How to choose the best art for your room

Advice, Art, Inspiration, Styling

The right piece of art can really increase the visual interest of any space.  Have you ever walked into a room and been captured by a unique piece of art that took your breath away?  I love rooms like that, people love rooms like that we all want to have rooms like that.  Let’s talk through how you, can get a room

Easy steps on how to get some timeless and classy Navy into your home!

Advice, Colour, Inspiration, Styling

Lately I have been noticing navy everywhere.  Fashion, how many summers have I seen nautical themed fashion, it just works. In nature, look up to the evening sky and out to the ocean it’s there and in BIG doses. Advertising, navy is used by the advertising world to project trust, loyalty, intelligence, truth brands like Facebook and HP are blue for this reason.  And of course lastly I’ve been noticing navy interiors.  Navy plush velvet chesterfields, navy damask wallpaper, navy upholstered high back dining chairs, navy plush custom designed carpet and the list goes on.  Navy is an easy colour to live with, so lets look at some ways we can introduce this classy colour into our living spaces.

Navy is a timeless, classic colour.  It never dates, always looks good, you can dress it up or down, yes even in interiors.  It plays well with other colours, textures, styles.  I would go as far to say it’s a neutral, it goes with everything.. yes, even black if tastefully done.

There are a few ways to introduce navy into an existing colour scheme or use it as a basis to create a new one by use of some simple colour theory.

Getting back to basic colour theory, get your colour wheel out and look at colour combinations such as emerald, rubies and copper they work beautifully with navy to create a tetrad of four colours that relate.  I also like the triad of gold, ruby and navy together.  Then there is the complimentary navy and copper, lastly theres citrine with garnet and navy that make for a very sophisticated palette.  Of course when pairing these colour combinations together it’s important to get the recipe right, you don’t want to use equal parts of each colour in the room, this will make for a boring interior.  Create some drama and intrigue, mix it up with the values of light, tone and shade of the colours you use.  You may be bold and paint navy walls, then keep your flooring lighter in tone and maybe introduce a complimentary orange tone by way of some accent chairs to create some interest.  Another alternative is light walls, navy carpet and then some ruby and gold accents in cushions, picture frames etc…. for a triadic colour scheme.

I’ve put together some of these colour combinations below showing navy with it’s various colour  partner options.  Of course Colour Theory is just a starting point things can be mixed up, adding black, grey and white to the mix will add a whole different dimension to the look.  Either way, have a play with navy, you might just like what you discover.

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Our dream home is built, but they didn’t furnish my interior!!

Advice, Building/Renovating, Have a Plan, The decorating process

I visited Homeworld at Kellyville recently as I have had a number of my clients say they want the interiors of their newly built homes to have the same feel as the display homes at Homeworld.

The new homes that are being built around the Hills District of Norwest Sydney, in The Ponds, Stanhope Gardens, Kellyville, Rouse Hill,  Bella Vista, Glenhaven areas are an excellent example of quality cutting edge design and lifestyle friendly living.

I found a lot of the builders have tried to create a point of difference in their home designs which means a greater range of options are available to home buyers.  A few that I discovered were the addition of cloakrooms in the foyers of Sekisui Houses homes, these were a well thought out inclusion, as often people now like to store their shoes and jackets, sports equipment in a common area.  The family living area that incorporates outdoor entertaining really captures our Australian way of life and is now seen as standard in these new homes and also gives increase use of our Aussie backyard but the outworking of this vary with each home design.

What happens when you finish building your brand new home, move in and realise that your reality doesn’t match your ideal (that beautiful display home that first gave you the desire to build in the first place)? You think – – ‘Our dream home is built, but they didn’t furnish my interior!!’ I’m still sitting on the same lounge, dining at the same table, sleeping in the same bed and it all looks the same but just in a different location.  You feel frustrated because of the gap between your home and the display home.

My Decorator wants to work with you to close that gap.  We would love to find out what you envisage the interior of your home to look like and then work with you as little or as much as you like to help you achieve the desired outcome for your new homes interior design so that your dream will be complete.  We will work to a budget, make recommendations on floor and window coverings, furniture, art, decorator accessories, lighting, paint colours, wallpaper and what extra additions you could introduce that will bring the desired WOW factor that you are after.  Why don’t you take advantage of our special offer below and call us now to book your consultation.

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Colour me happy!

Colour, Inspiration

Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways – Oscar Wilde

I love colour. When used well it can really make a room sing. But how do you work out what colour to paint your walls?

I guess as a starting point it comes down to having a think about the room, it’s use, it’s user and it’s location.

Is the room small or large? If it’s small you don’t want to go painting it a dark colour as this will close the space in.

What’s the room used for? Children’s bedroom? Probably don’t want to paint this orange as it is a very stimulating colour and you may not get your children to bed at night, rather choose a restful colour blue or pink.  Accents of orange or red are fine just not in large doses.

Who is using the space? What are their colour likes and dislikes, how do certain colours make the user feel?

Location of the room needs to be considered when choosing your paint colour. How much natural light the room gets and the direction it faces plays a part too.

Lastly just choose a colour that makes you happy and enjoy your space!

Blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom as it is very restful on the eye. Image from hearthomemag.co.uk

Blue is the perfect colour for a bedroom as it is very restful on the eye. Image from hearthomemag.co.uk

 

Meanings behind colours used in logos.

Meanings behind colours used in logos.

If you have a room that doesn't get a lot of sun and always feels cold paint it a warm colour like this, you will notice the change immediately.  Image from designsponge.com

If you have a room that doesn’t get a lot of sun and always feels cold paint it a warm colour like this, you will notice the change immediately. Image from designsponge.com

Come home and relax in a tranquil blue lounge room.  Image from dislive.com

Come home and relax in a tranquil blue lounge room. Image from dislive.com

Who said you have to paint the walls?  Bring colour into your room with furniture, art or maps in this case and decorator items.  Image from elementsofstyle.blog.com

Who said you have to paint the walls? Bring colour into your room with furniture, art or maps in this case and decorator items. Image from elementsofstyle.blog.com

Love the art and blue velvet upholstered furniture against the light blue/grey walls, it just works.  If you have a room that gets a lot of sun, cool it down with blue or other cool colours. Image from revistaaxxis.com.ca

Love the art and blue velvet upholstered furniture against the light blue/grey walls, it just works. If you have a room that gets a lot of sun, cool it down with blue or other cool colours. Image from revistaaxxis.com.ca

Beautiful use of colour. Image from vintage revival.com

Beautiful use of colour. Image from vintage revival.com

A touch of primary green complimentary to the floor boards makes for a dramatic but welcoming kitchen.  Image from loftenberg.com

A touch of primary green complimentary to the floor boards makes for a dramatic but welcoming kitchen. Image from loftenberg.com

Don't you just love this Moroccan inspired bedroom?

Don’t you just love this Moroccan inspired bedroom?

Stunning paint work in this home.  Image from fashion telegraph.com.uk

Stunning paint work in this home. Image from fashion telegraph.com.uk

Further information:

Did you know My Decorator offers Colour Consults, why don’t you make an appointment for one today and we can help you choose the best colours for your space.  Just call 0439 081 072 to make your appointment.