Leonardo Da Vinci said: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication" and when it comes to interior design, this can often be the best route to follow if you do not trust your own design instincts. There is a danger however, that your home will blend in with all the other soaked Magnolia, home carbon copy that we see cloned in every street in Britain today. Why do we practice such a safe design? Is it because we suffer from a lack of imagination, or do landowners end up on the ground just not brave enough to experiment? Maybe in this tough economic climate, we can not risk staining from this safe color palette of cream and white?
I say, why create a blank canvas? (just in case you move home), for someone else to put his stamp on. Look for inspiration everywhere and do not be afraid of your own style. There are many ways to experiment without breaking the bank and here are some ideas and tips that could inspire you to create your own groove. First, do a little research. Web sites such as housetohome have a fantastic gallery of images and vendors that can inspire you and are less likely to be found in the house next door.
Create a mood board. Collect images, swabs and fabric samples to focus your ideas and inspire you. This way, you will be able to see what colors and styles go together and it will also help you commit to buying only what you need. Avoid the plain and create a simple elegance by choosing a simple color palette but also experimenting with different textures of paint and fabrics. B & Q has a color mixing service that can match any of your favorite items.
Add a touch of color by adding cushions and throws or curtains. Cushions, and more surprisingly curtains, are easy to make if you have a little time on your hands and you can get quality fabrics at very discounted prices online. Stores such as http://www.digbyandwilloughby.co.uk sell designer fabrics at £ 10 per meter instead of the recommended retail price of £ 30 to £ 100 per meter. If you do not want to curtain yourself, Digby & Willoughby can make them. Alternately give life to a favorite chair with new upholstery with Digby & Willoughby fabrics.
Accessory with one or two unique pieces such as a beautiful mirror or a work of art. To save a few cents, you can visit auction houses such as lots or criteria. I've recently found a fantastic oil painting in a charity store and a beautiful art deco suite on freecycle.org so keep your eyes open. Like the traditional? Experiment by mixing the traditional with the new one to avoid being out of date. Choose classic wallpapers with a funky twist from companies such as Cole & Sons and Zoffany to create a wall of features. Visit salvage yards such as salvaging wells or sites such as salvo.co.uk to find beautiful old wood furniture and natural materials to create a classic and unique vintage look.
A statement piece of furniture can be inspiration for designing your entire room. Cover an old dresser or table with a fantastic hand-printed wallpaper, protected by layers of clear varnish and adorn it with new or old handles. Try emmamolony.com for hand-printed wallpapers. Outside the tracks, I recently bought old music scores from a local bookstore, which cost me 30p each and they make the perfect vintage wall coverings. If you religiously follow modern styles, what is the buzz of the interior design world, what are the hot colors for 2010?
Mexican colors such as burnt oranges, sunny yellows, gingers and moles are in vogue. Different shades of midnight blue with grizzled whites are in vogue and in addition to being classy and extremely classic, they would be a good long term investment. Soft and vintage colors, such as Neapolitan roses and yellows reflect the current boom of craft and salvaged materials. Other colors in style for 2010 will be natural hues, soft beiges and nudes with green or purple accessories. There are many ways to create your own style and update your home. And remember, to play on Jim Rohn's words, if you do not design your own style, chances are you fall into someone else's plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much! & # 39;