Find Inspiration

Get weekly updates on the latest interior design trends from our experts at Plumbs

How to add a little Flower Power to your home

Published by Joanna Whitworth in

With spring in full swing, there's no better time to turn your mind to your home and garden, and with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show blooming once again onto our calendar, there's plenty of inspiration to be found. Floral fabrics are a great way to put that touch of spring into your home, from just a flourish of cheerful accessories, or a complete rejuvenation. So, no matter your favourite flower, we've come up with a few examples of how to help your home flourish.

Roses

The romance of roses is known worldwide, but don't reserve them just for Valentines Day. Considered to be the most popular flower in Britain and worldwide, their iconic appearance and range of colours suit every home. Rose patterned fabrics can range from bold and beautiful to simple and stylish, and help your home feel reinvigorated.

Tulips

The Netherlands alone sell over 3 billion tulip bulbs a year, making them a firm favourite across the world. With over 150 species and 3000 varieties of tulips, they come in all sizes, shapes and shades, and can help to bring a burst of colour to your home. Even the most neutral fabric can take on a whole new lease of life when patterned with a bold tulip design, creating a fun and yet traditional appearance.

 

Poppies

Symbolic throughout the world, the poppy is known for it striking scarlet colour. Just a small touch of this vibrant shade can completely change a room’s appearance, which is exactly what is sometimes needed after the grey winter months. Some bold curtains may just be a simple solution, but the change you'll see will have your home blossoming with new found energy!

Lilies

Just like roses, the different colours and species of lilies take on different symbolic meanings, such as the flirtatious day-lilies. Some ideologies even believe that lilies bring good fortune, so bring a little luck into your home with some lily embellished decor. Lilies have a defined appearance, so can suit a more muted shade whilst retaining their floral vigour, so can be a wonderful choice if you don't fancy the bold and bright!

Wildflowers

Wildflowers bring all colours and designs together in an entirely unique way, and though they may be busy, they're also beautiful. For a completely contrast, or just a lively look all round, a William Morris fabric can suit your home perfectly. The design feels completely fresh, but retains a traditional and elegant feel, helping to add colour and reflect the spirited feel of rural England in the comfort of your home.

With so many ways to bring your favourite flowers from the garden and through your front door, your home can have that new lease of life and feel truly serene. If you're attending the RHS Chelsea flower show, enjoy, and we hope you all have a relaxing bank holiday weekend.

Read More...

How to make bunting

Published by Emma Day in

Bunting is a great addition to any party or summer event, whether that be a baby shower, wedding or even a BBQ. One of the great things about bunting is it can be easily personalised depending on the event - use it to spell out a message or just showcase your creativity with different fabrics.

Follow the simple steps in this video to create your very own bunting...

 

 

 

 

 

What you’ll need

  • Triangular template made from card or paper
  • Fabric (we’ve used a lightweight modern floral design)
  • Pinking shears 
  • Scissors
  • Binding tape
  • Pen/chalk/pencil 

Step By Step

  1. Firstly cut out your triangular shape template from a piece of card/paper.
  2. Use this template to draw out your triangles onto the fabric
  3. Using pinking shears cut out the triangle sides. You can also cut these out using normal scissors and then go over the edges using pinking shears if you find this easier. 
  4. Next lay your first triangle on the binding tape, leaving a enough tape so you can tie the ends once complete. If you prefer you can pin in place.
  5. Once you have your triangle in place, use a straight stich along the top.
  6. Leave a 4 inch gap and repeat with the next triangle.
  7. Keep doing this until you have stitched all triangles in place. 
  8. Cut off any excess tape (again leaving room to tie) and trim any loose threads.

Your bunting should now be ready to hang and enjoy! Let us know if you decide to make this in the comment section below!

Read More...

How to update your sofa to match your new colour scheme

Published by Emma Day in

If you’ve recently given your walls an update, your sofa may no longer be complimenting the colour scheme as well as it used to. Matching your living room furniture, particularly your sofa and armchairs, with the colour of your walls and ceiling is the key to creating the perfect lounge setting.

