Interior Design

How to create a luxurious hotel-feeling in your own bedroom

Calico has had worked on its fair share of designing hotel rooms, and we know that sometimes people want to replicate that luxurious hotel experience at home. So we’ve compiled a few tips to help you create that comfort in your bedroom.

  1. The bed

The best part of a hotel room is the bed. It’s designed to be the focal point of the room, and you know it’s so comfy that you instantly flop down on to it as soon as you open the door. To recreate this feeling at home, start with fresh sheets and thick blankets, topped with plush cushions and bed throws. When it comes to replicating the style of a hotel room itself, there are many styles that hotel rooms usually have, such as oversized headboards and large sizes.

2. Window treatments

The most important thing here is that the fabric matches the bedding. Hotel rooms ensure that you have a good night’s sleep when you stay, and so the curtains are usually blackout, which you can also have in your home.

3. A place for everything

In a hotel room, there is a space for everything, whether it be a somewhere to read, get ready in the morning or even for your cup of coffee. Therefore, you should decide what you will be using the bedroom for, other than sleeping, and design the room accordingly. A mirror, a writing desk, a large, comfy chair, having access to items like these in your bedroom will add to the hotel-like feeling, as everything you need is all in one room.

4. Lighting

Lighting plays a crucial role when furnishing hotel rooms, as they create the right ambience thus creating the right atmosphere. Try placing table lamps either side of the bed for reading light, as well as one near your vanity mirror for a touch of glamour. Don’t forget to use decorative light shades that draw attention, as the fanciest hotels often use the more extravagant lighting!

5. Finishing touches

It’s not just the furniture that creates a luxurious hotel feeling. A fluffy blanket thrown over a chair, a soft rug, an intricate tray to balance your coffee cups on when having breakfast in bed. All these accessories help make up an opulent atmosphere. These touches emphasise the furniture you have, creating a homely feeling so that you’ll feel welcome in your bedroom. Add in your personal items, such as photographs, books, and makeup, and you’ll soon find that you have a luxurious bedroom that you will never want to leave.

Header image: Holmewood Hall by Calico Interiors

5 Interior Trends for 2019

Happy new year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, and that you’re all ready to tackle the year ahead. If switching up your house is on your to-do list, then you’ve come to the right place. January collections are being released, and new pattern books are making their way into our showroom, and our January sale is now on. So, we’ve compiled a short list of just some of the interior trends that we predict to be huge in 2019.

  1. Mixed metals

    One recent trend was rose gold, but that is now taking a step back for more metallic touches. Metal accents add a touch of glamour to a room, creating a more luxurious feel. Brass, gold, nickel, and copper are set to be the big ones, as they add warm and subtle touches that aren’t too out there. Many are opting to mix the metals together, like silver and brass or copper and gold, all of which really make a statement.

  2. Geometric Patterns

    A trend that just isn’t going anywhere. A contemporary twist to any home, geometric shapes tie in with the minimalist style due to its aesthetic symmetry and simplicity. The only difference for this year is that these patterns are turning dramatic. Trailing on from the oversized floral trend of last year, geometric designs will feature bolder colours and larger prints, making them the focus of an interior. Romo’s rug collection is a good example of this, and a perfect starting point if you’re a little hesitant to incorporate huge geometric designs.

  3. Green

    Green is expected to be one of the most popular colours this year, and it’s not hard to see why. With people now wanting to create bold designs for their homes, as opposed to the light, fresh schemes of last year, while still keeping a timeless and sophisticated look. Moodier hues are what people are after, as it makes a great alternative to matte black, as it’s not as harsh. Green accents in a room can add a luxurious touch, such as green cushions, throws, and rugs. Feature walls incorporating these green tones are popular as well, we recommend Cole and Son’s Botanical Botanica collection if this is the look you’re after.

  4. Sustainable

    Almost every other headline we have seen this year has been about creating a more eco-friendly way of living, and this is transferable to your home too. This trend incorporates more natural materials such as wood, stone, and wool. This is an easy way to add some texture to your home and helps you create an organic and relaxed environment. Bringing the outside in is still a popular trend from last year, and this can be easily combined with the sustainable trend. ‘Cactus arrangements’ was one of the most popular interior design searches towards the end of last year, suggesting that the millennial trend of greenery is on the rise for the new year.

