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8 Simple Home Decor Tips You Can Use Today!

Here are 8 simple tips to decorate your home.
Sitting back, having a timeout and taking a few moments to think about your home will help you fully enjoy it.

Think about your home, and answer these questions:

1. What do you want it to be? If you want your home to be a tranquil oasis in a busy world, are your colours soothing or do they shout? If you want a fun place for friends and family to gather, do you have plenty of seating? Check this post for more ideas about what to get up to in your home.

2. What are your main hobbies and activities? What do you need for these activities? For instance, if you have a collection that you work on often, get storage containers for it that can be easily opened or put away. If its a lot of trouble to get at your collection, you either won't spend the time on it or else might be tempted to leave it out and risk losing or breaking certain pieces.

3. Who will be using the space? How many people will be living there? What ages? Its important for every person to have a space that's their own. Whether its a special chair, couch, desk or a section of a room, everyone needs their space. If you're planning to do video aerobics, you'll need room to move around in front of the TV!

4. What about your things? It's easy to become very messy if things don't have a place. A small filing cabinet is a must for many people it's a great place to store all the papers that you don't know what to do with!

5. How much do you really need? Too much furniture makes a room seem crowded. The bare essentials are a couch and chair, a table and chairs for eating, a bed and place for your clothes. After that, think hard about what you need or don't need. Will you really use that computer desk or would you rather sit on the couch with a laptop?

6. Think about the traffic flow. You want to be able to walk anywhere in the room without bumping into furniture. Try drawing furniture placement on paper as a first step.

7. Pick a focal point – your home has unique features. What do you want to see when your first walk in the room? If you have nice windows with great lighting, are you emphasizing it? Everyone feels brighter in the sunshine.

8. Think about order and organization. Do you bring homework every day, or mail, or sports equipment? Where will you put it? A large bowl or box near the front door is a great place to drop mail until you go through it later.

9. Take advantage of free expert advice. Every store and every product line employs professional designers to put furniture and accessories together. If you're unsure of your decorating skills, pick a design you like. Study how they did it either by looking through a catalogue or going to a store. It's all there assembled and displayed for you.
If you like the look, simply do what they've done!

Printed glass splashback inspo!

Tiles come in a varied selection of colours and styles and glass splashbacks are also available in a massive selection.

Darker coloured tiles, including black tiles that are quite popular, absorb the majority of the light, and this may make the entire kitchen feel smaller, darker and gloomier. With just a little modification you may have a backsplash set up in your kitchen. All kitchen backsplashes are normally very functional regardless of the sort of material used.

Splashbacks made from glass are offered in a wide selection of colours which range from black to transparent and everything between. So when you pick a glass splashback you may rest assured your family gets 100% hygiene and is safe and if you pick the right on for you: it shouts of your individuality! 

For this you are able to go for glass splashbacks. Glass splashbacks are both modern and appealing. They do not have any grouting except just around the edges and do not collect any grease or grime. It's because of this you need to look out for and shop patterned and printed glass splashbacks.



Tiles are a drag and a bit fiddly to fix into place. Glass tile is just one of the most beautiful and contemporary tiles. It's possible for you to buy larger tiles to attempt to avoid this and quickly build up a larger area. Irrespective of the reason why you don't find your tiles visually pleasing, you can alter the colour without needing to rip the tiles up. 

Possessing a stunning and one of a kind house is something everybody want to have. So whether you're seeking to make your kitchen seem more modern, stylish, bright, light or spacious, or you're searching for a family-friendly kitchen, glass splashbacks for kitchens or glass worktops are the perfect alternative, and often less expensive than you may imagine. If you can create your kitchen imaginatively and at the exact same time allow it to be functional, it's money well spent.

The kitchen is truly thought to be the life and soul of your house. If you're planning a new kitchen or looking to improve your existing kitchen, it's well worth considering splashbacks on account of their beauty and practicality. In conclusion, if you're trying to modernise your present kitchen, it's well worth having a look at splashbacks.

Colour Pop For Kitchens! Ideas & Inspiration

The whole world used to be so neutral.
From my dad's work suit and tie to the plates and dishware of my mother's kitchen, the hue of life was beige ... Luckily that period is virtually all gone. Pop round to your grans and there may yet be a dot of it somewhere, clinging on to document the time occurred, however, for now in the late 2010s, its moment has well gone by.

This post is about the counter opposite of beige. It's about colour themes, excitement, shapes and patterns. It's about encapsulating a few of the options out here for pattern themes and hopefully inspiring you for when you look at your household and start to think in different ways.

