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

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how to fold origami | book review

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how to fold origami | book review

how to fold origami* – £9.99

as a person interested in paper, i like to learn about all the different things you can do with it, be that folding, cutting, scoring, making ..you name it. of course, the time honoured art of origami fits in perfectly here. whilst i remember a few things taught to me as a child, much of it has been forgotten, so it’s nice to have a book as a reminder and a way to learn.

the book is very informative and laid out in a way that’s easy to understand. saying this, this isn’t a book for children, but one for adults, or older teens that have a good grasp of visual aids. it starts with an introduction to, and a brief history of origami and paper folding in general. it then goes on to discuss paper, and the many types of folds in origami as well as the symbols used in the books to help you along in making your creations. i found this all to be very helpful. if you were just learning origami or getting back into it, it would definitely be overwhelming otherwise.

a brief history of origami

how to fold origami | the folding symbols

how to fold origami | beginner project

within each project, it tells you whether it’s beginner, intermediate or advanced. there’s a nice range within the book, but most of them are in the intermediate difficulty, which i think right for this book. if you want something very basic, this wouldn’t be the book for you.

on the first page of each new project, it gives a brief history and context of the piece, which is a great touch, especially if you like to learn about what you’re making, what it means and its significance. it also discusses the ‘forms’ that make it up. alongside this is a photograph depicting the finished piece.

how to fold origami | the tsuru

how to fold origami | how to make a tsuru

sunshine origami project

how to fold origami | pink elephant

i really enjoyed looking through how to fold origami, and have bookmarked a few pieces i’d like to attempt. it can be a bit daunting, but if you’re looking for a new challenge, this is a book you can learn and grow with. as a side note, i’d recommend looking up some origami videos on youtube. so satisfying!

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collage sketchbook pages

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collage sketchbook pages 1-4 by laura redburn

you might have seen on my instagram recently that i started a small a6 moleskine collage sketchbook.

personally, i’ve always preferred loose pages over a sketchbook, but wanted to challenge myself a bit this year with various things. i figured something small such as this, with a limited amount of pages might get me back into some sort of routine. seeing these collages all together in a easy to look through format definitely has its charm!

before this i had started other sketchbooks but ultimately gave up as it just felt like too much pressure, but in no time i’ve easily filled up half of this, and can see that i’ll get to the end pretty soon too. i even want to start another, so that can only be a good thing, right? i must say, it’s nice making small quick collages with no real motive – just whatever comes to mind.

what do you think of my collages so far? do you prefer loose pages or a sketchbook? do you use these as a place to develop new work, or just get ideas ‘out’?

gif of sketchbook collages by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 5-8 by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 9-12 by laura redburn

collage sketchbook pages 13-15 by laura redburn

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