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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. 

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How to create a dining room that will impress

With the popularity of cookery programmes sky high, the urge to have a dinner parties shows no sign of waning. While you may think the focus should be on the quality of your cooking, how can you make sure your dining room also leaves a lasting impression?

Whether it’s for a family Sunday lunch or a celebration dinner party, your dining area should be as dynamic as the food on offer.

“Just as we wouldn’t serve dinner on chipped crockery or wine in cracked glasses, we wouldn’t want to have shabby curtains and faded seat covers,” says Laura Calvert, Merchandise Manager for Plumbs.

The easiest way to achieve a chic look is with matching or coordinating soft furnishings such as seat covers, curtains, blinds and cushions – all of which can be chosen with the help of Plumbs’ Home Consultant.

Decide whether you like a formal or a more relaxed look in order to stamp your personality on your dining area.

“A look I love is when curtains, blinds, seat covers and cushions are co-ordinated sing a variety of textured fabrics,” says Laura. “It gives a really opulent feel to your interior.” 

Of course, dining rooms have changed radically over recent years. No longer a separate room used on high days and holidays, dining tables are now often being incorporated into the heart of the home – the kitchen. This means your kitchen/diner has to look its best at all times because it is always on show.

So how can you achieve an exciting new look in your dining area?

Plumbs offers a full range of loose seat covers which are practical because they can be machine washed or replaced when you fancy a new look. “With the huge choice on offer from Plumbs, you can match seat covers to curtains or try a coordinating look with blinds and cushions to add interest and variation,” says Laura.

If you’re planning to entertain for a special occasion such as Christmas or Easter, Plumbs’ set of loose seat cushions in seasonal colour fabrics such as reds, tartans and checks can give your dining area an instant fresh look to suit the season, says Laura.

If you have fixed cushions in your dining room chairs, Plumbs also offers a full re-upholstery service so your chairs are taken back to the frames, restored and recovered in a new fabric of your choice. With a huge variety of materials and colours to choose from, there is something to suit every style and impress your guests.

“We have a choice of beautiful plain and semi-plain fabrics that complement each other really well,” says Laura. “For real pizzazz, you can also use contrasting colours for a vibrant and contemporary look.”

Another way to add richness to your dining room or entertaining area is to focus on the curtains. In recent years, there has been a move away from pelmet curtains and towards a cleaner, pared down look among Plumbs customers.

“We are seeing a return in popularity of curtain poles and tracks,” says Laura. “Our most popular look at the moment are eyelet curtains with a metallic pole. This is a contemporary, clean look that works really well when the dining area is part of the kitchen.”

There is no need to compromise on luxury with this look because curtains can be teamed with coordinating blinds to dress the window and add layers of colour and texture.

For advice on how Plumbs can help you refresh your dining room or area, contact a Plumbs consultant to give you free advice and quotes.

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Living Rooms From Around the World

Interior design around the world is greatly influenced by culture, climate and history, which is why living rooms in one country can differ hugely from ones in another.

With this in mind we’ve put together this guide below to help you take influence from the decors around the globe.

Japan

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If its one thing Japan is known for; its culture, this Japanese living room is modern with many cool and tranquil colours and in typical Japanese architecture the room is very spacious with high ceilings and large windows bringing in lots of natural light. The furnishings themselves are elegant, clean and minimalistic with wooden flooring which is very typical of classic Japanese styling and decor.

Moroccan

 

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Moroccan interior design is rich with bright jewel colours and intricate detailing. Moroccans are not afraid to use clashing patterns but keep the look cohesive by using a similar colour palette throughout the scheme as to not overwhelm.  This use of colour reflects the rich culture and aromas of the streets of Morocco.  Woodwork is often carved and highly detailed and is often paired with vibrant tiles and traditional rugs.

Australia

 

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Australian living rooms tend to be some of the largest in the world due to the larger floor plan space in their homes. Traditional Australian living rooms are well balanced with neutral colours and statement ornaments to complement the room and give it grand and yet welcoming feel.  The use of outside is often drawn into the living room with large windows and doors, and this theme is often highlighted by making use of natural textures and plants.

Denmark

 

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Danish living rooms are picturesque with a sense of simplistic elegance. The design of the Danish living room can be typically described a mix of contemporary meets modernism. Making use neutral colours; furnishings are simple and functional and basic decor giving a sense of comfort and relaxation. 

Greece

 

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This is quite a modern take on typical Greek design; however this living room still uses a colour palette of calming white and intense deep blue.  White is often the most used colour in Greek design in order to create a cool fresh ambiance as a haven from the warm climate. Accessories are usually quite paired back and unfussy, and instead interest is often created with a few statement pieces.  

