Posts Tagged ‘decorating’

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

Utility love

June 7, 2011

Utility rooms: probably the most neglected room in most houses. You might not think that the room where you mainly sort your smalls and keep your cleaning products warrants a makeover, but if you’re anything like me, a clean and uncluttered space in this room usually leads to generally being cleaner and less cluttered everywhere else in the house (plus it makes the ironing SO much more appealing). Hence why this lovely, 50s style utility room idea has caught my eye.

Anyone for cleaning?

That floor! Those taupe walls! It’s the perfect blank canvas to let your accessories do the talking. Kitsch cleaning products and storage are key here, like the cute washing powder tin, and the cream dustbins (much, much nicer and inviting to use than the grey monstrosity currently residing in my kitchen). Country touches like the paper tags attached to the bin handles finish the look without coming across as too rustic.

Keep it simple

A few black and white prints in simple frames is an inexpensive way to add some interest and give the room some personality. I love the way each picture shows what should go into each recycling bin – practical and pretty.

Because we all need reminding now and again

I admit, I’m guilty of not remembering to recycle properly all the time. These wooden letters are another stylish touch, plus will remind you to sort your papers from your plastics. Best of all, this idea doesn’t have to cost the earth – you can find most of the products in these pics by clicking here (those cream bins are just £45 each)

Do you have  a utility room you’re thinking of upgrading? What do you do in your house to recycle? Let me know in the comments

Coveting conservatories

May 23, 2011

Oh dear, I do get just a touch of ‘room envy’ when I go on a conservatory browsing spree. These two images have got me dreaming of fancy home renovation projects…


Lovely jubbly

Is there nothing more calming and uplifting than a bright, light-filled conservatory? If there is, do let me know…


Serenity now

Ahhh, love that minimal look. Just one question though, why are there chairs on only one side of the table? Are they about to stage an X-Factor audition? Please, no – don’t spoil the serenity!

Fresh take on scenic toiles

May 5, 2011

I’m not an overly traditional gal but I can really get into this quirky toile decorating scheme.


Citrus brights keep this toile scheme current

By breaking a few decorating rules and mixing up toile patterns in both neutrals and zesty brights, this bedroom has been elevated from stuffy and ‘blah’, to fresh and ‘tres-chic’! Florals and toiles are in vogue for spring, so why not be brave and try something similar at home?

Bathroom with personality

April 29, 2011

Another lovely find by intern Lucy over on Lucy Likes It, this time a bathroom design from our very own Housetohome site!

eclectic white bathroom

Artfully displayed objects add character

Create a bathroom that is truly your own with an eclectic display of your favourite artwork and knick-knacks. Keep it pared down for a look that says ‘cool and sophisticated’ rather than ‘cluttered and chaotic’!

Style Crush

April 15, 2011

Wow, there is a whole-lotta awesome going on in this room.

Style by Emily Henderson for Oh Joy

Quirky, fun, stylish, vibrant.

This caught my eye over on the Style by Emily Henderson blog, where stylist and interior designer Emily Henderson posts behind the scenes and finished-product shots of projects featured on her television program, ‘Secrets from a Stylist’ (aired in the US). For those of us that can’t watch the program, there’s plenty to love on her blog, or check out her work on Apartment Therapy.

Tuesday blues

February 15, 2011

It’s Tuesday, it’s the day after Valentine’s Day, it’s raining and miserable and I’ve got a touch of the blues. Handy, then that I came across this blue little number earlier on whilst looking for ideas on how to spruce up my pathetic excuse for an ‘office‘ area in my bedroom.

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And I'm feeling blue....

I love how saturated with colour this space is, from the subtle tree pattern wallpaper (I admit it, I’m hooked – see previous post) to the co-ordinating magazine holders, desk and even the blue pencils in the blue pencil pot. The sculptural lamp and bin plus the clean lines everywhere else stop the look from being overly focused on the colour. Blue maybe, miserable – never.


February 8, 2011

There’s a definite shift in the air at the moment. Maybe it’s all the new season press days that are going on, or even the fact that today we saw actual sunshine all day (unheard of after the gloom and doom of the last few weeks) but I’m feeling a tad on the summery side. Which is probably why I am coveting all things bright and fun right now! All I want is for summer to hurry up and get here so we can crack out the BBQ.

