Does your home need a speedy and stylish, Christmas makeover? Does it exude Festive Hygge? What is Festive Hygge? Read on for our easy to implement top tips on how to ready your pad for a cosy and gorgeous Christmas.
At our North London headquarters we've been putting on our Interior Designer, Xmas hats and:
1. Lusciously layering
Raid the linen cupboards for cushions, sheepskins, blankets and table runners to pop and drape seductively, over beds, sofas, chairs and tables for seasonal snug-ness, just like the Scandinavians do. Adding layers and textures gives a luxurious warmth and inviting feel to any hosting space.
2. Celebrating Assymentry
When adding decorations to a mantlepiece, occasional table, window or quite frankly anywhere, there's a magic rule of three (or uneven numbers). A stylists most loved trick is to go for three of anything. This could be a trio of candles, an uneven grouping of very different Christmas icons but in the same colour group or cushions thoughtfully arranged on your sofa in threes, fives or sevens
3. Loving Fresh Foliage
When it comes to a proper Hygge home, plastic decs are a big no no. Instead get yourselves to your nearest wild space, park or florist and snap up some stems and lengths of "The Holly and the Ivy" some cheeky mistletoe and a natural wreath of spruce, pine cones and dried fruits. Deck your halls and sitting rooms with boughs and natural, healthy happiness.
4. Getting Flaming Festive
Light is best when it's natural so turn down the LEDs and light some candles. Better still light lots of candles, better still light some plant based (soy) candles with natural winter fragrances = Instant Christmassy feels all 'round. We're absolutely loving these most stylish and ethical candles from Farmacy
5. Showcasing Jewel Tones
Get your reds and greens on but also your teals, mustards and indigos. Go deep and dark on walls, cushion covers, sofas, decorations, throws, table runners and all the trimmings. Outside may be grey (or white if we're lucky) so the ultimate Christmas interior should be, in contrast, a rich and colourful feast for the eyes.
6. Hanging Paper Decorations
No longer will plastic tinsel adorn our homes and office. This year we're all over the communal paper chain making, cutting festive silhouettes and snowflake modelling or simply get some amazing paper decorations here www.papersnowflake.co.uk
7. Toasting Good Lighting
The Hygge way with light is to turn it down low and have several sources. Look for opportunities to place lamps (floor, table or wall) or white fairy lights around a room to create cosy pockets of light and reading nooks instead of one large overhead light source.
8. Warming our Souls
Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Sounds good hey? If you have one, light it up! Nothing welcomes your guests from the cold outdoors like an enchanting, roaring fire. It also invites warm conversation and a perfect opportunity for Christmas cocktails.
9. Having Cosy Toes
Clear, minimal flooring might look fantastic in the warmer months but when you're hunkering down and want to create a more sumptuous feeling room, get yourself a rug. Natural materials are best as they're kinder on the environment and sensual underfoot. It's definitely cold outside so lets dress the house up accordingly.
10. Smelling a Lot Like Christmas
Great interior design should be a triumph across the senses, except maybe for taste, unless that's good taste we're talking - Ho Ho Ho. Throw some aromatic pinecones on that fire you've just lit and for the rest of the rooms, here are our favourite Winter smells (also loved by *Wallpaper's Tyler Brûlée) which will leave your house smelling like a romantic and Christmassy woodland retreat.
Then, come the new year when you're looking to make some more permanent changes in your home we'd love to hear from you and offer our assistance 020 7281 3601
Until then we'd like to wish you all a
VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
STYLISH NEW YEAR!
Last week we visited Clerkenwell Design Week (which is technically only three days - go figure). An indoor/outdoor festival as venues spread out from Angel all the way to Old Street and Smithfields in venues as diverse as a nightclub, Victorian underground prison and churches and boasting it's own street party on Great Sutton Street. It's also open to the public so you can go and discover at the same time as the Pros. Here are our favourite sights and finds from a very fun, boozy final day.
Japan, the coolest place on Earth? Well their architecture and interiors are super-cool. After watching the fantastic documentary Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things on Netflix and always being asked by clients for clever small space solutions, I knew that The Japanese House punches above it's weight on both of these topics. So here's a little on what we saw at the current Barbican show. We thoroughly recommend that you get yourself down there. You will literally get lost in this fantastic exhibition. Open until 25th June.
..... then head to Bonfire BBQ for a Coke Float
Are you a fan of those Grand Designs and £100K Houses with their minimal Plywood surfaces and furniture? Us too. Hot of the Press - we've just stumbled upon Plykea (launched this month) who can give you a cool, architect designed looking kitchen using IKEA cupboard frames.
This lovely company can make bespoke, hand finished doors, cover panels and worktops for your IKEA’s Metod base cabinets to re-vamp your out-of-date kitchen and get a the Scandi (Hygge) vibe on. I'm sure Piers Taylor would approve.
Colour schemes - Do you really know what a colour scheme is and even if you do where do you start? Well I'm going to share some trade tips over my next few posts which'll help to transform and enhance your home or business.
As a trained colour consultant, I am in my element playing with colours and making them work in a space so I thought I'd let you in on some of the tricks I've learnt over the years.
Taking Inspiration from Nature
Look at the flora and fauna around you, country, parks, beaches, skies, shells, animals, there are an infinite amount of colour combinations out there but here are some ideas to start you off
Mountain - Just imagine a forest green velvet sofa, with charcoal cushions floorboards with pale grey walls with moody sky blue and light green accessories. This scheme would also work for a jungle themed room
Arctic - Icy blues and fresh whites riven with grey veins makes a perfect colour scheme for a kitchen with marble tops, painted cupboards and gr-eige accents. Also note the icy clear glass splash-back.
Flamingo - A very on-trend colour scheme from the most kitsch and colourful flamingo. Use this colour everywhere from colour-pop skirting boards and doors to duvet covers and kitchen cupboards. Mix with brown toned neutrals (ala flamingo chick) and some white and grey to anchor the room.
Mallard - One of my faves. This bird has plenty of safe neutrals to play with but the shocking cobalt blue and emerald green would work perfectly on mass as in the walls pictured above or as highlights in cushions, silk lampshades and rugs.
Seaside - The seaside is full of colourful ideas. For a bold room you could paint the entire room orange and have neutral furniture and green accents or like the second picture where the feature piece enlivens a room set against natural colours and a hint of sea green to create a rustic and calm space.
So look around you, look at favourite nature prints and paintings and notice the harmonious colours, which will have been a big part of what drew you to the place/image in the first place, then translate into your space. Well that was easy. Thanks nature!
Find our second part on 'how to create a colour scheme' soon and in the meantime contact us should you need more help
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