2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

We just still cannot seem to believe that 2017 has finally arrived. However, we have to start embracing it. Otherwise before we know it, this year will be over and we won’t have even begun updating our interiors. So here are our 2017 interior design trend predictions. Which ones do you think will fall, and which ones will fly? Let’s get updating your homes.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Upholstered Headboards

Now, all of us at Furl cannot tell you how happy this makes us. Where is the jumping around emoji when you need one?! We have been in love with the upholstered headboard for years and years. Luckily for us, and for you as they are just beautiful, this is one of the most popular 2017 interior design trend predictions. An upholstered headboard can make a huge difference to a room, and really turns the style into hotel chic. We think the larger the headboard, the better. With a large headboard, you don’t need to start thinking about what artwork to hang above it, as the headboard quite simply becomes the artwork.

2017 Interior Design Trend Predictions

Deep buttoned headboards upholstered in Linen are a well-liked choice. However our customers are in love with our Mondrian headboard, which looks it’s best upholstered in a luxurious velvet. (We think so anyway!) There is actually a wall mounted version of the Mondrian in Velvet at our showroom right now, so pop down when you have a spare minute.

Marble

No interior would be complete without a little bit of glam, and marble is certainly glam. You might be thinking, I can’t afford marble and you are totally right. It can get a little bit expensive, but you can still introduce marble into your home no matter what your budget. For those looking to splash the cash, nothing shouts glamorous more than a marble bathroom. They look incredibly luxurious, which suits so many London interiors, but don’t be shocked by the price. For those who are not quite for breaking the bank, marble wallpaper is a fantastic alternative and looks so realistic. B&Q version is available at a very reasonable price. For you crafty lot, spend a couple of pounds on some marble samples from a stone supplier. Then add dots to the bottom of them and turn them into coasters to scatter around your home. This is a very cheap, yet very clever way of adding marble into your home.

Image donated by House of Three
Image donated by House of Three
Cork

Yes you read that correctly – cork is making a comeback. Perhaps one of the weirdest 2017 interior design trend predictions, we never thought would return. We are not quite sure how to feel about this either, but we do have a few ideas where we think it could work. Children’s interiors have become much more interactive over the recent years, in order to help them become more expressive. Why not use cork wallpaper over a small section of wall in your child’s bedroom to create a feature notice board. They can pin up their drawings, party invitations, badges and anything they may collect on their travels. For a more grown up suggestion for the comeback of the cork, quirky coffee table and lamps could really work within an industrial styled interior. Try painting the cork for a different look, which adds that element of fun and interest. Champagne cork stools have been popping up on a few homeware sites, so keep your eyes peeled. They would certainly provide a talking point around the dinner party table.

2017 interior design trend predictions

Green

Pantone’s colour of the year is Greenery. Inspired by nature, this shade of green is like no other green we have seen before. With so many London homes and apartments with very limited outdoor space, if any at all, we are craving a little bit more outdoors in our lives. Described by pantone as a ‘tangy yellow-green’, we think the only way to introduce this colour into your homes is through foliage itself. As it perhaps might be a bit bold on the walls. Having said that, there are lots of nature inspired prints circulating the interiors market. If you are the sort of person that perhaps might not be able to keep a plant alive, this might be a really lovely, subtle way of introducing foliage into your home.

2017 interior design trend predictions

At the end of the year, we shall certainly look back over our 2017 interior design trend predictions to see which ones really took off. Do you think any of our predicted trends will take over our home interiors? Which one would you chose to redecorate your home with? We really hope to see more upholstered headboards and would love to see yours. Tag us in your Instagram posts using @furl.home and use #furlheadboard so we can see which design you picked for yours.

Best Interiors Instagram Accounts – Our top 6

Ho Ho Hello! It’s only 5 days until Christmas and our Christmas countdown continues! Of course we all love Christmas Day, but we also always have that down time. You know the time, when the dinner is eaten and the presents are all opened. Everyone is a little bit tired, and totally full. So we thought this year, you could have a little scroll through some of the best interiors Instagram accounts.