Until then, however, I’m satiating my need for all things bright and summery by checking out the latest trend to come our way this spring, namely splashes of juicy orange. Bhs released pics of their new Tangerine Collection of homewares and furnishings last week and since then I’m coveting the bold and bright pieces, especially this gorgeous pendant lamp.

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This new collection from Bhs is gorgeou

For a slightly more muted take on this juicy trend, however, pairing  dusky tangerine walls with matt white accessories is a guaranteed winner.

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Gorgeous or what?

Can’t you imagine just curling up in this bed with a good book? I think it’s the simple range of textures in this room that really does it for me – not too many that it’s overloaded, but just enough to keep it interesting. That big flat expanse of colour could look a little boring if it weren’t for the rug, knitted throw and leather headboard. We popped this up on the housetohome Twitter page this week and it got an almost universal thumbs up from our followers.

If you’re not keen on teaming orange with white, though, you are a little limited in what colours you can pair it with. I’m a little wary of teaming orange and black together (reminds me too much of Halloween costumes!) but I love the way this kitchen-diner‘s used dark metallic teal cupboard doors to offset the tangerine seats and units. Lovely!

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What do you think of these metallic kitchen units?

What do you think – are you a fan of orange or are you steering clear?

2010 Room Awards – woo!

January 11, 2011

2010 was a great year for home decorating and DIY. Like you, we loved the return of classic retro prints, high-tech printed wallpaper and new ways to be eco friendly and chic.

To kick-start the 2010 Room Awards we’re starting with the Best Kitchen of 2010, which is this brilliant family kitchen.

Best kitchen of 2010 | Kitchen awards for 2010 | Family kitchen-diner | Room Envy

The perfect kitchen-diner; it's a kitchen and a diner!

Why it wins? Aside from the big chalkboard – great for shopping lists and a drawing space for kids – small kitchen-diners that give the allusion of space can be tricky.

Often kitchen-diners can look like the furniture of a giant has been squeezed into the kitchen of someone from Lilliput; and the overall look can be cluttered and uncomfortable – you can’t image making a cup of tea, let alone a family meal. Or a poorly designed kitchen-diner can give the impression that the designer has rifled though the space-saving section of Lakeland and bought all the stock.

But look at the beauty of this kitchen-diner: the pastel colours – a nod to cute retro styling, and clean, functional furniture. You just know that when the kids’ have gone to bed the adults crack open a few bottles of vino, light some candles and have a delicious meal, and perhaps a adult game of Catchphrase on the chalkboard. Can we come to dinner please?

Do you love this? Tell us what was your fave kitchen of 2010?

Friday’s Fetish: Breaking the rules!

January 7, 2011

If like me, you’re already fed up with new year resolutions and good intentions, then a little chic rule breaking is in order…

I can’t be bothered to detox – I don’t like the headaches – and forget all that clearing out the clutter, this year, I’m embracing it! You see, chucking out the rulebook and going against the grain is liberating. Which is why I HAVE to share with you these little gems of inspiration I saw in the January edition of Livingetc.

Bedroom with bright pinks, oranges and yellow | Bedroom decorating ideas | Room Envy

Never clash bright colours? No-way!

Bring on the brights! Sunshine shades of yellow, orange and fuchsia sings when used in blocks – not patterned – and is calmed with pale grey flooring, the odd black accent and natural wood and stone accessories.

Kitchen-diner with blue walls | Blue and green kitchen-diner | Kitchen decorating ideas | Room Envy

Brilliant blue and gorgeous green

Hmm, blue and green should never be seen, goes the maxim, but check out this picture! Drama, style and the perfect mix of contemporary traditional accessories make this dining room so inviting – anyone for a cuppa?

Lounge with dark grey paint and bold Toile-print wallpaper | Living room with workspace | Room Envy

Line drawing

Who says a fireplace defines a room? It doesn’t have to be the focal point – so passé! And zoning doesn’t have to be ordered either. I love the way this room is broken up with an off-centre charcoal grey – to define a work zone – and a totally contrasting bold Toile print for relaxing.

And what’s more, all this rule breaking is soooo on-trend for S/S 2011: bright blues and greens on eyes were all over the catwalk and clashing colour-block patterns and designs were also a major feature of all the big runway shows.