Living Room Revamp – Indigo room scheme.

Starting a decorating project with a blank canvas is brilliant, but can be a little daunting. You want to put your own stamp and personality on the room and you have numerous options, which can make it hard to visualise the finished look.

Here’s how to create a room scheme and revamp your living room to reflect your tastes…

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The best way to start any project is to plan. Gather your thoughts and pull a style together by creating a Pinterest board of all the images you love, or, my favourite thing to do is cut out pictures from magazines to create a mood board. Eventually you will see a cohesive look coming through and your preference for a colour scheme and style will emerge.

This mood board uses deep indigo colours alongside more neutral putty shades and then adds depth with texture through the wicker baskets, blankets and natural materials in the accessories.

Once you have a scheme worked out, you need to think about your layout and practical aspects such as storage, lighting and where you’re going to put your cup of coffee!

TIP: Try to include three sources of lighting in the room to create atmosphere and bounce the light around the room, especially if it doesn’t get much daylight.

img_2308BEFORE: Photo from Saleboards brochure.

Paint is the easiest way to create impact and a relatively cheap way to transform a room. My first job was to get a strong inky blue/grey on the fireplace wall and because the room can be quite dark, I offset this with a paler shade of grey on the remaining walls.

To add interest and personality to the room try to mix materials together. A stone mirror, wicker toy storage and decorative heart sit nicely alongside silver and marble candlesticks.

TIP: Group together picture frames and ornaments in odd numbers, so 3 or 5, to create impact and avoid things looking twee.

Put your stamp on the room with your photos, prints, and even favourite records and create unity by framing them all in the same colour and style frames, I used RIBBA frames from Ikea.

TIP: Frame unusual and interesting wrapping paper for a cheap and quick way to create artwork. Paperchase has an excellent collection, I love this china plate design.

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I added in the shades of putty in a new T.V unit and in the cushions and curtains.

TIP: Curtains to the floor can add some softness to a strong colour scheme. Make sure your curtain pole sits as close to the ceiling as possible and extends at least 15cm each side of your window frame; this allows maximum light into the room and will make your windows appear bigger. 

Eventually we want to put a log burner in, but for now, seeing as I’m poor, I am putting up with with the old gas fire. I used Old English White chalk paint to lighten up the wood surround and at some point I will change the fireplace tiles to my dream Moroccan tiles that are so popular at the moment.


I will keep you posted on the log burner progress. There is still so much to do, but as a little update, it has made us feel much more like ourselves in our new home. I hope you enjoyed our little living room revamp tour and have picked up a few tricks, and now, tomorrow is my birthday so I’m off to eat cake!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t put the big light on!!!

Ways to make your house feel like a home.

The word on everyone’s lips (If we could say it properly) – Hygge!  Its the latest craze in Interiors here in the UK and has always been a way of life in Denmark. Whilst being a craze, the actual values rooted in Hygge are ones that create warmth, calm and a welcoming atmosphere, and that is something we could all use in our lives.

Growing up in a family that always created a welcoming, homely vibe for visitors, I thought I’d look back and see how I was always made to feel ‘at home’ and then give you easy ways for you to create this feeling in your own home, because its not all about material things and having a ‘show home’ perfect look. Interiors are often about putting together an atmosphere; a feeling of being at home.

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We had a home where visitors did not have to take their shoes off, they felt like they could go and make themselves a drink, and put their feet up on the sofa without feeling uncomfortable and this is something I have carried through to my own home. I have a large family of Aunties who have always instilled in myself, my sister and our cousins, the art of creating a warm and cosy atmosphere at home, and we all know the importance of what we call ‘not putting on the big light’!

I’ve recently read ‘Hygge – The Danish Art of Happiness’, by Marie Tourell Soderberg and suddenly it all made sense – it basically means finding happiness in the little things. If you haven’t already read it, then go get it. Hygge is popping up all over the place, it’s a huge subject – far too deep for me to go into here, but we are told that “A Hyggelig home embraces you and comforts you. It meets you with an uplifting atmosphere and a feeling of belonging” This totally speaks to me about my home growing up. Its about a feeling, and how your home makes others feel in the space. Jakob Nyholm Jessen sums it up perfectly in saying that his home is inspired by The Hobbit; “Their homes were described as secure bases, with soft armchairs, round windows and large storehouses filled with gifts from friends. Not at all grand.”  

Here are some simple ways for you to create a cosy, welcoming vibe in your home…

Candles –  Candles, candles and more candles – who doesn’t love a candle, I can’t stop saying candle and now it doesn’t even sound like a real word!! But seriously, they give a warm, romantic glow and immediately give off a relaxing feel. Candles are a very cost effective way to add atmosphere. It doesn’t have to be Yankee, a few simple tea lights in a little holder or lantern can give you the look you want.

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Lighting – TURN OFF THE BIG LIGHT! Overhead lighting gives a cold and stark feel to a room and can be very unflattering as it casts the light down, not up. Obviously there will be times when you need an over head light for work or chopping the veg, but there’s no need to have it on in an evening when you’re snuggling on the sofa watching T.V or chatting with friends over a coffee.

Another great way to add warmth is with string lights – these are my new addition from Cable and Cotton – thanks mum! You can get them in all different colours, so can mix and match them to go with your room scheme.

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Textures and materials – Natural materials such as wool, stone and wood, along with piles of cushions and blankets give a relaxed, understated look to any room, they easily add interest, texture and colour. Soft furnishings are great for those of you who love a neutral scheme, to add some bold pattern without going too wild. They are great for cosying up in an evening – I am under my blanket every night!!

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Little Touches – A large part of giving off a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere is how you act in your own home. Growing up we always had music playing; this can be a great way to relax people and make it clear to guests that your home is their home. Put your feet up, chill with a coffee and they will feel able to do the same. Having recently read our Hygge book, my lovely sister in law added a kettle, mugs and a bowl of chocolates to her guest room and her friends always feel like its a home away from home.

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What little touches do you add to make your friends and family feel at home? It doesn’t take much but can go along way…..Have a happy, hyggelig time!!