Read More...

Choosing the Right Colour Scheme for Your Room

Published by Emma Day in

Choosing a wallpaper or paint colour can be a little overwhelming – if you’re going to put in that much work, or employ someone to do it for you, you need to make sure it’s right! There are a few things you should consider before settling on a colour scheme for your room, whether it be the lounge, bedroom, or bathroom. Here are our top tips…

Read More...

How Do I Create a Mood board

Published by Emma Day in

Creating a mood board is an easy, enjoyable and effective way of planning your perfect room before you start out on a decorating project. Here are a few tips to help you get inspired with putting together your mood board…

Read More...

How Often Should I Redecorate My Living Room?

Published by Emma Day in

Your living room gets a lot of use; after all, it’s where the family puts their feet up after a busy day or relaxes with guests. Maybe it could do with a fresh lick of paint or some pristine new wallpaper – so what’s the secret to keeping the living room looking good, and how often should you redecorate from scratch?

Read More...

Plumbs at the Ideal Home Show London 2017

Another brilliant couple of weeks have passed at The Ideal Home Show and we’ve really enjoyed speaking to everyone who visited us in the Home Interiors section. 

One of our favourite parts of the Show are always the Good Homes Magazine room sets.  Bursting with colour, inspiration and clever design they are always a talking point when walking through the show.

This kitchen design is all about mixing colours from a similar colour palette such as concrete, silver and dove grey.  The oak worktops and chrome touches add a luxury element to this colourful design.  

We love the clever partition wall and pendant lighting in this bedroom.  The soft yellow wall colour and pale grey flooring give the room a fresh and airy feeling.

The almost black walls give a dark and indulgent feel to this grown up bathroom.  This darkness is balanced out with freshness coming through from the green foliage, and natural wood side table.

We can’t wait to return in 2018 for another year at the Ideal Home Show, but before then you can catch us at many other shows across the company.  Click here to find out where we are next..

What was your favourite part of the show? Tell us below..

Read More...

How to create your own patio garden in a small space

Published by Joanna Whitworth in Design, garden, patio

Spring has officially sprung and now is the perfect time to think about that outdoor space that is often neglected in the colder months..

In small gardens we often believe there are a lot less options when it comes to creating an inviting and interesting space. Granted, installing large water features or football pitch size expanses of grass aren't going to be an option, but there are still lots of ways you can give your tiny yard or garden that wow factor.  We've put together a list of some of the best ways to you can update your space.

Plants and flowers

Unless you have a lot of free time, it's best to keep patio gardens relatively low maintenance.  I would suggest choosing hardy plants that can survive in pots. Plant pots are great for small areas as they give you the option to move them around when you need the space.  Your local garden centre will be able to suggest the best hard wearing plants to suit.

theanamumdiary.co.uk

Creating a place to eat

One of the big pluses of an outdoor space is being able to take advantage of the nice weather (however short lived), and nothing quite says summer more than enjoying a meal with a cool drink in the evening sun. If you have a small yard, one of the best ways to create an eating area is to use bistro style furniture (which can be easily folded away when not in use).  The quaint style will help create that 'Parisian' look which suits small spaces.  

 

pinterest.com

Lighting

One of my favourite things to add to a garden to change the ambience is lighting.  Lighting is not only practical but it can help you get the most out of your outdoor space.  A few perfectly placed tea lights or some fairy lights will create a much more cosy and inviting space.

pinterest.com

Adding colour

One way to add your personality to your small garden space to add a splash of colour.  Typically in a garden this is done with a mix of flowers and plants, but this isn't always practical in more bijoux spaces.  Instead you could get creative with the colour of the walls, furniture, or plant pots like these below

bhg.com

Although not all of these ideas will suit everyone's garden space, they are a simple start that will hopefully inspire you to become more creative when thinking about how to use the limited space in your outdoor area.