  5. Vintage Furniture

    Following on from sustainability, vintage furniture is making a comeback. People are looking for alternative ways to decorate their home and are trying to redecorate without creating too much waste. Many old designs are making a return this year, and people are combining them with contemporary prints to create a unique look. Warm hues are one of the popular choices, which ties in nicely with this season’s darker tones.

Header image by Cole and Son.

Ways to use up fabric remnants

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We announced yesterday on our social media platforms that we now have an extremely large range of fabric remnants for sale. But, for those thinking, What on earth would I want scraps of fabric for? here are a few ideas if you’re feeling crafty.

  1. Pouches

    This versatile little pouch can be used for make up, keys, money, or even project supplies. This one includes a zip, but you could use buttons, poppers, whatever you like!

  2. Blankets/Throws

    Perfect for this season. Wrap up warm in your own personalised blanket or throw, made by you. You could make little patchwork quilts for the little ones, like this one, or a festive-themed throw, or a brightly patterned blanket that will stand out in your bedroom.

  3. Bookmarks

    These are so simple and doable, and could make the perfect stocking filler for bookworms (those guys love bookmarks!).

  4. Notebook Covers

    Kinda goes with the bookmarks, but these cute notebook cover make cheap, personalised and cute little presents for your family and friends. You can even use notebooks or sketchbooks to suit their needs. Everyone needs a notepad at some point, so you know that it’s a gift that won’t be gathering dust. Here’s an example.

  5. Heating Pads

    Ideal for this miserable weather. These pads can be thrown into the microwave and serve as mini hot water bottles. They’re small enough to fit in your bags, so you can warm your fingers on the commute to work, and they’re the perfect size for the little ones.

  6. Pillowcases

    Everyone needs a pillowcase. Not only do they provide comfort, they also add a finishing touch to any room. These would be great if you have family staying round for Christmas - just imagine a guest room with personalised pillows. Take a look here.

  7. Key rings

    These adorable little gifts make really good stocking fillers, for all ages. Another opportunity to create a personal gift. These are probably the cutest things ever.

  8. Cup Sleeves

    Coffee cups burning your fingers? Flask too hot to carry? These cup sleeves are the perfect solution. Why settle for a cardboard Starbucks one when you could have a decorative one that’s softer on the hands?

  9. Camera Straps

    Add a bit of comfort to your camera strap. The perfect gift for photographers. Click here to see how.

  10. Passport Holders

    Again, a gift that can suit anyone. Handing over a custom-made passport holder will certainly put a smile on people’s faces, and you’re sure to feel proud of yourself for making such a lovely item. See here.

There are so many things you can do with fabric remnants, but we’re going to stop at ten. Hopefully you now feel inspired to get crafty this Christmas, whether it be for your family, friends, or even yourself.

We are selling our fabric remnants for £5 per metre, and we have a huge range. Come visit our showroom to find out more.

We found these crafts on Pinterest. If you want to see more of our showroom and recent projects, give us a follow.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

A Scandinavian sitting room for a residential interior

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

One of our recent projects was at a home overlooking the River Wye, where we created window treatments and soft furnishings for a sitting room and bedroom. The customer loves Scandinavian designs, a huge trend this season. We designed our products to match the furniture that the client had already purchased, bringing in accents of blues and greens that stood out against the woodland tones.

The Scandi trend is inspired by the Danish concept of hygge (pronounced ‘hue-guh’), which is used to highlight that moment of happiness where you create intimacy, whether that be alone or with friends, home or out of the house, as long as you are surrounded by ultimate comfort. As already mentioned in our Interior trends for our AW2018 post, it is the perfect trend for this season, simply because of its cosy home décor. A chic aesthetic is balanced with a minimal touch, adding to the idea of peace and mindfulness.