We just cannot get enough of all of the Instagram inspiration. Our favourites are in no particular order. We tried, but it was just too hard to say which one was best. So, here you go, the best interiors Instagram accounts. Happy early Christmas from Furl.

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It was just so difficult to start this off.  So we thought there would be no better way than first of all sharing with you the Instagram account of our favourite Interior Design magazine. With their huge 99.7k following, and recently a divine palette of greens and blues, this feed is a treat for your eyes. There isn’t a day that passes, where we don’t check in on this page.

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Here are the last 6 shots from the lovely @elledecorationuk.

For those who love a little bit of glamour, mixed with an industrial twist, this Instagram account is the one for you. Full of a moody palette of colours, this feed is absolutely packed with inspiration. We will eat our hats if you don’t want to redecorate your home after flicking through this feed on Christmas Day.

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The divine last 6 shots from @homeadore.

best interiors instagram accounts

Scandinavian design has taken centre stage over the last couple of years and this Instagram account certainly shows off how to do it best. With an incredibly impressive following at over 250k, these Scandi Interior Designers know exactly what they are doing. If you are looking to design your home in this style, this is the best interiors Instagram account for you.

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Feast your eyes on these 6 shots from the brilliant @scandinavianhomes.

With christmas coming, we couldn’t not embrace the beautiful Rebecca that has recently added a few elegant decorations to her feed. With a soft french chic style, full of white, we always feel incredibly calm after flicking through her images.

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So take a look at the last 6 beautifully calming shots from @65m2_.

best interiors instagram accounts

Grey has for a long while been the most popular colour for interior decorating. This Instagram account certainly isn’t missing a little bit of grey. Mixed with gorgeous earthy colours it is far from dull.

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Cozey up with the last 6 shots from the great @fiefroeling.

From cozy to luxurious, this interior designer is not short of fabulous interiors to show. Projects are shot in the likes of Chelsea, Belgravia, Mayfair and everywhere else with a hot London postcode. The luxurious London style may not be up your street, but it will certainly give you lots to think about if redesigning your home.

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So finally here are the last 6 shots from the stupendous @laurahammett.interiors.

Leaving you with the best interiors Instagram accounts, we also wanted to give you with a little bit of Christmas wreath inspiration. Here’s to the 20th, and the final countdown to christmas!

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6 Sleeping Tips for Christmas Eve

The excitement of Christmas is really starting to build, and the big day is getting oh so much closer. In complete style, we continue our advent countdown with a few sleeping tips for the run up to the big day itself. Not sure about you, but we still get a few butterflies in our tummy awaiting Santa’s visit. So the Christmas Eve sleep we end up getting isn’t quite what we need for a full day of festivities. So here are a few sleeping tips to ensure you are on top form for the whole of Christmas day.

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Taking advice for the experts when it comes to sleeping tips is certainly advisable. Even though Christmas Eve sleeping is a little bit different, their professional tips can still work wonders. So here is where we turn to the Sleep Foundation. Now lots of their tips are for general life, but some of those apply to those christmas eve jitters.

‘Wind down. Your body needs time to shift into sleep mode, so spend the last hour before bed doing a calming activity such as reading’.

We have a family tradition that every Christmas Eve we watch a film. But not just any film, it has to be a Christmas film! Perhaps this is the problem though – bright light stops you from sleeping easily. Do you have any Christmas family traditions? Tweet us at @Furl_Home. Perhaps reading might work for your family.

‘Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillows. Make sure your mattress is comfortable and supportive’.

Ahem to that! Of course this sounds pretty self explanatory, however you wouldn’t believe the amount of people that ‘make do’. Get yourself out and testing new mattress if you don’t absolutely love getting into yours. We have a lovely selection of mattresses to test and choose from. We recommend knowing nothing about them before testing them. So come on down to our London Showroom and give them a go. Delivery for this year may have passed, but there is nothing wrong with getting yourself ready for next year.

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Thanks professionals, but now we come to those weird and wonderful ways of falling asleep. It would be boring if it wasn’t weird wouldn’t it. The Telegraph gives a few sleeping tips away that are just pure genius.