America

 

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When it comes to size American living rooms came out on top, boasting chunkier sofas, bigger mantle pieces and larger statement ornamentation. Traditional American livings rooms tend make use of light colours such as whites, pale blues and delicate pinks. The typical American living room tends to have larger windows capturing lots of natural light.

England

 

English interior design has many influences from all over the world, however traditionally a comfortable sofa is the epicentre of English living rooms. Colour schemes tend to be quite paired back with one or two key colours used. Metallic tones are often used on accessories and fittings to give a feeling of grandeur.

These are just a snippet of the many different styles from around the world.  If you would like any help creating your perfectly designed haven, then why not call Plumbs today and speak to one of our expert Home Consultants. We can talk you through colour and fabric choices for your furnishings and offer any advice you may need.

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2016

Every year Pantone will release what they believe to be the colour that will best represent the world for the upcoming 12 months. For 2016, Pantone have done something different; they have selected two official colours.

Their chosen colours are Rose Quartz & Serenity and are designed to be used together to create a balance and a soft and tranquil tone.

Here is how Pantone describe these colours:

“Rose Quartz is a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure. Serenity is weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us, bringing feelings of respite and relaxation even in turbulent times.”

 

How to use these colours in the home

These pastel shades feel fresh and uplifting compared to 2015’s colour of the year – Marsala, which was an earthy wine tone.

Rose Quartz and Serenity work well in the home, especially when used in accessories or accents.  As these colours are designed to balance each other we suggest trying to use equal amounts of each.  Too much pink and the overall look may be too sickly sweet; too much blue may be too cool. 

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These colours when combined together create a soft retro feel, which would work particularly well with Scandinavian style furniture.

Rose Quartz and Serenity will not be for everyone but will definitely add some fun and freshness to a colour scheme.  What do you think of these colours?  Comment below and tell us whether you’ll be incorporating these colours into your home this year… 

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Trend Alert: All Mapped Out!

Maps are no longer confined to office walls and the boot of your car.  You can use them anywhere from lamp shades, kitchenware and even on upholstery to give your home a sophisticated and worldly feel.

Ways to incorporate the map design trend into your home

Maps are a great way to add a touch of nostalgia to your room.  You could try choosing maps of your favourite countries, or somewhere you’d love to visit one day in the future.  There are many sites online where you can customize accessories (such as the clock and mug below) with places that are special to you and your family.  If you’re feeling creative you could also try making your own feature wall; take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Here are some of my favourite ways to incorporate maps into interior design…

What do you think of the map trend? Leave a comment to let us know your favourite way to use it in your home!

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Feeling Blue: 4 Stylish Ways to Use Blue in Your Home

Blue skies may have made way for short greyish days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this versatile colour in our homes all year round.

Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, there is always a shade of blue to add richness and elegance to your colour scheme.  From deep inky blues to bright and bold cobalt shades, we’ll help you incorporate this colour into your home…

Stripes & Checks

Blue is a colour that lends itself well to a nautical theme, in particularly when used in stripes and checks.  It’s best to choose mid-tone blues to keep the look fresh and pair with lots of crisp white to ensure a clean grown-up feel.

Moody Walls

A deep dark indigo wall will add instant atmosphere to almost any room.  Dark wood floors and furniture will help create a warm and inviting feel.

Statement Furniture

One or two bright pieces of furniture can freshen the overall feel of a room and also add a touch of personality. If you’re not sure about investing in a strong coloured piece of furniture you can use throws or loose covers to create the same look which can be easily changed at any point in the future. We’ve teamed our striking Hampton loose furniture covers in Navy with soft cream and beige scatter cushions.

 

Mixing Different Shades

Don’t be afraid to play with different shades of blue in your colour schemes; by balancing light and dark shades of the same colour you can create a layered feel.  

These are just a small selection of the ways you can incorporate this versatile colour into your colour palette – if you have any more interesting tips with blue why not comment below!

If you’ve been inspired to add a touch of blue to your home, contact us today to discuss your options with one of our expert Home Consultants.

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2015 Trend Alert: Marvellous Marble

Marble in interior design is no new trend; marble floors, fireplaces, and tables have been seen in the homes of the rich and famous for years.  This year’s take on the trend is much more affordable, and versatile.

How to use Marble in your home?

Marble is everywhere at the moment from high end designers to high street shops, so there’s no shortage of inspiration around! You can really think outside of the box when looking to incorporate the trend into your home: clocks, bedding and scatter cushions are just some of the unusual accessories that you can find using this decadent design.

A huge advantage of this trend is that you can use it any room to add instant glam and sophistication.  Why not update your tired kitchenware with a marble rolling pin, cutting board, or mug?

