From an ideal Wedding Gift for the couple who have everything, to creating the perfect bedroom den for your pre-teen – interior design Jamie Hempsall has the answers to your readers’ interior questions.
Q:Our friends are getting married after two decades together and have specified no presents, but we would like to mark the day with something special for their home. ME
A:Wall art makes the perfect gift – it is a personal bond between you and your friends and can give both of you great pleasure (not to mention invoke wonderful memories) each time you see it.
Why not give them a personalised illustration of their wedding reception venue or church? Letterfest create beautiful hand-drawn sketches from a photo you provide. The property is left black and white, with a digitally printed background colour. You can even add a personalised message in the bottom corner.
A framed 28cm square framed sketch is available for £48 (www.letterfest.com – 01271 861825).
Q:I hate the look of our radiators, but want something a little more interesting than a standard radiator cover. What are my options? JW
A:You could always start by having a chat with your local handyman. If you have a pattern or design in mind, they should be able to craft a simple radiator cover in MDF. Painted up, these always look terrific. One tip I would give is to paint the radiator and the wall behind it within the cabinet black. This gives a nice contrast finish and hides the radiator even more.
You may also like to consider the range of covers from Couture Cases that include the lovely Deco model pictured. They are available in a wide range of colours, sizes and finishes (including a digital leather effect which will be launched in Jan 2015). Prices depend upon size, visit www.couturecases.co.uk (01476 589221).
Q:I am redecorating the dining area in our kitchen and want a scheme to wake our young family up in the morning. Can you help? HC
A:The kitchen is the perfect place to go a little wild. These days it is the definite business area of the home, to be enjoyed by all and sundry – not just a place for cooking and eating, but the potential for post-school chill-out chats and inevitably some home work.
You have advised your eating area is at one end of the kitchen, so why not delineate this with a feature wall? You could choose a splash of bright coloured paint, such as Alsop Scarf from the Will Alsop Collection for the Royal Academy of the Arts (available from www.colourandpaint.com).
Alternatively, opt for a fun feature wallpaper such as the Comic Pop Pinks Wallpaper Mural from www.DigetexHOME.co.uk. Pre-cut panels are available from £79.
Q:We want to create an exciting bedroom for our nine-year-old son. Can you suggest an innovative bunk-bed solution so that he can have friends over? TT
A:Bunk beds are every child’s (and the occasional adult’s) dream and the inclusion of even a basic one in a scheme should provide hours of entertainment.
The ultimate choice has to be the Adventure Kids Bunk Bed Hang-Out for boys from Cuckooland. It creates the perfect bedroom den and is made from best solid knot pine (from sustainable Scandinavian sources). It is finished in non-toxic whitewash to ensure safety and is treated with a combination of lacquer, wax and pigments for longevity. It has a top cabin with window, inner 2-step ladder, bottom bunk and pull out drawer.
The pull out drawer is great for storage or can be converted into a third tier guest bed to accommodate even more friends – if you can cope with that!
The beds are made to order with a lead-time of about 6 weeks: £1,975 from www.cuckooland.com (01305 755621)
DECOREX: INSIDER TIPS ON INTERIOR TRENDS
If you want to get ahead of the game regarding new trends for luxury interiors, Decorex is THE London Design Festival show that interior professionals flock to. This year it will feature exciting new and innovative products from over 350 UK and international exhibitors.
The show has moved to the new location of Syon Park, London and will be open to the general public on Tuesday 23rd September 2014 from 1pm to 7pm.
For a mouth-watering treat, book a table at the on-site restaurant provided by award winning Bocca Di Lupo. Tickets are £30.
For more information visit www.decorex.com
Jamie Hempsall Ltd is a multi-award winning interior design consultancy.
Having a designer label in the home no longer means that you must break the bank. Interior Designer Jamie Hempsall explains why.
When it comes to High End design the sky really is the limit – beautiful bespoke pieces cost eye-watering amounts. However, over the last few years a growing number of High End designers have recognised the importance of good design throughout the home. They have begun working with High Street names to create great quality, exquisitely designed ranges to ensure all of us can get a bit of that designer glamour.
Probably one of the best examples is the “Designers at Debenhams” range (launched twenty years ago this Autumn comprising just two ranges of clothing). These days the retailer has a host of interiors items (from bedding and accessories to furniture and lighting) bearing the names of John Rocha, Betty Jackson, Jasper Conran, Ben de Lisi and Julian MacDonald: a veritable galaxy of stars of the design world. Ranges such as this are key in pushing the boundaries and moving our interiors forward in leaps and bounds without breaking the bank.
