The Top Design Trends to Look out for in the New Year

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If you like to stay ahead of the curve in terms of fashions, then you can’t really go wrong with knowing the hottest up and coming trends for home design, especially if you’re looking all the way forward to 2017.

If that sounds like a good thing for you to know, then you are most definitely in luck. We have communicated with the best of the best and feel we are in the perfect position to tell you all you need to know about 2017’s big hitters.

Let’s go take a look!

Earthy Pastels and Terracotta

If you’re looking for the latest and greatest in colour schemes, this is it: earthy pastel colours. Think organic and think springtime, like lavender and its ilk. You want to be looking out for muted colours, colours with a more feminine weight to them, colours that are above all clean.

Pair these with some nice terracotta shades, an earthy partner if there ever was one. It seems like the days of endless white and magnolia walls may be finally coming to an end, with lovely and warm terracotta looking to step up.

Not that you need to go all out just yet, though – even a simple throw would do the trick!

Mixing up the Metals

Now, brass and gold aren’t going anywhere, so there’s no need to panic just yet. In fact, brass and gold are just as strong and popular as ever – you don’t have to tear everything down, not for 2017 at least – but they are being joined by some more metals to really liven up the party.

Polished nickels and silvers are making a comeback in a big way, especially when used to accent a room or even a particularly rich piece of furniture. Unusually, there is a new finish arriving on the scene: white plaster. Plaster itself isn’t that durable, so expect to see a lot of resin finishes that are made to look like white plaster. It adds a nice organic touch to the metals.

Proof Those Fabrics

These days, it seems as though designers are finally cottoning on to the fact that furniture is actually made to be used. So for this reason, you should expect to be able to find all sorts of fantastic, designer label furniture in 2017, with the difference being that it will be made using stain resistant fabrics. Clearly, this is big news for anyone who wants their home to look the very best while still heading up a household of potentially mucky pups.

That’s right – you can actually have the best of both worlds! Seriously, even Jean-Louis Deniot are producing a velvet sofa that uses a polyester blend. You’d never be able to tell the difference, except for the fact that you won’t experience that annoying “crush” that velvet sometimes gets. Ladies and gentlemen, your prayers have been answered.

10 Super Simple Home Decor Tricks

Follow these super simple home decor tricks to give your home a bit of an interior design flair – without having to fork out for the designer. Most will agree that it’s the little things that make the difference. All of the small, elegant touches will add up to create a design that truly reflects who you are.

Take a look at this link for building supplies to help you get started.

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  • If you’re on a budget, scour the supermarkets for bedding – you can get some fab sheets for a really good price. To elevate them, and to make everything look a little more “done”, make your own cushions. It sounds complicated, but you can buy cheap cushions from most home furnishing stores, and then buy fabric for as little as a pound a metre.
  • Paint the back of open shelving units to make the items on display pop – plus, this shows that you’re really thinking about the design. Just don’t paint the wall white. Boring.
  • Be imaginative. Sometimes we get a bit stuck in a style rut, but if you mix and match accessories and use items for purposes that are completely different to their intended use – for example, teacups as planters or martini glasses as ice cream bowls – you can quickly create a cool and quirky look.
  • Dark furniture works best on pale floors and pale furniture on dark floors. Sounds obvious, but you’d be amazed at how many people get this wrong.
  • If you’re popping a rug under the bed for a bit of colour and texture, make sure that it sticks out by at least 18 inches on all sides – anything less and it’ll look very stingy.
  • Don’t get rid of old family heirlooms and bits and pieces your mum used to keep on her dressing table, for example. Give them their own home on a contemporary dresser, or mix and match your old pieces with brand new. Something from the 1980s doesn’t have to be kitsch and tacky – just make sure that you team it with cool contemporary items or antique pieces to offset the kitsch!
  • Keep a couple of tins of high gloss paint spray in the cupboard for when you feel like having a change of scenery. You can use it to re-do your kitchen cupboards, your wooden chairs, your dining table, photo frames – basically anything made of wood. High gloss white will work well in virtually any environment, plus, if you get any scuffs or scratches you can simply paint over them.
  • Don’t use a rug and full carpeting. It’s a little bit like wearing socks and sandals together.

