Blog: April 2019

One Green Thing: what can you do?
One Green Thing: what can you do?

To support Earth Week 2019 US TV show Today has a short quiz it's asking people to take to see how they can do just one small thing a day to help save our planet from climate change before it becomes irreversible.
https://www.today.com/series/one-small-thing/what-can-you-do-save-planet...

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Gardens, Environment and ecology, eco friendly, eco home
Top five key elements in a beautiful living room
By Noah Dugall

Living rooms are one of the most popular, versatile spaces in our homes - they're where we chat, relax and entertain. And they're the space that can best show off our personal style and creativity.

Main image: A Victorian fireplace has pride of place in this sitting room designed by Paul Warren Design
 
 
For these reasons we're happy to put time and effort to making a room that's stylish, comfortable and inviting. So if you're embarking on operation living room update and want to create a space you'll be happy to return home day after day, consider these five key elements that make a sitting room appealing:
 
A Coherent Colour Scheme
The colour scheme you choose will determine the look and feel of your living room, as different shades can have different psychological effects. For example, if you want to feel calm and relaxed, blue is an ideal colour to choose. However, if you want a living room to lift your mood and increase your energy levels, incorporate yellow into your interior design. While those who want cleanliness and purity should keep things simple and chic with white. Choose colours within a colour family, so a dark blue, mid blue and a complementary shade such as a soft green. But avoid clashing colours at all costs and feature walls have had their day! 
 
A Comfortable Sofa
Tricky because while a lot of sofas might feel comfortable when you sit on them for five minutes in a showroom, when you spend a lot of time on them you find they're anything but comfortable. So the moral of the tale is sit on a sofa you're trying out for at least 30 mins and adopt various positions...shoes off of course as you won't want to annoy the shop staff! Remember while the style and colour of your sofa can help to bring the interior design to life, it is crucial to consider comfort. A cosy sofa will provide the perfect welcome after a hard day's work, as it can help melt away stress once you settle down for the evening. So always test a sofa thoroughly before to avoid making a choice you later come to regret.
 
A Focal Point
Every living room needs a beautiful focal point that will grab everyone's attention. To make your visitors fall in love with your décor, pick an impressive piece that will draw their eye each time they step inside a room. For example, you could hang a chandelier to add luxury and elegance to your interior design, or you could showcase your eye for detail and tradition by incorporating one of the many sophisticated Victorian fireplaces available. 
 
Good Lighting
Lots of us are guilty of overlooking lighting when redesigning the living room. If you're lucky enough to have a room with feature large south-facing windows, pull back the curtains and pull up any blinds as high as possible to allow lots of  natural sunlight in. But if your living room isn't awash with natural light, aim to layer lighting across the room. For example, illuminate dark corners with a stylish floor lamp, brighten up the space with ceiling LED spotlights, and switch on a table lamp to create a cosy, inviting atmosphere. And do ensure you invest in energy-saving bulbs as they do reduce your electricity consumption and help save the planet! As well as LEDs look at CFLs - compact fluorescents. 
 
Artwork
To inject personality into your décor you need art. So consider hanging a painting, a big framed photograph or vintage poster. Pieces of sculpture or ceramics are also great artworks and it's fun to build up a collection. Choose a work that reflects your taste .. and do bear in mind how it sits in your colour scheme. So if your painting is predominantly yellow but your room is cerise pink, it may not work so you'll need to put it in another room. Artworks shouldn't stand out because they clash with what's in the room. 
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painting and decorating, Original style, Victorian fireplaces, Furniture, recycling, eco friendly, De-cluttering, eco home, art