5 Interior Design Colour Combinations

A few more ideas on colour combinations for various rooms in your home. From rich blues and mustard yellows to soft pinks and natural greys.

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There defiantly seems to be a theme with the colours that we have chosen for this blog post! Greys always feature as they make a classic look that goes with any other colour or pattern.

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Halloween DIYs 2!

Here is another selection of DIYs for this Halloween season. This time we’ve focused on the use of paper to create these haunting pieces.

For The Wall

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Bats are a quick and effective theme at Halloween. These two examples are easily done. The left is a very sophisticated way to get a little fun decoration into a room. The right would look great along with some pumpkins and the kids will love this one.

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Again a simple, mature and sophisticated looking design.

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Don’t know how to get decorations onto a staircase? Here we go! Get these little mice running around your home. The witch and broom design is a perfect piece to make a wall into a seasonal shrine.

For The Window

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We love this way of making a window into a haunting scene. The one on the left we have done before and it looked so good! They’re the perfect option if you don’t want to clutter the house but want to get a little involved in the festivities.

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This is a slightly more impressive scene. A proper Monsters Inc. inspired look.

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There are so many options for these designs depending on the type and positioning of your windows.

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If you don’t want to have to worry about your jack-o-lanterns being messy or rotting away this is a great way to get the symbolic sign into Halloween.

And This Cat Eye Treat

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This is a pretty simple way to add Halloween decoration to your home. Cut small holes in a cat shaped piece of paper and then poke fairy lights through. We think they look so good and easy!

Happy Making!

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Inspiration – György Kepes

György Kepes was a painter, designer, educator and art theorist.

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He is an unsung hero of design. He was born in 1906 he studied painting in Budapest, then moved to filmmaking after his graduation. In 1930 he moved to Berlin to work with Maholy-Nagy who was a key experimenter in light and moving imagery. They left Germany and ended up in Chicago where they founded an arts school. After leaving Chicago Kepes ended up in 1943 teaching at Brooklyn College and then published “The language of vision”.

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He then moved to M.I.T where he refined his art and the way he thought about art. He conducted experiments and produced exquisitely composed and technically ingenious photographs, photo collages and photograms. Kepes focused his attention on the effects of the light and the objects.

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G Kepes 1906-2001 Purchased 2013 www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P80545

His work and his texts on architecture and light are inspiring:

“In 1967, Gyorgy Kepes wrote: The application of light to clarify and inform architectural spaces and complex cityscapes is not yet a discipline…. We know how to make illumination both adequate and comfortable. This has been the goal of illumination engineers who have learned all that physiology and physics can teach them concerning both natural and artificial lighting. But architects and planners realize that there are immense opportunities in lighting, and they demand more than just comfort and amplitude. “ (Light: The Shape of Space: Designing with Space & Light, Lou Michel, P.xv)

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5 Items We Love On Etsy

Here are some items that we’ve found on Etsy and love!

1)  Happy Giraffe and Bubblegum Pop Poster by Natalprint

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This cute little giraffe print is colourful, fun and different. Perfect for any room of the house.

Available here: Etsy

2) Marble Black and White Ceramic Bowls by ONEandMANY

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These marbled ceramic bowls are the perfect accessory to any kitchen. They’d look great in an industrial or modern style kitchen and look a size.

Available here: Etsy

3) Wood Book Shelves Large Honeycomb by HaaseHandcraft

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These honeycomb shelves are great! Handy to have and a great pop of colour!

Available here: Etsy

4) Coffee Table-Handmade Mid Century Modern Light Teal and Chocolate Brown by TinyLionsDesigns

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We love this mid century coffee table! Again a perfect practical and colourful piece. A timeless style too.

Available here: Etsy

5) Pulley Wall Mount With Industrial Cage Light and Wooden Handle by IndustrialRewind

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These industrial style lights would look great in any room. In a home, restaurant or office this light piece is a great feature.

Available here: Etsy

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Designer – Alvar Aalto

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Alvar Aalto was a Finnish sculptor, painter, designer and architect. At the start of his career in the 1920s his style was focused on ‘Nordic Classicism’. This changed to a more international modern style in the 1930s and continued towards a modernist style till the end of his career in the 1970s.

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Alvar Aalto stool, model E60, designed in 1933. Paimio lounge chair, beech plywood, birch, designed in 1932.

The design style of the furniture by Aalto was considered to be ‘Scandinavian Modern’. His designs were pieces that were simplistic, modern and functional.

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Aalto was concerned with making buildings that are a ‘total work of art’. He would not only design the building but the interiors, the light fixtures and the furniture. The buildings Aalto designed continued to have hints towards the Scandinavian style seen in his furniture and early work.

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“God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.” Alvar Aalto, Sketches, 1978, P.104

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5 colour combinations we love

Five colour combinations that we think really work.

