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.

 

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.

 

How To Create A Modernist Interior

After the rich and opulent Neo-Rococo and Neo-Gothic revivals of the Victorian period it was a complete departure for homes of the early 20th century to drop heavy ornamentation and luxury in favour of plain and unimposing interior design. It was not until after the First World War that the modernist movement began to take hold and remained firmly in place until the mid 1950s.

Modernism became a huge movement across Europe and was particularly popular in Italy and Germany with the famous Bauhaus movement. Influences were taken from the industrial revolution and the rise of consumerism as well as the simplistic style of the Arts and Crafts period. Sleek and open spaces as well as industrial and abstract design played a huge roll in creating this instantly recognisable interior style.

 

Colour schemes

Walls and floors should reflect natural and simple lines with a feeling of austerity that is familiar with the modernist movement. Bare concrete was a popular feature of modernism that has made a huge comeback in contemporary home interiors creating a blank canvas on your walls that can be contrasted with a bold and abstract artwork in vivid or primary colours. Wallpaper was banished from modernist interiors in favour of simple crisp white paint or a mirrored glass covering that created a light and airy feel that added to the minimal ambiance of the interior space.

 

Glass

Glass was a heavily used material in modernist homes due to its reflective and streamline nature. Concrete walls were replaced by glass screens or glass bricks to create the familiar ‘open plan’ look that is popular in many modern homes. Plain or opaque glass was selected and would be used to screen and zone particular areas for a sleek and sophisticated interior feel.

Glass was also a staple finish for modernist furniture items and worked particularly well when teamed with tubular steel and chrome finishes to create an eye-catching yet unimposing look that was not over adorned or flamboyant. Choose centralised items such as a coffee table, dining table or sideboard that will provide a sense of spaciousness and illumination.

 

 

Lighting

During the modernist period lighting moved away from the rich chandeliers and tasselled lampshades of Victorian interiors and chose instead to celebrate the simplicity of industrial style designs. Modernism borrowed techniques and styles from industry and engineering and for the first time lights began to be bent and styled into more angular shapes and designs. Lights were made from typical everyday materials such as brass, copper and tin and could be polished or left in a slightly tarnished state to emphasise their industrial roots. Light bulbs were no longer concealed among swathes of fabric and beading and were instead exposed and made into part of the finished look.

 

Radiators

These days contemporary interiors do everything in their power to hide and conceal any radiators or pipes in in favour of a sleek and uninterrupted interior finish however modernist interior design chose to celebrate all things practical and highlight the functionality of heating and workmanship. Radiators were often placed in the most visible part of the room and were left in their basic metal state or painted in a simple crisp white finish. Decorative radiators were avoided due to the minimal feel of modernist homes and were replaced with small and simple designs that once again held in high esteem the beauty and ruggedness of industrial design.

 

 

Furniture

Modernism saw the rise of built in or fitted furniture designs that were adorned with practical storage and design features but did not encroach upon the simplicity and clean lines of the interior space. Cabinets and bookcases were popular choices for home interiors and were crafted from interlocking or curved wood and tubular steel and were wall mounted to make full use of the floor space within a chosen room. Non fitted furniture items were designed to be low level and unimposing and never reached from floor to ceiling to avoid the feeling of overcrowding.

Miles Van der Rohe and Le Corbusier are some of the most famous names not only of the Modernist period but of the furniture design world as a whole. Their unique and recognisable designs have been used in some of the most famous homes and hotels in the world due to their simplistic style and sophistication. Their combination of soft leather and sleek tubular steel is the embodiment of modernist furniture design and will compliment even the most minimal of contemporary home interiors.

 

For more inspirational modernist interior ideas, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Modernist Interiors or for complimentary items to furnish your modernist home then take a look at our fabulous modern furniture and sleek selections of glass tables.

 

 

How To Use Palm Print In Your Home Interior

Just because Summer is ‘officially’ over it doesn’t mean we have to ditch the bright colours and summer prints in favour of darker tones and autumnal patterns. With weather forecasters hinting that an Indian summer is here to stay we have decided to embrace the last weeks of British sunshine and showcase the simple style and elegance of palm print designs.