Source: The Nest

DIY Tips: Top Tips for Designing a Garden Part Two

Garden design isn’t just about making a garden as pretty as can be – it’s about creating a happy space that everyone can feel comfortable in. In part two of our series, we share some more tips about creating the perfect garden. Take a look at this link for gardening tools to help you get started.

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  • Comfort isn’t only about the furniture that you put into the garden. You can use conifers and evergreens with large leaves to block out winds, keeping the garden warm and cosy, ornamental grasses to create screens for private zones and trees and shrubs to create shaded zones and borders that’ll protect you from the sun on hot summer days. And if you have cushions or beanbags in your garden, make sure you put them into the shed or bring them indoors before nighttime to prevent mould and mildew
  • If you’re recreating your garden from scratch, consider installing electrical cables and irrigation, even if you’re not planning on adding water features or garden lighting right now – in a few year’s time, you’ll be glad you made the effort as you won’t have to rip out planting or change existing pathways
  • If you’re planting around the driveway, crouch at the level of your driver’s seat to establish the visibility that you need when backing out of the driveway, before you go ahead and plant large trees or shrubs that’ll have to be taken down. Look at things from your neighbour’s perspective, too, and make sure you don’t block their visibility
  • If you’re planning on putting in a large tree or a large shrub, check whether it’ll block any of their windows or disturb their views – it’s best to plant something five feet from where you first wanted to than to end up in a long-standing fight with your neighbour
  • If you want to welcome wildlife into your garden, plant plenty of wild flowers and grasses and consider popping some flowering grass onto the roof of your shed. Include a hedgehog house, if you like – just make sure that the neighbourhood cats can’t get at the food that you put out! Add birdboxes, bird tables and even just pop a log or two into the garden for toads, frogs and insects to enjoy
  • Take note of which direction your garden faces, as where the sun hits your garden at what times of the day will make a huge difference as to what plants would be best suited to your space – flowering plants usually need plenty of sunlight, while things like lavender and olive trees are perfectly happy in the shade. At the same time, though, if your garden is gloomy, you’ll want to brighten it up with colourful flowers that can grow in the shade
  • Find out where any cables or irrigation pipes run through your garden before you start digging, especially if you have to excavate – there’ll be some huge problems if you hit an electric cable!

Source: Fine Gardening

DIY Tips: Essential Bathroom Design Tips

Bathrooms are an oft-neglected room of the house, which is a bit of a shame, really – after all, your bathroom should be one of the most relaxing rooms in the house. Turn your boring and bland bathroom into the prettiest powder room of them all and a relaxing, soothing space to boot by following these design tips. Take a look at this link for bathroom supplies to get the job done.

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  • Remember that your bathroom is just as important as your living room in terms of design. Although we tend to focus our budget on rooms like our living room, bedroom or kitchen, a stunning bathroom can add thousands of pounds’ worth of value to your home – plus, the more luxurious the bathroom, the more relaxed you’ll be when it comes to bath time!
  • Don’t scrimp on taps and hardware like the toilet flush or shower fitting. There isn’t really any point spending money on a contemporary square bath or curved toilet with soft close seat if you use cheap taps and fixtures to finish the look. Go online to look for designer-style taps and hardware if you’re on a budget.
  • If you’re incorporating countertops into the design of your bathroom, look for marble, granite or stone – they’re easy to maintain, easy to clean and will last for years. If you don’t want to incorporate countertops into the design, make sure that there’s enough space for a little bit of storage – either below the sink, above the sink in the form of a mirrored cabinet, or even just an open shelving unit erected against a wall.
  • If you have space, incorporate furniture into your bathroom rather than just the more traditional bathroom suite. A waterproof chair that you can sit on to do your hair, a steam-proof mirror and a little cabinet or table that you can use to store all of your beauty bits and pieces will all come in handy. Incorporating furniture into the bathroom design means that the room will be used more frequently, too.
  • Install more than one light source. Lighting in the bathroom can often appear a little bit harsh, especially if you only have an overhead light, so consider using spotlights, lights around the mirror or bathroom-safe lamps to soften the light in the bathroom – much more flattering!
  • If your budget stretches to it, consider splashing out on a rain-shower shower head. It’ll not only add a luxurious feel to your bathroom but it’ll make each and every shower feel like a spa experience – what could be better? Another handy option is to install a showerhead at waist height that can be used to wash feet, rinse hair and clean the shower down after use – a must if your main shower head is fixed in place.
  • If in doubt, choose white tiles and a white bathroom suite. White on white always looks chic, classic and stylish – and it won’t ever go out of style.

