Friday, 28 August 2009

Ideas for using Colour in your Home

Stepping outside your door you are surrounded with a myriad of different colours presented to you by nature from the sky to the grass, flowers and trees. The beauty of a colourful dawn or a magnificent sunset over the sea. Here's how you can transfer this beauty inside your house.

Sanderson Throw in Cream Lilia Fabric

To choose an overall colour scheme your starting point is nearly always an item, which is your favourite colour, such as a rug or even a vase.

You may well have to work around an existing colour in a room in which case try to apply the above rule to your scheme, for instance in a lounge if you are keeping your suite, look at what you will have to incorporate.

If you are starting from scratch all well and good but if not you will need to work around existing furniture.The function of the room must also be taken into account when putting together a colour scheme. As a rule of thumb, rooms that are not used all the time can take stronger colours. Smaller rooms or those with small windows would benefit from pale, reflective colours.

Check out what direction house faces – eastern rooms need subtle warm colours. Yellow and muted orange work well, making the most of early morning sun and work well as sun moves away later in the morning.

West facing room benefit from cooler scheme, blues, violets to a green which will tone down the intensity of the light in the afternoon.South facing rooms will get the best quality light all day and therefore somewhere between the warm and the cool will be fine.

North facing rooms are obviously the darkest rooms and need the best artificial light and warm colours.

Morris Brown Tulip & Honeysuckle Cotton & Velvet ThrowIf you would like to add a bold colour to your d├ęcor but are scared of going overboard why not add it as an accent colour to cushions, candles and pictures. You will get a feel for the colour and can easily tone the level down or raise it up by adding or taking these items away

If a combination feels too strong then concentrate on using the paler shades and adding plenty of white or cream to cool a scheme down and just a few darker accents.

Pastels always mix more comfortably than other shades.Layer whites and creams together they will create more depth of tone.

If the colour values are too bright the effect can be disturbing a watered down version such as olive green and light pink works well.Use neutrals to pale down a scheme rather than on their own where they just look bland.

You can camouflage unsightly features such as radiators by painting them the same colour as the rest of the room making sure your paint is suitable for this or use a receding light colour.Emphasise features such as an imposing chimney breast or fireplace by using darker shades so that it will stand out.

Large patterns in wallpaper generally suit large rooms or are best used on a feature wall even as curtains with a plain background in a small room they could be somewhat overpowering and make the room seem smaller.Small patterns suit small rooms and can give the illusion of larger space, small patterns in larger rooms can look spotty.

Colours based on the yellow-orange-red part of the spectrum seem warm. The greater the intensity the more they move forward and the “warmer” the scheme. These are also seen as “fire” colours. Orange and yellow work well in a kitchen/breakfast room. Earth colours, which include browns green or gold, harmonize well together. They look good in family rooms such as the living and dining rooms.

Violet, blues, green-blues and black appear to recede and create a feeling of space. They are generally seen as cool colours. Air and water colours include grey, blue and silver. These can be used anywhere in the house but are most effective in bathrooms, bedrooms and halls.

Generally work with a larger area of the cooler, receding colour balanced by smaller quantities of the advancing complimentary warmer colour. Both can be modified in tone and intensity. This can be achieved by choosing one colour for the sofa and the other for the cushions, for instance.However, using pigments can easily modify different colours. Green-blues to which a touch of yellow has been added can appear vibrant and warm.Children love bright colour schemes but temper loud colours with plenty of deep contrasts and gentle harmonious tones

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Patterdale Star Terriers

While out walking with my Patterdale Ellie on a walk which was expected to last 1 hour turned into two hours because of chatting to other dog owners about - Patts and their personalities.

There's just not enough info. about them on the web because they are comparatively new to the domestic doggie world, but they make fantastic pets. They usually have barrel loads of energy being probably only a generation away from a working dog and need loads of walking and playing.

They're either black or tan and are either coarse or smooth haired. The smooth haired patts look like lab puppies. Personally I prefer the coarse haired patterdales because they look so comical!

Never a day goes by when they don't do something to make you double up laughing and I think its probably just as well that they are not recognised by the UK Kennel Club. They are a tough little dog, same size as a Lakeland Terrier or similar size to a Jack Russell and I have heard of several patts living to their late teens or even 21!
For more information and good honest advice on this fab breed and other terriers try

Monday, 17 August 2009

Silk Throws by Cherryellie Designs

The latest editions to Cherryellie's Designs, two Designer Guild Silk throws. They are both handmade with identical silk buttons gathered into the fabric and lined with wadding to create a duvet feel. Apart from sewing like a dream and looking stunning, silk is surprisingly hardy. Both throws are big, bold and beautiful.....

Cherryellie Designers Guild Throw in Turquoise Silk This turquoise throw has been back with plain white silk which makes a great contrast.

Designers Guild Throw in Turquoise Silk

Cherryellie Designers Guild Throw in Salmon Pink Silk
This salmon pink Designer Guild "Guirlande" throw has been backed in identical cotton satin

Designers Guild
Designers Guild Pink Silk Throw

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

Castle Howard, Yorkshire

Being a complete period property addict I just loved the fabrics, colours of the rooms and views of this fantastic building and thought I had to share them.

The turquoise room! The same especially commissioned fabric has been used on the walls, the curtains and the upholstery - don' t try this at home, unless that is you have a mansion or castle.

Dining in style. Although its quite busy in here it works because the colours compliment each other and because of the height of the ceilings and size of the room.

Somewhere to relax. I love the way the gold and bronze wallpaper compliments the picture frames, books etc - oh and theres a touch of turquoise again...

What can I say, the architecture and pictures are just stunning.

The gardens are beautiful too...