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It’s Just an Illusion

5 Oct

Although the phrase trompe-l’œil has its origin in the Baroque period, when perspective illusionism was at its height –

Fake domed ceiling

It’s Just an Illusion

a fabulous this example of this being painted by Andrea Pozzo in 1703 on a low vaulted church ceiling to give it the impression of an awe inspiring domed ceiling, the use of trompe-l’œil dates back much further. It was and still is often used in murals with fine examples of this being found in ruins from Greek and Roman times such as in Pompeii.

A typical trompe-l’œil mural might depict a window, door, or hallway, intended to suggest a larger room. This art form is still used today particularly by stage set designers and requires a keen eye for perspective as well as a large helping of imagination.

In our own small way in our home decor, the clever use of colours even if it is just the window treatment, will alter the dimensions of a room, light cool colours such as blues and greens make an area feel light and spacious whereas dark warm colours such as browns and reds make a room feel cosy and intimate.

The horizontal slats of a venetian blind will give width to a window

kitchen blinds

Venetian Blinds Look Stunning Looking Out as Well as Looking In

and the vertical slats of a vertical blind will give height to a window.

bay window blind

A Vertical Blind Can Fit both in a Bay Window or a Straight Window.

The same principal applies to curtain fabrics, wallpapers, upholstery and rugs, so check the overall design of the pattern to ensure that the detail is influenced in the same direction or in the direction you are trying to emphasize or it will become a muddle.

modern patterned wallpaper

Designs at Opposite Ends of the Spectrum Attract as long as they have the Same Directional Overtones.

Colours are highly personal so while you may wish to steer away conventional colours, they have been time honoured and tested – a dab of colour from a pot of tester paint is a completely different story to a whole room. If in doubt just paint a feature wall in your chosen colour and see what the reaction from the rest of the household is like before you steam ahead with the whole room.

We are more inclined to be happy on a sunny day and more likely to be sad on a dull day, so bear this in mind also when you are choosing the colours for your scheme and this is every bit as important when choosing new blinds or curtains as it is for a complete redesign of a room.

kitchen roller blind

Sunny Warm Colours Lift the Mood of a Room

If you are decorating a whole house from scratch, then use the hallways and landing as a transitional buffer zone, leading you from one colour to the next. Keeping the same colour flooring throughout will also help to allow a free flowing feeling throughout the house.

Windows with a special view will also need careful consideration.  Views of the sea for instance will be stunning on a bright summer’s day and can take the visual impact of a modern decor based perhaps on silver and steel, but the windows will definitely need a touch of warmth for the winter or on a dismal dreary summer’s day as the sea and sky can also quickly also become cold and uninviting.

curtains and matching cushions on a neutral bedding

A Bold Highlight Colour on a Grey Background Looks Absolutely Stunning

There are plenty of colours that are adaptable and can go “cool” or “warm” just by being punctuated by a cool or warm colour.

One of the most successful combinations in my opinion and is one that I often use is silver and steel. It is basically a grey decor where a strong red or blue for example, used with extreme care with just perhaps a splash of the feature colour in a blind and accessorised with a few relevant coloured cushions scattered about and a piece of artwork with a highlight of the main colouring.

Grey colours or indeed non colours are the current stand-in for creams and will give a spacious feel with a touch of interest to even the smallest of interiors.

In this digital era it is so easy to “capture the moment” and have it framed professionally by your local picture framing shop for what is usually the same price as a standard picture in a retail shop.

When dressing a show home, I usually visit the local framing shop and ask if they can recommend a local photographer who may have some images that can be mounted to add some relevance to the decor. My current favourite is in a show home I have just finished which has fabulous views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight which is where this photo was taken by Sally Armstrong.

Round the Island Yacht Race

Framed in a Modern Chrome Frame – How Fabulous

Even the most avid couch potato could not help but be inspired by images such as this decorating their living room walls.

