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

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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.

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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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  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.

2015 interior trends

January 16, 2015

Just thought I would do a quick blog this morning to say Happy New 2015, the time of year for new things and to try something different especially with your interiors, out with the old and all that jazz!

But saying that, I have never been a big fan of trends in the interior world as when a room/house is done it’s likely to stay put for the foreseeable future so following trends can become a costly mistake. That is not to say I’m against trying something new or being a little more brave with your selection, you just need to choose things you love and not because they are the current trend. To get the most updated look, you can add items or features that can be easily changed at little cost. So paint, cushions accessories are what automatically spring to mind.

One of the trends is metallics and they are going to be really big this year, lots of coppers gold’s will feature in the high street which can be achieved through accessories and a great way to update your interior.

My prediction and what I am going to base my schemes on is murky tones, so deep wall colours, and if going with colour go for sludgy colours so rather than bright orange try burnt orange and rather than bright pink go dusky, this can still be teamed with pops of colour and blues are still going to be big in 2015 and don’t forget the glamour, adding that bit of shine to a scheme instantly moves it up the scale, creates interest and that wow!

Here’s a few pics to get you in the mood and inspire.

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Although this bedroom is a fairly neutral scheme, I love the painted ceiling, it adds interest and a great way to get some colour into a room without it going on the walls, definitely something I will be doing.

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Above is a great example of adding a pop of colour, like on the chairs and in the cloakroom unit. And the gold pieces finish it off with that all important glamour.

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Love the use of colour in the above pictures, this is what I mean by going a bit more murky, both rooms are still very colourful but just that bit more dusky which creates a stronger mood, and painting the ceiling out in the same colour is a game changer, I’ve done it at home and it totally changes the look of the room without much expense.

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Although the above picture isn’t my favourite it shows how to use darker tones with pops of colour.

Have a great weekend.

Firstly a big sorry for the lack of posts, haven’t blogged for 2 months which is the longest time since starting the blog over a year ago. It’s almost like I decided to take the summer off!! but it’s because I have been so incredible busy and it’s so easy to get out of the habit of doing things! So from now I’m back and will be blogging every week. Feel free to tell me off if I don’t.

So lets talk about adding the wow to a room as trying to change a room can be a daunting process. Knowing where to start and making decisions isn’t always that easy for the best of us.
You may have a big budget which initially makes it easier but believe you me you can still make costly mistakes.

If you have a small budget it can even be more challenging but you have to be a wee bit more creative to pull it off. One of my more recent projects I was set the task of creating a wow factor but on a tight budget. This was for a show home for a developer in Cardiff but the same rules can be applied to a room make over at home. Although we had a budget to furnish all the rooms it didn’t stretch that far to go all guns blazing so we had to think of some clever decorating ideas to create the wow factor.

So if you are planning a room makeover start by really thinking about what you use the room for, for instance if it’s a space that gets lots of use you will need to think about adding ample of storage which is assessable and easy to use, or it may be a smart lounge which is just for evening use which instantly narrows it down to not having to be so practical therefore darker colours can be used to create a more cosy feel.

For me the No1 game changer is PAINT, paint a room in a darker hue and it changes the feel instantly. I have recently painted my family lounge at home (including the ceiling) in dark inky blue, if I suggested this to a client they would almost in an instant say NO, but it is amazing the response I have had, friends that came for dinner recently were balled over and loved it but said they wouldn’t of thought of using darker colours on the walls let alone the ceiling. And it doesn’t make a room look smaller, that’s a myth, light it well and break the walls up with mirrors and art, it adds such a great depth to the room. Now I have just touched on art this is also a great way to add interest to a room and it doesn’t have to cost the earth, framing vintage posters is a great cost effective solution.

The one thing I have done with my room in the show home was to bring furniture into the room, a big NO NO for me is pushing furniture up against the wall like it’s been naughty and it’s not allowed to play. A must is adding larger pieces, like a chair, coffee table or oversized lamp, (don’t forget lighting is key). Playing with scale will trick the eye and make the space look bigger than it really is! If your going to move over to the dark side, adding a bit a glamour Hollywood style works a treat, sometimes a bit of shiny will break up the look. We added a crystal chandelier to the show home lounge which stopped the room looking too contrived, but put’s a little fun into the scheme. But be aware! Adding too much bling can make a room look cheap so keep it to a minimum.
As you can see from the picture, adding the black wall to the kitchen takes this from a bland kitchen to a wow kitchen, and getting a pop of colour is always a nice way of stopping the room looking boring, adding a chair in a bright hue is a great way of achieving this.

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Adding the black paint on the one wall livens up the room and takes it from being a bit bland to cool and chic. Such an easy and cheap thing to do.

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Push the boat out and go darker, especially when decorating a room that’s used for chilling out in the evening, adding a bit of bling can create that wow you after.

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Another great way of creating drama is adding splashes of colour which catches the eye.

Happy decorating, have a great weekend

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!!

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!

 

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!

 

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!