Colour Trend – Russet

With Autumn well and truly here it’s time to embrace the changing colours of the trees and landscape and bring a splash of cosy and warming interior design into our homes. A sophisticated RUSSET colour scheme will provide a splash of colour with a spicy and sumptuous undertone that will transform any interior into a glamorous autumnal retreat.

Russet painted wall

Russet painted wall

A chic blend of brown, red and orange tones, russet is a beautiful colour tone that can be used in both traditional and contemporary homes. Its bold yet muted palette is perfect for use as a feature or accent colour within your chosen interior space.

 

Colour Scheme

Autumnal Colour Palette

Autumnal Colour Palette

Russet tones work extremely well with other autumnal hues such as taupe, brown, burnt orange, beige and wine for a snug and cosy atmosphere that is perfect for the colder evenings of the coming months. Alternatively you can keep it fresh and bright by combining this rich colour with light cream walls for an illuminating interior finish with a hint of warming colour. For a more classic and traditional look then choose dark and deep colour tones to sit alongside your russet colour scheme such as chocolate brown, black and mahogany.

 

Cushions

Russet, brown and burnt orange cushions

Russet, brown and burnt orange cushions

Russet coloured cushions make a great addition to any living room or bedroom area and are a fantastic way of introducing this stylish colour scheme into your home without any drastic changes to your current decor. This rich colour works particularly well on textured material such as chenille, linen and velvet . Plain and patterned cushions show off the sumptuous tones of russet tones and hues and can be layered with other colours such as beige, burnt orange and brown for a visual and textural finish that will add create a focal point within your interior space.

 

Upholstery

Russet upholstered occasional chair.

Russet upholstered occasional chair.

Bold upholstered seating is bang on trend this Autumn/Winter and what better way to embrace this trend than with a splash of rich russet tones that will create a warm and enveloping area to curl up with a cup of tea. Glamorous chaise lounges, carved occasional chairs and sofas will look amazing with a covering of rich russet material and will create an eye-catching, zoned area of colour within any neutral or bold interior area. Opt for chic and sophisticated fabrics such as satin, velvet or leather and if your love a dash of pattern then choose floral, baroque or simple geometric prints that will compliment the rich tones of the russet fabric.

 

Accessories

Russet and Copper Accessories

Russet and Copper Accessories

Keep it Autumnal with your accessories by choosing complimentary colours and finishes that will not overpower this exquisite colour option. Copper, bronze and gold accessories work extremely well in russet home interiors with items such as lanterns, candlesticks and tea light holders providing an illuminating area that is perfect for the darker nights. Burnt orange accessories such as vases, bowls and ornaments will also look great against a russet painted backdrop and can be used to create a focal point on a mantelpiece or alcove area. Last but not least why not create an autumn inspired floral arrangement with orange and red seasonal flowers and dried leaves or pay a nod to seasonal produce and Halloween with a selection of pumpkins and squashes on a sideboard or table.

 

Furniture

Hardwood furniture in Russet interior.

Hardwood furniture in Russet interior.

The versatility of russet colour palettes mean that they can be complimented with a wide range of furniture designs and styles. Warm rustic oak designs will give a cosy, cottage style feel that reflects the changing rural landscape of the Autumn months with items such as dining tables and dressers providing visual texture and practicality. Alternatively rich hardwood such as mahogany and walnut will perfectly compliment the warm tones of the russet backdrop and will provide a sophisticated and classic interior finish. Opt for items such as sideboards, coffee tables and bed frames for a striking centrepiece against a painted or wallpapered feature wall.

 

For more inspirational russet interiors then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Russet Colour Trend or for furniture ideas that will add a finishing touch to this interior colour trend then check out our extensive Oak and Hardwood furniture collections.

5 Best Blinds For Your Home

For me no window is quite complete without a stylish and functional blind that not only provides you with privacy and shade but can also add a splash of colour and pattern to your chosen interior space. Alone or partnered with a chic set of curtains; blinds will create an added feature and focal point within your home.

