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What colour to paint…floor?

The real answer to this question is whatever colour you like but I am going to share two brilliant monochrome examples I saw in Milan.IMG_4122


IMG_4102Both examples are tiles but with some paint, masking tape, a ruler and a bit of imagination you can recreate this for a fraction of the cost on a concrete or wooden floor.

A patterned floor, especially in black and white, gives any room the wow factor. Walls should be kept to one colour so as not to detract and over complicate the space. If you already have parquet flooring in a herringbone format you have a template to create the zig zag pattern above, which means a lot less effort at the measuring stage!

Anyone painted a floor recently?


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What colour to paint…flowers!

Who doesn’t like fresh flowers in the home? Here are a few images of some of the beautiful flowers I’ve used in photoshoots that I’m  always looking back on for inspiration…

I was a little over zealous whilst prepping these flowers, hence the unintended casualty above but it did make me realize how good a splash of primary red looks with a good strong blue. Perfect for taking the edge off the traditional boys bedroom.



I LOVE the texture and colour in this image. According to pantone, green is THE colour of the moment and if you happen to have decorated with green why not add a touch of bright yellow? Interestingly, especially in the UK, yellow is making somewhat of a comeback. It started with simple accessories  but recently I have seen it graduating to walls. I wouldn’t recommend one this bright on all 4 walls though as research has proven it can be unsettling!



If you’re a purist at heart, stick to white like these orchids but add a rich succulent green to soften it.

Which flowers inspire you?

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What colour to paint…with washi tape.

washi tapeFlicking through Elle Decoration this morning I happened upon this gem of an idea. Simple and effective, as all good ideas should be, it transforms a blank wall.

I particularly love the subtle softness the hand torn edges of that beautiful transluscent pink add to the graphic monochrome. Great shapes too. If you want to recreate (I know I will be) you can buy Japanese washi tape in a whole host of colours from http://www.papermash.co.uk


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What colour to paint…cotton.


I think we all know the answer to this one……every colour under the sun!

Took this in South East Asia in January and it still makes me smile – funny how just a selection of coloured objects can do that. I especially like that it makes me think of colour combinations I probably would never have considered.

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What colour to paint…in NEON!

ImageI have developed a slight obsession with neon of late.

Should I be worried that I bought a florescent pink knit without a second thought?


BUT you can’t deny the instant uplift neon yellow gives this table setting as seen in the Zara Home window display in Milan. Very easy to do, a neon kick doesn’t have to be permanent – add a cushion, ornament or if you’re feeling bold,  a piece of furniture.


Above: Another example of Zara’s nod to the growing trend. Also on display during Milan Design week, Society offered a grown up selection of nearly neon bedding.  http://www.societylimonta.com/prodotto.php?lang=en&sez=letto&presel=federe&product=93Image

Considering neon is anything but natural it is strange that it absolutely works when paired with natural materials such as cotton, linen and wood – see above example.


This multifunctional piece looks great against bare concrete -http://www.brosefogale.co.uk/

What are you waiting for? Get your neon on!

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