How to use colour in your home

People are often afraid to use colour in their home as they fear it may look ‘too much’ or they simply don’t know how or where to use it. Adding pops of colour is what you want to achieve, as colour everywhere would be too much! Colour really makes an interior stand out, adds interest and can be used in so many ways, so keep reading to find out how to add colour into your life.

Walls

Painting your walls is the most obvious way to add colour, and with so many choices it’s hard to know which one to use. If you’re nervous about painting all the walls, try painting one which can become a feature wall. This is modern, stylish and looks great!

  • Warm colours (Red/orange/yellow) – If you’re looking for a warm feel, these colours will be best to use. They work best in the living room and bedroom and makes the room feel cozy and inviting.
  • Cool colours (Green/blue/purple) – Cool colours work best in bathrooms and kitchens and gives a contemporary, clean feel. These colours will make the room feel fresh and more open.
  • Neutral colours(beige/brown) – These colours work pretty much everywhere and adds a warm, luxurious feel to your interior.
  • Black and white – these aren’t bright colours, but can be used as an accent colour to create a visual and break the room up a bit.

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Soft furnishings

Cushions, throws, curtains etc are a simple way to add colour into your home without going too bold. They add an accent and a point of interest. As above, the colours of these will make a room feel a certain way, so if you want a cozy interior, red will be your best choice, and if you want a classic interior, then brown will be best.

Blossom cushion Colour cushions Pink cushion

Accessories

Adding simple accessories like coloured vases, bowls, or lamps can add colour to a room too. If you are furnishing with cushions too, match these up for a look that fits well together! This is an example that I created of how to use colour – match up items of the same colour for a uniform design.

Blue colour

Couple colours

You don’t have to just use one colour – adding a colour that works well with the other looks fantastic. Pair red with black, or blue with yellow. Most colours work well together, but here are a few that work best:

  • Red and white
  • Blue and silver
  • White and brown
  • Pink and white
  • Brown and blue
  • Red and brown

White and brown go with pretty much everything, so you can’t go wrong with pairing colours with these!

You could also go for a complimentary colour scheme which is using colours that are opposite on the colour wheel. This will create a fun, contemporary feel and is best used in the living room and kitchen:

  • Red and green
  • Orange and blue
  • Yellow and purple

Still don’t know what choose?

If you are unsure of a colour scheme that you want or don’t know what would look good, find the largest pattern from something else you have; a rug, blanket, cushion etc. and pick the dominant colour. You can then use this as a colour to decorate your home. For example, your rug is blue, brown and white, you can use white as the dominant colour (walls), with blue and brown as the accent colours (curtains, cushions, etc.). This is an effective way of ensuring everything matches in your room and will look really stylish.

I hope that these tips have helped you gather ideas, so have a play around and be confident with colour!

Work in style with these home office design tips

Work can be boring, but your home office doesn’t have to be. For this post I am going to show you some simple ways in which to make your office a room that you’ll want to spend time in.

Let the light in

A bright home office will help with your productivity. If your room is dark then your mood will be lower and you won’t feel like being in there- let alone working. Make sure that you open your curtains or add a window voile and let that light flood in! If the room faces North, then adding desk lights or wall lights will instantly brighten the room making it feel more welcoming.

Get a sleek, comfortable desk chair

Comfort doesn’t have to be boring; there are many stylish designs for your interior. If you are working from home then you need to ensure the chair supports your back well so you don’t end up with any pain. If you don’t want to use a typical desk chair, you could use a desk armchair or a pod chair which are comfy and add some fun, or you can look for chairs with a bold colour which will create a contemporary feel and look great.

It’s the simple things…

Adding bold, colourful curtains to your office will liven up the space and add interest. Also, adding a rug will create a focal point and make the room come together. Have a play with modern patterns and colours which will look stylish and make your office more interesting.

Comfort is key

To make your office feel like part of your home and more comfortable; add a sofa of some cozy armchairs. They look great and you can even relax on your break!