Source: Style at Home

DIY Tips: Budget Design Ideas

Budgets are getting tighter, but just because you’re penny-pinching doesn’t mean that you have to scrimp on style. When it comes to revamping your home, you can make a huge difference without splashing the cash, so take a look at these budget design ideas to help you make a style statement in your home without breaking the bank. To help you get started, look at this link for painting supplies.

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Look Local

Not only can you pick up a bargain by buying furniture, accessories and goods like carpets and curtains from local retailers and craftsmen, but also from looking at local selling groups and online free listing sites. Social networks are actually a great way to find fantastic pieces on a budget and most of the time, sellers will be happy to deliver the goods for a very reasonable price. Don’t forget to check out auction sites, too – just search for goods within 10-20 miles of your postcode to keep delivery costs down.

Accent Accessories

Accents are one of the easiest ways to give your home a makeover, especially if you’re on a budget. Supermarkets often sell some surprisingly stylish pieces and there are also a number of discount home retailers that sell some brilliant accent accessories for a fraction of the price that you’d pay from a traditional furniture retailer. Look for vases, throws, rugs, cushion covers and things like lampshades and pendant shades and you can totally transform a room for less than £20 if you buy carefully.

Neutrals

The easiest room to update on a budget is a room that has neutral furniture and carpets. You might love the colour red, for example, but if you buy a big red sofa it’ll be a nightmare updating the room in the future, especially if you want to completely change the colour scheme. You’d be better off choosing a squishy brown leather sofa or a soft cream suede suite and then updating it with red cushions and throws. Or, you could paint the wall red. In future, if you want to change the look of the room, just re-paint and switch up the accessories.

Function over Fashion

Although interior design trends come and go every year – and although it can be tempting to invest in statement pieces like patchwork sofas or mirrored furniture, it’s usually best to focus your budget on functional pieces that will last for years to come, like chunky wooden furniture, soft cotton or leather sofas and black-lined heavy curtains and drapes. If you want to update your home with fashionable pieces, use accessories to get the look rather than large pieces of furniture.

Multi-Use Pieces

Get the most out of every piece of furniture by looking for multi-use pieces – two for the price of one, if you like! Things like beds with built-in storage in the base, coffee tables with storage drawers and sofas that can fold out into a bed are all brilliant examples of multi-use pieces.

Source: Style at Home

DIY Tips: Planning Tips for a Toddler’s Bedroom

Learn how to plan and design your little one’s bedroom so that you can maximise space whilst also creating the perfect haven for your little prince or princess. Read on for our top tips and take a look at these links for wallpaper and painting supplies to help you get started.

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Choosing Your Scheme

 

Many of us get stuck in the “shall we paint it blue, pink or white?” frame of mind when we’re decorating our little one’s bedroom. But you have to remember that the most important thing – when they’re really little, anyway – is having a comfortable space for you and baby to snuggle up in. When you’re planning and choosing your scheme, remember that it should be as neutral as possible. You don’t want to throw away any gifts that your baby might receive that don’t perfectly “fit” with the colour scheme – so keep it neutral and keep it cosy.

