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Colour Trends For 2019

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Style My Home is based in Tunbridge Wells and in this article we look at colour trends for 2019 and how some of these great colours can be introduced into your home. Last year the tones were edgy and vibrant, but this year sees more of a lifestyle approach to the development of new shades. The New Year really is the perfect time to ring in the changes and this could include redecorating a room, some new furniture or introducing accessories. First of all, we look at Living Coral, the Pantone Colour of the Year, and see how this can be used, as well as other colours including cool colours such as navy, greens and greys and the warm side of the spectrum including coral through to dusty pinks and terracotta.

Living Coral – The Eagerly Awaited PANTONE Colour Of The Year

The PANTONE Colour Of The Year is 16-1546 Living Coral, and it is something that is eagerly anticipated. For almost 20 years, PANTONE has been nominating a colour and each year the decision as to which colour will win the prestigious prize is carefully considered. The colour experts at PANTONE look at the whole world spectrum for colour influences including design, travel destinations, fashion, lifestyles, new technologies, sporting events as well as socio-economic conditions.

Pantone’s Description Of Living Coral

This year’s choice is described as, “An animating and life-affirming hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge.” PANTONE goes on to say that it is vibrant, yet mellow and embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

Social and Spirited With An Engaging Nature

It has been chosen as a reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media, which is increasingly embedding into our daily life. We therefore seek authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. It is sociable and spirited with an engaging nature, which welcomes and encourages light-hearted activity. It symbolises our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, and embodies our desire for playful expression.

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Coral Sofas And Feature Walls

If you though coral was boring, you will soon be rethinking that as it is far from dull and combines beautifully with pinks, terracotta and various shades of green, to really brighten up your home and introduce style. A sitting room can really come to life with coral sofas and/or chairs. If you don’t want to go that far and change the main furniture, a coral rug, throws, lamps and artwork will certainly make you smile and add a splash of colour.Why not introduce coral accent pillows or cushions on larger sofas? You could have a feature wall painted in coral or wallpaper with coral coloured elements to bring in the wow factor.

Coral With Grey, Mink, Cream Or Blue

You could completely transform your bedroom by Introducing a new twist and combining coral with grey or coral with mink or cream with both colours being the perfect backdrop for coral curtains and bed linen to create a warm, fresh and cosy room. To bring serenity, peace and calm, pair coral with blue.

Here at Style My Home, we love Osborne & Little’s Caralino wallpaper, depicting an under the sea scene which imagines the jewellery and treasures from a Spanish galleon caught on stems of coral. This would combine beautifully with a coral sofa, and make a warm rich addition to a neutral room or equally a rich look if matched with emerald green. Wallpaper and fabrics are brilliant in a small room such as a cloakroom wall to really give a blast of colour and life!

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Coral will also match with Farrow & Ball’s Bancha, named after Japanese tea leaves and is a mid-century modern green, which is a darker version of the popular Olive tone. It will create rooms, which appear calm and serene particularly when paired with soft pinks and browns.

Sulking Room Pink is a romantic and muted rose and more subtle as a wall colour but still gives that warmth.It doesn’t come across as overtly pink and its powdery feel make it incredibly soft and easy to use with complementary tones.

Peignoir is another of our favourites and is a grey pink with a romantic feel inspired by the chiffon gowns in which ladies traditionally brushed their hair. It has a unique depth to bring walls to life and will work in homes of all ages.

Fabrics From Designer’s Guild

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Coral stripe is really fresh and floaty and will give your bedroom a lift, and you could use with a blackout blind for practicality. Another favourite is Brera Gessato.

In the bedroom, the Designer’s Guild has a lovely Biella Coral and Blush bed linen set combining bright coral and soft blush pink tones to create both a contemporary or modern feel. Coral bedlinen would look fantastic against a mid grey painted wall or upholstered bed.

Conclusion

Coral really is a great accent colour and it can work not only with bold colours such as emerald green, greys, blacks, dark blues and teal for a powerful strong look but equally matches well with soft pastels for a calm interior.  When used with natural materials such as wood, rattan and soft textures including knitted cushions and rugs, it creates a light natural feel that creates interest.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas for using Living Coral in your home. Style My Home is an interior design company transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration about new colours, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create homes that they have always dreamed about.

 

 

Bringing Style To Your Bedroom

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Do you just view your bedroom as a functional room where you go to bed, sleep and wake up and feel that there really is no need to make it special? Is it a room that nobody else sees, so why bother? However, it’s a room that you probably spend more than a third of your life in and here at Style My Home, we think it’s important to make it a really personal room that is an expression of you, which reflects your favourite colours and the things you love to have around you. We hope our article changes your mind and gives you some ideas and inspiration.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your bedroom had the “wow” factor? Style My Home looks at how your bedroom can be completely transformed to look stylish and polished. It could be a complete makeover or it could just involve adding a few accessories to make it more attractive and appealing. The bedroom should be a calming room that you enjoy going to, a place where you can relax, sleep and love to wake up in, surrounded by all your favourite things.

