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...
Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

Weekend Project: Upcycled bar stools

It’s always good to fit in a quick project at the weekend for that feel good sense of achievement! When I should have been painting my walls (still not done) I turned my attention to two dated and rather plain bar stools that were left at our house by the previous owner. They were definitely in need of a make-over and I knew it could be achieved in just a couple of hours (plus drying time). Here was my inspiration picture – apologies as I don’t have the original source for this “after” picture! I love the dip dye effect and the colours are just about right for a coastal feel. I had some small pots of paint left over from previous projects and grabbed what I had in white and blue. The stools were in pretty good condition but I did give them a quick wash and a light sand and then taped them off. I started with the lighter off-white colour, let that dry for an hour and then re-taped for the blue! This can easily be done in a day – and you can get on with other jobs (or sit and have a cup of tea / glass of wine) whilst the paint is drying – perfect in the sunny weather we are having! I used a cardboard stencil and tape to mark off the area for the star and it isn’t as neat as it could be – but it will work for me! I am still contemplating stripes on top of the white topped stool but actually quite like the simplicity as it...