Chocolate sliding blinds

Chocolate sliding blinds

With a wide selection of designs and materials available we have selected 5 of the most popular styles of blind that will transform any room into a cosy and sophisticated setting.

 

Roman

Orange Roman Blinds

Orange Roman Blinds

The pleated design of Roman blinds have made them a popular choice for many people as they look elegant and neatly folded in their heightened position but form a smooth and sleek surface area when dropped to their full length. This allows any patterns or prints to be appreciated in full and makes them a perfect choice for tall or wide window areas. Their simple folding design can be adjusted to a variety of heights to allow full control of the light entering the room whilst always showing a flash of colour, even when fully folded. This style of blind is particularly popular in kitchens and conservatories due to its classic style and simplicity.

 

Vertical

Cream Vertical Blinds

Cream Vertical Blinds

Recent statistics have shown that vertical blinds are now the most popular style of blind across the UK as they can give a subtle and stylish finish to both contemporary and traditional home interiors. These sleek blinds can come in a vast range of finishes from simple linen, to glamorous glitters and suit both small and compact windows as well as large and wide patio doors. Available in plain colours and patterned styles you can make a real statement with your window dressing or match them to your existing furnishings for a more subtle finish and appearance. Their long and streamline slatted appearance can be tilted to allow a stream of light into the room or fully closed for a overlapping visual finish. These blinds work particularly well in living rooms and bedroom areas.

 

Venetian

Wooden Venetian blinds

Wooden Venetian blinds

During the 20th century Venetian blinds became hugely popular in the homes and offices of the UK as their simple louvred style allowed a complete regulation of light into an interior space. Today they are still a popular choice with many people and their style and finish has come a long way from its first, basic incarnation. One of the most recognisable versions of the Venetian blind is the metal slatted finish that can come in a variety of colours and metallic coatings such as simple white or glistening chrome for a more modern and sleek appearance. More recently wooden slatted versions have become particularly popular as they add warmth and texture to even the most neutral of interior spaces. This style of blind works extremely well in offices, kitchens and dining room areas.

 

Rollers

Union jack print roller blind

Union jack print roller blind

With one of the most simple mechanisms of all the blind styles, roller blinds are a popular choice for those who prefer a quick and low maintenance window dressing within their chosen room. With a basic up and down motion you can adjust the flow of light and shade within the home whilst retaining a streamlined and uninterrupted finish. The full length, sleek surface area of roller blinds makes them perfect for showcasing bold patterns, prints or designs and can also be printed with a photographic image for a truly personalised finish that is great for children’s rooms. The straight edged design will look great on even the smallest of window areas and works particularly well in kitchens, bedrooms and office areas.

 

Sliders

Sliding patio door blinds

Sliding patio door blinds

Sliding blinds are a recent addition to the blind family and are the perfect way of showcasing your French or patio style doors and work extremely well in modern homes with large wall to wall glass and expansive window areas. These elegant blind panels simply slide back until they are stacked behind one another allowing them to be drawn back fully or closed in stages for controlled light and shade within a chosen space. These blinds come in a wide range of colours and patterns and can also feature cut out patterns (left) for a bright and illuminating focal point. These blinds look fantastic in living rooms, dining rooms and kitchen areas.

 

For more ideas on classic and contemporary blind styles, colours and patterns, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Blinds.

Product of the Week – French Louis Oak Large Sideboard

The rich and sumptuous French Louis Oak Large Sideboard is an elegant and classic furniture item that is both stylish and functional. This eye-catching sideboard will create a warm and welcoming focal point in both traditional and contemporary living rooms, dining rooms or hallways.

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard

This large and spacious sideboard has been carved from the finest quality North American Oak that is both strong and beautifully textural. This item has been finished in a rich and cosy medium/dark stain that provides a regal style elegance and a stately feel that will add a period style charm to any home interior.

Crafted from authentic antique French designs this sideboard will create a refined feel within your chosen home interior and its strong and durable design will ensure that it will become a permanent feature within your home for many years to come.

