• Posts Tagged ‘decorating with colour’

    Colour splash

    by  • March 9, 2011 • Bathroom bliss • 4 Comments

    Brights, brights and more brights – if you’re decorating your bathroom, it’s clear there’s only one way to go this summer. I’ve been flicking through bathroom ideas on housetohome for ideas on how to inject a bit of interest into my largely plain, white bathroom, and it seems like the easiest way to give your WC a little TLC is to go for bright and bold accessories. Great if, like me, you’re renting and therefore can’t crack out the paint.

    Pink statement bath | freestanding bath ideas | modern bathroom ideas | decorating with colour | roomenvy

    Pink to make the boys wink

    This pink bath is number one on my lust list. With the white-painted boards and pale walls, this room allows the real star of the show to shine through. I know pink isn’t to everyone’s tastes, but this idea would work equally well in teal, yellow, orange… whatever colour tickles your fancy.

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    Bold colour + texture = gorgeous

    This deep-sided bath is also high up on my bathroom wishlist, coming a close second to the pink number above. The mix of textures and tones of red and orange add a warm, lived-in touch to what could be a rather stark, cold room. Room screens are a great way of adding some privacy to open plan ensuites too – the fretwork on this one makes it a feature in its own right.

    Clever coloured storage | bathroom storage ideas | bright bathroom ideas | roomenvy

    Great idea - why not update an old cabinet?

    Finally, think about using colour in unusual ways, like on the inside of cabinets. This plain cabinet has been brought to life by stencilling on a pattern, then reversing it on the inside – unexpected, and really effective.

    What do you think – which of these is your favourite?

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    Spring decorating trend: Orange blossoms

    by  • November 17, 2010 • Uncategorized • 2 Comments

    I never thought I’d see the day when I calmly said, ‘Hey folks, guess what the hot colour for Spring/ Summer is? Orange.’ But now that day has arrived, and I tell you, the sun-drenched shade is going to be big news for decorators in 2011.

    Don’t be scared. Just think of all the good things that come in this citrus hue – Florida oranges, vitamin C, sunshine (sort of), flowers, Reese’s pieces, fake tan.. oh, wait, rewind on that one. The point is, orange objects inspire happy thoughts, so let’s try to embrace the warmth. Just take a look…

    Hot House range - Laura Ashley - roomenvy

    Hot House range - Laura Ashley - roomenvy

    Toned down in a more muted shade of naranja, Laura Ashley’s Hortense Zinnia print (featured on wallpaper, fabric and even pendant shades in the Hot House range) has a lovely retro vibe.

    Tangerine range - Bhs - roomenvy

    Tangerine range - Bhs - roomenvy

    Full on, fluoro, and mixing futuristic with florals, Bhs teamed its statement-making Tangerine range with black and white accents for a true colour impact. This one’s for the brave amongst you…

    Tangerine range lighting - Bhs - roomenvy

    Tangerine range lighting - Bhs - roomenvy

    If only we didn’t have to have anything else – such as storage – in a hallway! An amazing display of electric-coloured lighting would make life so bright, even if the monthly utilities bill was trebled!

    Clean range - H&M Home - roomenvy

    Clean range - H&M Home - roomenvy

    The new H&M Home range took a similar route, mixing and matching Missoni-esque monochrome prints with a bright and brilliant shade of orange. Their selection of home accents used a richer, red-based shade, making it more workable for the colour-shy.

    So, there you have it. Orange is in. Just don’t go overboard, as we’ll know when you’ve been tangoed!

    If that’s just whet your appetite for juicy shades and forward-thinking design, find more inspiration and Spring/Summer 2011 decorating trends at Housetohome.co.uk.

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    Hallway decorating ideas

    by  • September 28, 2010 • Inviting hallways • 2 Comments

    I love making a colourful entrance… although that does usually involve me turning up late with an unmatching pair of shoes. These colourful statement hallways are a much safer way to make your friends and family speechless!

    Find hallway decorating inspiration from this video, you’ll find fantastic ways to add colour from your banisters to your stair risers!

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    Lunchtime lust: decorating with spice yellows

    by  • August 3, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 5 Comments

    Nothing like a cheery spot of yellow to brighten up a tame Tuesday. I love these decorating schemes from Ideal Home. The style team are spot on – yellow has a reputation for being a zingy, energising colour when in fact, if you choose the right earthy tone, it can also create a mellow mood.

    This is perfect for when you’re in a ‘not even a smiley sunflower can cheer me up today’ mood. Check out these decorating ideas

    Be inspired city chic. The dining room features a mixed bag of concrete greys, sunshine yellow accents and a combination of wood and steel pieces.

    roomenvy - mellow yellow dining room

    roomenvy - mellow yellow dining room

    I love the statement storage wall in this living room. Paint the back of the cubbies in a matching shade of yellow for an eye-popping focal point.

    roomenvy - yellow accents living room

    roomenvy - yellow accents living room

    Stylist’s tip: Make patterns pop bu surrounding them with pieces in solid colours as seen in this bedroom decorating scheme.

    roomenvy - modern boutique bedroom

    roomenvy - modern boutique bedroom

    DIY tip of the day! Frame wallpaper with painted moulding to create your own wall art.

    roomenvy - yellow feature wall

    roomenvy - yellow feature wall

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    Lunchtime lust: decorating with modern colour

    by  • April 6, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Cool kitchens, Inviting hallways, Stylish living • 2 Comments

    Don’t worry if you missed the opportunity to decorate this weekend, there are lots of lovely bank holidays to look forward to (such a lovely thought on your first day back after the break). I’ve been hunting for some great ways to add a splash of colour to your home, so put down that magnolia paint pot, and check out the latest modern colours – they’re bound to be hot this summer (and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the days will be too!)