‘The 4-7-8 Technique – lightly touch the ridge of tissue behind your top front teeth with your tongue, exhale completely, and then adopt the following breathing pattern:
– Breathe in through your nose quietly for a count of 4
– Hold your breath for a count of seven
– Blow air out through your mouth for a count of 8, making a ‘whoosh’ sound
– Repeat the process three more times’

So here we have the new version of counting sheep. However this is actually the proven version so don’t knock it before you try it. They say it is particularly helpful in times of stress. Which of course what they are actually referring to is the stress behind the realisation that Santa might actually forget to visit you. The second tip that they give us is a little more funny. Just you wait…

‘Try staying awake’

I mean seriously? That is the absolute opposite of what we are trying to do! However, they are totally, completely right, it works! Two rules though – you are not allowed to move around or watch TV. This is the absolute dream for us as it makes the build up to Christmas Day so much more exciting.   Not forgetting the proven fact that Santa prefers to visit later to avoid you from hearing him! (Sorry).

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So following on from the weird and wonderful sleeping tips, now we just have the plain weird sleeping tips. Yes, we are going to try both of these on Christmas Eve this year. Don’t worry, we will aim to report back.

‘Eat a spoonful of raw organic honey before going to bed. Or for a savoury snack, eat two tbs of raw almond butter on celery’.

We did warn you that it was weird. But it could become the new family Christmas tradition or perhaps even part of a game. The winner gets the honey, and the loser gets the raw almond butter on celery. What have you got to lose?

‘Take a cold bath or shower before going to bed’.

Now this one seems more like the losers prize to us, but despite being weird, it works. Your body temperature lowers for sleeping, so this just speeds up the process a little.

Hopefully you will be able to get a good nights kip before this years Christmas Day.

advent sleeping tipsSo here’s to a happy 13th December. We thought we would leave you with a few bonus tips on the colours you should be using to decorate with. If you have a taupe or sand based home interior scheme, decorate with golds and white. If you have a grey scheme, decorate with silver, white and green. No matter what your home colour scheme, make sure you throw in lots of candles. This is what makes Christmas magical.

6 Interior Design Tips from the Professionals

We’re not quite sure if it is just us that are this excited that the advent countdown has finally begun!!!! (Yes we may have used a few too many exclamation marks there). However, Christmas is officially on its way. So to celebrate hitting the 6th day of advent and with the present hiding sorted, we wanted to share 6 interior design tips from the professionals. Of course, your home needs to be looking top notch for when the family poll up on Christmas day.

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If you have already been browsing for a few interior design tips for a home renovation project, you may already have come across the lovely Daniel Hopwood. Fortunately for all of us, The Great Interior Design Challenge will be back on our screens in early 2017. In the meantime though, here is some advice from Studio Hopwood.

“The key with good design is just to have a limited palette of finishes. They say that you can build a palace with just three.” – Daniel Hopwood

Don’t go overboard on the amount of textures you need to add into a room. Start with three – a fabric, a shade of wood and a metal. Then take it from there.

Well we couldn’t leave out Daniel’s co-star on the new series of The Great Interior Design Challenge. Kelly Hoppen, the queen of taupe is an inspiration to many looking for luxurious, timeless interior design.

“LEARN TO LOOK NOT JUST WITH YOUR EYES BUT WITH YOUR HEART. FIND THE THINGS THAT CONNECT WITH YOU. HOW ELSE WILL YOU KNOW HOW TO DESIGN YOUR HOME?” – Kelly Hoppen

Don’t buy things just because someone tells you they will work within a scheme. Make sure you love everything you choose and that way the interior design of your home will be yours.

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Always after timeless interior design, there is no better firm to turn to than the Hammett duo, known by their studio name Laura Hammett. Laura is very well known for her exquisite, yet timeless contemporary interiors.

“Luxury bathrooms are a big trend at the moment, moving away from the clean white marble look and introducing more softness and warmth with chandeliers, curtains and furniture.” – Laura Hammett

If you have the space, really do something different with your bathroom. They don’t have to be the most boring of spaces. Why can’t the bathroom create that interior design wow too?

Also know for her luxurious, yet timeless interior design projects, the Louise Bradley studio have an ever-increasing collection of bespoke luxury furniture and accessories.

