Up dating your living room walls

As our living rooms or lounges, as they are often known are where we tend to spend a lot of time, it’s definitely worth investing a bit of money and effort into making them the best space possible.  One of the easiest ways to do this is to update your living room area with a few clever touches to the walls. Touches like colour blocking, patterned wall paper, decorative features and picture shelves. To get the details on how to do this, keep reading.

Colour blocking

One way to update your living room wall is to use coloured paint. It’s simple to apply and relatively cheap regarding wall treatments. As well as being available pretty much all over the place.

The real key paint look this year is colour blocking, see the great example at House and Garden. Luckily, it’s pretty easy to DIY. First, pick two colours, or three if you are feeling brave, that you like and that compliment each other well. See the colour wheel at Sophie Robinson for some advice if you not sure.

Then you need to decide how much of the room will be painted in each shade. Bear in mind that colour blocking is usually done on the horizontal line, so if the room is already broken up with a picture rail.

Then prepare the walls as you normally would for painting by removing any paper and debris. After that, the next step is to mask off the bottom section of the wall, so it’s protected from any drips from when you paint the top. Then you paint the top section, once it’s dry, you can go in with the other colour along the bottom. Giving you a bold, dramatic look for a minimal effort.

Wall paper and patterns

Painted walls, however, are not to everyone’s taste. Something that is proved by the continued popularity of products such as the wallpapers available at Fabrics and Papers.

Of course, to get a truly updated look, you need to choose a paper pattern that is bang on trend.  Black or white, foiled marbled papers in gold and rose gold are a good choice for this, as are feature walls in geometric prints in either rainbow colours or monotone. This is because a room fully decked out in this type of pattern can be a bit overwhelming.

Although, if you are concerned that the trends change faster than you can keep up with them, it may be worth considering the innovation of removable wall paper. Something that you can apply without all the hassle of paste. Then just take off and replace with something else when you get bored or want to change the look.

Decorative features

Also remember that when you are updating your living room, it’s not all about the actual walls themselves, but what you hang on them such as art and decorative features.

While we will deal with traditional framed art below, it’s also worth mentioning that you can get some stunning effects with sculptural wall mounted pieces. In fact, you can even get radiators that are shaped in sculptural forms like the honeycomb version available from online. So not only are you getting something beautiful to look at, but it’s also serving a practical purpose in your home as well.

Framed Art

With regards to the more traditional framed art that you can hang on your wall, it’s the actual decision-making process, where people often experience problems. After all, you have to pick something that you love, and that will look great displayed on the wall, as well as an image and frame that is within your budget.

Although, there is another way to address this issue, and that is using a picture shelf. Something that is very popular at the moment. A picture shelf is usually a free floating shelf with a dip running along it. So you can stand frames images up to display them.

This idea work especially well if you use A3, A4, and postcard sized frames that fit in with you general decor. Then you can easily, and cheaply download and print new images from sites like etsy depending on what’s in fashion, what you like, and the type of ambiance you are trying to create. Something that is way easier than replacing and re-hanging all the artwork that is on the wall, every time you fancy a change.

In these ways, you can live it up at home, by updating your living room walls. Creating a modern and pleasant space, in which to spend your time.

How will you update your living room walls?


Whistle while you work, with VQ

When I worked in a office, we always had the radio on. Each day we would tune in to various different radio stations with the aerial at different heights and angles to try and get some kind of sound. It was great to be able to work while listening to music. It’s been years since I worked in a office, but recently I have been trying to sort out my home office space. I found my dream vintage bureau on gumtree for £25 a couple of months ago. As yet I have not even sat down to work at it, I continue to sit in our arm chair balancing my MacBook on my lap or on the arm of the chair.

So this weekend the Mother-in-law had the children for a couple of hours, the Hubby was out, so I used the opportunity to sort out my beloved desk. To make it somewhere that I could happily work that was space just for me. Not forgetting to find space for my new retro style radio to sit.

VQ Radio

When VQ got in touch with me to ask if I would like to bring music back into my daily life, instead of just in the car or listening to various disney songs. How could I say no?

VQ are a purely British company, designed and engineered in the UK. It’s great because so many companies now out source across the globe, so it’s lovely to work with a purely British company.

My VQ Radio

I love the retro style, I have lots of vintage items in our home, so the VQ style is perfect for me. A vintage style with all the mod cons. Retro vintage DAB digital radios that come with built in blue tooth speakers and even docking stations. I opted for the Hepburn MKII which is a DAB digital radio with build in blue tooth speakers and a USB charging port. The Hepburn is available in 18 different designs, so there is going to be something that you fall in love with. I chose the Emma Bridgewater Wallflower design, as I love Emma Bridgewater items and especially the Wallflower.