Butterfly by Matthew Williamson courtesy of Debenhams, bed linen from £60
A design name synonymous with good taste and quality has to be Conran, a dynasty that has single-handedly revolutionised the way Brits shop for their homes. The patriarch, Sir Terence Conran, founded Habitat in 1964 with an ethos of providing democratically designed pieces of exceptional quality aimed at the young home-owner. His Conran Store is definitely high-end, but his latest range for Marks & Spencer harks back to his egalitarian beginnings (particularly with its on trend 1960s retro feel of blond woods and simple lines).
M&S Conran Home range harks back to the beginnings of the famous Conran brand
His children have all carried on the mantel, son Jasper Conran is firmly entrenched with Debenhams and also designs tableware for Wedgewood. This must inspire a little sibling rivalry with both his sister, Sophie, who designs cookware, tableware and accessories for Portmeirion and brother Sebastian, who has created a boutique range of exquisitely crafted small electrical appliances, kitchenware and furniture for John Lewis.
Soft furnishings and fabrics have always held a particular appeal for designers with a number creating ranges for the domestic market. Osborne and Little have worked with Nina Campbell for a number of years resulting in beautifully crafted, classic designs. Designers Guild collaborates with both Christian Lacroix and William Yeoward.
Chairs from William Yeoward’s Astasia and Monsoreto Collections
Lacroix creates ranges of fabrics, wallpapers and accessories of immense fun for the brave at heart. These contrast beautifully with the Yeoward Collections whose understated elegance give a wonderful peak into the world of his Kings Road showroom with its exquisite furniture, lighting and amazing crystal.
Lacroix’s fabric book for Designers Guild
French fabric house, Lelievre, boast collections by Sonia Rykiel and former “enfant terrible” of the fashion world, Jean Paul Gaultier.
As with anything, it is how you use it and with some designer ranges less can truly be more, but look out for those top end names to ensure a High Street treat for the interior senses.
Hallam Goes Gothic With Oka Range
Oka have scored quite a coup by securing the services of internationally renowned interior designer Nicky Haslam to create a bespoke capsule range which is launched this month. “Nicky Haslam for OKA” comprises a collection of striking pieces of gothic-style furniture with medieval architectural influences in natural colours as well as colour fabrics, cushions and home accessories.
The range gives clear indications of its impeccable pedigree by combining a strong sense of style with unusual shapes and intricate details. The collection has a solid hint of Gothic revival and should definitely appeal to those seeking glamour and passion (www.okadirect.com).
Nicky Haslam for OKA’s Round Diamond Table
Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning interior designer.
Invest in your bedroom to ensure you start and finish your day in the right way. Interior designer Jamie Hempsall gives his advice.
In the midst of winter when our hibernating instinct seems to be at its most primeval, there can be nothing better than a bit of extra time in bed. Whether you are early to bed or early to rise, comfort and order are the two most important things in any bedroom to ensure a good night’s sleep.
It might sound frivolous, but keeping a tidy and well-decorated bedroom can be extremely advantageous. Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom is the one you are likely to spend the most time in – albeit much of it unconscious. However, it is the crucial minutes before you nod off and as you awake that can drastically affect your temperament and are, therefore, well worth investing some time, effort and a bit of money in.
A tidy room with a well co-ordinated scheme has a surprisingly calming effect on most people – working both to put you in the right mind-set for a good night’s rest, as well as waking you up without any hideous assault on the senses.
Start by keeping clutter to a minimum. A bedroom may be “out of sight” to the general populace, but you have to think of yourself as its most important visitor. Being greeted by an array of drying washing, ironing boards or clothes thrown over chairs is very unsettling to most of us, even if it is subconscious.
Take a bit of extra time to hang things up early evening to avoid stimulating yourself just before you go to bed. Also ensure that you provide storage to tidy away clutter – even if it means having a “messy” draw where you merely throw everything in to keep your bed and surfaces visually appealing.
Order and symmetry in a double bedroom also ease the mind, so it is worth investing to ensure that you have matching bedside tables and lamps when setting up your bedroom.
Most adult rooms have little use during the daytime, so it can be a good idea to concentrate on creating an environment that looks at its best at night. Choosing rich, dark pigments and heavier, tactile fabrics creates an environment that is both inviting and comforting.
