Posts Tagged ‘Colour’

All in a theme

March 9, 2012

I recently helped a friend decorate her bedroom. Asking her for ideas as to what she wanted, all she could come up with was that she liked the colour purple – we decided to go down a Moroccan-inspired route, with floaty voile, mosaic tealights, jewel-coloured cushions and silver gilt mirrors. It got me thinking that when you’re short of inspiration, there’s nothing like a ‘theme’ to get you motivated.

Whether it’s a colour, an animal, a pattern or a country, we’d love to hear whether you’ve ‘themed’ any of your rooms. This coastal-inspired bedroom belongs to a Suffolk seaside apartment you can see more by clicking here.

 

Laurie

Head’s up on bedroom style

January 25, 2012

I have a friend who somewhat honestly admits to being fickle when it comes to decor. Having asked her husband to rewallpaper a feature wall in their bedroom for the upteenth time, he suggested (rather resignedly) that he attach a sheet of MDF as a headboard behind the bed and wallpaper that instead – somewhat easier than redoing a whole wall the next time she discovers a new must-have design or pattern.

That got me thinking about how easy it is to be creative with a headboard – there’s so much scope for imagination, from paint effects, upholstered foam, wallpaper and anything your heart desires.

Ideal for open-plan bedrooms, a divider can be decorated however you choose

Why not take the headboard right up to the ceiling as in this Hill House Interiors scheme?

A wood surround with an upholstered interior makes a luxurious backdrop

This modern scheme from Hill House Interiors shows the headboard colours reflected in the blind fabric

You can find more bedroom ideas at Housetohome

Which one is your favourite? We’d love to know of any ideas you’ve come up with.

 

Laurie

Banish those New Year blues!

January 9, 2012

How depressing is it when you have to finally dismantle the tree and take down the decorations? Very! Ok, it declutters the place and gives you back the precious space that your 6ft (wide!) fir took up, but the place looks so bare (bit like the tree). So how do you add some warmth to the room again? Well burning the tree is a start – especially if you’ve got a real fire, like me :-)  – but the other answer is obvious: bring in some more plants for that Winter/Spring look. Do that and you’ve got the colour, you’ve got the smells, you’ve got the cost… Forget the last bit, the expense is well worth it!  Check out this selection of 10 top indoor plants on housetohome.co.uk.  If you still need convincing, check out these rooms from February’s 25BH and you’ll be, ahem, green with envy…

Seán O

Subtly coloured lilies...

...or verdant ferns

Cool colour?

December 7, 2011

Doing the rounds of Spring/Summer press shows, you can’t help but notice the repetition in trends in interiors. So I’ll state the blindingly obvious – colour is cool. Again. More importantly, doing your own thing with colour is cool – I’ve always admired those who go with gut feeling and use colours that make them happy. I always err on the side of safety – maybe there’s some Scandinavian in me – but strangely, it’s extreme schemes that seem to inspire me. In January’s 25BH (just out!) there’s one particular home, owned by Saxon and Gordon, that shouts it out, loud and proud. Primaries everywhere, from furniture to furnishings to accessories – why does it work so well? According to Saxon, they’re “drawn to objects that add a bit of soul to our home.” Well, it works for me.
And talking of which, we here at 25BH would like to know what works for you, so if you have 5 mins to spare, why not do our online survey and tell us what you think of the mag and help us to get it looking even better. You can win a prize in the process!

Seán

Colour, colour, everywhere...

 

Colour clash!

October 24, 2011

It’s that time again. We’ve got the paint swatches out in readiness for a living room makeover and there’s bad feeling in the air. The room’s desperately in need of a facelift and frankly, anything would be an improvement. But my wife’s insisting on coordinating it to the max – which basically seems to mean play safe and go for subtle shades. Whereas I say be brave and choose a paint colour or wallpaper design in the same way we do a piece of furniture, because we love it for itself. Be loud, be proud! Check out these pics and tell me which way you lean.

Incredibly cool or downright colourless?

Good impression or tasteless tat?

On second thoughts, maybe my wife has a point…

Seán O

Go crazy for colour

July 8, 2011

Much as most of us love a colourful room, it’s usually only the brave that will truly go all out, while the rest of us inject a splash here and there with an accessory or two and feel quite courageous with our efforts. That said, if you can experiment, colour can really help bring your home to life. The Jolly family’s home, featured in the August issue of 25 Beautiful Homes, is a vibrant example of how colour can transform a room.

Perfect pastels

Check out the pretty pastel stripes above the Aga and the hand-painted chairs – easy to do and oh-so-pretty.

Pretty in pink

Not for the faint-hearted, this bright fuchsia bedroom looks spectacular teamed with fresh white.

Fabulous flamingos

Those that know me will appreciate how much I love this room – I’m such a fan of flamingos and this bathroom, with its small hits of bright colour, makes me want to experiment with wall stickers as Alice Jolly has done here.

