What Does Your Paint Colour Say About You? Part 2

Here, we continue our series about what your paint colour says about you and how to choose the perfect colours for your home, as well as how to create gorgeous looks that everyone will love.

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  • If you love soft, cool blues, it probably means that you view your lovely house as a little bit of a calm, soothing oasis away from the hustle and bustle of the rest of the world – and that, in turn, might mean that you’re a little bit of an introvert. But that’s no bad thing! Keep in mind though that blues can be very cold, so unless that’s the look you’re going for, try to warm the room up with wooden furniture and hints of orange, brown and yellow to brighten up the place. Some soft furnishings and squishy, strokable fabrics will also help.
  • Colours that literally pop and sparkle, like sapphire, emerald, ruby and amethyst are so popular for a reason: they’re dynamic. When you paint a small bathroom in a navy blue, for example, it’ll draw the walls in and make the space feel small and cramped. Paint a small bathroom in a sapphire blue and it’ll feel a bit smaller, sure, but it’ll also feel special. Pair them with neutrals or colours that have a similar intensity and the space’ll look fab. Oh, and if you love jewel colours? It probably means you’re a little bit outlandish, and a little bit fabulous!
  • If you’re a big fan of neutrals, like cream, the colour of rocks along a shoreline, the colour of freshly picked mushrooms or the shade of wheat in a field, it doesn’t mean that you’re boring – far from it. More likely, that you’re even-keeled and practical. Neutrals go with everything and the bonus is, you can change things up with your accessories when you get bored. Liven things up with a bright throw cushion or an unusual piece of wall art and then just change it up when you fancy a makeover. Oh, and remember – neutral doesn’t have to mean cream. Neutral can be a pale purple, or a pale pink. You can make a neutral room more interesting even by introducing some different tones and textures – nubby fabrics, chiffons, wools, woven rugs and bamboo baskets. Make sure that there’s a contrast between the walls, the floor and the main furniture in the room – the sofas and the coffee tables, if you’re decorating the lounge – to prevent the space from looking too clinical – and above all, have fun.

Source: Real Simple

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?

Source: Real Simple

 

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: 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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Source: House to Home

DIY Tips: 2014 Bedroom Design Ideas

Bedroom design can be tricky. But you can revamp your bedroom into a chic, glam space, or a restful, relaxing haven by taking inspiration from some of 2014’s hottest bedroom design ideas. To help you get started, take a look at this link for painting and wall covering supplies.

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Moroccan

Today’s Moroccan-inspired bedroom uses calming and soothing shades of blue, navy and crisp white, instead of warm hues that you’d normally associate with Morocco. A bright white background provides the perfect background to let bright blue cushions, throws and bedlinens really pop. Opt for white furniture, too, if you’re trying to keep to a budget, or paint your existing wooden furniture white – that way you can use it in the future with a different colour scheme. Choose zig-zag and ornate geometric patterns in navy and cobalt blue, with silver metalwork trays and small ornate lamps to finish the look.

Rustic

A twist on the classic country/vintage theme, this year, the rustic look uses more industrial-inspired accessories and furniture, to add edge and interest to the look. Use soft, neutral colours on the walls and floors – an off-white on the walls and pale wooden flooring or pale painted floorboards. Add colour using dark navy, taupe and chocolate brown, and look for antique or reclaimed furniture, such as an old oak dressing table or metal trunks that you can use as bedside tables. For accessories, look for products made from raw materials, such as lamps from steel or cushions covered in simple brushed linen. Materials with elegant letter motifs or antique clocks will keep the look contemporary.

Danish

Take inspiration from some of the coolest Danish dramas on TV and create a modern, contemporary space. This look is all about the accessories, with a stark, pared back feel that we’ve all come to associate with Danish dramas and literature. Paint the walls a warm grey hue and choose a pale colour for the floor. You could use carpeting, if you like, although pale wooden flooring will keep the look sleek. For your furniture, opt for pared back black or white furniture with a modern feel – look for sharp edges, unusual shapes and quirky features. Accessorise the room with cool, quirky bedlinens and some of this year’s coolest colours – bright orange and cobalt blue. Black and white photography printed linens, cushions and throws are all the rage, while geometric patterns will liven up the space a treat. Don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns, either – this look shouldn’t be matchy-matchy.

