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Choosing the right materials for your Project.

Mixing it up in the right way and avoiding the wrong way.


The difference between a nice room and a well put together and interesting interior designed room is often in the details.

Textures play an important role in creating the right mood. Smooth and shiny for sleek minimalist moods and rough, matt and rustic textures if you are trying to achieve a relaxed casual mood.

If everything matches it becomes boring and uninteresting, aim to add some contrast in textures but without going over the top. For example if everything is shiny, marble floors, glass tables, high gloss furniture and satin fabrics it can be too much, so by using some matt finishes which could be in a rug, fabrics used and natural wood we are adding interest without bold colours or patterns.

Speaking of patterns, of course this is the simplest way to inject interest into a room. However be careful not to add too many different patterns as this can become confusing and overstimulating. A maximum of 3 or 4 is a good rule to follow and try to keep them within the same colour code.

"Don´t play it too safe, by adding a few brave elements you will take your room to the next level." Justine Knox

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Keeping up with the latest Home Design Trends

Keeping up with the latest trends is really important.

Justine and the team at Knox Design are always present at the national and international trade fairs throughout the year. These events in home furnishing and interior design give us new inspiration and the latest trends and styles each year for your homes and allow us to bring back the very latest for our home stores and website.

The trade fairs showcase the best every year in décor, fabrics, furniture, fragrances, table arrangements, children’s furnishings …
It is much more than a display of services and products: it is the heart of home fashion and Knox Design are well aware of its significance, we never miss these important events.

 

 

Justine's tips on adding colour to your Home Decor

I am a big fan of colour, and use it liberally in my own home and many of my interior design projects.

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                                    I like to make a big splash of colour within my designs but if you are a colour beginner then start with the accessories.

Keep the lightest colour or your neutral for walls and floors and introduce darker or more vibrant colours in smaller areas. A maximum of 3 colours is my rule but equally you can use shades of colours too. And keeping to a rule of 3 try to use a colour at least 3 times. For example, in your cushions, sofa blanket and art.

If in doubt about mixing colours and which colours would compliment each other, you could stick to a monochromatic colour scheme which consists of various shades of only one colour. You can also manipulate the size and shape of a room, using colour. Darker warm colours shrink space while Pale cool colours expand.

 

I also like to throw in a wild card colour if I am using a monochrome room scheme, an example of this would be a bright coloured chair or sofa in a black and white room. It really adds a pop of interest.

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The great thing about colour is that you don’t always have to redecorate to get a colourful effect.

Just a little bit of know how, some accessories and a few updates can give you a great new look.

If you need help with your updates call in and see us at the Knox Design home store, we have brand new cushions and accessories available in store and our cosy coffee corner has all the latest home décor magazines for some inspiration.

 

Stunning designer walls! ... and how to create them

Are you looking for ideas on how to create a designer feature wall in your home?

Here are some trends and inspirations to help you take the plunge.

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If you want to create the wow factor in your home, a feature wall is a quick and effective way to do this.

Work out which wall is the most dominant in your room, in the bedroom we often use the bed head wall creating a backdrop for our headboards but in other rooms it needs to be a wall which is seen. Its no use adding a wonderful wall paper or panel to a wall which can only be seen from a difficult angle. The point of a feature wall is to grab the attention and really be seen, so don’t be shy.

In my designs over the years I have used many designer wall papers, paint finishes and wall panels and when ever possible I add lighting to make even more of a feature, if you are going to do it, do it well.

I personally don’t like to add pictures or art onto my feature walls as I prefer to allow the feature to become the art.

Some of the wall panels that I have used are quite pricey as they are bespoke pieces and become part of the fittings but a paint finish or wall paper can be less expensive and a less risky option if you are not 100% sure.

Chose a paper which shows your personality and colour scheme and go for it. Here are some of my feature walls and favourite coverings.

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