The rustic aesthetic is defined by bold, natural features combined with homely comforts and a nod to countryside living. As we move further into 2017, this trend is becoming more popular – and it’s not hard to see why. In this post, we’ll be exploring rustic living in the 21st century, looking at what makes this trend so appealing and providing you with our insightful guidance to bring countrified living into your own home this year. Let nature inspire you
The fabulously retro Swiss cheese plant paired with gorgeous green wallpaper – what could be more perfect for spring? Bring in the fresh green feeling of spring with large-leaved potted plants, pretty spring bouquets and flowing ferns.
Forget sleek lines and subtle prints – maximalism is the new minimalism. This modern style encourages you to unleash your creativity onto your home’s interiors with colour and texture. The trend’s linchpin? Patterns – big, small, geometric, soft…anything goes in this bold and bright outlandish world. But using a myriad of prints in a singular space isn’t as easy as nailing a neutral palette in minimalist style. To help you get to grips with the art of pattern play, we’ve compiled a number of top tips to follow. Use pattern as a form of expression The number one rule of making patterns work in harmony is to choose prints which reflect your personal character and unique taste. Spend time researching those that attract your eye instantly – consider geometrics, florals, stripes, animal prints and polka-dots. Nora Felin, Marketing Manager at Photowall, said: “Create a mood board to help form your ideas – Pinterest is a really easy tool to use. While you can explore the feel of an overall style, you can also dig deeper into how you want individual parts of the room or furniture to look, too.”
Planning to refresh your home with new colours and a whole host of accessories is always an inspiring time – from enthusiastically perusing Pinterest for ideas to planning your new space to the utmost detail. But put the excitement of home décor aside and the realisation of the price tag it comes with may set in as, quite often, it can be a hefty one. According to a report by Which? the average cost of hiring a decorator to wallpaper, paint and gloss a medium-sized room can total as much as £738. Add to that the cost of materials, such as paint and wallpaper, and you’re already looking at quite a large price tag which doesn’t even include buying furniture, accessories and soft furnishings. To help you keep your decorating budget in check, we’ve compiled a roundup of tips and tricks for revamping a space without breaking the bank (plus the places to splurge, too). Plump for a feature wall Want a room to pop without spending a fortune? Opt for a standout feature wall, using an attention-seeking patterned wallpaper to draw the eye – it’ll give any room an instant lift. To pinch the pennies even further, pair with white paint which is not only chic but is said to be a cheaper choice than coloured versions, too.
The annual hunt for Britain’s best amateur designer returned this year with The Great Interior Design Challenge. Nine contestants battled it out, transforming rooms in a plethora of properties up and down the country – including art deco flats, thatched cottages and modern town houses. Although the series has now come to a close, we’re still reflecting on all the home décor inspiration that we’ve soaked up throughout its episodes. Besides our rekindled adoration for Kelly Hoppen, watching the show has provided plenty of interior design tips and tricks. Transform your home in successful fashion with the help of The Great Interior Design Challenge – just follow these six steps. 1. Mood boards are keyPutting your creative vision onto paper is no mean feat – but it’s an essential step towards design success. While mood boards are used to win over property owners and impress the judges during The Great Interior Design Challenge, they can help you establish basics such as colour and style.
If you aren’t snuggling up in front of a roaring fire in a pair of oversized socks with a steaming mug of cocoa during the depths of winter, something’s gone wrong. Add in a sprinkle of festive magic and you’ve got the perfect formula for a cosy Christmas, but how to create that enchantment though? Besides heaps of seasonal décor, the right colours and textures can add just that. The living space is the epicentre of Christmas and transforming it can help create that cosy ambience that makes this time of year so special. Here’s how: Festive fabrics Velvet This super sophisticated trend has trotted straight off the catwalk and into living rooms this year. Saved no longer just for party frocks and dancing shoes, velvet is the new go-to fabric for winter. Damson, emerald green or midnight blue are just some of the rich colours that showcase velvet as its best, instantly lifting a room to a new luxe height. Go big with a statement sofa or subtle with full length curtains.
Halloween notoriously favours tones of the dark variety; think vibrant oranges, inky blacks and forest greens, which coincide with the colour trends that are set to take the interiors world by storm in 2017. While this year’s colours of choice are still in vogue, the design world is flirting with a new palette that will be revamping rooms in the next 12 months. Dark is the new light, with pastels being switched out in favour of deeper, richer tones which can provide a slice of mystery and intimacy that paler tones can lack – perfect for Halloween, too. But what are these colours and how can you use them in your interiors? It’s time to bring dark colours out of the shadows and install them into your home for a glamourous, dramatic style. Mustard yellows While high-voltage yellow was the go-to tone for 2016, the new year will edge towards a mustard shade. With its soft orange undertones, the colour makes for a perfect autumnal accent shade that will work throughout 2017, too. Rather than splash across your walls, look to use mustard yellows in your accessories, such as a feature chair or statement lamp to really make your interior pop.
