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How to create a subtle themed room: Seaside Sophistication

Themed rooms have been around for what seems like forever, and the one that seems most popular is the seaside retreat.  It can be difficult to create a themed look without it looking contrite, so we've put together the best examples of subtle seaside themed rooms to help you create your own.

This look is very paired back, with just a few simple accessories giving a nod to the theme.  The fresh white sofa covers give a less formal feel to the overall look, and are a great base for the bright blue striped scatter cushions.

 Living Room Fireplace housetohome.co.uk

This look is all about the accessories.  The white orchids and muted colour scheme create a sense of calming sophistication, whilst the sea grass rug and starfish art bring nature inside. A touch of colour is brought in through the soft blue scatter cushions.

White Orchid starfishcottageblog.com

This is a modern take on a coastal themed room, and again we see a colour palette of muted creams, and greys. The wood burner is the focal point in this room, creating a cosy welcoming environment. The seaside element is brought in through the statement boat and white washed floorboards

Luxury Self Catering Holiday House In Mousehole

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Themed rooms aren't always seen as the height of interior design, however with a little careful consideration and planning you can create a look that not only evokes a sense of your favourite beach destination as well as being sophisticated.

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How to change the ambience of your room with these simple steps

You’ve spent months looking at paint samples and carefully choosing furniture, but as you stand back and admire your new room something doesn’t quite feel right.  The things we often don’t consider when redesigning a room are the small tricks and tricks that can make all the difference to the room’s ambience.

Here’s our top tips on how to give your home that much needed warmth and style..

1. Lighting

Lighting is one of the most important yet over looked factors when designing the layout of a room.  The right lighting can help change the flow, define different areas and add atmosphere to a space.

Use lamps and fittings with down lighting, as this gives off a soft glow perfect for when you want to create a cosier atmosphere at night.  If you have a dining area in your living room this is a great place to install lighting above. The lighting will help to zone the area away from the rest of the room and is also practical when eating at night.

Dining Lighting  

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 Lightning 2

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2. Mirrors

Using mirrors to make spaces feel bigger is no new trick but can be an important one none the less. They are not only functional but can also add detail and decoration to the room.

Large ornate mirrors make great focal points in a space and will trick the eye.  A good tip when hanging a mirror is to try and place it across from a window. This will bounce the light back into the room and make it feel much more open.

Venetian Mirror 

Mirror 2 

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3. Textures

Adding different textures to the room not only creates layers and adds depth; it’s also a subtle alternative to using lots of colour.   If your colour scheme is quite neutral mixing textures helps prevent the room from looking too flat, whilst giving the space a sense of warmth and comfort.

Textures are also a great way to bring a sense of nature in doors. Faux fur, plants and wood grain

Hannah Blackmore Interiors White  

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Texture 

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4. Decorative Accessories

Candles are a great way to create atmosphere in a room but they work even better when mixed with interesting decorative accessories. When choosing accessories for your home it’s important to think about what they will add to the room.  Avoid choosing things to fill spaces on a shelf or to fit in with a ‘theme’ - chances are you won’t love it and will be tempted to change it at a later date.

Instead it’s best to choose things that you love and reflect your personality.  Think about your favourite plants, prints by an artist you admire or items you’ve picked up on your travels.  

 Decorative Accessories

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5. Add a rug

Rugs are great because not only are they very practical they can also dramatically alter the way a room feels. There are so many options when choosing a rug for your room to consider, allowing you to add more colour or pattern to a room or soften the look of bare floors.

One design rule to consider when buying a rug is choosing a size big enough to slide under the front legs of sofas and chairs in a seating arrangement – this will help zone the area, and the rug will feel more proportional to the size of your room.

Navy Rug 

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I hope we’ve inspired you to add some interesting and personal touches to your home to bring it back to life!  Tell us your plans in the comments section below…

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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?

1.

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

2.

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 

3.

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.

4.

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

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5.

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

6.

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

Queue 

7.

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

8.

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

9.

You can retire your taxi service.

Taxi 

10.

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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Inventive ways to use wallpaper

Do you have a room you love but wish to inject some personality into it?  By getting creative with your decorative accessories and thinking outside of the box when it comes to pattern you can create a look that is truly unique to you.

Beautiful patterned wallpaper is a great way to add colour and interest to a room.  Here are some different ways you can use the design you love….

Inside a bookcase

Make your favourite books, picture frames and pieces of art pop against a bold colour or pattern.  This is also a great way to add your own style to a rented home without having to touch the walls.

Wallpapered Bookcase Trellis Bookcase Decor1 

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On a staircase

Wallpapering the steps of your staircase will turn them into a feature as people enter your home.  It may be best to leave walls quite neutral for balance, and it’s important to consider whether you would like the same pattern all the way up or a mix of wallpapers in in a similar colour palette.

 Wallpaper Stairs

The fridge

This look may not be practical for everyone, but it can be a way of transforming a dull fridge you don’t like into a stand out piece in your kitchen.

Wallpaper Fridge 

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A piece of Art

If you have leftover pieces of wallpaper lying around the house then this is a great way to use them up.  You can have fun playing with different patterns and colours and also choosing the frame itself.  These pretty French style wallpapers look great with the ornate frames.

 Wallpaper Frames

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Update an old dresser

One of the most popular ways of updating an old dresser or chest of drawers is to add a bold colourful pattern.  You can be quite creative when deciding where to place your wallpaper.  Covering the face of your drawers is good idea if you’re not happy with the current finish, or for a more secret splash of pattern, why not add paper to the drawer insides or sides like the ones below.

Wallpaper Drawers 

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