Designing your own Mood Board

Designing your own Mood Board in a nutshell…

Mood boardThe Base Colour: this can be the colour of the wall or the floor as this is the largest coloured area in the room.  How about adding samples? If you haven’t got the exact sample you can do it with a picture.  Flooring samples will help you think of other textures too.

The Accent Tone: if you choose an under stated base colour now is the time to add a little splash of drama, if that’s too much for you then just pick a similar tone a 3 or 4 shades away from your chosen colour. You can layer it with all sorts of samples like wallpaper, paint, fabric and trimming.

The Accessories: these can be anything from cushions to frames, rugs, cups, lampshades and even cupboard knobs!

Want to know more? Get in touch with me on studio@paulatrovalusci.co.uk

Paula, x

How to Dress Bay Windows – Part 2

Create a custom-built seating area and dress it with Roman Blinds

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I like working with bay windows. They vary so much in size and shape that no 2 bay windows are ever the same and this is precisely what makes dressing a bay window so challenging.

What ever window treatment you choose it is important to work with your windows and not against it. Don’t disguise or hide them in any way.

Make the bay area a focal point, bring it into the heart of your scheme and make sure that, as well as looking good, the bay provides comfort and extra storage space. Let’s face it, one can never have enough storage!

This type of project requires skill so I suggest you call in a professional!  A good carpenter or joiner should be able to build a good window seat for you that is both stylish and functional.  You can finish dressing the area with Roman Blinds for a tailored, smart look.  Add a few cushions to the seat, a small side table and all you will be missing is a good book and/or a glass of wine!

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How have you decorated your bay windows?  Perhaps you have questions about your bay window you would like me to answer for you?

Email me on info@curtainlab.co.uk, I’ll do my best to answer!

Paula Trovalusci,

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Coming up in Part 3:  How to use full-length curtains to dress bay windows. If you can’t wait to find out more check out http://www.curtainlab.co.uk for your  tracks, pole systems and other curtain needs check out our online shop http://www.curtainlabone.com

 

At Home with Scandinavian Design & Style

Not sure about you but I have fallen in love with Scandi Style interiors.  Especially when it has that all too gorgeous mid-century touch. As we experience a Fifties Revival (seen the furniture at John Lewis lately?) it seems that we can’t get enough of the Northern European Chic.

scandinavian design, scandi styleWhy is Scandi Style so appealing? I hear you ask. In my humble opinion, it’s the fact that Scandinavian Designs are meant to be functional, practical and yet beautiful with gorgeous clean lined shapes. Many Scandi products feel very ‘nature inspired’ as they combine great design with the use of natural materials like sheepskin, wool, leather, felt and of course wood!

I am a fan of Orla Kiely prints too, of course. But Nordic prints take that style a step further and make it look fresh, modern and up to date.

If, like me, you are a fan of this style too, here are a few key points to remember:

Textiles: use abstract prints, natural linens and nature graphics.

Ceramics: look for modern, symmetrical shapes, fluid lines.

Lighting: I like their sculptured, futuristic pieces that make a real statement. Cloudberry Living, Design Home Stockholm and Rume have great selections!

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Wooden Flooring: blond, white flooring with a grain and perhaps a high sheen fits the bill perfectly. I have Kahrs flooring, they also do beech, birch, ash and pine.

Furniture: look out for ergonomic and functional pieces with clean lines – especially if they were inspired by iconic designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J Wegner and Alvar Aalto.

Colour: keep to a cool palette with chalky finishes. Greys, steely blues and cool-toned whites go well as a base colour. Accent and interest can be created using splashes of bright retro colour in accessories and fabric.

How about the budget?  To make it easier on the all too precious purse, you can mix your own ‘old and new’ furniture and you are already half way there!

Any questions? Comments? Please get in touch!

 

Paula Trovalusci

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Decorating Dilemma – Decorate on a Budget

Dilemma: I rent a house and need to decorate on a budget, but I still want to make sure it reflect my personality. How do I do that?

Solution: rental properties are often left pretty ‘magnolia’ as it needs to appeal to potential buyers. If you have recently rented yours and your landlord wants to keep it plain I suggest you add your personal touch and splashes of colour with soft furnishings. Cushions, throws, curtains and blinds can transform the room and make it your own heaven.

Decorate on a budget

Ready-made soft furnishings are available in many shapes, sizes, colours and are often inexpensive you are bound to find something that echos both your personality and your purse! High Street Stores such as Dunelm Mill and Ikea should stock all you need.

If you find something that is better quality but outside your price range remember that these items will all be taken away with you when and if you move into a place of your own.

Vases, picture frames and rugs are also great ways to add personality to an otherwise clinical look.

If you have any questions you would like me to answer for you, email me at info@curtainlab.co.uk, I will do all I can to answer it.  Or have a look at our sister site http://www.curtainlabonline.com

Thanks for reading!

 

 

 

How to Dress Bay Windows – Part 1

At first glance Bay Windows are a tricky space to dress. The angles can be challenging to work with, not all poles can be bent, the radiator might be in the way of curtains, etc. The list of obstacles is rather long. However, there are a number of very practical, functional and stylish solutions to choose from.

Roman or indeed Roller Blinds present a contemporary and simple solution for bay windows while curtains can add extra privacy and warmth in the cooler months. Combining Curtains and Blinds not only adds the decorative finishing touch but it also frames the window and adds a rather smart finish.

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If impact and drama is what you are after try bringing together a larger pattern with a more tamed tone-in-tone colour.  The curtains can either be left ‘standing’ or can be arranged hang arranged on holdbacks for a more dressed look.

Still confused on how to dress bay windows? Our Part 2 is coming up next, read on!

Coming up in Part 2: Roman Blinds and a Made-to-Measure sitting area for Bay Windows if you can’t wait to find out more check out http://www.curtainlabonline.com