Room make over

June 13, 2014

Nothing like an early morning spin class to start the day!! And after a pretty hard week I am glad it’s Friday!!

So, I thought I would talk about making over a room today! easy…..no! for some maybe… for others… maybe not! Firstly you don’t have to have oodles of money to make over a room; determination and grit yes but money no!! For me the most transforming thing is PAINT!  It’s relatively cheap and you don’t need to be an expert to use it!!  It’s just being brave enough to push the boundaries and opt for something more daring and not opting for the safe option.  I say go dark as it’s such a game changer and I’m banging on about it on my blog all the time! Crossing over to the dark side has so many benefits, it creates intrigue and totally changes the look of a room in an instant, it also creates a great backdrop to art, it makes it ping and one of the key tips is adding lots of art, don’t be afraid to cover the wall, with a few big pieces or a mish mash of sizes.  I love big frames with small pictures but a large mount around the picture, a great way to break up a dark wall, this creates contrast which is so important in an interior.  So if your thinking “I have no art” that’s going to cost me a bomb to create this look, I often buy art from poster websites, they’re cheap as and they have some very cool vintage style posters large and small, then frame them in simple frames with large mounts!

 

Now the other element to making over a room is TEXTURE, you can never have enough texture, lots of different types of fabrics is good, soft velvets and textured linens work well and when I say texture this also means wall treatment, there are so many great wallpapers out there, like the one I used in the bedroom scheme below which is a printed grass paper effect, adding the texture creates the much needed warmth to a room and a focal point which takes it to another dimension.

As you can see from the before and after pictures below, except for the new furniture the main change in the rooms are the walls, adding the texture like the large padded headboard or if the budget doesn’t allow for that then just going darker.

Happy decorating, once you go to the dark side there’s no going back!!

Here are some before and after shots, and please note guys, the first picture is the before!! but you know that right!!!!

 

 

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Pictures courtesy of Cubex, Finzels Reach

Have a great weekend all, not a great Saturday for me as I will be sat in the passport office waiting for a new passport, but on the plus side Portugal next week for a business trip, Yay!!

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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 7

have a great day

Heads up!

May 3, 2013

(sorry if you get this twice but the posted it half finished)

It’s been a mental week as we open the doors of the shop on 11th May from 2-4pm, it’s all official, so if your in the area please pop in. Druid Hill, Stoke Bishop, Bristol. As i’m writing it’s such a scary thought as we have so much still to do, working weekend, lot’s of decorating, putting up shelves etc. But we are getting there! Still waiting for a few deliveries to turn up and, 3 deliveries are turning up on Friday next week, talk about leaving it down to the wire!! Still all good, working like a dog and it doesn’t help when you have man flu (bad cold).

Anyway as I’m up against it I will keep this one short but thought I would talk bout headboard for the bedroom, personally I think they can totally transform a bedroom. Not only are they extremely practical it’s a great way to add some drama into the room which can reflect your taste and personality! You can go totally over the top or keep it simply, go large, go long or shape it, your choice. Now picking a fabric could be tricky, if you go for a busy fabric keep the headboard shape simple or if you go for a plain fabric try something different with the shape or you could add studding around the edge. In the past I have done all sorts but nowadays I stick with the more simply options. Don’t get me wrong if you have the most amazing bedroom with wonderful features, there may be no need for a headboard just a simple bed! but most of us have box rooms and the headboard is suddenly the key feature. One of my favorite designers Kit Kemp who is one of the owners for Firmdale Hotels (take a look www.firmdalehotels.com amazing hotels) does headboards so well, usually quite simple, horizontal bands with bold pattern fabrics, teamed with classic pieces of furniture and a simple but striking decorating scheme and wham bam you’ve nailed it, sounds simple but I know it’s not!! Anyway take a look at one of her hotel bedrooms!

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And some other different shapes and sizes.

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Blog headbaords

If your not keen on the upholstered headboards you could try something totally different like this one below which is reclaimed wood!!

Blog headboards 2

Have a great bank holiday wekend!

Heads up!

May 3, 2013

It’s been a mental week as we open the doors of the shop on 11th May from 2-4pm, it’s all official, so if your in the area please pop in. Druid Hill, Stoke Bishop, Bristol. As i’m writing it’s such a scary thought as we have so much still to do, working weekend, lot’s of decorating, putting up shelves etc. But we are getting there! Still waiting for a few deliveries to turn up and, 3 deliveries are turning up on Friday next week, talk about leaving it down to the wire!! Still all good, working like a dog and it doesn’t help when you have man flu (bad cold).

Anyway as I’m up against it I will keep this one short but thought I would talk bout headboard for the bedroom, personally I think they can totally transform a bedroom. Not only are they extremely practical it’s a great way to add some drama into the room which can reflect your taste and personality! You can go totally over the top or keep it simply, go large, go long or shape it, your choice. Now picking a fabric could be tricky, if you go for a busy fabric keep the headboard shape simple or if you go for a plain fabric try something different with the shape or you could add studding around the edge. In the past I have done all sorts but nowadays I stick with the more simply options. Don’t get me wrong if you have the most amazing bedroom with wonderful features, there may be no need for a headboard just a simple bed! but most of us have box rooms and the headboard is suddenly the key feature. One of my favorite designers Kit Kemp who is one of the owners for Firmdale Hotels (take a look www.firmdalehotels.com amazing hotels) does headboards so well, usually quite simple, horizontal bands with bold pattern fabrics, teamed with classic pieces of furniture and a simple but striking decorating scheme and wham bam you’ve nailed it, sounds simple but I know it’s not!! Anyway take a look at one of her hotel bedrooms!

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And some other different shapes and sizes.

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Blog headbaords

If your not keen on the upholstered headboards you could try something totally different like this one below which is reclaimed wood!!

Blog headboards 2

Have a great bank holiday wekend!