Selecting the right colour for your decorating job is difficult enough but there is an amazing array of different paint companies with many different products and it can also be quite daunting to select the correct paint and finish. Over the next few weeks I’ll post a few pieces on the various different paint […]

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Fabulous cushions from Bandhini Homewares on a simple linen sofa

Natural Elements There is something timeless about the natural look, probably because natural elements are made to last.  In this modern world, where so many man made fabrics are available, we appreciate the natural products even more. Cotton and linen fabrics are washable and easy to maintain and create a wonderful laid back look. Hemp […]

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Smooth Face bricks from Boral offer a contemporary look

Different types of bricks Smooth Face Bricks Bricks for exterior projects are back in fashion. People are beginning to appreciate the natural look of brick again and the brick manufacturers are responding to this trend and releasing new and innovative bricks that look too good to render over. The smooth face range of bricks gives […]

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Pantone Colour of the year

Pantone The PANTONE MATCHING SYSTEM is the definitive international reference for selecting, specifying, matching and controlling ink colors. Companies all around the globe look to Pantone for guidance on colour trends before launching new product lines.  Pantone’s colour of the year for 2011 is called Honeysuckle.  This is a bright and uplifting colour which adds […]

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Eijffinger Precious wallpaper from Verve Designer Collections

A complete contrast What could be more of a contrast than black and white?  These colours are at either end of the tonal scale and you really make a statement in your interior decorating when you partner these two colours, particularly if you do not use another accent hue.  When choosing colours, designers will think […]

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Laminate Joinery from Laminex

There are many items to consider when choosing the appropriate joinery for your new kitchen.  Firstly, you need to consider the style that you would like to achive.  Do you want a sleek contemporary finish or would you prefer an English country style kitchen or a classic French Provincial look?  The style that you choose […]

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Verve Bazaar green and black

The re-emergence of bright colour In 2008/2009 we witnessed a renaissance of strong clear vibrant colour and the trend for Summer 2010/11 is a continuation of this theme, but if anything the colours are even bolder than before. Beautiful strong bright colours have re-emerged as the stars of decorating, breaking out from the more muted […]

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Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral Red

Background Florence Broadhurst was a lady of many talents. A singing and dancing career in Shanghai during the early part of the 1920s and then the rich experience of travelling throughout Asia with a troupe of entertainers provided her with a whole raft of ideas on which to base her textile designs. The late 1920s […]

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MH Cover

Art for colour scheme inspiration Significant artworks are often an excellent starting point to use when developing a colour palette and a style or theme for your decorating project. Look carefully at a favourite artwork and extract some of the more dominant colours and you have a ready made colour palette. If you are drawn […]

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Perfect colours for a children's nursery

The re-emergence of wallpaper A few years ago, wallpaper was a decorating trend that was embraced by just a few who loved the retro appeal that this design element afforded.Wallpapers were making great statements in commercial environments and some people were using wallpapers as decorator panels or feature walls but many preferred to simply use […]

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