 

Cushions

What better way to update a plain sofa or bed than a scattering of patterned cushions that will add depth and colour to your home interior. Palm print patterns in bright or muted tropical colours such as blue, green and yellow will look great against both neutral and dark upholstery and give a subtle pop of pattern that can be seamlessly introduced into your current home decor. This pattern looks particularly elegant in a conservatory area or in a garden view living room, bringing a reflection of the outdoors, indoors.

 

Wallpaper

While palm print wallpaper may conjure up images of Hawaiian beach bars and fancy dress parties there is a way to avoid the ‘tacky’ connotations that is often attached to this classic pattern. Modern designs have moved away from bright and vivid palm tree patterns and have instead chosen more muted and glamorous tones that give a vintage and elegant interior feel. Delicate palm fronds and leaf patterns look wonderful on a bold feature wall or alcove and colour schemes such as black, gold, monochrome and beige will create a softer and more refined version of this much loved pattern.

 

 

Bedding

Palm print bedding will provide a relaxed and laid back feel to any bedroom area creating a Miami beach front style that is refined and tranquil. Soft tones such as pale blue, mint green and sandy beige look wonderful against a muted interior backdrop while bolder more vivid colour options look great in a crisp white, minimal bedroom space. Layer your bedding with complimentary plain sheets and pillows and add a scattering of cushions for added visual depth and comfort within your sleeping space.

 

Wall Art

If wallpaper is a no go in your home then why not update a feature wall with a selection of palm print art work that will add colour and a visual focal point to your chosen room. A framed arrangement creates a sleek and organised focal point that can be matched to your interior colour palettes while a bold palm tree landscape photograph will compliment more contemporary interior designs. You can try your hand at some DIY crafting by creating some pressed palm leaf pictures or painted prints and stencils for a more personalised and artistic design.

 

Accessories 

Palm tree print was very popular in vintage interior design. Home accessories often featured flamboyant Hawaiian designs and these fabulous items are still readily available in charity shops, auctions or are possibly laying hidden in your attic or garage. Classic palm print lampshades are a must have in retro inspired interiors as well as Art Deco crockery, vases and ornaments that showcase this bold yet elegant design. If vintage style is not to your taste then modern and abstract versions of this classic design can be readily found in high street stores and look wonderful nestled amongst a neutral interior design or a bold and funky interior setting that embraces the fun and fabulous nature of bold prints and patterns.

 

For more amazing palm print interior ideas, take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Palm Print and transform your home into a elegant and eye-catching beach side retreat.

How To Create A Shaker Style Interior

When it comes to creating the perfect Shaker style interior always remember that ‘Less is More’. It is the Shaker belief that every item within the home should be practical and functional not simply just for decoration. ‘Beauty rests on utility’ and whilst Shaker interiors may not be adorned with glamorous accessories, each and every item contained within the home is crafted to an extremely precise, perfected standard.

Whilst the feel of Shaker interiors may be simple and minimal, this allows the beauty of the few designs they feature to shine through. Follow these simple steps to achieve this interior look in your own home and don’t forget these looks can be modernised slightly using varying materials and finishes whilst maintaining the original style and appeal of this period.

 

Colour Schemes

Shaker  homes are all about neutrality and nature and the internal colours of the home reflected the beauty and simplicity of their surroundings, Walls were almost always plain white or beige with any additions such as furniture or fabric adopting natural orange and brown tones. The only colour that may be used was in quilting and bed throws and this remained simple and sparse in navy, russet and mustard tones that would not stand out too obviously from the backdrop of the home.

 

Lighting

Lighting and light fixtures were a necessity that did not require any flamboyant design or eye-catching features. Candle holders would be placed on tables and wall sconces would be placed in the darker areas of the home for an ample supply of light. Sconces and  sticks were made from a basic metal such as tin and were left in a rustic state for a rural country look. While candle lit lighting may not be appealing in modern times you can easily recreate this look using metal framed wall lights and candelabra style ceiling lights but ensure that you avoid an over polished look by choosing matt black, antique or distressed metal finishes that will capture the purity and natural beauty of Shaker interior design.

