Monthly Archives: February 2014

Which Colours should you be using in 2014?

Colour is the most important aspect of any home. They can reveal a lot about a person and their tastes, from cool and clear whites to daring, passionate reds. A base colour sets the mood of a room, and will influence all of your home purchases and accessories in the future. Just like fashion, colours have seasons and trends, and 2014 is proving to be an exciting year for colour.

Radiant Orchid

‘Colours of the year’ were announced by the kings of colour and colour research Pantone and leading paint brand Dulux at the start of 2014. Pantone went for a bold lilac called ‘Radiant Orchid’, whereas Dulux announced that a deep teal/grey mix called ‘Sea Urchin 1’ was the colour for 2014.

Both are pretty left-field and daring colours, with Radiant Orchid’s ultra-feminine shade turning heads (Pantone’s executive director Leatrice Eiseman described it as ‘magical’, denoting ‘creativity and innovation’) and Sea Urchin’s cool, dark shade symbolises balance according to Dulux, by combining ‘the natural harmony of green with the tranquility of blue’.

The colours couldn’t be more different, but both are worth experimenting with in your home. Teal and turquoise shades are set to be particularly popular in 2014, as they have the potential to be both fresh and calming, the teal palette covers a huge spectrum and moods, and the combination of blue and green can give a room an oceanic, dream-like feel.

Sea Urchin

Pantone’s predictions that purple and lilac will take over in 2014 reflects homes becoming more expressive, creative and daring. Many have shied away from purples and plums because of their dark colours, but American paint company Sherwin-Williams has also announced a purple shade as the 2014 colour of the year – a very dark violet called ‘Exclusive Plum’. Purples are traditionally seen as royal, bringing a wave of luxury and majesty into your home.

Alongside teals and violets, grey is shedding its reputation as a boring and oppressive colour into being embraced as a smart, cool and relaxing colour for the home which is easy to accessorise and can be complimented with bolder colours (including both turquoise and plum) to create a grown up and sophisticated look.

If you’re bored of neutral white walls, try out some of the colours of 2014 to see how you can transform your home! Experiment with an accent wall and see where colour can take you.



Choo Choo! How to Decorate a Train Themed Room


Trains are still the most exciting thing ever to young children, maybe because they haven’t had to change platforms at Birmingham New Street with two minutes notice. A certain blue engine is still wildly popular with toddlers, leading to a love of all things locomotive. If you want to decorate your little one’s room with a train theme, follow these tips:

First of all, as much as most adults dread catching the train, a child’s view of trains is more traditional: think steam powered pistons and conductors hats rather than British rail sandwiches.

The main point to keep in mind when making redecorating your child’s room is that the ‘train phase’ has a sell by date. Many little boys (and plenty of girls!) become obsessed with trains and suddenly move onto something different. Like most themed children’s bedrooms, the key is to make a tasteful base from which to build from, and concentrate the theme in your accessories (which can easily be switched over!).

For a train themed room, a good base is a baby or periwinkle blue (inspired by Thomas himself!), mixed with whites and reds (if you’re feeling adventurous, incorporate some stripes into your decorating scheme, since they will give the room a sense of movement and ‘speeding ahead’!) After you’ve made the base, add some wall stickers to start the theme.

Train accessories are also a good way of introducing the theme into the room. Old rail signs/vintage items like lamps and conductors hats will give the room a classic/traditional feel.

Less expensive but still beloved items includes train themed bedding, railroad rugs, posters and, of course, the essential train set! Some of the best train themed rooms out there have a track running around the perimeter of the room on a raised track, try it out if you fancy yourself as a super parent!

If you are unable to find a train themed version of a bedroom accessory, plump for stripy or even gingham patterns to invoke that old wild western vision of steam trains, much more romantic than the 6:50 to Euston!

The best way to finish the perfect train themed room? With our bedroom sign of course!