The design trends for the coming seasons are bright, bold and tropical. Forget about miserable weather and turn your eyes to the tropics, with lotus blooms and large trailing leaves. Pink flamingos and gorgeous butterflies are featuring heavily on fabrics and wallpaper. The look can be worked in the majority of rooms in the household, with the butterfly theme working well in the bedroom.
You’ll find the trend on virtually everything from bedding to crockery. As the look is bold, you only need a little of it, a feature wall, a few cushions or even some tasteful butterfly stencils to add a touch of design style to dated furniture. Of course, the bolder the room, the more you have to think about the furniture within, consider white bedroom furniture set against a dark cerise and jungle green or the pink of the flamingo against dark wood wardrobes. This trend is seriously fun, in fact even a little bit of this style in your home will bring a smile to your face.
Summer will soon be upon us and the trend emerging is a nautical theme, but with a quirky sense of humour. It’s not just about scenes featuring coastal views or boats bobbing about on the ocean, nor is it coastal colours. It’s about the accessories and furniture, to give a room that extra bit of oomph and to add a touch of joviality.
Little wooden lighthouses, beach hut lights, port and starboard lanterns, anchors away all feature among the designs in the shops, all with a little quirky twist. Furniture gets the hand-painted look, old bedroom furniture can be given an overhaul with a lick of paint and then sanded down for a rustic look. If you want to buy new wardrobes, think along the lines of driftwood and choose a finish reflecting this, space2 has a coastal range to inspire you.
Chairs feature nautical stripes and many throws and cushions depict anchors and sail boats in blues, reds and whites. If there is one thing you buy for your home this summer, make it cheeky and fun and imagine you’re by the sea.
The secret to achieving a nice room and turning it into a great room is by using colour that complements the room and brings an added element to your lifestyle. There are some vivid changes you can make with just a little decorating knowledge.
Nearly every decorating programme or home make-over show talk about feature walls, nearly everyone is aware of this phenomenon. For instance, in the bedroom the feature wall could be behind the bed and the bedding incorporating on the key colours of the wall. It’s not just feature walls that can create impact in the bedroom; bold bedroom furniture can give an instant lift to tired decor.
You can make the whole room striking from the beginning. If your style is more classic than modern, a great colour would be olive green, although you de need to stay away from overly yellow greens as this can make the space look dull. The best way to find the perfect colour for your room, is to make use of paint samples, ensure you are generous with painting blocks of colours. You will need to view the colour at differing times of the day to ensure, it still looks good with varying light conditions. Once you’ve chosen your colour, make sure you paint your woodwork white and if you can get white with a hint of lime, it will only add to the striking effect of your room.
You can also create a spectacular room with the use of darker tones. An important aspect is not to drown the room in a solid dark colour but to counterbalance it with crisp white woodwork or white gloss wardrobes if in a bedroom, this all helps to break up the darkness.
A little know-how can create a wonderful home for you and your family, with outstanding contrasts and brave statement decor which will give the edge to any room, giving your home the wow factor.
Stress at Christmas can run high, even for the calmest of individuals, especially if you envisage making sure your guests are comfortable and relaxed, they need a place they can escape the hubbub, ideally a guest bedroom. If they are happy you’ll be happy.
Even though there are only a few weeks to get prepared, there is plenty to be achieved in a short amount of time, without giving yourself a headache. Luckily, there are plenty of sales on at the moment and this will be a great help in keeping your budget in check.
An easy way to create a calm atmosphere is to eliminate clutter, you may use the spare room as a dumping ground for the rest of the year, but with a bit of elbow grease you can create a calm haven for guests, even if it means hiding clutter in wardrobes or under the bed. Clear floors and surfaces will bring tranquillity to a room.
At Christmas it’s nice to bring a bit of the outdoors in, a mini Christmas tree in the guest bedroom will remind guests of the special time of year, even a few sprigs of holly will add to the atmosphere. You can use scented candles to make the bedroom more welcoming and also make sure the room is aired before they arrive.
If you don’t have a spare bedroom for guests, then it might be worth investing in a room divider, this will give privacy to the family member who already resides in that room or you will be able to section part of the living area for your guests to retire to.
Overall Christmas is a time for family and friends, just simply removing clutter will help towards the festive celebrations.
Christmas brings joy as well as a lack of space in the kids’ bedrooms, it’s time to de clutter. As more presents arise, space can be at a premium in kids’ bedrooms and if you find the toys are taking over, then there is good chance a clear out is required.
One of the best ways is to get the children involved in clearing out their room, or even get it more organised, is by everyone getting involved. If left to their own devices, space under the bed and inside wardrobes is where the majority of clutter will end up. You could also encourage them to earn money from the things they no longer use, by either selling it online through auctions sites or a car boot sale.
The easiest way is to label some bags or boxes, with throw, sell, keep and charity. If you think there maybe some future collectibles in there, name it ‘attic’. Remember some of the items can be recycled, so you may want a bag for that. The next phase is to go through everything; this is a perfect job for a cold blustery day at the weekend, especially if the kid’s aren’t thinking they are missing out on anything.
Don’t forget about the toys in the bathroom or the playhouse, in fact, toys are probably lurking everywhere. Kid’s will get more excited knowing they have a bedroom waiting for new additions and also the possibility of earning some pocket money out of it, plus a tidy room means a happy parent.