I want to change the neutral paint colour in my lounge to make it feel warm and welcoming for the winter months. What will work best?
Most of us shy away from using bold or rich paint colours in our homes for fear of changing our mind or the room feeling smaller or gloomy. However, dark paint colours instantly make a room feel more intimate and cosy and we often advise clients to work with proportions rather than against them. If your lounge is on the small side, decorate it with jewel-like shades and sumptuous fabrics like wool and velvet to provide a welcome sanctuary after a cold day. Olive, violet or navy will all work brilliantly with an open fire for the cold months ahead and charcoal grey is a perfect backdrop for brighter pops of colour like fuschia and citrus yellow. Be bold, paint is the most inexpensive way to instantly change the whole look and feel of a room and you can always paint it again in Spring if the mood takes you.
How can I revamp my fireplace without breaking the bank?
As winter draws in the fireplace becomes the focal point of any room. A great way to give your fireplace a new look is to think about a new mirror to go above it. As well as reflecting light back into the room this will add a luxurious feel and will look great with your Christmas garland!
Alternatively, this beautiful mirror from Graham & Green adds a touch of glamour and luxury.
How can I make my lounge feel cosier for winter?
A quick and easy way to do this is by buying a couple of gorgeous throws. These will add both texture and colour to your sofa and are great for snuggling under on those cold winter evenings.
|This chunky hand knitted throw from Rocket St George ticks all the boxes or their cosy moss stitch cotton throw in slate grey will add texture and deep tones to your room.|
We would like to install a wood burning stove. Can you recommend a style which is more modern than the traditional cast iron stoves?
The Vintage 35 stove from Dovre is a sleek, modern design with an Airwash system to keep the window glass clean and Cleanburn technology to burn wood with outstanding efficiency. With a choice of white, grey or anthracite enamel finishes, slender legs and neat dimensions this stove would look brilliant in a contemporary interior as this picture from a recent project shows.