Sunday, 19 February 2017

Greenery is the colour for 2017

According to the colour experts at Pantone, this year's must have colour is green - well Greenery - and it is the colour they describe as: 'A refreshing and revitalizing shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. 

'Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.
'Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world. This shift is reflected by the proliferation of all things expressive of Greenery in daily lives through urban planning, architecture, lifestyle and design choices globally. A constant on the periphery, Greenery is now being pulled to the forefront - it is an omnipresent hue around the world.
A life-affirming shade, Greenery is also emblematic of the pursuit of personal passions and vitality.'
We love green too - it's a fabulously flexible colour to use at home and goes well with so many other shades from black to white and everything in-between.

Monday, 6 February 2017

How to zone your room

If you are fortunate enough to have a large room - zoning it into different functional spaces is always useful. Similarly, if the fact you are pushed for space means your room has to be multi-functional - a kitchen where you have to both eat and cook or a bedroom that also doubles up as  an office - get the zoning right and you can delineate clear areas for each function. 
Zoning helps you to reinvent spaces without going to the time and trouble of changing the layout of the house in a major way.  If you think of how fashion stores or restaurants can create separate environments in one large space, you can see how you could create different atmospheres at home. 
So first of all be clear what functions have to be used in each room.  
Lighting can really help with zoning and the right lighting will draw the eye to a specific space - such as feature lighting above the dining table.
Being clever with colour is also  a good tip.  Colour block your zones.  The office in the bedroom could feature grey and white for example, while the rest of the room may be grey and pink.
Make sure the relaxation part of the room offers decor and accessories that fit with relaxation - so candles or artwork.  The functional side won't have such frippery.
Rugs are the perfect way to zone an area.  In this example the dining room table is placed on the rug which marks it out from the functionality of the cooking space - this is clearly the relaxation area.  Remember to make use of our different shaped rugs, circular, square and even octagonal rugs can be used to great effect.
Play around with your zoning and you'll see how easy it is.

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