A house that looks over a beautiful setting like the River Wye is just waiting for a Scandinavian make over. The furniture that the client had supplied included a sofa and blue and green cushions, and so we selected fabrics that complemented these hues. We used fabrics from Romo Linara and Lorcan collections, as they had a wide range of neutral colours and classic designs that suited the brief 100%. We made and installed Roman blinds using ‘Sefina Duck Egg’ from the Lorcan range. This understated floral print gave a soft accent to the room while incorporating nature, and it’s printed on to a linara based fabric, producing a delicate finish. This also paired with the greenery that the customer bought, another common theme when it comes to Scandi interiors. This Lorcan range was designed to complement the Linara fabrics, which has over 360 colourways including plenty of neutrals that we used in this project.

We created more cushions that matched those on the sofa, and pinch pleat curtains in the same fabric as the blinds.

As well as this, we made Roman blinds for the bedroom onto existing poles.

We love this transformation of the sitting room. It’s an on-trend design that is perfect for this season, and with a backdrop of the River Wye emerging through the windows, its toned-down rustic look emphasises the beautiful Forest scenery.

Things to remember when redesigning a child's bedroom

Image by  Villa Nova

Image by Villa Nova

Since we put up our new Villa Nova Picturebook display and started working on the kids’ playroom at our village local, it’s safe to say that we’re very focused on the little ones this season. Therefore, we’ve compiled some useful tips to help you renovate your children’s bedrooms. If it’s their first ‘big’ room or they’ve outgrown its current scheme, we’re here to help you create the perfect child’s space.

1.      Keeping it colourful

Colours and patterns are where its at for kids. They love things that are bold and bright. One good way of doing this is by pairing your child’s favourite colour with neutral shades, as this can help retain a timeless look that can’t be outgrown as easily. Neutrals have the advantage of longevity, and by matching these with colourful accessories and features will make it easier to swap the design around as your child grows.

‘All My Books’ by  Harlequin

‘All My Books’ by Harlequin

Another way of incorporating colour is to use feature wallpapers. Many kids’ wallpapers are busy and bold, so they will balance nicely with more toned-down styles. Prints that showcase your child’s interests is a great way of adding personality to a room, and with such a wide range of children’s wallpapers out there, you are sure to find one that is ideal for your child. We personally love ‘All My Books’ wallpaper by Harlequin, which provides a more fun and modern take on the traditional library wallpapers that are trending right now.  This is perfect for bookworms-in-the-making, but if your child is more of an arty type, the ‘Scribbler’ wallpaper by Sanderson is ideal. Harlequin’s ‘Sail Away’ wallpaper is a lovely option for those who love adventures by the sea, also by Harlequin.

2.      Bring nature inside

‘Arctic Antics’ by  Villa Nova

‘Arctic Antics’ by Villa Nova

Nature is a huge trend this season, and not just for adults. Kids love animals, colourful flowers and exploring new worlds, so why not incorporate these into their bedrooms? Their imaginations will run wild with the amount of prints out there, such as Villa Nova’s Picturebook collection. The prints designed by Frann Preston-Gannon and Yuval Zommer feature jungle animals and teeny insects, and would make fun additions to a kid’s bedroom. There are also sea-life and Arctic-inspired designs available, perfect for a nautical scheme. The ‘Arctic Antics’ fabric use multiple textures and hues to bring the ocean to life, complete with polar bears and seals. This fun design has many uses, so it’ll be easy to incorporate it into your home.

Floral prints are another great option if your child has a passion for the outdoors. If it’s a girly room you’re after, flowers work perfectly, and there is a wide range out there for you to choose from. Harlequin offer many choices when it comes to floral prints, such as ‘Ditsy Daisy’, a charming daisy motif printed in three different colourways. Or, as a twist to a simple floral design, ‘Pretty Ponies’ by Sanderson feature ponies inlaid with intricate flowers.

3.      Keep the light out

‘Beautiful Balloons’ by  Sanderson

‘Beautiful Balloons’ by Sanderson

When it comes to window treatments, black out lining is an essential for children’s rooms, especially for the little ones. Preventing any light coming in to the room will guarantee a good-night’s sleep for your child, helping them feel more refreshed and lively in the morning. Blinds and shutters are more popular than curtains when it comes to kids’ rooms, as they are better at keeping out the light and can come with motorised controls that can be kept out of the way of little fingers. Venetians are ideal here, as they offer good light control. These blinds that we created here using Sanderson’s ‘Beautiful Balloons’ fabric would be perfect for a child’s room, as the design features whimsical hot air balloons that are bright and bold, adding to a colourful colour scheme.