“Clever layering of textiles alongside excellent space planning and good lighting make all the difference in the world” – Louise Bradley

We say it is an absolute must to focus on the lighting. If the lighting is right, the room will look great. But if you get the lighting wrong, the whole feel of the room will be totally different from how you hoped it would be.

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Sometimes the best people to turn to for interior design tips, we cannot forget the brilliant interiors bloggers. A favourite of ours, and a must read blog if you don’t already is the brilliant Abigail Ahern. You cannot knock her for her bold and brave interior style.

“Play around with scale. Scale is one of the most under-considered components in the decorating puzzle. Once you start putting supersized pieces on walls or shelves that are small (like mirrors and lights) you create instant grandeur making a room feel more magical than it really is.” – Abigail Ahern

A great way to make your room feel larger is by adding in furniture that is lower down to the ground. This appears to make the ceilings feel higher, and in turn, make the room feel deceptively larger than it actually is. Then add in a huge oversized floor lamp to show off that extra height.

Finally, with not only a beautiful blog, but also with a beautiful interiors shop in Bloomsbury, Ben Pentreath offers his top interior design tips.

“I like richly layered rooms. Colour, pattern and a mix of old and new furniture create timeless and comfortable places to live.” – Ben Pentreath

The great thing about mixing old and new furniture is that it shows the wonders of the life you have lived and the places you have been. You want your home to tell the story of your life and be full of your treasures.

5 things to do before the year ends

We are sure that there is a long list of all the things we wish to do before the end of the year. However time just seems to run away with us. So we thought we would collate a list here at Furl of the must do’s in London. Offering a little Furl help to give you a few things to do before the year ends.

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1. Outdoor Ice Skating

Grab those ice skates, or bottle those nerves and get yourself down to one of the magical outdoor ice rinks before the year is out. It is always on our list of things to do, but for some reason, we just can’t seem to manage to make it down there before Christmas. Even though it is always good fun, it’s just not quite the same visiting in January. Be sure to wrap up warm though. And a note from me, who used to ice skate – wear gloves! There is nothing worse than your fingers sticking to the floor, or should we say ice, when trying to get back up after a sneaky fall.

We say to try The Tower of London ice rink. With a view of the city one way and Tower Bridge the other way, it is just beautiful.

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2. Take a mini break

It is the time of the holiday isn’t it? Why not treat yourself to a little mini break out of the city. You may have a few holiday days left to take so don’t waste them away. Even though we love the city in the run up to Christmas, it can get a little bit chaotic. Nothing helps you relax more than a lovely stroll along the seaside. Perhaps with a hot chocolate at this time of year rather than an ice cream!

We say to head to Brighton’s beautiful coast. Only a short train ride away from London you will get there in no time at all. Wander along the Lanes for quirky gift ideas and relax with a stroll along the coast.

things to do before the end of the year

3. Visit an exhibition

With so many exhibits switching over in the New Year, book a date in your diary to go and visit the one you hoped to all year. These exhibitions do not last forever, and very rarely do they come back. We are still hitting ourselves for not making time to visit the interactive rain room at the Barbican. Don’t make the same mistake we did. Put some time aside before the year is out and make sure you don’t miss out.

We suggest a trip to The Hive at Kew Gardens. The award winning 17m high structure really is out of this world.

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4. Take up a new hobby

A hobby doesn’t always have to mean a sport. And New Years resolutions never last. So why not take up a new hobby in the run up to the end of the year. Of course there are plenty of things to do, but we want it to be weird and wonderful. Recently Hermione Granger, okay yes we know, Emma Watson, was spotted on the tube dropping off books for strangers to read. One could perhaps say good deed as well as new hobby. Whichever you prefer to say, we know you and someone else will be smiling at the end of the day.

We think it would be a nice and creative idea to write little happiness notes. Then leave them dotted around various parts of London for a stranger to read and smile.

things to do before the end of the year

5. Try a new recipe

And last of all, but certainly not least of all, why not try a new recipe. It has to be an incredible creative recipe, or something that you have never tried before. Otherwise, there would be no fun in doing it! Yes everyone loves a good old spag bol, but we can surely wait until January for another one of those. You never know, adding a new recipe to your things to do before Christmas list, might surprise you. It may end up on the Christmas day dinner table.

