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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How to create a subtle themed room: Seaside Sophistication

Themed rooms have been around for what seems like forever, and the one that seems most popular is the seaside retreat.  It can be difficult to create a themed look without it looking contrite, so we've put together the best examples of subtle seaside themed rooms to help you create your own.

This look is very paired back, with just a few simple accessories giving a nod to the theme.  The fresh white loose covers give a less formal feel to the overall look, and are a great base for the bright blue striped scatter cushions.

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This look is all about the accessories.  The white orchids and muted colour scheme create a sense of calming sophistication, whilst the sea grass rug and starfish art bring nature inside. A touch of colour is brought in through the soft blue scatter cushions.

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This is a modern take on a coastal themed room, and again we see a colour palette of muted creams, and greys. The wood burner is the focal point in this room, creating a cosy welcoming environment. The seaside element is brought in through the statement boat and white washed floorboards

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Themed rooms aren't always seen as the height of interior design, however with a little careful consideration and planning you can create a look that not only evokes a sense of your favourite beach destination as well as being sophisticated.

If you need any help updating your room, then contact Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quotation from one of our expert Home Consultants.

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Plumbs add Aqua Clean fabrics to range

We have recently joined up with Aqua Clean to bring our customers a brand new range of fabrics which are designed to be able to eliminate the toughest household stains using just water!

 

How does it work?

The Aqua Clean technology is used to cover every single fibre within the fabric creating an invisible coating which stops liquids and stains from penetrating the fabric.  This coating means even the toughest household spills and stains (such as red wine and pen) can be removed by using a little water and tissue.

  

See how easy it is to remove stubborn ink from this sofa…

 

 

 

 

 

 

This technology makes these fabrics hugely practical for busy homes, especially those with small children and pets. It also means you don’t need to wash your removable loose covers as much as you normally would, which in turn will pro long their lifespan.

If you would like more information on this brand new range of fabrics or any other products in the Plumbs range, then please contact us today or call 0800 019 0505, and one of our trained advisors will be able to talk you through the best options for your home. 

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How to change the ambience of your room with these simple steps

Published by Joanna Whitworth in interiors

You’ve spent months looking at paint samples and carefully choosing furniture, but as you stand back and admire your new room something doesn’t quite feel right.  The things we often don’t consider when redesigning a room are the small tricks and tricks that can make all the difference to the room’s ambience.

Here’s our top tips on how to give your home that much needed warmth and style..

1. Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important yet over looked factors when designing the layout of a room.  The right lighting can help change the flow, define different areas and add atmosphere to a space.

Use lamps and fittings with down lighting, as this gives off a soft glow perfect for when you want to create a cosier atmosphere at night.  If you have a dining area in your living room this is a great place to install lighting above. The lighting will help to zone the area away from the rest of the room and is also practical when eating at night.

  

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2. Mirrors

Using mirrors to make spaces feel bigger is no new trick but can be an important one none the less. They are not only functional but can also add detail and decoration to the room.

Large ornate mirrors make great focal points in a space and will trick the eye.  A good tip when hanging a mirror is to try and place it across from a window. This will bounce the light back into the room and make it feel much more open.

 

 

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3. Textures

Adding different textures to the room not only creates layers and adds depth; it’s also a subtle alternative to using lots of colour.   If your colour scheme is quite neutral mixing textures helps prevent the room from looking too flat, whilst giving the space a sense of warmth and comfort.

Textures are also a great way to bring a sense of nature in doors. Faux fur, plants and wood grain

  

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4. Decorative Accessories

Candles are a great way to create atmosphere in a room but they work even better when mixed with interesting decorative accessories. When choosing accessories for your home it’s important to think about what they will add to the room.  Avoid choosing things to fill spaces on a shelf or to fit in with a ‘theme’ - chances are you won’t love it and will be tempted to change it at a later date.

Instead it’s best to choose things that you love and reflect your personality.  Think about your favourite plants, prints by an artist you admire or items you’ve picked up on your travels.  

 

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5. Add a rug

Rugs are great because not only are they very practical they can also dramatically alter the way a room feels. There are so many options when choosing a rug for your room to consider, allowing you to add more colour or pattern to a room or soften the look of bare floors.

One design rule to consider when buying a rug is choosing a size big enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in a seating arrangement – this will help zone the area, and the rug will feel more proportional to the size of your room.

 

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I hope we’ve inspired you to add some interesting and personal touches to your home to bring it back to life!  Tell us your plans in the comments section below…

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Make yourself a Christmas home…

The Christmas season is upon us and the shops and town centres are a buzz with lights and decorations.

