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Asian Decor

15 Aug

Fabulous Silks are the Epitome of Asian Decor – Ideal for Curtains, Blinds and Bedding

This style can be achieved very easily, maybe with just a woodweave blind and an orchid in the bedroom or a wooden venetian blind, an ornament of Buddha and an arrangement of bamboo plants in the bathroom; it’s just a question of degrees.

oriental decor

Asian Decor-Simplicity by Design

I think personally that in the West a hint of Asia, perhaps with your furniture placed in a feng shui arrangement with Zen spaces, related decorative art and modern furniture with the merest suggestion of the Orient is stunning in a modern home, but sometimes people can get carried away with the theme and it becomes a total jumble of collectables which is not at all in keeping with the minimal theme which is so important with this style of decor.

Chinese home accessories

Characteristic Simplicity With a Few Well Chosen Accessories Will Tastefully Complement The Look

Neutral coloured walls, but definitely not white, will set your decor off to perfection, particularly if you accompany it with dark wood flooring and patterned rugs.

Japanese, Chinese and Thai influences traditionally paved the way for our attraction for this style of decor, but now it is also being influenced by many Eastern cultures, the whole look mainly drawing inspiration from history and nature. Dark woods, red, brown and of course black are the dominant colours, with minimal simplicity being the ultimate goal.

asian style decor

This Fabulous Minimal Look is Ideal for a Modern Home

Solid black or dark brown furniture is the epitome of Asian decor, but as this style of decor is so well suited to the contemporary minimal look, it has evolved a trendy chic style of its own, modern but with an exotic Asian feel about it.

contemporary furniture

A Stunning Mix of Classical Oriental with Modern Formality

Wood or bamboo blinds were the usual choice for window decorations so if you wish to try to emulate the look, then there are plenty of types and colours of blinds to choose from, especially in the rich hard wood colourings of the tropics. Textured and silk curtain fabrics were also widely used and the same still applies.

woodweave blinds

An All White Decor Instantly Gains Humanity with a Simple Orchid and a Touch of Contrast – No Matter How Small

Curtain tracks work well with curtains made from wafty sheers and muslins as well as more conventional curtaining,  creating a perfect balance of unencumbered elegance.

bendable curtain tracks

Curtain Tracks Give a More Informal Look to Your Curtain Arrangement.

Swathes of light muslin or silk fabric draped around a modern four poster bed or a curtain pole will capture the exotic theme, but keep the pole simple so the fabric and its drapes will be the main feature of the window dressing.

Although being  more widespread nearer the tropics, it  is a testament to when it would have been unthinkable to go to bed without the protection of a mosquito net. This brings to mind a friend who stayed in a luxury garden style hotel in Thailand who sensibly called reception when an unfamiliar bulge appeared in the roof canopy of the bed – it turned out to be a Cobra which had also settled down for the night.

Small rooms such as a home office or bathroom lend themselves well to this elegant yet minimal style of decor.  Dark wood furniture will overpower a small room, so open shelves and furniture in glass, metal and light wood will be perfectly acceptable, it’s just a question of maintaining the relevent styling.

wooden window blinds

White Window Blinds Increases the Sense of Space and the Flow of Natural Light

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French Connection

7 Jul

Modern French decor is often a combination of tradition elegance and modern minimalism.

French decor can take a mix of types and periods of furniture without looking disjointed

Grey and white walls and minimal curtains or blinds and Cabriole legged Louis XV style furniture for me is the epitome of a French decor and the great attraction of this type of design is that it will add a touch of glamour to modern efficiency making even the most ugly computer recede into relative obscurity.

There are many ways to give a French flavour without having to change too much and the quickest and easiest way is to introduce a Toile fabric into the room, but take care that depending on the degree of toile print used that there is not too many other design details in the room. It is very much a standalone type of fabric due to the intricate detailing, but definitely does not need to be confined to the windows.

The Toile design is the most easily recognisable of all French designs and therefore most associated with the “French Look”

Toile fabric design is available in everything from a pair of oven gloves to a complete bedroom but whatever colour toile you go for, traditionally it needs to remain the same colour throughout the scheme, combined with plains either in a matching primary colour or a complimentary neutral colouring.

As for the walls, brightly coloured curtains, bedding and blinds are more easily integrated into a neutral background, but in the case of a Toile, one feature wall is acceptable in a matching wallpaper, with stunning results.

The liberal use of Chunky Cushions and Large Statement Ornaments make very much a Continental Statement.