We suggest that if you have never tried eating chocolate covered bacon, you try this brilliant recipe. Stupidly easy and don’t knock it before it try it kind of recipe. Mmm our mouths are watering just thinking about it.

With so many things to do before the year ends and with so little time, which ones would you choose?

Christmas table styling ideas

Please forgive us, we promise not to talk too much more about Christmas until December!! Well we will certainly try our hardest that’s for sure. But before it’s too late, we just have to share with you our faves for the Christmas table styling this year.

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Christmas table styling is perhaps not at the forefront of our minds right now, but we are telling you, it should be! Of course, the star of the show on Christmas day is always the roast. So it is so important that the Christmas table styling is just as good as the dinner. If not better than the dinner! Placemats, menu cards, place names, foliage, candles, the list could go on forever. Here are three ways to style your Christmas table this year.

Glitz and Glamour

Gold, glitter and glamour. The most popular g’s associated with Christmas decoration. To create a timeless, classy look, you simply cannot go wrong with a pop of gold at the Christmas table. Back to our post from last week on golden Christmas decorating, beautiful gold or bronze knives and forks will add the perfect touch to your table. You really want the cutlery to provide the table wow, so pair them with simple elegant white crockery. Add a dark inky blue napkin tied with matching linen ribbon. Tuck a sprig of gold sprayed eucalyptus for an extra element of excitement. Sparkling tea lights will finish off the look beautifully.

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The Furl Allwood table in Cement

There is nothing better than gold themed Christmas table styling on a concrete type tabletop finish. This will really give your feast some industrial glamour. We have a fantastic cement table that will just do the trick. Try our Allwood coffee table – for those who need to accommodate 8 people this Christmas. Yes it really can seat 8 people!

Red & White

The go to twine for Christmas present wrapping is the quirky red and white. That alongside a touch of holly makes for the perfect gift under the tree. Why not transfer the gifts to the table this year? Find some tiny boxes and fill them with Christmas treats. Hold them shut with the twine and attach a sprig of holly. Pop these onto a silver beaded charger plate and add a red stained water glass. Scatter red and white candy canes along the table to keep the element of real fun. Add in a touch of silver for glamour – silver napkins and tea lights will keep everyone in the jovial Christmas spirit.

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The Furl Console table in White

Red and White table styling should be kept simply to a glorious white table. This shall ensure the style looks elegant and fun rather than tacky. We have a styled white Console table at our London showroom. Catch us nearer to the big date, and we may even have a few candy canes on it too!

Bold & Bright

Jolly, merry and bright are all things a Christmas table should be. Don’t be afraid to add a bit of wacky colour to your table. Taking on truly wonderful eclectic style, we say go to town with the colour this festive season. Ensure every glass, wine or water, is a different colour. Okay, you might have to double up if there are 14 of you, but you get the idea! Entertain the kids before the meal but having them fill a jar with baubles and stars as feature centerpieces. Keep the rest of the table sophisticated by adding very few additional colours. All white plates, all white napkins, all white crackers. Plus an assortment of brightly colour flowers to tie in the glassware.

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The Furl 4×4 Table in Oak

To add to the rustic eclectic charm, a wooden tabletop wouldn’t go a miss. If you have a large family to accommodate, our 4×4 table is just the perfect fit. Starting as a 6-seater and expanding to a 14-seater, it really is the one.

We can’t wait to see photos of your christmas table styling on your clever Furl tables.

Christmas Decorating – golden and fabulous

With Halloween and bonfire night gone, we all know the next occasion that is lingering around the corner. For those who frequent the coffee shops, you may have noticed that the Christmas cups have officially arrived. Yes, Christmas is not far off and the decorations are even closer to entering into our homes. So for the all important decoration wars, here are our tips to stay on trend when Christmas decorating within your home.

September’s London Fashion Week brought the beautifully rich golden yellow colour to the table. From catwalks to interiors, we knew at the time that golden yellow was going to be a big thing. And we weren’t wrong – It certainly has confirmed our key colour for Christmas decorating.

