Using Autumn Inspired Interiors in your Home

I love the chilly weather and being able to wrap up in hundreds of layers, so how can you bring the outside in with these Autumn inspired interiors?

Pumpkin spice-season is returning! Even though the weather is becoming a little drizzly and cold, we still love autumn and the colours it brings. We want to feel warm and cosy in our own homes and, at the same time, appreciate the autumn changes.

So here are a few ways you can spice up your interiors with autumn inspired interiors as the weather declines.

Try Wallpapering

If you have stark, light-coloured walls, it could be time to add in some bright patterns and autumn colours. Orange is always a strong contender here, but so are reds, yellows, blues, burgundies, and greys. You could have different colours on each side of the room, block them up together in a feature wall, or just stick with one if you like the minimalist element of it.

Similarly, going in for a nature theme has some great benefits for both the space and your mental health. Shades of green in varying hues is both calming and warming, and reminds you of the spring and summer. Similarly earthy colours such as deep browns and wooden furniture creates an autumnal feeling inside your house.

It can give you the much needed warmth in both yourself and your house. Colour draws light in, rather than reflects it. This is why white doesn’t work as a warming colour, so avoid it if you can. Of course they’re your rooms to sit in, so be sure to go with what you want!

Build a Conservatory

Conservatories are a great invention. Being outside without actually being outside? It’s glorious! It’s a great investment in terms of extra space, more light, and being a lovely place to sit when we want to enjoy the weather. You can shove an extra fridge at the end of one when you need to prepare for a barbecue, or set up a lovely chair arrangement in the space that would have taken for a lovely afternoon soiree.

wooden conservatory with glass

If you don’t know where to start when it comes to adding on some home improvements, use this find a conservatory website for safety guaranteed, and the strong foundations that you desperately need.

A well-insulated conservatory will keep it nice and toasty in winter, but cool in summer.

Relax!

Build yourself an area that makes you feel totally at home, in both style and comfort. If you have a bed in the corner, try and get a curtain to drape over the wall overhanging it. It’s cosy and hidden, and the perfect space to get both work and reading done.

autumn inspired interiors with a conservatory

Make your home feel like autumn with these autumn inspired interiors ideas. Plenty of interior trends are in for this autumn season, but you don’t have to have an interior decorator for your house to look the way you want it to. Whatever you plan to do, make sure it’s up to your good standards alone.

Inspiration For A More Instagram-able Home Office

Do you have an eye for design? Have you been scrolling through your social media feed and are now feeling a little jealous of all the amazing Instagram-able home office spaces on there?

You may have seen my recent post about how to get a Pinterest perfect bedroom. Well how about the perfectly Instagram-able home office? Don’t worry if your home office lacks the style and chicness of the Instagram-able ones that you see all over the internet. You can easily update your space.

The key to successfully creating a beautiful home office space is choosing a range of different elements. What you’ll notice about the office spaces on Instagram is that they tend to be made up of different components. This adds to their charm, and is what makes them so chic and stylish looking.

To help make your home office look a little bit special, below are some ideas taken from how other home offices have been designed.

Choose a theme

pink background with white mouse and keyboard

If you take a look at the most popular Instagram home offices, you’ll notice a trend. Most of the home offices that you will see on Instagram have a theme to them. This could be anything from rose gold and pink to grey and cream.

It doesn’t matter what the theme is, as long as you pick one and stick to it. By adding a theme to your home office, you’ll find that it’s a much prettier and more stylish space.

 

Keep it clutter free

Instagram-able home office should be kept clutter free

If there is one thing that an Instagram-able home office should be is clutter-free. Not only is clutter unsightly, it is also damaging to the look and feel of the space, which is why it pays to invest in adequate storage space.

The good news is that storage space doesn’t have to be expensive and you can easily create it yourself. It’s just a case of ensuring that you have the right tools, such as a drill and screwdrivers, as well as any power tool accessories from Bryson that you may also need.

There is plenty of inspiration for building DIY storage space online, so you shouldn’t struggle to find ideas that are suitable for the space that you have.

 

Incorporate quirky wall art

laptop on desk with plant and art

Today, wall art, such as quotes and other pretty motivational pieces, are big business in the interiors industry. You’ll notice that all of the best home office designs on Instagram incorporate some inspirational pieces of art. It is vital that your home office does the same. Pick a couple of pieces of inspirational wall art that you love, and place them around the room. The best places to get these from is sites such as Etsy.

 

So, there you have it. Everything that you need to know to create a more Instagram-able home office space that is wonderfully unique and personal, as well as somewhere that is smart and stylish.

