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Home inspiration: the colours of autumn

Autumn is considered one of the more beautiful times of the year, and as we welcome in the new season we tend to rethink our tastes and preferences.  Out go the flip-flops and shorts to make room for boots and thick coats.  The same feelings often apply in our homes, as we begin to crave a warm cosy space to curl up in front of the fire. 

Nature is a great source of inspiration when looking for new colours to update our homes, and autumn is full of warm and inviting tones.

Autumn Colour Palette 1: Brown & Golds

Nature Forest Leaves Ground Colourtext  

These colours are the classic colours of autumn.  Caramel and Auburn coloured leaves litter the forest floor.  To use these rich brown tones in your home, it’s best to add a fresher colour to lighten the overall feel of the room.  We love the flash of yellow-gold of the leaves before they turn but the green of the trees will work equally as well. 


Autumn Colour Palette 2: Teal & Burnt Orange 

Autumn Colors Aqua And Orange Colourtext

The vibrant teal sky works perfectly with the burnt orange colour of the leaves in this image. This teal shade could easily be used to add interest to a colour scheme of warm brown and orange tones.  The odd accessories in this cool blue/green hue such as a vase or scatter cushion will make the look feel much fresher and modern.


This is just a small selection of the colours nature has to inspire us.  Why not take a camera on a brisk walk and create your own colour palette?


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Trend Alert: All Mapped Out!

Maps are no longer confined to office walls and the boot of your car.  You can use them anywhere from lamp shades, kitchenware and even on upholstery to give your home a sophisticated and worldly feel.

Ways to incorporate the map design trend into your home

Maps are a great way to add a touch of nostalgia to your room.  You could try choosing maps of your favourite countries, or somewhere you’d love to visit one day in the future.  There are many sites online where you can customize accessories (such as the clock and mug below) with places that are special to you and your family.  If you’re feeling creative you could also try making your own feature wall; take a look at our Pinterest board for more inspiration!

Here are some of my favourite ways to incorporate maps into interior design…

Map Decor

What do you think of the map trend? Leave a comment to let us know your favourite way to use it in your home!


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Feeling Blue: 4 Stylish Ways to Use Blue in Your Home

Blue skies may have made way for short greyish days, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy this versatile colour in our homes all year round.

Whether your home is traditional or contemporary, there is always a shade of blue to add richness and elegance to your colour scheme.  From deep inky blues to bright and bold cobalt shades, we’ll help you incorporate this colour into your home…

Stripes & Checks

Blue is a colour that lends itself well to a nautical theme, in particularly when used in stripes and checks.  It’s best to choose mid-tone blues to keep the look fresh and pair with lots of crisp white to ensure a clean grown-up feel.

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Moody Walls

A deep dark indigo wall will add instant atmosphere to almost any room.  Dark wood floors and furniture will help create a warm and inviting feel.

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Statement Furniture

One or two bright pieces of furniture can freshen the overall feel of a room and also add a touch of personality. If you’re not sure about investing in a strong coloured piece of furniture you can use throws or loose covers to create the same look which can be easily changed at any point in the future. We’ve teamed our striking Hampton loose furniture covers in Navy with soft cream and beige scatter cushions.


Mixing Different Shades

Don’t be afraid to play with different shades of blue in your colour schemes; by balancing light and dark shades of the same colour you can create a layered feel.  


These are just a small selection of the ways you can incorporate this versatile colour into your colour palette – if you have any more interesting tips with blue why not comment below!

If you’ve been inspired to add a touch of blue to your home, contact us today to discuss your options with one of our expert Home Consultants.


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2015 Trend Alert: Marvellous Marble

Marble in interior design is no new trend; marble floors, fireplaces, and tables have been seen in the homes of the rich and famous for years.  This year’s take on the trend is much more affordable, and versatile.

How to use Marble in your home?

Marble is everywhere at the moment from high end designers to high street shops, so there’s no shortage of inspiration around! You can really think outside of the box when looking to incorporate the trend into your home: clocks, bedding and scatter cushions are just some of the unusual accessories that you can find using this decadent design.

A huge advantage of this trend is that you can use it any room to add instant glam and sophistication.  Why not update your tired kitchenware with a marble rolling pin, cutting board, or mug?

Take a look at some of my favourite marble finds…

Marble Mood Board

 What do you think - will you be adding this cool and neutral colour palate to your home? Leave a comment!


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