The addition of carefully chosen soft furnishings can be a boon, but avoid going overboard with the cushions; two to four are good dressing, any more and you are creating a barrier to bed – not to mention having the hassle of finding somewhere to put them at night and then putting them all back in the morning.
Finally, invest in the best bedding you can (seek out 500 thread count in the sales, you will love the difference!) and good rest should be assured.
AN ART DECO VOYAGE INTO STYLEThe images are from an award-winning design we created in partnership with Chiselwood Ltd (www.chiselwood.co.uk – 01522 704446). The concept is an Art Deco Ocean Liner Stateroom, picking up on the fashion for the Orient that was rampant pre-war. Dark colours and lavish finishes ensure that this suite embraces the occupant from the moment they enter. The darker tones combined with multi-level lighting, radiant natural wood and opulent fabrics provide a feeling of intimacy in a large room.
Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning interior designer.
There is a renaissance in the use of gold in tasteful interiors. Interior Designer Jamie Hempsall looks at using it to best advantage.
Over the last couple of weeks, I think it is fair to say that the United Kingdom and Yorkshire in particular has definitely got used to enjoying a fair amount of gold in its daily life. The same can definitely be said for the world of interiors where this finish, which was in the wilderness for a few years, has definitely begun to firmly re-establish itself in our hearts.
Used en masse in its brightest form gold can be jarring and off-putting – ostentatious is rarely a look that many domestic interiors attempt to achieve. However, the modern incarnation of gold tends to favour the more subtle distressed effect – think gold which has been well handled and achieved a certain patina – less bling and a lot more distinguished glamour.
Many wallpapers include flecks of gold, rather than a full on pattern, which help to reflect light within a room – without drawing attention to itself. If gold is more predominant within the pattern the sheen is often antiqued to help add gravitas and a more regal aesthetic.
The light reflectivity is obviously an important element of this finish and it can be used to great effect to bring light into a darker room. This type of reflected light is a warm glow, rather than a harsh enhancement, which is particularly flattering to both the beholder and the beholdee. It is why we all tend to find candlelight so appealing and why gold works to great effect in rooms which are likely to come into their own at night; such as a dining room or sitting room.
Elegant gold adds a shimmering hint of oppulence when partnered with darker colours
This glorious, soft light can easily be introduced throughout your house, without making any great impact on your interiors scheme. Many companies now offer gold card linings in their lampshades which not only help to reduce light bleed from an overly harsh lamp, but also to focus the warm glow to create accent illumination pools throughout your room.
Gold also works to great effect when used as a highlight within a monochrome setting. In this type of environment a delicate wipe of gold along the detail of a picture frame, in a table leg or on a cornice can add drama without alerting the viewer to its presence.It seems to be the perfect accompaniment, whether you are adding accent to a light, cream interior or making a bold, delicious statement in a rich chocolate, aubergine or even black scheme. Used carefully, the effect of gold is always rich, warm and timeless.
Antique map wall mural from £220 at www.wallpapered.com
All that glisters…
When visiting a fine Country house, you may find that the gold on view is not necessarily all that is seems. In the 18th & 19th centuries a finish called Ormolu was much in vogue. This is the term used to describe gilt brass on decorative art objects, for example gilded mounts on furniture.
The gilding was applied using a mercury amalgam process, sometimes referred to as fire gilding. Copper corrosion products can form on the gold surface through minute gaps in the gilding. As with silver gilt objects, the gold layer is thin, soft and easily polished away.
Jamie Hempsall, BIID, is a multi-award winning interior designer.
The right headboard for your bed can drastically alter the feel of your room and bring a new dimension of comfort, says Jamie Hempsall.
The introduction of a headboard in your bedroom marks a stage in life, as you move from a home that “makes do” to one that truly embraces a finished look.
The mistake often made in a bedroom is to create a design using co-ordinated bedside tables, lamps and other furniture, but to then rely solely on the bedding to link the bed in. If you have a modern divan, rather than a bedstead, you need to work hard to turn this into an integral piece of furniture. A headboard draws the sightline of your bed into the potential dead space above your pillows and places it firmly at the heart of your scheme.
Matching wooden detail to the shades of other pieces in the room and/or using co-ordinating upholstery fabrics to draw out colours introduced in other soft furnishing highlight the bed and make a firm focal point.
