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.

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

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 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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 – 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.

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

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

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

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 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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

 

Colour Trend – Violet

Purple tones are always a popular choice for creating a rich and warm atmosphere within your home as they provide a splash of colour that is bold yet sophisticated. VIOLET is this seasons colour of choice as it is the perfect way to embrace to darker tones of the autumn months and provide a cosy ambiance in which to relax.

 

Colour palettes

Violet is a fabulously versatile colour that is been used in a vast array of period and contemporary interior designs. This opulent purple tone can be partnered with fresh ocean tones and crisp white for a bold yet fresh interior feel or for a more classic look it can be used alongside opulent silver and matt black for a flamboyant regency style setting. This wonderful colour is also a popular choice in Moroccan style interiors and can be paired with vibrant yellow, orange, azure and green for a dash of eastern charm and warmth.

 

Textiles

Violet is the perfect colour choice for rich and opulent fabrics such as velvet, silk and lace and creates a bold yet refined look that is eye-catching and luxurious. Combine this colour with baroque patterns and prints on cushions and curtains for a dash of renaissance style flair and glamour or layer a selection of violet throws and blankets on a bed or sofa with glimmering golds, blues and silver for a elegant Indian style finish that oozes opulence and exquisite beauty.

 

Upholstery

If your someone who shies away from more bold colour choices then why not introduce a small yet eye-catching area of colour that can be easily adopted into your current interior colour scheme. Occasional chairs, pouffes and stools are a great way of adding a pop of colour into a living room or dining room area and provide a zoned area of rich and opulent colour. If you are on a budget then why not try your hand at re-upholstering your current chairs with some plain or patterned fabric in your chosen violet tone.

 

Accessories

Violet accessories have been a hot trend on the high street this year and provide a perfect pop of colour in any room of the home. A carefully positioned vase, bowl or sculpture can create a focal point on a mantelpiece, side table or sideboard and can be tied in to compliment the violet furnishings within your chosen room. Lamps and light fittings also look great in this opulent colour choice and many Art Deco lamps feature this sumptuous tone for an added addition of some vintage style and elegance. A selection of crockery, utensils and kitchen machinery in a fabulous violet finish will update any kitchen area and add a fresh feel to a dark worktop area.

 

Furniture

The versatility of a violet colour scheme means that you are spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing furniture items to suit your decor. For a classic country cottage feel you can add some light golden oak furniture and team it with fresh floral patterns for some added vintage charm. Glossy black painted furniture will add a sense of glamour to your chosen interior space and the deep colour combination will give a rich and opulent boutique feel that is chic and sophisticated. For a fresh and bright ambiance that is calm and feminine then opt for white painted furniture designs that will create a light and airy feel against a violet painted feature wall.

 

For more ideas on introducing this fabulous colour into your home then check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Violet Colour Trend or for furniture items that will compliment this colour trend, take a look at our fabulous oak furnitureFrench chateau white and French moulin noir furniture collections.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Ways To Create The Perfect Conservatory

With more and more of us yearning for a little bit of extra space within our homes, conservatories and orangeries have become popular choices in both small terraced and grand detached homes. Conservatories provide you with an extra room to expand your living space and are a great way of adding more space and light into your home interior.

Their wall to ceiling glass finish will create a bright and uplifting ambiance and allows you to bring a sense of the outdoors – indoors on even the coldest of winter days. With these 5 simple and easy techniques, you can create a chic and sophisticated conservatory area that will be the perfect place to relax and enjoy the gorgeous garden scenery.

 

Uplifting colour schemes.

When choosing a colour scheme for your conservatory area it is important to choose colours that will compliment the light and airy design and will provide a balance of the outdoor space and natural colours. Opt for soft and subtle pastel tones for a feminine and delicate feel and partner them with rich coffee and chocolate tones for a warm and cosy feel. Alternatively why not inject some zest and colour to your plain white conservatory with some fabulous lime green and mint tones that reflects the scenery of your your garden landscape. For a more chic and contemporary feel; monochrome is a simple yet eye-catching colour combination that will add a splash of boutique style chic to your conservatory area.

 

Seating

If you wish to use your conservatory as an extension of your living room area or as a cosy snug away from the hustle and bustle of the house then you need to ensure that your seating options provide a stylish and functional partnership. Traditional wicker furniture is still extremely popular in conservatory settings or you can opt for a more modern take on this classic look by using some sumptuous rattan designs with matching coffee tables and footstools. Feeling lavish? Why not treat yourself to a fabulous day bed where you can curl up with your favourite book and take in the beauty of the surrounding outdoor scenery.

