Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Colour Psychology - Pink

February - The month of Love.

It seems only right that this month I take a look at the colour psychology of pink.

Feminine and romantic, affectionate and intimate, thoughtful and caring. Is it any wonder why we refer to it as the colour of love.
A fact you may or may not know, pink is a tint of red and interestingly, red is the only colour that has an entirely separate name for its tints. Tints of blue, green, yellow, etc. are simply called light blue, light green and so forth. With this in mind, pink has the power to change how you feel by simply changing the tone of the colour. The deeper the pink, the more passion and power it exhibits but a soft rose calms and reassures our emotional energies. Evokes feelings of nostalgia and innocence.

To ensure you do not create a room which could be portrayed as immature or girlish use tones such as grey and black to create a more sophisticated room.

I hope you have enjoyed this months colour psychology and have found some inspiration.

L. x

Images: Pinterest

Saturday, 25 February 2012

Painted Stairs

Happy Weekend everyone, hope you've all had a great Saturday.

I been a little bit crazy today! While my husband has been at football, I decided to start a new project in the house........ and have completely ripped up the carpet on our staircase! Eek!

Before & After

But, never fear, I have it all under control! Husband might say otherwise! The carpet needed replacing this year anyway, darling Bobby Cat got his claws into the carpet when he was a kitten so it was destroyed, plus the fact I hate it! I decided to do a little investigating this afternoon and found some nice wood underneath. Not perfect, there are paint splats and dark paint borders down the steps but I think I can save it.

I have managed to remove all the carpet grippers, nails and staples and it is ready to sand. I already know exactly what I want and thought I'd share my ideas with you.

This has proved to be extremely cost effective, now we don't need to splash out on a new carpet and it is going to save me so much time hoovering because that carpet was absolutely awful to hoover!  So, if you need some new ideas for your stairs, here are some more inspirational images.

Have a great day.

Images: Dream Box Interior Design, Pinterest

Friday, 10 February 2012

Guest Post: I Love Worn Leather

Today I welcome Design Shuffle for a guest post on worn leather....... and there is some wonderful inspiration, I could really snuggle up in one of those sofas with a good book and hot chocolate - perfect for this snowy weather. Enjoy!


Hi there! I'm Joanna, a guest blogger for Design Shuffle, a premiere sharing destination for interior designers and design fans. I'm so happy to be here with you today sharing a post about one my favorite decor elements, lovingly used leather. Thank you Dream Box Interior Design for allowing me to share this guest post and some addictive decorating ideas with the readers of your lovely blog.

There is nothing quite like curling up on a lovingly worn leather Chesterfield sofa or side chair. Leather patinas beautifully with frequent use and becomes more desirable over time. I have a special affinity for all leather design elements and furnishings. Do you love worn leather too? Take a look at some of my favorite images of leather and other addictive interior decor.

Worn Leather

Besides the comfy side chairs and the exotic zebra rug, the sofa in this space is just begging to be sat on. I love the mismatched furnishings and design elements of this room.

Worn Leather

Looking for living room design ideas? An egg chair is shown here in the most unusual upholstery, bomber jacket finished leather. It would be so handsome in a pair flanking either side of a large mid-century modern velvet sofa.

Worn Leather

An ornately carved French chair is unexpectedly covered in warm caramel leather with a stately monogram giving it a touch of self importance.

Worn Leather

Ooh, who doesn't love a comfy leather club chair in a pair? These two are slightly different in style but they work so well with the portrait wall in this entry.

Worn Leather

Let's take a break from my leather obsession and introduce my affinity for books of every age, color, design and topic. This library/dining room is a favorite of mine. A girl can dream can't she?

Worn Leather

Ok, one more design addiction, vintage suitcases, one can't have too many. Besides they work terrifically stacked as a side table or at the foot of the bed in a bedroom design. Can you imagine travelling with one on a Grand Tour of Africa in the Victorian days? Sigh.

Worn Leather

Ok, back to leather. This loveseat looks like it was custom made for this corner. How perfect! Love the swing arm lamp for reading and handiwork.

Worn Leather

Books and leather in one spot makes me smile. Isn't this a beautifully eclectic interior design?
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Loving all this design inspiration? Then visit Design Shuffle for an array of interior design styles! While you're there, browse through the various portfolios of Boston interior designers and more!

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Liebster Blog Award

Today I was awarded the Liebster Blog Award - my first award - Woooooo!

I am delighted to have received this award and especially from Stuart Wilson AKA What Wilson Wants as Stuart writes his own wonderfully successful blog! And secondly, it is great to know that all my hard work is paying off.

Did you know the Liebster Blog Award originated in Germany and correct me if I am wrong but Liebster means dearest or beloved, and Liebe is love. The award is to encourage readership of small, loveable blogs with fewer than 200 followers. And to carry on awarding the blogs we love, I must nominate 5 more blogs........

Here are my 5 loveable blogs awarded with the Liebster Blog Award:

Gemma Milly Illustration
Heather Jenkinson: Blog
Nordic Bliss
Sesame and Lilly
Tea with Ruby

Once you've seen them you will understand why. Each unique and offering inspiration everywhere you look.

Thank you Stuart!

Friday, 3 February 2012

Colour psychology - Blue

Hello my design lovelies, I recently started a monthly feature with Finishing Touch Interiors and incase you missed my blog with Sarah last week, you can also catch it here a week later.

My first blogging series will take a look at colour psychology and how it can affect you and your home.

The very first step I take with a client is to go through a consultation to learn more about them and there home, how they want to use the space and how they want their home to make them feel. It is during this stage that we also look into colour. What colours do you love? which colours do you dislike? How do you want to feel when you enter the room? Relaxed, revitalised, energetic. Every colour can impact your mood and emotions and therefore it is very important to chose the correct colour. I am going to start looking at all the colours of the rainbow throughout this series and this week it is all about blue.

Blue calms the mind, represents the ocean and the sky stirring feelings of tranquility, peace and even security. This would explain why blue is a hugely popular colour, at the end of a hard day you want to relax in a calm haven, a place to unwind. This colour can work with any design, if you want a modern decor then look towards a dark navy or if you are a lover of shabby chic, a soft feminine blue hue similar to the images above will work perfectly.

Remember, your home should be somewhere that you want to come back to at the end of the  day so it is worth taking the time to look at colour and the psychology. Treat yourself as a client, ask all the important questions and create a dream home.

Images: Pinterest