• Decorating With Patterns

    Posted on 17th November 2010 by jenny.

    Most interior decorating beginners may be more confident with colour schemes but hesitate when it comes to introducing patterns in their space. However, those who have families may want to rethink their vacillation on using patterns because they can be more family friendly. Take into account a sofa wrapped in a plain beige fabric as opposed to a dark patterned fabric. A plain fabric-upholstered sofa will never survive a week of sticky fingers dipped in chocolate sauce, while patterned fabric are far more forgiving. Before you plunge into deciding which pattern to use, you have to be certain that you are going to love this design. Most wallpaper suppliers can give you wallpaper swatches to help you with this decision. Controliss also provides this same service. When you order a free sample today, we will make sure to send it by First Class mail so you can receive it tomorrow.  You can then tape this sample or swatch on your walls to see how it will coordinate with your existing furniture or wall colour. Think about the pattern for a week and then decide. Interior decorators often mix and match several patterns at once, be they floral, checkered, spots, or stripes. However, to tie them all together, limit the colour schemes in this pattern into two to three colours. Any more than this and you’ll have a confusing melange of colours that will be distracting. Take note that the colours do not have to be toning shades, but contrasting as well. If you’re worried how your choice of patterns will withstand the test of time, go for neutral or muted colours for your patterns. This will add a timeless elegance into your home that can survive the rigours of time. Muted shades can also tone down the effect of wallpaper patterns, especially if you’re applying it in large spaces. Not feeling bold enough for patterns? Then introduce them in small doses, such as in accessories, cushions, or pillow shams. A little bit of pattern may invigorate your space without breaking your bank. Smaller patterns should be used sparingly as they may look fussy when it is applied unremittingly. If you’d like to introduce patterns in your window blinds, we have Roller blinds that in stripes and ornate patterns that will surely bring to life an otherwise drab room. Pattern can also be used in flooring. Generally speaking, small-scale patterns should be used in a room with a tiny floor space. Large patterns will look elegant in a large room with a huge floor space. If you’d like to apply pattern fully onto your floors, let it stand out by keeping your furnishings simple. Subtle window blinds like our sheer vertical blinds in Verso White or Haze Brulee will gently filter soft daylight into your room, providing natural lighting for your floors. Working with patterns is not as complicated as it sounds. Make sure to tie the look together with simple furnishings and  uncomplicated window blinds and you’ll have a home that emanates with your own personality and style.

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  • Go Wild with Stripes

    Posted on 8th November 2010 by jenny.

    Striped prints have never been out of style. Just look around you and you'll see this classic pattern in chic clothes from the catwalk to shop windows and with interior decorating sometimes taking its cue from the fashion world, it will never be a mistake to use this quintessential element in your home. The reliability of stripes in interior design is indisputable. Stripes in walls can be used to enhance the dimensions of your room. Smaller rooms can look bigger if you have a horizontal stripe that runs through your wall. Ensure that you use light and cool tones to create an expansive feeling in your space. Stripes in walls also give a contemporary vibe and give your room an instant update. However, don't go overboard with stripes as putting this pattern into everything will create a distracting busyness that could spell an "interior decorating mistake." Instead, go for feature walls in striped wallpaper or roller blinds in a nice striped pattern. The Bloque Natural blackout Roller blinds will go well in any room because of its neutral shades. On the other hand, Bloque Plum gives you flexibility. Its pink shade gives a trendy look without looking too feminine because the striped pattern offsets this otherwise feminine colour. You can also apply stripes through carpeting that can extend your floor space. Dispel the dullness of your staircase with a vertical stripe that will draw the eye upwards or downwards depending on where you are. If you don’t feel like going all-out with your walls, you can use stripes in your accent furniture pieces. Drawers decorated in stripes are fun, while a striped accent chair could be a great conversation piece. However, you don’t have to paint or reupholster your furniture to achieve this. A stripy fabric runner or a striped throw can do the trick without too much expense or effort. You can also buy a few inexpensive cushions in this reliable pattern or spread a tablecloth in vibrant stripes. Like a vivid rainbow decorating the blue sky, stripes can give a playful edge to your decorating and bring about a positive atmosphere that you truly need in the gloom of November.

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  • Vote for Your Favourite British Design and British Pattern at the British Design Awards 2010

    Posted on 13th September 2010 by jenny.

    British Design Awards 2010

    It's time for you to make your votes count for the British Design Awards hosted by ELLE Decoration. The ninth British Design Awards celebrates the creativity and imagination of British designers for this year. Everyone knows that British designers have an eye for the beautiful, the useful, and the highly extraordinary and this can be seen in the nominations for two categories, the Best British Design 2010 and the Best British Pattern 2010. So hop on over to the British Design Awards survey site and you will see that this year’s nominations are by far the best that we’ve seen. There’s this innovative recycled wood wardrobe that looks larger for its size because of a wall mirror attached to it. Ceramic bowls with a modernist twist and a more traditional handmade bowls crafted from wood. Did we mention the mirrors? A stunning mirror that is reminiscent of a diamond and a stainless steel mirror plated with gold and nickel are among our favourites as they are both functional and stylish. In fact, the stainless steel mirror reminds us of a drop of water left on a surface. Not only do you get to vote for the best of British Design, but you can ogle at the wonderful prints that this year’s designers have come up with. From the whimsical floral prints to more innovative 3D wallpaper, you’ll find everything that will suit any taste. In fact, we’re dreaming of finding these prints in one of our roman shades. We’re even pleased to see that one of the nominees, the Sussex wallpaper reminds us of our Monarca Desert remote-controlled roller blinds. How about you? Which are your favourites? What kind of British print would you like to see in our roman/roller blinds collection?

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