Declutter And Plan

First of all, you need to create harmony and decluttering is a great way to start. You will then have a blank canvas where you can start planning your dream bedroom. Think about the things that you need in your bedroom and make sure you have good storage options, so that you can stay free of clutter. Think carefully about the colours, tones, patterns and textures that you want to use, as these will pay an important part in creating a room, which is peaceful, calm and soothing or dramatic and romantic.

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  • Flooring options
  • Furniture
  • Storage options
  • Wall treatment

Colour, Flooring And Furniture

If you choose more subtle tones, adding accessories can introduce colour, tone and texture to the room. Many people forget about the ceiling, but this is really important as painting ceilings in darker tones or having a textured finish can look amazing and be really atmospheric. Just remember as you lay in bed, it’s the ceiling that you are often staring at. Wallpaper isn’t everyone’s thing, but a statement wallpaper wall could really work or a bold coloured painted wall. Are you happy with the flooring in your bedroom or would you like it replaced with wooden flooring, tiles or a new carpet? You may be using furniture that you have already but if not, think carefully about the size of the furniture, as heavy large furniture will be overpowering in a small room.

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Storage

Storage should never be overlooked and think carefully if you want a freestanding wardrobe or a custom-designed system, as the latter will usually give you more flexibility and extra storage for your things, particularly your clothes. Add a high chest of drawers for maximum storage and introduce a chest at the bottom of the bed or an attractive ottoman for linen storage. A bed with drawers or lift up storage or storage units designed to go under the bed are the answers for storage in a small room.

Accessories

  • Pillows and cushions
  • Throw blankets
  • Rugs
  • Lighting including lamps and shades
  • Bedding
  • Artwork
  • Headboard
  • Personal items

Throws, Rugs And Cushions

A throw blanket or rug can add a splash of colour and add instant contrast if your bedroom has neutral tones. Carefully arrange throws on the bed or on a chair, so they are ready for you to snuggle into if you are watching the television or reading a book. The bed of course takes up a lot of space, so make it an attractive and interesting feature by placing a few pillows or cushions on it to give it that cosy feel. You may also want to change the bed linen and introduce more texture and pattern and a bed can really come to life by adding a headboard, and you will find that a tall headboard can be used to dramatic effect and be a real focal point. Also, why not indulge in luxurious fabrics?

Lighting, Curtains And Personal Things

Lighting can make a real impact, so consider bedside lamps or a floor lamp. If you have a ceiling light, why not add a chandelier to add sophistication and romance, but make sure you always have a dimmer switch. Rugs will add texture and will complement tiled and wooden floors and can also be placed on top of a carpet.

If your room has small windows, blinds may be a good option but in a larger room you can be quite opulent with your fabrics. Consider if you need blackout blinds. To make the room really personal to you, add special things such as photographs, a piece of art or things you have collected on your travels.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration to transform your bedroom, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create bedrooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

Ideas For An Unused Or Empty Room In Your Home

 

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Have your children left home and no longer use their rooms? Or do you have a room such as a dining room, which you rarely use or do you actually have that proverbial spare room, a room that you have just shut the door on and which, as everyday goes by gathers more and more dust? For whatever reason, you have a room or rooms that basically have no function or purpose and you don’t know what to do with them.

Do you just keep them as they are, as if they were like rooms in a stately home, or do you transform them into useful spaces that you can benefit from and enjoy? Style My Home, a leading Interior Design company based in Tunbridge Wells certainly hopes you think about the latter and see this gained space as an exciting opportunity, which you can totally transform in a practical or completely indulgent way or a bit of both. Here are some of our ideas as to what you can do with your empty or unused rooms.

  • Guest room
  • Dressing room
  • Study or office
  • Hobby room
  • A retreat
  • Gym/spa/exercise studio
  • Sitting room or snug
  • Reading room
  • Music room
  • Multi-functional room
  • Games room

A Comfortable and Relaxing Guest Room

The above options show that the possibilities are endless, and perhaps herein is the problem. You really do have to decide what will work for you. A Guest Room is an obvious choice and the room vacated by a child who has gone to university would work perfectly. It can be transformed into a welcoming and relaxing space and not one that is filled with all your children’s posters and trophies. Crisp bedlinen and simple accessories could create a space you would be happy to welcome guests to stay.

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A Craft or Hobby Room

Perhaps you have a hobby such as sewing or painting or a craft such as jewellery making, which you would like to spend more time doing but you never seem to get round to it because of the inconvenience of having to put out all the necessary equipment on the kitchen or dining room table. Wouldn’t it be nice to have it all set up ready so that you can just go in and start making curtains or continue your landscape painting? Thoughtful, organised storage can make a hobby room a huge success and a place you love to be in.

