I’m not long back from exhibiting at The House & Garden Festival held at London’s Olympia where I had a fab time showcasing my Mairi Helena Collection of fabrics, wallpapers, velvet cushions and linen lampshades! The House and Garden Festival is the ultimate celebration of Summer living showcasing 550 beautiful garden, interior and lifestyle brands to an enthusiastic crowd. Combine this with bespoke decorated spaces from industry leading interior designers, as well as expert talks and workshops from colour to detailing plus an exhibition portraying ‘seven decades of style’ in celebration of House & Garden’s 70th anniversary, this is a festival that no interior enthusiast should miss.
So having absorbed all things faux flower, lavish lighting, sumptuous furnishings and bespoke fabrics, I’ve put together a blog which focuses on SIX things to consider when looking gathering ideas for decorating a room in your home.
GIVE EVERY ROOM A BUZZ WORD
It’s lovely when each room has a story to tell. Maybe this might come across in a theme, or focus on a word or a feeling. Gather pictures, colours charts and motivating words and create a mood board to trigger ideas based around a concept.
Mood board featuring Mairi Helena Grey Tailor Thistle Velvet Cushion
TRAVEL AND GATHER
It’s great to pick up inspiration from your adventures. Whether that’s a colour palette that might influence your new interior from landscapes travelled or perhaps an object found on the beach or maybe a poster that acts both as a souvenir and a feature for the wall.
UPCYCLE AND LUXECYCLE
Consider how you could give an old, tired piece of furniture a new lease of life and create a new, quirky talking point for the room.
Pictured above: Vintage G-Plan Sideboard in Mairi Helena Fine Art Pink Thistle Wallpaper – a collaboration with innovative and creative furniture up-cycler Zoe from Muck N Brass
Create collections for display. This could be collections of a theme for example a group of flowers in vases, or a collection of vintage mirrors or an eclectic mix of ornaments that share a colour palette. Play with volume and numbers, sometimes with collections more is more! Remember to consider styling objects with different heights and create layers.
Vary your textures to vary the scene. Mix natural authentic wood with sleek brass or shiny copper. Add fabrics, both patterns and plains.
Pictured above: Combining the contemporary patterns of Mairi Helena Emerald Thistle Velvet Fabric with natural wood chair and copper pendant light.
PLAY WITH PATTERN
Seek out your bold side and be daring with pattern! Bring life to a room with colourful print whether that be in the form of a statement feature wall or colourful furnishing fabric. Mix with complementing plains to add layers of interest.
BE BOLD, BE CREATIVE, BE UNIQUE AND CREATE AN INDIVIDUAL HOME.
I hope this has given a few ideas to whet the interior design appetite! I look forward to seeing your results!
Until next time….
To view the full collection of Mairi Helena fabrics, wallpapers, cushions and lampshades, then do take a browse on our online shop and let us know which is your favourite design or product and leave a comment below!