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Trend : Coloured Skirting Boards

Dulux Livingroom in purple with white skirting

Image c/o Dulux

When it comes to cutting edge interior design, one of the absolutely last things that will probably spring to mind is skirting boards. In fact, in my mind skirting boards are pretty boring and a bit of a non-entity. I rarely ever notice them and can’t say I’ve even thought of them much. They did briefly cross my mind when I was painting my hallway a couple of years ago. I noticed that ours have so many thick layers of gloss paint on them and I mentioned to my dad that I’d like to replace them. But he said there is a risk that removing them might rip the plaster off the wall so it could turn into a much bigger job. And that was the last time I thought about skirting boards. Until now, that is. I’ve been noticing a bit of a new trend when it comes to skirting boards. They’re not boring anymore. We’re used to seeing skirting boards similar to those in the picture above, aren’t we? Painted with pristine white gloss no matter what the wall colour. Have you ever been into a home that doesn’t have white or, at a push, natural wood coloured skirting boards? I know I haven’t. But in the last year or so I have been noticing a change of approach in the way that interior designers and paint companies are treating the humble skirting board.  Read More…

Trend : Moody Hues and Inky Blues

Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

Room painted in Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

One of my favourite interior trends at the moment has got to be the trend for moody hues and inky blues. I never thought this kind of colour scheme would appeal to me as I’ve always found such dark colours to be a little bit oppressive and, dare I say it, depressing. However, seeing how successfully they are being used in homes at the moment, I have definitely changed my mind and I’ve grown to love these deep, dark tones. Seeing images such as these really enhances my excitement for the coming winter season. It really makes me want to hunker down indoors in front of the fire with a good book and a nice glass of red listening to the rain beating down outside while our little family is all nice and cosy inside. I’ve already decorated our livingroom in a really deep shade of green which I love and next on the list is our master bedroom, which I’ll be doing in a really deep shade of navy blue. I wrote about it here. So now I’ll leave you with some really gorgeous images for inspiration. Let me know what you think about the trend for moody hues and inky blues in interiors. I’d love to know your thoughts. Read More…

New Wallpapers from Farrow & Ball

Farrow & Ball Jasmine BP 3903 wallpaper

It’s been a while since I posted any wallpaper here but as soon as I happened across the latest additions to the Farrow & Ball portfolio I just knew that I wanted to share them with you. As you know, wallpaper makes my heart melt and the bolder the better as far as I’m concerned. And these new wallpapers from Farrow & Ball certainly stand out. There are four distinctive new patterns that capture rustic elements and embrace nature whilst at the same time adding a contemporary twist to classic designs. Each design is available in five colourways, ranging from natural neutrals to bright and bold colour combinations. It seems like only yesterday that Farrow & Ball announced their new paint colours for 2013 and now these wallpaper designs are the first to include the new colours, including Stiffkey Blue, Mole’s Breath, Purbeck Stone, Cooking Apple Green and Green Smoke. So let’s take a look at them and see what you think.

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Decorating Tips from Farrow and Ball

Calke Green Dining Room by Farrow & Ball

Something super exciting has happened for my husband and I over the past few weeks. We’ve gone from thinking we would never get onto the property ladder to being home owners. I can’t begin to tell you how happy we are to finally be living in our own home! One thing that I am particularly excited about is being able to decorate exactly how we want to. After six years of living in rental properties, we are well and truly over magnolia paint. However, having only lived in rental accommodation we have never had to decorate so being faced with the endless possibilities of what we could and should do, is all a bit daunting. I wanted to make sure we are fully informed before embarking on this redecorating adventure so I decided to consult the experts in order to get some top tips and advice for anyone in the same position as us. And who better to consult than Sarah Cole, Director of Farrow & Ball.

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