Colour Colour Colour

June 18, 2015

I’m just a little achy this week as for some strange reason I decided to enter the Velothon Wales on Sunday which was a closed road cycle event of 87 miles! I honestly didn’t think I would manage it but I did, and it wasn’t half as bad I thought. Except the 2 really big hills, One was called the Tumble which spans over 3 miles and the other was Caerphilly Mountain which sounds awful in it’s own right! and was tough!! The one thing I remember about the route, were the breath taking views of the welsh rolling hills. Which brings me onto talking about COLOUR, the vibrant blue of the sky and greens of the fields really made me think of getting colour into my interiors.

In my opinion we should always include colour in our room’s schemes, whether it’s winter or summer, but that’s for another blog post!! It’s the one thing that breaks the scheme up from being boring and bland. Getting colour into your rooms is easier than you think and you can in so many ways.

1). Be brave and slap some strong colour on your walls! I have just done this at Finzels Reach latest show apartments  a strong red/purple adorned the walls in the hallway which can bee seen through the double doors when you are in the living area which gives a great backdrop. Try painting a room and when I say room I mean all the walls in a strong deep colour, it will totally change the vibe. I have done this in my lounge and I love it. But please note the key is to break up the walls with lots of pictures and add lots of soft lighting.

2). If you’re not brave enough, go for a darker toned neutral and add colour with picking out a chair in a bright hue, or a rug which is a great way of getting that personality in to a room

3). Try painting the hallway, it’s the perfect room to do, as it’s a place you don’t spend much time in and the perfect place to try it out. It also looks great when looking through one of the rooms and can contrast to a nuetral room perfectly.

Adding colour, which can also be done with strong patterns will add intrigue to a scheme and takes it from drab to fab.

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Finzels Reach Cask show apartment, strong colour in hallway which can be seen from living area.

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Finzels Reach Cask show apartments, darker walls with pops of colour in cushions

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Finzels Reach Cask show apartments, strong colour in hallway with bright colour sofa, you have to be brave but it creates an impact

Below pictures collected on my travels showing how you can get colour into your interiors without necessarily painting your walls. ttT2Yv5GZDJx O_jYvpnh85Dx IMG_0056 cfk-Lm6wAJni5NsxZqzffdmgoiG13_j3M9ZqODVtISkQAPFKegKTaBwzARpLGzXC7rHQ1rLpW6FFczFEFRLOocalRB-GqAVUMFYd8RUTNEzOMI_kgk84zE4JuUTLYjYhE Bedroom+skirted+bedside+table+paired+blue+pWVb-69fOmol

Summer interiors

April 29, 2015

It’s funny how I decided today to blog about summer interiors! In Bristol we have grey skies and it’s been chucking it down with rain.

I haven’t blogged for a while as I have been working on the next project for Finzels Reach and just finished 2 show apartments for the new Cask Store apartments. This time I have been involved with choosing all interior items for the scheme so it’s been a little hectic to say the least, but I’m hoping to get back to my normal routine, starting with the blog!

So now we have a glimpse of summer all you lot will start thinking about your interiors in a different way, out go the sheepskin throws.

Most will want to paint out the entire house in white to give it a fresh look, but I say NO to that! You all know I am a lover of dark paint colours and they can still work with summer schemes, trust me!!

My number 1 advice is paint a dark hue but introduce some softer colours in the upholstery and accessories to give that summer vibe. If you’re not brave enough to go dark all over (and when I paint my house the ceiling gets painted the same colour as the walls) try going dark somewhere. What I did in the recent show apartments at Finzles Reach was a dark hue in the hallway – A perfect place to create drama, especially as this is your first impression as you enter the property. We then calmed it down a little in the living area with a neutral tone on the main walls but introduced a dark colour to a feature column. By doing this you create a contrast to the neutral pallet. If you paint everything in the neutral colour the scheme becomes a tad dull and boring and we don’t want to be doing that!

Change your heavy curtains for sheers, I always opt for a soft linen which softens the interior, perfect for the summer and great for not blocking out that all important sun light. I’m still great fan of colour and always get a strong pop of colour into the scheme but mainly with cushions, accessories and art. I am starting to add strong colour to walls, but the much murkier kind, as they give a lot more depth as previously mentioned. I usually do this in hallways and bathrooms as it’s tricky to pull off in large rooms especially if it’s a strong colour. In the hallway at Finzles Reach we opted for a strong purple/red and a deep blue in the en-suite. This instantly gives character and complemented the tiles perfectly. One of my favourite colours for the bathroom is Bowery Blue from the Abigail Ahern paint range. It looks great and it gives that injection of colour, which is often required.