 

Dining Sets

Larger families or those who love to throw a good dinner party may wish to use their conservatory as an alternative to a traditional dining room area. The light space and beautiful exterior views make them the perfect choice for parties and romantic meals. To make the most of your space choose a table that suits the shape of your conservatory design. A rectangular table will suit longer orangery style conservatories while a small round bistro style table will compliment more circular and angular room designs. Opt for light oak or white painted items for a fresh and illuminating centrepiece or for a more dramatic and contemporary feel then choose a chic black painted dining set that will create a bold focal point in the centre of the conservatory area.

 

Blinds

While conservatories are there in order to enjoy the outside space there is nothing worse than having the sun blaring in your eyes as you try to read your morning newspaper. A stylish selection of conservatory blinds will create a function shade within your room and are also a great way of adding colour and pattern to your interior space. Venetian blinds are a simple and sleek style that can be adjusted to allow the perfect amount of light to enter the room and do not encroach upon the open nature of the conservatory walls. Roller blinds will create fabulous blocks of colour and pattern that can be coordinated with your upholstery, cushions, rugs and accessories to create a complimentary interior decor and style.

 

Accessories

Accessorising your conservatory area should be a celebration of the outdoors natural beauty. A selection of house plants will compliment the view of the garden area and will create a botanical feel that is calm and tranquil. Lanterns and candles will provide a soft and subtle lighting feature and look wonderful placed along the internal windowsills and tables for a scattering of glowing illumination. When selecting cushions, throws and rugs opt for classic colour combinations that compliment the furniture and interior colour scheme with a splash of pattern to break up the neutral backdrop of the walls and floor.

For more ideas on how to create the perfect conservatory area then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Conservatories.

 

How To Create A Mexican Interior

Bright, zesty colours and lively patterns feature heavily in the decor of Mexican home interiors. This bold and fresh finish makes this design a popular choice with those who wish to create a uplifting and feel good atmosphere within their home.

These cheerful interiors are steeped in folklore and tradition and perfectly balance bold and abstract design features with natural and classic materials. From kitchens to bedrooms Mexican interior design will add a splash of energy and fun to your interior space.

 

Colour Schemes

When it comes to selecting colours for your Mexican interior then there is one simple rule; Go Wild! From bold reds, oranges and yellows to exotic purples, cobalt and turquoise, every colour in every tone and hue can be utilised. These bright and carnival inspired colours can be layer one upon another for a truly eye-catching interior colour palette or can be paired with crisp white walls, neutral backdrops and traditional terracotta floor tiles for a slightly more subtle and manageable look.

 

 

Wall Tiles

Instead of the textured and coloured wallpapers that are found across Europe, Mexicans follow the traditions of most Hispanic countries with its use of bold and artistic wall tiles to create a focal point within their home. Talavera tiles are often printed with Spanish colonial patterns while more elaborate designs are hand painted to feature images and characters from Mexican folklore. Much in the same style as the rest of the home, tiles are hand painted in bright and vivid colours and are often used to highlight specific areas such as a sink, a shrine or a bath tub.

 

Textiles

Mexican textiles and designs are steeped in history and have been a staple feature of Mexican interiors for more than 7000 years. Throws, blankets, cushions and rugs are usually woven from cotton or wool and feature brightly dyed threads in vibrant hues of yellow, green, blue, orange and red. Textiles often take inspiration from Central America with Aztec and Mayan patterns and Saltillo designs and frequently incorporate images of indigenous people, costumes and imagery from the mythological tales of the local area. Textiles also play an important role in the woven paintings of the Huichol Indians who live in the Sierra Madre region of Mexico and adorn the walls of many homes across the country.

 

 

Skulls

The intricately decorated skulls that are a frequent motif in Mexican interior design are representative of the Day of The Dead or ‘Dia De Los Muertos’. Much as the druid religion celebrates All Hallows Eve, Mexicans use this day to remember loved ones who have passed over into the afterlife.

The skull motif is used prolifically throughout the home in ornamentation, food, decorations and lanterns and the skull itself features floral designs and intricate patterns that can be emphasised using fiesta inspired colours or more neutral palettes that will work fabulously as a wall covering or fabric in more refined, contemporary homes (right).

 

 

Furniture

Mexican interiors embrace a rustic and natural furniture finish that contrasts wonderfully against the bold colours of their interior backdrop. Chunky wood and textural grains are a reflection of Spanish colonial influences along with delicate and intricate wrought iron bed frames, table legs and ornaments that place emphasis on Mediterranean style and femininity. Furniture is designed to be functional and durable and materials are selected for their strength and local availability. Items can be left plain and natural for a hacienda feel or can be painted and decorated for a more vibrant and clashing burst of colour that works particularly well on statement items such as dressers, tables and wardrobes.

