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How To Add an Accent Colour and Futureproof Your Rooms

When it comes to home decor, trends change on a pretty regular basis. Every year, new colours come into fashion and lots of people jump onto the bandwagon, using the colours all over their houses. For the last couple of years, grey has been a major interiors trend, and be honest, how many people do you know who’ve got grey in at least one room of their house now?

The problem with following trends is that, in a few years time when the colour is out of fashion, your house could end up looking pretty dated if you’ve got it everywhere. So today, i thought I’d show you a few ways to add on-trend colours to your house without leaving you needing to redecorate again in a years’ time!

Flooring

Grey is a nice neutral colour, so using it for something like a floor won’t leave your room looking outdated for years to come. Our tip? Lifestyle Flooring UK – Cheap wood floors are easy to buy and fit and allow you to change the whole look of a room without going overboard and painting every surface.

Feature Walls

Choosing one feature wall in your room to paint and keeping the rest of the walls a neutral colour is a great way to add an accent with minimal effort. It’s easy to paint over when you want something different, won’t require the whole room to be prepped and covered with dust sheets and is achievable in one afternoon, if the rest of your room is in good condition.

Soft Furnishings

If your room us a pretty neutral shade and the accent colour you like goes well with it, you could simply invest in cushion covers, lampshades and curtains or blinds in your chosen accent. These are all relatively low cost items which can totally transform the look of a room.

Faux Flowers

Keeping a constant stream of fresh flowers in your house is both expensive and unsustainable. However, investing in some good faux flowers can add a splash of colour to your room and will last as long as you need them to. Faux flowers have come on a lot in the last few years, and some of them look more real than the real thing!

Art

Adding a piece of art to the wall can help you to add a stunning splash of colour to a room, and if you hang it in a central place, you can change it as often as you like. There are companies who make large canvases with traditional art pieces on them, or you could even try making your own with a blank canvas and some paints in your chosen colour.

The Dulux Kids’ Bedroom Project

One thing that Husband and I are really adamant about is that kids should be allowed to have opinions and preferences, and should be given the time and space to express themselves exactly as they’d like to. A few weeks ago, Sausage made a passing comment about how cool it would be if she was allowed to have pink hair and after a little bit of discussion between Husband and I we told her that we had no major objections…and then this happened:

Pink Hair, Don't Care!

It’s a dip-dye which means that it’s easy enough to trim the bottom few inches of her hair off once she’s back to the daily grind, and it’s made her feel really special and grown-up, being allowed to have such wacky hair!

By the same token, we think that kids should have a say in their surroundings too. I’m not talking about letting them choose the wallpaper for the living room, but their own bedroms should be a place where they feel a bit of ownership, which is why I love the new project by Dulux, getting kids involved in the design on of their rooms. The Dulux Kids’ Bedroom Summer Holiday Workbook is a downloadable .pdf which allows kids to gather and record their colour preferences, inspirations and input into the design of their own rooms, so that Mum and Dad can create a space which the kids feel truly connected to.

Dulux Kids Workbook

Dulux have conducted a load of research which shows that kids really value being part of the decorating process:

An overwhelming majority of kids (92%) would spend more time playing in their room and doing their homework if they have a say in how it’s decorated.

Research commissioned by leading paint brand Dulux found a whopping number of children value being part of the decorating process, with the majority saying it was the second most important thing they had ever done – even more important to them than their first day at school or losing their first tooth.

The study of 2,000 families shows that children also found decorating with their parents a really positive experience, with 65 per cent saying they felt happy and 58 per cent excited at the prospect of helping mum and dad.

Additionally, parents commented that decorating together helped to increase their child’s sense of ownership, pride and opportunity for creative expression. Some parents said it even ensured rooms were tidier, because they wanted to show it off to their friends and family.

Surprisingly, however, whilst an indisputable 92 per cent of parents believe that decorating their child’s room is important, the study found that only a QUARTER of parents actually consulted their kids or involved them in the process.

Dulux offers a whole range of paints which are perfect for decorating a kids’ room – Dulux’s Endurance+ range is the perfect paint for a kid’s bedroom makeover – it’s 20 times stronger than normal emulsion, so when you’re tackling sticky fingers and mucky paws it’s a great solution, allowing you to wipe away the stain and not the paint underneath, meaning your walls stay as fresh as the day you painted them!

We’ll definitely be using the Dulux workbook when we get around to decorating the girls’ room and I can’t wait to see what crazy ideas they come up with. They’re sharing a room at the moment but have very distinct little personalities, so there’s a good chance we’ll end up with a room completely split down the middle, with one colour on one side and a completely different colour on the other! We’ll be sure to share the results with you when it happens.

For more info on Dulux and their ranges, you can tweet them on Twitter using their handle, @DuluxUK plus the hashtag #KidsBedroom

Brightening Up a Kids Room

We’ve recently been on a mission to give Sausage a Big Girl’s Room; we’ve been upgrading her furniture by replacing hers with some beautiful girls bedroom furniture online, starting by swapping her canvas wardrobe with a smart, 3-door white one with lots of shelves and hanging spaces, as well as getting her a proper wooden desk and pink swivel chair to replace her old plastic toddler desk and adding various storage solutions to the room.

All of this is great and there are touches of colour here and there, but her room is white (we aren’t allowed to paint) and much of her furniture is white too, meaning that the room looks a little bit sterile for such a vibrant little lady. I’ve been thinking about ways that we can brighten the room up without breaking the bank and without making any permanent changes of which our landlord might not approve and I’ve settled on the idea of some brightly coloured soft furnishings.

I found a site which sells some gorgeous items, such as cushions, rugs and doorstops, so I thought I’d show you my favourite from the bunch:

Ollie and Leila soft furnishings
Ollie and Leila soft furnishings by jayne-crammond on Polyvore

Smartie Mix Cwtchy cushion
ollieandleila.co.uk

Petals single quilt
ollieandleila.co.uk

Ellie single duvet set
ollieandleila.co.uk

Strawberry Doorstop
ollieandleila.co.uk

Apple Doorstop
ollieandleila.co.uk

I love how all of the items I’ve chosen are both cute and cool, whilst being fairly timeless – I could just as easily imagine all of the items in a 5 year olds bedroom as I could in a 15 year olds bedroom, so everything would last well as she grows up. The other nice thing about using soft furnishings is that if we move in the future, everything can be taken with us and Sausage can feel comfortable in her new bedroom with all of her familiar things around her.

The Gallery – Colour

It’s that time of the week again when Tara at Sticky Fingers gives us a theme and we all link up the photos which we feel best illustrate it. This week’s theme is colour and I kind of struggled here. Mostly because I wanted to link up a photo of Sausage, given the incredible golden shade of her hair and the fact that she’s a colourful little pickle who brightens up my life, but I don’t tend to post photos of her so I had to just suck it up and find something else!

The photo I’ve chosen is actually a bit ironic. You see, it’s a close-up of a bowl of Lucky Charms, which we were sent by a company to try. I was seriously reluctant after reading the ingredients but I let Sausage try one bowl, despite tweeting that NOTHING this colourful could contain any nutrition. Luckily for me, she actually hated them which made it a lot easier for me to say ‘no more’, and they got retired after just two spoonfuls, but not before I’d taken a photo or two of them (as is law for bloggers, right?!).