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard - Front View

French Louis Oak Large Sideboard – Front View

This large and grand sideboard provides plentiful storage space within your interior setting and is ideal for creating a centralised area for your household accessories. The large and wide table top area is specifically designed to house your ornaments, photo frames or a statement lamp that will draw your eye to the textural grain and warm tones of the oak exterior.

The three small central drawers are ideally sized to hold your small items, stationary or remote controls while the two large outer cupboards are perfect for hiding away your large household items, paperwork or crockery to create a neat and organised interior space.

French Louis Oak Corner TV Unit

French Louis Oak Corner TV Unit

This elegant sideboard will look fabulous when partnered with the French Louis Oak Corner TV Unit. This compact and stylish TV cabinet is perfect for those with smaller home interiors or awkward room dimensions. The angular design means that it can be tucked neatly into the corner of your living room area to make the most of your limited floor space.

The small table top area is perfectly big enough to hold a widescreen TV and will create a visual focal point in which to arrange your seating areas. The long central open front shelf can be used to house your DVD player, TV box or games console for an easy to access multimedia area. With an additional two spacious lower drawers you will find and ideal space to store a selection of DVDs, games, media accessories and remote controls for an organised space that is both neat and stylish.

For more items that will compliment this stylish sideboard and TV unit, then head over to the website where you will find our complete French Louis Oak collection.

How To Create A Georgian Interior

The Georgian era stretched from 1714-1837 and is often divided into three parts; the Palladian, early and late periods. As the Georgian period progressed designs became slightly lighter in colour and embellishment until interior influences eventually moved towards Regency style and decor.

Georgian Room at Attingham

Georgian Room at Attingham

The Georgian period became famous for its elegant interior style and design and a great deal of interest was taken in furnishings and decor during this time. Books on decorating techniques and styles became available for the first time and many wealthy people undertook ‘The Grand Tour’ in which they visited many cities around Europe and brought back interior and architectural ideas relating to the countries they had seen.

Georgian green living room.

Georgian green living room.  

During the Early Georgian period colour schemes embraced the use of colour with deep reds, sage and pewter grey but as the period progressed colours became softer and more muted in tone with the use of sky blue, pastel pink and dove grey alongside basic white and earthen stone hues. There is a vast range of Period colours available from some of today’s paint manufactures that perfectly recreate the decor and ambiance of this historic period.

Late Georgian Period Striped Wallpaper.

Late Georgian Period Striped Wallpaper.

Wallpaper was hugely popular during the Georgian period with simple patterned designs being the most popular choice for the majority or home interiors. Repeat prints such as trefoils, floral motifs and fleur de lis looked extremely elegant in the sumptuous and sophisticated colour palettes of the era. In the later part of the Georgian period block patterned and geometric prints began to be introduced with stripes, squares and angular patterns that were simple and versatile in design. Complimentary muted shades or a balance of light and dark could be used for a more striking interior backdrop.

Georgian mouldings and panelling.

Georgian mouldings and panelling.

Panels and mouldings were a universal feature in Georgian home interiors. Simple panelling, dado rails and coving were used as a visual feature on an otherwise plain and linear wall and a selection of different colours and tones were used to create shading and detail inside the panels. Moulding were intricate in design and were artistically made to look like rich and opulent ribbons and fabrics and often featured classical characters and urns. These can be seen in the designs of Robert Adam that were influenced by his visits to Italy and Greece. If you are lucky enough to have original Georgian mouldings in your home then ensure you have them professionally restored or if you are recreating this look in a modern home, there are many attractive reproductions that will transform your home interior.

Thomas Chippendale Chinese Chair

Thomas Chippendale Chinese Chair

One of the most famous names of the Georgian period has to be Thomas Chippendale. His instantly recognisable designs have been made popular again with recent historic revivals and interior trends. An interior designer and talented furniture and cabinet maker; his designs are heavily influenced by oriental motifs with a splash if Gothic style and influence. His famous chairs were furnished with sumptuous glazed cotton fabrics and featured classic Georgian floral prints. His keen eye as an interior designer meant that his chosen upholstery could be matched to the curtains, bedding and cushions of the home for a universal colour scheme and design.