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Pastels and neutrals. A great combination in any room. Especially rooms that need to be brightened.

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The whites from the furniture and bedding, wooden floor and soft blue wall is a bright and airy combination.

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All the soft colours and greys in this room with just the hints of colours from the rustic carpet.

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All the different blues in this room works so well with the neutral browns.

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These greys with the orange and red accessories is a great little mix.

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Five top decorating tips

Here are some great little tips for decorating your home!

1) Add a rug to change a room

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To instantly change a room add a large rug. It will add colour and shape to a room.

2) Keep bits and bobs together with a tray

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If you have random bits you don’t know what to do with organise them with a tray.

3) Don’t forget the doors

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Doors can be forgotten when decorating a room. Paint them to add more colour to a room. Use block colours or create patterns.

4) Update with paint

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Use paint to re-invent your furniture. Spray or hand paint your items to make them new and fresh. There are many ways to do this, the dripping paint seen above is a great idea.

5) Windowsill displays

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Use trinkets, candles, frames and lights to decorate your windowsills. Flowers are especially good for windowsills, bringing the outside in.

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Top 5 items on Etsy

Here are five of our current favourite items on Etsy!

1- Perky Formica Table/ Desk in Yellow by WintersMoonUK

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/151040065/perky-formica-table-desk-in-yellow?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=tables&ref=sr_gallery_17

2- Scissor Lamp Industrial Articulating Wall Lamp Light by LongMadeCo

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/125731669/scissor-lamp-industrial-articulating?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=lamps&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=4fbb6685611c89d4601901feaaff8ea4289978c3:125731669

3- Hanging Plant Holder by SonadoraInLove

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/236036368/large-hanging-plant-holder?ref=fp_item&atr_uid=8751744&aref=47860168108

4- Triangle Wood Shelves by PieceOfShards

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/241609182/triangle-wood-shelves-full-set-of-6-same?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=shelves&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=86ac862fb3442be814540062d194e4134e29cd9a:241609182

5- Individual Hanging Painted Mason Jar by PineknobsAndCrickets

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Available here: www.etsy.com/uk/listing/241609182/triangle-wood-shelves-full-set-of-6-same?ga_order=most_relevant&ga_search_type=all&ga_view_type=gallery&ga_search_query=shelves&ref=sc_gallery_3&plkey=86ac862fb3442be814540062d194e4134e29cd9a:241609182

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Interior Designer – Albert Hadley

“Flair is a primitive kind of style. It is innate and cannot be taught. It can be polished and refined. When a person has flair, a grounding in the principle of design, and self-discipline, that person has the potential of being an outstanding designer.” – Albert Hadley.

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   Interior designer Albert Hadley believed and put into practice that a room cannot become homely, tasteful or enjoyed until the architecture is correct and as desired.

“A good decorator not only plans and schemes, but he also knows how the job is done.” – Albert Hadley

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-Blue Room Presentation Drawing-

He would start a project by structurally sorting out a space. Moving doors to line up with windows, straightening out the room and getting a perfect canvas for his designs.

“Ceilings must always be considered. They are the most neglected surface in a room.” – Albert Hadley.

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-Drawing Room and French Chandelier-

Hadley believed that an interior should be friendly and comfortable, but it should also be ‘fused with unexpected flair.

“Design is defined by light and shade, and appropriate lightning is enormously important.” – Albert Hadley.

“Forget the floor plans. Arrange the furniture where it is the most comfortable and will look best.” – Albert Hadley.

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Spending more than 70 years as an interior designer Hadley never tired of his craft and never ran out of fresh ideas.

“A lot of people worry about the ‘wear and tear’ of furnishings. I feel its more a matter of people treating the things that surround them with respect.” – Albert Hadley.

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His sketches are beautiful even out of context. He was an interior designer, an artist and an illustrator.

“[an interior designer] must be able to clarify his intent keeping in mind that decorating is not a look, it’s a point of view.” – Albert Hadley.

“To create an interior, the designer must develop an overall concept and stick to it.” – Albert Hadley.

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His quotes aren’t too shabby either.

“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilised, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.” – Albert Hadley.

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-Albert Hadley’s Inspiration Board-

“Make your home as comfortable and attractive as possible and then get on with living. There’s more to life than decorating.” – Albert Hadley.

“Decorating is not about making stage sets, it’s not about making pretty pictures for the magazines; it’s really about creating a quality of life, a beauty that nourishes the soul.” – Albert Hadley.

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Colour in your home: Neutrals

Greys, Browns, Black and White. The neutral colours that are often the basis of a room. Add touches of any colour to these and the combination won’t fail.

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Greys.

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Browns.

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Blacks and whites.

Using lights that are neutral colours allows the texture of the shades to come through. And can be an interesting detailed central part of the room.

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And pillows and throws can add extra comfort to any colour schemes.

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Our grey wallpaper!

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