Storage cabinets

Using storage cabinets is a great way to display books, photos and items that are unique to you and look great. They also help to declutter your space for a clean mind. Books, folders and photos help create a professional feel while still feeling personal. Storage cabinets are a fantastic way to display items such as ornaments, speakers, plants, models etc. and will make your office feel homely and more inviting.

Interesting walls

Change those blank walls easily by adding pictures, canvases or photographs to them. You can make a photo collage or simply hang up a few photos- either way this looks great, shows your personality and will make your office more cheerful. You can even use walls to hang notes and store your stationary which is not only practical but looks cool too!

I hope these ideas have given you some inspiration to make your home office more inviting and fun to be in.

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Design ideas for a small bedroom

Designing a room can be challenging, and if the room is small it will be even harder to design. You may feel that if your bedroom is compact then all you can really do is add a bed and a table, but this isn’t true. I have researched and thought up ways in which you can make the most out of your small space and make if feel a lot bigger.

Bedroom

Add a feature wall

Adding a feature wall to the area at the head of the bed will create a focal point making the room feel larger. It also looks stylish and modern. Have a look for sleek wallpapers and bright patterns.

Get clever with storage

Built in wardrobes with sliding doors are your friend if your room is small; they save loads of space and can fit a lot in. Ones with mirrors are even better as they reflect light and make the room look much larger. You can also use storage boxes/baskets and hide them under your bed or use shelving for items if your floor space is limited. If you don’t have much space under your bed, you can either purchase a bed with storage built in, or you can buy risers to lift your bed so that you can fit more underneath it.

Let the light in

Adding as much light as possible will make your room feel bigger and more open. Its simple to do and very effective. You can add lighter curtains which will allow more light in, add some more lights such as floor lamps (if you have the room) or table lamps, or even change your ceiling light so it bounces the light around more.

bright bedroom

Floating tables

Floating tables look great and save floor space. If you have a very small room then a single floating wooden table will work best as it doesn’t take up much space and you can attach it higher on your wall. You could also create a suspended table by attaching some wood to strings and fixing it to your ceiling. This looks unique and saves a lot of room.  If you have a bit more space in your bedroom, then a floating bedside table with drawers will work great. These tables will make the room feel less cluttered and feel more spacious.

Bright colour scheme

If you have a small bedroom then using lighter colours will make your room seem larger. Dark colours will compact the room and make it feel smaller, so use colours such as white, cream, light blues, yellows etc. which will create an airy, open feeling. Don’t worry – this doesn’t mean your room has to look boring; accent colours are a great way to liven things up!

 I hope these ideas have helped you think of ways in which to make your room feel larger. So have fun trying these ideas and enjoy your new room!

How to make your bathroom feel more luxurious

 Bathrooms can often be neglected in terms of design as you don’t spend the majority of your time there.  They can be tricky to decorate, and are expensive to re-design, but this doesn’t mean they should be forgotten! You can instantly refresh your bathroom to make it feel loved again without breaking the bank, so I have come up with 8 ways in which you can add some glamour back into your bathroom.

Stylish bathroom

1. Storage jars

Storage jars are an effective way of adding decoration to your bathroom. They allow you to display your items neatly and looks beautiful.
You can display anything you want; soaps and shampoos can be poured into glass bottles with labels on which looks unique and gets rid of those plastic shampoo bottles. Cotton pads, q-tips, etc. can be placed in jars – you can find these around your home, or buy some with pretty designs on. You can also place toothbrushes or makeup brushes into a pretty tumbler or jar too or even use jars just for show and add items such as shells or sand. Have a play around with different items and see which works best!

 

2. Add a stylish mirror

So many bathrooms use standard mirrors which is fine, but doesn’t add a point of interest. Look for mirrors with bold frames or stylish designs which will create a focal point.

 

 3. Add accessories

Adding items to your bathroom such as candles, potpourri, vases etc. create a more ‘homely’ feel. They add character to the room and also uses up empty space making the room feel more ‘finished’.

