What Does Your Paint Colour Say About You? Part 1

Some of us gravitate towards darker, moody colours, whilst others go for bright, golden hues and big, bold patterns. Learn what those colours mean and what they say about you – as well as tips for how to use them – with this post. Click here for painting materials and tools and take a look here for handymen to help you get the job done.

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Soft and Warm

Cheeky and cheerful, soft and warm colours like orange, yellow and dark red are often associated with roaring fires and sunny skies – and if you’re the type of person to use these bright and cheerful tones, you’re probably a cheerful kind of chappy yourself. It’s likely that you love having people over, and a fuzzy feeling in your tummy from looking at your lovely cosy home. There’s a reason why these rooms make you feel warm and cosy – the colours “spring” forwards, which makes the room feel more intimate. However, for some, warm colours can be a little bit cloying – so to tone it down, add a little bit of blue grey or green to your warm shade – it’ll cool the warm shade ever so slightly, neutralising it a little bit. Another alternative is to add a smidge of white to the colour to cool it down a little bit.

Natural Greens and Blues

If you look to nature – the green of a field, the lilac hue of a field of lavender, medium blues of the sky – basically, any colour that you’d find in the sky, in a field, or outdoors, you’re probably a little more laidback and relaxed. These natural colours are far easier on the eye than bright warm colours and oranges and are lower in intensity – which means that if you have migraines or suffer from headaches or anything like that, you’re better off with more natural hues.

Jewel Tones

If you’re a bit of a head-turner – or you want people to sit up and take notice of you and your lovely home – think about jewel tones. If the room is big enough to take the colour, consider deep purples, amethyst, topaz, emerald and ruby. Contrast the colours together and use a textured wallpaper for an even more luxurious feel, then use gold toned, rose gold or vintage gold tone lamps, fixtures and fittings. As for fabrics, look for materials that feel good when you touch them – that make you want to give them a stroke. It’ll be a crowd-pleasing room for sure, but then, you’re probably a bit of a crowd pleaser, aren’t ya?

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How to Choose Paint Colour

Stuck between blue and green? Red and yellow? Or are you just hoping to create a calm and cool environment? Choosing a paint colour can be really tricky as you don’t really know what it’ll look like until it goes on the wall (or on the piece of furniture that you’re painting), so it’s important to have a really good think about what you do and don’t like. Follow these tips to find out how and have a look at these painting and wall covering supplies to help you get the job done.

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  • Figure out what your favourite colour is. If you don’t already know, open up a box of pencils or crayons and see which one tickles your fancy. If you love it, you can just take it to the paint shop and get them to mix it up for you.
  • Which colours really speak to you? Do you love the red of a sunset or the gorgeous blue hue of the sea? Knowing whether you love cool, clean colours or warm, earthy hues is really important.
  • Still not sure? Take a look in your wardrobe. Which colours do you wear all the time? Which do you constantly pass over? Which colours do you always ignore? If you don’t like mustard yellow sweaters you’re not going to like mustard yellow walls.
  • Take into account the size of the space. If it’s a really small room, you’re not going to want to make it look even smaller. If it’s a large room, you might want to make it feel smaller, or use cooler colours to emphasise the feeling of space.
  • Generally, designers advise that you don’t use the same colour scheme throughout the house – instead, that you unify the colours throughout the house. Tone colours together and use complementary patterns – but don’t feel like you have to match everything together.
  • What is the overall feel that you’re trying to create? For example, do you want a relaxing, restful environment? Or a room that makes you feel creative and energised? Spend a little bit of time researching different colours and their effect on mood before you start slapping paint on the walls.
  • Another thing to think about is the view of the room – what you’ll be looking out onto. If you have views of wide open fields, for example, perhaps you want to bring the outside in. Or, if you’re stuck without any views, perhaps you want to create them by using seaside hues or deep forest greens.

