Monthly Archives: October 2017

Tiling With The Colour Of The Year: Heart Wood

The colour of the year for 2018 has been revealed so don’t be surprised if you start to see plenty of Heart Wood cropping up in the interiors world. Heart Wood is a gorgeous colour that combines purple, mauve with some softer brown undertones. This beautifully rich colour is perfect for all year round offering a cosy warmth in the winter and a fresh contemporary look come summer. With this set to be next years hottest colour, how can you incorporate Heart Wood when it comes to tiling you kitchen or bathroom?

The colour of Heart Wood has a very neutral base meaning that it can be paired harmoniously with beiges and creams for a softer and delicate design. This makes it ideal for Scandinavian aesthetics as it emotes a calm and peaceful atmosphere. Similarly, the muted and warm undertones of Heart Wood make it ideal for Hygge interiors as well. While it looks incredible when paired with other similar earthy tones, the best thing about Heart Wood is its versatility. Surprisingly, it works just as well with darker colours such as grey and blues for that stark contrast between delicate and industrial. Something we’ll explore later. With that in mind, lets take a look at how you can use Heart Wood when tiling.

Neutral Palette

As previously mentioned, Heart Wood marries well with neutral colours. So when looking at tiling your bathroom why not combine these colours for a seamless blend of tones. If you choose to paint or tile a feature wall using a Heart Wood colour, try to find accompanying tiles in beiges, creams and whites for a gentle, toned down look. The best thing about working with these colours is their adaptability. If you want to redecorate in the future, you can keep your same great neutral tiles and work around them for different designs. They also have a wider appeal when it comes to selling on your property when the time comes. If you like the idea of a stripped back palette but don’t want to opt with the typical beiges and creams, try instead a duck egg blue tile for a pop of colour.

Darker Palette

If subtle just isn’t your style, try instead mixing up your designs with darker colours. We talked about it earlier, but Heart Wood works beautifully with contrasting colours such as gun metal greys and navy blues. The stark contrast between delicate and harsh gives a stunning, trendy effect. Try combining these colours when tiling as well as working with different finishes. A gloss finished Heart Wood tile paired with a matt grey will show even more of that soft and industrial contrast, something that is very much popular with homeowners.

 

Surprising Matches

If you’ve gotten this far and still not read anything that takes your fancy, you might be surprised to learn that Heart Wood actually matches beautifully with brighter colours such as mustard yellows and greens. These combinations offer a complimentary blend of spring time colours that can liven up a room instantly. Use these bolder colours sparingly so not to distract too much from the beautiful purple of the Heart Wood.

And there you have it, a few easy ways to incorporate next years hottest colour in your bathrooms or kitchens.

Tips To Getting A Scandi Home

If you’re looking for a neutral home with a hint of industrial chic, than the Scandi look is perfect. Having taken off massively in the past few years, Scandi homes have become a staple piece with homeowners thanks to its neutral tones. Think exposed woods and distressed furniture coupled with soft accessories for a stark contrast between cosy and stylish. The Scandi look is perfect throughout the whole home, but works particularly well in rooms like lounges and bedrooms where you are most likely to kick back and relax. A great way of starting your journey towards a Scandi home is with a rug. Rugs offer that beautiful texture and warmth that the Scandi look requires.

Colour

As previously mentioned, the core colour palette to follow is that of neutral tones. This comes from the minimalism ethos of the Scandi design. This doesn’t mean you need everything in your home to be white, instead think of using a mix of creams, browns and even delicate greys that have warmer purple undertones. This muted palette allows you to work with a whole variety of rugs. Rugs help to tie a room together, so try to match your accessories to your rug to build strong accent colours that will give your home that professional finish.