If the room isn’t very big, you might want to turn it into a dressing room or an office or even a reading room or quiet retreat.

Be Imaginative and Add Colour and Personal Touches

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  • Think outside the box and be creative
  • Lighten up the space with colour
  • Spruce up a child’s bedroom
  • Add personal touches e.g. artwork, cushions, furniture
  • Introduce plants
  • Lighting – add lamps and mood effects

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An Exercise or Games Room

Other ideas include a gym or a games room. Even if you are a member of a local health club, it’s nice to be able to work out in your own space without all the travel involved. You can fill a games room with a pool table, table tennis table, a dartboard or even an air hockey table. If the space is small, maybe consider a mirrored wall to create space so it makes a great work out place.

Create Practical Multi-Purpose Rooms

Multi-functional rooms could be a home office and library, or a media room, which transforms into a cosy sitting room or snug where you can watch the latest movies as well as listening to your favourite music. Children’s bedrooms can be transformed into stunning guest rooms but when the children come back to stay, they are still available. A craft or hobby room can quickly be transformed into an artist’s studio if you keep furniture to a minimum. All of these combinations allow you to consider storage options as well!

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home. So if you are lucky enough to have a spare or unused room, don’t let it go to waste and do make the most of optimising your newly found space. If you are struggling to come up with ideas, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to realise the full potential of their homes by transforming unused and spare rooms into practical and useful spaces.

Declutter and Evaluate Your Home – Are You Ready To Ring The Changes?

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Do you smile as you approach your home and think of the oasis of calm that is waiting for you behind the front door? Or do you dread it as you think of the mess and clutter that is waiting for you?

It’s so true that, “A home should be a home” and it should be the place that you look forward to coming back to and hanging out in. A home must be not only practical and functional but also inviting, interesting, pleasing on the eye and relaxing. Does your home contain that tranquil space where you can forget about everything and wind down? Does it exude your character and personality and have that comfortable sofa where you can completely relax? If it’s filled with your clutter and mess, you really need to make changes.

“Start Ringing The Changes”

February is a wonderful time to start ringing the changes and thinking afresh. It’s time to visit the old saying, “Out with the old, in with the new”. Take a good look around your home and ask yourself if you really love being there.

  • Are you happy in your home?
  • Is it working for you?
  • Do you only see mess and clutter?
  • Does the whole house need a tweak or a transformation, or is it just a room or two?

Now is the time to declutter and then evaluate!

To create the atmosphere and ambiance you are looking for, you will need to streamline your possessions and give your home a good clean and keep it that way. Go through your home room by room. Deep cleaning and decluttering can be extremely therapeutic and calming.

You will need to summon your ruthless streak and start thinking of throwing out, fixing and mending, donating, going to the tip, recycling or selling at a boot fair or through social media.

Discover Space and Calm

Mess can be oppressive and you’ll soon discover that if you keep surfaces clear and clean and put things away in cupboards and other storage spaces, it will be well worth the effort as you discover calm and that oppressive feeling starts to dissipate.

Once you’ve overcome the hurdles of decluttering and cleaning, you will really be able to see your rooms in a new light. You may be surprised by the amount of extra space that has been created and you now have a blank canvas to begin creating the home you are looking for.

Use Your Imagination

  • Paint with soft and warm colours
  • Refresh your furniture
  • Introduce new lighting
  • Fill with scents and aromas such as candles
  • Bring interest with rugs and cushions
  • Lift the mood with plants and flowers

You will find that major renovations aren’t necessary such as replacing doors and windows, knocking down walls or putting in a completely new kitchen – a few tweaks here and there can really transform a property. Pick out some lamps and colourful cushions and add a new picture and of course use a little bit of imagination!

What To Do Next

If you would like some help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have bought that oasis of calm to many properties in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas and delighted owners as the spring has come back into their step as they approach home.

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Trend Spotting: Peach & Terracotta

Say “hello” to Peach this 2018 – this ranges from salmon, coral and terracotta to a dusky rose. This burnt orange-inspired tone takes over from last year’s must-have Millennial Pink. It’s soft and powdery shades offer a fresh palette and a mellow new neutral, perfect if you are not able to face yet another grey. Embrace nature and go for apricot, dusky rose and terracotta shades with accents of natural wood. Warmer textures such as brass, natural wood and velvets enhance these peach tones, creating a modern and grown-up alternative to pinks, with a base colour that is really easy to team with anything!

Need some more inspiration? Here’s how we would style the must-have colour of 2018 – Peach!