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DIY Tips: How to Make Your Home More Grown-Up

We all have one or two items in our homes that don’t reflect who we are now. Maybe we’ve hung onto them for nostalgic reasons or simply because we’ve gotten so used to them that we’ve almost forgotten they were there. If you’re longing for a more grown-up space and want your home to feel more luxurious, follow our guide and take a look at this link for painting tools.

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  • If you have a futon or a sofa bed in your living room, swap it out and put it into a spare bedroom instead. You’ll spend more time in your living room than in your bedroom (depending on how you spend your evenings…) and so it’s important to show your bum so love with a soft, squishy sofa that you can just sink into. Let your guests enjoy the futon instead.
  • Temporary furniture – things like plasticky shelving units in the bathroom, textile wardrobes or hanging rails in the bedroom, or even your odd collection of furniture from family and friends that you were given because you couldn’t afford anything else, looks just that: temporary. As though you’re waiting for something better to come along. So, if you can afford to, invest in either a new set of furniture or at least some classical pieces that you’ll be able to use in different spaces and different homes.
  • If you’re a lover of art or film and have a selection of posters taped onto your walls, you don’t need to get rid of them completely – just frame them and put them on display properly. For a modern look, you could choose matte black frames but for a slightly quirkier look, use a random selection of vintage frames.
  • It sounds silly, but small rugs just look like postage stamps in rooms of virtually all sizes. A large rug will really anchor the room and will help to accentuate hardwood floors or laminate without overpowering it. Choose a rug with a really nice texture that you can just sink your feet into after a long day at work.
  • Cheap bedding looks just that – cheap. It tends not to wash that well, either, losing any softness it might have once had and becoming scratchy and irritating. Invest in some decent bedding with a higher thread count and you’ll immediately notice the difference in terms of appearance and how well you sleep, too.
  • It’s all well and good having plastic dishware, but you need to make sure that it isn’t your only set. If you live somewhere that’s hot and sunny and you spend a lot of time eating outdoors, you might want to use plastic dishes – the same goes if you have children. But if not, your main dishware set should be crockery.
  • Any empty space that looks a bit bland and boring – like the top of a mantelpiece or a bookshelf with only one or two books on it will simply look like you’ve either neglected the space or that you couldn’t work out what else to do with it. Use candles, candlesticks, photographs, mirrors and accessories to jazz up those empty spaces and make your room look complete.

Source: House Beautiful

DIY Tips: Nifty Tricks for Small Spaces

Small spaces don’t need to feel like caves. Nor do they need to be sacrificed because they “can’t be anything else”. A small bedroom doesn’t have to become an office, or an en-suite bathroom, or a home office. That nook under the stairs doesn’t need to be turned into a storage cupboard. Follow these nifty tricks for small spaces to learn exactly how to use them most effectively, with lots of clever details and use of colour to make them much more inviting.

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  • Use interesting objects – anything from nude portraits to a big geometric print to a bold pattern on the wall – to draw attention away from the size of the room. It’s a sneaky trick, but it’s a good one.
  • One trick is to mirror the wall opposite the source of light – the door, or the window. You can do this either using a large mirror, or for a truly full on and elegant look, use three mirrored panels – one of 50% in the middle of the wall, and two panels of 25% on either side.
  • In a thin and narrow kitchen, avoid putting too much stuff up too high and – this is the biggie – get rid of stuff. Do you really need 2 different sets of plates? 4 types of glasses? A “good” set of cutlery and a regular set of cutlery? No, not really. Use what you have and get rid of the stuff that actually, you don’t need.
  • Another option for small spaces – perhaps if your hallway is particularly small, you can play on the size of it by using a patterned wallpaper, mirrors and an eclectic mix of paintings to create an intimate and welcoming place to greet guests.
  • More is more when it comes to mirrors – for a vintage, eclectic feel, group a random selection of mirrors on one wall with plenty of different frames, wooden, frameless, black, vintage frames, gilt frames, with the largest frame in the middle.
  • For a huge amount of wow factor – and to truly show off your style – cover the whole room with the same fabric. Curtains, cushions, throws. Even if your favourite pattern is zebra print. It’s a fast way to make a huge impact and it’ll make the room feel more cohesive, too.
  • Panelling a small room in pastel hues is a lovely way to make it feel bigger.
  • Don’t be afraid of adding things like fireplaces or mantelpieces, either – in Victorian houses almost every room had a fireplace and they’re a brilliant way to add a focal point, as it provides a spot that you can easily hang art or mirrors above.
  • If you’re brave, go for a full on fantasy inspired look – graphic floors, high gloss units, a high gloss ceiling – anything that shouts “look at me”. Use the 1960s as your inspiration and you won’t go far wrong.
  • In a small bedroom, a four poster bed can actually make the space look bigger provided that there’s enough space for you to get around the bed, and for an end table and bedside tables. You don’t have to scrimp on luxury just because you’re short on space.