Bathed in blue

It just goes to show that a bathroom need never be boring again – and it’s not just tiles that can be used to create a colourful effect. Painting the bath and in-frame cupboard doors in the same shade of powdery blue really works well, and it’s easy to get matching accessories (think tiles, rugs and again, a wall sticker).

A jolly house for the Jolly family – we love it!

Laurie

Hallway decorating ideas

September 28, 2010

I love making a colourful entrance… although that does usually involve me turning up late with an unmatching pair of shoes. These colourful statement hallways are a much safer way to make your friends and family speechless!

Find hallway decorating inspiration from this video, you’ll find fantastic ways to add colour from your banisters to your stair risers!

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Lunchtime lust: decorating with spice yellows

August 3, 2010

Nothing like a cheery spot of yellow to brighten up a tame Tuesday. I love these decorating schemes from Ideal Home. The style team are spot on – yellow has a reputation for being a zingy, energising colour when in fact, if you choose the right earthy tone, it can also create a mellow mood.

This is perfect for when you’re in a ‘not even a smiley sunflower can cheer me up today’ mood. Check out these decorating ideas

Be inspired city chic. The dining room features a mixed bag of concrete greys, sunshine yellow accents and a combination of wood and steel pieces.

roomenvy - mellow yellow dining room

roomenvy - mellow yellow dining room

I love the statement storage wall in this living room. Paint the back of the cubbies in a matching shade of yellow for an eye-popping focal point.

roomenvy - yellow accents living room

roomenvy - yellow accents living room

Stylist’s tip: Make patterns pop bu surrounding them with pieces in solid colours as seen in this bedroom decorating scheme.

roomenvy - modern boutique bedroom

roomenvy - modern boutique bedroom

DIY tip of the day! Frame wallpaper with painted moulding to create your own wall art.

roomenvy - yellow feature wall

roomenvy - yellow feature wall

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Lunchtime lust: decorating with modern colour

April 6, 2010

Don’t worry if you missed the opportunity to decorate this weekend, there are lots of lovely bank holidays to look forward to (such a lovely thought on your first day back after the break). I’ve been hunting for some great ways to add a splash of colour to your home, so put down that magnolia paint pot, and check out the latest modern colours – they’re bound to be hot this summer (and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the days will be too!)

Electric brights – contrasting colours are hot on the catwalk, so why not use them in your kitchen-diner? You could also try electric blue with neon yellow, or lilac with zingy lime, depending on how bold you want to be.

roomenvy - fuchsia and spicy orange kitchen-diner

roomenvy - fuchsia and spicy orange kitchen-diner

Chalky pastels – try a relaxed easy-to-live with look in the living room. Here they’ve used faded duck-egg blue, delicate shell and rose pink with lashings of pearly white. Oooh and silver and crystal accessories never hurt anyone!

roomenvy - faded duck-egg living room

roomenvy - faded duck-egg living room

Leaf tones – this natural look is ideal for the home office. Go for deep greens from rich olive to lime, and team with beech and white-painted furniture, sisal flooring (perfect for a high-traffic area) and chunky wicker baskets for your paperwork.

roomenvy - olive home office

roomenvy - olive home office

Smoky greys – grey is set to be the key colour of 2010. Match a grey wallpaper pattern in the hallway with a mixture of grey tones on the furniture, walls and floor.

roomenvy - grey and charcoal hallway

roomenvy - grey and charcoal hallway

Intense blues – create a feature wall in the bedroom with a rich indigo paint shade – but keep the rest of the scheme light with a white bedstead and accents of white in the bedding.

roomenvy - sky blue bedroom

roomenvy - sky blue bedroom

Colour your country kitchen

March 31, 2010

First it steals an hour of our precious weekend sleep, then it steals our sunshine – the month of April has a LOT to answer for!! I’m drowning out the sight of the grey skies and the ‘dare I leave the office at lunch?’ weather, with bright and cheery country kitchen ideas.

Check out these ways to colour your country kitchen from Country Homes & Interiors‘ April issue – I feel less rained upon just looking at them!

roomenvy - jazzy country kitchen shelving

roomenvy - jazzy country kitchen shelving

Create an eye-catching display of clocks, radios, trays with bold patterns and accessories in contrasting colours – white-painted cabinetry will ensure they stand out.

roomenvy - handy kitchen office area

roomenvy - handy kitchen office area

If you have enough space, why not create a little office area. The kitchen is usually the heart of a family home, so I love the memo board and wall of blackboard paint – ideal for keeping everyone organised. Add to that the cheery and pretty baskets for sorting and storing magazines, receipts and … dare I say it … bills!

roomenvy - sunny colours dining room

roomenvy - sunny colours dining room

A quick way to bring instant lift to a kitchen is to paint the chairs. Use on colour for a matching set – or mix and match, so when you tire of one shade you can just paint the chair again!

Plus, if you’re looking for more country kitchen ideas, watch the editor of Country Homes & Interiors, Rhoda Parry, talk through her 5 steps to a country kitchen.