Quick fixes

November 19, 2014

Morning all, it’s been a while. It’s all very hectic here at DHI headquarters, what with the approach to Christmas and 4 projects to complete. it’s a bit stressful.

If you have run out of time to do any major refurbishments before Christmas I thought I would share some quick fixes.

I know I have said this time and time again but paint is one of the most transforming things you can do to a room. Because I bang on about this all the time my friends are finally starting to take note, especially my friends that live in the cotswolds as they have gone the whole hog and painted their lounge out in almost the darkest hue you can , but it’s one of my favourites which is F&B Railings. It’s totally transformed the room and it looks amazing. But my friend Caroline still text me on the morning with second thoughts and saying are you sure it will work!! I said “Go for it, if you hate it you can always paint it over” simply’s!! Now it’s done they love it and said thanks for the push!! And it doesn’t make the room look smaller, thats a myth!!

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The next great thing to do is add lamps and lots of them. This creates not only a focal point but adds a soft light which creates intrigue and depth and instantly changes the look of an interior, you can go glam or mix it up to create an eclectic look.

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(Photo curtesy of Cubex Finzels Reach development)

Change the layout, for me pushing sofa’s up against the wall is a big no no. Try pulling it into the room, mine at home is in the middle of the room and creates two different areas. Even if you have a small room pulling it away from the wall even a bit will help, maybe just enough to get a shelf or console behind, lean up a couple of picture add a lamp and bang you changed the look in a jiffy!!

Accessorising!! probably one of the hardest things to get right but adding vases, plants, flowers (which can be faux by the way) can change a scheme and stop it from being boring, also its a great way to add a splash of colour and interest. If your a women it’s like adding jewellery to an outfit, it makes it!

In every scheme I add cushions, this is where you can be a bit more risky with colour, pattern and texture, go for it and don’t try and go too matchy, mix it up.

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(Photo curtesy of Cubex Finzels Reach development)

Art, I know I here you say ‘Pricey’ but it doesn’t have to be, what I do for the show homes is order lots of posters from poster websites, there are quite a few, allposters is one of my favourites. Some posters I get for £4!! Then I buy simple black frames and frame them myself, if you not confident to do this you can go to a local framers either to frame the whole picture or they will also just cut the mounts which saves a few coins. Picture of my hallway, it totally transforms it in an instant, the trick is filling the whole space and you need some big pictures which anchors the rest, too many small ones would look bitty and way too much.

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There you go that should be enough to keep you busy for a few weeks!

Happy decorating

 

Ps. If you want to see these quick fixes take a visit to Finzels Reach development as I have done all the show apartments on the site and all I talk about has been used somewhere along the line

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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!

 

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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Crazy days

March 7, 2013

Sorry for lack of posts, it’s been a crazy crazy week,  in the thick of designing the coffee shops which I presented yesterday. When designing you can get completely caught up in the moment and nothing else seems to matter, it almost consumes you I guess! Got back after the meeting to the messiest desk! Sometimes I think being an interior designer is a jack of all trades (sort of). Last week I was at a business event, almost wearing a suit (well a shirt a trousers), then meetings with Hotel chain and a property developer in London, so my professional head was on! Then back to the office and throw myself into the coffee shop designs and now suddenly I’m sourcing furniture, producing layout and doing 3d visuals, then I have to get practical and put the mood boards together. And now we have the keys to our shop which is our latest venture I’m suddenly now a retail buyer. So lots of hats the last week and then to top all this off I’m on site fitting blinds tomorrow! Crazy!!

So back to business, COLOUR, I realised that when designing interiors weather it’s for commercial or residential projects I always get a ping of colour within the scheme. Deep deep down I’m a neutral boy so I always start with this type of colour pallet, when I say neutral this doesn’t mean bland you can still go for darker tones! but restrict the colours to a few. Then you can add some colour, going on the coffee shop designs, we have a team of grey/greens from dark to pale and a really deep red which balances it then just a splash of teal which sort of throws it off, without this colour it seemed to be a bit stale so it only made it onto the board at the last minute and the client loved it, sometimes you never know what reaction you will get as I’ve said before people are so afraid of colour!! Anyway take a look at the picture below as this totally nails what I’m trying to go on about!! (Photo’s courtesy of Lonny Magazine)

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Also a sneak peak at the coffee shop colour mood board! Hope you like

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Now for me, test drive a van, 5k run then meet carpenters on site!!

Have a great Thursday!