Creating a Pinterest Perfect Bedroom

Wondering how to achieve a Pinterest perfect bedroom?

Scrolling through Pinterest for bedroom decor and design ideas can often leave one feeling like they’ll never be able to compete with those flawless ideas. The designs on Pinterest are riddled in forward thinking flair, which oozes creativity. It leaves us wondering why we never thought of all of that before!

However, we forget that every element, within the space has just been given a little more thought, and has been constructed with quality tools and a patient hand. You needn’t be an interior design guru to get your home looking like a Pinterest-worthy palace. You just need to spend your time wisely; researching fabulous ideas, gathering information about quality materials and suppliers, acquiring your tools, and then giving it a try!

With my useful list of design ideas to take your bedroom from frightening to fab, you’ll be halfway there! Get a Pinterest perfect bedroom with these tips.

CHOOSE WISELY

A home with good space and plenty of light

bright and airy bedroom

First and foremost, if you are in the process of buying or renting a new property, one of the most important factors, which will contribute greatly to your impeccable space, will be the light and layout of the area. You want to choose a home that’s bright and spacious. This will make placing furniture easier, and contributes positively to the feel of the room.

When the space is of good size, you can get creative with the different pieces. A quirky piece will stand out if it’s away from other pieces that might overshadow it. Trying to squeeze furniture in, will not only clutter the area, but it will also take from it’s presence, and drown out the piece.

Timeless Furniture

Always choose timeless furniture! The items that are trendy now aren’t going to be the items that are trendy in five years time. To save yourself from having to redo your bedroom in the near future, pick furniture that won’t date.

Choosing wisely will save you time and money, and will help you to sleep better at night, knowing that the items you love and have carefully chosen will stand the test of time. Should your tastes change in the future, when it comes to styles, colour schemes and themes of your bedroom, you won’t have to stress about how you’ll tie in the furniture with the new items.

Neutral tones that don’t date

cushion with stag on it on bed

Neutral tones are a must when it comes to furniture and paint work. People get tired of a certain colour after a few years of seeing it in their home. It’s smart to choose neutral colours. Just like timeless furniture, they won’t date, you won’t get tired of them, and you could move the pieces to other areas of your home, without them ‘clashing’ with the other furniture.

If you have furniture currently, such as armchairs, that you still want to keep but want to change the colour of the fabric, you can get them reupholstered with a new fabric colour.

Painting the walls neutral will help to keep the space calm, as well as timeless, and will ensure a good flow throughout the room.

GET CREATIVE

Add a shelf for ornaments, books or plants

dark shelves on wall

Every pretty Pinterest perfect bedroom incorporates features that add character. You can display ornaments or plants on shelves and bookcases. Shelving is easy, affordable and you can even turn the idea into a DIY project. These small features transform a typical bedroom to one that is interesting and flows with the theme of the home.

It’s all about getting creative and moving away from the mundane bedroom items to ones that are unusual and captivating. Adding shelving also acts as a ‘storage’ place, with a purpose. It is somewhere to display all of your favourite items. You’ll soon be photographing your Pinterest perfect bedroom with pride.

Incorporate Accent Features

Accent features are items that bring some colour and creative flair to the space. These tend to be the smaller items in the room. They wouldn’t be the main feature, such as a bed. But they may be cushions, throws, a fancy headboard, a rug, curtains, lamp shades, art.

bedroom with purple rug

You may want to pick only one or two colours for the bedroom, and bring them out in these items mentioned above. This creates unity and colour harmony within the room, and will have everyone fooled into thinking you’re a pro!

Give the Windows attention

Last but not least, don’t forget that windows form part of the accent features! The windows pull everything together, and add that extra touch of interest. So, you may want to choose a complementing window frame, or you may want to think out of the box and have the glass frosted with a window film. It does wonders for a space and will give you a Pinterest perfect bedroom.

 

Do you have any more tips you would add to this list?

An Eye for Detail: Neglected Areas of Interior Design

When it comes to interior design, most people focus on the same things: colour scheme, flooring, furniture and storage options, but what are the neglected areas of interior design?

When it comes to detail, the best many people will do is add a few scatter cushions or plants to a room to liven things up a little. But there are neglected areas of interior design and home design that most people tend to neglect. Why? Well, we’re not too sure. But it’s time to rectify this situation and start paying attention to these smaller details.

They may not seem massively significant, but the overall effect they can have on a property is outstanding. So, it’s time to start making changes today. Here are a couple of areas to focus your attention on.

