Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Brit Decor: Blue Duo/ Five Hues to Pair with Blue!

Blue, in all of it's glory, is always worth a conversation when discussing home colour choices. Here I wanted to share with you guys just how versatile this hue can be when paired-up with particular colours.

'Blue and green should never be seen' is an old adage I frequently used to hear as a child, is anyone else familiar with this? I imagine this old rhyme may have been derived from the way that bolder versions of these two hues can 'pop' against each other, which once upon a time may have been considered vulgar. 

Thankfully these days it's a different story and a blue-green colour combination is one of my favourite dynamic duos, especially in high energy electric blues and greens (see immediately below). For a far calmer vibe, pairing aquatic blues and greens, which are actually very similar in tones, has the opposite effect to their dynamic relatives.

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Blue & grey is a colour combo for the right now. With Denim Drift making the top spot in Dulux's colour of the year for 2017, this blue-grey has it all! Blues will always sit oh-so comfortably with greys, but I personally prefer to step things up a little with juxtaposing paler greys and darker, moody blues.

Blue and pink in the traditional sense can easily become a little pedestrian and dare I say it - predictable! However, with the correct styling treatment this combo can deliver a harmonious palette of masculine & feminine. Alternatively, exploring the extremities of both these hues can deliver dramatic results with more passionate pinks jarring against steely blues, for example.

Blue & white is one of those classic colour combinations that just keeps on giving. It's often associated with nautical themed interiors and evokes a sense of Summertime, but not exclusively! Navy & white stripes and chevrons will deliver crisp contrasting pattern, whilst larger blocks of blue (see below) can execute a more dramatic theme.

The warm versus cold combination of blue and yellow is another one of those mixes that can really pop! Mustard yellows work really well for that an intensely rich 'look' alongside an alluringly dark blue.

Images (from top) 1/ Roost Interiors 2/ Matthew Williamson 3/ SFGirlbybay
4/ Chris Loves Julia 5/ Mandarin Stone 6/ Vogue Australia
7/ The ROOM edit 8/ Home and Delicious 9/ April & May
10/ Desire to Inspire 11/ Apartment Therapy

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Brit Decor: Forever Friends at the Room Mate Giulia Hotel/ Milan

Forget about polyester bedsheets, wafer thin walls and drab decor, in fact, a day or two residing amongst the colour-popping candy decor schemes of the Room Mate Giulia in Milan, may just be enough to erase all memory of previous holiday decor disasters. 

If like me, your holiday can be made (or broken) by a poor design aesthetic, then this design-savvy hotel puts the 'boutique' into budget friendly accommodation, with all 85 rooms bursting with style, colour and form.

This gelatine gem of a hotel is the brainchild of Spanish architect, Patricia Urquiola, & hotel chain, Room Mate, and the the pick-me-up colour palette is sure to make you smile! Happy hues aside, this hotel is also filled with bespoke furniture designs, courtesy of Urquiola, and handmade by Cassina.

I don't know about you, but I quite fancy a trip to this bold and beautiful hotel...

Images (from top) 1/ Design Milk 2/ Casa Vogue 3-6/ Design Milk 7/ Room Mate Giulia
8-9/ Design Milk

Thursday, 6 October 2016

Brit Decor: Scandi Living/ Create a UK-style Nordic retreat

One thing I don't need to remind regular Brit Decor readers about is my passion for all things 'Hygge'. Despite the incredibly mild and somewhat prolonged end to the Summer here in the UK, I am reluctantly coming to terms with the reality that any day now Autumn will creep up on me one unsuspecting morning.

Thanks to Hygge (the philosophy of creating cosy surroundings and enjoying the simple things in life, such as a spicy hot chocolate by candlelight), the prospect of darker Autumnal evenings leading us into the depths of Winter, doesn't feel so bad this year.   

Although achieving the Scandi 'look' at home is by no means essential for creating your very own Hygge effect, I find that it can help to add a certain authenticity and help to set the mood, which is why I've teamed up with the Heart of House team for today's post.

For me, the really great thing about Scandinavian-inspired furniture and accessories is its simplicity. Calming no-fuss neutrals punctuated with countless shades of grey (see Heart of House's Hadley pin tuck bedding) meet with an appreciation of natural wooden materials, like their dreamy Fuji Birch upholstered bed. And this is pretty much what you get with the surprisingly spot-on Scandi Retreat collection by Heart of House, available at Argos

The range offers a slightly British angle on securing your very own Scandinavian retreat - just in time for a cosy Winter!

In addition to an incredibly tempting and comprehensive product range, all Heart of House's furniture comes with a 3 year guarantee as standard with a generous 5 years for sofas. Selected products are made right here in the UK, and you can check out the full Heart of House range by clicking here.

Images/ Heart of House

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