• by Aideen McCanny
  • 09 Oct, 2017
Whether it’s the shared family bathroom or an ensuite, often the bathroom is the most overlooked room in the house when it comes to interior design. Yet, we use it multiple times a day. With the weather becoming colder, now is the time to turn that bathroom into a little oasis of calm, perfect for enjoying a hot soak on a cold evening.

If you’re looking for a quick fix to make your bathroom more luxurious, here we share 8 simple ideas to turn it into a five-star haven.

Make it scent-sational

You know that heavenly smell you get when you walk into a spa? Try emulating that in your home bathroom. Think about some of the hotels you have stayed in and what you liked about their bathrooms. Often they’re uncluttered, with just small accessories, such as candles helping keep the area clear yet stylish. Candles are the perfect way to create a luxurious atmosphere. There are a world of options out there and they’re becoming ever-more stylish in their appearance. We love the understated elegance of classic monochrome candles.

Hang it

Think there isn’t room for art in the bathroom? Think again! The addition of a couple of framed prints can instantly add personality and style to a space. Try to tie it in with the rest of your bathroom’s décor.

Products on point

There’s no denying that a bathroom is the place for products. Instead of trying to hide them, make them a feature. Firstly, buy products in pretty packaging (that you’ll actually use) and display them on glass containers or trays. It’s a simple yet effective method of adding a little luxe.

Choose hotel worthy towels

When it comes to your soft furnishings, luxury is key. Opt for stylish hand rails and adorn them with luxurious towels. Choose matching towels in complementary colours or go monogrammed for a chic offering.

Make a statement with wallpaper

Another famed bathroom faux pas that actually works, don’t dismiss the idea of wallpaper in your bathroom. When it comes to choosing wallcoverings, you need something durable to withstand the room’s moisture. At Home and Contract Design, we offer a wide range of wall coverings, suitable for every room in your home.

Greenery is golden

There’s no denying that the greenery trend is here to stay and it has even invaded its way into our bathrooms. But love it or loathe it, plants serve the purpose of adding life to a room.

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors posses the power to make a space feel brighter and more luxurious, by bouncing light around. Play around with positioning until you find the perfect spot. When it comes to the frame, there are a world of possibilities. From ornate to contemporary, choose one which reflects your bathroom’s style.

Say it with storage

Ladder storage is definitely having a moment. Practical yet chic, adorn them with products that deserve to be seen. Miniature plants and candles are what it’s all about.

Whether it’s in your home or corporate setting, if you have a bathroom you’d like revamped, get in touch with Pam at Home and Contract Design 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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