Since my radio has arrived, I have found myself sitting at my newly organised desk listening to various digital radio stations that I have never listen to before. While working away in a much more productively. The sound quality from my VQ Hepburn MKII radio is excellent, so clear I’ve not had any issues with it finding radio stations. I have also used the bluetooth function to play some music from my iPhone, again something that I have never done before. You are able to buy an add on battery pack, which will give you 25 hours of listening time. Which is perfect for taking out in to the garden during the summer months when I’m doing abit of gardening, or enjoying the sun with a BBQ.

Having my new VQ radio has completely changed my music listening and made me more focused to sit at my desk and work while choosing a radio station. I always love Chris Moyles when he was on Radio 1, I used to listen to him every morning while traveling to work or on the school run, now I am able to listen to him again on Radio X, I couldn’t be happier.

The lovelies at VQ have given me a Hepburn MKII radio to give away to one of my lovely followers, this time I am trying something a bit different for me and doing a really simple twitter give away. Simply follow me, VQ and retweet for your chance to win. Pop over to twitter now just follow the link below. Good Luck.

T’s & C’s – you have until midnight on Sunday 10th September to enter, VQ are responsible for sending out the prize, no monetary alternative, UK entrants only, you must be over 18 to enter.

*Thank you VQ for my beautiful Hepburn MKII, I love it. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

Tuscan Villa interior….

If you’re looking to spruce up your home and inject a little sun kissed life into your living space, perhaps you should consider the gorgeous layers of a Tuscan home. Most modern homes have a sharp detail to the decor and make use of black, whites, greys and blues almost exclusively. This may be seen as the equivalent of being up-market, however, there’s a certain lack of soul in such a style. Tuscany is the rugged, sunlit, farmland of Italy, and yet, it’s also where the people have a rich history going back all the way to the Roman Empire. The Tuscan-inspired colour scheme makes use of playful oranges, reds, beige, yellows and brown of the earth. Start with the ground floor and work your way up, because the most intense shifts will be done where you normally relax. Guests who come over will love your inspiration of a Tuscan villa.

Tuscan Villa Interior

Humble yet grand Halls

The homes of established families in Tuscany, are truly a sight to behold. Indeed, they come from a peasant culture, yet they know their worth to the country and all they have given to it. There’s a sense of grandness, but not too much as if they were part of the metropolitan elite. The hallways make use of thick, dark brown hardwood, with very little sheen, for a great rustic look. A rug in the middle or somewhere strategically place in the hallway breaks up the length of the hall. The rugs have a certain dominance to them as they display a rich rose red colour, in an eternal struggle for your attention with the beige and green sprouting flowers and vines that bear fruits.

Raw power of ceilings

Tuscan Villa Interior

Tuscany villas are proud of their architecture, but also, their structural integrity. The ceilings are bare with the support beams openly on display. If you’re seriously thinking of an entire redesign, this is one of the first categories you should be thinking about. The beams are supremely strong, made from a healthy, and remarkably dense oak tree. Tuscans make full use of a sheen or nutritious varnish to give the beams are nice shimmer to them. This kind of style balances out the lack of shine on the floorboards, so the light is reflected back down with a reasonable push. Tuscans pride themselves on being practical above posh aesthetics, so you can see the floor is treated purely as a functional layer, with no need to express an overt due diligence, but when you look up, the ceiling is strong and gleaming.

Reserved and warm lounge

The Tuscany lounge may have a few customs that are relatable to perhaps the larger cities like Naples and Florence, but also very distinctly familiar to the Italian countryside. It makes use of contemporary European sofas, with such styles as Zara five-seater sofa and the beautiful black Pavara corner sofa. These styles and colours, go well with the traditional light orange interior walls of the Tuscany lounge style. At night the corners are bathed in candlelight, such that the walls are emboldened in their natural reverberation of light. Tuscans love the wilderness, and so, fireplaces are a natural sight in lounges, and the archways of the pit are solely made from brick rather than marble. Tall lamps stand stoically in the corner, in the form of a thin, stem and blooming, circular lamp shade.

Dining with the Family

Tuscans are all about family, as throughout the years, the craft of farming was handed down from generation to generation, and eating together was to strengthen this bond. The table is a long, hardwood, mainly oak. However, some homes also use the flexible yew tree for their wood, as this material is more pliable. The table is, therefore, afforded the ability to have a small skirt, with simple carvings of knots and twisting vines. This design is most common, as its assets the strong relationship of family, yet does it in a reclusive fashion via skirt carvings. The chairs are always upright and don’t have to pad for the backrest. Local carpenters make good use of cedar wood, to form the frame of the dining chairs, with sometimes up to three horizontal back supports. The theme of these chairs can encapsulate the dawn of a rising sun, with vertically lifting, curves that peak in the middle.

Tuscany is the land of earth, farming, and quietly confident design that’s grand yet not boastful. The decor is mainly made from wood, with the chairs, and ceilings bringing home a truly rustic history of the peasant culture. Yet, the interior design embellishes the home with reds and oranges, flickering light from candles and fires, and modern sofas that elegantly fill the centre of the lounge.

What do you think to the Tuscan style?