Source: House Beautiful

DIY Tips: 20 Things No-One Ever Told You About Decorating

Decorating doesn’t sound like it’s difficult – slap a bit of paint on the walls and artfully arrange a few cushions/pillows along with a few candlesticks and paintings and viola, job done. But to get it right, and to get it right in every room of the house – every time – requires a little more skill. Read on to find out about the 20 things no-one ever told you about decorating and take a look at this link for painting and decorating materials.

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  • 2 cushions look decidedly unwelcoming and sparse. Use at least two sets, instead, in different colours and textures for a more luxurious and comfortable feel. Same goes for decorative pillows.
  • Small bed + small bedroom = even smaller bedroom. Use a bed with a taller mattress and a big headboard instead.
  • If you have a vintage or antique cabinet or armoire, arrange the contents elegantly and keep the doors open to show off your stash.
  • Dark walls tend to reduce the feeling of space, but if the room has plenty of windows and pale floors, a smaller space can still rock dark hues.
  • An easy peasy way to transform a bedroom with sliding wardrobe doors? Wallpaper ’em. If you’re converting a bedroom into an office, this is a particularly good idea as the wardrobe is quickly turned from a closet into a chic filing cabinet.
  • Large collections of plates or various accessories can be displayed easily by setting up elegant wall brackets – just pop your accessories on top. Make sure you secure them if you have little ones about the house.
  • Using a real rug instead of a bath mat in a bathroom might sound counterproductive, but really, a bathmat is just a bit cheap and it won’t withstand as much wear and tear as a real rug. Just wash it carefully.
  • Stop the press: living rooms do not need to have sofas. Nope. Arrange some lovely cosy chairs and love seats for a different look.
  • A white room will always look chic and it’s a look you can instantly update with a few brightly coloured accessories – be it living room, bathroom or bedroom. You don’t have to use colour.
  • Mix and match styles – a four poster won’t look incongruous in a stripped back modern bedroom, it’ll look fabulous.
  • Layering up your lamps is a fab idea. Have two either side of the bed, and another two just above the headboard for reading. It’ll make the room feel much more ambient.
  • Blankets and throws look messy if you don’t fold ’em up. When not in use, fold carefully and arrange at one end of the sofa. If you’re using throws to cover sofa cushions, make sure they’re well tucked in all the way round rather than just thrown on top. It might be called a “throw” but that doesn’t mean you should just chuck it on.
  • For plenty of versatility, instead of a traditional coffee table, use a fabric ottoman topped with a wooden tray. The ottoman provide perfect storage and the tray can be picked up to carry cups back to the kitchen.
  • To emphasise the feeling of space, choose furniture with legs that are raised off the ground. To make the room feel more grounded, choose skirted pieces.
  • Gold doesn’t have to be showy. A few muted accents here and there will give the room a fabulously luxe feel.
  • If you have a big room but not enough stuff to stuff it with, a potted plant perched in a corner will never go amiss.
  • The very best fabric choice for a dining room is leather – it’s very strong and really easy to clean. Even more so if you want white chairs.
  • In your dining room, use co-ordinating yet different sets of chairs. For example, one high-back bench, one bench and two chairs instead of 8 identical seats.
  • Be kind to your closet. If you’re lucky enough to have a walk in wardrobe, give it some love with lights and colour.
  • You can reinvent vintage pieces. Just because they’re from the 1950s doesn’t mean they should stay that way, plus, not every piece of furniture in the house can be dark brown.