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The Wreath

Now we are all well aware that this is the ultimate Christmas decoration. Why? Because it is the first thing you see when approaching someone’s home at Christmas time. So it has to be knock out. The money leaf from John Lewis is a pretty golden yellow and would look beautiful against a painted grey or white door.

However if delicate is not what you are going for, we suggest the ultimate wreath from the fabulous Philippa Craddock. She charges by the metre, so you really could go to town. Archway is the new wreath. Add in a few golden feathers for interest and serious stand out status.

 

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The Tree

The tree usually takes pride of place in our living rooms, sometimes in the hallway if we have space. However you have to make it look like it has always lived there. Like the tree is meant to be there. The way to make this happen is to integrate it into your living room scheme.

To stick to the golden yellow theme, we suggest this year splashing out on a golden tree. The sparkling golden tinsel tree from M&S would work a treat. However don’t worry if you are not a fan of the fakes. Get creative and spray a real tree with glimmering golden spray paint. Of course golden yellow is new to town and so there may not be a whole lot of gold in your rooms already. Make the tree fit by adding in a couple of golden yellow crack cushions from Zoeppritz at Amara to your sofa and chairs.

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The Table

The golden yellow boundaries can be pushed so much as to decorate simply by using gold! I mean it does class as a yellowy finish, doesn’t it?

So we propose a new set of cutlery especially for Christmas. Beautiful golden knives and forks will add the perfect touch to your table this Christmas. No matter what your budget, you will be able to find something to work.

For those saving the pennies, head to Zara Home to find the perfect golden set. For those looking to splash out try the 16-piece set from Nordic House priced at £160. You want the cutlery to stand out as the feature on the table, so pair them with simple white crockery, elegant glassware and lots of candles.

4-seater Duette in Omega Velvet in Wattle. Available to see at our London Showroom
4-seater Duette in Omega Velvet in Wattle. Available to see at our London Showroom

Christmas decorating aside, the decorations are not the only thing we can add to our homes to celebrate at Christmas. To say the least, we can add swanky brand spanking new furniture into our homes. After all, it is the time of year to splash out on ourselves isn’t it? Plus we are absolutely certain that a new sofa will make the Christmas festivities all the more easier. So have you got family staying? Why not take a quick last minute dash to our showroom to have a look at our ‘perfect for every night’ sofa beds.

Lots of our customers use them every night of the week. So they really would be a brilliant addition to your living room to ensure you can fit all the family this christmas. Yes, of course they are available in a golden yellow fabric! In fact they are actually available in loads of different fabrics in loads of colours. And better still, by adding the express delivery the sofa beds are still available to be delivered BEFORE Christmas! Now wouldn’t that just be the best addition to Christmas decorating everrrr..

Bedroom Colour Schemes – which one would you choose?

Which colour scheme best suits your bedroom? Yes you absolutely can fit new bedroom colour schemes around the things you already have. We can’t ditch each item we own every time we want to change the design of our bedroom. For one, it just wouldn’t be feasible. A couple of weeks ago we shared this article by House to Home about bedroom colour schemes on our Twitter. They had a few clever ideas, and so we want to add to those with our take on bedroom schemes.

Different bedroom colour schemes create different moods and also work for different locations. Let’s say your house or apartment is in the middle of the city. You probably wouldn’t want to design your bedroom using a coastal theme. Well you could, but it wouldn’t really work unless you put a very clever city spin on coastal. Yet to be done, so you would be the first!

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Exposed concrete, hot pink, dark woods, bronze and vibrant turquoise

City Chic

There are many types of decoration that fit for the city. House to Home told us to marry together two hot colours such as turquoise and pink, and we could not agree more! You don’t have to over do it, but if you are going to, the city is the place to do it. Subtle pops of colour will still bring the room to life. It is simple and cheap to change the colours of your walls and the cushions that you dress your bed with. So why not paint the wall behind your headboard in a bright colour. Then you can compliment it with cushions on the bed in the same shade or another hot colour.