New Call-to-actionUnless you’re the kind to put up their decorations immediately after Bonfire Night (or earlier!) you may now be turning your mind to decorating your home for the festivities.

To Theme or Not To Theme…that is the question!

It has become increasingly fashionable over the years to have a Christmas theme that you can carry through your tree, decorations, lights, gift wrap and cards. The theme can be chosen to suit your own personal style or to suit your home. Here are some of our favourites!

Theme 1: The Traditional Christmas

If a Traditional Christmas is your way of celebrating there are lots of ways you can decorate your home. The key colours for this theme are red, green and gold; think warm and classic. You can even personalise this theme with elements like tartan.

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John Lewis has some particularly lovely baubles and accessories to suit this look:

 

 

Theme 2: Dreaming of a White Christmas

In contrast, if your home is more modern then the style you might choose is a contemporary, minimalist look. The colours here are white and silver, with the overall look being clean and crisp.

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In order to get this Narnia-like décor, look out for white and detailed accessories such as these below…

 

Theme 3: Bejewelled Tones

If white is not for you, why not try a more opulent theme where the colours are jewel shades, gold and black? This look is sophisticated and luxurious.

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4. Theme 4: A Winter Woodland

Maybe you’re an outdoorsy person and want to bring nature indoors for your theme. A great way to achieve this is to create a rustic woodland theme by using add creature elements and earthy tones. To complement the look you can use reds and golds with fruits and berries.

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Theme 5: Festive Fun

Another option is to make your decorations as fun as the season itself. Choose brighter colours and mix patterns to create a fun eclectic vibe.

  

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The children will have a great time helping out with this idea; they can even make their own decorations of characters to suit.

Whatever theme you choose, enjoy the process. By involving your family it can become one of your Christmas traditions each and every year…

Merry Christmas!

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Valentine's Day Inspired Interiors

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner we thought we’d take a look at some of the most romantic interiors to get you in the spirits.

Valentines interiors don’t have to be all pink and hearts; we love the soft muted colour palette of this living room.  Candles, faux fur throws and soft lighting have been incorporated to add a sense of warmth and cosiness to the overall look.

 

The soft pastel shades used in this colour scheme add a touch of Parisian chic to this home.  The dramatic shimmering chandelier adds a focal point to the room and co-ordinates beautifully with the iridescent sheen of the leather.

 

This look is more English country Garden with touches of romance.  The use of bright Pink flowers really stands out against the white walls and furnishings.  A mix of candles adds softness to the look.

 

 

Accessories are the easiest way to add a sense of romance to your home, and by searching a little harder on the high street you can find pieces that are stylish enough to work all year round. 

If you would like any help creating an interior to fall for then why not contact Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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Colour Predictions for 2015

Towards the end of every year industry experts predict what colours they think will dominate in the upcoming year.  With this in mind we thought we’d look at 2 of them and how best to make these colours work for your home.

Pantone: Marsala

Pantone say “Add elegance to any room by incorporating this rich and welcoming hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint. Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture.”

 

The deep earthy tone of Marsala lends itself to most trends and works well in both traditional and modern decors. A great way to combine the two is add a few retro pieces to an otherwise modern room.  This Persian style is very traditional yet still works well with the clean and simple modern décor of this room. 

 

Marsala also works well when kept simple.  By covering this modern sofa in plain yet luxurious velvet, it really contrasts against rough painted brick walls and white floorboards.

 

As Pantone suggest, accessories are a great way to incorporate Marsala into the home. We’ve picked these below to show how they would work with a complimentary colour palette.   

(Pendant Lamp – Mattermatters.com, Tea Light – H&M, Bowl – M&S, Scatter Cushion – Omega – Berry, Plumbs)

 

Dulux: Copper Orange

Copper Orange is a warm and hue with pastel pink undertones.  This colour works well with lots of other colours, but Dulux have chosen to showcase Copper Orange with brilliant white, salmon pinks, and zesty tangerine.  

 

Using Copper Orange as a solid colour in a matt finish gives a fresh modern look.  The tree in the corner enhances the Mediterranean feel of this tone.

  

Copper Orange has a distinct 60’s feel when combined with pastel shades and copper accessories.

 

We’re sure to see these colours throughout the year, but the most important thing to remember when updating your home is to create a space that works for you.  Trends are great for inspiring us but we should always try and incorporate them with our style.  If you would like any help or advice on updating the furnishings in your home, call Plumbs today for a FREE no obligation quotation.

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