Source: House Beautiful

DIY Tips: 10 Colour Mistakes You Shouldn’t Make

Do you know which colours work well together? Which colours you should use as the neutral backdrop to your bold accents? Whether it’s okay to mix and match colours, patterns and textures? Read on to find out the 10 colour mistakes you shouldn’t make – ever – and take a look at this link for painting supplies to help you on your way.

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1. What Colour is Your Ceiling?

We’re willing to bet that it’s white. And if it’s white, it means that it has flecks of grey in it – all white paint contains a subtle hint of grey. If you put this colour onto the ceiling, it’ll make the height of the walls seem shorter, shrinking them and making the room feel smaller. Use a warm cream instead.

2. Matchy-matchy

Although you need a coherent colour scheme, it’s best to avoid exactly matching a colour on the wall to a colour in the fabric of a cushion – it’s too obvious. Instead, choose something that has a few tones of grey in it, as it’ll stop everything looking matchy-matchy but still keep the entire scheme cohesive.

3. Neutrals

Every room needs balance, so it’s really important that you team those bold bright colours with a number of soft neutrals – they won’t tone them down, exactly, but they’ll really make them pop and will help to prevent the space from just looking like a paint chart.

4. Colour Continuity

Although you might not want to use the exact same colours in every room of the house, to create a sense of continuity, it’s a good idea to use similar hues, or at least colours in the same palette, so that all of the rooms feel somewhat connected to one another. This is particularly important when spaces actually run into each other – like a dining room and a kitchen.

5. Cool Contrast

A room without contrast is boooorrrriiiinnng. Plenty of neutrals are nice but what makes a room even nicer is to add some lovely contrasting colours or textures. For example, a black leather chair or some sleek and glossy white furniture provide lovely contrast to a soft carpet or a fluffy cushion.

6. Don’t Go Too Far

If you make things too obvious – or go too far with your colour scheme by not using contrast or neutrals, you’ll make the room look a bit stiff. A bit unloved and a bit show-homey. What you want is something that’s both stylish and substantial enough for the whole family to enjoy.

7. How Will You Look?

People never think about how the room will complement them – a lady with blue eyes, for example, might benefit from a room with shades of grey and lavender, as it’ll help bring out the colour of her eyes.

8.  Not All At Once

You should never be afraid to use colour, but if you’re not brave enough to do everything at once, let the room evolve by adding more and more colour as you feel comfortable. It’ll also make you feel like the room is constantly changing, preventing boredom from settling in.

9. Get the Right Finish

You’ll need to prepare the walls well and use a decent paint if you want the end result to look good, whatever finish you’re going for – matte, eggshell, patent.

10. Choose Deep Colours

Deep colours should pull you in, rather than leap out at you, so it’s important that you add some depth to a room by choosing some deep colours.

Source: House Beautiful

DIY Tips: 5 Must Know Home Decor Tips Part 2

Decorating is always difficult. Choosing a theme that everyone will love and that everyone will feel comfortable in can be tricky – plus, it can be difficult knowing whether to keep up with the latest interior design trends or opt for something safe. In part 2 of our must know tips series we share exactly how to transform your house, taking it from drab to fab. Take a look at this link for painting materials to help you get started. lounge

Use Neutrals

Neutral hues don’t have to be boring. In fact, when layered up with different textures, fabrics and hues – metallics on the walls, wheatgrass flooring and soft, suede cushions all work brilliantly together even if they’re similar in colour, as it stops the room from looking too matchy-matchy. In the image above, taupes, creams and greys combine to create a restful look that is anything but boring.

