and class but as with all string colours it is best to use as a statement piece in an interior or as colour to accessorize a room.

Below are a few great ways to add the colour subtly without dominating your theme completely. Enjoy XoXo

Adding a Twist of Lime!

Lime green is such a striking colour for any room but getting it right can be tricky. Too much a space can look tacky and too little and it gets lost amongst it's contrasting counterparts.

But it's a colour that adds interest and elegance to a whole host of colours and goes particularly well with black, brown and grey.

Take a look at some examples of how it has been used successfully.

Accent Chairs are great features to brighten up any corner

I'm crazy about accent chairs, I think they brighten up corners and create interest and contrast to suites of furniture. It's fun to play around with sharply contrasting colours or textures to show a bit of personality in your space. 

Here are a few interesting ones I've found online