Breaking the rules!

May 22, 2014

Feeling a little broken this week as did a 67 mile bike ride last Sunday (my first). Up to 40ish miles I was fine but after that I think my legs had enough, got off and walked away!! Still serves me right for going out with a bunch of cycle enthusiast.

Anyway lets get to it, RULES is such a strict word I find and although people think there are rules within interior design, I don’t! Design is so subjective, what works for one doesn’t work for another. I don’t really have any rules when designing a scheme, although I sort of follow my own but only what helps me put a design scheme together not an industry set of rules. So I say break the RULES (love saying that).

1). Don’t use symmetry, it’s one of the most common things done in interiors, you know when lamps arrive 2 by 2 and park them selves on a console table.

2). Matching! I hate matching it’s definitely one thing I really try not to do, if you use a fabric on curtains or blinds this doesn’t mean you need to use the same fabric on the cushions! Mix it up, it creates intrigue, far more of an interesting look and the same goes for accessories, mix them up and it will look like you have collected them over time.

3). Furniture, this on is a biggy and probably one of the hardest rules to break. In my opinion this has to be mixed, if you look a the best interiors the furniture is always an eclectic mix, modern lines like a simple sofa teamed with an antique or vintage piece.Get this right and BINGO! when guest enter the room they won’t know what to look at first, it confuses the eye when things jar and creates a much better interior! and please don’t push all the furniture up against the walls like its a naughty kid thats been told off!!

4). SCALE! now playing with scale is a little scary I know, as the brain is telling you to put small items with small!! (am I making sense) So using an oversized lamp on a small table for instance seems crazy but can totally change the vibe to a room and again confuses the eye. Please please don’t be afraid to use larger pieces of furniture, trust me it works! Using small furniture especially in small rooms is one of the most common mistakes I see.

5). Last but not least COLOUR. Throw the oddball colour in the mix, works a treat and going darker (I know, I know I’m always going on about this one!) on the walls creates warmth and cosiness, who wants to sit in a white sterile room………….not me!

A few pics to inspire (courtesy of lonny magazine and Remodelista)

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Mixing up the furniture, I would never of thought about using the white chairs with the antique table, it creates the interest, not everyones cup of tea I know but it shows you how it can be done! Loving the colour on the walls.

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Perfect example of how to use different patterns of fabric, no matchy matchy going on here. And a great use of colour.

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And here you have scale! the large mirror works so well but for me the small table in front with the oversized vase and eucalyptus is what sets it off!

Have a great day!

 

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Recent projects

May 9, 2014

Back seems better! Hurray, but god damn the strong inflammatory tablets I’ve been taking have made me feel sick!! arghhh!! Still managed a trip to the velodrome on wednesday night with the fox cycling spin buddies, what a buzz and a great night, even if your not into cycling still worth doing I would say!!

Anyway lets get down to business. I thought I would talk about some of my recent projects, I don’t do this often but I’m rather proud of this one. A couple of months ago I posted about some show homes I did for Finzels Reach. This project is for the same development by Cubex and we were asked to also do the Marketing suite which is to be home for Savills Estate Agent and the office reception for Bridgewater House which is one of the prestigious office developments in Bristol. This has been such a great project to work on and I had a blast. Thanks to all the Cubex team for involving me on this project.

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Photo’s courtesy of Cubex

Hope you all like, have a great weekend.

The sky’s are foggy in Bristol……great, whats going on with the weather!!   I’m just about getting back in to the land of the living! my back has been playing up, waking up every hour when you move doesn’t help and constant back ache can cloud the mind! I resisted (being a male and not good at excepting) and went to the doctors yesterday, so some very strong inflamentary tablets should do the trick!

Anyway onwards and upwards!

Don’t think I have chatted about Kitchens for a while so thought this would be a good topic today. They keep popping up in my head as I have seen some pretty amazing ones recently whilst searching for inspirational pictures. Most of them are in celebrity homes so some pretty cool kitchens I have to say and bucket loads of money spent on them but you can still take the principals of what makes it good. For me I am getting so bored of the what I call NORMAL kitchen, they all sort of take the same vibe and you see them time and time again, we really need to try and think a bit more creatively! So my biggest tip is treat it as a room your are going to spend lots of time in, a kitchen is not just for cooking. For instance in mine I have a textured wallpaper that looks like silk, its a commercial one so it’s actually very practical and can be heavily wiped.  I would usually use this type of paper in a lounge so it’s an instant mood creator. My biggest thing about creating a moody warm kitchen is not going for the clinical look so white is out, go for a darker colour for the doors and I always get wood into a scheme as it creates warmth and add’s texture. If you don’t want wood featured within the kitchen. ie doors or worktop try adding it to the floor, pick and engineered plank which is yay ok for kitchens!