A statement headboard can really finish off the look of a bedroom. Extend a headboard beyond the bed to even out large areas
The scale and shape of your headboard drastically alters the feel of your room and can be used to provide an additional link to other pieces of furniture or fabric patterns. Ensure the proportions are appropriate for your room to produce the ambience you want. An oversize headboard running high up the wall is perfect in ultra-modern schemes. Wide headboards that extend beyond the bed and behind your bedside tables are ideal for drawing disparate items together and for helping make large rooms feel warm and cosy.
Oversized headboards add dramatic impact in modern schemes
Whilst a headboard can seem an expensive addition, it will pay dividends not only in the style stakes, but also when it comes to comfort.
An upholstered headboard is one of the reasons most hotel beds feel so luxurious. They may add an element of refinement, but one of the most important features is that resting a pillow against an upholstered surface is far more comfortable (and often warmer) than placing them against a hard wall.
Upholstered headboards are what makes hotel beds feel so luxurious
From a truly practical perspective, a fitted headboard will also help avoid the age old problem of pillows falling down the back of the bed and potentially help avoid drafts from exterior walls. They also ensure your wall decoration is protected from everyday wear and tear as you climb in and out of bed.
Using pillows against an upholstered headboard adds comfort
Most bedroom retailers offer a selection of contemporary headboards. However, remember your local upholsterer. Janet Hilton, MD of JTH Upholstery, says “Customers are astonished we can often create a bespoke single headboard for the same price they might pay for a generic High Street one”. She continues, “Clients love the idea that they will have something truly unique, as I never repeat any designs. It is really satisfying interpreting someone’s thoughts and creating a truly dramatic centrepiece for their room” (www.jth-upholstery.co.uk; 01777 249029).
Parisian Upholstered Headboard£625 by www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk
- Use a bookcase or wall unit the width of the bed to create a focal area and provide plenty of storage. Remember pillow creep so ensure the space at the top of your bed has a soft edge.
- Hang a quilt or wall hanging above the bed to create a soft design feature.
- Paint a mural (or use wall stickers) the full with of the bed to create a faux headboard.
- Securely hang a light-weight framed picture above the bed (ideally using glass plates). Glaze with Perspex rather than glass to avoid accidents if it falls off the wall!
Jamie Hempsall, BIID is a multi-award winning interior designer.
If you want a wallcovering with feel appeal, vinyl could be the way answer. Interior Designer Jamie Hempsall explains.
Mention vinyl wallpaper to some people and they picture heavily patterned papers from the 1970s that are definitely not retro-chic. However, things have come a long way since then with new designs using the best properties of vinyl to create contemporary products perfect for the most discerning interior.
If you are looking for good value wallcovering, then vinyl is a strong contender. Whilst the initial outlay can be more expensive they are incredibly hard-wearing, generally coping better with knocks and scrapes than most painted or wallpaper finishes. This means you can be relatively sure of having a finish that will last a significant number of years, provided you are happy to stick with the same design for some time.
They are ideal for areas where you can expect a greater degree of moisture, such as bathrooms and kitchens. They can be wiped clean easily which also makes them a good contender for high traffic areas or those that might receive more attention than normal from younger members of the household. The moisture resisting effect does rely on the paper having been hung well, with a good adhesive and flush finish.
The heavy weight when combined with a design that contains a high degree of texture can also make vinyl a useful tool to help cover up a poor wall surface with uneven plaster or small cracks.
Practicalities aside, there are a number of aesthetic reasons for picking some of the newer vinyl ranges. The modern designs make considerable use of the texture of vinyl to allow householders to indulge in finishes that might otherwise be beyond their reach such as leather, skin or even quilting!
The use of texture is important, particularly within schemes where you want to add interest without injecting too much colour. Many ranges focus on neutral palettes, which help create the perfect backdrop for your modern interior.
Using a 3D finish maximises the ability to develop the properties of light within your room. The look of textured wall-covering changes throughout the day as he natural light moves within the room. It also helps create the perfect backdrop for artificial light, the careful placement of which can instantly transform a room once the power switch is flicked.
There are a number of interesting collections at present and here are my personal favourites.
The Metropolis Vinyls 2 collection from Osborne & Little, includes crocodile and mako sharkskin motif prints that look particularly good against the clean lines of modern furniture. The range also features Cabretta, a wonderful quilted design with an in-built 3D visual which begs to be stroked; this would be perfect in a super-cool bedroom with mid-20th Century vintage retro design. Prices from £95 per roll (www.osborneandlittle.com – 020 7352 1456).
