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 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.