Top Tips for Bathroom Design

Top Tips for Bathroom Design

Bathroom interior design can seem like a scary prospect. Once you decide on your bathroom design it tends to stick around for a few years, so it’s important to find and choose a style you really love. It’s easy to forget that you spend time in your bathroom every single day! It should be a place of comfort, relaxation and rejuvenation, and ultimately somewhere you like to be.

The thought of designing your bathroom may seem dull, boring or a bit of an afterthought.  Here are some top tips to give your bathroom functional features and eye-catching aesthetic it deserves:

Plan, Plan, Plan

When planning your bathroom designs you need to ask yourself – what are your priorities? If you have an indifference to baths but would love a wet room shower, prioritise your personal preference above having a big bath for the sake of it! Making these decisions is a super practical way to use your space more wisely and personalise your bathroom to you. Another great way to do this is to gather all your information and compile them in a mood board to see how your style will meet your layout.

Statement Tiles

The word statement anything can feel a bit daunting! But if you decide on a neutral finish elsewhere, choosing a strong tile will complement the overall styling of your bathroom. This can be the difference between dull and drab to contemporary chic. Your statement tile doesn’t have to be covering your whole bathroom – why not try a statement wall alongside the shower or an extra accent above the sink.

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Light up, Light up

Having signature lighting in your bathroom is key to changing your space with well, the flick of a switch. You might want to add extra lighting around your mirror for subtle functionality, but there are so many lighting options for bathrooms to choose from. Mood lighting is useful to tone down the bright lights or low-level LEDs can mimic that spa sanctuary feel.

Smarter Storage

There’s little worse than having a stunning bathroom, but nowhere to store the items that belong there! Using some built in storage hacks you can use modern mirrors, beautiful basins and cabinets to conceal your sneaky storage. This also keeps your bathroom’s clean and simple exterior.

Accessorise

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It’s about the T’s for this tip – towels, texture – even taps! Don’t’ be afraid to add different elements to accessorise your bathroom. These can compliment the features that can’t be changed so readily. Adding different textures from greenery or ornaments to brightly coloured towels adds an extra splash of colour to your bathroom at an affordable cost. Fabulous faucets can add a real statement to your bathroom design too!

Here are some of the brands we absolutely adore for some beautiful bathroom inspiration…

https://www.laufen.co.uk/

https://uk.lefroybrooks.com/

https://www.drenchshowers.co.uk/

http://www.gessi.com/

http://www.clearwaterbaths.com/

https://www.cmmarketing.co.uk/brand/catalano

Christmas Gifts Guide for Interiors Addicts

Christmas Gifts Guide for Interiors Addicts

It might be nearing the end of November, but if you are like us, you’ll still be running around trying to find last minute gifts for your loved ones. If you are REALLY unlucky, one of your family members (or friends) might be an INTERIORS ADDICT.  Let’s not kid ourselves, aside from fussy parents and/or pernickety partners, interiors fans are probably one of the WORST groups of people to shop for!  They have a SERIOUS eye for detail, a keen sense of style and know the difference between quirky and downright ICKY. 

So we’ve decided to round up our TOP TEN CHRISTMAS GIFTS for those people in your life that are design savvy and require something a little bit special at Christmas.  These items have been sourced from UK retailers, including those local to Northern Ireland, with prices to suit every budget too.

OUR TOP TEN:

BLUE SOL LAMP:

This lamp will be coveted by interiors lovers who have a thing for industrial, urban design due to its exposed bulb.  It’s definitely a more extravagant Christmas purchase at  £86.95. But, its energy efficiency should help save a few pennies in the long run!  Snap it up at Avoca.

CUSHION MADNESS

99.3 percent of interiors fans can’t get enough of cushions! That’s because they are the secret weapon of Interior Design.  This knitted wool cushion from TK Maxx, in an invigorating green has been keenly priced at £19.99. This will look amazing in a contemporary interior, especially alongside a grey colour palette.

CUTE CANDLES

Candles are one of those gifts that are universally embraced by interiors addicts, because they have multiple uses. Be it visual decoration, lighting or scent.  This ‘Urban fig and Olive’ scented candle from Debenhams is an absolute delight.  The hand poured concrete vessel, with geometric design would look right at home in a contemporary interior, AND it’s reusable.  This item has also been reduced from £30.00 to £21.00, win-win!

TIME FOR TEXTURE

Interiors lovers are historically touchy-feely people!  They can’t help it!  Texture plays such an important role in any interior design scheme, which is why we have included this amazing (and extremely heavy) slate photo frame from Gray & Willow.  This frame has been reduced from £20.00 to £12.00 and is available at House of Fraser.  This is one of our Budget Friendly picks and we think it would look right at home in ANY style of interior.