    Electric brights - contrasting colours are hot on the catwalk, so why not use them in your kitchen-diner? You could also try electric blue with neon yellow, or lilac with zingy lime, depending on how bold you want to be.

    roomenvy - fuchsia and spicy orange kitchen-diner

    roomenvy - fuchsia and spicy orange kitchen-diner

    Chalky pastels - try a relaxed easy-to-live with look in the living room. Here they’ve used faded duck-egg blue, delicate shell and rose pink with lashings of pearly white. Oooh and silver and crystal accessories never hurt anyone!

    roomenvy - faded duck-egg living room

    roomenvy - faded duck-egg living room

    Leaf tones – this natural look is ideal for the home office. Go for deep greens from rich olive to lime, and team with beech and white-painted furniture, sisal flooring (perfect for a high-traffic area) and chunky wicker baskets for your paperwork.

    roomenvy - olive home office

    roomenvy - olive home office

    Smoky greys - grey is set to be the key colour of 2010. Match a grey wallpaper pattern in the hallway with a mixture of grey tones on the furniture, walls and floor.

    roomenvy - grey and charcoal hallway

    roomenvy - grey and charcoal hallway

    Intense blues - create a feature wall in the bedroom with a rich indigo paint shade – but keep the rest of the scheme light with a white bedstead and accents of white in the bedding.

    roomenvy - sky blue bedroom

    roomenvy - sky blue bedroom

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    Decorating with paint … and THEN SOME!

    by  • February 26, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Inviting hallways • 1 Comment

    I bet when Martha Stewart and her team of decorating fanatics began asking people to share the best Painted Rooms in their households, they were expecting to see a bold feature wall here, or a quirky bit of painted woodwork there, but not THIS? It might not be for everyone (not us mere peasants anyway) but these painted castle rooms are just incredible.

    They were submitted by MuralPainter, check out more of his talents at www.garrettmccarthy.com.

    roomenvy - gothic dungeon bathroom

    roomenvy - gothic dungeon bathroom

    I mean it’s all so very ‘Beauty and the Beast’!

    roomenvy - garden toilet

    roomenvy - garden toilet

    … because when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go??

    roomenvy - castle hallway

    roomenvy - castle hallway

    Well now I just want to know what’s behind those doors? … unless it’s the aforementioned beast!

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    Decorating with accent colour!

    by  • February 15, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Desirable dining, Inviting hallways • 4 Comments

    Aah, something show-stopping for a Monday morning. I had the same reaction to these eye-popping decorating schemes as I did when I saw a girl wearing lime green PVC hot pants at the station last night – I certainly thought they were attention grabbing …. but certainly not for the faint-hearted. (Although I secretly hoped to myself that the Valentine that she was waiting for would be wearing the same!)

    Less is more when it comes to accent colour, but it’ll give your scheme an eye-catching lift, whether you use it to highlight details, add pizazz to a neutral space or reinvent classic furniture pieces. Check out these ideas from Livingetc.

    roomenvy - fuchsia headboard bedroom

    roomenvy - fuchsia headboard bedroom

    Punchy pink highlights this laser-cut headboard giving a traditional feature a modern twist.

    roomenvy - shot of sunshine bathroom

    roomenvy - shot of sunshine bathroom

    An inky backdrop is given a lift with a glossy basin in a stand-out primary-shade.

    roomenvy - deep blue accents hallway

    roomenvy - deep blue accents hallway

    Cobalt blue ribbon creates a statement border on this wall – and no steady paintbrush hand required!

    roomenvy - snazzy chairs dining room

    roomenvy - snazzy chairs dining room

    Tonight Matthew, I’m (plain white traditional chairs) gonna be designer show stoppers in zingy contrasting shades.

    roomenvy - shot of lime dining area

    roomenvy - shot of lime dining area

    Set intricate and geometric furniture against a block of bold colour for extra … umph!

    roomenvy - quirky blind home office

    roomenvy - quirky blind home office

    Transform a dull window by painting a band of accent colour onto the blind.

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    What’s your 'colour of the decade'?

    by  • November 20, 2009 • Stylish living • 1 Comment

    Can you believe a decade’s gone by already? It seemed only yesterday I was badgering my parents to send me ‘any spare food’ whilst at University!

    At the Crown Paint launch, they were casting their eyes back to the most popular colour of the noughties, and as it turns out, it was this chocolate paint shade.

    roomenvy - chocolate colour of the decade

    roomenvy - chocolate colour of the decade

    So what’s your colour of the noughties?

    I found it really difficult to decide on it from a decorating perspective (distracted by the ‘facebook blues’ and ‘The X Factor reds’) but finally I settled on this rich purple colour. It seemed the naughty noughties gave people the confidence to go for richer, more dramatic colours!

    Rich purples have stuck by me in one way or another for the past few years! This living room is super glam.

    roomenvy - aubergine living room

    roomenvy - aubergine living room

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    SNEAK PEAK Crown’s colour trends 2010

    by  • November 20, 2009 • Stylish living • 0 Comments

    If your paintbrush is poised nervously over your paint pot, and you’re not sure whether it should take the plunge, check out the hot colour predictions from Crown Paint.

    I was invited to the launch to check out their colour trends for 2010 and felt really inspired to grab my paintbrush and attack my walls with colour. Here’s a peak are my two favourites.

    New Mexico (maybe it’s because it reminded me of what it was like to step outside without a ski jacket on!)

    roomenvy - swing and think of summer

    Plush – glamorous, romantic, dramatic and boudoir-chic. My bedroom is calling for it. Paint floorboards in a deeper shade than the walls for a really striking look

    roomenvy - living room colour ideas

    roomenvy - living room colour ideas

    Look out for more of these hot colour trends as well as behind-the-scenes gossip at the Crown Blog!

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