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

Christmas Tips

December 19, 2014

My last post this year so I thought a few Christmas decorating tips might be handy, most of you have probably put up your decorations but here’s a few things you may want to consider or take on for next year.

For me making your home Christmassy isn’t about putting up every decoration you possess.

I know this can be a tricky task to make your decorations look classy and effortless, but hopefully a few key pointers it will steer you in the right direction.

Keep it simple! And with this in mind narrowing your choice of colour scheme down to a minimum of 3 colours or tones.

If you want to follow trends the look for 2014 has got to be GOLD!! Really bright shiny gold teamed with an off white or taupe which will tame the gold and stop it from looking too tacky.

One of my favourite things to do is get bare branches, if you get one big one plant it in a pot and hang tree decorations off the branches, some smaller ones make great table pieces or wall decorations. Although you now see this styled a lot in magazines, my aunty did this years ago and still does it now so it’s a timeless thing to do and always looks great. And still something you can do now to add to your table or a console in the hallway is a perfect place.

I’m also a fan of faux plants and flowers, you can get some great green faux greenery, eucalyptus is one of them, I drape this across the middle of the table with glass tea light holders dotted within, simple but it creates a very effective centre piece. This can also be done with real foilage, most Florist will have greenery this time of year, especially my favourite florist in Portishead www.facebook.com/pages/Sarah-Tynan-Flowers/430437143715912 

I also like to drape faux greenery down the banister. Teamed with berries as they are one of my favourite things to use at Christmas but you can also include tree decorations within the garland, just don’t overdo it and remember keep it classy.

Another thing which looks great is clear vases and lots of different sized ones, you can pick up cheap vases everywhere these days, fill them with branches, berries and greenery and the odd smaller one looks great with just baubles in -keeps the Christmas look without having to pin decorations on everything.

Now to finish the look off I collect small vases, glass candle holders even jars can work, buy lots of carnations, spray with hair spray and sprinkle glitter on them (I get my kids to do this) and just put a couple of buds in the small vases and dot them all over the house, teamed with tea lights and candles this will finish off the look, they last for ages so a week before Christmas will be the perfect timing for this.

The very last thing I do is, is add more lamps, floor lamps, table lamps, a dimmer lighting scheme at Christmas looks so much more welcoming, even placed in the kitchen if possible makes a much more cosy feel, and little sheep skin rugs draped over chairs and on sofas creates the warming cabin feel – perfect for a chic Christmas at home.

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My christmas shop window

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Have a great time at Christmas guys!

Sorry all, it’s been a while since my last post, my feet have literally not touched the ground! been so busy in October,mainly working on a show home in Cardiff but back to it now and will get back to my weekly posts I promise.

For this post seeing as I have been working on a show home I thought this could be a good subject. You all should know me by now! banging on about darker walls! it’s a must for me, so the first thing on my to do list for the show home was to paint some rooms (budget permitting) a darker hue. Trust me if I had a bigger budget the whole house would of been painted (it had already been painted your standard beige, a nice beige mind you!). My first feature was to break up the open plan kitchen, I know these days everyone likes open plan living but the space can look a little dead if you don’t create any interest, so a blackboard paint wall it was and adding a slatted screen or 2 did the trick. For me the black wall totally changes the look and is the game changer. Mixing the furniture is also key, a bit of old with a glam piece and a punchy colour works wonders.

The lounge had to be dramatic, the hue on the walls was one of the ways to achieve this (which is the cheapest way)  darker than most would dare and the developer nearly got us to re paint it! but once the furniture and art came out it worked so well and I loved it so i managed to persuade him to stick with my madness! which is hard for some to understand I know!! I also added an interesting wallpaper to an alcove which created that extra bit if intrigue.

A  bug bearer for me in your normal type of show home is how its dressed, almost a false way of living, don’t get me wrong its hard to make a house look lived in when its not but theres nothing wrong with injecting a bit more personality into the space, making it feel more like a home rather than a show piece. For me its all about mixing the styles, don’t matchy match things too much, ie same fabric used on a headboard and curtains and just because you have a console table it doesn’t mean the lamps have to come in two by two, a couple of different lamps, art propped up against the wall, a couple of vases, jugs, vessels with faux flowers is a much better option!

The show home was open a week and half and that unit has sold already, so it proves that being a little bit more daring (developers out there) is a good thing!!

Anyway enough of my rambling, pictures below courtesy of Loosemore Hope you like!

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David Hutton Interiors showhome 5 

David Hutton Interiors showhome 7

have a great day