 

 

Fabrics

Shaker fabrics were made from natural sources that were simple to make and simple in appearance. Wool, cotton and linen were the main materials and these would be left in their natural colour state of white and beige for a minimal textural appearance. Colour would be introduced only in quilts and throws which featured uncomplicated shapes and gingham patterns. Denim tones and autumnal hues were used that complimented the simplicity of the decor and furniture. Whilst original Shaker quilts may be a rare and expensive find, reproduction quilts and more colourful prints can now be found in traditional high street stores and will add a splash of visual interest against a neutral interior setting.

 

Storage

Practicality came above style in all aspects of Shaker life and when it came to the home there would be no visual signs of clutter or accessories. Any excess items would be cleverly hidden away in furniture items and wonderfully simplistic Shaker style boxes that could be stacked in a corner or on a cabinet or sideboard for a centralised and neat storage area.  Boxes were an oval design and made using a swallowtail and copper pin construction from natural wood or hide. Opt for natural finishes for a rustic country look or choose more modern painted finishes to add add detail and colour to your interior space.

 

Furniture

Function over fashion was the key to successful shaker style furniture so who would have thought that these days Shaker style designs are extremely ‘fashionable’ in modern home interiors. Traditionally carved from cherry and maple woods each item featured simple and practical designs and plain handles with wardrobes, cabinets and chests being popular items due to their vast storage capabilities. In modern homes this look can be recreated using golden oak or walnut finishes and selecting statement furniture items that fit the look and feel of Shaker homes such as simple slat back chairs, oak benches and dressers that will provide the perfect balance of function and beauty within a modern home.

 

For more ideas on how to create a minimal and naturalistic Shaker interior, head over to our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest -  Shaker Interiors and for a selection of furniture ideas take a look at our extensive Oak and Hardwood furniture collections.

How To Create A Boutique Hotel Bedroom

Holidays and mini breaks have the perfect way of making us feel happy and uplifted and whilst this may have a lot to do with warm weather and historic culture it also has a great deal to do with the atmosphere of our accommodation. If your anything like me, there is nothing more satisfying than waking up in a luxurious and sophisticated setting that oozes classic elegance and style.

You can recreate the glamour and opulence of a boutique hotel bedroom with these simple steps and ideas. Using items that are readily available on the high street you can create a sleek and luxurious sleeping area that will feel like a high class getaway, everyday.

 

Colour Schemes

Boutique hotels tend to stick to neutral yet tonal colour schemes that can be used alone or with more bolder colour options for a luxurious contemporary feel. Soft beige, pebble grey and mocha tones work really well in creating a sleek yet relaxed setting that is both warm and uplifting in appearance. Monochrome colour schemes also work extremely well in hotel style bedroom areas as they provide a fashionable balance of feminine and masculine tones that give a contrasting yet complimentary feel to the room. Crisp white gives an illuminating backdrop to a bedroom setting however be sure to partner it with bold or earthy colour tones to avoid your bedroom feeling cold or stark.

 

 

Beds

The bed is the first item we see when we enter a hotel room for the first time and is obviously the most important aspect when it comes to comfort and a good nights sleep. Depending on the look of your hotel style bedroom there are several avenues to explore whe it comes to choosing the right bed. For contemporary chic interiors with an earthy colour palette (right) opt for a leather or Upholstered bed frame in complimentary tones and fabrics. If you prefer a more period interior setting then choose a plain Hardwood Bed frame in a sleigh style design for a grand and eye-catching appeal. For a more glamorous and truly ’boutique’ feel then choose a fabulous French Carved Bed Frame and where possible go all out with a King or Super King sized frame for added visual impact.

