OK, so technically it is still winter and the long-range weather forecast is pretty gloomy, but once Christmas is over I think it’s best to fall headfirst into ‘Spring’ mode as far as colour schemes and accessories are concerned. So, come 12th night, as well as taking the tree down and packing up all the decorations, I’ll be going through my bedlinen cupboard and picking out some pink, white and green colour combinations to give the house a bit of a cheer-up.
Fortunately, as we’ve all come over a bit ‘hygge’ in the last few months, there will be some cream and white fluffiness in the shape of sheepie rugs and cosy bedsocks to make sure we all stay as warm as toast whilst looking a little bit spring-like.We don’t just have traditionally styled beds; if you’re looking for something with a contemporary edge, our Eleanor design will fit the bill.
It’s constructed using real scaffolding joints and brackets, and adds a solid, practical look to a room scheme Choose a standard design with head and foot board or for a real statement, go for a four poster.
It can be specified in personalised colours and finishes, but we rather like it in white – plain and simple, and ready to be teamed up with colourful bedding and accessories.
This wallcovering from Sian Zeng is oh-so on trend, we think it would look fabulous if teamed up with one of our Eleanor four-posters in white. Classic Seasons Summer Tropical Bloom mural-like paste-the-wall paper, £195, by Sian Zeng.
Greenery … has been officially announced by the Pantone colour gurus to be the colour of 2017. Think jungly, olivey, rich greens. Emerald and peacock blue are close co-ordinates, but ‘Swiss Cheese plant green’ is the phrase I use when trying to describe it.
This is actually a great colour, it works in modern and period settings, and can be used very successfully with the natural tones and shades of wood, matt and shiny steel, nickel and silver finishes and is a great contrast to trendy black and charcoal, which we’re seeing used as a matt, chalky paint finish for ‘feature walls’.
Sticking with the ‘greenery’ colour theme, these Tier-on-tier shutters caught my attention; one of the questions I’m often asked when helping to plan bedrooms, living rooms and kitchens is ‘what can I do with the windows’.
In a modern home it’s often a question of suggesting ideas that manage to disguise less-than-beautiful double glazing that is perfectly serviceable and not cost-effective to replace. In a period home it’s often a question of ensuring privacy and protection from harsh sunlight, but avoiding heavy curtains. My answer is generally ‘think about shutters’.
Louvered shutters can offer complete privacy, and the fact they can be tilted to allow in as much or as little sunshine as you want, along with pretty filtered shadows, is a huge bonus. These are by Shutterly Fabulous; they also have natural wood and solid designs.
Next month: We get down to some serious spring cleaning, brace yourselves …
Meet Our Guest Blog Writer Linda Parker
Linda Parker has been a freelance interiors journalist for over 20 years; she has written for numerous home and design magazines, including Ideal Home, Grand Designs, Homes & Gardens and House Beautiful. She is currently contributing to Period Homes magazine, amongst others, writing several blogs about kitchens (www.thekitchenthink.co.uk) and bathrooms (www.utopiagroup.com), and is trying to finish off her ‘forever’ home. Other projects are in the pipeline … watch this space!