Georgian Fireplace

Georgian Fireplace

Fireplaces were a grand and central feature of Georgian living rooms and parlours and were intricately and ornately designed to match the mouldings and panelling of their interior surroundings. Mantelpieces were decorated with ornamental swags and urns and featured classic columns and pillars to each side of the design. Metal grates were a common feature and fire screens were often painted in complimentary classical prints or matching colour palettes that blend perfectly into the overall interior colour scheme.

George Hepplewhite Mirror.

George Hepplewhite Mirror.

Ornaments and embellishments were often centralised around the fire place area to draw the eye to its detail and intricacy. Porcelain and bronze ornaments would often be seen along a mantelpiece or sideboard and lacquered artwork with oriental influences were hung in a formal pattern along the wall panels for added detail and colour. Large and eye catching mirrors made a great focal point when hung above a fireplace, bed or cabinet with classical designs and European styles, such as this beautiful item (right) by famous furniture maker George Hepplewhite taking centrestage within the home.

 

For more ideas on creating your very own Georgian inspired interior, take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Georgian Interiors or for a selection of furniture items that will compliment this historic design then check out our sumptuous Georgian Furniture collection.

Colour Trend – Taupe

Magnolia has been the staple ‘go to’ colour for millions of interiors around the world for the last two decades. Its simple tone and neutral finish was both versatile and practical but could on times be seen as just a little bland. This season has seen a rise in a new colour trend that has usurped magnolia as the newest and trendiest colour base for any room of the home – TAUPE.

Taupe bedding

Taupe bedding

This fabulously versatile colour tone makes a great backdrop on a plain or wallpapered wall and creates a functional and complimentary furniture and upholstery hue that is chic and sophisticated.

 

Colour Schemes

Taupe colour palette

Taupe colour palette

Taupe is an earthen colour tone that works wonderfully alongside similar natural tones to create a cosy and uplifting ambiance in any room of the home. Rich cream, dove grey and pewter look beautiful alongside a taupe backdrop and create a opulent and warming feel that suits both modern and classic interiors. Taupe can also be partnered with more colourful hues such as duck egg blue, claret red and mint green for a vintage or period style feel that is bold and yet refined. For a more minimal feel then combine sumptuous taupe with crisp antique white for a fresh and illuminating interior finish.

 

Cushions

Taupe and cream cushions

Taupe and cream cushions

Taupe cushions are wonderfully versatile and will compliment a vast range of interior backdrops and upholstered areas. If you have chosen a bold colour scheme on your walls or floor then a scattering of plain and patterned taupe cushions will provide a cosy and comforting space that does not distract from the colour of the room interior. If you have opted for plain and neutral walls then why not create a layering of taupe and coloured cushions in complimentary or contrasting patterns and prints that will add visual detail and texture to a sofa, seat or bed.

 

Accessories

Chrome candle holders

Chrome candle holders

When it comes to accessorising your freshly painted taupe interior then there are a wide selection of items that will add a visual focal point and a splash of glamour to your chosen room. Chrome and silver items such as candlesticks, vases and photo frames look fabulous against the rich and creamy taupe colour tone and will bring a dash of elegance and sleek illumination to your home. Crisp white and cream painted items will add a French château ambiance to your interior and look fabulous on mirror frames and ornamental items. Painted accessories can be given a distressed paint finish for a more vintage and shabby chic effect.

 

Upholstery

Taupe Upholstery

Taupe Upholstery

Rich upholstery can create a focal point in any home interior and provides texture and warmth in neutral interior spaces. From soft and sumptuous seating to stylish headboards and ottomens; taupe upholstery will create a lavish and luxurious envelopment on a wide range of items and designs. This colour works particularly well with French style designs with ornate framework that works with the neutral finish to create a opulent and eye-catching item. Satin, velvet, cotton and leather look amazing in this colour hue and will perfectly compliment a wide range of bold and plain interior backdrops.