First, Geometric. I have a real love for all things Geo and its one of the absolute most unique designs available. From stark black and white chevrons or diamond shapes through to more rounded swirling designs. It may be testing to use but that's its point. Born from the battle against chintz, geometric home designs are all about making that announcement.
As for wallpapers, I see them as awesome feature walls, within cubbyholes or as the rear of bookshelves. Decide on a pattern with drama and a little can go a long way!


Botanic designs in home design have been used for centuries. Painted patterns direct to walls or wallpapers, carved decorations in wood or stone. Floral has been a real mainstay.
The difference now is the size of the designs. Large scale flowers interweave across the walls and floor surfaces.
Go huge on the blooms and create not only a declaration in your décor, it also functions as a piece of art encapsulating the theme of the room or across your home.

Following on quite nicely from florals are the Chinoiserie and Japonisme designs. Really becoming preferred and seen in both home décor and clothing ranges, they are the embodiment of trendy oriental elegance.
Patterns that convey eastern style with on-trend colour palettes can totally define the home and if you're planning to create the home everyone speaks about, Chinoiserie is only going to grow in popularity through this year and beyond. Get in early and be your neighbourhood's pacesetter!

Finally, clever use of colour might be the pattern when applied in inventive ways. I'm a big fan of Colour Blocking when segments of a room are painted in various shades. Mask off areas and dab a spot to each to get a feel for the whole before jumping right in. Get a feel for the colour wheel (link) to work out how the finished wall will flow-- there's a post here about colour matching.
A simpler way to achieve can be to use different block-colour cushions on a neutral sofa-- think outside the box for ways to add your personal spark.

Ombré with its smooth play on gradient tones is a real classy choice and like Chinoiserie, I see it becoming more prominent through this year and ongoing. Its can be effective when applied to all the furnishings throughout a room-- different tones of a selected colour for cushions, rugs, curtains and more. Or it can be one statement wall or hanging textile graded upwards from light to dark. Looks trendy and has such a different feel to a singular shade.

Patterns definitely create much more than a centrepiece as an accent-- they make the room exceptional and specific to you by adding that depth and interest. Start small with a cushion or rug in the lounge, a tile or towels in the bathroom or kitchen.
Mix and match patterns in the room. Riff on the colours to create enhancing feature lines running throughout your home. Contrast different shapes and style to add verve.
If you're looking to use as a splashback or wallpaper, try to add a little bit of negative space around them to help the flow and punctuate the impact. Like just about anything in design (and life), too much can be too much-- keep it straightforward and start modestly.

Colourful Kitchen Splashback Ideas!

Most kitchens are neutral for a reason. 

It's easier to maintain a colour theme throughout if everything riffs off cream or white. It's also very safe and pretty boring. 

I know most people may add a splash of colour with towels or accessories - I love my Dualit kettle and toaster

But some people keep it way too neutral and that doesn't have to be the case. 

If you've got an off-white kitchen scheme going on, add a little green here and there. The two colours look fresh and cool together - a magnolia or eggshell colour vibe with a Greenery home decor accent looks superb.



If you're feeling bolder - and why ever not?! Look to something like a deep opulent blue or purple. These dark shades scream luxury and are guaranteed to turn heads at any dinner party.

Everyone seems to congregate around the kitchen at parties - make your kitchen the one they all talk about!



Orange and yellow in the kitchen gives the feel of energy, excitement and happiness. Nobody can walk past a bright orange without having a full smile transplant! I challenge you! 


I love the brighter bolder colours in the kitchen. It means one can use the paler pastels - the colours that look on-trend for longer ( and nobody wants to change all the time, this stuff can be expensive!) - and add an accent feature piece that lifts the room to something more individual. 

Keep with simple colour themes to start with - you don't need to jump right in with bright coloured home decor initially. It can be a bit daunting with colour - potentially complementary or contrasting colours can soon be distracting and clash. We don't want that.

Start with working tonally - the same off-whites, creams or blues in differing shades. Then add that art piece that plays on the overall theme. Keep up on Pinterest ideas and read the mags! I love Living Etc and Elle Decor. You cant go wrong with following these on Instagram for starters!

One piece like bold coloured glass splashbacks can be the difference between safe and humdrum or exciting and individual. As say, Your Home Is Unique, Don't Forget To Show It!

Faux Stencilling For Beginners!

Looking for something a little different in your home decor? Faux finish stenciling is a low-cost little home hack but done right it looks great!

