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5 Predictable Spring Trends

Thursday, August 13, 2015

If you follow fashion, interior design or furnishing trends, with each new season you can expect to see fresh ideas and inspiration. Well, Spring is just around the corner and everyone is wondering what the newest trends in interiors will be! So here’s 5 predictable interior trends to help you get ready for the new season!

1. Pastels & Pinks

Generally when you think of Spring, you think of warm pastel pinks, lavenders and soft greens. This season, these feminine colours will dominate the colour schemes. If you’re worried about the colours being too feminine, try including contrasting colours using furniture or accessories to make a bold statement and provide some balance. Metallics such as golds, bronze and copper paired with pastels is also a lovely touch, but if you want something more understated, whites, oranges and greys work particularly well with these colours.

2. Raw Authenticity

Go for the honest, raw, authentic look, first trended by Haymes Paint. This look embodies the ‘less is more' factor, creating an unfussy style that de-clutters space in favour of simplicity. Typically made of up neutral, natural tones such as browns and creams, these calming colours are perfect for interior accessories and styling. Start with a simple piece of natural furniture and build up textures and colours around it with artwork and accessories.

3. Geometric Patterns

Geometric patterns and graphic art are hanging around for another season. They can make any room go from dull to bold instantly. Easy to find room accessories include rugs and pillow cases. If you find them to be too bold or perhaps you’re over this trend, try more understated patterns and lines as a sophisticated alternative.

4. Colours with Attitude

Over the pastels and neutrals? Why not brighten with daring colours and patterns. Add a bit of attitude to your room, through bold accessories or furniture pieces upcycled in bold designs. Or for the really bold statement, create feature walls with exuberant wallpaper.

5. Spring Cleaning in Small Spaces

Small spaces can be a pain for most homeowners, but they can also be a small blessing in disguise. Generally they offer a catalyst for change where you are forced to de-clutter your space and utilise the space more effectively. This often means incorporating cleaver design ideas. For example, if you want to provide the illusion of a bigger room, hang drapes as high as you can above windows or strategically place a mirror. Invest in smart furniture that also act as storage spaces and use a fool proof neutral colour on the walls to prevent a small space from closing in on itself, unless of course you’re going for a cosy look, then a darker colour will do the trick.

Bay Windows & Shutters

Thursday, July 23, 2015

One style of window that is difficult to dress with curtains or blinds is the bay window. Our shutters can solve this problem! Bay windows provide a home with a more shape and elegance, moving away from the ‘square’ room, and they look fantastic with shutters. If you have a bay window in your home, we suggest shutters to maximise the effect and potential of your window.

These angled bay windows (below) have been installed with a ’tier on tier’ style shutter. Excellent for very tall windows and works particularly well in a bay style window. It is the most popular style of shutter install for a bay window simply due to the versatility. Open the top tiers to let light in, while maintaining privacy on the bottom tier by keeping them closed. Perfect for ground floor windows. Adjusting the slats also allows you to maximise the light and airflow to your desire while still maintaining your much-needed privacy.>

Again, shutters complement this smaller styled bay window. Installed as bi-folds, the simplicity of the design adds elegance and sophistication to the room, offering perfect light control!

From bay to curved, no window is too difficult for shutters. In this instance, a curved window is fitted with pivot hinges top and bottom. The options are endless. Contact your nearest All Shutters & Blinds consultant to talk shutters today.

Baby Room Design Tips

Friday, June 26, 2015

So you’re expecting a new addition to the family! Gone are the days where dresser draws and cardboard boxes were deemed suitable nap-time abodes for children (trust us we’ve seen it done!) We know it can be a stressful and daunting task, so here are some pointers to help you get inspired!

Find a feature piece first

It’s often easier and more effective to decide a theme for your nursery when you let it start from a piece of furniture or art you love. Find something you think is truly special and unique then take your cues from that.

Make it personal

No one wants to spend the time and effort into their nursery to have it turn out like a generic ikea advertisement.  One of our favourite ways to add a uniquely personal touch is to get any other kids in the family to do some art specifically for the baby. This is also a great way to help them get excited about the new addition to the family.

You have to be able to enjoy it too!

While this room may not be specifically for you, the odds are you are going to be spending quite a lot of time here over the next few months! So it’s important to make sure that you actually enjoy the space you’re creating as well.  Throw in a comfortable rocking chair or sofa so that you’ll be at ease during the long days (and nights) ahead.

Don't be afraid to be bold

Too often people think that nurseries have to be soft, neutral tones. This isn’t the case.  A combination of prominent and discreet colours can give a room warmth and life whilst not being so loud as to remove the atmosphere of relaxation. 


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