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Wall Paint: Blush, Little Greene  • Sofa: Scott 3-Seater Sofa in Burnt Orange Cotton Velvet, Made.com – £999.00 • Rug: Watercolour Trellis Wool Shag Rug, West Elm – £499.00 • Mirror: Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror, West Elm – £249.00 • Pendant Light: Elmley Curved Rattan Shade, Habitat – £90.00 • Planter: Standing Brass Planter, Cox & Cox – £120.00 • Footstool: Circus Small Poufe by Normann Copenhagen, Made in Design – £328.00

Or add a more subtle hint of peach with one of our favourite accessories:

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Christmas Styling: Country Living

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Christmas Styling: Modern and Metallic

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Christmas Styling: Colourful, Bold & Fun!

 

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Embrace winter – create light in your garden!

No doubt about it, winter is upon us – there’s even only a few days till the clocks go back! So for those of us working all week, that means leaving home for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. While we want to cosy up our interiors and light up those dark areas, we should consider what we miss about the outdoors during the dark winter months.

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We are all adding bi fold doors or conservatories to enjoy our gardens, so let’s make sure we enjoy the full potential of our gardens throughout the winter too. Look to install both practical lighting as well as creating lighting in your garden or courtyard, particularly where you have bi folds or large windows.

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Light an attractive wall, especially if it’s whitewashed brick or stone, as this will reflect light into your house and give an interest to those dark evenings at home. Show off your attractive plants, bringing the garden into your house.

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Floodlight projectors can provide practical lighting if placed near paths or buildings but also look effective if positioned in a row of plants or sporadically positioned in trees. If you have a water feature or a sculpture floodlight projectors can be particularly effective.

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Buried up-lighters in flower beds can wash light up to show architectural plants and trees as well as textured walls or external buildings.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at someone’s house and not being able to see the house number or name in the dark, or follow the way in paths and steps. Give your house a facelift with new lighting at the entrance, functional lighting to guide you but also makes the property look more attractive and welcoming. Re-create the entry of your property with the addition of wall lights or a hanging pendant or lantern. Recessed spots in steps, decking and paths can also create good vision as well as look attractive.

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Look out for our next blog where we look to cosy the interior of your the house for winter with task lighting as well as beautiful ideas for lighting.

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2017’s Hot Garden Trends

As we’re spending more time in our outdoor spaces, whether it’s a large green expanse or a simple balcony, we’re wanting more comfort and cosiness – so make sure to expect a move towards styling your garden as you would your home; treat it as an extra room, an extension of your home, not a separate space.

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The line between indoor and outdoor is becoming increasingly blurred; the trend of bi-folding doors and wide sliding doors mean we can create one large open-plan space leading straight onto the garden.

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Think stylish seating that’s a mix of daybeds and comfy swing seats (not too dissimilar to what can be found in the living room), teamed with lighting that’s no longer functional but feature, and finished off with on-trend accessories and botanicals which would also sit perfectly inside!

Furniture

As the garden becomes more and more important, we want the same level of style, comfort and indulgence outside as we do inside! Forget upright chairs, the garden is now the perfect place to laze and lounge. As 2017 is all about ‘mindfulness’, there’s no better place to put it to practice than in the garden; choose seating that offers the ultimate comfort level, switch off from technology and curl up with a good book (or a glass of wine!) in the fresh air.

style-my-home-glamorous-garden-furnitureRestricted with space? Avoid filling space with big sofas and chairs with act as blocks in the space, instead choose chairs with exposed legs and delicate tables – this allows you to see through to the space behind, making the area feel welcoming. 

low-garden-furniture-style-my-homeWith small spaces, go for low furniture which allows the height to become the focus rather than the lack of space. Style with tall, architectural plants and draping lighting for a stylish effect that draws the eye upwards. 
If your outdoor space is slightly smaller, curate your furniture and accessories as you would a small room; go for mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel twice as big, team it with individual furniture pieces that have elegant legs, are neat and stylish and can be easily stacked.

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Perfect for the summer months, we love these string chairs inspired by 1950’s Acapulco chairs, from Cox & Cox. Ideal for both outdoor lounging in the sun, they also contemporary stylish twist to any interior, as seen in our latest Staging for Selling project.

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Lighting

Garden lighting is becoming cheaper and much more fun. With solar powered, rechargeable or battery powered lights, the style possibilities are endless; from uplighters and lanterns to festoons and fairy lights.

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Style uplighters in amongst large shapely plants for eye-catching shadows, drape festoon lights across dining areas creating a canopy effect, and hide lanterns around the edge of your garden to make the space feel larger than it is, or add a firepit to create a central entertainment hub for you and your guests.

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Accessories

Team traditional manicured flower beds with a mixture of pot-grown plants and botanical features. Go for a mixture of softer, romantic plants (such as the blousy-pink Tulipa) inspired by Scandi style, teamed with low-maintenance dwarf shrubs, and small statement gardens.

These small gardens take shape in terrariums which provide the perfect stylish tabletop decorations, in perfectly crafted window boxes and haute house-plants which can also take pride of place on the patio.

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