Take the Leap from Safe Neutrals to Imaginative Brights and Black

7 May

Winter colours especially as curtains and blinds give you an opportunity to catch everyones attention with a palette of receding and advancing colours. Punctuations of brightness in the stunning black and white decor below are offered by a particularly vibrant orange and the reflective surface of the tiled floor gives a very contemporary, not to mention light and airy finish to the room.

red home accessories

Highlights of Bright Colours have the Capacity to Transform a Neutral Decor

Metal curtain poles such as the Rolls Neo will perfectly match the look and feel of this room –

modern metal curtain tracks

Modern Metal Curtain Poles In Special Metal Effect Finishes

 but there is a new very trendy form of curtain track available which is especially suited to a modern decor …. the Byron and Byron polmet.

Modern curtain tracks

Your Curtains will be Influenced by the Shape and Type of Curtain Pole or Track

This innovative curtain track makes a design statement in its own right, the black mirrored effect of the surface being given an extra dimension by the bevelled edge of the track. Any form of curtain heading, but especially double pinch pleat or pencil pleat will suit this modern track, but make sure that when you measure for the curtains you measure for them to hang just below the track or the clean horizontal look of the track will be broken.

It is often better to hang the track or curtain pole before making or ordering readymade curtains or worse still having expensive made to measure curtains and finding they are the wrong length. Curtains that are too long can usually have the curtain hook position lowered which will obviously lift the curtains higher to slightly compensate, but this may well cause the curtain heading to foul the curtain pole or track. Curtains that are too short stand out for all the wrong reasons and to most people are as offensive as trousers that are too short.

Curtain tracks are now readily available in various colours and Aluminium tracks such as the Fineline metal curtain track are also very easy to fit around tricky bay windows as they can be bent by hand.

metal curtain track

Ideal for Straight or Bay windows

A black feature wall makes the perfect setting for a collage of art work, the pictures looking richer and the details more defined.

feature wall colours

A Black Feature Wall will Highlight the Colours of the Artwork as well as Marry Them Together to Form a Group

Black furniture or as in the case of this stunning bath are perfectly matched to white or off-white walls, although to my mind a black and white decor definitely has more masculine overtones, whereas grey and white being softer is by definition, more of a feminine looking decor.

black bath

Stunning, but to my mind the Simple Clean Lines of the Bath and Bathroom needs the imput of a Warming Winter Primary Colour

But before you steam ahead with copious amounts of black and deep earthy primaries make sure the room has adequate space and light to be able to cope with these colours or the room will look depressing and overpowering.

modern blinds

Metal Venetian Blinds are Particularly Good as a Medium for Introducing Just Enough Vibrant Colouring to Blend with Brightly Coloured Home Accessories.

 I was once asked to re-do a show house that an “interior designer” had supposedly done. It was a complete disaster because clearly the designer loved terracotta and had themed the whole scheme around it, not bothering to first look out of the window of the living room, which is after all almost the first place a potential buyer looks.

The show house was completely overshadowed by large, protected trees and was built in red brick which would not normally be noticed from the inside. This particular house however backed on to the garages of the new estate, the view from the living room window therefore being dominated by red brick. With the garden being virtually only 2 metres square this was clearly an issue that need to be considered.

Everything in terracotta including the curtains, three piece suite and cushions had to go; all that remained in terracotta were a few candles and a splash of terracotta in the paintings. I went neutral to lighten the load of the wall and lift the dismal mood of the room created by the shade of the trees and included plenty of lighting of course.

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Autumn Colours

19 Apr

Autumn colours are related to the fire element, they are warm colours that have black added in varying amounts – burgundy, mustard and burnt orange being classic examples.

warm coloured curtains and blinds

These Cheerful Warming Colours Make Great Curtains and Blinds

These colours look particularly striking in a modern home with wooden elements in the décor such as flooring or wooden blinds. The intensity will give character to a neutral contemporary décor with just perhaps a feature wall, a scatter rug and a few cushions.

wooden floors and window blinds

Autumn Colours will Create a Room with Character

The brilliance of these colours work most successfully in rooms used for lounging and entertaining, but avoid using bright white for your walls as they will absorb the strong colour, turning the walls a very pale peach.