Comfortable chunky traditional seating is a must with lots of large yet simple ornaments grouped in a table or mantel scape. Perhaps a trip across the channel to a French flea market could be a good source for your accessories as us Brits are often a little more conservative with our ornamental displays.

This delightful furniture Says it All

A large armoire wardrobe or cupboard and an oversized decorative mirror will also give a French feel – but shop carefully as the French style of furniture is making a comeback, being reproduced, often rather badly which can cheapen the look, moving the room from having a sophisticated elegance to having a gaudy overdone feel. 

metal curtain pole

A Sizeable Room with a High Ceiling can take a Large Statement Light

  

Choose what is to be the main detail and in this case, it is clearly the intricate detailing of the light, so keep the curtains simple, perhaps complimenting the metal finish of the light with a similarly coloured metal or wooden curtain pole.

Cameron Fuller Curtain Pole

Box pleat headings on curtains will give an informal feel especially if the fabric is a natural linen or a softly textured neutral fabric and there are plenty of metal or wooden curtain poles that can be decorative in their own right such as the Cameron Fuller curtain pole, without stealing the limelight. 

Blinds are relatively popular in France, but of course it is very common to have shutters at the windows which are shut fast often quite early in the evening giving the feeling as you drive through a French village that everyone has gone to Mars.

 

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Embrace your Dented Walls and Scruffy Furniture

27 Jun

One very obvious look for a Mediterranean house is the use of lots of wrought iron both inside and out, but unless you live in California or indeed the Mediterranean, fancy wrought iron bars at the windows, whilst they may seem appealing in the current era of household theft and are ideal for keeping unwanted intruders out, will look ridiculous in the U.K.

decorative curtains

Swags and Tails offer a Timeless Elegance Anywhere

Curtains on this type of window are often rather decorative to draw the eye away from the metal bars, which can give the feeling to the overseas visitor that you are being “detained at Her Majesty’s pleasure”. Swags and Tails are still used quite extensively for a more formal look, but usually dressed from a wooden curtain pole.

Plain wooden curtain poles can be jazzed up a bit still using a simple curtain treatment such as a skirted heading, but with the use of a matching fringe edging the skirt and possibly matching curtain holdbacks.

Curtain pelmets with decorative fringe

The Art of Interior Design is to Carry a Theme or Colour Effortlessly

Wrought iron or black painted curtain poles are a great way to introduce this kind of look and will compliment the Moorish lights and accessories.

And with todays innovative design ideas, you will not be restricted to a Shepards Crook or Fleur de Lys finial.

black curtain poles

There is sure to be a Finial Shape to Tempt the Most Discerning

Arches, alcoves and niches also feature highly in this style of home and can make a useful space or feature design detail out of the smallest of areas. This often rather fanciful decor can be used to make a fun feature out of perhaps the cupboard under the stairs that used to house the vacuum cleaner, paint tins and cleaning “stuff”. Painted in a contrasting colour to the hallway, a small wash basin, perhaps a loo where the slope of the stairs makes standing impossible and an exotic Moorish ceiling light will make an invaluable addition to the house, with not too much expense.

Work around the natural light levels of the room. If it is dark, then warm it up with a lovely yellow stucco effect wall finish and if the room is already light and bright, then embrace it and go for white. This could be a great look for your home if your walls are badly plastered, chipped or dented – the distressed look. Special paint effects such as sponging or dragging with a colour wash will turn a disastrous wall into one with a rather aged attractive finish, the play of light over the different surfaces offering an appropriately textured finish. A miss-match of old furniture is also perfectly acceptable, but unify them with some common feature such as matching cushions or throws.

As with all decor decisions, more is not necessarily better.

Careful Thought to What Matches

And What Looks a Jumbled Mess Is Important

Don’t despair, if your heart is set on this type of decor but the finances are a little stretched at the moment, then simply changing your window treatments perhaps to a pair of curtains or a new roller blind will inject a little sunshine into the room – the rest can come later !!!!

sunny coloured roller blind

Light and Bright Colours are Ideal – Avoid Muddy Clouded Colours

There are many Spanish-style chandeliers and secondary lighting readily available and in most home furnishing departments and shops there is always an absolute abundance of Moorish style lanterns and candle holders featuring quatrefoil cut outs which will always be guaranteed to add a sense of romance – particularly relevant in dining rooms and bedrooms.

Moorish Themed Lights and Accessories Can Cross the Bounderies between Modern and Traditional

Choose your accessories wisely and a theme can be set merely by your choice of artwork and ornaments – lighting also of course plays a large part in setting the scene.