The key is to apply the embossing material evenly over the stencil, building depth in thin layers - take your time at first and go slowly. It’s certainly true that stencils can wake up a wall or create an eye-catching detail on a cabinet door. 

You will need the stencil, paint, and a tool brush or sponge to apply the paint. You can buy stencils complete with instructions and registration marks, or make your own. As with other decorative techniques, the simplest schemes are usually the most successful. 

From Pinterest

Once dry, faux finish stenciling images can be lightly sandpapered to soften or age them. Quality supplies and proper care of stencils is key. If you find a painting, drawing, or photo with great stencil potential, it’s not difficult to use that image to generate a stencil. 

Apply the stencil as a ceiling, wainscot or baseboard border, or as an all-over pattern, like wallpaper. If the stencil becomes too build-up with paint, or if you want to save it for another day, scrub it clean with detergent and dry on paper towel. 

Test out your patterns either by cutting the stencil from colored paper or by drawing it onto a sheet of paper and holding the results up against the surface to be decorated. The wall to be painted should be clean. Apply a base coat of paint. 

Hold the stencil in position with masking tape, load your brush or sponge with only a very small amount of paint, starting at the edges of the design and working inwards, hold the stencil in place for a few moments afterward to let it dry. Clean the stencil and reapply the paint as necessary.

Here's The Colour Choices For Your New Room!

Usage of colour gives the designer a huge range of possibilities to implement his creative fantasy. Whatever is the size of your flat, it can be visually increased with the help of colour setting. All the richness and variety of tints can be brought to the seven colours of the basic spectrum that follow each other. 


Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, dark blue, violet are chromatic colours. White, grey and black are achromatic, i.e. colourless.

Every colour induces certain associations, and preference for a certain colour is always individual and depends on characteristic traits of the personality. It is well-known that there is no accounting for tastes. Some people have highly developed colour perception, others don’t. You must have paid attention to the fact that some colours or their combinations are visually calming and set one’s mind to rest, some convey the feeling of joy, some cause nearly physical discomfort and others have a depressing effect. Of course, when you select the colours of setting, it is best to consult a designer.


When you choose the colour setting of this or that room of your house, you need to take into the account various factors: if the windows face the north, it is better to prefer warm colours, if it is the south, then cold colours will be appropriate. Other factors are the quality of lighting because the colour reflects the light, and the kind of zone (whether it is a kitchen or a drawing-room, a children’s room or a study). Saturated, bright colours are the most suitable for setting of a drawing room or a dining room. 



White and blue (associated with cleanness and water) are good for the bathroom, but are not suitable for a kitchen; for a drawing room and a kitchen you’d better choose yellow or orange colours, warm and soft tints of red and white. Besides don’t forget about the overall theme of the room – bright walls visually decrease the amount of space, while dark ones expand it. For instance, red, orange and yellow can help make a huge room with little furniture look smaller and more comfortable. When you choose the wall colour, remember that furniture, soft furnishings and curtains are to be in harmony with the walls. If furniture upholstery, covering on the trestle-bed and curtains are patterned, it is better to make walls plain. The combination of colours is to be approached thoughtfully, do not rely on chance. For example, it is better not to combine red and green, because it is difficult to perceive this combination, especially if these colours are given in equal proportions. Bright yellow can be a good background for any colour (in China collections of porcelain were always exhibited against a yellow background). Stencil looks well on a yellow wall. Green poorly matches all colours, except for various tints of the same colour. 


Many peoples associate red with wealth, luxury and beauty. It is perceived as a symbol of excitement, loud communication, fuss. Well-matched tints of red look well in the hall, kitchen, children’s room, drawing room. If the room is set in cold tones, “patches” of red will make it more comfortable. 


Orange is associated with the golden orange. And this means warmth, vivacity, joy. The interior of a cold northern room can be set in orange tones. 


Yellow is a very “warm” colour. If your room is located on the northern side, an abundance of yellow in the interior will produce the impression that your rooms are “cheerful”, sunny, even if in fact, sunrays are rare guests in your apartment. Psychologists think that yellow is suitable for people who have an active walk of life and can easily adapt to any environment. At the same time, yellow can irritate, everything depends on a specific tint. 


Green is considered to have a calming effect and be good both for eyes and soul. Most likely, it happens, because this colour is the closest to nature. Indeed, the canvases of ancient painters, where green tints predominate, “heal” the souls. Green is also considered to be the colour of conservatives, perhaps because it was favoured in Victorian England. Green looks good in interiors of big and light rooms. In the setting of the office, we recommend that you use dark tints of dark blue and green. Various tints of dark blue cause different emotions. Blue is the colour of the sky, space, air, freedom. Deep blue conveys a feeling of calmness.