But just because you’re trying to keep it as dark as possible at night, doesn’t mean that you can’t provide some ambient lighting as your child settles down. After all, who doesn’t love reading a bedtime story next to the comforting glow of a night light?

4.      Think about storage

‘Ballerina Colours III’ by  Camelot

‘Ballerina Colours III’ by Camelot

Storage is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to a child’s bedroom. Children usually have a large number of toys and teddies when they’re little, and this continues throughout most of their childhood. When school starts, they have books and stationary to think of. Fortunately, there is a wide range of storage for you to choose from and designed to suit your desired age group. Baskets are a good option for the little ones who have lots of toys, as this means that they can be picked up and put away as quickly as they are taken out again. Drawers are good as the child grows, as they can be used for anything from clothes to stationary. Wanting to decorate them? Simple touches such as adding framed photos or artwork will provide a nice homely touch. Camelot Pictures offer a wide range, from woodland creatures, flowers and dancers.

A more on-trend storage idea is using window seats. Having a window seat as storage can help maximise room space and add an element of surprise for young children. We’ve created many seat pads for window seats over the years, but some of our favourites include Forest Guest House and for this private client.

5.      Accessorise, accessorise

‘Tiny Turtles’ by  Villa Nova

‘Tiny Turtles’ by Villa Nova

Our last tip is to add small touches and accessories to help give your child’s room a homely feel. Villa Nova’s cushions from their Picturebook offer a range of coordinating cushions that match their collections, as well as rugs and wall stickers. We adore the ‘Tiny Turtles’ cushion, as its playful, simple and yet effective. The ‘Treasure Map’ cushion by Sanderson is bold and busy, in true childlike style, and comes in two colourways so you can add it to multiple schemes. We can also make cushions using your desired fabrics in our own workroom.

The joy of designing children’s bedroom is that there are so many options, from whimsical to dainty, to busy and colourful to simple and intricate. But, if you’re struggling to choose, feel free to come visit our showroom and our designers will help you create a room that your child will fall in love with.

Recently completed: King's Mound

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

This year we took on the refurbishment of the King’s Mound, Oxford. Calico was very hands-on with this project, supplying the furniture for every room, as well as creating the soft furnishings. We also produced the oversized headboards in the four bedrooms, plus window seats for the dining room, entrance hall, and study. The overall design was opulent with a range of colours and patterned fabrics.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

In the dining room, we used GP&J Baker fabrics for the chairs and window seats, and we butted together two tables from IJL Brown to make one long table. We supplied the rug from Alternative Flooring, lighting from Dar and artwork from Camelot Pictures.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

As for the sitting room, we fashioned some cushions using fabrics from GP&J Baker’s Historic Royal Palaces collection. We used these designs many times throughout this project, as the collection is full of rich and diverse patterns and styles, that include supple velvets and decorative prints channelled from historic sites throughout the country. It is safe to say that this was the perfect collection for this project.

For the master bedroom, we supplied furniture from Neptune, including the chest of drawers and coffee table. Like the rest of the building, we supplied lighting from Dar. The bed throw was made with Clarke & Clarke ‘Odyssey’. This textured fabric was paired with cushions that were created using ‘Royal Garden Linen Quartz’ and ‘Nevis/Lovat/Heather’, fabrics, both by GP&J Baker. These patterns stood out against the plain bed throw, resulting in more decorative and luxe-looking bedding.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We also supplied the chairs and all sofas from Tamarisk, which we finished with a range of fabrics and designs. In the sitting room, the two large sofas were upholstered with ‘Bute’ by Mulberry and ‘Wosley’ by GP&J Baker, while the chairs in the master bedroom were also finished with the ‘Bute’ fabric, but in a different colourway. The armchair in the third bedroom was upholstered using ‘Queens Garden Velvet Jade’ by GP&J Baker, again from their Historic Royal Palaces collection. We used Mulberry’s ‘Bute’ fabric again for the chairs in the third bedroom, but in a different colourway.