Known for their minimalist laidback lifestyle, the Danish are masters in creating cosy, functional designs. If you’re transitioning your interior ready for the autumn and winter months ahead, there’s definitely a few tips you can take from Denmark. The coveted Danish art form known as ‘Hygge’ (pronounced hue-gah) is all about using Scandi-inspired tricks to transform indoor spaces into inviting areas that exude warmth. Hygge is a lifestyle choice that extends further than interior design, the notion is all about living well, and appreciating life’s simple pleasures. Here we explore how to create the Hygge happiness in your home using a mixture of accessories, textures and colour. Mood lighting Well-chosen lamps with functional properties will create cosy lighting levels perfect for cuddling up on the sofa. Industrial-style floor lamps allow you to direct light in the areas of your room that you feel need it most. The Danish are also known for their clever use of candles – scatter these around your home to create a welcoming space on darker nights. Hibernate in textiles Update your home with soft, warm fabrics – wool, sheepskin and cashmere textures are all perfect to get you ready for a long winter indoors. Add these to accent armchairs and sofas so your guests can get cosied up when they visit. Colourful rugs are also a great addition to help add warmth to your space.
Bringing simplicity to smart storage solutions and the use of clean colours is typical of Nordic interior design techniques. Crafting a Scandinavian-inspired space for your baby’s nursery can aid a good night’s sleep, and create a harmonising environment for them to relax in.Let’s explore how to create a beautiful Nordic-inspired nursery.Subtle huesCreating a beautiful Nordic nursery is all about achieving the perfect balance of mixing a monochrome palette with one or two subtle colours. Pastel colours in particular work well as they don’t overpower the monochrome statement. Try adding pastel tones to textiles – your baby’s blankets and Moses basket could be a great place to introduce subtle accent colours, then you could reflect the tones throughout your room by introducing a feature wall.
For most people, the idea of visiting a beach house conjures up imagery of long coastal walks and rediscovering natural beauty. The summer season is the perfect time to bring outdoor elements inside to create a space that shines brighter than the summer sun.Here we explore how to introduce an easy breezy coastal interior theme to your home.Cool coastal huesEnhancing colours associated with the coast will help you get a sea-themed feel without going overboard. Introduce crisp white and worn blue hues with a few splashes of occasional colour to really give your home that summer feeling. Any shades associated with marine life will work well here, and introducing beach-inspired canvas prints is a good option for getting a peaceful flow throughout your home.Sail away with meSeasonal home accessories allow you to shake up your surroundings without redecorating your entire home. Feel like you’re lost in the beauty of the ocean with cute lanterns and bird-inspired decorations, and fill your lanterns with fairy lights to replicate the look of the moonlight reflected in the midnight sea. Introducing some driftwood décor pieces further adds to the delight of this summer interior trend, giving a shipwrecked look to your home.
Leave the muted colours of winter behind and welcome the fresh floral motifs of spring into your home. Channel shades synonymous with spring such as pastel hues and colourful tones with flowery influences to create a look that’s suitable for all year round.Let’s explore how you can add elements of spring in your home through a combination of interior styling tricks and colour introduction.Floral décorSpring conjures up the beautiful images of nature, and introducing this kind of freshness into your home brings a bright and happy feel. Add in some delicate textures with soft floral patterned cushions and combine with flowery illustrations in your room – frame these up as part of a gallery wall or dot them around your home on sideboards or shelving.Create an accent wallMake a dull room brighter by creating an accent wall in your living area. Gather your interior inspiration from elements of nature with the Photowall wallpaper Geranium – the stunning bold repeat pattern will transition beautifully into summer, leaving you with inspirational imagery that’s fit for all year round.
Decorate the classroom that preschoolers will loveLearning should also be fun. This is important so that kids will be able to retain in their minds the things they learn in the classroom. There are various methodologies employed by educators to help their students in their learning. Experts have also recommended that the arrangement and appearance of the classroom greatly influence the learning of kids, especially preschoolers. It has been observed that the classroom environment might influence the academic performance of kids. The decor should be inspiring to the eyes of these little ones, so think of using some cute wallpapers or paintings, to name a few.Classroom environment and learningA well designed classroom is critical in the learning of kids nowadays. Studies have shown that the classroom environment can immensely affect the learning of children and academic progress by as much as 25%. Therefore, the classroom design should be a priority for teachers across the education sector. classroom design should be able to strike the balance between the teaching methods and learning styles that take place in class. Experts believe that the combination of learning and teaching helps in creating a room that facilitates both the student and the educator. As such, the experience of learning will be fulfilling and successful.The configuration of the classroomClassroom teaching has been continuously evolving. With today’s technology, such as wireless devices, teachers tend to spend less time taking the spotlight and spend more time interacting with the students. As such,they are able to guide their students at a more personal level. With these, the appearance of the classroom needs to change as well.Take time to plan for the design of the classroom. it is important for both students and teachers to have accessible areas. Students nowadays are more dynamic than before. Teachers tend to have more activities for them to aid in their learning. The classroom should have designated areas for these activities. For instance, an area for reading and an area for creative play. A well designed classroom can give both the teacher and the students a sense of ownership of the room.