 

Furniture

Taupe painted furniture

Taupe painted furniture

Taupe is a great colour choice for painted furniture items and it makes a great alternative to cream and white painted designs. Its refined and warm appearance makes it perfectly suited to a wide range of interior colours and designs. French furniture looks amazing in this colour palette and its ornate carvings can be painted in a contrasting colour (left) for added detail and style. Shabby chic designs can also be painted with a layer of taupe paint and can be lightly distressed for a more countrified look and feel. This colour also looks great on retro furniture designs such as 1950s and 1960s tables, sideboards and display cabinets for a vintage look that does not look out of place in modern interior styles.

 

For more ideas on how to use a taupe colour scheme in your home then check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Taupe Colour Trend.

 

5 Ways To Make The Most Of Smaller Interior Spaces

We all like to make the most of the space within our home interiors but with all the gadgets, gizmos and clutter that comes with modern day living it is often difficult to create a bright and spacious atmosphere in the smaller rooms of our home.

Compact interior bedroom

Compact bedroom interior.

While furnishing a small room can at first seem a little daunting, with these 5 simple techniques and ideas you can create a stylish and sophisticated interior that utilises ever space inch of space to provide you with a functional home environment.

 

Keep It Light

Crisp white breakfast bar area.

Crisp white breakfast bar area.

When choosing a colour palette for your smaller home interiors always select colours that will give the illusion of space and light. Avoid dark colour tones as these will give an enclosed feel and will draw your eye to the compact dimensions of the walls and floor. Opt for crisp white, cream and pale earthen tones and ensure that your flooring or carpet is also a light and plain colour hue that will compliment the overall sleek appearance. Where possible use a simple blind on your windows or patio doors to allow the light to reflect onto the pale decor to give a bright and open ambiance.

 

Secret Storage

Wardrobe and office storage

Wardrobe and office storage

There is nothing worse than clutter to make a room seem small and uninviting. The key to creating a sleek and open feel within a compact home interior is to utilise as much storage as possible without encroaching upon your already limited floor space.  Choose hidden storage and fitted items that will blend seamlessly into the background of the room and will allow you to hide any essential items when they are not in use. Under stairs storage is great for shoes, Hoovers and coats while under bed storage is ideal for foldable clothing items and accessories. For even more ingenious designs why not create a desk or office area in a fitted wardrobe or alcove for a perfectly sized yet disguised working area.

 

Magic Mirrors

Large wall to floor mirror

Large wall to floor mirror

Mirrors are always a great way of creating a fresh and light feel in any interior area. The use of a large mirror on a feature wall can almost double the appearance of space within the room and can cleverly give the impression of having an additional window within your home. The ideal position for a mirror can be horizontally above a sofa, bed or sideboard or a full length mirror on a plain painted wall. Mirrored fitted wardrobe doors will reflect the neutral colours of the wall and will give an illusion of extended wall space that is illuminating and practical.

 

 

Seating and Sleeping

Sofa bed and storage

Sofa bed and storage

When it comes to furnishing a small studio apartment or a guest bedroom it is often difficult to find a balance between living space and sleeping space. Sofa beds are the ideal solution to compact interior design as they can be comfortably folded away or positioned as a seating area during the day and then unfolded and re-arranged as a comfortable and space saving bed for the evening. These beds are extremely practical for teenager’s bedrooms as it provides a spacious sleeping area as well as a comfy seating space to kick back and play computer games.

 

Functional Furniture

Stackable dining set

Stackable dining set

Finding the right furniture for a small home interior can be quite a challenge. Opt for lighter colour woods such as pale oak or beech or select crisp painted cream or white designs for an illuminating and reflective finish. With limited floor space it is impossible to fit in larger furniture items or a furniture set and arrangement that would completely overcrowd the room. Selecting a few small and cleverly designed items will allow you to create a comfortable and welcoming space that does not lack the practical elements needed for a modern home. When looking for TV units, side tables and display units opt for items that will fit into the corner of the room of fit snugly into an alcove or recess area. Dining sets are a necessity in any family home and with some innovative stacking furniture sets (left) you can open out the table and chairs for lunch or dinner and then stack them into the corner of the room when not in use.

