Happy New Year!

A warmly welcome to 2017 and a Happy New Year to you all! I hope you celebrated in style and brought it in with a bang!

A new year, a new chapter.

I love New Year and it’s fresh beginnings, the anticipation of new journeys, projects and creative adventures. It’s an exciting time of year of plotting, planning and purposeful thinking. Thats that I’ve been doing anyway, from the comfort of our sofa in front of the fire in the twinkling lights of the Christmas tree…

green living room mairi helena

And talking of home… for many of us, the New Year brings a sudden desire to do something a little different with the home decor. What better way really is there to start the year ahead with a change of decor and home interior. Perhaps you’ve been considering a new look for the living room, a change of style for the kitchen or a hallway makeover but haven’t quite got round to putting plans into action? Maybe you have a few ideas, or several colour ways in mind, a wallpaper sample or an accessory in which to decorate around? It’s just that you haven’t quite got round to it yet..understandable. Christmas tends to creep up in one big swoop! But as we now find ourselves at the start of a new year, it brings a perfect opportunity to get those decorating wheels in motion. So I dare you to get out those paint brushes and mood boards, for 2017 is here and a fresh and exciting colourful room makeover awaits!!

Moto for 2017:  ‘COLOUR IS EVERYTHING’

colour is everything

And so to start as we mean to go on, by blogging about simple colourful ways and inspirational ideas through which we can easily transform our home to gain that all important fresh home facelift for the year ahead.


Colourful Home Deco Idea Number 1

Paint Your Door. What better way to start a fresh and put your own creative stamp on your house. This simple home decor idea is a way of effectively adding your mark and makes it all the more of a friendly and inviting entrance in which to welcome visitors to your home. It’s enticing, exciting and can be an instant statement piece. It’s an immediate voice, reflecting you and your home.

house beautiful colourful front door

Image Courtesy of House Beautiful (and for even more colourful door inspiration then check out House Beautiful post on ‘How to Choose a Front Door Colour here!)

It can be as simple as a fresh lick of paint to brighten up your entrance…but you needn’t stop there. Why not consider a boldly colourful door matt to go all out and add that extra punch?!

colourful doormat


Colourful Home Deco Idea Number 2

Go big and go bold with a contemporary wallpaper. Create a stunning luxury feature wall and instantly you will be provided with a talking point for the home. Whether you choose to use contemporary wallpaper on the walls…

Scottish interiors featuring Mairi Helena contemporary wallpaper feature wall. Bringing the outdoors in

As featured here in our living room with my Mairi Helena Harris Green Thistle Wallpaper. Image: Mairi Helena Harris Green Thistle Wallcovering

Or frame a length of wallpaper…

frame a roll of wallpaper

Image courtesy of Better Homes & Gardens ‘Projects using a roll of wallpaper’ read more here!

Or use wallpaper to spruce up some book shelves….


Image courtesy of Ideal Homes ‘Living Wallpaper Ideas for Instant Updates’ read more here!

The opportunities are endless when it comes to wallpaper with a striking print! Whether you use it to upcycle an item of furniture, hang to draw attention to a particular feature wall or frame a fireplace, wallpaper can help to transform a room in a quirky, novel but stylish fashion.

Colourful Home Deco Idea Number 3

Add life to old furniture by upholstering in a bold luxurious fabric or seeking out the trusty chalk paint. Do you have old furniture kicking about? In need of a revamp? Then considering an upcycle project can be one of the most rewarding and satisfying! Turn tired furniture into boldly coloured luxury statement pieces for the home.

painting the mirror

chalk painting a mirror

Images from my Mairi Helena DIY Upcycle blog  ‘A frenzy for the Gold Paint!’

styling ideas for the home: how to introduce colour into your home. Interior decorating mode board ideas for the bedroom. Yellow, blue and pink bedroom ideas by Scottish textile designer Mairi Helena

Upholstery in Mairi Helena ‘Fine Art Pink Thistle Velvet Fabric’

Colourful Home Deco Idea Number 4

Paint the ceiling If you have recently been reading my ‘Top Tips from Farrow & Ball‘ then you may be familiar that colourful ceilings is very much a painting trend that is growing in popularity. A simple home deco idea that will revamp your living space. Rather than paint your ceiling white, why not go for tonal colours that complement your wall colours.

how to decorate with farrow and ball

Photo Courtesy of Farrow & Ball. Paint Colour: Farrow & Ball ‘Dove Tale’ on doors, ‘Arsenic’ on the walls and ‘Churlish Green’ on the ceiling


Colourful Home Deco Idea Number 5

For some inspirational interior ideas and tips from the experts, then make sure you tune into the new series of The Great Interior Design Challenge which hits our screens on the 3rd January! Hurrah! The eagerly awaited BBC home decoration series is back and promises to be full of interior trials and tribulations, decorating challenges, colourful styling and renovation revamps! The first episode of the new series is on at 8pm this Tuesday 3rd and I can’t wait!

great interior design challenge

Image courtesy of BBC TWO


And there we have it. 5 colourful home deco ideas to provide some inspiration for simple home decorating. A New Year, a fresh home interior.

So 2017, it looks like you’re going to be a colourful and cheery one! After all, in my opinion

a colourful home is always a happy home.

With very best wishes for a fabulous year


bedroom paint colour ideas