Archive for: October, 2013



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The moment I set eyes on the entryway featured in today’s Palette Addict post I knew it was perfect for Bright.Bazaar. This is a fine example of a simple yet creative idea for decorating with colour and the boldly painted floor for an entryway or boot room makes total sense. This scheme works because it strikes a stylish balance by pairing a strong and vivid green for the painted floorboards with a monochromatic palette there up on the walls and furniture. By keeping the main introduction of hue to the floor only it gives it added emphasis in the scheme; just a few small splashes of the green are needed elsewhere in the space to punctuate the black and white palette. In this example the floorboards create a natural pattern which works well to soften the block addition of such a strong shade.

I’m keen to replicate this look in my own apartment. A new floor is an ideal way to create a stylish and dramatic statement in a space because it covers such a large surface area of the ‘decorating’ real estate of a room. There are some stylish options on Factory Direct Laminate Flooring that have caught my eye. With this approach it’s important to use your flooring choice and colour to create a versatile base palette that will complement and anchor the other elements of the scheme. Have you ever painted a floor in a hot hue? What colour would you choose if you were to paint a floor in your home?

// Photography by Karin Foberg for Hus & Hem

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Last week I was delighted to see that my console makeover made it onto Design*Sponge (thanks, Grace!) and today I’d like to share the detailed steps of how I achieved the new look. I was keen to inject some colour into my entryway console unit and did so by taking inspiration from my bag (seen in the finished shot). I matched the paint colours at my local DIY store and then worked them into the piece by painting the tips of the legs to create a dipped leg effect. You all know I’m totally hooked on hue, so of course I went the extra leg (no pun intended!) and painted the drawers, too. This is a super simple simple DIY – yes, it takes over your apartment for a few hours with random pieces of the console drying wherever there’s space, but it’s totally worth it. Start by sanding the areas you plan to paint and then wipe clean with a cloth. Next, turn the console body upside down, measure equal lengths from the base of the legs downwards and mark with a pencil. Carefully mask area to paint just above the pencil mark, keeping the tape as straight as you can as you go around; do the same along the inside of the drawers. Now you’re all set to paint. I did two coats using brushes, but you could also use spray paint. Peel the masking tape while the paint is still damp to avoid peeling and then assemble once fully dry. Finally, complete the look by accessorising with coordinating hardware. What do you think of my little DIY, friends? Have you ever done anything similar?

// Photography by Will Taylor

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Well, well, well, this is quite the scheme to make all the other houses on your street green with envy! Don’t be fooled by the clean lines as although this hallway appears to be simply decorated it's actually a very well-considered space. When layering one shade on top of another from within the same colour family, in this case green on green, it's important to pick an accent shade that differs in tone from the other. This entryway is a fine example of how to execute this approach in a real life scheme as the rustic weathered tolix chair is not only a juxstaposition to the high gloss clean lines seen in the rest of the space, but is also a key element for bringing visual depth to the narrow space. This is achieved by placing the darker green chair in front of the brighter and lighter wallpaper. I'd certainly be happy to see this each time I walked through my front door, especially with that adorable tennis racket wallpaper! What do you like about this entryway?

// Turner Pocock Cazalet

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