Doors

Doors take up very limited space. They’re not exactly the main attraction in any given room. But for those with a keen eye for design, they are a functional property feature that has so much more to offer than simply offering a means of passing from one room to another.

A good example? High-quality folding door systems. These types of doors are generally used for exterior walls, giving people access to a room and the outside world (usually the garden). They glide elegantly across the wall and open up the barrier between home and nature.

This is perfect for the summer months, when you can happily stroll in and out, or for the winter months, when you may want to remain in the warmth of indoors while basking in a little fresh air from outside. If you have a modern home, aluminium sliders and bi-folding frames are the way to go for a sleek finish. However, if you’re aiming for a more rustic look, you should favour timber frames. There’s something to suit every home, transforming the standard back door into a beautiful feature.

 

neglected areas of interior design - double doors

Coving

Many people won’t even know what the term “coving” refers to. But it’s time to find out. Not all homes have coving. It is essentially a decorative fixture in the corner where the top of a wall and a ceiling meet. This is a more old-fashioned feature in a property. However, it is something that can be added to even the most modern properties, bringing a touch of decadence and luxury to any living space.

It is generally crafted from one of three materials, each having a different resultant price. First, polystyrene. This is the cheapest option and does the job, but may well need replacing relatively soon. Next, plaster. Plaster has an attractive, smooth finish and gives a more authentic look. Finally, hardened polyurethane. This is the newcomer to the coving market, but is still affordable, lightweight, and can be fitted faster and more easily.

We currently have polystyrene coving upstairs that has been there since the house was built. I didn’t even know it was polystyrene until Jay poked a hole in it with his finger. It really does look like real wood. Since we’ve renovated, the rest of the house has new plaster coving which is more expensive but looks amazing.

Photo credit: https://www.madaboutthehouse.com/

Of course, there are plenty more neglected areas of interior design. But paying more attention to these two aspects of your home alone can completely transform the aesthetic of your property. So start making improvements as soon as possible. The results will definitely be worth the time, effort and investment.

5 Common Kitchen Design Mistakes

When it comes to redesigning rooms, the kitchen is often the space that people choose to change first.

A modern kitchen is right at the top of many homeowners’ wish lists, but there are a few kitchen design mistakes that people make. In this post, we will look more closely at some of the top mistakes so you can avoid repeating them and end up with the kitchen of your dreams.

Poor Layout

The kitchen should be a room that you can glide around with ease, but many people don’t think about positioning their items for maximum convenience. Many kitchen designers believe in the ‘triangle effect’, that is, your kitchen sink, oven and food preparation area need to form a triangle shape. Think carefully about the positioning of them for maximum usability. 

If you decide to have an island in the centre of the room, don’t let it block off lots of space. Essentially, you want your redesigned kitchen to make your life easier, not harder.

 

white and wooden kitchen with lots of light and greenery

Not Enough Ventilation and Disposal Means

Your kitchen needs to be properly ventilated so you can get rid of the fumes, smoke and grease generated by cooking. A lot of systems tend to not have enough power, or they recirculate the air rather than completely remove it. A fully-functioning ventilation system is a must in your kitchen redesign.

As well as this, you should think about the drainage. You may need to get your drains fixed because of a blocked sink or the lack of a disposal unit. If you can prevent potential problems before they happen, then you’re putting yourself in a good position.

Inadequate Storage

Not having enough storage is one of the biggest kitchen design mistakes. Having enough storage is hugely important in creating a kitchen environment that appears clear and clutter-free. There are plenty of ways that you can tackle these storage issues including adding roll-out trays, drawer organisers, and pot racks, to name a few.

If there are items that don’t fit into your regular meal preparation, you may benefit from storing these in another room of the house.

 

kitchen worktop and lighting - kitchen design mistakes

Narrow Work Aisles

Returning to the issue of kitchens having a bad flow or layout, you want to ensure the aisles are easy to navigate. If you’re thinking of installing a kitchen island, make sure you have plenty of space around the island. Though this particular design trend may be in vogue at the moment, if you simply don’t have enough space, there is no point putting one in. It will make the kitchen look smaller and crammed.

Lack of Lighting

You want the kitchen lighting to be adequate, especially in the key food preparation areas. If you are looking to create an overall illumination effect, you can do this by installing some carefully-spaced recessed lights. Another potential option is task lighting under wall cabinets. You should also think about some overhead lighting too. The style really depends on what sort of overall effect you are going for in the room.

 

white kitchen with black worktops and downlights

 

Sometimes, good home design is based on what not to do, so these top kitchen design mistakes will give you something to consider.