If you are lucky and have space, you could even add in a cute bedroom chair in vibrant turquoise velvet. This would fit with a room that has exposed concrete or brick walls and hanging filament bulbs, like so many forever trending industrial places do. But these bold colours would fit just as well with a room featuring soft thick carpet, mirror and lots of trending copper or bronze.

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Soft grey paint, walnut wood, lilac linen, cowhide rug and white shutters

Comforting Country

Country rooms don’t always have to be super rustic. Wood can still work in a contemporary take on original country styled bedrooms. It just needs to be softened slightly. Do this by adding in loads of soft fabrics. If you have a wooden floor, cover it with an oversized rug to take that edge of the rustic. Take away any wooden blinds from the windows and add in painted shutters for a slightly more contemporary feel.

Typically country rooms are often kept dark to keep them looking and feeling cozy. If you fancy adding a contemporary spin, then brighten it up with a soft shade of colour or a bright white lick of paint to the walls. Add a lilac throw to the end of the bed with a complimenting blanket box. All white bedding alongside soft grey walls and a huge textured hide on the floor really do work a treat for that grown up feel.

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Off white linen, reclaimed wooden furniture, green bedlinen, rope details and striped accessories

Coastal Cool

With a coastal interior, you have to be careful not to end up with it looking a little twee. You can mix up the typical coastal bedroom colour schemes by going green and white instead of the more traditional blue and white. Reclaimed wooden shelves or storage units will add a touch of rustic but nothing too much. Upholster the bed and headboard in beautiful off white linen alongside pale green linen sheets and cushions. With pendant bedside lights now the craze, you could hang lights that feature rope. Add in circular shaped white accessories or mirrors framed with rope or the like to bring that nautical feel back into the room.

So it is very important to pick your bedroom scheme not only around the items you already have, but also around the location in which you are based.

Sofa Dressing ideas that will spruce up your sofa

A couple of weeks ago we wrote a post on bed dressing ideas that would have yours competing with hotel beds. So we decided it was only fair to share with you a few sofa dressing ideas that will give your ‘living room pride and joy’ the love and attention it truly deserves. After all, your sofa has to put up with a lot! It’s the place your friends come to cry and be comforted. The place your in-laws perch to have afternoon tea. Perhaps the place your dog naughtily catches a few zzz’s whilst you aren’t watching! Your sofa deserves to look beautiful.

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The Duette Sofa Bed from Furl, with complimenting cushions in Kirkby Smooth Coast and contrasting cushions in Romo Madigan Chaumont

By following a few of our sofa dressing ideas, you will be sure to spruce up the look of your sofa and give it a fresh look. The first thing to do is consider how you want your sofa to look. Do you want it to look elegant and simple or do you prefer a slightly more relaxed feel? Consider all of the different functions that your sofa is used for. Is this your only sofa? Or do you have other places to sit within your home? All of these factors will really make a different to the best way of dressing your sofa.

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Be Bold

Throwing in a little bit of colour, pattern or texture when dressing a neutral sofa is a great way to add to a room without it being too much. It is also much cheaper to replace sofa cushions if you decide you really can’t live with them. Or if you just fancy a change in look in the future. If you are daring, try adding in lots of different sizes of cushions, making sure they are all in different fabrics and textures. Just ensure they are all in similar or complimenting colours and shades – otherwise it may look a bit junk shop.

If you want to add a colour or pattern but you don’t know if you will like it, try one or two bolsters across the back. These will give you the pop of colour you wished for without it being too in your face. Bolsters, the longer thin cushions are also great to adding to in the future. Just make sure you place them at the front when pairing up rather than the back.

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Sofa Dressing Ideas – Use designer cushions to add a sense of luxury to your living room

Be Inviting

It’s not all about the cushions, even though it is a lot about the cushions. If your sofa is used a lot for movie night, there is nothing better than adding a toasty throw to the arm. If you like things to be symmetrical, add a throw over both sofa arms. They don’t need to be huge, just something to tuck your feet under when they get a little chilly. Compliment with a couple of scatter cushions in the same fabric as the throws. This will make it look like the throws are meant to be there, rather than you just forget to put them away. Then to mix it up, add one more cushion (or two if you like lots) in something completely different.