Light

One of the key elements of a Scandi home is the use of light. The whole scheme focuses on natural elements, so try to work with the natural light you already have in a room. A good tip is to use mirrors where you can, preferably directly opposite windows. This will bounce that gorgeous natural light as well as helping to make a room feel larger by creating the illusion of more blank space. Couple these mirrors with a lighter coloured rug and you’ll immediately open up a stunning neutral space in your room. Rugs are perfect for adding comfort to your floors and look beautiful when laid on top of a wood floor for that authentic mix of materials. When it gets dark outside, light some scented candles to give your room a warm orange glow and comforting aroma.

Natural Materials

A key identifier of a Scandi home is the use of mixed materials. Instead of opting for a generic beige paint, try instead to expose natural floorboards, timber posts or stone for a more rustic finish. If you live in a more modern property, you can achieve this look with new floors or countertops for example, depending on how large your redecoration project is. Couple these materials with softer furnishings such as a shaggy rug for that harmonious blend of new and old. A shaggy rug is perfect for creating sophisticated layers in a room as well as feeling beautifully soft underfoot.

Texture

Since the Scandi look relies so heavily on simplicity, it therefore makes up for its minimalism with the use of textures. To achieve this, build layers such as blankets and cushions to bring back that comfortable aspect of your home. As previously mentioned, shaggy rugs are great for this. But if you want something even more rustic look instead at a sheepskin rug. Sheepskin rugs offer you an incredibly natural look that has an incredible feel to the touch. The main advantage of a sheepskin rug is its versatility. Some sheepskin rugs has soft undersides which means you can use them as blankets or throws as well as on the floor.

Scandi homes are undeniably on trend right now and will breathe a new lease of life to your home. No true Scandi look would be complete without a rug to bring the whole scheme together, so don’t overlook the importance of this key piece of furniture!

Winter Floors

With Summer officially over it’s time to think about the colder months, the darker nights and maybe the heating bill! So how can you prepare your home ahead of Winter? Well, there are certain interior design tips that can help make your home feel a bit cosier during the latter end of the year. The first step should always be the foundation of your home; the flooring. But how do you achieve a warmer look from the floor alone? The key thing to achieve is a perception of a warmer temperature in the room, with that in mind it pays to stay away from lighter boards as they can create a cold and airy feel in the room. Darker, richer colours will help to inject that warm and cosy feel into your living room…

Rustic/Natural Grade Floors

This style of flooring has proven incredibly popular over recent years and it’s not hard to see why. There’s something really charming about natural and rustic grade floors, they ooze character and can help bring a real country feel. This type of flooring  can immediately transform any room that it is installed in.  This style of flooring also helps to bring an air off nature into your home as well as compromising the modern rustic vibe that is so on trend right now. If you want cosy then look no further than rustic floors and creating your own little log cabin getaway!

Smoked wood

Colour can be a defining factor when it comes to achieving a warmer look in your room, as can the finish of a floor. The smoked effect will not only give your floorboards an aged appearance, but it will also appear quite grand too. These types of floor boards will help to create a unique and cosy environment wherever you decide to install them as well as giving off an air of elegance too.

Herringbone

This style of flooring has been a huge hit in the world of interior design over the last 18 months. This floor as a rich history and dates back to the early 16th century, although recently it has enjoyed a massive revival thanks to the likes of the shabby chic movement. This floor can bring a depth of warmth to any room, especially due to its familiarity from the likes of school and church halls. The herringbone layout presents the wood in a ‘broken’ zigzag position, which is why this style is often confused for its Chevron counterpart.. not the same! Chevron floors are where the ‘v’ meets in the middle, herringbone floors do not. Fun fact; Herringbone flooring is actually named after the Herringbone fish due to the similarity between the fishes spine and the pattern of the floor.

It’s not only your floor that can make the difference when it comes to make your room as snug as a bug for winter, there are a few accessories that can help you to do the job too. Lets start with the basics; is there anything that a couple of candles can’t fix? Turn down the lights, put the fire on and light some candles to scatter around the room, you’ll feel cosier in an instant. As well as candles why not invest in some heavy knitted throws and blankets, get yourselves wrapped up in front of the box while the gloomy weather rolls on outside.

So there you have it, just a couple of ways that you can bring the heat into your home this winter.