Colour know how

Colour know how

I’ve been doing so much colour training with AkzoNobel and Dulux recently that I thought it was about time I shared a little bit of colour know how on my blog! I love the range of Dulux paint colours – and applying the theory and science of colour to pull together design schemes for my clients. Colour is one of the easiest and cheapest ways to change the way an interior space feels and, consequently, the way you feel when you are in that space! Use warm colours – such as red, orange and yellow to create sunny, cosy and welcoming spaces. Warm colours remind us of fire, chilli peppers, the sun, sand, custard, candle light – so they are linked to a feeling of warmth.  Visually, with longer waves lengths on the colour spectrum – these colours appear to advance towards us – and in doing so give us a sense of a more inviting, cosy space. Cool colours – such as green, blue and violet can be used to create tranquil and airy rooms. These colours are reminiscent of the sea, sky, open fields and violet starry nights. These big expanses of space give us a sense of tranquility, light and airyness. These colours’ relatively shorter wave lengths don’t advance so rapidly – and so feel more like they recede. If you want to make a small space feel bigger or to create a soothing retreat – use cool colours. Their link to nature – be it trees, fields, sea or sky adds to the element of calm you can create using these colours. There is, as...
KWIB – Kent Women in Business Award

KWIB – Kent Women in Business Award

I was awarded runner up for Kent Business Woman of the Year (under 3 years) at the recent KWIB awards! What an achievement – I’m so pleased. There was some stiff competition with over 40 entrants and 8 finalists in my category. The last two years setting up in Kent, after a move from Oxfordshire, have been hard work but great fun. Being recognised for the effort and dedication it takes to set-up and run your own business is amazing. I’ve gone from the spare room & dining room table at home to an office space – the new Honey HQ in Cheriton Gardens, Folkestone – and the business is going from strength to strength. I am truly grateful for all of my networking contacts, customers, suppliers and, of course, my family for their on-going support of Honey Interior Design. Find out more about KWIB Awards here...
2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

2016 has been a busy year for Honey Interior Design. With a mixture of domestic and commercial work – we’ve tackled schools, pubs, office spaces, a dentisit surgery and an opticians – as well as bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and lounges! In addition, we moved into the new Honey HQ in Folkestone in October. It’s been a great year – and as we continue to go from strength to strength we are thankful for everything we have achieved and looking forward to the year ahead. One of the quickest, and cheapest, ways to update a space is through colour and we’ve transformed dozens of spaces through colour and design consultancy. A coat of paint (or two!) can really make a difference to how a room looks and feels. I love the colour training that I continue to deliver in conjunction with Dulux – changing the way people understand and use colour in their homes and businesses! It really is more than just a tin of paint. I’m really excited about the new Dulux Heritage range and the Dulux 2017 colour of the year Denim Drift. You can read more about the predicted trends for 2017 here  https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017 Everyone loves a before & after – so I also include two of my favourites from the year – where the transformation has been amazing – I hope you’ll agree. As for what 2017 holds for Honey Interior Design? More colour and more design. We are looking forward to working in several schools in Kent – creating spaces that support learning and inspire creativity for pupils and teachers alike! There are also some...
Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. Here are the second set of 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 4. Existing Vs New. Your home should be a reflection of those that live within. Consideration should always be given to how much you bring with you from  your existing home to your new home. If you are simply refurbishing an existing space – how much should you keep? I personally believe your home should tell a story of who you are – your history and life. This doesn’t mean keeping everything and having a cluttered interior – but a newly decorated space should not be devoid of character and identity. 5. Style & colour. Keep a scrapbook – physically or on-line. This will give you a real sense of what you like / don’t like. Even if you are considering using an interior designer to help you design and style your home – any back ground work that you have done to help identify your style will be of great help to any professional – and give them a great springboard to pull together an interior scheme you’ll love. Inspiration pictures don’t have to be of interiors – it could be an item of clothing, piece of art, or...
Interior Styling: Top Tips part 1

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 1

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. If you have ever been involved in a self-build you will know that it is no small task – there are a multitude of decisions to be made – and it can be overwhelming. The internet is both a blessing and a curse – with so much information and choice available it can be difficult to focus and make decisions. Here are 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 1. Budget – a lot of your money will go into the foundations & frame of the building (literally) but try and set aside a budget for furniture, soft furnishings and window dressings – the bits that will bring your building to life and give you the home that looks and feels the way you want it to. 2. Materials / Environment – consider the style of your building and to what extent you want the interior to be sympathetic – you can of course add a contemporary twist! Bear in mind that what works in a cosy cottage may not be so easy to pull of in a regency style home or contemporary new build. What materials do you plan to use and in what combination – are these in keeping with...