Do you plan to have an overhaul this season? Let us know your plans in the comment section below…

Read More...

Pantone Colour of the Year 2017: Greenery

Every year Pantone release what they believe of the colour which symbolizes the upcoming year.  For 2017, the official colour is Greenery, a zesty green shade with yellow tones.

Pantone describe Greenery as -

“A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.”

How to use ‘Greenery’ in your home

Although initially this colour may not be to everyone’s taste, it’s fresh and natural hue makes it quite versatile in the home.  Greenery can be easily introduced with the addition on fresh plants, subtle accessories or striking upholstery.

‘Greenery’ can also be style in many ways to give completely different looks.  Styling it with white or one or two contrasting colours will give a contemporary look where as teaming it with black and dark browns will create a traditional feel.

Modern:

This look uses a typically Scandinavian piece of furniture covered with a 60’s style fabric called ‘Ferndale’ . The accessories in this room have been kept quite simple in order to let the fabric take centre stage.  Yellow scatter cushions give a burst colour which picks out the yellow tone within the florals in the fabric. 

Traditional:

By using ‘Greenery’ on a velvet trellis design fabric, this look becomes plush and inviting. Gold accessories and dark textured wallpaper only add to the sumptuousness. The detail in this fabric works well with the detail of the mirror and lamps, but the velvet pattern also helps to reflect light and stop the look becoming too dark. 

‘Greenery’ will probably prove to a bit like Marmite when it comes to how popular it is in interior design. However we can’t deny that this colour does add energy and life to a colour scheme.

If you need help giving your home a new look, then why not contact us today, and our friendly local Home Consultant will be able to give you a free no obligation quotation. 

If you fancied seeing how strong your own furniture pricing skills are, then why not have a go at our higher or lower quiz? Let's see if you can spot the furniture bargains!

 

New Call-to-action

 

Read More...

5 Easy Ways to update your home

Published by Joanna Whitworth in interiors

Every now and again we look around our homes and think about the improvements that we could make, and this is never more so than at the beginning of a new season. However it may not always be practical to completely redesign a room or take on a big project, so we've put together this list of the easiest ways to quickly update your space.

A Gallery Wall

Gallery walls have been a Pinterest favourite for some time, and it doesn't look like they're going anywhere soon.  These are popular as it's a great way to display all of your art or photography in one place, and also the layout itself can be just as artistic as the images on display.

 pinterest.com

New Scatter Cushions

New Scatter cushions are one of the quickest and cheapest ways to add a splash of colour and pattern to a room, and are also the most easy to change when you want to update the scheme at a later date.

Add new lighting

Lighting is one of the most important ways to change the ambiance of a room, yet is often overlooked. There are so many options when it comes to choosing what type of lighting and where to position it, so it's worth considering how you use the room before spending any money.  For example, if you like to read a lot you may want to create a cosy corner with an adjustable lamp, and lots of comfy throws.

 pinterest.com

Add some plants

Fresh flowers and plants are a great way to bring the outdoors in and a sense of freshness to your home. For a more modern look, try to choose plants and flowers in one or two colours, and keep plant pots simple.

 pinterest.com

Change the Curtains

With winter round the corner, now may the perfect time to consider some new curtains to keep the heat in.  Thick, sumptuous curtains not only help on the energy bills, they create a luxurious look. Try to position curtains near the ceiling and buy them long enough to just skim the floor. This tricks the eye into thinking the window is bigger than in actually is.

 

There are lots of ways to update your living space without spending a lot of money, and these are just a small selection of them.  Pinterest is a great source when looking for inspiration and little tricks to transform a room, so it's usually worth creating a mood board before changing anything to work out what type of look you're trying to create.  To see what's inspired us this month follow the Plumbs Pinterest page.

Read More...

Recent Posts

Categories

see all

Archives

see all
Request your Home Visit >