For more inspiration on how to decorate and design your perfect compact home interior then head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Small Home Interiors.

 

 

 

Product of the Week – French Gold Leaf 4 Door Mirrored Armoire

The French gold leaf four door mirrored armoire is the epitome of French palatial glamour. This flamboyant and eye-catching furniture item will add a splash of illuminating elegance to even the most neutral of home interiors and its grand and extensive size will be sure to create a focal point in any bedroom or dressing room area.

French golf leaf four door mirrored armoire

French golf leaf four door mirrored armoire

This beautiful wardrobe has been carved from authentic antique design patterns to give it a period style feel and look that is perfect for both classic and contemporary boutique boudoirs. Featuring delicate fluted legs and an intricately carved baseboard and plinth top this wardrobe will take centre stage in your interior space.

Carved from solid, high quality mahogany and wrapped in sumptuous gold leaf paint, you can be assured that this wonderful armoire will withstand the wear and tear of everyday use and will provide you with a perfect balance of opulent style and practical storage space. The mirrored door fronts provide you with a full length area to admire your finished outfits as well as creating a sense of space and light in dark or compact interior spaces.

French gold leaf four door mirrored armoire  - Inside

French gold leaf four door mirrored armoire – Inside

The inside of this fabulous wardrobe will provide you with plenty of areas for storing your clothing items. With three large hanging spaces you will can store your large clothing items such as coats, dresses and jumpers in a neat and organised space. With two shelving areas at the base of each section you will find the ideal area to tuck away your large shoe collection, handbags and accessories so that you can form a complete outfit from one storage area. If your a couple then this huge wardrobe can easily accommodate both ‘his’ and ‘hers’ outfits and accessories to make the most of your interior space.

French gold leaf carved dressing table set.

French gold leaf carved dressing table set.

The gold leaf mirrored armoire will look amazing when partnered with the awe inspiring French gold leaf carved dressing table set. This dressing table set will create a glamorous area for a long and luxurious pamper session as well as providing ample storage space across the table area.

The table itself features delicate floral carvings and long fluted legs that look beautiful enveloped with the shimmering gold leaf paint finish. The table top is adorned with a sumptuous renaissance style mirror that perfectly compliments the ornate design of this item. The sumptuous chocolate satin upholstered seat will provide an elegant and comfortable area to sit and take in the beauty of this furniture design.

With three small but spacious drawers beneath the table top and two smaller drawers above you will find all the space you could require for housing your make-up, brushes, accessories and jewellery for a neat and uncluttered bedroom space.

For more items to complete your French bedroom setting then take a look at our full and extensive French gold leaf painted furniture collection over on the website.

 

How To Create A Renaissance Style Interior

The Italian Renaissance period spanned between the 14th and 16th centuries and showcased interior decor and furniture items that were heavily influenced by ancient Greek and Roman designs. Homes and furnishings were largely geometric in shape and symmetry played a huge role in creating an opulent and balanced interior space.

Renaissance staircase

Renaissance staircase

To compliment the rich cultural influences of the surrounding architecture, Renaissance interiors were finished in rich and opulent paint finishes that gave stunning visual focal points that included classical artefacts such as urns, busts and sculptures as well as paintings murals and friezes.

Renaissance drapes around bed

Renaissance drapes around bed

Rich and expensive fabrics such as silk and velvet were partnered with simple cotton and wool materials in the drapes, bedding and upholstery of Renaissance style interiors. These sumptuous fabrics often feature an opulent damask or floral print pattern and when it came to fabrics the more the better, with many homes choosing to layer one material and pattern upon another. Curtains were left in long and heavy swathes that sat in pools upon the ground and featured tasselled and metallic tie backs for added detail. The use of upholstery also featured heavily in Renaissance tapestries that could be used in place of wallpaper or mouldings and created an eye-catching focal point that was colourful in design.

