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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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Plumbs on Ideal World TV

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes on your favourite shopping channels?  Well, Plumbs were at the Ideal World studios last week to film a live hour-long show and thought we’d give you a sneaky look at what went on behind the cameras!


The camera crew did a great job of making our Home Consultant (Suzanne) feel at home. Cameras 

In the first part of the show, we discussed our reupholstery service and some of the 800 fabrics you can choose from, such as our pretty Magnolia Gardens fabric which featured on the sofa below. Sat On Sofa

A quick room set change for our Loose Covers section of the show.  The covers are made in our best-selling Mandalay fabric. Changing Set

And of course we’d like to say a huge thank you to our Home consultant, reupholsterer and our wonderful presenter.Sue Mick Presenter 

If you saw the show, why not tell us what you think, and if you missed it, keep a look out for more shows on Ideal World TV over the next few weeks!



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You know your kids have flown the nest when…

You may have seen our blog on how to update your home once your kids have moved out and got a place of your own, but what how will your kids flying the nest really affect your day-to-day life?


You regain control of the remote control.   No more ‘Made in Chelsea’ repeats.  YAY!


You’ve left the cream cake you worked so hard to make in the fridge and it’s still there when you get home.

Cream Cake 


You’ve always thought you would turn their old room into a gym once they left… but now that they have you can’t quite bring yourself to.


Your washing load has reduced by half.  And ironing no longer requires its own date in the diary.

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You can listen to your favourite music from the seventies and eighties without the eye-rolling you’re used to getting.


You can take a long relaxing bath without a queue forming at the bathroom door.



Your children actually nag you for that home cooked Sunday roast (instead of a take away pizza) when they visit.


You don’t have to fake interest in the latest music/ YouTube video/fashion or video games.


You can retire your taxi service.



If the house alarm goes off in the middle of the night, it may actually be a burglar and not your 19 year old coming in from a night out.

Empty nesters, how many of these resonated with you? Or do you have another observation to add to our list? Leave a comment!


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