We also supplied the furniture for the dressing room, including the sofa bed from Seb, which was then upholstered with fabric from Mulberry.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

In all four of the bedrooms, we created oversized headboards by butting three together. We used a range of fabrics that matched the cushions and bedding, adding studs around the edges using Heico Antique Brass low domed upholstery nails. We ensured that each headboard fitted each rooms’ individual colour scheme.

We also supplied furniture for the conservatory, dressing room and entrance hall. For the latter, artwork from Camelot was hung on the walls, and we produced window seat pads. These were also created for the study.

We have enjoyed seeing the rich and opulent design of the Kings Mound come to life. We were very hands on with this project, even supplying napkins from John Lewis. The overall look features many autumnal themes, including textured fabrics and darker hues. Creating this luxurious scheme has been a highlight of our year, and we’re extremely proud of how it looks.

Recently completed: Carbis Bay Beach Lodges

Image by  Carbis Bay

Image by Carbis Bay

Our biggest project the year was helping with the furbishing of Carbis Bay’s Beach Lodges, their latest holiday accommodation for 2018. These lodges are situated right on the beach, meaning that the golden sand is only a few steps away. We provided the soft furnishings and window treatments for each lodge, including remote control shading for the roof windows.

A variety of window treatments were made throughout this project. For the living rooms and dining rooms, we created sheer pencil pleat curtains with Threads fabric, and wave head curtains using GP&J Baker. We also used this fabric for the cartridge pleat curtains in the bedroom, which, like the other sets of curtains, were blackout lined and installed on Silent Gliss tracks. As well as this, we used GP&J Baker fabrics for the bed throws.

We also installed shading systems for the roof windows, using motorised blinds that are remote controlled.

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

As well as this, we produced the headboards for each lodge, which featured shallow buttons and piping around the back edge. Many of the fabrics used were from GP&J Baker and Threads, the fabric for the buttons coming from their Meridian Linex collection.

Cushions were made for all eight lodges as well, using a wide range of fabrics. For some of the cushions, we paired two different fabrics together, such as a modern printed fabric from Mulberry on the front with a fabric from GP & J Baker’s Perfect Plains collection on the back. The colour schemes featured a selection of sunset colours and bold tribal patterns, perfect for a beach lodge. An example of this is Kravet’s Churra pattern, which is based on a 20th century woman’s shawl in Mexico. Combining this with bright, bold fabrics means that we could use it within the chic and contemporary design.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

We also used a range of blues for some of the cushions to keep with the beach theme. This includes the Wild Geese Linen fabric by Mulberry, an exotic and exciting print that contrasted the burnt orange piping beautifully.

Finally, we made up a total of ten window seats using existing foam pads.

We love the finished look of these beach lodges, as the design is chic and complements the beach view perfectly. The overall project was a large one, and we worked hard throughout the year to ensure that it was carried out as smoothly as possible, and that each product we created was made to the highest standard. We are extremely happy with the result.

Recently Completed: Treehouses at the Fish Hotel

Image by  The Fish Hotel

 

Earlier this year, Calico Interiors returned to the Fish Hotel to assist in the designing of their Treehouses. Nestled amongst the trees of the Farcombe Estate, these treehouses offer unique accommodation in the Cotswolds.

Each treehouse was designed to be a luxurious rustic getaway, offering the experience of a hotel but in a different way. We provided the soft furnishings and window treatments for this holiday accommodation, inspired by the estate’s rural surroundings.

Image by The Fish Hotel

Image by The Fish Hotel

In each treehouse, there is a bespoke corner sofa that was specifically designed to fit the small spaces. We created the seat and back cushions for the L-shaped sofa, as well as the cushions for this and the bedding, which were self-piped and made in various sizes.

Furthermore, we supplied blackout lined Roman blinds for the living room, hall and the bedrooms of each treehouse. These were created with fabric from the Tango collection from Linwood, which was also used for the wave head curtains in the living room and many of the cushions that we made as well.

Image by  The Fish Hotel

As well as this, we made the headboards for the beds using Linwood fabrics, again from the Tango collection. We picked a different colour of the fabric for each bedroom, ensuring that it matched the rest of the furniture.

