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...
A Tropical touch for your home interior

A Tropical touch for your home interior

Is summer finally here? As I sit here typing with a view of the sea and the sun shining it certainly feels summery – if not quite tropical! There are some lovely new textiles out from Clarke & Clarke. “Inspired by the French countryside, the Fougères collection is elegant, charming, classical and contemporary. It has a vintage feel and the palette includes natural, noir, raspberry and citrus”.  The pineapple trend seems to be staying on course and Clarke & Clarke have a lovely new print – Ananas – from their Fougères collection. Shown here made up as a lamp shade – this would also look great as a cushion (perhaps piped in a bright pink or lime green?) or as a Roman blind. My long time favourites Rockett St George never let me down for interior styling – and have plenty to offer with a tropical theme. A pineapple nightlight, vase and ornament can all be snapped up plus melamine plates featuring tropical birds, and don’t forget to add the Toucan snow globe (yes really!) to your basket before you check out. The Barneby Gates pineapple wallpaper, also available from Rockett St George, in pink/ red is another winner for me. This would look great in a cloak room – what a great feature wallpaper. Just looking at it makes me smile! If you haven’t already, then check out the Rockett St George summer look book here Rocket St George Look Book I also love the Flamingo print from Clarke & Clarke which is in the Fougères collection. Seen here made up as a Roman blind. Flamingo’s seem to be making something of a comeback right now....
Stick ‘em up!! Using stickers in your interior.

Stick ‘em up!! Using stickers in your interior.

If you want to change the interior design scheme for a room in your house but don’t want the commitment, or time and money investment, of paint or wallpaper then using decorative stickers could be the answer. The applications are endless. Decorative stickers are good for renters, short term solutions such as a baby’s room, or other rooms where you know the function, look or purpose will change. They can be used to add interest or focal point to a kitchen, dining room, living room or bedroom. Stickers are also good for those who are nervous about wallpaper – a first step from a plain painted wall if you are not feeling brave enough for the permanence of wallpaper. You can get some really quirky, interesting designs that can add a little bit extra to your design – making your interior design scheme bespoke and giving it some wow factor. You can use them in unusual places too – such as on the risers of stairs (try numbers / phrases or even playful creatures), on furniture or round the edge of a mirror. Try Not On The High Street http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ or Brume http://www.brume.co.uk/c/3/decorative-wall-stickers for some interesting...