Every new season comes with new interior design trends and must-have pieces we can’t wait to get hold of. But which trends are here to stay and which will fade quicker than a bright green curtain facing the sun?
Spring is just around the corner and the perfect time to spruce up your home, so to help inspire your creative flair I’ve put together a neutral look based on my last blog all for under £500.
The look I’ve put together below is based on fresh neutral hues co-ordinated with foliage wallpaper and natural beech wood. A neutral colour palette of white, creams and soft greys works beautifully with splashes of blacks or browns. A simple and inexpensive scheme like this is perfect base for adding bolder pieces of furniture or colour at a later date.
When creating your own look for around £500 think carefully about the end result you want for your room, creating a moodboard helps to visualise the overall look before you buy, so can stop you from making any expensive mistakes.
Choosing paint over wallpaper is a more cost effective solution, however if you do fall in fall in love with a particular design, try to keep to one wall or alcoves as any more and the look may be too overpowering and also costly.
You can also save money by upcycling, which has become immensely popular as people do not want to spend hundreds on vintage or one of pieces so take to creating their own. If you have a worn out piece of furniture that you can’t bear to part with you find tutorials on upcycling such as sites like Youtube.
If you don’t have the time to update your furniture then buying new pieces isn’t always a costly solution. It’s a lot easier to find exciting and stylish pieces today on the high street and in the style of expensive designer ones.
- Made to Measure Turin Loose Covers - from £199, by Plumbs
- Gaser Rug – Ikea - £80
- Candle – Matalan - £3
- Tripod Floor Lamp – Habitat - £150
- Wallpaper – John Lewis - £52 (a roll)
If you would like to take advantage of any of our current offers, contact Plumbs for a free no obligation quote.
For most of us we've enjoyed our summer holidays on the beach and are looking to beat those post-holiday blues. Keeping the holiday spirit alive is not always an easy task when the temperature is dropping and the suns isn't shining, but if you would like to inject some zest into your home then why not take inspiration from the looks below.
This look has taken inspiration from the beach by using shells, twigs and washed wood. The natural colour palette of orange, greens and browns helps create a sense of calm and tranquil.
This look uses yellow and gold tones to create an air of opulence when used with grey and black accessories. The Francesca Gold Fabric hangs from floor to ceiling and frames the window beautifully and it is sure to brighten any room.
These looks are about simple key pieces like a cream sofa and flooring or walls brought to life with bold citrus accents and accessories such as cushions, curtains, wall art and throws. If you struggle for natural light these accessories below can help brighten a dark space, but just remember not to clutter the space, as this could make it feel even smaller. You can also remind yourself of those long walks in the countryside by bringing some outdoor influences in, using plants and wild flowers without great expense.
- Green Flowers - aliexpress.com
- Wall Art - etsy.com
- Lighting - Ikea
- Plumbs Scatter cushion - ‘Perdita - Ochre’
- Yankee Candle - Yankeecandle.co.uk
Open plan living isn't just for twenty-something Manhattanites with more money than sense. After all, it was pioneered by architectural genius Frank Lloyd Wright; his 'Prairie Houses' are known as the first example of open plan interiors. He favoured minimalist styles, long windows and low roofs; many modern interpretations follow his style, excepting that they favour high ceilings.
Dividing the Room
There are so many options for dividing up a room. Chic folding screens will give a room an Oriental or vintage theme depending on the style; and they can be bought everywhere nowadays - even budget shops like Wilkinsons stock surprisingly beautiful floral styles.
The other main option is using furniture to partition off mini 'living spaces'; for example a three piece suite to create a small living room area, or creating a PlayStation area for teenage grandchildren with a circle of beanbags.
Using colourful curtains to screen a window seat is excellent use of space, and makes for an elegant reading nook. This works particularly well with bay windows. These Sophia curtains, in rouge, are a bold and attractive trim for a neutral, open plan room.
The best idea is to keep the centre neutral, and accentuate with touches of vibrant colour at the edges of your open plan area. Textured neutrals, and brightly coloured accents, give a room life without making it look small or dark.
If your sofa is a deep or bold colour, remember you needn't buy new; instead, why not purchase some loose covers, and transform your furniture into an exquisite, yet subtle masterpiece? The woven, linen look of this Hampstead Ivory upholstery fabric is tasteful and hardwearing, as well as being machine washable.
Consider the materials you use in your open plan home very carefully. Luxurious, yet raw and unpolished is the look to aim for. The walls could be unfinished brick; the struts exposed and wooden. Floors should be tiled in Welsh slate, or else with floorboards that have had the barest polish. Re-upholster your furniture in natural yet tactile fabrics; think sheepskins, linen, woven cotton.
Remember, if you want to create a Frank Lloyd Wright style Prairie House, Plumbs can offer you a free, no obligation home consultation, where we can measure your curtains and sofa, so we can help you create the perfect open plan paradise.
Do you want a brighter, more up to date home? Then Poppy Red, a surprise addition to Pantone's Spring 2013 colour report, could be the colour for you.
Why Pantone Poppy Red?
In the Japanese language of flowers, Hanakotoba, the red poppy means 'fun-loving', and it makes sense! Poppy Red is a vibrant, lively colour with a playful slant; and meshes particularly well with crisp white walls. One designer, Carmen Marc Valvo, commented that he loved the colour because of its passion and sense of optimism, and Pantone picked Poppy Red because it had oriental influences, currently a major trend in fashion and interiors.
'Rockstud Red' collection for its 2013 Fall / Winter collection, the poppy motif has become exceptionally popular with interior designers, and Olympic Champion Victoria Pendleton wore the colour at Ascot this year. Red lips and nails dominated the catwalk, and poppies themselves are just bursting into bloom this June and July.
Mix It Up
Another great thing about Poppy Red is how easily it can be paired with other hues. White and cream are popular shades, but by no means the only choices. Other neutrals that align well include a soft mocha (especially if executed in suede) and linen, its companion on this summer's Pantone colour chart. More bold options include black and white in graphic hues, or grey home accessories in an industrial chic. Soft gold hues can work well, just be careful that they are not too overpowering, unless you want to reference the Oriental trend more overtly.
Remember, if you want to brighten your home, with a pair of poppy print curtains or new, poppy red upholstery for your sofa, Plumbs can offer you a free, no obligation home consultation, where we can offer you advice about shades, fabrics and styles for your dream home.
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!
We found a great article giving some enlightening ideas how to brighten up a dreary January, even more so with the weather we've had so far.
Karen McLauchlan from the Evening Gazette, says that "Just because the Christmas festivities and the New Year celebrations have been and gone, there’s no reason not to continue with this glamorous look which has made your home so shiny and bright into the new season."
Read the article here:
Here are some more ideas to help brighten-up your home:
- Cover Up - Do you have a dark, tired looking chair or sofa? Now is the time to change them for lighter, brighter alternatives.
- Lighten Up - Change your lamp shade and match your lighting to the season – lamp shades are the shoes and handbags of the design world, so don’t be scared to experiment.
- A Room With a View - If your furniture is centered in front of a fireplace, think about ways to rearrange the look for spring. Try and change the focal point to a view of a garden scene.
- Store Silks - Remove dusty silk flower arrangements from your rooms and store them away for a few months. Instead, bring in fresh green plants and flowering pots. These lively touches can breathe life into winter-weary spaces.
- Re-Accessorize - It’s time to rework your accessories and makeover your shelves. Clean off winter dust and replace heavy objects with a selection of lighter, brighter alternatives. Set up a collection of pitchers or glass, and include plants and picture frames as well.