Renaissance colour palettes

Renaissance colour palettes

Colour schemes during this period were all about creating an air of wealth and classic opulence that reflected the rich palaces and temples of ancient Rome and Athens. Classical paintings and tapestries that were rich in detail often made up much of the colour within a specified room however the majority of colour came from fabrics, floor coverings and drapes that created an exquisite air of sophistication and flamboyance. Deep red, yellow and green as well as rich purples and blues were popular colours that added warmth and texture to any interior setting.

Renaissance Tapestry

Renaissance Tapestry

 

During the Renaissance period artwork was at the height of its popularity in every home across Italy. As well as traditional paintings and murals artwork also featured heavily on the inlays of furniture and bed frames and even adorned the panels of the internal doors of the home. Greek Key designs were one of the key motifs in carvings and paintings as well as natural scenes and floral motifs that harken back to the classical mythological tales. Some of the more flamboyant homes of this period featured highly detailed friezes and painted ceilings that depicted a story or scene that could often be related to their own lives or families.

Italian Renaissance cassone

Italian Renaissance cassone

Furniture during this period was carved mainly from walnut due to its rich and hard wearing qualities. Designs featured intricate balanced carvings and paintings that often featured characters from mythology or classical styles and motifs. The ‘cassone’ was a storage item that most commonly came in the form of a heavily carved bench style chest and was one of the most popular furniture items during the renaissance period. This item was originally designed for a bride to bring her possessions and dowry to her new husband (from her father). Whilst these original pieces are now extremely hard to come by and have an eye-watering price tag, reproduction designs are readily available on the high street.

For more inspiration on how to create a rich and elegant Renaissance style interior then head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Renaissance Interiors or for a selection of complimentary furniture items, take a look at our extensive Hardwood furniture collections.

 

Colour Trend – Claret

There is nothing more relaxing than curling up on a chilly autumnal evening with a cosy woollen throw and a rich glass of red wine. With the weather dropping to familiar colder temperatures its time to take a look at one of the hottest colour trends of Autumn/Winter 2014 – CLARET.

Claret interior walls

Claret interior walls

This rich and warming red tone gives a perfect splash of colour in a traditional wintry hue that can be perfectly accommodated into sleek and contemporary interiors as well as classic home designs. This versatile colour will add a sense of cosiness and elegance that is perfect for the lead up to Christmas.

 

Colour Schemes

Claret and wine colour palette

Claret and wine colour palette

This luxurious colour can be partnered with a chic lilac, cream and chocolate colour palette for a soft and tonal interior ambiance and also looks wonderful alongside crisp white for a more fresh and sleek interior setting. This fabulous hue can also be combined with silvery greys and deep black for a glamorous and opulently rich finish.

 

Cushions

Claret Colour Cushion

Claret Colour Cushion

This rich colour option is a popular choice for furnishings and fabrics as its deep concentration of colour will add a sumptuous focal point to a specific zoned area of the room. A scattering of cushions on a bed of sofa area can transform the whole feel of your interior with minimum effort and cost. This colour works particularly well with classic fabrics such as satin and velvet and can be used as a plain accent tone or as a pattern that ties in to the remainder of the interior space. Lace, tassels and beading work fabulously in bringing out the period opulence of this vintage colour.

 

3. Upholstery

Claret upholstered occasional chair.

Claret upholstered occasional chair.

Nothing can look more striking than an opulently coloured sofa, window seat or occasional chair that brings a splash of exquisite elegance to even the most neutral of interior spaces. Rich velvet looks amazing in this flamboyant claret colour tone and will give a classic and authentic period look to a Victorian chair or chaise lounge. Opt for plain fabrics for a simple and sleek appearance or opt for classic baroque style floral motifs or prints for more visual appeal and detail. For a fresh and contemporary upholstery style choose simple pinstripe patterns or chevrons that will add a refined and sophisticated style to any interior design.

 

 

Accessories

Claret Colour Lamp

Claret Colour Lamp

Claret accessories are a huge trend on the high street this season with items that will seamlessly fit into both vintage and minimal home interiors. A classic lamp will make a fabulous purchase and will create a perfect balance of style and function in a living room, office or bedroom area. Vases, ornaments and candles make a great addition to a mantelpiece, sideboard or windowsill and will create an ambiance of warmth against a neutral painted feature wall. Crockery and table settings will provide a warm and welcoming finish that is perfect for large family dinners during the cold autumnal evenings.