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Add lots of lighting which will soften the overall look, you can never have too many accent lights, like lamps. The experts say you should have up to 7 lighting effects in one room. That is quite hard going! I can manage about 6 including the pendant light in one of my rooms. At least try adding more lamps as it will change the look in an instant and can add that little bit of glamour and there are so many quirky lamps on the market which can also double up as a sculpture/art or a touch of tongue in cheek style. I always opt for the oversized lamp. It works a treat and you should always play with scale in a room.

Take a look at some of the interior pictures that have inspired me.

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Splashes of summer colours in art and upholstery.

Neutral with pop of colour

pink schemes

Softer colours sitting against a darker hue on the walls, and check out the image on the right the ceilings are painted out the same colour as the walls.

Have a great day!

Look out for a post on my recent show apartments, photographer booked this week to take some pics.

What makes a bathroom!

February 3, 2015

Just can’t seem to warm up this morning, so cold in the shop so sat here with my coat and scarf on!!

Thought I would talk about bathrooms, which I don’t do so often, maybe it’s because I’m working on one and it’s inspired me too.

What makes a normal bathroom! I would say tiling the whole space and making it look a little too clinical. I say throw all that out the window and start by trying to think of it like any other room as you do spend every morning and evening in it and if you are lucky and not short of time like me, you relax in there after a hard days work.

So go moody, dark walls, low lighting to create that relaxing feeling which is a must and on the top of the list.

Here’s some pointers to get you started:

  1. Ditch the all over tiles, just tile what’s required and don’t go crazy with the tile design as it’s something that can easily date
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  2. Treat the rest of the walls like any other room, so adding wallpaper is a great tip or painting the walls and ceiling in a dark hue
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  3. Lighting! Don’t over light with rows of spots, concentrate the lighting to the areas that needs it, this will create dark spots making the space more inviting. Adding wall lights either side of the mirror adds interest and glamour (if you pick the right fitting)
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  4. Mirrors, for me wall to wall mirrors is a bit done and can look a bit clinical. Adding a chunky frame or round mirror can change the look quite dramatically. When I worked on the Finzels Reach bathrooms which had all ready been fitted out, I simply painted a dark colour on the walls and added an interesting mirror. It changed the look in an instant.
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    (picture courtesy of Cubex)
  5. Flooring, a few years ago I always tiled the floors and walls the same, which I used to call the Spa Look. Now I tend to go completely different and at the moment I am a fan of wood as it’s a different texture to the hard tiles and yes, engineered wood can be used in bathrooms but you can also get great vinyl versions these days. Take a look at Amtico’s new range and they are all made in the UKdavid hutton interiors, wood floors in bathrooms
  6. Furniture, adding furniture if possible can be a game changer, a little table with a tray of your treasured items looks great or a stool works just as well. If you are short on space try adding a shelf or two, add a stack of towels and plant or a vase of flowers (faux of course) which adds the personality to the room. Another great idea to get furniture in the a small bathroom and what I’m about to do in mine is add a unit and plonk a sink on it, going for something quirky changes up the vibe rather than opting for the standard vanity unit type.David hutton interiors bathroom

    (this is the unit in my bathroom thats getting a sink on the top)

  7. Add the WOW, for the finale and that all important wow, you can hang a chandelier, ok electrics in a bathroom needs professional advice! but you can opt for a candle chandelier if not possible. One of the things that are forgotten in bathroom is art, adding art will finish the scheme off and stop making it look to much like a bathroom, if you get what I’m saying!! Maybe not but trust me these things work.Davidhuttoninteriorsbathroomwithchandelier

If your bathroom needs a little love at least try 2 of the suggestions above, you’ll be surprised what a difference it can make.

Newsy stuff!

April 25, 2014

Thought I would do a quick blog about a few things we are doing. For me it’s been a bit of a funny week, having a few days off over Easter has made it harder to get back into working this week. Would of quite liked the whole week off really!!

We have had our first article published for the Bristol Property Live paper http://www.bristolpropertylive.co.uk/ I’m talking about ‘adding colour to your interior’ Hope you enjoy! We are very chuffed here at DHI as it’s going to be regular monthly feature in the paper.

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Also we are very excited to have received our sample pots of Abigail Ahern new paint range that we will be stocking in the store and soon we will be painting out the walls in the store! Now we need to make our minds up of which colours to use!!

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Have a great weekend, more tips on interiors next week!