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Guide to choosing Curtains and Blinds

Posted on 30th Apr 2015 @ 11:40 AM

A Guide to Choosing Curtains and Blinds: Styles, Suitability and Fabric Choices

Curtains and blinds are an integral part of the interior design process. Apart from having a practical use (keeping a room warm in the winter, cool in the summer) they can turn a ordinary room in to something extraordinary. Take a look at the examples below of the same room with and without curtains:

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What style of Curtain?

This primarily depends on the style of the room itself - are you going for a contemporary or more traditional look? This, however, does not have to follow the style of the house. A contemporary look can work well in a period property as can a more traditional look in a modern home. See the examples below:

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For a more contemporary look there are an array of options from the choice of pole to the way they are hung (pencil pleat, eyelets etc). For a more traditional look think of using tiebacks as a key feature and having the curtains "puddling" on the floor rather than finishing at floor length. Whatever your look I would recommend never finishing at window height, always go down to the floor. If the window means you can not do this instead opt for blinds (see below for more help on choosing the right blinds for your room).

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What style of Blind?

Blinds are a feature in their own right varying from Roman blinds to the very practical blackout roller blinds. Sheer roller blinds are also perfect for privacy without blocking out light yet simultanously preventing harmful UV rays from spoiling funriture.

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Layering also works well. Think of sheer curtains or blinds behind another set of curtains:

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Choosing the size curtain or blind:

The rule of thumb is as follows; to give a room an appearance of height place your pole as high as you can (perhaps consider using a pelmet to disguise this fact); to add width ensure the curtains when open stop short of the window itself (this is also a valuable trick if your room is lacking in natural light).

Always be generous with your curtain width, this will add a luxiourious feel to the room (even with sheer curtains) as will interlining your curtain with bonding.

Choosing the right fabric:

Fabric choices are almost endless. Think from a practical perspective when making your choice. What is the room used for? What time of day? Do you want to add a feeling of warmth or coolness?

Heavy velvets, chenilles and tartans are all perfect for creatinga feeling of warmth and are best suited to dining room and more traditional living rooms as well as to north facing rooms. Linens and cottons give a feeling of airiness as well as coolness and are pefect for south facing rooms, bedrooms and conservatories. Satins and silks also work well in bedrooms that require a more luxurious feel that are perhaps a bit dark or again north facing. Sheers work well as sceondary curtains or blinds so as to create privacy and filter sunlight. Just remember not to use heavy facrics in kitchens or bathrooms as they will absorb moisture and eventually becomre mouldy. Here are some different fabric examples in different uses:

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How to create an instant container garden with minimum upkeep

Posted on 29th Mar 2015 @ 2:37 PM

How to create an instant container garden with minimum upkeep

Many of us do not think about our garden, terrace or patio area until the sunshine arrives. We then want to create an instant garden almost panic-buying and head off to the garden centre without a clear plan about what we should and want to buy. This can be a costly experience which doesn't always achieve the results that you are after.

If this is the case with you then you probably also do not want to be spending your weekends and evenings watering, pruning and weeding, and would much rather be relaxing and enjoying your garden, terrace or patio rather than being a slave to it.

Here are some basic rules to follow that can help you achieve an "instant garden" that requires very little maintainnce, will look good all year round and will last for years without needing to be replaced.

Rule number 1 is to have a theme. A mish-mash of different types of plants will look messy whereas a comination of the same style of plants will look stylish and sophisticated.

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Rule 2 is to take in to consideration the exposure of your garden. Is it north, west, east or south facing? Will the plants be in the shade for most of the day in which case ensure you choose shade tolerant plants such as Hostas.

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Will the pots be in full sun? If so choose plants that can survive dry conditions such as Ucca's.

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If you have a north facing garden consider putting pots against a wall as this will reflect light back as well as providing warmth. For a low maintence container garden you want to fill your pots with shrubs not annual or even perinnial plants which will need lots of attention and either last only one year or die back in the autumn/winter.

