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The Natural Curtain Company’s Interior Design Tips

On June 24th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Curtains,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints,Useful Resources.

The Natural Curtain Company, experts in creating stylish interiors, has picked the brains of their in-house stylists to bring you eight home styling secrets to make your home an interior designer’s dream.

Combine all of these simple tricks for a truly stylish home, or cherry pick the tips you like best to give your home a mini-makeover this summer. Refreshing your home with The Natural Curtain Company’s home styling secrets to rival those homes found in the pages of Living Etc and Elle Decor couldn’t be easier…

1. REFLECTION PERFECTION – HOW TO USE MIRRORS TO INCREASE NATURAL LIGHT

Contrary to what you might think, hanging a mirror directly opposite a window won’t actually draw light into a room – rather it will bounce any reflected light straight back out of the window. Instead, hang mirrors perpendicular to a window to reflect light into a room. Leaning a large and tall mirror against a wall, rather than hanging it onto the wall, also gives the illusion of height, making ceilings seem higher and rooms bigger:

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2. ALWAYS GO HIGH AND WIDE – HOW TO USE CURTAINS TO MAKE A WINDOW SEEM BIGGER

Even if your intentions are to make a room feel bigger by exposing as much wall as possible, fitting curtains close to a window will always make a room feel smaller and the window look crowded. The magic mathematical formula to make a window, and therefore room, feel bigger is to fit your curtain poll 10-20 cm wider than your window and position it 10-15 cm above your window:

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3. GORGEOUS GEOMETRY – HOW TO CREATE A FEATURE MANTELPIECE

The secret rule when trying to create the perfectly styled mantelpiece is to imagine a large triangle over your fireplace, with the base of the triangle across the top of the mantelpiece. “Anchor” the top point of the triangle with a large mirror or print and create focal points of interest with vases, candlesticks or favourite treasures at the bottom two points. Layering those objects at each ‘corner point’ creates depth and interest and grouping them from shortest to tallest from the outer edge of the mantelpiece inwards draws the eye upwards:

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4. STYLISH SYMMETRY – HOW TO ADD DESIGNER STYLE TO A ROOM WITH SYMMETRY

To create a look straight out of Living Etc, experiment with creating symmetry throughout your interiors. Start by hanging a print or mirror two-thirds the size of the furniture it’s hanging over (either bed, sofa or table). Create proportion to the central piece of furniture and print / mirror by placing smaller, similarly sized objects either side of the central focus. These can either be side tables, plants or lamps, but ideally they would be the same type of object and of similar size. When positioning these smaller objects, experiment by layering them against each other; for example, table lamps in front of wall hung prints or photographs. Used sparingly – layering objects like this adds to the overall impact of your scheme and makes a room feel bigger:

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5. BE CLEVER WITH COLOUR – HOW TO USE COLOUR LIKE AN INTERIOR DESIGNER

For a calm colour scheme, use a palette of colours next to each other on the colour wheel – for example, blues and greens together. Sticking to one colour in different tones is the easiest way of achieving a seamless scheme – think of tonal greys and neutrals. For a bolder statement, use contrasting opposites from the colour wheel against a neutral background – pops of colour on a simple taupe sofa with violet and yellow cushions, for example:

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6. LIGHTING THE WAY – HOW TO MAKE LIGHTING AN INTEGRAL PART OF YOUR INTERIORS SCHEME

For living rooms, dimmer switches are essential to soften harsh central lighting. Investing in a ‘statement’ shade or angle-poise also means that any central light becomes a feature when it’s not in use. Don’t feel obliged to have to light a whole room when the sun goes down. Localised lighting can highlight often overlooked treasures, or make a feature out of a piece of furniture. Layering lighting creates an inviting atmosphere, so experiment with lighting at different levels around the room to create a cosy space:

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7. BIGGER IS ALWAYS BETTER – HOW A RUG CAN MAKE A ROOM LOOK BIGGER

Don’t be tempted to put a small rug in a small room – you may feel it adds interest to the centre of the floor, but it actually draws the eye inwards, making the room feel smaller. Invest in the biggest rug you can, ensuring your furniture overlaps. This ‘spreads’ the eye, making the room feel bigger, but without losing the cosy feel of having your toes on the rug:

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8. PLAY WITH PATTERN – HOW TO USE PATTERN WELL IN A ROOM

Create a feature with one big bold pattern, for example, on curtains or a rug. Smaller complementary patterns on accessories like cushions or throws add depth, interest and personality. Coordinate accessories by choosing one accent colour across them all:

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Sheer Delight! 30% Off Linen Voile Curtains.

On May 18th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Curtains,Fabrics,Interiors and Ideas,Press Releases,Special Offers,Spring,Summer.

To celebrate the sun coming out at last, The Natural Curtain Company is offering 30% off each and every one of our sheer linen fabrics until the end of the month. Our stunning collection of soft, naturally slubbed fabrics by UK based designer Romo sits amongst them. Available in a range of delicate shades from warm white to cool grey, the “Messina” linen fabrics are easily some of our most popular choices for soft, airy curtains and voile panels – ideal for letting the light in and prying eyes out.