 

For more inspiration on how to create a rich and vibrant Mexican interior then head over to our latest Pinterest board – Pinterest – Mexican Interiors where you will find an array of ideas that will transform any home into a Hispanic haven of colour and style.

If you are looking for furniture items with a splash of Central American style then look no further than our elegant and rugged Mayan Walnut furniture collection.

 

Colour Trend – Salmon Pink

There is nothing fishy about the latest SALMON PINK interior colour trend! This soft and sumptuous colour tone is sophisticated and stylish and will add a chic and boutique feel to both classic and modern interior designs.

This dusky colour hue can be partnered with bold and dramatic interior styles as well as soft and feminine furnishings to create a decor that is perfectly balanced and opulently eye-catching.

 

Colour Schemes

The soft and subtle tones of salmon pink make it a versatile colour choice that works equally well as an accent colour or as an all over colour palette. Its chalky tones look beautiful alongside pastel tones such as cream, grey and pebble or can be paired with  rich black, crisp white and silver for a more opulent and dramatic finish that looks particularly stylish in period style interior designs.

 

 

Upholstery

Salmon pink upholstery and fabric was extremely popular in vintage interior design and is a fabulous way of creating a centralised area of colour that makes a great alternative to a painted feature wall. A statement sofa or corner suite will provide a concentration of colour against a neutral or bold painted backdrop. A single occasional chair or a collection of dining chairs will provide a pop of salmon colour that looks fabulous when teamed with crisp painted furniture as well as bright and uplifting golden oak tones.

 

Accessories

A scattering of salmon pink accessories can completely transform the feel of a room. Vases, bowls and ornaments look great on a mantelpiece or shelving area and will add visual colour and detail against a plain or bold feature wall. Salmon pink kitchen accessories look particularly stylish against a dark granite worktop or natural wood surface area and fit seamlessly into contemporary and farmhouse styles and designs. Salmon pink lamps, and trinkets will add a beautiful splash of tonal colour to a dressing table or bedside, proving that this particular colour choice can be used in almost every room of the home.

 

Cushions

Fabrics and textiles add a visual and textural beauty to an interior space and create areas of cosiness and warmth against the sleek and streamlined edges of the room. Cushions are a great way of including colour and pattern in your home and can be stacked, layered and scattered across any sleeping or seating area and can work in coordination or contrast to your walls and upholstery. Salmon pink cushions look fabulous against a white, black or grey interior backdrop and can be found in a huge variety of contemporary and vintage inspired patterns for a broad and detailed focal point.

 

Furniture

Painted furniture will perfectly compliment a salmon interior decor and can create a diverse and varied finish depending on your tastes and style. Antique white furniture will create a soft and serene feel that is reminiscent of French chateaus and country cottage interiors. If you prefer a more flamboyant finish then why not furnish your salmon interior with some opulent and glamorous French black painted furniture that will create a regal and stately feel that oozes boutique style and Art Deco sophistication.

For more ideas on how to use salmon pink in your home interior, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Salmon Colour Trend or for a selection of complimentary furniture items take a look at our extensive French Moulin Noir and French Chateau White painted furniture collections.

 

 

 

5 Ways To Use Flamingo Print In Your Home

Why did the flamingo lift up one leg? Because if he lifted up both he would fall over!

Flamingo print is one of the hottest trends in the interior design world this season, with designers showcasing the pattern in vintage inspired interiors as well as rich and colourful tropical rooms that ooze contemporary flair and style. Flamingos are a firm favourite in creating a fun and fresh interior feel that can be toned up or down depending on your tastes.

From vintage style wall coverings to abstract imagery and artwork, we have put together 5 of the easiest and most eye-catching ways that you can introduce this funky print into your interior and add a permanent avian influence to your home.

Wallpaper

Flamingo print does not have to come in bold and colourful forms, this stylish print can also be used in soft and sophisticated tones and patterns that create a vintage and glamorous ambiance within the home. While a typical tropical print may look fabulous in a minimal or contemporary interior, those with classic furniture and a more traditional home can adopt neutral gold and beige tones or elegant monochrome wallpaper (left) for a more subtle splash of flamingo print. Retro style prints and oriental designs work really well as wall coverings and make a fabulous finish for a central feature wall or alcove area.