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Be Simple

If you aren’t too sure what look to create, the trick is to be simple. Don’t be afraid to just simply purchase two cheaper cushions in the same fabric or colour as your sofa. Furl has the option to add two scatter cushions in the same fabric when purchasing a sofa bed. Your sofa will then look elegantly dressed whilst you decide upon a more permanent fix. However it wouldn’t surprise us if you loved the simplistic look and want to stick with it long term! Simple is certainly very popular when it comes to styling.

sofa dressing ideas
Sofa Dressing Ideas – Use High Street cushions if you are unsure of the look you wish to create

Our sofas need to suit many different occasions. However don’t let this affect your decisions when considering these sofa dressing ideas. The most important thing is that when you walk in after a long hard day at work, your sofa looks beautifully inviting and ready for you.

Choosing your living room colour scheme

If there is any room in your house that you can really go to town with, it is your living room. Bright, bold and stupendously colourful are all expressions we can and should associate with this room in our homes. Even if those ‘bolds’ aren’t quite what you thought I meant. When it comes to the design of the living room colour scheme there really are no rules. It is hopefully one of the larger rooms within your home and so you won’t need to be as conservative as usual. So to make choosing your living room colour scheme as easy as abc, here are the colours that compliment certain personalities.

living room colour scheme

For those who need a little helping hand and are a little shy, choose pastel blues. The blue colour is very calming and pairs brilliantly with soft whites and silver.

Bold doesn’t have to mean pattern or fluorescent. It simply refers to the amount of different shapes and colours we add into a room, even if they are pastel. Our definition of bold interior design all depends on how brave we are of course. So if you are a little shy, the colour scheme in your living room absolutely has to make you feel relaxed; especially for when you are entertaining guests. A soft living room colour scheme of pastel blues and silvers will perfectly compliment a shy personality. To make your scheme fits within the ‘bold’ denotation our living rooms should fall under, mix lots of different shades of blue together. By throwing in a couple of metals and patterns along the way, the scheme will become your own. Remember though, these don’t have to be uber bold.

living room colour scheme

For those who are as happy as Larry and cannot stop chatting, choose yellow. Yellow as a colour pairs well with golds, white paint, navy furniture and grey wood.

Yellow is perfect for talkative, energetic personalities, but it can be a bit much to paint all the walls sunshine yellow. Unless of course you just love sunshine yellow, in which case we say go for it! Incase you aren’t too keen on it for the walls, there are lots of other ways of introducing yellow into a colour scheme. Gold falls into the yellow colourway and can be used as a softer, subtler tone that still compliments your bubbly personality. Add in gold picture frames, a brushed gold-topped side table and dull gold cushions. By picking a striking yellow geometric fabric for an occasional armchair, your personality will shine (quite literally) through your scheme.

For those in a position of authority, choose purple. Purple as a colour pairs well with cream colours, bronzes, deep walnut woods and black furniture.

If you aspire to impress others and want to climb your way to the top of the ladder, purple is the one. Regal in its description, purple adds understated elegance to a room. Make sure to choose something along the lines of Aubergine colouring rather than bright purple. The aubergine shading will work really well with other regal textures such as walnut wood and brushed bronzes. Why not mix up the decorating? Paint the walls a creamy white and then paint all of the woodwork deep aubergine instead. This will really make a difference to the colour scheme and create a unique look. It will also allow you to add in aubergine coloured accessories without the room feeling too heavy.

living room colour scheme

For those who never want to be anywhere other than outside, choose green. To create an earthy scheme, pair with creams, brown leather and rustic wooden flooring. If you are a lover of the outdoors, then an earthy colour palette is exactly what you should use. Greens, creams, browns and lots of florally patterns, if you like them, will all replicate that ‘outdoor feeling’. Farrow and Ball have a brilliant outdoorsy bamboo wallpaper, which would perfectly add another element to your earthy space. However if you are after something a little bolder and brighter, how about this palm wallpaper from Graham and Brown.

There are no rules set in stone for choosing your living room colour scheme. Whatever you feel comfortable with, will be right for you and your living room.