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What’s your bathroom style?

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

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The bathroom is such an important room in the house. It has the obvious functional side – a place to wash, dress, brush teeth and take medicines. It’s often a place of rest and relaxation too – long soaks with bubbles, candles, magazines, music and glasses of wine are a much loved pleasure for many.

So, what’s your dream style? This website if full of bathroom ideas to get you started on creating your new look.

industrial bathroom style

Vintage industrial

This bathroom style incorporates a utilitarian vibe with naked copper pipes, metal lockers & wire cages for storage. Clean, unfussy and practical, perfect for loft and factory conversions.

luxe glamour bathroom style

Luxe glamour

Lots of gold, lots of opulence – think 1940s Hollywood. Oversized cut glass chandeliers ornate rococo mirror and picture frames. Over the top swag & tail curtains. A place to indulge and linger for a while.

boho bathroom style

Boho

An eclectic style drawing on global influences… glazed Moroccan tiles, Indian hammered metal framed mirrors and colourful woven laundry baskets from Ghana. Candles, incense and keepsakes picked up on travels to faraway lands, finish the look.

minimalist bathroom style

Minimalist

Clean lines, white-washed walls, white suite, lots of invisible storage to hide away all the washing, cleaning, health and beauty accoutrements. An uncluttered space that gives room for clear thought and relaxation.

feminine bathroom style

Feminine

Feminine doesn’t just mean pink and fluffy. Display pretty perfume bottles, lotions and potions – vases of fresh, fragrant flowers perhaps. A place for pampering and indulgence.

gentleman's club bathroom style

Gentleman’s club

Less Corby trouser press more classic wooden valet stand. Unfussy, but comfortable and warm. Lots of wood, soft towels and quality toiletries.

tropical rainforest bathroom style

Tropical rainforest

A very natural and lush look. The UK may be a temperate country, but lots of tropical plants love a bathroom environment where it’s often, warm and steamy. A few we recommend are the peace lily, orchids, ferns and succulents such as echeveria, aloe vera and the jade plant. If you’re limited in your windowsill or shelf space, spider plants are perfect for hanging baskets.

retro pop bathroom style

Retro pop

A fun and vibrant space with bold and bright primary colours. Quirky, vintage accessories and comic book graphics add further interest.

Deco fabulous bathroom style

Deco fabulous

A strong, crisp design look dating back to the Art Deco movement that originally came to prominence in the 1920s era. Chrome baths, basin pedestals, towel warmers and radiators are classic pieces. Angular shower heads and bath taps maintain the flow of things.

nautical inspired bathroom style

Nautical

A nautical or coastal theme is a popular, much-loved decorating scheme for bathrooms – and not just for those that live near the beach. The seaside association with clean air, bathing and freshness being a strong draw. Shades of blue and white which reflect sea and sky work very well. Weathered paint finishes add character. Finish the look with objets trouvés that you picked up on your travels such as shells, pebbles and drift wood.

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What’s your era?

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

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Just as it is with music and fashion, there’s no abrupt beginning and end to style in interiors at the start of a new decade. There’s always an overlapping and evolution in design and décor through the decade. The seventies is the perfect example – nature, flowers & flares in the first half of the decade, punk rock and hard-edged technology in the latter years. People don’t just throw out their furniture, pull up the carpets, paint over the wallpaper… it’s a gradual, almost imperceptible, change. Decades drift into one another other. Saying that, we’ve tried to give an essence of what each decade – the 1950s to the present day – looks like. Do you love the groovy 60s… the Scandi-inspired 90s? What’s your era?

1950s

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The 1950s was an exciting and creative decade with a new wave of optimism after the harsh war years. Designers could express themselves once more after rationing and glut of utilitarian products. The Mid Century Modern look was born with atomic & Sputnik styling drawing on influences from the new scientific discoveries flourishing around this era and mankind’s first ventures into space. The Festival of Britain in 1952 was a major landmark event for interiors – furniture, textiles, wallpaper and lighting all took an exciting new direction. Clean lines, bold shapes, bright colours and exciting new patterns captured the mood. Materials such as teak appeared for mass market products. Striking shades of red, yellow and blue also came to the fore.

1960s

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The 1960s was a decade of flower power, psychedelia, peace and love. There was sexual freedom and explosion of youth culture. It was also a time of protest marches and rebellion at the established order. Space age styling really came to its peak with the space race and moon landings being a great influence. Interior designers were fascinated with the use of new processes and materials to produce exciting new versions of familiar objects – moulded plastic and inflatable chairs being perfect examples. Colour restrictions seemed to completely vanish.

