The Ideal Home Show has just come to an end and 2012′s exhibition was bigger and better than ever. There were so many fantastic ideas to help us create the perfect home and this year Dulux created a piece of Ideal Home Show history with the largest show home the exhibition has ever seen. We took a quick tour of the house and picked up some great style tips.
The leading paint brand took over the four-storey Santiago house as part of a new campaign to show us how simple decorating transformations can actually have a positive impact on people’s relationships within the home.
Below is the Dulux-decorated Open Plan Studio. This ground floor, self-contained apartment used texture, pattern and colour to create a zoning effect that defined different living areas in this compact space. At one end we have wallpaper for the bedroom to define a soft, relaxing zone and at the other, a tile effect painted feature wall to zone the study area using hints of tangerine, a colour that encourages creativity.
The boldly coloured living area below used Fire Cracker 4 – the Dulux key colour for Spring / Summer 2012 – to demonstrate that you don’t have to compromise on colour in an open plan living area. Marianne Shillingford, Design Director at Dulux, gives us her tips for a fun and functional, open-plan living space, she writes:
“Use raw ingredients like flooring and wall colours to link areas together seamlessly and create a smooth transition between different zones.
“Pale wood laminate flooring will reflect light – increasing the sense of space whilst providing a warm organic background of colour that complements cooler and stronger shades on the walls.
“Add rugs to define living zones, these create visual interest and add a bit of sensuous texture under bare toes.
“Create pockets of visual delight with wallpaper and clever painted features. Try painting a simple grid pattern, horizontal band or stripes in a bold accent colour for instant impact with minimal outlay and effort.
“Investing in a strong colour always pays off if you are loud and proud. A subtle splash can work in accents and soft furnishings but when it comes to making a real statement in your living space just go for it and have fun building the look around it.”
Notice how the kitchen and living room have accents in the other’s dominant colour: the red alcove and apples below and the green chairs in the living room above. Drawing from a palette of colours adds interest and really brings the look together.
The adult bedroom feels romantic and passionate to reflect that a Dulux decorated bedroom can work wonders for unwinding and getting in the mood. Marianne writes:
“A rich red adds passion to any interior and works especially well in a grown up bedroom. Enhance the mood with layers of neutral fabric on the bed in super tactile and soft, fluid weaves that invite you to dive in and snuggle up.
“Keep the focus of attention on the bed and have some more fun with a quirky painted headboard and wardrobe feature.” The painted headboard below is a fun, economic and stylish eye-catcher.
Dulux showed visitors how to make the most of a spare room and give the man of the house a bit of his own space by turning a spare room into a ‘man cave’ retreat. The room has a more traditionally masculine scheme and the ‘cave’ feeling is created by painting the ceiling in a dark tone.
Marianne gives us her tips for a male focused study:
“A successful ‘man cave’ should reflect the inner boy before age and responsibility got the better of him. Rummage through the loft and rediscover some of those dubious belongings from his past and build the look around them.
“Let go of the desire to have things in order and tidy but allow for plenty of storage space. Create a visual sweetshop for the man in your life and choose open shelving to show off everything he loves (but you don’t necessarily want to live with!).
“Paint the ceiling in a deep shade to re-create a cave effect and avoid a central pendant light in preference to having table lamps, wall mounted directional spotlights and under shelf LED mood lighting.”
With Marianne’s great tips and so much visual inspiration we hope you will be tempted to try one of these fun ideas in your own homes. Dulux knows that decorating is about more than just paint and wallpaper; it is about creating an environment that you want to spend time in. So whether your humble abode is missing that appealing feeling, you’re craving some time to yourself or you just fancy a quick update, you’ll be spoilt for choice with these solutions.
I'm a freelance interiors stylist with a keen eye for the unusual and the creative. I love nothing more than discovering a new use for everyday objects or finding original ways to display my treasures. I trawl the web to bring you the most interesting ideas I've found and hope to inspire a little too! Read more posts by Vicky.