Themed Artwork can Take you There

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Keep it Simple

17 Jun

Wooden curtain poles and plain wooden blinds are the obvious choice for a rustic type of Mediterranean decor and the simpler the better.

dark wood curtain poles

Dark Wooden Curtain Poles Look Particularly Outstanding in a Room with Beamed Ceilings

Dark wood colours will also look more authentic, the light pine coloured poles being more akin to an English Country Cottage look and they can also be used to create a more original type of headboard, just a couple of cushion pads with tab tops posted on the pole is all it takes – fancy upholstered headboards would have been a definate no in this style of decor.

An ideal pole for this situation is the Rolls Woodline Curtain Pole

dark wood stained curtain pole

Rolls Woodline Curtain Pole

Some windows have a decorative finish painted around outer edge, so clearly curtains would not be appropriate.

wooden blinds

Decorative Window Surrounds

Apart from this sandy colour which is still widely used, the original paint colour being made from the sandy pigment in the soil, a deep blue is also a very traditional colour to paint around the window surround, the colour said to deter flies and mosquitoes – personally I would rather not take any chances and fit a fly screen.

A wooden blind, ideally in a similar colour to the window frame can be used as fitting wooden shutters to a house in the U.K. would be totally out of place.

A wooden venetian blind such as the Redwood  blind is ideal

dark wooden blind

Metal or Wooden Venetian Blinds

but if the window dimensions are rather tight, you may prefer to fit a Metal Venetian Blind as the slats of these blinds are finer so the blind will pleat up tighter than a wooden blind, leaving more of the window opening exposed.

wood effect metal venetian blind

They Come in Any Colour You Like – But Go Natural Wood Finish for an Authentic Look

Metal Venetian blinds are available in a huge selection of colours, but to keep with the theme, go for a natural wood finish.

In sunny climes with all this happening outside the window, its also clearly on view from the inside.

An Explosion of Colour at the Windows All Summer Long

but you could be forgiven with our weather for introducing a similar effect from the inside looking out with brightly coloured floral curtains or blinds.

Introduce a Sunny Summer Feel to the Room No Matter What the Weather Outside

floral roman blinds

Brightly Coloured Blinds will Quickly and Easily Introduce a Relaxed Summer Ambience

This look is also attractive for bedrooms where you can afford to go floral with a total disregard for the rest of the decor in the house.

floral co-ordinating decor

Matching Floral Curtains, Cushions and Accessories are Perfectly Acceptable in a Bedroom without being considered OTT (over the top)

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Pink for Girls and Blue for Boys or is it ????.

21 May

Playing safe and going white or lemon for the nursery is a thing of the past as if only to get the colour choice for the nursery correct, we can ask the sex of the baby.

transparent roller blind

“Playing Safe” for the New Arrival

Plain white blinds, curtains and curtain poles are all readily available, but as children love bright colours, I do think it rather a shame to have such a bland nursery.

Fun Nursery Prints for Any Eventuality

There are plenty of childrens blinds or brightly coloured plain blinds such as venetian blinds, curtains and bedding to make a nursery fun for any baby.

Decorating the nursery is your chance to really have fun as anything will work, especially as the vast array of multi coloured soft toys showered on the new baby will bring a chaos of colour to whatever colour theme you have planned.

Stereotyping colours into gender preferences is not a current trend, but interestingly the pigeonholing of colours such as pink for girls and blue for boys has only been since the mid 20th century.

pink girls curtains

Contrast Headings for Curtains Allows for a Band of Colour to Theme Through the Rest of the Decor

This bright pink and lilac bedroom is definately for the girls …….

roller blinds for bedrooms and bathrooms

This Smart Roller Blind will Grow with the Baby – It’s All a Question of Accessories and Age Group of the Toys.

And this smart blue for a boy roller blind will not embarrass an older boy, but will suit a baby too.

Before that pink was for boys as it was a dilution of red, which was thought to be a masculine colour and blue for girls as it was a pretty delicate colour also associated in the Western world with the purity of the Virgin Mary.

Serious amounts of money is clearly spent on marketing research, targeting children and for that matter, all of us with colours relating to product types, hence for example the sea of pink packaging in the girls section of the toy shop.

nursery blackout roller blinds

Blackout Roller Blinds are often Essential for Everyone getting a Good Nights Sleep

Blackout blinds are becoming an important consideration when planning your nursery or revamping your child’s bedroom as they will give you total control over the level of daylight in the room, often a prerequisite for daytime naps. Everyone, no matter how small, will find it difficult to settle for a lunchtime nap with the sun blazing through the window. Also in the modern techno world, often even the tiniest little fingers are used to operating a tablet and may need a slightly lower level of daylight to see the screen to its best advantage.

wooden curtain pole

A Simple Plain White Wooden Curtain Pole is all the is Needed to Dress the Nursery Curtains – overly fussy poles will compete with the Rest of the Decor

If you are feeling very creative now’s your chance to get stuck in. There are wooden curtain poles available that are left untreated, so you can customise your curtain pole to match the wall colourings.

paint your own curtain pole

An Unfinished Wooden Curtain Pole will allow you to Get A Perfect Match with the Walls.