Pretty Pink

Pink can be a bit girly for a bedroom, but in this scheme, Oriental patterns, textures and furniture team up to create a pretty look that isn’t stereotypically “Oriental”. Choose minimalist furniture, paint walls in a blush rose hue or hang intricate patterned wallpaper. Bamboo will add warmth to the look while paper lanterns will add drama.

Source: UKTV Home

DIY Tips: How to Design a Feature Wall

Whether you want to revamp the wall above the stairs, behind the sofa or behind your bed, you can add a style statement in an instant by using patterned wallpaper, a bold bright paint, wall decal or even just a few well-chosen accessories and paintings to create a feature wall. Take a look at our guide to creating a feature wall to learn more and view this link for decorating supplies to get started.

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  • Decide where you want to update and how you want to update it. Do you want to jazz up a bland bit of wall or completely revamp your lounge?  Work out what you want to change and come up with some colour scheme ideas.
  • Choose a maximum of three colours, then bring them altogether using neutral hues like white, cream, grey and black. Generally, if using more than one bright colour, you’ll keep one colour dominant and use the others as accents.
  • You don’t just have to hang photos or pictures – you can hang pretty much anything you like on the wall. In the image above, the design includes reclaimed numbers, vintage boards and a coat hook – creating a fun, modern look with a vintage twist. You could hang plates in an informal arrangement, metal sculptures and much, much more – but before you start putting nails and picture hooks in the wall, arrange the objects out on the floor to make sure they work together in your chosen formation.
  • Create optical illusions on the wall using clever paint effects – for example, paint a thick horizontal stripe on the wall to use as a “shelf”, or even a freestanding lamp, as in the image below. It’ll add a quirky feel to the room for mere pennies.

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  • Make your chimney breast and fireplace into a wonderful feature by adding slate tiles – particularly lovely in a period property or converted space, such as a barn conversion, as it helps to tie the old and new features together. Team with wooden flooring for a streamlined, back-to-basics look that brings the outside indoors.
  • Turn shelving and shelving boxes into a feature by placing them in an informal arrangement. If you like, paint the back of each box a different colour, so that they look like picture frames, then use them to display all of your favourite accessories. Another tip is to arrange photos and pictures on a shelf that runs along the top of the wall instead of in the middle of the wall for a more formal look.
  • Use a stencil to create a bespoke pattern on your feature wall. Paint the wall in your choice of base colour, then use a contrasting colour on the stencil. Arrange the stencils down the side of the chimney breast, or in whichever pattern you like. Alternatively, you could use a wall decal or sticker.

Source: UKTV Home

DIY Tips: How to Mix Paint

Creating the perfect colour for your home is easier than you might think – and you can use up leftover colours and testing pots, too, which means that it’s very inexpensive. Learn how to mix paint with the tips below and take a look at this link for painting and wall covering supplies to help you get the job done.

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Things You’ll Need:

  • differing paint colours of the same finish – i.e. all emulsion or all gloss
  • white paint of the same type
  • black paint of the same type

Experiment with Colour Theory

Colour theory is the idea that you can mix primary colours together to create secondary colours – i.e. yellow, red and blue, to create orange, purple and green. You can also mix a secondary colour with a primary colour, such as green with yellow to create lime green. Experiment before you start creating a completely new colour by using just a little paint – make sure you feel comfortable and like you know what you’re doing before you get started! You can add a little white to make the colour paler and a little black to make the colour darker.

Keep Track of Ratios Used

When you’re adding new colours, or white and black, keep track of what you add so that you can replicate the colour later on. Just jot it down with a pencil and use measurements that can be replicated – i.e. a tablespoon or teaspoon.

Test the Paint

Although you might think you love the colour, it’s important to test it somewhere inconspicuous so that you can really see what it looks like when it’s on your walls and dry. Let it dry completely before you make a judgement call. Don’t forget that a colour that looks fabulous in a small patch on the wall might be overpowering when applied to the whole wall so use your judgement!

Recreate the Colour

Once you’ve come up with a colour that you’re happy with, you can recreate that colour. Unless you know exactly what you’re doing, it’s not a good idea to add more than two or three colours – you risk “muddying” the paint and ending up with a slushy brown hue. Add paint in only very small quantities and remember that although you can add more paint, you can’t take it away, so it’s important to add colours, including white and black, very gradually.

Use Enough Paint

Make sure that you use enough paint to complete the job. Start with enough for one wall, so that you can create a feature, and keep in mind that it is unlikely that you’ll ever be able to recreate that same hue again and so you’ll need to make all of the paint up at the same time.

Source: 4Homes