 

 

Cushions

If you cannot face a complete overhaul of your interior decor then why not add a flash of flamingo print using a selection of cushions and bolsters that look amazing on a plain upholstered sofa or bed. For a splash of colour you can opt for bold images like this abstract, psychedelic design (left, from www.notonthehighstreet.com) or select more subdued, vintage colour palettes with a smaller flamingo print pattern that will compliment a classic or traditional home interior.

 

 

Accessories

Oriental interior design is bursting with items that feature fabulous flamingo imagery and water side scenes. This eastern artwork looks wonderful in both modern and traditional homes and most often features bright red and monochrome colour schemes that are bang on trend this autumn/winter. Vases, tins and ornamental plates are most commonly adorned with this pattern and can be displayed on a mantelpiece or display cabinet for added visual detail.

 

Bedding

For me there is nothing better that closing my eyes and dreaming of a tropical getaway. With a cute selection of flamingo print bedding you can create a relaxed and summery bedroom area where you can escape into your own summer inspired setting. You can team some cute and ditsy flamingo bedding with crisp white walls or baby pink colour palettes for a fresh and feminine feel or partner it with a bright and bold fuchsia feature wall for a pop of colour and zest.

 

 

Wall Art

Bird inspired wall art is a huge trend this year and has been adapted from the catwalk designs of some of the most prolific clothes designers. You can brighten up even the blandest of painted walls with a bold canvas or a selection of small framed images that add colour and detail without the need for a complete change of decor. Simple abstract images as well as vintage watercolour scenes look fabulous in a living room or dining room area or why not embrace your literary side with an Alice in Wonderland inspired Flamingo croquet artwork, that will bring back thousands of childhood memories of this classic fantasy tale.

 

For more inspirational ideas for adding flamingo print to your home, check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Flamingo Print

 

Colour Trend – Forest Green

Green is often a colour choice that is overlooked in modern interior design. While lime green remains a popular choice in contemporary home interiors, darker and richer green hues have remained within the walls of period properties and vintage interior settings.

Forest Green tones are making a huge comeback this Autumn. With its opulent and luxurious finish this colour trend can be partnered with both dark and light furnishings to give a regal and refined finish to any room of the home.

Forest green can be partnered with a multitude of colours that provide a sense of natural beauty and sophisticated elegance. Earthen tones such as Hessian, lavender and pewter look wonderful alongside rich dark green tones while antique white, silver and black provide a regency style colour scheme that works particularly well in dining room and living room areas. Due to its deep and dark finish try and keep your forest green colour choice to a single wall or alcove area to maintain a light and airy feel.

Wallpaper is an ideal way of introducing this colour to your interior space as a pattern or print will provide a complimentary variation in colour that will prevent your home feeling dark or enclosed. Baroque and Rococo designs work extremely well in providing an exquisite and expensive finish that is reminiscent of stately homes and palatial interiors. For a more contemporary feel then choose a wallpaper with a metallic print and finish that will create a reflective and illuminating ambiance that is ideal for smaller or more compact home interiors. Silver, gold and bronze inlays will compliment the dark forest tones and will add a glamorous feel to any feature wall.

Upholstery is key in creating a soft and cosy feel in your interior space. Forest green is a versatile colour choice for your interior upholstery that works well in a range of fabric choices. Traditional materials such as velvet and silk will provide an authentic period feel within your home and can be partnered with complimentary colours and patterns for varied texture and visual detail. Yellow, cream, white and silver are perfect partners to your forest green colour choice and can be showcased in your cushions, rugs, bedding and curtains for a rich and luxurious finish.

Using such a strong colour on your walls or upholstery can often be a little daunting, however this does not mean that any dark, or bold colour options should be avoided. Accessories or smaller interior items are a great way of adding colour in strategic or zoned areas that will not overpower the existing interior decor and design. Bar stools, an occasional chair or a carefully positioned lamp or ornament will add a splash of colour to your chosen room and can compliment or contrast your walls and upholstery, depending on your choice of palette. Alternatively why not add accessories of varying green tones from light mint to the darkest fern green for a varied yet complimentary interior finish.

When it comes to choosing furniture to compliment your forest green interior, there are numerous avenues you can explore to find the right feel and finish for your chosen space. If you wish to create a traditional period feel then opt for dark mahogany or walnut finishes that will provide a deep and rich lustre that is cosy and luxurious. For a more natural feel then select items of light or golden oak that will give an alpine forest-like finish. If your home requires a brighter and more uplifting ambiance then why not introduce a selection of cream or white painted furniture that will give a fresh and feminine feel against the deep tones of your chosen decor.

 

For more inspiration on introducing forest green into your home then check out our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Forest Green Colour Trend or for complimentary furniture items take a look at our oak furniturehardwood furniture or painted furniture collections.