 

Lighting

Cleverly positioned light fittings and lamps will make a huge impact on small or large bedroom interiors and will provide that recognisable luxury hotel feel within your chosen space. Classic chandeliers look fabulously glamorous in both modern and classic boutique interiors and whilst you may not be able to accommodate one on the same scale as the Beverly Wilshire (left) there are many eye-catching French and Venetian designs available on the high street that will add a splash of period glamour to your bedroom area. Don’t forget to purchase some complimentary bedside lamps for a stylish spot of light bedtime reading .

 

Furniture

When it comes to bedroom furniture both home and away, each item should provide a perfect balance of eye-catching style and functional practicality. Wardrobes, chests of drawers and bedsides should compliment your surroundings and provide plentiful storage space for all of your items. Mirrored items, French designs (such as the armoire on the right) and regal style mahogany frames work extremely well in boutique style settings and will create a stunning focal point within your room. Make sure you include a sumptuously stylish dressing table to accentuate the glamour and class of hotel style living.

 

Seating

No hotel room would be complete without a stunning and relaxing choice of seating that is perfect for slipping off your shoes after a long and busy day, or sitting at your dressing table for a much needed pamper session. You can opt for classic armchair designs for the ultimate in comfort and ergonomic design. Wood or metal exposed frames look fabulous when partnered with sleek, soft fabrics in neutral tones that will add an opulent feel to your interior space. Occasional chairs look amazing nestled in the corner of your bedroom area and can be a glamorous addition to both bold or minimal colour schemes. French painted bedroom chairs can be purchased in a range of chic and flamboyant colours that will add a splash of boutique opulence to any bedroom area.

 

For more ideas on how to bring hotel living into your home interiors then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Hotel Living and for an extensive range of luxury bedroom items then check out our fabulous Bedroom Furniture collections.

 

How To Create An Urban Home Interior

With more and more people flocking to large cities and populated areas for work there has been a huge rise in popularity in urban interior design. Reflecting the hustle and bustle of city life as well as elements of social and cultural influence, urban interiors have become a diverse and versatile theme that work well in small city interiors.

Urban style can come in a broad spectrum of designs that each have a perfect balance of everyday practicality and artistic flair. A balance of rugged industrial style and chic city beauty go hand in hand in creating a space that is both simplistic and rich in visual features.

 

Colour Schemes

Urban interiors draw attention to the natural beauty of the building around them with many interiors using exposed brickwork, concrete and wooden beams as a basis for their interior colour palettes. Greys, whites and earthy tones work well in creating a naturalistic and minimal backdrop with a calming interior ambiance. Natural elements are often partnered with industrial metallic tones such as chrome, bronze and silver whilst the addition of bold contemporary colours such as red, lime and electric blue will create an eye-catching ‘colour pop’.

 

Storage

With compact style studio apartments and city flats there is often a need to make the most of the limited space you may have. Storage is a must have in any urban interior as it allows for an uncluttered and organised living area. Urban style celebrates all things industrial with a twist of city charm and this is reflected in the choice of storage styles. Metal framed shelving, rustic oak chests and bookcases work extremely well in this style of interior as they provide an area that creates a visual focal point and a natural/man made partnership. Opt for quirky or bohemian style items like this fun fire escape style shelving unit (right) for a unique and personalised home addition.

 

Seating

After a long and stressful day there is nothing better than putting your feet up with a nice cup of tea. When choosing fabrics and looks for your seating arrangements opt for simple neutral upholstery such as corduroy, cotton and linen for a soft and sumptuous finish and partner these with exposed wood framework for a retro style design. Alternatively opt for metal framed styles such as the famous ‘Tolix’ chair that will look fantastic around a rustic dining table or breakfast bar area. Avoid a cold and stark feel by partnering any plain metal seats with a complimentary cushion or seat pad that will add a cosy contrast against the sleek finish of the frame.

 

 

Lighting

Less is more when it comes to lighting an urban style interior. Industrial designs and stylish vintage items will create a simple yet eye-catching design that works really well against the clean lines and rugged backdrop of urban interiors. Ceiling lights can be left with exposed bulbs for a minimal look and feel and can be arranged in a cluster design (right) to create a contemporary industrial chandelier. Table lamps should be designed in chrome, brass or rusted metal finishes for a illuminating factory style feel.