 
Rule 3 is choosing the right size pot or planter. Generally the size of the plant should be no more than 1.5 times the width of the pot and twice the height. All pots need to have drainage holes at the botttom, then have a layer of gravel and stones covered with potting soil (which helps to retain moisture) and possibly decorative stones on top which stops the soil from drying out.

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Also it is very important to make shure the pot is big enough, the roots of the plant need somewhere to go - tall tapered pots not only look great but are perfect for giving space for roots to grow down.

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My final tip is for a truly stunning garden that is very easy to maintain you can't go far wrong with topiary. Planters looked fantastic with all styles of topiary, buxus and bay being the most popular.Although the initial cost of topiary plants is not inexpensive they will last for years, look good all year round, are extremely hardy and work out as cost efficient in the long run versus buying new plants every year.

Here are some great examples of container gardens. At Kizme we specialise in frost-resistant terrazo planters in a wide range of styles, shapes and sizes. Click on the link to see more. 

Pots and Planters

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How to decorate using a GREY colour scheme

Posted on 27th Jan 2015 @ 3:36 PM

How to decorate using a grey colour scheme

Grey is rapidly over taking the colour taupe as the new neutral must have colour scheme.

Don't be mistaken for thinking that grey is a masculine, cool colour. Of course it can be used in a highly contemporary interior design scheme that has an "industrial" feel to it and it can be used as a cool colour. However, it is extremely veratile. There really are 50 shades of grey!

Many greys have background tints so subtle but which either lean towards the cooler (blue) colours or warmer (red) colours. It can also have a green tint which still looks grey but which softens the look. Try "Pebble Shore" by Dulux for a light grey with a warmer tone.

Grey pairs extremely well with white but also cream. It also looks good with variations of itself contrasting light and dark greys.

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It can make for a stunning feature wall or background colour and because it is still a neutral tone can be used with almost any accent colour. Bright accents colours such as mustard yellow, hot pinks and lime greens work particularly well. They can also soften a room if you feel it is too contemporary for your tastes.

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In a more tradtional room or again to soften the look think of using tactile fabrics such as chennile or velvets. Perhaps also look at using a textured or patterned wallpaper too.

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Metallic accesories, chrome and glass also work extremely well when paired with greys. As does the colour black such as in the example below with a black coffee table and console table and black picture frames:

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Grey does not always have to be the main colour. Use it on skirtings, cornices or kitchen cupboard doors to add an exiting contrast.

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Grey also works well as a feature wall colour or in a hallway.

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Its versatility also means it works well in both a contemporary or traditional design scheme and perhaps at its best when looking to create a traditional room with a contemporary twist.

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How to decorate your Christmas Tree

Posted on 6th Dec 2014 @ 7:25 PM

How to decorate or "trim"your Christmas tree.
If your Christmas tree is real, before you bring inside give it a good soak in a bucket of water.
Before you put in in its stand cut off any branches at the bottom to make sure you have enough trunk to secure the tree properly (don't throw them away as I'll be posting on how to use them to decorate your fireplace).Then put in its stand and bring inside.
Once you have positioned the tree give it another water and get your decorations ready.
Sort your decorations, whatever they may be baubles, stars, bows, by colour in to piles. A tip is to put everything away by colour it makes a lots easier for the following year!
Then put your lights on the tree. To see if they are evenly distributed stand back and look at the tree through half closed eyes. Move the lights around until you are happy.
Next choose your colour scheme - gold and silver / red and gold / blue and silver / purples/ red, green and silver. Any baubles that don't fit your colour scheme will not be wasted and they look stunning mixed together in a vase.
Then if you are using beads or tinsel wrap as a spiral around the tree, stand back and adjust until you are happy.
Start with one colour and use the same method as with the lights to stand back and check they are evenly distributed.
Then move on to your secondary colour. Then your third.

The step back and admire your handiwork!

Here are some fabulous pictures to inspire you...

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