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easy ways to bring colour into your home

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easy ways to bring colour into your home | i-D postcards

easy ways to bring colour into your home | i-D postcard

everyone that knows me or reads this blog knows i love a bit of colour. well, okay, a lot of colour. but i know a lot of people aren’t so keen on it as i am, so i thought i’d write a post about some easy ways to bring colour into your home for spring (and in general) to hopefully give you some ideas.

art

art in various forms is a fantastic way to bring colour into your home. it can be a minimal print with a tiny bit of colour, or something more vibrant to contrast against otherwise monochrome surroundings. lately i’ve been loving displaying postcards around the flat as a quick and fun way of showing art, photography and typography. this would be particularly good if you didn’t want to commit to framing prints or taping things to your walls.

easy ways to bring colour into your home | mint storage tin

easy ways to bring colour into your home | giraffe toy and plants

storage

whether you’re an organised person or like to shove things into a box to be out of your sight, storage options are another easy way to bring colour into your home. instead of standard clear boxes or plain woven baskets, how about something with a nice pastelly hue or a pretty print? or, if you’re feeling a bit more creative perhaps you could snazz up a lovely wooden crate or try to dip dye something?

personally i LOVE tins and utilise them a lot for random bits and bobs, pens and stationery, keepsakes, food and sweets, and much more. charity shops are a great place for tins, or anywhere that sells things like biscuits and chocolates (m&s is a winner here, they often have wonderful illustrated ones). keep an eye out for interesting designs!

food display

got some fancy colourful food like pink himalayan sea salt, colourful pasta or sweets and treats? how about keeping them in clear containers for the things you have out of the cupboards more often? functional and colourful! i think things like this, storage and other necessary home accessories are a good way to bring colour into items that might otherwise be plain or drab.

plants and flowers

providing you know how to take care of them, plants and flowers are one of my favourite ways to spread colour around. even if that colour is just green! i have a mixture of succulents and other plants, and occasionally buy some flowers to display. sometimes i might bring home something collected from my walks like some daisies or lavender. also, you get a sense of achievement and happiness seeing your little plant babies flourish!

easy ways to bring colour into your home | pink sea salt

easy ways to bring colour into your home | bee print tea towel

easy ways to bring colour into your home | jane foster mug

accessories, china and cutlery

tea towels, plates, cups and cutlery are all easy ways to bring a bit of colour into your home. they’re also things that can be put away if you don’t want too much clutter about, but want little bursts of colour here and there. again, functional items can be fun too!

if you have any ideas for easy ways to bring colour into your home, be that obvious or unusal i’d love to hear. also, if you’re more the minimalist monochrome type – but still want a little colour in your home, how do you go about doing so? do you do any of the above or do you prefer to keep it hidden away?

postcards, storage, pink sea salt, tea towel and cup ℅ homesense

greenery in the home

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home decor moodboard for greenery - pantone colour of the year 2017

no, not plants!

if you’re a fan of colour, design or are a visual creative you’ll probably know by now that ‘greenery’ is pantone colour of the year for 2017.

wayfair challenged me to make a moodboard to show ways that you can bring a bit of green into your home decor. if you want to revamp your home for the new year and/or like to take note from colour trends (or you just love green) then hopefully you can find some items here you enjoy.

in general i do like various shades of green, but in the home – other than leafy or botanical wallpapers – green is a colour i prefer to display in smaller items. things like plants, accessories and cushions and chairs. saying this, i do love seeing a nice painted green room ..just not in my home. also curious what a room of entirely green items would look like. surreal!

i’ve put together a moodboard of some of my favourite green items from wayfair, and i’d happy have any of them in my home. especially that eames style chair! totally on board with the motto on that candle too. i tried to stick as close to the greenery shade as possible, which actually was quite easy. i like the idea of mixing up different kinds of greens too. for example a emerald green throw on that chair would look lovely, or a nice big rug with some greens weaved through.

when life gives you lemons… candle | decorative vase | 3 piece shelf | kaala side table | mini lego box | acrylic wall box | eames style rocking chair

when looking back, i realised the items i chose here are all quite contemporary looking, and i think this particular kind of green is a great colour for this sort of style. when it comes to vintage and antique items you’re more likely to see less vibrant greens, and more along the lines of emerald, jade, peridot and mint shades. if you’re brave enough to upcycle something old, greenery would definitely be a bold colour choice to bring it up to date! or if you’re a bit scared maybe something like painting some drawer handles in this colour would be a fun start.

what do you think of the greenery shade? is it a colour you’d have in your home?

christmas decor with homesense

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homesense christmas decor

i’m going to bring it in. it’s the c word.

christmas.

how do you feel about it? what’s the most important part of it for you? what do you enjoy the most about it?

christmas has always been a bit of a weird one for me. i do celebrate it, but in a much more restrained way than most. i’ve said this before, but food is the best part of christmas for me. i don’t really have family, and christmas was never really a big thing for us when i was little. food has always been the constant regardless of surroundings. the boyfriend and i can’t afford anything extravagant, but we do our best with what we have and it’s always delicious.

when it comes to decor, i really don’t like ‘typical’ christmas stuff. even as a child i was really fussy! i did LOVE making paper chains though! oh, i could have made those for days. for me, it either has to be minimal (ideally silver), or kitschy, non christmas colours. when it comes to christmas decor, and more specifically buying new pieces, i prefer things that can potentially be used year round if possible.

i’ve collaborated with homesense to pick some christmas decor items that fit with my style, as well as things that could easily be used at other times of year. i was initially going to pick items that fit within a colour scheme (silver being the colour i chose) but then i saw that colourful garland ..i mean, it’s perfect right?

 

homesense christmas items

unless i feel like going for the vintage kitsch feel, i definitely prefer simple silver items. most christmas items i’ve bought in the past are silver so i (mostly) went for that here. i thought i’d go a little into my reasoning for the items i chose, and other uses i have planned for them.

the studded candle holder has a lovely minty candle, and when it’s done i want to use it for a plant pot. imagine some succulents in there!

the geometric hanging ornament looks lovely and is nice and weighty too, so perhaps could be used as a paperweight, but makes a nice photo prop too.

the star shaped jingle bell could easily be hung anywhere, and as it’s not ‘obviously’ christmassy, could stay up or i thought it would look cute on one of the inside doors.

and of course the colourful garland wouldn’t look out of place any other time of the year. i also thought it would be good to dangle our christmas cards from.

the christmas card i bought to put in a frame for some cheap and cheerful seasonal art. the illustration is super pretty too, don’t you think?

and finally, some striped and dotty pencils for stocking stuffers. not strictly decor, but pretty and a useful little gift!

homesense christmas decor close up