Crocodile, from the Metropolitan Vinyls 2 collection
In a similar vain is the semi-plain vinyl “In the Picture Collection” from Prestigious Textiles. Design Issue String delicately hints at leather and parcel string, providing subtle textural interest to your scheme in a range of muted tones. Priced at £45 per roll (www.prestigious.co.uk – 01274 688448).
Prestigious Textiles’ Design Issue String
The Modern Eccentrics range from Today Interiors takes geometric design to a whole new level, featuring an array of colours to suite the bravest taste. The designs are virtually architectural and include “Woven” (a mix of velvet soft and razor sharp, featuring interwoven parallelograms) and “Shell” (a stylised fishbone pattern of natural lines floating on floating on a wave of small checks). Priced from £64.85 per roll (www.today-interiors.com – 01476 574 401).
Woven by Today Interiors
Finally, the Zoffany Mosaic Collection features another good range of patterns that take a lot of influence from Eastern Architecture. The jewel in the crown though is Mosaic Dapple which not only introduces texture from a delicate cascade of small squares, but plays an additional trick with its ombré tones which appear to be reflections of light, but are actually built into the design. This is perfect to introduce an extra element of light into a dark room. Priced at £76 per roll (www.zoffany.com – 0844 543 4748).
Zoffany Mosaic Dapple
Music enthusiasts have long extolled the benefits of vinyl. Perhaps it is time that interior enthusiasts did too!
PASTING WALL IS WAY TO GO
MANY vinyl patterns are produced in a non-woven finish, meaning you paste the wall rather than the paper. This is ideal for those less confident at decorating because it is less fussy and means you can manipulate the paper to a larger degree once it has been hung on the wall: enabling you to achieve a high degree of pattern matching and butting up, without having to get it right first time.
The DIY novice is likely to find that the heavy nature of vinyl wallpaper also makes it ideal to handle, as it is far less likely to rip.
Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning interior designer.
Comic book art features strong outlines, primary based colours and small dots (known as Ben-Day) to make up their images. The overall appearance of the comic may be brash, but in the right environment it can inject an element of excitement – or one-off humour.
Andrew Martin has just launched a number of Wild West and Sci-Fi comic book cover inspired prints in their new Archive Collection. For those wanting something firmly tongue in cheek, they also have designs featuring comic strips with titles such as “I Want To Be An Interior Designer”. Wonderfully kitsch; they are perfect for pepping up a drab sofa or chair (from £39.90 per pattern repeat; www.andrewmartin.co.uk – 020 7225 5100).
I Want to Be fabric by Andrew Martin from £39.90 per pattern repeat
Digital print means that it is now much easier to use Comic Strip images for wallpapers and blinds; ensuring crisp, clear image reproduction. A good example of this is the Superman Comic Roller blind. Its bright colours make it perfect for a bedroom or bachelor pad window (priced from £119; www.DigetexHOME.com – 0161 873 8891).
Superman window blind from £119
Fans of the graphic novel should like the contemporary Sinners City furniture range created by Evil Robot Designs, which incorporate actual pages from “Sin City”. The coffee table is created from a reclaimed door, with cut outs from Frank Miller’s book being embedded into the tabletop. The end result has then been finished in a high gloss lacquer (£349.99; www.evilrobotdesigns.com – 07925 242435).
Sinners City Coffee Table by Evil Robot Designs £349.99 based on Frank Miller’s Sin City
Designers are also using original comics and incorporating them into a number of useful items for the home. The products they produce are both tactile and exciting to view: flashes of colour to be dotted about your home to create points of interest.
Juju & Bubba produce Vintage Comic Decoupage Dishes using bamboo bowls. They are perfect either as table displays or wall art. Each item is made by hand so no two are ever the same. (£50; www.jujuandbubba.co.uk – 07703 483868).
Handmade Vintage Comic Decoupage Bowl by Juju and Bubba £50
Alternatively, you can enjoy using coasters created using re-cycled vintage comic books to protect your surfaces. Perhaps not a truly amazing job for a Superhero, but none the less a very practical one! (£14.50 for a set of 4; www.ellieellie.co.uk ).