Wooden Venetian blinds and Woodweave blinds suit perfectly these earthy colours.

oak effect venetian blinds

Wooden Venetian Blinds Are Available in Many Wood Effect Finishes

Countries close to the equator are not able to be influenced by the changing colours and temperatures of the seasons it’s more a question of whether it’s a wet or dry season. They do not have the wonderful long summers evenings, their daylight hours remaining more or less constant which is why their decor often uses plenty of autumn and winter colours, the powerful decorative element lightening the mood.

home accessories in bold autumn colours

A Quick Change of Suitably Coloured Artwork and Cushions Will Instantly Alter the Whole Look and Feel of a Room

I realise that by the same token, they do not have the long dark winters evenings, but brightly coloured autumn and winter décor details and good lighting, especially good task lighting, certainly helps our  winters along – imagine in days gone by when all you could do was huddle around a fire with nothing to do except try to stay warm.

Metal venetian blinds certainly give you a wide range of colours to choose from, these vivacious shades really looking at their best as the metal blades of the blind take particularly well to the paint finishes.

metal venetian blinds

Metal Venetian Blinds come in a Dazzling Array of Colours

Brass and bronze effect curtain poles balance well with the assertive earthy tones of the autumn colours.

Modern metal curtain poles in stainless steel and chrome are more in tune with a bright summer décor, the glass finials of this particular pole adding to the airy feel.

Roller blinds are a great and also economical way to grab attention and can easily be changed with the seasons. Just moving a few things around, altering your cushions and blind colours and perhaps some artwork will keep your décor interesting. Spring and summer colours are all about airy freshness and autumn and winter colours are all about cosy comfort.

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Colours, Climate and Culture

21 Mar

Colours mean different things in different cultures. White is the colour of mourning in China for instance and would be synonymous with death, so would therefore not necessarily make a welcoming pair of curtains or blinds.

white decor

Basically White Decors to the West is the Epitome of Freshness and Light giving the room Space to Shine

White for people of the northern hemisphere is synonymous with ice and snow, therefore a symbol of purity, innocence and freshness, ideal in particular for bathroom blinds and brides dresses.

contemporary cream living room

Themed Decors Influenced by our Travels

As island dwellers our décor has not been influenced so much by our European neighbours as by our large empire around the world.

If you decide to theme your decor around a collection of artwork or ornaments then keep the background colours to the minimal, you cannot have two or more items competing for attention, it will be overwhelming and the result will miss the point.

john lennon image

Such a Powerful Image Needs to Breathe - I can only imagine what John would have said about this decorative disaster

but the most influential source of inspiration for our quintessential English décor has always been nature and its changing seasons.

spring coloured bedding and curtains to match

Spring Colours Look their Best based around a White Decor

Spring Colours are soft light colours, definitely NO dark colours allowed. These colours by virtue of the fact that they have plenty of white in the mix will make a room feel more spacious and the wall colourings ideally should be white to maintain the cool appearance.

Blinds and curtains of various descriptions make a quick and economical way to change your décor in harmony with the changing seasons with just a few tweaks being made by altering the colour of the home accessories in harmony with the change of window treatment.

metal venetian blind in lime green

Metal Venetian Blinds make a wonderful contemporary window treatment.

Green is the colour of life and represents perfectly the freshnesss and tranquility of a spring decor. It is a colour that can be used for walls and window treatments especially for living rooms and bedrooms where a calm and restful atmosphere is most welcome.

Metal venetian blinds are available in a vast array of colours so you will be able to find the perfect colour match for even the trickiest of colour schemes.

Harmonious Colours for bright spring greens would be yellow, lime and blue.

