Edinburgh Flat Renovation Update 

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We moved in to our Edinburgh flat a year ago now and so far we have painted our bedroom walls in BOLD PORTHOLE BLUE, tiled a GOLD STAR in our Moroccan themed bathroom as well as wallpapered a Mairi Helena Harris Green FEATURE WALL in the living room.

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We seem to have established a lack of fear when it involves picking colour for the walls, with the bolder, brighter and braver being the better.
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Starting The Kitchen 
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So now as we eagerly plan the kitchen and get stuck in once again with colour picking, floor laying, musing of materials and wall painting, I thought I would share my ideas on kitchen decorating and in particular creating kitchen colour palettes.
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PLANNING THE LAYOUT
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Planning the kitchen has introduced me to the concept of 3D room drawings. Who knew that you could enter a kitchen fitting shop with your room dimension sizes and after a few clicks on the computer, a 3D model could be concocted from which to start visualising your new room layout. Brilliant for those like me who sometimes struggle with imagining the 3D set up in your head.
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kitchen renovation project
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Anyhow, I’m leaving the complicated calculations, fiddly wall dimensions and cupboard sizes to Richard and storming straight ahead to the interior styling….
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Essentially we’ve opted for cream units with oak work tops and now we can run riot with the complementing colours! Hip Hooray!
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Now onto the exciting bit:
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CHOOSING COLOURS AND STYLES
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When it comes to choosing colours, materials and styles for the kitchens, I’ve discovered the following things:
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  • Think about your laying space – don’t cramp on this and leave yourself with minimal worktop space
  • Splash backs are a must and therefore need careful consideration to a practical material
  • ‘Where to put the bin’ seems to be the most difficult thing to decide (aside from choosing cupboard handles), why is this?!
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…Anyhow, getting back to topic!! I have come up with 3 colour mood board ideas for kitchen styling. Each style is designed to complement the chosen core units and worktops but aim to provide very different looks.
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Creating Mood boards for the Kitchen
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TRANQUILITY WITH PASTELS
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Mixing muted pastel greens and putty beige with splashes of ochre yellow highlights.
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kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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A light, fresh, natural look, the colours of which complement the oak worktops and sing a Spring Summer feel!
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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COOL CONTEMPORARY
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Mixing gold, metallic palettes against the oak grain wood worktops. Introducing copper lighting accessories and mixing textures such as glass and sheepskin seating accessories could bring a very contemporary looking kitchen.
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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Classy, sophisticated copper, bronzes and hints of orange glows – I’m thinking trendy, modern, slick…
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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 mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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 Tropical Hues
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Introducing a striking green against a cool blue to create a zingy, tropical kitchen interior
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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Brilliant blue and white tiling to create a French style, both as splash backs and to appear behind open shelving.
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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mood boards for kitchen styling ideas for colourful kitchen interiors
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So what do you think? I’d be really keen to hear what style out of the three you would pick for your own home? Please feel free to leave a comment below!
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I think I’ve decided which of the three I’d go for…….although being the chef of the house, Richard has informed me he’s in charge of the kitchen……
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However, I have my eye on part of the kitchen wall which I think would look GREAT in another Mairi Helena wallpaper design – who’s got my backing?! I’m seriously working on it.
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