Vintage Comic Coasters by EllieEllie £14.50 for a set of four
Finally, why not pick out a key letter for your loved one and have it crafted into a one-off three dimensional sculpture using original vintage Beano, Superman or Bunty comic pages. A perfect birthday or anniversary present (£38; www.theletteroom.com – 07831 800000)
ROY LICHTENSTEIN’S POP ART
Roy Lichtenstein (1923 – 1997) was one of the most prominent American pop artists, rising to prominence in the 1960s and becoming a leading figure of the movement, along with Andy Warhol. His work is strongly influenced by comic book style and features thick outlines, bold colours and Ben-Day dots as if they are enlargements of a comic strip panel. His most famous work is arguably Whaam! (1963), now hung at Tate Modern. It is one of the earliest examples of pop art and depicts a fighter aircraft firing a rocket on an enemy plane, with a red-and-yellow explosion.
Jamie Hempsall is a multi-award winning Interior Designer.
Royal wedding fever has put real princesses back in fashion. Jamie Hempsall looks at furnishing the perfect pink palace.
THE Royal wedding has put romance firmly back in fashion. It is terrific that the younger generation have a real role model in the elegant HRH Duchess of Cambridge to take back the crown from the Disney Princesses.
The big question now has to be how can you create the perfect room for your “princess in waiting”?Many parents groan at the thought of a pink bedroom, but it is often the tint of choice for young girls. However, the shade you choose can go a long way to easing the visual effect of the room for the older eye (and ensuring longevity rather than a quick re-decoration as your young lady matures).
If possible, it is a good idea to steer clear of anything too bright or Barbie-esque as these shades tend to be popular for only a very short period.
Keep your walls a warm, but relatively neutral colour that will act as an enhancing background for your scheme. In this example, we opted for Chateau Flat Emulsion from Zoffany. This paint has a strong pigment but can appear more grey with a hint of pink – a great base on which to build your design and much warmer than any “hint of” white paints.
Introduce the brighter pinks in soft furnishings and accessories to avoid anything too overpowering. I always advise against pink furniture of any shade as this is very tying and opt instead for cream or ivory which will soften the overall effect and will not have to be replaced should you change colour scheme in the future.
In this room, which we designed for a relatively sophisticated nine-year-old, we used an array of cream furniture, including a bank of custom-built wardrobes to match the main pieces.
Storage is vital in any children’s room as it allows the often limited space to be kept devoid of obvious clutter and can hide a magnitude of sins – not to mention provide space for the copious wardrobes.
The oversize, deep- buttoned headboard is a regal statement piece upholstered in Designer Guild Ruggiero Peony – a shade that hits just the right tonal note to work in a scheme suitable for pre- school protégés all the way to mid-teen tearaways.
Patterned bedding avoids an overdose of plain pink and allows you to introduce complementary colours you can then pick up in other features (such as cushions or lampshades) to add interest. Do not be afraid to mix your pinks by using different shades for the lampshades, headboard and bedspread, but always try them out together before investing to ensure that they work tonally Your pinks will need the same base pigments to ensure that they actually match.
Keep the window dressings simple and unfussy – perfect for operating by younger occupants as they grow up – and, if at all possible, avoid character-based fabrics which like certain shades of pink have a very quick sell-by-date.
We installed alpine colour wood venetians as the room we were designing was incredibly sunny, and these gave privacy and shade in equal measure.
To soften the look, we added roman blinds in Designer Guild Chinon – Pale Rose, a wonderful
linen-look fabric with a subtle silver sheen, and dressed it with Osborne & Little Folies Fringe; a romantic product that looks as though you have plucked delicate jewels and sewn them on.
The blinds use a chain-lift mechanism which is much easier to operate than a string-based product and avoids the need for wall hooks.
When it comes to flooring, opt for neutral colouring with a hint of grey and introduce any heavy pink tints with small rugs for islands of colour.
Follow these tips and your little princess will be in the pink happily ever after.
BACK TO THE PRESENT
If you are looking to kit out a room on a budget, but want to keep some quality, then take a trip to your local auction or second- hand shop and look for Edwardian brown wooden furniture.
The shapes are beautifully elegant, but the colour has fallen out of favour so these pieces are now a really good buy.
Strip back the varnish to the natural wood and then paint with a good emulsion in the colour of your choice and top with varnish; you will be amazed at the finish (and at what you can get for your money – even compared to flat-pack).
Jamie Hempsall, BIID, is a multi-award winning interior designer.