Navy-blue casts sorrow, some peoples consider it to be the colour of mourning. Psychologists recommend using dark blue for a bedroom. Some people are very fond of violent, others abhor it. Violet is thought to be a “magic” colour – indeed, it conceals some mystery. Perhaps, the colour of the evening sky induces such associations? Artists think that violet has something painful and sad in it. It is better to use light tints of violet in living quarters, as deep and bright tints of violet bring about fatigue.


Gray is the “universal” colour, it harmonises with almost all other colours. Perhaps, it is the favourite colour of designers, as it has many tints and is a perfect background. It is calm and neutral, however, it is better to use it in combination with other colours, because sole grey can seem boring.


Finally, black and white. Two poles, two deeply symbolic colours, two extremes, but when combined, they emphasize and shade in each other, and thus create elaborate classics. Both colours are elegant, “universal” and never go out of fashion. We can say that they are beyond fashion.


Black marvellously shades in any colour and makes it more expressive. A verandah or a hall, if they are well-lit, can be finished with shining marble panels. Black seems to diffuse the borders of the room. In a bathroom, you can use black mirror-like tiles. But take into the account that black absorbs light; abundance of black is possible, only when there is plenty of lighting.


Everybody loves white, it is the colour of freshness, cleanness, coolness, associated with cheerfulness and health. White is indispensable in small poorly-lit rooms. In a bathroom with no daylight, white tiled walls will reflect the light of the lamp, increase the illuminance of the room and visually “draw apart” the walls.


Of course, there is a great variety of all thinkable colour tints. Of greatest importance is your desire to find that very combination that corresponds to your vision of the interior setting. If the colour is rightly chosen, it can emphasize the advantage and conceal the defect. Unleash your fantasy. Remember about colour properties, when you select the setting. We have already mentioned that it is necessary to take into the account location of the room with regard to cardinal points. If the room faces the south, cold colours can predominate in the setting; if it is the north, choose warmer colours. Calm reserved colours are an ideal background for precious and expensive things. For example, solid furniture and a beautiful picture will look great against a light grey background. The colour of the walls should necessarily match the colour of furniture upholstery and floor topping. 


In the kitchen, it is better to use light tones of walls in combination with light furniture. If you want contrast, it can be created by bright dishware on the shelves, bright curtains, a pattern. Feature Tiles are a great option for adding a bit of colour within neutral tile styles. Find more at this website.


A bathroom, lit by only electrical lighting, looks best in bright tones. It is recommended to use white, pastel, light tints of yellow, green, blue and pink. Sanitary engineering pipes and joints are to painted the same colour. In lobbies, corridors and halls you can use contrasting colours for wall finishing. The ceiling can be “drawn down” if its colour is several tints darker than walls. You can use wallpapers with horizontal stripes. The same effect can be reached if the ceiling and the 30-40 cm of adjacent wall area are covered with a lighter paint.


The ceiling can be “lifted” if it is painted white, better with a light blue tint. You can also paint or paper the walls up to the ceiling without slats if horizontal stripes of warm colours dominate the wallpaper pattern.


Saturated warm and dark tones or wallpapers with large pattern contribute to visual minimization of big rooms. If the room is long and narrow, it is better to paint longitudinal walls in lighter tones, and crosswalls – in darker tones. Then the room will seem shorter and lower. It is effective if one wall has a different colour. A small room can be visually expanded, using light, but cold colours. Light green, silver grey and light blue will visually expand the room. In small rooms, it is undesirable to have dark furniture, dark curtains and carpets with dark tints. It is better to paint the doors in light tones – white, light grey and ivory. Floor with a light colour looks more pleasant than a dark one. So, make your choice.

Vinyl Flooring Meets The Modern Home!

Just a quick post on something we're seeing more of and we really love the look.
Vinyl flooring is certainly coming back with a bang and not the old lino of yesterday. We're talking bright, bold and patterned to the max.
Created individually from designs or even using your own unique ideas, this is flooring evolved! 

We've got a real love for the geometric - have a look at this website to get your appetite whetted and there's also some info here.

I'd love to know your thoughts on this - too much or just right for the modern home? 
For me, I think we've been with neutral floors for too long. Looking back at 70s carpets and the likes (ok, some are way too much!), what inspo they give.
 I think there's definitely something here and for my next project in my utility, this is certainly the way I'm going!

Anyway - have a read and let me know through the contact or our social media your thoughts. Facebook and Twitter ot be set up soon!









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