Having rugs in the home is nothing new, but consider how you pick and use your rugs and the potential you have in using them. This year the focus is on layering, mixing pattern and textures to create a cosy curated room.
Layer two or three rugs together, either directly on top of one another if different sizes or overlap them to create a disjointed look. Regardless of how you choose to lay them, be sure to have interest in the patterns and texture.
Throw a sheepskin or high pile woolen kilim rug over the top of a jute rug for extreme texture. For a bohemian feel mix flatwoven patterned rugs or if you have a nuetral room opt for a couple of geometric prints.
Choose colours that compliment each other and prints that contrast, trying to make sure they are not so similar. You want it to be obvious that there is more than one rug being used.
So the expertise of an interior designer can be invaluable but with so much interior inspiration from magazines, blogs and tv programmes it’s a lot easier to get a good idea of how to style, create and design a great laid out room yourself. However more important that the actual styling is the fit and measurements. Furniture has to fit, spaces have to work, movement can’t be restricted and a room has to feel like layout has been considered properly.
We love the IKEA software to ensure your kitchens, cupboards and bathrooms are the perfect fit and comprises of all the right elements to suit your requirements and brief. Linking directly to the full shopping site you can work in all the components you need into the correctly measured room with even wall colour, allowance for features like fireplaces and doors, plus being able to view from all sides and angles. It’s an incredibly useful tool especially when you are spending a larger amount of money (on a kitchen) and need to get it right or it could be a costly mistake.
However recently there’s many more apps providing room planning tools. Can they measure up (literally) and are they are better help than an old fashioned pencil, ruler and graph paper, and do they give you more scope for using all sorts of furniture and not just that of IKEA?
Over the coming month we’ll test out the various new apps for room planning and find what works and what doesn’t. We’d also love to hear if anyone has reviews, feedback or results from using room planning apps.
We all do laundry and we all need somewhere to store dirty clothes, but we don’t usually fancy spending a lot of money on something we most likely don’t care much about. Well you may think differently when you visit H&M.
They have a great selection of stylish laundry bags from £8.99. Pick from botanical print or a worded design, through to a basic black option. Something for everyone.
Letter accessories are a great way to personalise your home with new and old type styles, available online, in stores and from markets. It’s a unique alternative to home accessories – looking good wall mounted, hanging on doors or standing on sideboards or shelving.
We love these ‘individual black letters and numbers screened onto clear perspex with geometric detailing‘ sourced by Respect Your Elders and sold through Pedlars World (online) – £12 each.
Explore vintage shops and antiques fairs to find discarded vintage fonts previously used for signage in pubs, shops, and other businesses. Ebay is also a great source for these.
Spell out motivational words, names or statements or just choose single initials.
London based Plumo is an online lifestyle store bringing you clothing, accessories and homeware. Everything has an artisan, hancrafted feel to it with majority being independently made from all over the world.
‘We travel extensively around the world to source products that are original in design, beautifully crafted and a little different from what you usually see. We tend to work with artisans, co-operatives from Africa to Asia, designers that have just come out of college and any kind of creative people that just make beautiful things’
The site offers you a really relaxed bohemian collection with woven soft furnishings, patterned cushions and brushed metal shelving. Our favourites include the 4 tier stacking shelves and kelim cushion.
For those of us with green fingers or those with a love of outdoors, considering design, layout and purpose of their exterior space, whether it be a garden, land, balcony or courtyard, is just as important as indoor space design.
Explore our capital’s gardens over a weekend in June, to discover and learn ideas on horticulture, self sufficiency, garden design and making the most of whatever space you have. Spend the weekend in London’s ‘secret gardens’ that you might not ever get to see otherwise.
Time Out say: Discover London’s secret gardens over this weekend of viewings and openings. In 2017 more than 200 gardens will unlock their gates for a weekend to take part in this annual event, held in association with the National Trust. Spanning 27 boroughs, the gardens take in all sorts of spaces, from traditional squares to roof terraces and allotments, as well as gardens belonging to historic buildings, schools, shops and cafes. 138 of the gardens taking part this year are normally closed to the public. A range of walking and cycle tours, special garden tours, family activities, art trails and poetry events will be announced closer to the weekend.
We’ve spotted this gorgeous collection of mirrors at Rose & Grey. These new arrivals ooze style and would really make a statement in any room. Our favourites include the gold feathers and bamboo sunburst.
Continuing to be a strong trend for 2017, grey is a familiar safe option for interiors that is flexible and adaptable to your taste and style. It’s a modern neutral colour and especially when the lighter tones are used, it’s easy to compliment and create a homely interior. Although, those braver can make incredible design statements using the darker, richer tones and layering up shades of grey can be very effective.
Importantly your shades have to sit next to each other. With greys coming in warm, cool and varying Pantones, it’s worth having material swatches or paint samples when choosing pieces for a room.
A good base is to start with a wall colour and the main piece of furniture – like the sofa.
We love the (pictured above) Made.com Scott sofa (£999) matched with Farrow + Ball Railings almost pitch black grey. To this you can build on with soft furnishings, maybe using highlights of a blush pink or copper. For a clean, less bold approach use lots of white with grey to lighten and soften the look.