These treehouses were a great project to work on, as the beautiful countryside was the perfect source of inspiration. The interiors of this accommodation combine rustic with luxury, making these treehouses the perfect countryside retreat.

Interior trends you'll love for Autumn/Winter 2018

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

After our long hot summer, it’s now time to dig out your fluffy socks, sip from mugs of hot chocolate, and sink into your comfy sofas as the chilly weather starts to make its way in.

Autumn is filled with inspiration for your home this year. The changing landscape is full of colours and textures that you can easily incorporate into your house to make it feel more inviting after spending the day out in the cold. To help you out, we’ve given you our top four tips and trends to help decorate your home for autumn.

1. DARK COLOUR SCHEMES

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

This year, Autumn is dominated by dark colour schemes, such as berries, deep greens and maple hues. Moody tones can look beautiful when contrasted with softer neutrals like grey, adding some light to the darker pigments.

Blue tones are becoming popular this season. Blue is a colour that can be dark enough to add warmth to your home, or light enough to break through the heavier tones. It’s a timeless and elegant colour that is incredibly versatile, as it can work for a base or a feature colour. It’s perfect if you don’t want to use black in your home, and can be paired with a wide range of colours and styles.

2. ADD TEXTURE

The number one way to warm up a house is by adding texture. Oversized blankets, heavy bed throws, fluffy rugs, all in a variety of materials and styles. Velvet is growing in popularity, what with its sumptuous feel that makes your home feel more decedent. Giant knits are also an great way to add comfort to any room, and a thick, woolly blanket is perfect for hibernating away from the cold autumnal weather!

Image by  Romo Fabrics

Image by Romo Fabrics

One of the easiest ways to add some texture to a room is with a rug. A cold floor is not what you want in autumn, so by throwing down a rug you can warm your bare feet and add a feature your home. Romo Fabric’s rug collection feature a wide range of contemporary designs that are luxurious and soft to the touch.

3. FLORAL PRINTS

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

One of the latest trends this year are floral prints, particularly oversized ones. This is a pretty trend that can be used for cushions, bedding, wall coverings, the possibilities are endless. It’s an easy transition from the summer tropical themes, floral patterns are a simple way to incorporate nature into your home. Each pattern you may find is different, meaning you are sure to find one that will suit your home perfectly.

Cole and Son’s Botanical Botanica collection of wallpapers include many floral prints in darker tones that reflect the transforming landscape of Autumn. The range includes oversized flowers and artistically painted trees, which will help create a warm and welcoming atmosphere for your home.

4. SCANDI-STYLE

This minimalist Scandinavian trend as proven popular recently, and that is not set to change any time soon. Only now, there’s a slight difference. While retaining the less-is-more idea, textures and colours are being added in to create depth and give the look a more inviting feel. By creating more space in a room and keeping things simple, you’re sure to have a more positive atmosphere in your house this autumn.

Recently completed: A modern interior for a family home

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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

One of the many projects that we undertook this summer was the furbishing of two different rooms in a family home, situated in Thurston Rise, Coleford. The new build is part of a housing development that was completed recently on Staunton Road. A contemporary lounge and master bedroom were designed, featuring geometric prints and a contrasting colour scheme.

The design of the lounge was clean and simple, paired with bright furniture to add a pop of colour. The blind showcased this perfectly, as we added a blue patterned braid from Osborne & Little to contrast the pleat curtains that were supplied by Romo Fabrics. The neutral colour on the walls, accompanied by printed featured wallpaper, allowed us to introduce many colour combinations. The customer supplied a bright yellow chair from DFS, and we added a grey TV unit to contrast. The room was completed with a Villa Nova rug to add some texture to the homely design.

The master bedroom featured a more neutral colour scheme, with a teal wallpaper that emphasised the various patterns used for the headboard and blinds, including a dandelion print that channelled the Forest of Dean. This created more of a relaxed but modern feel, perfect for a bedroom. It matched the lounge perfectly, through the grey cushions and the touch of blue in the printed headboard, tying the overall house together.

This family home was a fun project to work on. The clean and simple walls allowed us to play with geometric prints and patterns, creating a contrasting design that was contemporary with a homely atmosphere.