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Trend Alert: Clever Copper

Copper has been everywhere in interior design over the last year or so and its popularity doesn’t appear to wavering.  The trend is even taking over our high street stores from light fittings to kitchen utensils and bathroom fixtures. 

Why is this trend so popular?

Stainless steel has been the staple metal of choice in our homes for many years, and so it was difficult to imagine another metallic becoming so popular, however the glamour, grandeur and versatility of Copper has helped propel this hue into our homes.

How to use incorporate the Copper trend into your home?

Whether beaten, aged or shiny, this warm metallic tone is perfect for any season and works well with both vibrant and neutral colour schemes. Team with grey and white for a calm and contemporary feel, dusty pastels for a playful feminine feel, or for an intense and moody vibe - deep indigo blues.

Here are some of my best copper finds..

Copper 

 This colour also looks great on the walls; take a look at the Colour Predictions blog we posted towards the beginning of the year looking at Dulux’s colour of the Year – Copper Orange.

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Kids Have Flown the Nest? It’s Time to Refresh Your Home!

If your children have grown up and recently moved into their own homes, it may be hard at first to adjust to a quieter “empty nest”. It can also be an exciting time in your life - you can begin to truly enjoy your home again, reclaiming the space and creating an environment for yourself to spend time relaxing in. Here are some simple tips to employ to revamp and refresh the main rooms in your house.

Refresh Your Furniture: Choose Light!

We’re all guilty of choosing darker fabrics that can hide a multitude of sins - now there are no kids or teenagers around, however, it’s time to embrace a fresh and bright new look! A neutral base colour works well on both sofas and chairs because it creates a blank canvas for you to add splashes of colour to with bright or patterned accessories such as scatter cushions and flowers.  

Chelsea Velvet

Throw out the Throws: Upgrade to a Loose Cover

Throws can be a useful solution when you want to protect your furniture from small feet and dirty hands, but after years of moving them after they slipped, it may be time to put them to better use.  If you no longer love the style of your sofa’s fabric, a better alternative to a throw is a removable sofa cover.  They still have the advantage of being washable - yet are much more close fitting, stylish and practical. (Don’t know what loose covers are? You’ll be amazed at what a good solution this is for giving sofas and chairs a facelift. See how they work here.)

Loose Covers Jenny  

Update your Accessories

People find that when they have children they tend to hide away anything fragile or impractical, especially if you have boys that like to play indoor sports!  Now that they’ve moved on you can begin to reintroduce those accessories that make a house feel more homely – without the fear of shattered pieces.

Accessories  

Reclaim Your Bathroom

Sharing a bathroom with teenagers can take it’s toll on any family.  Some mornings in a busy household can feel like Piccadilly Circus, and you can almost guarantee that everyone will want to use the bathroom at the same time!

Now is the perfect time to take back your bathroom and create a haven. Without the hair products, make-up, and general clutter that teenagers tend to acquire, your bathroom may seem quite bare - fill this extra space with items that create a calm and happy atmosphere.  Fresh flowers, pretty perfume bottles and tasteful art will create the indulgent yet relaxing space you deserve.

Glamour Bathroom 

 

If you would like any help creating a fresh new look, contact Plumbs today and ask one of our 140 personal home consultants to give you some advice on what will work best in your home. 

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Trend Alert: Soft Summer Florals

As we approach the summer months, now is the perfect time to incorporate some soft and subtle florals into your home. 

These delicate designs work well in a colour palette of soft pastel shades like the duck egg blues and muted greens (as shown below). When shopping for accessories be on the lookout for pretty wildflower motifs, and try to buy objects in varying sizes to create a layered look.  Mixing different floral patterns can help create that meadow feel, yet still give you an overall co-ordinated look.

Take a look at some of my fabulous floral finds…

Floral

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Highlights from the Ideal Home Show London

The Ideal Home Show London has finished for another year so now is the perfect time to look over the highlights from the new venue – Olympia, London.

Indigo & Earth Living Room

This blue colour scheme is anything but cold, especially when teamed with the contemporary wood burner and plush metallic accessories.  Although there is quite a large sofa and a lot of furniture in this room, the use of glass and mirrors make this living room feel much more spacious. 

Blue Room 

Slate & Leaf Dining Room

Botanicals are an interior trend that’s set to stay! The vivid Green and Yellows in this room look great against the dark charcoal walls.  The addition of white chairs and light pendant helps freshen and balance the overall look. Although the overall feel of this dining room is quite moody, the accessories and styling help take our minds straight to Spring/Summer.

Botanical Room 

Copper & Clay Bedroom

The Copper Blush walls in this bedroom are a huge trend for 2015.  This colour and two-tone paint effect really plays on the Mediterranean feel of this trend.  This design has also incorporated another big trend this season.  Bold geometric prints in a mix of styles and sizes help add splashes of extra colour to this bedroom.

Copper Room

We loved how eye-catching this stand was from www.Turkisde-light.com. The dizzying display of colours, patterns and lights looked great against the black back drop. Turkish Lamps

And of course the telephone box sofa on the Plumbs stand!  We loved speaking to all who stopped by, and we hope everyone had as much fun as we did.  We look forward to seeing you all next year!

Telephone Box Sofa 

Why not take a look at our upcoming events to see where we are next…

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