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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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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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Take a fresh look at your living room for Summer

Turn the sofa round today. You know the one that hasn’t moved in years. And move the chairs to face the garden.

Now Summer has arrived why not shake things up a bit and give your living room a lift. Fresh flowers in the window, and a couple of new cushion covers will make all the difference. What about paintings, photos and ornaments. Why not ask a friend round and have some fun moving things round. Try moving photos into groups rather than covering every surface. This helps make the room look less cluttered and more organised. A couple of scatters can be had for just a few pounds – try the clearance range at plumbscurtainshop website. Or you could get free accessories such as cushion covers when your order new suite covers. Plumbs are running this offer during June. Summer is such a great time for getting out and about with light nights and warm weather. Plus there are so many fabulous events to visit. Local shows, village fetes, friends and family. But it’s lovely too to create a fresh Summer look at home for when you need a rest.

Let the sunshine in and banish the boring same old look. Move that sofa to face the window, and have a great Summer.

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Your Home Improvement Resolution

Millions of people every year will make a new year resolution and millions of people will not keep to them, I know, I am one of them.  This is mainly because they are not realistic, too many are made or they're not thought through enough.  However if home improvement has been one of them we have some good tips to help keep you on the road to resolution.

To manage any sort of project there are three main requirements:

    • Decide what needs to be done
    • Prioritise what need to be done
    • Set yourself goals to achieve what needs to be done

In deciding what needs to be done you should try and take a subjective look at your home, a good way to do this is to take a walk around in the mindset of a prospective buyer, you will probably be shocked to see what is in need of improvement.  Get a piece of paper and a pencil and walk through your home room by room.

Starting from the entrance to your home, be it a porch or hallway.  Is it bright and welcoming, or dark and uninviting?  Using softer and lighter shades of colour on the walls can make a dramatic improvement to how people first perceive your home.  This can also be achieved of letting in more natural light, which is not always possible but can be remedied by adding more or brighter lighting fixtures.

The next logical step would be your Living Room, this is where you most need to feel relaxed and restful.  So it is important that all the walls, furnishings, curtains and flooring be coordinated and harmonise with each other.  Neutral tones on the walls are often used as a safe colour to achieve this effect and are easier to contrast with your other features.  If you find your suite is looking tired and worn, fitting made to measure furniture covers are a cheaper alternative to buying a new sofa.

Dinging Rooms are going to a big design essential for 2008 and visual indigestion will definitely not improve your family's appetite. Ever wondered why red is such a popular colour for restaurants and dining rooms? It's because it stimulates the appetite. It's also an energising colour and therefore a good backdrop for social situations. However, choose the shade carefully - you want to create warmth rather than an oppressive, angry atmosphere.

Now to your Kitchen, the most important factor of this room is hygiene.  If there are any dirty marks damage to work surfaces or cupboards then the impression may not be very tasteful.  The main idea of improvement to this room is make it as functional and pleasant to be in.

You may not think it but it can be quite simple and relatively cheap to spruce up you Bathroom.  Just by replacing your taps, toilet seats, shower curtain/door etc. with new or modern fittings can make a real difference.  Look at the flooring, we are becoming more European in our tastes and they regard carpet as unhygienic. Changing to cork, bamboo or ceramic tiles will give your bathroom a fresh, clean and modern look. Coloured suites are also out of fashion. Look out for offers at the DIY stores or on the Internet and consider replacement with plain white.

And finally your Boudoir.  In the bedroom the obvious focal point should be your bed and dressed to command attention, this can be done in a number of fashions such as using bedspreads and scatter cushions.  Colours again are important in creating the right atmosphere and reflect the personality of whoever this room is intended.  You should take you time here to decide how you can create that ultimate feeling for yourself.

Good luck!

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