Contrasting Colours would be fuchsia, pink, red and brown.

compliment your roller blind with matching accessories

Bright Green and Fushia is the Epitome of a Fresh Spring Decor

Very pale pink or peach is a lovely spring colour which can be used anywhere in the house.

Pink makes a warm welcoming window treatment

Kitchens do Not Always have to be based around a High Energy Colour

Kitchen blinds, curtains and accessories do not always have to be bright energising colours particularly if the kitchen is in a pretty English country style home. This charming roller blind looks warm and inviting as there is the merest hint of red in the make up of the colour.

Harmonious Colours for pinks are lilac, blue and grey.

Contrasting Colours are green and brown.

Pale pink kitchen accessories are not quite to easy to find as the norm is for high impact colours, but do not despair, they will be out there somewhere.

yellow vertical blind

Pale Yellow Is Particularly Useful for Introducing a Fresh Look to a City Home

This fabulous vertical blind if it is used during the day to protect the furnishings and carpet from the harmful rays of the sun will fill the room with a soft glow as the sunlight is filtered through the blades of the blind.

Pale yellow is particularly attractive in a family living room as it is a happy colour which exhudes warmth and inspiration. It is also a colour that is great for blinds in kitchens, dining rooms and north facing rooms.

Harmonious Colours for spring yellow is lime, orange and brown.

Contrasting Colours are blue, aqua and lilac.

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Mallow – A Mellow Colour for Blinds and Curtains

10 Mar
cushions curtains and blinds in mallow

Mallow is a colour that is closely associated with nature

Mallow is a colour that is particularly attractive to base your decor around. It can be easily introduced with blinds, curtains, bedding and cushions, which will offer just a hint of this lovely colour without creating a decor that the National Trust would be proud of.

It is actually a pretty little flower that can be seen growing on waste land such as the sides of motorways as well as in cultivated gardens. It is officially a colour in the English language, but can be anything from a light to a dark pinky mauve as the petals are very obviously two tone.

a versatile colour for home decor

Mallow - More Punchy than Pink

As with any colour that is favoured by Mother Nature it is also a great colour to use in our homes as it will blend with so many other colours, being particularly favoured in a combination of colours for floral designs.

Floral cushions with matching wallpaper and curtain fabric.

Mallow is a great colourway for bright floral fabrics and blinds

Mallow can be used as the main colour or just as an accent colour in any room and for any period of décor.

Shades of pink are often seen as a soft feminine colour and restricted to bedrooms, particularly for little girls. The mix of pink and magenta which is the basis for Mallow is a more serious colour that can be used for all kinds of things including the colour of the underwear for the inmates in some American prisons (not got a photo of that you´ll be pleased to know), to the colour of the seating in public places as the colour has proved to be extremely effective in promoting feelings of calm and relaxation.

Mallow colouring creates a fabulous venue for clubs and theatres

Mallow has an underlying confidence due to a degree of red in the make-up of the colour.

Vertical blinds such as the Acacia Mallow vertical blind

Mallow Vertical blind

Acacia Mallow Vertical blind

Vertical blind in Mallow

Acacia Mallow vertical blind - a beautiful colour by any standards

or roller blinds such as the Acacia Mallow roller blind

Acacia mallow roller blind

Mallow window treatments can be Sophisticated or Cottagey.

make fabulous window treatments for living rooms and kitchens, so don’t do this colour a grave injustice by confining it to the bedroom.

Metal venetian blinds are very popular in kitchens, especially for a cutting-edge stainless steel kitchen as the chic lines of the metal blades of the blind are perfect, curtains would look ridiculous.

