Entrance Hall Design

Entrance Hall Design

First impressions count. The front door and entrance hall beyond set the tone for your home – but it is also a chance to be bold with pattern and colour. The entrance hall is where you welcome visitors into your house – but it should also be a clear signal to you that you are HOME…and able to relax! This space provides a great opportunity to be a bit braver with colour and pattern as an entrance hall is a transition space. You don’t tend to ‘hang out’ in the hallway but rather move through it – this means that you CAN be bolder with pattern as you will not be sitting and staring at it (as you would say in the living room). Of course my partying days are long past so it might be that parties do still involve people hanging out on the stairs – but then a bit of bold pattern and colour at a party is no bad thing. An entrance hall needs to work quite hard too. No matter what its size – entrance hall design is key. Think about how you will use the space and what will keep it as welcoming as possible – but also functional for you and your family. Functional means storage – for shoes, coats, work & school bags. If storage can allow ‘stuff’ to be hidden away so you don’t see all the clutter then this is ideal – it makes for a much more relaxing return home (rather than picking your way through the debris of dumped school bags and shoes with stress levels rising)....
Decorating with colour & paint effects

Decorating with colour & paint effects

A recent article by Kate @ madaboutthehouse.com gave some great advice on getting started with decorating. I agree with pretty much everything she says in this article, especially that if you have curtains they HAVE to be floor length – it’s the law. Dormer windows may be the exception – depends on the shape & angles you are working with – but pretty much it’s the LAW. The point in the article that caught my attention and gave me reason to pause was her advice re paint – on woodwork, walls, ceilings. I love paint and I love colour. Using paint creatively is a core part of what I teach in the colour courses I deliver at the Dulux Academy @ AkzoNobel in Slough. Using the fifth wall (the ceiling) and shaping the way a room looks and feels with colour is just so impactful! In my own home I use lots of paint effects. If you look at the portfolio section of my website you’ll see I use A LOT OF COLOUR in my commercial projects – lots of colour, lots of paint effects – lots of fun! From painting window recesses, feature walls, bubbles, stripes, zoning with colour, using camouflage techniques, to playing with a rooms’ dimensions by playing with colour & paint in all sorts of creative ways! However, I think I might have been a bit lazy with my residential clients… or rather a little nervous of making suggestions that might seem unusual to them. Whilst my clients come to me for advice and guidance, I am always wary of pushing them too far out of...
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...