 

 

Furniture

Claret painted coffee table

Claret painted coffee table

Painted furniture is still as popular as ever in the interior design world with more and more people becoming adventurous with their choice of colours and finishes. A single furniture item painted in a rich Claret paint effect will create a real statement in any room of the home and will compliment your chosen colour scheme and accessories. Opt for a centralised item such as a table, sideboard or dresser that will make the most impact on your chosen room. Alternatively opt for plain painted black or white furniture that will create a fresh or glamorous period feel that perfectly contrasts the bold claret colour palette.

For more ideas on how to use a claret colour scheme within you home then head over to our latest Pinterest Board - Pinterest – Claret Colour Trend or for a selection of furniture items to compliment this look then take a look at our luxurious French chateau white and French moulin noir furniture collections.

5 Best Home Accessories For Music Lovers

If you have a passion for the classical or love a spot of air guitar then what better way to celebrate your passion for all things musical than introducing some fabulous and funky music themed accessories into your home interior.

Piano effect wall mural

Piano effect wall mural

We have chosen our three favourite musically inspired home accessories that will add a quirky and unique look to any home interior and are the perfect way to add a splash of personality and flair to your home.

1. Guitar Shelving

Guitar Shelf

Guitar Shelf

Don’t even think about throwing away your old or broken guitars! You can give them a new lease of life by transforming them into a fun and personalised shelving area that is ideal for displaying your music memorabilia and CDs. This simple design can be created by removing the strings, fretboard and the front panel of your old guitar and gluing or nailing some small shelves into the inside of the body. You can leave your guitar in its natural finish or paint the exterior to match your interior colour scheme. This look can also be achieved with other string instruments such as a double bass, cello or even a violin.

 

2. Vinyl Wall Art

Vinyl disc wall art

Vinyl disc wall art

Old vinyl discs can make fabulous items of wall art and are a great way of showcasing your personal music tastes and collections. If you are lucky enough to own any limited edition records or signed discs then frame them in a sleek box frame and arrange them in a geometric pattern on a feature wall or chimney breast wall. Alternatively if you have any discs that you no longer listen to or are simply no longer to your taste then make use of them by having them cut into eye-catching shapes such as hearts, stars or butterflies (left) and arrange them in a scattered design across the wall for a textured, coloured and 3D visual finish.

 

3. Brass Band Lighting

Trombone Light Fitting

Trombone Light Fitting

If you love the loud and powerful sound of brass band music or are part of your local band then why not show off these stylish and curvaceous instruments in all their glory with an amazing brass instrument light fitting. These truly unique designs can be bought from specialist stores or why not ask an electrician to transform one of your own instruments for a truly personal touch. Trombones, trumpets and horns provide and illuminating and glistening finish on a chosen wall area and can be utilised as up-lighters or down- lighters that look particularly eye-catching in an alcove or under stair area.

 

4. Groovy Cushions

Michael Jackson Cushion

Michael Jackson Cushion

Cushions are always a great way to add a print, colour and texture into your home so why not use them to showcase your favourite artists or music tastes in specifically zoned areas within the home. You can opt for famous images such as Michael Jackson (left) or The Beatles or opt for simple sheet music images of your favourite classical composers. Song lyric prints are also a subtle way to pay tribute to your favourite songs and performers as well as famous cover artwork and designs.

 

5. MP3 Accessories

MP3 player gramophone

MP3 player gramophone

In an age of MP3 players where music is literally at our fingertips 24 hours a day, there is often a feeling of emptiness within the home with a lack of traditional CD players and turn tables. But we have found the perfect solution! This amazing retro style gramophone is a sleek and shiny speaker that works at the touch of a button with your MP3 device. This creative device will add a splash of vintage glamour to your interior and will put the sophistication back into playing your favourite songs while you kick back and relax on a Sunday afternoon.

 

For more amazing music inspired interior design ideas then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Musical Interiors.