Include Side Tables

Side tables might not sound like a particularly exciting interior design choice but including them in your design means that you’ll instantly create a feeling of cosiness. Interior designers use side tables and follow the rule that for every chair or sofa there should be a side table. When you stay at a hotel, you’ll see plenty of tables next to sofas, which is meant to make you want to curl up with a coffee or a glass of wine and a magazine – so follow this rule in your own home.

Don’t Hide the TV

For years we’ve struggled with TVs. Do we keep ’em out in the open? Hide them away? Put them into a cupboard? The truth is, it’s perfectly fine and completely acceptable to keep the TV out in the open now, especially if it’s a newer model. You could put it up on the wall and run the cable underneath the plasterboard but this will usually result in you getting a cricked neck when watching the footie. Just put it on display, but try to make sure that it isn’t the main focal point.

Mixing Patterns Isn’t Easy

Although interior designers will tell you to be brave, to mix and match patterns and to choose colour combos that you’ve never really thought of, it does take a lot of practice to properly mix patterns and colours. If you are going to mix patterns, make sure they’re in a similar if not identical colour scheme, or that they’re the same kind of shape/style/size. For example, you could mix stripes and a flock pattern if they were in a similar colour, and vintage floral fabrics that have flowers roughly the same size and shape.

Make a Small Space Work Harder

A thin and narrow kitchen can be difficult to work with but that doesn’t mean that you have to miss out on storage space or crimp on style. Put cupboards and units up to the ceiling and keep everything light and bright. Stuck with a teeny-tiny bedroom? Consider using a built-in sliding wardrobe and maximise every single bit of space for shoes, socks, shelves for t-shirts and jumpers and hanging space for blouses, skirts and dresses.

Source: House Beautiful

DIY Tips: How to Make a Beautiful Home Office

There are more home offices than ever before with more and more people working from home – so it’s important that you make yours beautiful. If you have to work from home and if you have to spend eight hours a day there, you might as well create a lovely space to do it in. Follow our tips to creating a beautiful home office and take a look at this link for painting materials to help you create the perfect working space for you.

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  • Find the right space for your office. Ideally you’d be able to shut the door on your office so that you can leave work behind when you’re finished for the day. You’ll spend as much time in your home office as you will in the rest of the house, so it’s important not to treat it as a boring spare room. Be kind to your office and it’ll be kind to you!
  • Consider a stand up desk or a chair with a gym ball. Recent research has shown that the more sedentary you are, the more likely it is that your life expectancy will be reduced – so think about having a standing desk, where you have to stand up to work, or a chair that’s half gym ball – it’ll force you to make constant shuffling movements to stabilise your body which will increase your core strength
  • Another good idea is using an L-shaped desk, with the computer set up in the corner of the L, with a printer/copier at one end and organisational space at the other. Don’t waste those two work surfaces as they’ll come in super-handy!
  • Get a comfortable chair. If you are going to sit down to get your work done, make sure you do it in comfort. It doesn’t even have to be stylish – just something comfortable, ergonomic and supportive, that’ll provide your spine with the support it needs for you to sit down all day. Don’t scrimp on it, either – your chair and your computer should be your biggest investments
  • Use some colour, but make sure that it is conductive to a working environment. Bright and bold patterns are all well and good in a bedroom or leisure space but if you’re trying to work you can’t choose a headache-inducing ’60s geometric print. Green and blue are lovely choices but generally if you just choose something that you find restful and relaxing, you’ll do just fine
  • Remember that you can never, ever have too much storage space. A cluttered office is a sign of a cluttered mind, as they say, so it’s important that you keep it fairly tidy. Full shelving units will do the job nicely but if you’re short on space, open shelving or even just a chest of drawers stashed under your desk.

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DIY Tips: Decorating Ideas for an Older Child’s Bedroom

It’s pretty easy to decorate a nursery – soft textures, pretty pastels and plenty of storage. But how do you decorate a bedroom for a child that’s at that slightly awkward in-between age? Not a “baby” anymore but not yet old enough to fall out with you at the drop of a hat. Here, we share our top tips and decorating ideas for an older child’s bedroom. Take a look at this link for painting materials to help you get the job done.