Now I think going forward the next big things for kitchen is adding that bit of glam, something shiny. The back splash is the perfect place, again in my kitchen I added chrome round mosaic tiles which was a few years ago now so at the time seemed a bit crazy, and was more expensive that normal tiles but so worth is as I still love them, although if I was doing my kitchen today I would opt for gold, which is almost as glam as you can get and adds instant wow. If you got a big budget a metal back splash in copper or bronze would be amazing but another good and cheaper idea is smoked mirror! Adding all these elements creates the drama that you need. Get these things right and the actual kitchen (as in cupboards) can be pretty simply, and lining up the cabinets is a must for me, no different sized wall cupboards all over the place.

Now the finishing touches are things like adding pictures, vases with flowers and anything quirky that gives it that little va va voom and again treat as any other room! When planning a kitchen I always add some open shelves, somewhere to add some interest and break up the space. It doesn’t have to be majorly that practical but if you want it to, make sure you invest in some nice glasses, cups and crockery so you can show it off in style and I always pop a framed picture and vase to break it up.

Take a look at the pictures below, I know they have had a load of cash spent on them but they will inspire the mind when planning your kitchen.

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Love the hammered metal doors but they come with a price tag, the hammered metal pendants on the right hand side picture add the same type of glamour but for far less!

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Adding the gold back splash to grey colour scheme totally adds interest, love it! if your not brave enough add gold accessories like the kettle against a grey background is a good compromise.

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This is where open shelves look great with stylish crockery nicely placed!!

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The drama of the dark hue’s work so well.

Also one of the other things to say, if your planning an extension and thinking of creating that big kitchen, as you can see from the above pics some of the best kitchens are more compact, I say go smaller in the kitchen and create a much more useable space, and if you are going open plan try and have some sort of divide so it feels like the kitchen has it’s own space, like the picture below, still has the feel of open plan but isn’t!!

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Have a great day

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!

 

Sprucing things up!

April 16, 2014

A spin class first thing always sets you up for the day!! That’s what I’m telling myself anyway!! In need of a coffee hit, off to my regular coffee shop after posting this.

This week I thought I would talk about sprucing things up. I’ve been holding off on doing my bathroom because I’m thinking I will replace the whole suite, a free standing bath, vanity unit with marble top!! That’s on the wish list but comes with a high price tag. So after years of deliberating  I recently decided I’m just going to spruce it up and this is what I did:

1) Painted the walls a dark hue, charcoal grey with a hint of blue

2) Box in bath with a new bath panel and creating a ledge around the front and side

3) Re tiled the floor which was one thing that definitely needed doing, dark grey wood tiles

4) Added a large framed picture above the bath, very dramatic, colours almost the same colour of the walls

5) Added 2 ikea lack shelves to house all cosmetics and stacks of towels

6) Replaced the very boring typical bathroom mirror which I’ve had for donkey’s years with a very chunky black frame mirror, (actually it was light grey but I painted it black

7) New Chinese style unit added in a bright green colour

8) Final piece is a small stool and voila, it’s totally transformed without spending wads of cash!

Only got a couple of snaps from my phone so not great pics but I have found some that show you the type if thing I’m talking about and how you can change the look mainly by the colour you apply on the walls!

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A great before and after shot, see what you can do by just changing the walls…. simple!

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Loving the teal blue on the walls, I opted for the dark version like the picture on the left.

Did I mention that now the Bathroom has been spruced up, it’s now the kids favourite room!

Have a great day.

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Out with the old

March 14, 2014

Its the time of year when we all start thinking about updating our interior or some of us do! and I think it’s mainly because we can all see that spring is around the corner. Well it’s extremely foggy in Bristol and can’t see around the corner at all!! but we know it’s hiding out there somewhere!!