 

Furniture

Urban interiors strip furniture back to its simplest form and celebrates the sumptuous materials and craftsmanship of its design. Metal framed items such as bookcases and coffee tables work wonderfully in an urban setting whilst stainless steel and rustic metal cabinets will create a mix of city slicker style and industrial design. Wooden furniture should be distressed or reclaimed and a chunky and bold appearance will look perfect when partnered with man made materials and modern accessories. Choose statement furniture items for a focal point in your home and don’t be afraid to mix and match your styles and materials for a varied interior finish.

 

For more Urban interior inspiration take a look at this weeks latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Urban Interiors or for furniture designs and ideas for your finished room then check out our new and extensive Industrial Furniture collection.

 

Colour Trend – Chrome

You can add a splash of glitz and glamour to your home interior this season with the illuminating CHROME colour trend. From industrial chic to rich opulence, chrome interiors will create a metallic finish that is complimentary in both vintage and contemporary settings.

 

Strategically positioned chrome items and accessories can create a pop of illumination and elegance within your home without an overwhelming ‘Disco’ finish that may be best left in a 1970s nightclub.

 

Colour Palettes

Chrome is a versatile colour that can comfortably compliment both neutral and bold colour tones. When partnered with white it creates a crisp minimal finish that fits wonderfully into urban and industrial interior designs or it can alternatively be paired with mustard and duck egg for a vintage colour scheme. Add chrome to pink or lime green for a splash of colour and texture that will give a contemporary feel to any interior space whilst chrome and pebble grey creates a universal colour palette with just the right amount of tonal texture.

 

Fabrics

Here’s where things can get a little tricky. If your going for a retro disco theme then knock yourself out with some glittering chrome upholstery and swathes of metallic fabrics however if your looking for a more reserved chrome finish then you may want to reign in the chrome to a more subtle and scattered appearance. Opt for patterns and prints instead of solely chrome fabrics and alternate with plain white and grey for a muted yet illuminating feel. Opt for neutral curtains with a band of chrome to the top of the swag or create a scattering of cushions in alternating prints and designs for added texture and visual detail on a plain upholstered bed or sofa area.

 

 

Lighting

Lighting is a great way of adding a central colour theme into your interior and will create a focalised  centrepiece with your chosen room. Chrome light shades are a truly versatile fixture that look equally as glamorous in a chic, modern home as a retro or vintage inspired setting. Pendulum shades are the perfect way of creating a visual focal point in your interior and look great in a central living room or poised above a dining table or breakfast bar area. Chrome lamps have long been a favourite in the interior design world and look fabulous on an industrial lamp table or vintage desk for a splash of reflective elegance and refinement.

 

 

Accessories

Stainless steel accessories have become hugely popular kitchen items over the past few years and are easily available in most high street stores. They are a simple way of adding a chrome finish to your kitchen area and look great against contemporary black granite worktops or traditional natural oak. Whilst stainless steel looks fabulous in the kitchen/diner it does not always work so well in other rooms of the home. To create a chrome effect in your vases, photo frames or ornaments then opt for silver, mirrored or mosaic items that will provide a shimmering exterior and create a focal point on a painted or plain oak table or mantelpiece.

 

 

Furniture

Chrome furniture will make a super sleek and glamorous addition to any home interior and will create a sense of space and light in compact or darker rooms. If you are looking for a subtle addition of chrome then choose a statement furniture item such as a table, dresser or bed that will become the focus of the room and partner it with crisp white painted furniture for a splash of femininity and elegance. Alternatively you can balance chrome furniture with rugged oak or hardwood designs for an industrial loft style ambiance that is both contemporary and retro in appearance.

 

 

For more inspirational chrome coloured interior ideas then take a look at our latest Pinterest board - Pinterest – Chrome Colour Trend and check out our stylish Mirrored Furniture collections for chrome effect interior items.