 

4. A place to hang your towels

Having somewhere to hang your towel is a must as your bathroom can look messy if you don’t have anywhere to hang your towel. Depending on your budget, you can buy a simple sleek hook or towel rail, or a larger heated towel rail. Either way, this will update your bathroom and make it look more polished and stylish.

 

5. Floating shelves

Floating shelves are a great way to display and store your items. You can choose to have a simple design or more unique shapes. Whichever you choose will look great and will give your bathroom a modern touch.

 

 6. Glass lighting

Why should your bathroom light be plain and boring? Use a hanging glass light to brighten your bathroom and your mood! Glass lights work well in the bathroom as they don’t get damaged with water or condensation. Hanging lights feel like a part of the furniture and look great too. Choose a small or large light depending on the size of your bathroom and see how much it changes the room.

 

7. Add an orchid

This is super simple, cheap and looks lovely. An orchid looks pretty and doesn’t take up much space. You can put it on your windowsill or a counter top for instant elegance. Remember to take care of it and it’ll last years.

8. Paint it!

Adding a new colour to your walls is sometimes just what your bathroom needs. You could choose calming blues, modern browns or stick with simple white! The choice is yours. It will make your bathroom feel like new and bring it up to date if it hasn’t been done in a while.

I hoped this helped you to love your bathroom again. It really shows how just one small thing can make a big difference, so let me know in the comments below which you like best and which you decide to use!

Thanks for reading x

How to make your rented space feel like a home

Living in rented accommodation means that your interior is limited to what your landlord will allow, making it hard for your house to feel like it’s yours. However, having lived in rented accommodation while at University myself, I have some great ways in which you can decorate which won’t annoy your landlord, so if you’re bored with those plain walls, tired of that blue carpet or just want to make the space have more of your personality keep reading and make your house a home!

Cozy up your home

Cozy up your home Adding soft furnishings to your sofas and chairs makes the space look more homely and displays your personality. The best way to do this is buying or making cushions. Using several cushions is the best way to add interest and create a focal point. Have a look out for a bold printed cushion which will liven up your furniture.  If your sofa was purchased by your landlord and you don't like the colour or material you can add a throw or blanket to cover it up- simple and effective!
Adding soft furnishings to your sofas and chairs makes the space look more homely and displays your personality. The best way to do this is buying or making cushions. Using several cushions is the best way to add interest and create a focal point. Have a look out for bold printed cushions which will liven up your furniture, just try not to use too many different bold ones or they’ll clash! Choose cushions that will fit the style and colours of your interior so they work with the room.
If your sofa was purchased by your landlord and you don’t like the colour or material you can add a throw or blanket to cover it up – simple and effective!

Bye bye boring walls

wall sticker

Wall art is the best way to get rid of those plain walls, and with so many options you can decorate to your heart’s content! Here are some of the options that you can choose from:

  • Vinyl wall stickers – instantly adds impact and style to a room, and with so many designs you’ll be spoilt for choice! They’re easy to apply and remove so you wont damage the paint on the wall (just make sure the walls were painted 6 months ago to ensure they’re completely dry!) I love how these look, and you can create a feature wall which will instantly liven up your home.
  • Canvases/frames – Simple and modern, canvases and frames with your choice of artwork shows off your personality and livens up the room.
  • Mirrors – These are great especially if your rooms are small. Adding mirrors reflects light, and magnifies the room creating the feeling of a larger space. They also look great and come in many different designs.
  • Photographs – What better way to show your personality than through photographs. Relive those old memories and good times by displaying your photographs. You could choose to have a neat, uniform design, or mix and match sizes and create a collage. Either apply with blutac, or put in simple frames.
  • Metal and wire wall art – If you have existing nails in your walls or are allowed to add some, metal wall art is stylish, modern and unique. It instantly adds a focal point so no more dull walls. There are so many designs to choose from, from trees to fish; there is something for everyone.
  • Shelves – Again, if you have existing nails in your walls or are allowed to add some, shelves are a great way you can display ornaments, items, photos, artwork etc. and add interest to your walls.