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  • Ask them what their favourite colours are, but use a version of them that is appropriate for your home and for the rest of your decor. For example, if your daughter loves bright neon pink and bubblegum blue, you can compromise with baby pink and pale dove grey – that way, it’ll work with the rest of the house but it’ll also look stylish as they move into their teenage years
  • Add accents and style using soft furnishings, bedding and artwork – these can all be easily updated as their tastes change, which means that all you need to do is rehang a few pictures instead of repainting the whole room
  • Kids at this age love sleepovers, so make sure that you have a pull-out bed, a Z-bed or even just a squishy beanbag or two so that your little one can have their friends over
  • Adjustable shelves are a fantastic idea – fit them when they’re younger and they’ll accomodate large picture books, but then when they get older, you’ll be able to adjust them so that they can fit CDs, DVDs and paperbacks. Use two tiers of hanging rails in the wardrobe to maximise space, and hang a shoe storage rack – it can be used for shoes, but also for folded t-shirts, skirts and tops – perfect if you only have space for a wardrobe and can’t fit in a set of drawers
  • Lighting is really important – overhead lights can be a bit too bright and aren’t the best idea if you’re trying to create a cool and restful space. Putting lamps on either side of the bed will make the room feel wonderfully grown up, but you can keep it young by using lamps activated by clapping or by touching the base. Another option is to add a string of fairy lights wound around the end of a bed or around a mirror – making a super pretty space for a younger girl, or string a net of lights above the bed to create a cosmos of stars for a budding space explorer
  • Wall stickers are a great way to personalise the space in a hurry – they’re more stylish than posters, but they can easily be removed when you or your children’s tastes change

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DIY Tips: How to Decorate a Nursery

Decorating a nursery isn’t as easy as you’d think – it isn’t just about choosing pale pink or pale blue and stuffing as many teddies onto shelves as you can. It’s important to create a soothing, calming and restful space that’s conductive not only to sleep, but to learning, playing and allowing your baby to explore the world around them. Follow our tips to create the perfect space, and take a look at this link for painting materials.

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  • Think about what you need from the nursery, too. It’s not just about your baby – it’s also about you. After all, you’ll be spending plenty of time in there and so you need to make sure that you have a comfy chair, plenty of storage for everything you’ll need in the middle of the night – bottles, nappies, blankets, spare clothes for baby and maybe even a few spare clothes or pairs of PJs for you
  • Comfort and calm are two things you must keep in mind when choosing paint colours, wallpapers, fabrics and furniture. Cosiness is incredibly important, but you also need to choose colours that are known to calm and soothe: pale blues and lilacs are lovely, while pale lemon is a wonderfully sunny, happy hue. Look for tactile, soft fabrics – they’ll be comfortable but they’ll also act as tools for baby to learn how to explore the world around them. Pop a mobile above the cot, but make sure that it’s hung high up out of the way and that baby won’t be able to reach it once they’re able to stand. Choose a sweet, happy mobile with characters or items that will help your baby learn
  • Look for multi-purpose pieces of furniture that can also be used when your baby moves out of the nursery and into their first grown-up room. Chests of drawers, for example, can double as a changing table – just pop a mat on top (Never leave baby unattended!). Or, a 2 in 1 cot bed that you can take the sides off of when they’re old enough, that can double as their first bed – saving you money 1 or 2 years down the line
  • Blackout blinds are always a good choice for a nursery as they’ll help your little one to sleep and will hopefully stop them from being woken up at the first signs of dawn – and it’ll also help when the sun comes up especially early in the summer months. Buy them on a roller, so that through the day, you can easily wind the blind up and let plenty of natural light into the room – and then pull it back down if you put baby down for a nap in the middle of the day
  • Ideally, keep the nursery at around 18C – not too hot and not too cold. Don’t position the cot next to a radiator or too close to a window, and if you can, pop in a thermometer just so you can keep an eye on the temperature

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