Creating the perfect atmosphere in your home this season

We all want to enjoy being at home at the weekend or after work, but how? From pendant lights to cosy furnishings at the dining table, adding personalised, softer touches to your interior design can help to create a room with the ideal character, atmosphere and mood for you.

Choosing the right shade

Did you know that, when we walk into or spend time in a room, the colour of it can have a true effect on our emotions?

Selecting the décor colour is important but there are a few aspects to consider. Firstly, how big or small is the space? If your kitchen is small, you’ll want the space to be bright and airy. So, you might opt for predominately lighter shades for the walls or cabinetry. That way, cooking need not be a dark and isolating experience! A pale palette also makes for a sleek aesthetic that can be personalised with splashes of colour and will have you staying on trend for 2018. Ideal Home has aptly named this the ‘Unicorn-inspired’ trend featuring pale blues and pinks, personalised with glinting bronze and metal. Have an open-plan, handmade kitchen with plenty of space? Then try darker hues. Large, airy, bespoke kitchens can handle a stronger, darker palette without making the space appear restrictive or oppressive. Dark blue cabinets are set to be the most popular colour choice this year for modern kitchens.


Secondly, consider where your home gets the most natural light. The personal palette will vary from client to client and it is important for kitchen designers and interior designers alike to use their expertise to help their clients make informed choices about colour schemes. The option of hand painted cabinetry allows you to experiment with changing trends, but also gives you an authentic texture on the wood that you simply can’t achieve with a spray-paint finish.

Why not use Pinterest to virtually decorate your home? When pulling together ideas, keep a few questions in mind such as How do I want to use this space? What impact will lighting have on these colours? Or What is the psychology of this colour? The kitchen or living room (usually whichever is the biggest room in the home) is the best place to start, as these are likely to be your most centrally located rooms and all other palettes branch off from here. Paint this larger room in a bold colour, and work around the home either complementing the first shade, contrasting it or matching with a soft, neutral hue.

How do different colours make us feel?

  • Red: passionate and dangerous — suited to a warm, sociable environment, such as the dining room.
  • Pink: love and peace — suited to a restful space in the home, such as the bedroom.
  • Yellow: warm and positive — suited to a bright and lively space, such as the kitchen or dining room.
  • Orange: stability — suited to a lively space in the home, such as the living or dining room.
  • Green: calm and natural — suited to a restful space, such as the bedroom or living room.
  • Blue: soothing and peaceful — suited to a cool and calm space, such as the kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.
  • White: bright and pure — suited to a light and airy environment, such as kitchen, bedroom or bathroom.

What textures should you use?

Play around with the varieties of textures in your home to create a truly bespoke decor. If you’re looking to achieve a cosy setting, then steer clear of a regimented list of restricted textures and you’ll find textures that marry well irrespective of their feel or material. Mirrors and glass objects are a good accent to any texture. To create a broody feel, consider rich, dark veneers. For a softer touch, incorporate silk upholstery, velvet floor-length curtains and hints of aged brass and copper.


The type of lighting you select can also impact on how your home makes you feel. Different rooms around the home require different styles of lighting due to the nature of tasks and activities that go on in each space. Even in a room, it is vital that you use more than one type of lighting if you are to achieve any sort of ambiance.

Let’s start with the lounge or sitting room. This area is generally dedicated to watching TV and will need ceiling lights, possibly on a dimmer, so that the right light can be achieved throughout the day and when the curtains are drawn. One corner may serve as a dedicated reading spot. If so, then a floor lamp that provides a softer light closer overhead will make a world of difference.

When you’re cooking or socialising in the kitchen, lighting plays a key part in creating the right ambience. Invest in pendant lights, perhaps in varying heights and with a warm temperature to the bulb. Plinth lighting is also a clever way to add warmth as well as a focal point to the design. This has a particularly striking effect on an island, giving the illusion of ‘floating cabinets’.