You can also purchase removable wallpaper for your walls. This works just like normal wallpaper, but peels off easily when you want to remove it meaning this is a great choice for renters! There are loads of designs to choose from so find your favourite and get wallpapering!

 Decorate your floor

rug

Having lived in rented accommodation during university, I know how some carpets can be… but there is good news! You can detract attention away from the carpet or even cover it by placing a large rug. Bold designs work best for attracting the eye so your existing carpet will hardly get noticed.

Add a little light into your life

pretty lamp

Lights are a great way to add to your interior; they are easy to change and move around, they brighten up dark areas and they can change the atmosphere. Below are the types of lights to look into, and why you should use them.

  • Floor lamps – These are a great way to decorate your rented interior and fill up some of that unwanted corner space. They can be moved easily and can be a part of your design. There are loads of styles from wood to crystal so choose whichever will fit best with your home.
  • Table lamps – Using them in places you want more light makes a room feel bigger and brightens it up. You can get some interesting and arty styles, so why should a lamp just be for light? Center it on your table like a piece of artwork.
  • Ceiling lights – If your landlord has an ugly light shade or just a bulb, you can change to a light shade you like. Look for ones that will fit with your furniture and colour scheme which will work best with your room. For example, if your interior is elegant and stylish, a crystal ceiling light will look great and will fit with your existing furniture, if your interior is simple and modern, a simple coloured shade will look best and if your interior is contemporary you can choose many unique shapes and designs and so on.. There’s no limit to what you choose, most styles work well in most homes!

Creative with curtains

door curtains

Buying some new curtains is important if there are boring, old ones in your home. Match the colour to the accent colours of your room, so if you have a neutral colour scheme with red cushions, then red curtains will work best. Printed curtains are also a great way to brighten and add interest to your room. If there is a blind, then you can buy curtains to cover it up, or even buy a more stylish, modern blind – just remember to change back to the existing one before moving out!

Feel good furniture

luxury living room

Whether you bought your own furniture, buying new items, or the place was already furnished before you moved in, furniture is the most important aspect of your home. If the pieces and colours are all different, then they wont work together and wont create a uniform interior. This is especially hard if the house was already furnished, however below are some ways to make the furniture look nicer, more stylish and have more of your personality.

  • Living room – as I mentioned previously, you can change how a sofa looks by adding cushions or a throw. If you’re tight on space, purchasing a smaller sofa will help make the room feel bigger. For tables, add some unique coasters to add some interest and a centerpiece such as a vase of flowers, a lamp or an ornament. TV stands or bookshelves can be decorated with pictures and photographs and you can add plants, lamps, storage or large ornaments to fill in any empty space.
  • Bedroom – The bed is the most important feature of the room, so adding a stylish duvet cover and matching cushions is a must. An accent colour will work wonderfully as you can choose to use this colour on the curtains or cushions to stand out and add some interest. For example, if you have a dark bedroom and your accent colour was red, you could have a black duvet with red cushions to stand out. Play around with colours and see which works best! For bedroom storage such as drawers and a wardrobe, you can add fairy lights or photos to make them less plain (if your room was furnished before you moved in).
  • Kitchen – This is definitely the hardest room to alter and make it feel like yours as you can’t really add your own furniture. The best thing to do for your kitchen is to purchase bold kitchen appliances. When I had my rented house, my kitchen was wooden with black counter tops, so I added a bold red microwave, kettle and toaster to add interest and which looked stylish. Make sure to match these appliances as they’ll help to bring the design together. You can also find some cute utensils and items such as bread bins to fill empty space.  If you have a breakfast area, buying some modern dining stools will instantly revitalise the area and will look fantastic.

Even simply re-arranging your furniture can make a room look more interesting and adding plants and flowers will brighten it up.

There are so many ways in which you can make a rented house feel like it belongs to you, so I hope this helped you with ideas and hope you have fun decorating!  If there’s anything else you wish to know about changing rented interiors, leave a comment below!

