• by Aideen McCanny
  • 02 Oct, 2017

Looking for ways to warm up a room, without turning up the heat? Here, we share our tops tips to easily add lashings of warmth!

1. Layers, layers and more layers  

The simplest way to add a little warmth to a room is to expose it to lashings of layers. Rooms with exposed brickwork and floor to ceiling windows look magnificent but can easily feel cold. However, overcoming this is simple! Our top tip is to add a plethora of rugs, cushions and throws to instantly warm up a room.

2. Get cosy with knits  

The rise in knitwear in recent years has made its (welcomed) way into the world of interior design. And with the ability to instantly add warmth to a room, knitted accessories are proving a popular choice with clients. From knitted blankets and cushions, to a pouf, sitting comfortably has never looked (or felt) so good!

3. Use colour to create warmth  

When designing a room, the easiest way to achieve warmth, is with colour. However, if your room is lacking in this, the addition of books - whether in a bookcase, or nestled on a coffee table - is an easy way to add to some colour to a room. Not only this, but their presence also serves the purpose of making a space seem more inviting.

4. Light it up  

Warmth can be created from above, through the inclusion of overhead lighting. A dramatic light fitting, combined with layered rugs beneath it is perfect for warming up a room.

5. Love leather  

If your preference is for a more minimalist colour scheme, look to leather to add warmth. Even just one leather item has the ability to heat things up.

6. Consider your combinations  

Pastel hues are perfect for springtime decor, and when combined with brass fixtures or furniture, have an unexpected way of offering  a sense of warmth. We love pretty blush pink with pops of rose gold or brass to exude vintage vibes.

7. Create a nook  

With a larger room, why not carve out a little nook to add a sense of cosiness? A corner sofa, combined with photos on the wall and a reading lamp will create a little busyness, but just enough so as not to overwhelm the space.

8. Combine cool and warm  

While the preference in bedrooms is usually for cooler tones due to their relaxing vibes, it's still easy to add some warmth. The soft texture from a throw or rug is the perfect juxtaposition to muted greys.

9. Embrace texture  

When it comes to texture, think about more than just cushions and throws. From plate hangings to plants, textured window shades and fuzzy additions, welcome texture into your home.

10. Combine themes  

Finishing touches in unexpected combinations can be enough to add warmth to a room. The addition of a playful, glamorous element such as a light up sign, combined with the infusion of a wooden feature in a modern room keeps things interesting.

If you'd like to introduce a little warmth into your home, why not give us a call and let us help you create your perfect setting? For more information,   get in touch here   .

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by Aideen McCanny 21 Nov, 2017
As November draws to a close, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you're preparing to deck the halls, check out our top tips for Christmas tree decorating, for a look that wows this festive season.

Location, location, location

First things first, location is key. Finding the perfect spot to showcase your tree is the first step in ensuring it looks its best. Find a location that's near a socket to avoid leads and wires cluttering your floor and rearrange furniture if necessary. If you've opted for a real tree, choose a cool corner, away from sources of heat to avoid it drying out.

by Aideen McCanny 07 Nov, 2017

With so many people aiming to revitalise their homes in time for Christmas, here at Home and Contract Design, November and December are our busiest months. Whether you’re considering revamping a room’s soft furnishings for the arrival of guests, or taking on an entire room refurbishment, now is the time to tackle it or risk being held up due to delayed deliveries and the holiday period.

So with this in mind, here are our top tips for ensuring your home’s décor is ready in time for Christmas.

by Aideen McCanny 24 Oct, 2017
Whether it's simply a fad, or here to stay, you can't argue that hygge isn't having a serious impact in the world of interior design . So what exactly is it and why is there such hype about it?

Well, the Danish word can't actually be translated into English as it's more of a feeling, rather than an object. Hygge - pronounced hue-gah - represents a culture of cosiness, happiness and wellbeing, which is widely credited as the reason why Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world!

Hygge means something different to everyone - whether it's cuddling up on the sofa with a good book, enjoying a bowl of your favourite warming comfort food, or filling your home with twinkling candles - it's really all about being mindful of the simple things in life that make you happy, and embracing them.

The interior design of your home can have a big impact on this so with this in mind, we've put together our 6 hygge tips to transform your home into a comfortable haven.

1. Stock up on candles

Believed to be the number one way to get the hygge look, we're not surprised! The first thing that comes to mind when creating a cosy setting is setting the perfect lighting and candles are the best way to achieve this. Whether scented or unscented, embrace the warming glow of candlelight throughout your home. And their use shouldn't be confined to solely nighttime either. Danes purchase more candles than anywhere else in Europe, with one third admitting they light candles all day.

2. Create texture

When you think about creating a cosy atmosphere, notions of soft textures which add dimension instantly spring to mind. If you want to hygge your home, stock up on chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy rugs, guaranteed to add lashings of texture. For extra comfort, choose the softest of materials, such as merino wool and cashmere for a touch of luxe.

3. Don't go overboard

You don't have to completely redesign your entire home to create a hygge atmosphere. It might just be creating a little nook you can call your own, or adding more of what you love. Remember, hygge is a feeling, so it isn't just focused on physical items. It could be enjoying a cup of your favourite coffee, or enjoying a long, candlelit bath. It's all about taking time to enjoy more of the things that you love.

4. Bring the outdoors inside

The autumn and winter months are typically cold, so going outside may not be your idea of comfort, but that doesn't mean you can't welcome the great outdoors into your home. From wooden furniture and flooring, to exposed walls and brickwork and neatly packed piles of logs, waiting to be thrown on that roaring fire, it's easier than you might think. Plus, you can easily incorporate nature into your home, with the addition of house plants, which are the perfect finishing touch.

5. Keep it simple

Hygge is never about going overboard. Yes, its focus is on indulging, but not extravagance. Hygge is not about going OTT in a bid to impress guests, but instead creating an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable and at ease. Learn to embrace the imperfections and simplicity and you're halfway there.

6. Take up a hobby at home

You've spent time creating an atmosphere you love, so make some time to enjoy it! Whether it's taking up a new hobby, or picking up an old missed one, turn off technology, and enjoy a simpler way of life. From delving into a good book, to picking up a craft, these activities will help you switch off and relax the mind and body.

If you'd like to introduce a little hygge into your home, why not give us a call and let us help you create your perfect setting? For more information, get in touch here  .

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