Decorate your restaurant to attract more customersWhile the quality of food and service are what people look for in a restaurant, the appearance of the restaurant is also one of the reasons why they keep coming back. A restaurant with decorations that speak to the type of cuisine and intended atmosphere can make all the difference. Let's admit it, sometimes we spend minutes just roaming our eyes around the place and admiring the artworks, the wallpaper, the unique lightning or the cute miniatures and items in display. Therefore, regardless of the budget and design needs, decorating the restaurant should be an important concern.Sometimes, the reason why some restaurants have expensive meals is because of the experience that customers have. Take for example certain coffee shops where many people stay for a long time because they enjoy the experience of drinking a cup of coffee paired with a slice of pastry. It has also been observed that the appearance of the restaurant can influence the appetite of the customer. Even if you serve the best food on the planet, if the interior design of the restaurant does not enrich the customer’s dining experience, they are not likely to return or even recommend your place to their friends. In addition to these, decorating the restaurant is more than just having a good taste and a knowledge of architecture. It is also about marketing. This simply means using the space to promote the restaurant and sell more of their products. Here are some tips on how to decorate the restaurant so that customers would keep coming back to enjoy their food experience:ColorColors have all been known to have a significant impact on our brains and the body as well. In the food industry, red is basically the dominant one. Look at the various fast food restaurants, such as McDonald’s. Studies have shown that the color red enhances the appetite, while blue slows down the metabolism. Therefore, it is important to choose the right colors for your restaurant and the psychological impact it will have on the minds of your customers.Theme
Tree house decorating ideas that kids will loveHave you ever dreamed about living in a beautiful tree house at least once when you were a child? A tree house you considered to be a secret place above the tree where you could play your toys and games all day long. Tree houses are wonderful additions to the backyard. Most kids find tree houses very fun and entertaining. Of course, for kids to actually enjoy and have fun with their tree house, it should include the features and details they love. Therefore, it is just right that parents involve their kids in the planning and designing of their tree house. As a parent, you might be surprised to know that your child has a lot of unique and interesting ideas when it comes to planning and designing their own haven. How to decorate the tree house for your kidsMany kids love to hang out in tree houses as they find them cool and exciting. Therefore, with the right decorations, you will be fulfilling the dreams of your child. Here are a few ideas on how to have a wonderful tree house in your backyard:1. Decorating the walls. Decide on how you will make the walls of the tree house attractive. Are you going to paint them or just leave them wooden. Depending on the color, paint can set the mood in the tree house, while wood gives a real natural feel. Further decorate the walls with canvas prints that feature their favorite sport or cartoon character.2. Select the type of flooring. Do you want the floor to be carpeted or leave it wooden? Carpets can provide a cozy feeling while a wooden floor may provide a little den appearance of the tree house.3. Do not forget to add windows. You can add windows of various styles and sizes, depending on you and your kid’s preferences. Windows also allow the entry of natural light.
Attention to detail leads to successful projectsIn any industry, attention to detail simply means the art of paying attention to the smaller details of a project. Whether you are in the field of design, construction, education or medical, paying particular focus to the minor aspects of the project can ensure that the entire projects is carried out successfully. In this way, the potential of the project will be maximized and that it will have a more professional and wonderful output. In interior design, you will notice that there are various aspects or elements that need to be considered to successfully achieve the desired appearance - the color palette for instance, is a huge deal, the colors and design from your wallpapers to your furniture and accent pieces can make or break your interior. The smaller features may not have that impact that everyone is expecting, but those smaller features have the ability to cohere the other elements to create a wonderful home interior.Attention to detail in interior designWhen it comes to designing or decorating the home, it is important to pay attention to small details. The other elements such as color, furnishings, and style are important, but the little ones make the difference between a lively and exciting home and a boring and dull one. In doing any design project, we get inspirations and ideas from all walks of life. You get them from various stuffs and places, such as weird and amazing places, internet, magazines, photos, places you have traveled, or even by strolling in a mall. If it is a particular piece or item that you want to stand out in your home, by all means use it as a center of your design. However, do not just look at the exciting and fun aspect of the design but also take in consideration the boring part as these will eventually strengthen the foundation of your design. It is always smart to look at the bigger picture without rushing to the more fun and exciting aspects. Remember that the smaller details of the design can give your home personality, fun and style.