The right atmosphere is, of course, subjective. Everyone has a different idea of the ideal home decor. Other ways to improve the ambiance in your home include transforming a space with scent and layering different aromas. Changing colours, textures, smells and lighting are all simple, inexpensive ways of changing how a room feels.


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What makes the perfect wedding ring?

Isn’t it funny how the wedding ring is the most important ring, yet it’s always overshadowed by the engagement ring. We’ve just become accustomed to the fact that the engagement ring is the one that gets the most attention, even though the wedding ring is the one that we place on our finger at the wedding and the one that confirms you’re married.

So, it’s pretty vital that you get the perfect wedding rings for your big day. This requires a lot of searching, but it needs to be done. If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, then you’re probably looking for some help on this topic. Well then, what makes the perfect wedding ring?

A Matching Set

There seems to be a lot of people that say matching wedding rings are out of fashion these days. I don’t agree with that; a matching set makes the rings all the more special. You both have the same ring, which symbolises the togetherness you now have. The good news is, you can get matching wedding rings online with relative ease. They come in a variety of different metals, so you have to sit down together and decide which one you prefer. For me, this comes down to a couple’s preference, I’m not going to tell you what colour your ring should be, it’s your decision! But, whatever colour you choose, make sure your spouse gets a matching one so you can show off the rings together forever.

What makes the perfect wedding ring

Personalised Engravings

I honestly think the only reason not to get engravings on your wedding rings is because it puts you over budget. If you have the funds, then this is essential. I believe the perfect wedding ring is engraved with something personal that’s special to the two of you. There are so many ideas floating around that you can get inspiration from. The most common one is to engrave the date of your wedding onto the inside of the bands, or the date that you got engaged. I find this truly special as it commemorates a particular moment in both of your lives. Other ideas include getting the initials of your spouse in each other’s rings or getting a quote that’s special to you both. In all honesty, all these ideas are pretty great!

The Perfect Fit

You can forget about engravings and matching sets if your wedding ring doesn’t fit absolutely perfectly. It should slide onto your finger and fit snugly on there for the rest of your life. Maybe it’s just me, but I think a wedding ring loses some of its impact if it doesn’t fit right. It just seems a bit lazy! This is your unique ring, the most important piece of jewellery you own, so make sure it fits better than any other ring you’ve ever worn.

Now you know what makes the perfect wedding ring, it’s time to go out and find yours! This is always the best part of planning a wedding as you get to look at so many gorgeous rings as a couple – it just gets you really excited and eager to be married!


Advantages of Laminate Flooring for Your Home

Although laminate flooring is already popularly known, a lot of people still have little to zero knowledge about it. Many people are still not aware about its different advantages. If you want to install this type of flooring but lacks the confidence to do so, this page will definitely provide you with the necessary information in order for you to get a better understanding of the benefits of laminate flooring.


Durability and strength

Laminate floors is a precious addition to your home primarily due to its durability and power. But, the sturdiness and durability largely depends on the installation standard. The landing material will actually last for years if it has been installed properly. Proper laminate installations not only decreases the wear and tear but it also saves a lot of cash too.

Besides its durability, it also provide amazing soft bounce even when walking barefoot. This is basically because of the slip resistant coating on the top layer of the laminate planks.


Laminate flooring is also pretty famous due to its low-cost. Not just does it come at a modest price, it also has a simple-to-install spec. So, DIY installers can also lay out these parquet themselves, Additional, you do not need to change the landing quite often owing its durability. Installing this type of parquet will actually help you reap lots of advantages.

Simple cleaning feature

Laminate flooring is pretty famous among homeowners due to the fact that it is very easy to clean and maintain. So, you don’t have to worry about bacterial infestations or mould buildup. The material is waterproof and stain resistant. There is no need for harmful chemical products to keep your laminate floors in tiptop condition.

Wide range designs

Laminate flooring comes in lots of designs. You can pick between different textures, colours, or patterns according to your preferences or tastes. These flooring materials are accessible in almost every colour. You can pick between stone, hardwood or ceramic texture. So, finding the best match for your room is not hard as you think.


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