I used to love the vast choice you could get with wallpaper borders. They allowed you to bring the walls together with the window treatments and as an Interior Designer were ideal for View Homes where the simple addition of a border would take the plainess from the walls, often a problem in an unfurnished unit.

Borders are slowly making a comeback, adding in the case of a nursery a fun finish to the walls without the effort of wallpapering.

wallpaper borders

A Playful Border will Instantly Add Fun to Any Decor

And while you have the paint pot out, why not get the sewing machine out, make a few cushions and dress up the dollys to match the blinds – just give us a ring and we can supply you with the fabric to match your blinds.

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Masculine verses Feminine decors.

14 May

Should it be blinds in Autumn and Winter colours….

modern curtains

Mixing a slightly “Old Fashioned Look” with A Contemporary Decor Gives a Comfortable Feel Inviting You to Linger Longer

 leather furniture and wooden floors ???

modern roman blind

This Modern Grey Roman Blind Contributes to the Masculine Feel of the Decor

Or should it be curtains and blinds in Spring and Summer colours, cosy neutral coloured furniture and carpets –

neutral coloured furniture

A Living Room with a Sense of Drama

It could be just a question of gender preferences.

It’s well known particularly amongst professional people that if you ask 10 different people the same question you will get 10 different answers. The same applies to interior decor, you may think there is hardly a difference between masculine and feminine ideas on a perfect decor if both parties basically like the same colours and style of decor, but from my experience, you would be very wrong.

Modern men often seem to have a preference for autumn and winter colours, seemingly to prefer solid, functional furniture and furnishings. Deep colours such as burgundy, rust and terracotta often based around a decor with plenty of black included, with heavily textured fabrics and feature walls in bold colours or bold patterned wallpaper which seemingly introduces a quality of strength to the home.

Window blinds such as roller, vertical or venetian blinds are often the favoured choice in a masculine decor, the formal lines of the blind very much in keeping with the more minimal, no nonsense look.  

See through blinds

Blinds with a View – Modern Blinds Made From a Transparent Fabric Offer Privacy, Style and Light Control Without Blocking the View

Vertical blinds as above will always make a perfect finish for a masculine brief, along with black and white photography or indeed black and white anything especially large screen tvs and computer “stuff”.

contemporary bedroom

The Black and White Image Creates a Stunning Visual Distraction

Most women strive not only to look beautiful, but also to feel beautiful. Luxurious fabrics such as velvet, damask and silk are not even on most men’s radar screen.  Women seem to favour the spring and summer colours, their soft freshness better fitting the more romantic detailing preferred by women.

It really does matter to us that things co-ordinate wherever possible, even if it’s just the candles and cushions, with tender floral designs often with a nostalgic traditional feel being particularly popular for a feminine bedroom decor.

pinch pleat curtains

This Stunning Bedroom Decor is a Haven of Period Feminine Charm

Interlined curtains with decorative headings will possibly call a curtain pole to complete the ensemble which is where something such as the Byron and Byron Florentina Wooden curtain pole will make a stunning partner.

hand finished wooden curtain pole

Made to the Highest Standards in the U.K.

In a partnership men seem mostly to give the woman a free hand in the bedroom, gracefully accepting defeat, but for the main areas such as the kitchen and living room, a compromise needs to be reached.

If you live in a traditional country cottage opr period home, then dramatic pink florals, even if its just a roman blind with matching cushions as above, can still be the order of the day without affronting the male occupants pride, especially if the furniture is pine or antique, talking of which, if you are furnishing a traditional home, then go to the local auction rooms first, you will be in for a surprise. A lot of people do not want all that “old stuff” anymore, the modern home being minimal with Ikea furniture or similar fitting the bill perfectly. You can buy beautiful furniture at the auctions for the same price or often less than current prices for new furniture.

Incidentally this is not a criticism of the modern decor, I personally prefer the openness created by modern furniture, especially by glass topped tables, but as we live in an old barn, happily we can mix modern furniture with “hand me downs” from my Great Grandmothers house, which not only gives a comforting feeling of belonging, but also compliments the style and period of the barn.

pink roller blind

Blinds can be Elaborate, Elegant, Striking or Plain – Its all a Question of Choice.

