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)....
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...
Ten Storage Solutions

Ten Storage Solutions

Lack of storage is a common complaint for many home owners. We all want our homes to work like clockwork – to be practical as well as beautiful and to be easy to keep clean and tidy. Clever storage ideas will make your life easier and could save you time and money. How often have you bought a replacement for a lost item only to find the original days or weeks later? And of course, you can’t put a price on the lost hours spent searching for elusive items!   Make sure you have enough built in or free standing storage to house your possessions – such as kitchen cupboards, wardrobes, & shelving units. If the storage available to house your possessions falls short – consider a clear out, recycling or selling items you no longer need or use. Use storage boxes in every room of your house to make it easier to keep on top of clutter or have a quick tidy up should guests drop by unannounced. Most houses have a “junk drawer” but it’s much more efficient to corral like items and label to make sure everyone knows where to return things. Be sure to include “hidden” rather than just open storage. Whilst open storage is great for treasured pieces like art, photographs, or well-loved books, general storage should be hidden for less visual clutter. Storage doesn’t have to be boring – include it in your decorative scheme – either as a punch of colour & pattern or to add texture – try wicker, felt, knit or metal. Wicker baskets are a cheap and easy solution...