Being Bold with Colours
As 2019 comes to an end, we are looking at trends for 2020. Bold colours, such as jewel tones, are a feature of the design that I believe will be used increasingly in the new year. As people are becoming more daring when it comes to designing their living space, the use of vibrant home accessories will no doubt be seen far more.
One of the most common concerns of using bold colours is that it will be overpowering. Make sure you don’t go over the top with your colour scheme. A few different colours that complement each other well makes more of a statement than a room full of one.
For 2020, we will see a wider variety of designs than we have ever seen before. Popular colours that we will be seeing more of include dark red, olive green and classic blue. Classic blue has been chosen as Pantones colour of the year for 2020. This colour is ideal for interiors as it symbolises trust, confidence and intelligence among other things. It if often associated with depth and stability, not to mention it looks beautiful in a traditional bedroom!
Neutral Colour Schemes
If your decorating style is more neutral, there are ways you can add warmth and character to your room, without using colour.
A minimalist look is increasingly popular, people are choosing to have a clean-cut home, rather than a heavily decorated one.
Using a neutral colour palette doesn’t mean plain and dull, here are some tips on how to add more to a simple design…
- Use texture, patterns and layers to add depth to you room. One example of this is decorative pillows and blankets. If you have a beige seat, use a fur or knitted blanket for layering, and with cushions, add a pattern, or detailing, such as tassels or fringe, to make the area stand out more.
- Plants. Plants are the perfect accessory, not only do they look aesthetically pleasing, but they are also beneficial to your health. Adding plants gives a reason to let in more natural light, a great way to boost happiness within any space.
- Using different materials, such as metals or wood, is a great way of adding variety to a room. Metals are often used to add a more modern feeling to a room, whereas wood can be used to give off a traditional or urban feel.
Geometric shapes have always been popular in the interior design world. Patterns and shapes are on our walls and floors as well as our knives and forks – no matter where you shop, there will always be something with a geometric print on it.
An appealing feature of geometric shapes is its diversity. There are so many different possibilities with patterns, colours, shapes and designs. For a funky and unique look, you can use bold colours and a thick-lined patterns on your walls. If you want to stick to a more simple and traditional interior, patterned cushions work well.
For a unique and personal touch, Alexander Joseph Lighting offer a bespoke lamp shade making service, so if you have a certain print on your curtains or wallpaper, you can create a lampshade to match.
Vegan Home Décor
With January just around the corner, it is getting to the ‘new years resolutions’ time of year! Undoubtably, switching to a vegan diet is a resolution that many will have, as celebrities have encouraged a vegan lifestyle increasingly over the last decade.
Many set sights on their diet and what to eat, however, they forget about the other aspects of life that need to change for your lifestyle to be 100% vegan. Home décor and furnishings are one of the more forgotten about areas when it comes to switching to vegan for the first time, and with options from places such as Ikea and Amazon, to higher-end stores, like Wayfair, turning your home vegan doesn’t need to put a dent in your bank account. Although going to a well-known store may be your first option when buying new home goods, there are many small brands/companies who sell from larger retailers, such as Etsy, who have created new and unique products, due to the increasing demand of having vegan/animal-friendly goods.
It’s not only individuals who have started to switch to a more animal-friendly way of living, as large companies have also made the change. Bentley Motors have recently announced that they will be offering vegan leather in their vehicles, a decision inspired by the increase in veganism in LA and Hollywood. Luxury brand Alexander Joseph will also be using a vegan leather to create bespoke lampshades for their new limited-edition cordless lamps.
Keeping a clutter-free and organised home is a task that people find either a joy or a challenge. Whichever one you are, there are always ways to make it easier to have a tidy home, so here are 5 of our favourite ways you can keep your home organised…
- Regularly go through your items! It is surprising just how quickly we accumulate things, especially ones that we don’t need, and have no use for. Make organising a regular habit, every month or so! If you have a very busy schedule, do this when you can, but the most important tip, is making sure that you give yourself a few hours, at least, and have a pre-planned method of how you are going to organise – an increasingly popular method is the KonMari method developed by Marie Kondo.
- Be Strict! When going through old items, if you have the mind set of ‘I’ll wear it one day’ or ‘It might come in handy’, chances are, you won’t use your item. A well-known rule is if the items hasn’t been worn/used in the past year, it is unlikely you will use it again any time soon – so get rid! If your items are sentimental, make a new space for them, away from your every-day items.
- Tidy, hide or get rid of cables altogether. Nothing looks more messy than a wall mounted television with tangled cables underneath or a room-central desk with dangling cables creating trip hazards. Cable tie your tv cables or hide them behind the screen for a more simplistic and cleaner look. Put in plug sockets under your desk or opt for cable free. Using a laptop instead of a computer means no ugly cables, just charge it on a side table once you’re done. Use a cordless mouse and cordless keyboard too. Did you know you can even get cordless desk lamps as well?
- Make the most of the space you have! If you have a small surface area, use the height of the room. Tall storage is a great way to save space in any room. Clothes rails can be pulled down, small ladders can be secretly stored and using a good method of putting the items you use the least in the harder to reach places, are all great ways of optimising your space.
- Give everything a home! Having a place for your belongings gives you a tidy home and a tidy mind. Knowing where your items are gives someone peace of mind when searching for things in their home. It is well known that a tidy environment has a positive impact on the mind, including significantly reducing stress. After all, a clean house = a clean mind.
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