How to brighten up your home this winter
After a cold, rain soaked summer, brightened only by the gleam of Olympic gold, one might be forgiven for groaning at autumn chills and winter gloom.
But stifle that grumbling. It pandora necklace turns out that we merely had to wait for things to brighten up. Interiors this autumn and winter are not the cocoons of previous years; dark places in which to hibernate until spring arrives. Instead the look is bright, even dazzling. The textures popular in previous seasons are all there: velvets to stroke, woollen or pandora silver rings linen/silk throws to snuggle into, cushions to laze back on, but the colours are very different.
Take the bright, virtually neon colours so popular in the past few months in fashion and furnishing, mute them slightly, and you in the right direction. There also a sense of the dramatic: jewel like splashes or more if you want of rich blues, purples, jade and reddish pinks. Everyone is in on it: from B to high end designer Nina Campbell.
is very summery, Campbell says of her eponymous range of wall coverings, fabrics and trims. I go, people want light.
The sensational looks range from stunning florals to the glamour of Middle East inspired exotics. What is behind all this and where are the minimalist taupes of yesteryear?
because of the economic situation, want to feel alive, says British based interior designer and stylist Melinda Ashton Turner, whose work can be seen here and in her native Australia. For this is Austerity Britain, in the throes of a double dip recession that shows little sign of ending. And one of the great things about the push for brights is that it can also be achieved on a budget. There are pandora charms diamond great paints about Farrow Ball 300 strong paint library reveals some vibrant colours, as does good old Dulux but advances in technology mean remarkable wallpaper patterns and textures: jewel like velvets and strong metallics. There is high drama with the black and gold metallic of Boxgrove (as above).
Tricia Guild, of Designers Guild fame, always embraces colour, and her range also pays homage to the Aesthetic Movement.
colour palette is lustrous, she says, violet, azure, cobalt and fuchsia, but combined with more organic shades such as olive, slate and chalk, giving an extra pandora charms jewelry stores element of depth and dimension. It a fiendishly simple way of injecting intense colour without overwhelming. Others include the intense velvet of Castellini (104 per 10m roll), in fuchsia and cobalt, and the metallic finishes of Gautrait (wallpaper 75 per 10m roll; velvet fabric, 79 per metre, ) and beaded Vever (80 per 10m roll). Everyone is doing it, in wallpaper, and fabrics: Osborne Little and Colefax and Fowler visit John Lewis, which stocks the work of 20 designers, including its eponymous range, to get a feel for it.
If a wall overhaul is beyond your interest, confidence level, ability or budget, try cunning tweaks. Paint just the inside of built in bookcases, for example, as Campbell suggests. The concept isn new but it easily brings in colour. New curtains are another easy fix.
Campbell has some handy advice: redid my drawing room the other day, and just slipcovered a chair and put a couple of new cushions in. She says trims update anything from sofas to simple linens (especially those with frayed edges). Hers are 1 11cm wide, and cost 5 24 a metre.
At 45 a metre and in 100 per cent linen, the subtle tones of sand and a rustic pale brown create a neutral backdrop to the latest cushions and throws, for accessorising is the easiest makeover of all. Speaking of Kiely, her inaugural furniture range makes its debut in early December, and chimes with the wood and mixed material trend seen during London Design Week.
Perfect setting: Orla Kiely walnut House dining table with melamine and lacquered extension (75cm x 190cm x 96cm, 2,250,If you buy one piece this season, support the brilliant artisans the UK produces and invest in quality.
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