Colour at home

For some years now the Scandinavian style has taken center stage in the design industry. I admit I am an absolute fan of its simplicity and purity in design without forgetting practicality.
But while that is all very well balanced and often pretty too, I have started to find myself a bit bored after seeing too many all-white interiors (walls, ceilings, flooring, even furniture, all white!). It's true that you can introduce colour with accessories but I think the all-white scheme leaves a feeling of things not being quite finished yet, like you have just primed the walls but still need to paint the top coats (in another colour than white, that is).

So since I started working in the paint and wallpaper industry I have decided that maybe it's my turn now to share with the world a bit of inspiration on colour schemes that include colour because pure white can't really be called a "colour" as it hasn't got any hue.

I will start with the introduction of black, that dark colour (although again black is the absence of all colours) opposite to white. If the use of dark colours in interiors can often be daunting, the use of black as an accent wall or mixed with white can give your house a very contemporary look without you having to sacrifice brightness.

Marlien Rentmeester's home

This is a good example of how to use a bit of black. The horizontal stripes work particularly well in a hallway as it gives a sense of length and direction towards other rooms (just make sure your ceiling isn't too low or it could look like a box).

If you want to make a space more interesting and show a feature like this mezzanine level with a spiral staircase then painting it black or dark grey is a good way of doing it. The good thing about black is that it goes with everything.

                                                                                                   Home of Bernadette Pascua and Andrew Stinson

To make a room feel more intimate and cosy without introducing any colour that might then narrow down your choice in furniture or accesories, then black again is the answer. Just make sure you have got plenty of light so the room doesn't feel like a cave!

So I think this is a way to make a boring room look interesting and feel contemporary.
What do you think of black now, as daunting as before or not?

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Valentine's Day!

Hope you had a wonderful Valentine's Day, whether you were with your partner or enjoying being single! For me it's just an excuse to eat chocolate and get (and give) some lovely little presents :)



Dressing for 2ºC

 I actually had fun doing this

This year it's been a challenge (and still is as we are going back to snow weather..) to dress for real winter temperatures and with that I mean temperatures around 0ºC. My Spanish self is not used to this cold and I actually have developed some not very nice chilblains in my fingers.
Still I do my best to fight it and this is the outfit I've been wearing most these past few weeks. As you can see I combine every single warm item in my wardrobe! Christmas jumper included and underneath I also wear 1 or 2 layers more (onion style). I wear fur lined gloves, cords, my Russian Hat, my Bear Coat (massive sheepskin leather coat from my mum in the 90s) and a very thick long scarf that I wrap around my neck as many times as possible! Of course, I wear long ridding boots as well and thermal socks.
Despite the weather in this country it still amazes me how many British girls and boys don't seem to feel the cold and actually carry the coat on their arms (as if they were too hot to put it on!) or don't carry one at all! I seriously wonder what they are thinking...I swear I have even seen people in t-shirts, girls in skirts without tights and lots of women wearing ballerinas!


Snow in Clapham

About two weeks ago it snowed heavily in London so we took the opportunity to go out for a walk, with our wellies on obviously! I particularly enjoyed the crunchy sound of the snow under my boots :)
Here are some pictures I took of the Winter Wonderland in Clapham Common.

The little pond froze!!