1970s

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The disco decade saw spage age influences fall away and a return to nature & self sufficiency – lots of florals, browns, beige, mossy greens and avocado – who can forget the classic coloured bathroom suites from the era! Flashes of brighter orange & yellow were used to lift these neutral schemes. There was extensive use of wood panelling, shag pile carpets, cork and hessian. Bohemian lifestyle, Biba, op art, pop art, glam rock were major influences in the first half of the decade. Later years saw the influence of punk styling and new technology – digital watches and early computer graphics, for example.

1980s

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New wave styling continued into the 1980s. The previous decade had seen economic troubles and hardship – and these certainly continued for manufacturing industry… but the eighties is remembered as a time for new money, the city and consumerism. Home computers and mobile phones began to appear. Interiors were influenced by this rise of new technology and the fashion for power dressing perhaps. Memphis design was very influential – lots of hard edges, strong lines, zig-zags, hatching and bold colours. Stencilling, rag rolling, horizontal decorative wallpaper borders were other notable trends – and black ash furniture was everywhere! Dominant decorating shades were black, grey, pink, pastel & primary colours.

1990s

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IKEA opened its first outlet in the UK in the late 1980s but it was in the 90s that it really began to proliferate. It’s largely responsible for this country’s ongoing love affair with Scandi cool. Its affordable flatpack furniture was a huge success – blond wood, cream & white were all the rage. It was also the era of programmes such as Changing Rooms and Home Front which really got the UK population dedicating time, money and energy to their homes… and really going DIY mad!

2000s

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The clean lines and unfussy styling of the late nineties continued into this decade. The industrial styling of warehouse conversions seeped into general home décor. White and pale neutrals were the predominant colour scheme with flashes of bolder colour or pattern on feature walls.

present

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For what will this decade be remembered? We may be biased, but we think it will be eclectic vintage – a style we love. There’s a mix of eras within one space – contemporary pieces are freely mixed with antiques. There are still strong industrial influences on home, shop and restaurant décor still, but the look has been softened somewhat. There’s a desire to make interiors individual with foraged objects, personalised homewares from indie makers and unique market finds. Dramatic dark greys are the most notable current colour scheme.

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5 Tips to cheer up your home décor

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015

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Your home is a place of sanctuary – a place where you can kick off your shoes and relax. When you furnish your home, you usually have a specific style in mind, but as time goes by, you can tire of the particular décor you have and feel like a change. Also, if you like your home to echo the changing of the seasons, you can adapt appropriate looks to achieve this. So, how can you cheer up your home on a regular basis without having to spend a lot of money? Here are a few thrifty tips to ensure your home remains beautiful, cheerful and comfortable.

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Make use of what’s around you

Why spend money when you can spruce up your home with nature’s gifts? During spring & summer flowers are in bloom, in autumn seed heads and berries come to the fore. They immediately add some beauty and warmth. Dot them in strategic places around your home. Need vases? Recycle jam jars and food tins instead of throwing them away. Some of them are very decorative as they are –  alternatively, cover them with colourful wrapping paper or fabric or use any leftover paint you have. This is certainly a ‘canny’ way to put colour into your home!

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Use natural light and invest in quality lighting

Proper lighting is essential in keeping your home cheerful. During the daytime, open your curtains & blinds wide to let light pour in. This is an instant (and free!) way to eliminate gloominess and to show off the colours of your home. Once the sun goes down, your lighting system should enhance your décor without being too harsh. Investing in quality lighting is a valuable move which benefits you and your home. You want the kind of illumination that is innovative and timeless – it will enhance the space whatever your décor. These are the characteristics of Flos – you’re guaranteed cutting-edge lighting design which makes use of high-end technology, bringing outstanding results to your home. You can buy Flos products online; check out this website for a wide range of models.

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Spruce up your walls

Don’t forget the walls as they instantly draw attention. A couple of interesting key pieces will instantly make a difference. Save money by creating your own wall decorations. If you’re artistically inclined express yourself in a painting – or try wrapping patterned fabric or wallpaper around an inexpensive frame. You can even change them every few months if you wish.

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Too much can be over the top

You want your home to look cheerful, comfortable and functional; it shouldn’t mimic a flea market scene. Try to keep rooms organised and free from clutter. Store away objects that don’t need to be close at hand. Freeing a room of clutter, knick-knacks and little used objects opens up your home and gives an impression of more space. Have a look here for 50 brilliant storage ideas.

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Make it comfortable

A cosy-looking home is an instant hit with anybody. Pile up pillows & cushions for an instant boost which also provide comfort for you and your guests. Choose ones with shades and patterns that complement the décor… subtle tone contrasts or attention-grabbing punches of colour.

[This is an editorial collaboration with Hanna Johnson]