COFFEE ANYONE?

 We think you should only consider this chic Espresso Cup & Saucer set, if you have a pretty good idea of the design styles favoured by your ‘interiors addict’!  The design features a block print offset with a hand painted floral design on new bone china (using 1970’s Italian influence).  The colour palette of soft pinks with sumptuous blues and greens, with gold highlights provides a strong style statement, that we think many interiors fans (who also love an Espresso) would gladly welcome into their home.  Pick this up for £40.00 at Oliver Bonas.

EVERYONE LOVES A CANDLE (THAT’S WHY WE’VE RECOMMENDED TWO!)

We’ve decided to add another scented candle to the mix, as you can’t really have too many scented candles and we have personal experience of these ones!  They smell absolutely beautiful and are hand poured in Ireland.  Bonus points!  Só Soy candles are produced near the infamous Giant’s Causeway and the item pictured can be purchased for £20.00.

LOCAL ART

For interiors lovers who are fans of art AND the inclusion of nature or animals in their living space, this piece of art is sure to be a BIG HIT.  This (limited edition) textured print has been produced by Northern Irish Artist, Kathryn Callaghan and at £210.00 is definitely a bit of a splurge but for the right person, will be a cherished Christmas gift.  You can snap this up at in klöver

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL

Round mirrors are super trendy at the minute and this mirror from M&S is no different.  It has a slightly rugged aesthetic with the addition of rope, which we LOVE! At only £79.00, this is definitely a keenly priced piece you want to snap up!

NEVER GO WRONG WITH A VASE

Interior fans adore statement vases for the pockets of visual interest they bring to an interior.  We’ve chosen this glossy, slightly textured glass vase from Harvey Norman, priced at £55.00.

 STYLISH OFFICE ITEMS

Stationary and interiors addicts kinda go hand-in-hand, which is why we’ve included this very stylised Orla Kiely notebook.  It is a very Budget Friendly price of £18.75 and is available from The Designerie.

All in all, we hope you’ve been inspired by our selection of Christmas gifts! Hopefully you should be ready to hit the pavements with a renewed sense of purpose! Happy shopping!

 Looking for inspiration?  Check out our portfolio.

Top Tips For Styling Coffee Tables

Top Tips For Styling Coffee Tables

Coffee tables might not sound like rocket science, but styling a coffee table takes a little bit of thought to make sure that the items adorning it complement one another, and add visual appeal to the overall aesthetics of a room.  Which is why we’ve decided to share our top tips when styling a coffee table (or a vignette, as it is sometimes referred to).

There are a few golden rules that we like to follow, to ensure that the coffee tables in our completed design schemes are a visual delight.  We think that if you stick to these golden rules, you can’t go wrong.

Coffee Table Styling Golden Rules

Something Living

Bring the outside in, by adding organic form and texture to your display.  There’s nothing more refreshing than the sight (and scent) of fresh blooms or a leafy plant on a coffee table vignette. Flowers also help to soften a more urban, industrial look.  If you’re using a lush green houseplant, don’t forget to wipe those leaves to make ’em shine!

Tray

Adding a tray to your vignette is a fantastic way to organise smaller items, ensuring that the display doesn’t look too cluttered.  Consider a tray that has texture or a metallic finish to add more visual impact.  It’s also useful to include a round tray if a lot of the items in your vignette have straight lines (and vice versa).

Height

Always make sure that you add height to your coffee table display to prevent it from looking too flat and one dimensional.  Books are a great way to introduce pockets of height in a vignette, as you can stack them and place objects on top!  Don’t forget to vary the individual shapes of your objects too.  Always mix things up to keep the eye interested.

Books

Books are a great way to add pattern and colour to a coffee table.  Their covers and spines can complement a design scheme or act as a contrast, and the book itself can also help to incorporate a little bit of your personality and individuality.  As mentioned previously, they are also very effective when stacked, to add more height and therefore, visual interest.

Candle

Candles can add so much to a vignette: for example texture, aroma and atmospheric qualities.  They can be picked up at very reasonable cost from a huge variety of shops.  We definitely think every coffee table should have one (or three!).

Texture

The use of varying textures and finishes plays such an important part in any vignette.  Texture ensures that the overall display doesn’t appear flat, and encourages viewers to take a closer look.

GET THE LOOK

We’ve done the hard work for you!  Check out our selection of bits ‘n’ bobs from a number of online retailers to get you started. Click the links below to take a closer look.

  1. Cream Feather Tea Light Holder, Graham & Green;
  2. Sea Coral Decoration, Nordic House;
  3. Alexander McQueen, Book Depository;
  4. Pentagon Terrarium, Graham & Green;
  5. MARS Textured Metallic Glass Vase, Habitat;
  6. Carve Tray, Amara