If you are fitting a metal kitchen and are thinking about carrying the metal coloured theme through to the blinds, then before you get too carried away and end up with a very industrial finish, consider enlivening the look with a compromise, a metal blind in a warm colour such as this fabulous Mallow metal venetian blind, the intensity of the deep energising colour will give a visual focus which will lift the intensity of the metal units.

venetian blind in mallow colouring

A stunning metal blind that gives visual focus

If you prepared to really get down to it, you can find some fabulous home interior accessories that will introduce an accent of this appealing colour that can be followed through in a few other selected items such as cushions and bedrunners.

The Galeria Mosaic metal curtain

metal curtain pole trimmed with mallow finial

A mosaic of mallow glass fragments decorate this fabulous metal curtain pole

The Integra Lustre Zara metal curtain pole

black metal curtain pole

Black and Pink - partners through eternity

Mallow can be extremely attractive twinned with dark colours

Mallow can be partnered with dark brown or black for a moody, chic finish


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White – the Chameleon of Colour.

25 Nov

White is the ideal choice to enhance the visual impact of the features of a decor or indeed the architecture, but is not always the easy option as it will also take on the colours around it like the chameleon, unlike creams and naturals which tend to blend with their surroundings.

White will highlight the other colours in the decor.

White makes a Wonderful Backdrop to Highlight Coloured Details

White wooden or metal venetian blinds and white roller or roman fabric blinds work universally with any colour of décor just as well as white curtains. The type of fabric chosen will be the determining factor in the type of décor best suited to the fabric such as a simple crisp cotton would be best suited to a Country or Scandinavian look whereas a sumptuous silk would look the part in an elegant more traditional finish. There is for example nothing to outshine the simplicity of a plain white roller blind in a modern decor.

white bedrooms

White Sheets Classic Even in a Modern Setting

Due to the popularity of large quantities of white in our home décor, there is now a positive gourmet of shades of white paints for walls and woodwork- gloss or semi gloss for woodwork and a semi gloss for the walls are best as the reflective properties will maximize the light in the room. Natural whites sometimes include a tint of colour but remember to paint a sample patch of wall before you rush in and paint the whole room as the tints can sometimes end up being more dominant than expected.

My Personal Favourite – Black and Gold Dressing White Furniture

White furniture and furnishings have long been used by top designers to accentuate the colours of the decor, giving a room visual space and depth, lifting the whole impact of the room. Us lesser mortals can also use this to our advantage at home by using white furniture – your rather dated pine can even be given a new lease of life simply with the help of a tin of white paint.

And while you are about it, why not take up the old carpet; you never know what may be underneath possibly also waiting for a whitening. White decor is very easy on the eye and interestingly changes colour more noticeably according to the time of day than a coloured setting.

Some things are however best not white !!!!!!

    Like my doggie Harvey


11 Mar


silk bedspread

A Touch of Silk add Excellence into a Traditional Bedroom Decor

A silk bedspread or throw will certainly make a statement centre piece for your bedroom and a beautiful bedroom, whether inspired by traditional elegance or chic modernism is important as it is your haven for time-out as well as sleep.


Chic Modern Bedroom Decor Enhanced by a Silk Throwover Bedspread


And remember that fitting a blackout roller blind or roman blind for complete darkness or a wooden venetian blind or metal venetian blind for an attractive partial dimming of the daylight will be of great benefit for light sleepers and lovers of a day time siesta.

metal curtain poles for bed drapes

Metal Curtain Poles ideal for Bed Drapes

Bed hangings and bed drapes were traditionally used to keep out the cold and bugs and today are still popular for a really romantic bedroom decor. Soft silk sheers were used especially in Asia to keep out the mosquitoes and so to look authentic, should  pull all around the bed.  A simple metal curtain pole such as the Rolls Neo metal curtain pole that can be ceiling or wall fixed is perfect for this look and the curtain headings only need a simple slotted heading, tab top or tie-heading.

You can also create a room within a room, ideal for a bedsit or a shared bedroom by fitting poles that are longer and wider than the bed, leaving perhaps enough room for the bedside tables either side of the bed and a chest at the end of the bed all within the confines of the curtains.

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