But they are not just for privacy. Sheer linen fabrics are so much more versatile than you might think.

Fit multiple panels along an extra long pole to break up oversized widows or a vast wall:

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Drape them around your bed for relaxed elegance:

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…or to complement soft layers of bedlinen:

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Layer different colours up to create depth and texture – a multitude of different hues can be created because the fabric is sheer:

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Create cosiness in an outside space, pergola or decking:

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Hang them in front of blackout blinds to soften the lines of your window:

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Henry Holland hits Habitat

On April 29th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Cushions and Throws,Fun Stuff,Industry News,Interiors and Ideas.

Unless you’ve been in the North Pole for the past couple of weeks you will have heard that Henry Holland is launching a range at Habitat this May. I’m a fan of the Henry Holland’s H! concession at Debenhams – cute prints and motifs, quirky floral blouses, fun accessories – a collection I find to be a vastly diluted version of House of Holland (which I desire even less than I can afford), so I was interested to see what he and Habitat would have to offer.

I think there is undoubtedly a market for it – it certainly falls in line with the current botanical trend: an unruly, modern mix of garish colours, 70’s prints and textures with plants and wildlife at its heart – but it might date quickly. Holland sites the film Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as his influence and it certainly shows.

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If you are thinking of investing in some Henry Holland, it would be wise to keep everything else plain to make sure your pieces really pop! The Paradise Leaf sofa (pictured above) would look sensational against a soft grey or exposed brick wall and similarly his cushions would really lift a warm white sofa. Curtains and blinds should be natural and light. Check the full Henry range here: http://www.habitat.co.uk/henry

Just for fun, here are some “statement” sofas against neutral backgrounds:

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The Spring Invasion

On April 12th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Making your Own Curtains and Blinds,Spring,Vintage.

I read an article the other day in one of the Sunday fashion supplements telling me that all I needed for Spring was a floral shirt. Ever one to cling onto the idea of owning one “must have” item of clothing per season, mainly to avoid the crushing pressure (and debt) that comes with trying to be on trend 24/7, my hunt began! Soon I discovered that big, bold flowers really are everywhere at the moment from the catwalk; to wallpaper; stationary and beyond. Why not introduce some colourful blooms into your life this April and see if they don’t put a little “Spring” in your step.

Gucci’s much publicised Tropical Grandma (I coined that one myself) Spring Summer 16 campaign was positively drowning in flowers across both menswear and womenswear:

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Similarly, the Dolce and Gabbana SS16 collection was full of sumptuous patterns that would look as good on your sofa or bed as they would in your wardrobe:

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Speaking of catwalks, French fashion designer Christian Lacroix whose brand is synonymous with opulence, fantasy and glamour, has a wonderful range of rich, theatrical fabrics and wallpapers available to buy from Designers Guild. It doesn’t come cheap but if you crave the lavish and the unique then the House of Lacroix may just be for you. Don’t forget to speak to the Natural Curtain Company if want anything made into curtains or blinds:

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Or how about some artfully positioned blooms? A row of individual, blousy hydrangeas will look magnificent against a white wall, while a big, theatrical bunch of flowers will bring drama to a brightly wallpapered room:

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Feeling Jaded

On February 26th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas,Tips and Hints.

If, like me, you’re feeling rather jaded this Friday afternoon, please enjoy this small but scrumptious mood board of one of my favourite colours…BLOG-February-Jade-Green-mood-board

From top left clockwise to centre:

Blue-green “trash art”; Jade and marble; Japanese glass tiles; Henna Teal fabric; Bold jade sitting room; Bradley velvet fabric; Cranes Blue fabric; Hydra fabric; Blue Jay fabric

 

 

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Chinese New Year Inspiration

On February 18th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

This is the Year of the Monkey and those born this year (as well as 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992 and 2004) are said to be intelligent, witty, mischievous, curious and a little bit naughty! I love seeing all the Chinese New Year decorations around Central London at this time of year, especially the beautiful lanterns and vibrant colours. Lanterns have a long history in Chinese tradition and while originally used for lighting, they are now most commonly seen during the Lantern Festival which signifies the end of the Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year Period). This year’s Lantern Festival falls on February 22nd.

Lanterns are an inexpensive and celebratory way to add a pop of colour to your home.  Because I’m currently in the throes of wedding planning, I recently became the proud owner of 32 bright pink and purple paper lanterns. I’m pretty sure a couple or more will be finding their way back to my house afterwards…

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Check out Emily Burningham’s beautiful range of Lantern-patterned fabrics, available to buy from The Natural Curtain Company:

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Pantone’s Colours of 2016

On January 29th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Colour schemes,Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

The Colour Gods have spoken and they have declared the colours of 2016……are pink and blue! Global colour standardisation company PANTONE® announced for the first time that they had blended two hues this year; specifically, Rose Quartz (13-1520TCX for any industry nerds) and Serenity (15-3919TCX).

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I studied colour at university as part of a textile and fashion course and I find the psychology behind colour quite fascinating. Did you know that several US prisons painted their interior walls pink in an attempt to suppress inmates’ violent behaviour? Studies have shown that pink evokes calm and reduces anger and stress thus impacting human aggression in a positive way. Pale blue has similar peaceful connotations by its association with the sky, water and nature as well as serenity and cleanliness.