Try to Plan Ahead

Although that super cute little toddler bed might seem like the perfect investment, in two or three years, they’ll have completely grown out of it – making it a fairly expensive bed. Instead, look for an adjustable bed that can be altered as your little one gets bigger. The same goes for the rest of the furniture in the room too. Try to choose multi-functional pieces, such as a chest of drawers cum changing table. That way, you can invest in pieces that will last for years. Wooden or painted wood furniture is best, simply because it’s timeless and will grow with them as their personality and tastes develop.

Make Them Think That Everything is Their Idea

Toddlers, especially around the age of 3 or 4, have a tendency to change their minds as often as they change their socks. If they’re insisting upon a certain theme or style, interpret it – but interpret it loosely. If your little boy wants a space and alien theme, accommodate with some tasteful wall stickers (easily removed!) or use a stencil to paint the design on. If he changes his mind, simply remove the sticker or paint over.

You Can Never Have Enough Storage

Let’s face it, with children, toddlers and babies, you can never have enough storage. Whatever their age, there’s always stuff and a lot of it – nappies and babygrows when they’re little and clothes, toys and teddies as they grow a little bit older. Insert storage space wherever you can – underneath the bed is always a good idea. Storage shelving units are always a good idea, too – stick little labels onto drawers so that your little one knows exactly what goes where. Make a game of tidying up, too, if you like – to “encourage” them to put their stuff away! No spare space in your little one’s room? Try to find at least one space in the house, such as under the stair cupboard, to store their bits and pieces.

Source: 4Homes

DIY Tips: How to Make a Dark Room Seem Lighter

Playroom a little dull? Box room feel like a cave? Many of us are stuck with a small, dark room that we don’t know what to do with – simply because it’s so dark. Learn how to make a dark room seem lighter with these nifty tips. Take a look at this link for painting and wall covering supplies to help you get the job done.

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  • Choose paint or wallpaper with a metallic or lightly pearlescent finish. It’ll help to bounce light around the room, emphasising what little light you do have, making the room seem lighter. Go for light, neutral colours – if you’re trying to make your room look brighter, painting the walls lighter is key.
  • Alternatively, choose, a bright, light sunny paint or wallpaper. Things like pale lemon yellow are always a great choice as they bring the outside in. Neutral, earthy tones are always a good choice if you don’t want to use white, cream or a pale metallic.
  • Try mirrored furniture. It makes small rooms look appear larger – and it also makes dark rooms appear lighter. Mirrored side tables and chest of drawers will make all the difference.
  • Choose fabrics, furniture and soft furnishings with a slight sheen or metallic finish. The more of these slightly sheeny materials, the better – they’ll bounce light around the room.
  • When you come to choose furniture, look for pieces that are light in colour and tone and introduce colour using one or two paintings, cushions or a brightly coloured bedcover, for example. Introduce as much in the way of light, bright colours into the room that you possibly can and don’t use dark, draining colours, especially on the wall coverings and walls as it’ll literally drain all of the light from the room.
  • If you can, choose light, reflective flooring. Glass tiles are always a good idea for an office or similar room, as they’ll bounce light around. You could also paint wooden floorboards for a cool and quirky look, or, if you’re furnishing a bedroom, opt for a carpet in a luxurious pale wool finish. Again, think about using carpet with a light sheen – it really helps create a feeling of light and space. Light colours add light – dark colours minimise and reduce light and make any space feel darker.
  • Don’t be afraid to use large lights. We often use lamps and spotlights only in small rooms like offices and small bedrooms, but you can really afford to use a little more artificial light. When lighting an intimate office or eating area, why not hang low pendant lights instead of using lamps? You could even install pendant lights over bedside tables instead of using lamps. Put spotlights everywhere you can fit them – under cupboards, in cupboards, about shelving units, in bookcases and in the ceiling, too. They can throw off a surprising amount of light and as a bonus, reflect off of every shiny surface – making your room lighter, brighter and cleaner, too!

Source: 4Homes