For me I want to add colour and freshen my interior up a notch, this could be simply changing your cushions on your sofa to adding some spring blooms, the more the better I say and definitely Faux’s as they can stay there until winter time!!, this is such a good way to add that all important splash of colour, a bit like the pic below, take the flowers away and it’s a bit snoring!

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So if your feeling more daring you can add colour by painting, ok ok I know painting a strong colour on the walls is scary for so many of you but it is the most transforming thing you can do to your interior and if you don’t have the budget to add or change furniture it’s the simplest and most cost effective way and is a game changer trust me. If you don’t like it paint over it, no big deal right!! I don’t do what everyone does and paint the wall and think NO i don’t like it, you have to finish the room. The transformation doesn’t take place until the furniture goes back in place and art and pictures are up! If you are going for a bold or stronger tone, don’t forget that big pictures with white mounts break up the wall perfectly and if you are going for a bold colour please please go for more of an inky murky tone, it creates a much more sophisticated look and mood. Watch this space, we are looking at adding a dark, inky, moody paint collection in the shop. Message me if your interested in receiving info on this.

Here’s a few pics to inspire, if you don’t feel brave enough to paint the whole room why not try painting the back of some shelves in a bolder colour or a recess! I love the silk wallpaper behind the bed in one of the picture, transforms the room and add’s life.

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Absolutely loving the wall colour above, it’s my favourite colour of the moment and although a dark hue it still has an uplifting feeling to it. And this is what I mean about if you go for a bold colour go that little bit murky as it works!

Have a great weekend all!

It’s been a while!! Must try and get back to my normal routine of blogging every week. I have been a tad busy at late! And haven’t had the chance to fit this in to my schedule believe it or not. Been having to get up early to get through the pile of work that needs sorting. Mind you I’m not complaining as I much prefer to be busy and believe it or not your more creative this way as you simply haven’t got the time to ponder!! Love it

So what’s been going on in the world of David hutton interiors, Finzel Reach which is a re launch of a residential and office development in Bristol by Cubex. DHI was commissioned to design 3 show apartments, marketing suit and office reception. It’s been a great job and one where I have used the tips and what I have been going on about in my blogs ove the last year, take a look at some of the pics courtesy of Cubex.

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So let’s get down to business and talk interiors.
I’m going to bang on about it again! DARK WALL COLOURS, it’s definitely a bit of a taboo subject but in my opinion a myth that dark colours make a room look smaller and the Finzel show flats prove this. everyone that saw the old show flat (that was white washed)  all said the new show flat with the dark colours seemed to be much bigger space than before. Take a look a the before and after shots.

No there are a few key points to making a small space seem larger:

1)  Zone areas even if you think the space is too small, it can still be achieved and it might be as simple as painted the areas different colours.

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2). Scale, don’t be afraid to add in large pieces of furniture. The most common mistake I see all the time is small furniture in small rooms, it’s does the opposite! And whatever you do don’t push all the items against the wall, pull the sofa in or try separating the room with a piece of furniture say like a chair, it will add intrigue to the room

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3). Create vignettes, when I say vignettes this is blending so the eye moves along or down, it’s about creating layers so it confuses the eye which thinks there is more space than there really is. So overlapping pictures on a console is a great to achieve this, especially if your have a dark hue on the walls (sorry I couldn’t resist) this will show it off a zillion times more!

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4). Lighting, don’t light the place like a runway! More concentrated lighting is key. Lamps in corners, spot lights diverted on the walls, pendants over a table. This all adds depth and stops the eye from thinking the room is small.

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Above picture is a shot form a coffee shop but it shows you what a concentrated lighting scheme does to the space!

It’s all about trickery guys!! but get a few of the keys pointers correct and you will nail your interiors! trust me

Have a great weekend and speak to you next week!

Happy New Year

January 14, 2014

Happy new year all!

Back to it last week in a big way, it’s my busiest month since being in business so no time to dwell or be depressed about getting back into the swing of things. Makes January so much easier as I really haven’t got time to think!!

