Posts Tagged ‘pattern’

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

Wall of fame

December 12, 2011

Wallpaper has never been so popular. From stripes and metallics to bold damasks and florals, there’s been a real surge in sales and, it seems, creativeness, as more and more innovative designs hit the shops. If you’re not a wallpaper fan and don’t like the idea of one feature wall, let alone covering all four, why not try using wallpaper in a different way? You could, for example, display paper within a frame, or cover a canvas or three to hang on the walls? Or, why not paper above a picture rail, or the back of a bookshelf? The options are endless.

Here are three unique looks, all of which appeal to me for different reasons…

You only need a small panel of this Marilyn paper (£19.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings) to make a statement and add a hit of pure Hollywood glamour. I love the black-and-white print, and teamed with grey walls and bright yellow accessories, it certainly stands out.

This wallpaper (the Camilla collection, from £20.95 a roll, Grandeco Wallcoverings) has a dramatic red floral print that adds colour and depth to a large expanse of wall and works beautifully in this traditional setting. What better way to make a high-ceilinged room feel more cosy?

This Scandi-style room uses textured-look wallpaper  (Livingstones Collection, from £25.95 a roll, Grandeco Wallcoverings) that instead of catching the eye, works well to blend in with the neutral colour scheme.

Which of the three looks would you go for?  Let us know…

Laurie

Hang it!

September 2, 2011

Does anybody out there have problems choosing wallpaper? Once you’ve got over the ‘shall I paint or paper it?’ dilemma, you’ve then got a minefield of choices to find that perfect look. I like a good wallpaper – a trendy paint colour’s all very well but it doesn’t expressive your individuality to the same extent. It can also reinforce that modern or traditional look you’re after. Here’s a sneak preview of the Johnson house in December’s 25BH  issue to illustrate how tastefully (and cleverly) it can be used. Bit flowery for me though…

Seán

 

Totally tribal: why I’m loving Ikat prints

June 28, 2011

Floral, romantic style will never date, but occasionally a bold, bright trend comes along that makes me want to ditch the neutrals altogether and embrace eye-catching patterns and tribal colours.

Ikat is a tricky print to pull off, but this exotic style is perfect for summer and looks fabulous when used sparingly. Keeping to one colour palette and teaming it with natural looking accessories makes this one hot trend to watch. An easy way to ease into the look would be to start small and work your way up (there are some great ikat tableware ranges emerging) but if you’re feeling bold, an ikat-pattern would look stunning on a feature wall – check out this aqua blue example.

Now, I have to admit that I am NO fan of mustard, especially teamed with blue, but we’ll ignore that – how amazing would that wallpaper look on one wall of a cool blue and white room? Or used to upcycle an old chest of drawers? Love it.

Of course, if you’re not quite brave enought to paper a wall with the stuff, try taking the print outdoors – this garden room look is now firmly on my radar. I love the idea of putting a mirror outside too – it’s so luxurious! With the ferns and bamboo screens I could just about believe I was in a tropical paradise, rather than a tiny garden in South London.

Are you a fan of the ikat look? Let me know in the comments!

Bird wallpaper – the good, the bad and the ugly

July 29, 2010

It’s official, I’m completely torn by bird wallpapers. In some ways I find them adorable and the perfect finishing touch to a country-style scheme – especially a pretty little guest bedroom. However, in other ways I find them … well … quite frightening actually. The antique bird or retro bird ‘look’ just isn’t for me.

Here’s how far by bird wallpaper love goes…

The good – cute, country and destined for a guest bedroom, this simple bird wallpaper adds a welcoming touch.

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

The bad – hmmmmmm, a retro bird feature wall isn’t for me, but I’d certainly give this Seventies-inspired print marks for an eye-catching focal point.

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

The ugly – this is decorating hell for me. Too many birds, too many antiques, I would feel like I was on a period drama set, not my actual living room!

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

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Fab wallpapers! – the utterly fab kind!

June 29, 2010

I LOVE the new wallpapers from Tesco’s new range. We headed to their autumn/winter press show and were utterly WOWed by their high-impact, low-cost designs, the perfect ‘too much money spent of Pimm’s’ summer decorating remedy!

Tired (literally) of baking hot sleepness nights, I’m looking to give my bedroom a cooler, summer twist, and these wallpapers are perfect for the job … and will look just as at home when I’m shivering over winter.

Here’s a sneak peak at the new range (is it wrong that I actually like the mix of samples feature wall??)

roomenvy - bedroom wallpaper ideas

roomenvy - bedroom wallpaper ideas

Ooooh and here’s my most LUST-WORTHY wallpaper design of the week.

roomenvy - feature wallpaper bedroom

roomenvy - feature wallpaper bedroom

Gimme!

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Quirky patterned wallpapers

April 23, 2010

I’ve decided that today is wallpaper day! The funky modern designs from Apartment Therapy are adding even more sunshine to my mornin – especially the retro dining room today.

I’m really excited about Housetohome’s lunchtime wallpaper webchat today at 1pm. Wallpaper guru Melanie Adams from Wallpaperdirect will be sharing her expert tips and advice, and I’m getting my questions ready as we speak. Hopefully see you there!

roomenvy - funky wallpaper dining room

roomenvy - funky wallpaper dining room

roomenvy - children's room owl wallpaper

roomenvy - children's room owl wallpaper

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Looking for wallpaper advice?

April 20, 2010

Anyone planning to get busy with wallpaper over the May bank holidays? Join Housetohome’s lunchtime webchat this Friday at 1pm (a much more fun lunchtime desk activity than eyeing up your online bank statement). Wallpaper guru Melanie Adams, of Wallpaperdirect, will be poised with all her top tips and advice.

From how to hang wallpaper, to what style trends are on the up, Melanie will be there to answer all those niggling questions. Click now to register, so you don’t miss out. I’ll (after quickly grabbing my traditional pret sandwich) see you there!

roomenvy - living room wallpaper

roomenvy - living room wallpaper

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Friday’s Fetish: wall stencils

November 20, 2009

I was completely inspired by Helen Morris, one of the faces behind The Stencil Library when I met her this week. She shared some fantastic tips with me about stencilling – especially for those of us who rent and don’t want to anger our landlords with a door surrounded by butterflies (I mention no names!) She shares some great tips on her blog, Design Inspiration.

Wall stencils are a fantastic way to  liven up your scheme and give it a truly personal touch. I just love them!!

1) They don’t have to be bold and brassy, these leaf stencils add a lovely delicate touch. Though to be honest, what’s going to make more a statement than having a TREE in your kitchen? They’re taken from designer, Di Overton‘s kitchen.

roomenvy - kitchen decorating the natural way!

roomenvy - kitchen decorating the natural way!

2) You don’t just have to use stencils on the walls, either. This funky home, featured on Design Sponge, proves just that.

Bring your floors to life! The hardwood floors in this dining room are given an update with playful pattern.

roomenvy - so much more than a floor!

roomenvy - so much more than a floor!

And don’t let a simple radiator miss out on all the fun. Now this is what I call stylish heating!

roomenvy - turn up the heat with a colourful stencil

roomenvy - turn up the heat with a colourful stencil