5 simple ways to bring spring into your living room

It’s already March which means spring is finally coming! Many people feel their living rooms could look more colourful and inviting, so here are some 5 simple ways in which you can bring spring into your home on a budget.

Spring moodboard

Adding bright colourful cushions to your furniture instantly adds so much to an interior. Adding light green, pink, light blue and yellow cushions creates a fun, lively feeling which represents spring. You could also make your own with your favourite fabric!
1. Be bold with colour! Adding bright colourful cushions to your furniture instantly adds so much to an interior. Adding light green, pink, light blue and yellow cushions creates a fun, lively feeling which represents spring. You could also make your own with your favourite fabric!
Adding art to your walls is simple and effective. It can be changed easily and to suit your personality.  For spring, wire  flower designs are great for that spring feeling; they're minimalistic, stylish and look great on any wall.
2.  Accessorise those walls. Adding art to your walls is simple and effective. You can use one main piece or create your own designs with several pieces. It looks impressive and you can choose a piece to suit your personality.
Wire flower designs are great for that spring feeling; they’re minimalistic, stylish and look great on any wall.
Spring is about new life and with new leaves growing on the trees; adding an indoor plant brings spring into your home.  Indoor plants are great to use in your interior, they add colour, liven up the space and can alter your mood, making you feel calm. They also look great and when put in a modern vase they look like a piece of your furniture and wont look out of place.
3. Add some green!  Spring is about new life and with new leaves growing on the trees; adding an indoor plant brings spring into your home.
Indoor plants are great to use in your interior, they add colour, liven up the space and can alter your mood, making you feel calm. They also look great and when put in a modern vase they look like a piece of your furniture and wont look out of place. You can choose a simple tabletop plant, or go bold with a large floor plant.
4. Add flowers in to your home, they add warmth, look great and smell wonderful too. With all the new flowers of spring, buy or pick your own from your garden and put in a pretty vase for impact. Daisies, wildflowers and snowdrops look great together, or keep it simple with daffodils and tulips. The colour will brighten your home and bring spring to you.
4. Flower Power! Adding flowers into your home adds warmth, looks great and smells wonderful too. With all the new flowers of spring, pick your own from your garden or buy some from a store or market and put in a pretty vase for impact. Daisies, wildflowers and snowdrops look great together, or keep it simple with daffodils and tulips. The colour will brighten your home and bring spring to you.
5. Colourful thin curtains can instantly change a room. They allow a lot of light to enter and create the feeling of more open space. Nude and pastel colours are best for spring and you can match them to the colour of your cushions so that the room works well
5. Hello sunshine. Spring is all about creating a light and airy atmosphere. Colourful sheer curtains can instantly change a room; they allow a lot of light to enter and create the feeling of more open space. Nude and pastel colours are best for spring and you can match them to the colour of your cushions so that your room works well as a whole!

I hope these tips give you inspiration to bring spring into your home. Say hello to the sunshine and add some colour into your home!

A touch of love

I am going to talk about hanging hearts as they are my favourite way to decorate your home in a simple way which looks great. I have collected many styles and sizes of hearts to hang around the home as I love how they look; they add a touch of your style and work well in any interior.

You can purchase many styles such as metal, wire and fabric, or find a plain wooden heart and decorate it however you want. I have given examples of how you can create your own, just click the one of the images below for more details.

I love these styles so here’s some inspiration to add a touch of love to your home!

My first blog post

Hi everyone! I have decided to create my first ever blog about interior design since graduating University and studying about the subject. I will discuss new trends, talk about my personal tastes and show the current projects that I work on in my spare time.

I wanted to create a blog about interior design as I believe it is my passion. I have always had and interest surrounding the home, and hope to one day build a portfolio of residential interiors that I have created.

I hope to update as much as I can, so please keep an eye on this blog and leave any comments so I know if you like it, any content you’d like to see and even just to say hi! You can also have a look at my website to see my previous work and designs. Simply click this link: http://lydiahumphries.wix.com/lydiainteriors

I hope this blog gives you much inspiration and enjoyment!

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