So the a new year and 2014 feels like it’s going to be a good one, I don’t make any specific new years resolutions but one for me is definitely pushing myself out of my comfort zone especially when it comes to decorating, why don’t you go that step further you might surprise yourself.  I think it’s the year of being braver with your interior, out with the old, push the bounderies. For me beige is out and dark colours are in. Simply painting one of my rooms out in a dark hue, including the ceiling, totally changes the look. So I say for 2014 at least paint one room dark and see how it changes the feel.

As this is my first blog into the new year I thought I would start off easy and just get you all to start thinking how you can improve your interior. In these winter months your home is such an important thing to get right as we are spending more time indoors, snuggled up watching films, and a cosy interior helps so much more with this, turn the lights down and you never want to leave the space.

Also I’m predicting that colour will play a big part in interiors this year, especially the bold bright types! and they will be adorning our walls very soon, a brave thing to do and definitely pushing you out of your comfort zone, but hay hoe it’s only paint and can be painted over…right!!
Still adding a pop of colour in a chair or lamps could be a good starting point!

Here’s a few pics to inspire

Happy decorating

 

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Thought I would talk about open plan living today, personally not a massive fan and this is mainly due to seeing so many open plan spaces that just don’t work. For me you loose the cosyness of a room, it’s almost like the personality of the room has been stripped out!. I was watching Grand Designs the other night which showed a great example of how to not spoil the layout by doing open plan, still individual rooms but sectioning off by creating floor to ceiling book case walls and larger openings without having doors. This is a great way to get a social more open space without going completely open. So much easier to furnish and finish off and create a more homely look.

Down the road from where I live, almost the same layout as my house, they have knocked down all the walls of the ground floor creating that open plan living!! and put up a glass block wall!! thought these were all the rage in the 80’s and 90’s! In the ground floor of my house I have made the opening bigger to the kitchen and family room which are opposite each other, taken the doors off, creating a more open feel but still keeping the individual rooms. Much better solution and not as costly.

A few of my favourite pics below to show you how it can be done.

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Love the sliding doors which creates the open feel but all important walls make the kitchen more intimate and separates it enough from the living space.

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This is the New York home of one of my favourite American designers Nate Berkus, A clever use of gazing separates the kitchen form the living.

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Above looks are not my normal style as not a fan of white walls, but the layout shows what I’m banging on about, creating divides in the room with bookcases or walls without separating the rooms off completely. Genius I say!

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This one is a bit American, but perfect example of not having the space completely open, it’s much more interesting to the eye and has a homely feel, don’t you agree!

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One of my favourite interiors by far, not open plan at all but love the way the kitchen looks into the living, slightly bigger opening with no door. Perfect way to create the wow with the blue wall!

Have a great day and weekend, busy one for me, client meetings in the shop all day tomorrow!

Commercial homeliness

November 28, 2013

I thought this morning I would talk about commercial projects as I have a few floating around! I have just finished designing a reception for a very corporate office in the centre of Bristol and my biggest challenge is making the space feel homely! It’s a brand spanking new building so lots of hard surfaces making it feel even more corporate and boring. For me adding the right amount of furniture is key, I see so many receptions with small sofa’s, chairs and tables, usually plonked in the corner and in black leather! So my first must have was:

1). Add plenty of furntiture, large sofa’s and upholstered chairs in fabric not leather

2). Add splashes of colour, a printed wallpaper is a great way to add this, almost like art on a wall (but much cheaper) and go for fabric in a daring colour on some items of the furniture.

3). As the floor was already tiled a super large rug was in desperate need!

4). Lighting is another key element, a focal pendant or 2 have been added to create interest but also to break up the big expanse of ceiling.

5). Ambient soft lighting was a must, which was added with lots of floor lamps. This is the game changer for me, not only does it create a much warmer cosier light but also makes the space feel more homely and attracts the eye, breaking up dead space.

6). Another way to break up the space is adding screens, this could be fabric panels, I opted for slatted screens which has helped zone the space.

7). Fabric was another thing that the space cried out for, so a simple curtain was added to one section of the glazed wall to add softness and also help with the acoustics.

8). Greenery, large planters with lots of foliage

9). Add something of interest, this could be sculpture, piece of art, on this particular project there was a very dark metal slatted wall,   so we added big backlit letters, welcoming you as soon as you enter the building.

A few pictures but there are not that many around which nail it for me.

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The fabric screens and ambient lighting totally break up this space.

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Have a great day!