Of course, these colours are frequently used to represent gender and from a young age we are conditioned to recognise that pink is symbol for a girl; blue for a boy. Perhaps PANTONE® feel that using Rose Quartz and Serenity in harmony is somehow reflective of the current Zeitgeist for gender equality. Whatever the reasons, these colours are certain to add some appealing, homely and fun tones to your interior!

 

The two colours together, mixed with greys and warm neutrals, create a fun retro feel:

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Muted blush tones against blue-grey are stylish and sweet:

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For the less brave, subtle pink and blue accents, like this cushion and cabinet, in a neutral room can really pop!

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Here are some of my favourite pink and blue fabrics:

 

From top row across: Stellar Pink; Portofino; Pinky; Posey; Peonies; Rose Taupe; Martitime; Sacha; Field Rose (all available at The Natural Curtain Company)

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From top row across: Arwen; Mineral; Posey Blue; Bluestem; Nouveau Blue; Nuthatch; Sherwood Blue; Egret; Africana (all available at The Natural Curtain Company

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Winter Comes

On January 18th, 2016 Jemma wrote on the subject of Cushions and Throws,Fabrics,Fun Stuff,Interiors and Ideas.

I don’t know about you but I’m delighted that winter is rumoured to be on its way this week, finally! Enough with the rain, clouds and unseasonable temperatures. Early January should be about crisp days, low sunshine and maybe even a flurry of the white stuff. Here’s hoping.

If, like me, you shun the idea of battling through the first month of the year with a fridge full of kale smoothies, armfuls of fitness DVDs and a stack of ill-fated resolutions, then you’ll probably want to get cosy. If you prefer to ease yourself into 2016 with a stylish period drama, some beautiful books gifted to you over Christmas and the last of whatever sweet, flavoursome hot chocolate you’ve been hording in the cupboard, then we’re on the same page. Here are some simple ideas to help to you feel nice and snug at home.

I’m getting married soon so lights are high on my hit list right now! I love the idea of using lots of fairy lights in the home, particularly in combination with swathes of soft, sheer linen fabric like these.

Layer up your pillows, cushions, throws and bedspreads:

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Pin back your dramatic drapes with fun tassels like these!

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Lights can help to create warmth in the most unusual places – transform an unused fireplace into a cosy reading nook like this one:

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…and just look at this! A winter’s dream, surely?

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Alternative Christmas trees

On December 21st, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Colour schemes,Fun Stuff,Home tour,Interiors and Ideas.

Christmas is fast approaching and it’s time to start making last minute dashes to decorate your home before the in-laws arrive.

If you’re still in need of a tree, here are a few ideas that will save the day and create a real talking point amongst your guests. They won’t even need to know that you’re a last-minute Larry!

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Decorate the tree

You don’t actually need to buy a Christmas tree in order to make your home Christmassy. Why not decorate a tree you already have? I love the idea of hanging ornaments on this house plant – its original, modern and will look great in a Scandi-style apartment.

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Christmas teepee

This is a Jubiltree – a wood tree form that you can decorate differently all year round. You could use it as a teepee in a nursery, decorate it with flowers in spring or transform it into a Christmas tree over the holidays!

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 Driftwood Tree

I love the idea of finding pieces of drift wood along the beach and piling them into an awesome modern Christmas tree. It might need some careful planning but this driftwood tree is fab, and looks great with the simple silver and white baubles.

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Top 5 UK Christmas markets

On December 14th, 2015 Alice wrote on the subject of Christmas,Fun Stuff,Useful Resources,Vintage.

If you’re anything like me you’ll be having a bit of a panic at not having started your Christmas shopping yet. The idea of heading to Oxford Street at this time of year makes me feel a little bit nauseous, so I’ve decided to look elsewhere.

There are so many gorgeous Christmas markets to catch at this time of year all over the UK. Here are a few of my faves…

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1. Manchester Christmas Markets

Manchester is a great city to peruse Christmas markets – there’s several throughout the city, and all in different styles. From German to traditional, you’ll be able to pick up some great presents and make a day of it too.

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2. Leadenhall Market

One of London’s covered Christmas markets, you can go any tinme in the lead up to Christmas to discover some amazing crafts, gifts and food and drink too. A must-visit in London!

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3. Canterbury Christmas Market

A gorgeous part of England to visit at this time of year. One of the oldest towns in the UK, this place goes all out when it comes to festive cheer and it’s a great place to take the entire family.

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4. Norwich Christmas market

This market is around at all times of year, but it really comes to life at Christmas. Buy anything from clothes, art, crafts and other knick-knacks right in the heart of Norwich. Make sure you visit one of the independent coffee shops in the Norwich lanes and grab a cake and a coffee to warm up.

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5. Winter Wonderland, Edinburgh

 Over the Christmas period Princes Street Gardens in Edinburgh transforms into a Winter Wonderland complete with towering Christmas trees, Christmas Decorations an ice rink and a funfair. There’s also a German Market with quaint wooden stalls selling hot food, mulled wine, crafts and gifts.

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