Take a look at some of my favourite marble finds…

 What do you think - will you be adding this cool and neutral colour palate to your home? Leave a comment!

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Inventive ways to use wallpaper

Do you have a room you love but wish to inject some personality into it?  By getting creative with your decorative accessories and thinking outside of the box when it comes to pattern you can create a look that is truly unique to you.

Beautiful patterned wallpaper is a great way to add colour and interest to a room.  Here are some different ways you can use the design you love….

Inside a bookcase

Make your favourite books, picture frames and pieces of art pop against a bold colour or pattern.  This is also a great way to add your own style to a rented home without having to touch the walls.

 

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On a staircase

Wallpapering the steps of your staircase will turn them into a feature as people enter your home.  It may be best to leave walls quite neutral for balance, and it’s important to consider whether you would like the same pattern all the way up or a mix of wallpapers in in a similar colour palette.

 

The fridge

This look may not be practical for everyone, but it can be a way of transforming a dull fridge you don’t like into a stand out piece in your kitchen.

 

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A piece of Art

If you have leftover pieces of wallpaper lying around the house then this is a great way to use them up.  You can have fun playing with different patterns and colours and also choosing the frame itself.  These pretty French style wallpapers look great with the ornate frames.

 

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Update an old dresser

One of the most popular ways of updating an old dresser or chest of drawers is to add a bold colourful pattern.  You can be quite creative when deciding where to place your wallpaper.  Covering the face of your drawers is good idea if you’re not happy with the current finish, or for a more secret splash of pattern, why not add paper to the drawer insides or sides like the ones below.

 

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Trend Alert: Clever Copper

Copper has been everywhere in interior design over the last year or so and its popularity doesn’t appear to wavering.  The trend is even taking over our high street stores from light fittings to kitchen utensils and bathroom fixtures. 

Why is this trend so popular?

Stainless steel has been the staple metal of choice in our homes for many years, and so it was difficult to imagine another metallic becoming so popular, however the glamour, grandeur and versatility of Copper has helped propel this hue into our homes.

How to use incorporate the Copper trend into your home?

Whether beaten, aged or shiny, this warm metallic tone is perfect for any season and works well with both vibrant and neutral colour schemes. Team with grey and white for a calm and contemporary feel, dusty pastels for a playful feminine feel, or for an intense and moody vibe - deep indigo blues.

Here are some of my best copper finds..

 

 This colour also looks great on the walls; take a look at the Colour Predictions blog we posted towards the beginning of the year looking at Dulux’s colour of the Year – Copper Orange.

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Kids Have Flown the Nest? It’s Time to Refresh Your Home!

If your children have grown up and recently moved into their own homes, it may be hard at first to adjust to a quieter “empty nest”. It can also be an exciting time in your life - you can begin to truly enjoy your home again, reclaiming the space and creating an environment for yourself to spend time relaxing in. Here are some simple tips to employ to revamp and refresh the main rooms in your house.

Refresh Your Furniture: Choose Light!

We’re all guilty of choosing darker fabrics that can hide a multitude of sins - now there are no kids or teenagers around, however, it’s time to embrace a fresh and bright new look! A neutral base colour works well on both sofas and chairs because it creates a blank canvas for you to add splashes of colour to with bright or patterned accessories such as scatter cushions and flowers.  

Throw out the Throws: Upgrade to a Loose Cover

Throws can be a useful solution when you want to protect your furniture from small feet and dirty hands, but after years of moving them after they slipped, it may be time to put them to better use.  If you no longer love the style of your sofa’s fabric, a better alternative to a throw is a removable loose cover.  They still have the advantage of being washable - yet are much more close fitting, stylish and practical. (Don’t know what loose covers are? You’ll be amazed at what a good solution this is for giving sofas and chairs a facelift. See how they work here.)

  

Update your Accessories

People find that when they have children they tend to hide away anything fragile or impractical, especially if you have boys that like to play indoor sports!  Now that they’ve moved on you can begin to reintroduce those accessories that make a house feel more homely – without the fear of shattered pieces.

  

Reclaim Your Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with teenagers can take it’s toll on any family.  Some mornings in a busy household can feel like Piccadilly Circus, and you can almost guarantee that everyone will want to use the bathroom at the same time!

Now is the perfect time to take back your bathroom and create a haven. Without the hair products, make-up, and general clutter that teenagers tend to acquire, your bathroom may seem quite bare - fill this extra space with items that create a calm and happy atmosphere.  Fresh flowers, pretty perfume bottles and tasteful art will create the indulgent yet relaxing space you deserve.

 

 

If you would like any help creating a fresh new look, contact Plumbs today and ask one of our 140 personal home consultants to give you some advice on what will work best in your home. 

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