Interior fashions and home decor ideas come and go, but one trend that never disappears completely is the pastel coloured kitchen. Since the 1950s introduced bubblegum pink, mint green and sunny yellow into our cooking spaces, we’ve never looked back. There’s something about these happy shades that feels right in the room where we gather together with family and friends, make treats for loved ones, or relax with a bit of baking therapy. And if any more proof were needed, just think of the colour scheme inside the Bake Off tent! But using pastel colours in the kitchen can be quite hard to pull off – after all, no one wants to end up with a room that would fit right in to Willy Wonka’s factory. Here are our tips for pastel perfection…
House plants are having a major resurgence right now – and there are many ways in which we benefit from having them in our homes. Plants and flowers lower stress and create a relaxed ambience, ease tension and promote wellbeing, and enhance creativity and productivity. But what if your home receives little in the way of natural light, or you don’t have much space for plants or… you’re just not very good at looking after them? Installing glass splashbacks or panels printed with botanical images is one of the most effective wall art ideas for bringing the outside in.
When someone describes an interior as “modern” they often mean “contemporary” – as in new, or trendy, or non-traditional. But while the words might be synonymous in everyday life, Modern Design refers to a specific strand of home decor, and it’s one of the most elegant interior styles around. If you love a sleek, fuss-free look, with clean lines and minimal embellishment, this could be the ideal style for you and your property.
Choosing the right materials for your kitchen or bathroom is often a balancing act between beauty and practicality. It’s so often the case that the most attractive finishes are also the most problematic – marble can stain, exposed brick is dusty and porous, metal rusts and wallpaper is hard to clean and non-waterproof. Even tiling, that most traditional of kitchen wall finishes, requires grout that gets dirty, discoloured or mouldy. Sometimes, what initially seemed like a good home decor idea can turn into an expensive headache further down the line. Read more
Mirrored home bars are a growing trend in the high-end housing market, joining gyms, pantries, dressing rooms and wine cellars as one of those property extras that can lift a home to a new level of luxury. Whether you entertain regularly or simply like to unwind with an evening cocktail, a dedicated area for a little indulgence will make it all the more special.
If you fancy adding a home bar to your property, the good news is that you can easily do this retrospectively and you don’t need much space. An under-used basement or box room would be ideal, but a spare wall, alcove or cupboard would work just as well. Not only that, but a fabulous bar space makes sense in almost any room, including the kitchen, hallway, dining or living room – whatever suits your space and lifestyle.