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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Create a cool Batman bedroom for boys (or kickass girls)

Finn has turned 5 and decided he needs a more grown up bedroom…i:e he wants Batman EVERYWHERE! Needing to find a way to keep him happy but also to make sure the room stays in keeping with the rest of the house (basically grey!!) and not bring in clashing colours, I went on the hunt for ways to do Batman, but with style!

Bedding
I had trouble finding any cool bedding under £60 but eventually came across this great set from Aliexpress.com for a lot less. It’s an American site, but they shipped them over here very promptly!

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Wall Art 

Next I painted these canvasses using the same paint colours that I used on the walls.

You can get similar ones online if you don’t fancy trying your hand at creating your own.

You can also create a Gotham city-scape complete with Bat signal on the wall. Don’t panic! This was more simple that you may expect and you will easily be able to recreate it with just some paint, (I used Dulux ‘Just Walnut’ and ‘Warm pewter’) a brush and the all important frog tape! (Plain old masking tape isn’t going to do here as I find the paint always bleeds through.)

5 steps to create Gotham city wall art

 

 

#1  Using your Frog tape, make some rectangular shapes to create your buildings.

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#2 Make these rectangular shapes a bit more interesting by adding the odd triangle to create different shaped roofs.

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#3 Using your darker grey paint, fill in your buildings.

TIP…Peel off the frog tape sooner rather than later as this needs to be done when the paint is still slightly wet to avoid peeling off any paint.

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#4 Using a small artists paint brush, use your white paint to add squares which will create your windows. These can be all different sizes and in random order. This bit is little trickier as you will need a steady hand.  I did use the frog tape to create squares for the larger windows.

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#5 You can go one step further if you’re feeling really brave and use your frog tape to create the bat signal lines coming from one of the buildings. I then traced a bat sign from a Batman poster Finn has and painted it on the wall, but this really does require a steady hand. You can get wall stickers or stencils that would do the job too.

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Finish styling the room with some fairy lights, cosy blankets and their favourite teddies and you will have a fun and cosy room that they can’t wait to go to bed in!

…And I almost got away without having any cartoon Batman figures…but you have to compromise in life I guess!
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Let me know in the comments below how your kids rooms are decorated, if you had to compromise to get what you and your child both wanted or even if you plan to paint your own Gotham city on your childs wall… Go for it!!