From using an excessively mall mat to placing all furniture along the wall; There are many interior flaws that take away from the overall impression of your home. Below we list ten of the most common interior fails and tips on how to avoid them!Photo by Alexandra Gorn Curtains blocking the natural lightThick curtains can be extremely beautiful, but if they prevent daylight from reaching the entire room, your room will feel much less inviting.Do this instead: Choose a clean curtain in a neutral color. It provides texture and warmth while being crisp and bright enough to allow more of the much sought-after daylight. To maximize natural light if your room has small windows – avoid placing furniture directly in front of the windows, especially if the furnitures are taller than the window boards.Curtains hanging too lowHanging the curtains just above the window or halfway between the window and the ceiling used to be the norm, but according to the pros it is a missed opportunity.Do this instead: Hang the curtains as close to the ceiling as you can. This makes even small windows look big. Also extend the curtains on the width so that they extend 10-15 cm (4-6") past the outer edge of the window board. In this way, most of the window is visible when the curtains are not shut closed, creating the illusion of larger windows and maximizing natural light.Too small carpetToo small a mat can make a room feel divided and chopped and easily destroy the overall impression of the room.Do this instead: Allow the carpet to extend beyond the edges of the furniture or furnitures. In large rooms, it is best to have a larger mat where the furniture is directly on the mat, while a furniture in a smaller room can advantageously stand outside the mat as long as some of the legs are still on the mat.Paintings hanging at the wrong heightHaving to bend your neck to be able to look at a painting is both uncomfortable and impractical. You want your eyes to be able to wander around the room in a natural way, which is only possible if the paintings are at eye level.Here's how: Try splitting the walls into four horizontal rows. Hang your paintings or art in the second row from the top. To test if it works, you can use paint tape to measure the paintings on the wall before you hang them up.Furniture along the wallIf you have a small room, the first instinct might be to push every single piece of furniture as close to the wall as possible, but it can make the room feel even smaller! The “breathing room” near the walls makes a space feel bigger.Do this instead: Let a couple of furniture "float" in the room. Try to decorate a small room with two armchairs and a small mat a bit away from the wall. It gives the illusion of a more airy and less crowded room!White, white, whiteA common misconception is that painting a room completely in white also makes it feel larger and more beautiful, but it does not always work. If the room is very little natural light then white walls can easily look flat and dull.Do this instead: Try painting the room in a more neutral tone, e.g. a soft gray. These have soft, bluish undertones that give the illusion that the wall changes color during the day, giving the space a little more life than a regular white color would.Too bright lightsLighter is not always better when it comes to lamps. Lamps with far too high watts can make a room feel cold and sharp instead of warm and cozy.Do this instead: Stick to lamps with 60-75 watts in public areas where you still want work lights without being too intense and harsh. In more personal spaces such as bedrooms and bathrooms, 40-60 watts is your best option. It gives a softer and more atmospheric light while there is still sufficient lighting for e.g. reading. Another tip is to use more light sources instead of just having a ceiling light as the only light source in a room.Too few and too small paintingsIf you have a large wall with a lonely, small painting, it simply looks a little funny, as if the lone painting is floating on the wall rather than anchoring the space. It easily becomes distracting and does not utilize the room's full potential!Do this instead: There is a simple rule of thumb to hang art above a bed or sofa. The painting or artwork must fill at least two-thirds of the wall space directly above the furniture in order for it to feel balanced. However, you do not need to get a giant board to fill the space, but can "cheat" a little by hanging several paintings in an asymmetrical grid above the furniture and thus filling the same wall surface.Too many decorative pillowsIt's easy to feel that you need a whole lot of decorative pillows to make your sofa feel cozy, but far too many pillows can instead have the opposite effect.Do this instead: Stick to the simple. Two pillows on each end are really all you need to make a sofa feel both hip and cozy without feeling overcrowded and cluttered. If you want to increase the cozy factor, try using a large and a smaller pillow at each end of the sofa.Furnitures blocking the room's flowIt may be tempting to set the sofa so that it faces a window or fireplace, but if that means you are greeted by the back of the sofa as you enter the room then it is generally less pleasant. To be met by the back of the sofa, and the backs of those sitting in it, when you walk into a room can easily feel unwelcome.Do this instead: If you have a large wall, use it to anchor your sofa in the room. It is much nicer to be met by a couch or armchair's front when entering a room because they are not as clumsy. If, on the other hand, you can't hide the sofa's back against a wall, you can always soften the look by placing a small console table in front of your back and decorating it with books and other decorative items.
After a far too long and dark winter, we are all probably more than ready for spring to begin. Here below, we list a few simple tricks on how to decorate your winter cozy home into one that is ready to welcome the sun and heat!Pastel tonesReplace the winter's mellow and dark colours with pastel, light shades and details. You can repaint furniture that allows this (for example your old kitchen chairs), replace the decorative pillows and curtains or even repaint. Try matching several different pastel colours to set the tone and tie the room together.
Deciding what to hang on the walls can be pretty tricky. Do you want your wall covered floor-to-ceiling with pictures? A cluster in the middle? A few prints that may be a little larger – or something completely different? The possibilities are endless, and starting this year you can order fully-assembled and framed prints from Photowall. You can choose between finished designs, or your own pictures. Let's take a closer look at the range (it's big!) and consider how your own picture wall can be created.
A new decade and new trends! What do the interior design trends for 2020 actually look like? What stands out at the big interior design trade fairs? Anna María Larsson helps you find your way through the maze of trends.Photo: Anna María LarssonTime for socializing We want 2020 to be a fun year. It will be the roaring 20's again, but with awareness. We want time to socialize and have fun together with those we care about. We decorate our homes more personally and we would rather have furniture with a story and history than something mass-produced which everyone else owns. Time has become a status symbol and having time for dinners, socializing and personal meetings is highly valued. And since everyone wants a home with a personal touch and their own style, then anything goes. This explains the many different colors that are predicted to be the trend colors of the year.ColorsThis year, there is no ONE obvious color that is the color of the year. Instead, we see several different colors named for this year's color. It is everything from different shades of yellow to a classic blue, more earthy brown burnt tones and pink. And that is probably it. Color is the very thing, everything is allowed! We want to create a cozy feel and a home to feel good in. White has gone from being the neutral standard to beige and gray tones becoming the neutral and "unpainted" instead. In the few places we have white, it is a choice rather than a standard. Although anything goes as far as color, some colors are still more trendy than others:Yellow
What can a wallpaper withstand?A wallpaper can really make the difference in a room. It can make it cozy, create a comfortable atmosphere or make it sleek and stylish. Of course, in addition to the aesthetics, it should cope and withstand various stresses such as moisture, sunlight, stains and wear. I have put the wallpapers to various tests so that you will get some help and guidance when choosing wallpaper for your particular room and project.Scratch testWhat is tested?The scratch test shows us what happens if you take objects and scratch the wallpapers. Do they leave marks? Does the wallpaper's color fade?How has the test been performed?I got loose and scraped hard (Botany Banana and Brume - Cobolt) wallpaper in both Standard and Premium designs with a spoon and a wooden block.
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.