Today blinds are available in an infinitesimal choice of colours and styles, with many also having special properties to help to control the temperature and levels of light in the room, so you can be sure a compromise can be reached, maybe a few floral cushions and a pretty blind will suffice.

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Summer Colours

10 Apr

This blog will give you a few guidelines on colours and fabrics for blinds, curtains and bedding in Summer Colours that will help you to capture the essence of the English style.

Basically there are three types of summer decors.

Florals

english summer decor

Clean Bright Colours on a Fresh White Background

We along with other higher vertebrates and the odd rather strange additional creatures such as tortoises and octopus, see the full spectrum of colour which is why it is so important to make full use of this when considering your colour choices for your home and if you are going floral, then don’t be shy about it.

Florals in bright colours are of course the most obvious for a summer style decor, but just because it has flowers on it, that does not make it necessarily the right choice. Large random floral prints are fine, but complex diagonals particularly in several different colours are too busy on the eye particularly for the main living or bedroom areas of the house where a nice calm and relaxed feeling is required.

Stripes in co-ordinating colours make a perfect partner and will unite the colours without overwhelming the room. A great way to introduce a small amount of stripe is by making it a feature of the window treatment.

calm a bold floral design with a striped blind

Striped Blinds Will Knock-Back a Heavy Floral Design

Our natural response when deciding on a scheme is to think that the larger the space the larger the pattern and vice versa, but often using a large pattern in a small area will give a feeling of grandeur, but will need a calming influence, roman or roller blinds particularly in a bedroom providing the perfect solution, especially as many of these blinds are available as blackout blinds.

striped roller blind

Roller and Roman Blinds Look Particularly Outstanding in a Striped Fabric.

Green and Blue

Green is a colour that creates an atmosphere of restful calm and apparently we see many more tones of green than any other colour, perhaps evolving from when we were forest dwellers and blue of course is the colour of the sea and hopefully the summers sky. Greens and blues together make a stunning combination beautifully depicted in nature by the colour combinations in a peacocks tail. They both will bring about a different visual effect as generally blues recede and greens are drawn towards you.

My choice would be to go for blue as the dominant colour for this very reason as it will give a feeling of space  and of course turquoise makes a great compromise or partner for both colours.

turquoise makes a particularly attractive summer colour for bedrooms

Turquoise Mixed with Bright Summer Colours Makes the Perfect Combination Especially For Bedrooms

Although pine coloured curtain poles are the obvious choice for a country look, I think that white or cream poles compliment the fresh look of a summer decor. Natural wood coloured curtain poles I think are more in akin to Autumn and Winter Decors.

The Speedy Wooden Curtain Pole makes a very economical curtain pole option and is available in a choice of 5 colours.

white wooden curtain pole

Speedy White Wooden Curtain Pole

speedy cream curtain pole

These charming curtain poles are simplicity itself, but if you want to make a bit more of a feature of the curtain pole with a hint of nostalgia then luxury wooden curtain poles such as made by Byron and Byron are available with authentic colour washes.

hand finished wooden curtain poles

Hand Finished White Washed Curtain Poles

cream washed curtain poles

Hand Finished Cream Washed Wooden Curtain Poles

Shades of greens used in the home will help to try to neutralise areas such as busy family living rooms. Green is known to relax people which is where the term “The Green Room” comes from in the theatre, the room where performers wait before they go onto the stage and need their nerves steadied perhaps. I bet a lot of these rooms are no longer green, but an interesting fact.

Light natural blinds and curtains look best with green walls

This Fabulous Room Set will need Soft Neutral Blinds or Curtains to blend the Furniture with the Soft Furnishings

Bright green even if only for the window treatments will look particularly attractive in urban homes by helping to keep the relaxing connection with nature.

roller blind in green

Green is Extremely Versatile Being the Perfect Colour to Introduce a Feeling of Country Living even in an Urban Home and Don't Forget To Include Plenty of Plants

 

Seasidecolours.

When we dream of holidays, for most of us, it’s the yellow sun and sand and the blue of the sea and sky. Escaping the greys of the town and indeed often our skys will have a profound effect on our wellbeing. A country walk will be nearly as uplifting as a new brightly coloured blind, both subconsciously introducing a feeling of peace, but the blind will have a more lasting effect as it will hopefully grace your home for a long time.

striped roller blinds

Take Your Sunny Summer Day at the Beach Home with you with this Fun Roller Blind

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