Our third week of top tips on a Tuesday. Last week we spoke of living rooms, choosing that perfect sofa and off centre windows. Each week Sara will be answering three of your interior dilemmas. We open our inbox every Friday and welcome your burning questions.
Question 1 | Accent colours for a navy and grey colour scheme that is not mustard?
Well, it’s a great base scheme so there are lots of options here. You could go light maybe use sage green, bright orange or lilac were doing a lot of that at the moment, this will add a playful feel and has a contemporary edge.
If your scheme has more classic feel or you want to create a moodier feel rust, or burgundy work beautifully with navy and greys.
Question 2 | How to maximise a dark kitchen?
It’s not necessarily about just going white but definitely going for the lightest tones of the colours that you love is a really good start, especially when it comes to countertops and upper cabinets. I would also add some reflective surfaces, stainless steel or mirror something that’s going to maximise whatever bit of light you do get. In a basement apartment we did in Notting hill we added mirrored splash backs – they added wow and increased the light! The lighting scheme for this room can also not be underestimated… layers of light will really maximise a dark space. So an LED strip under your kitchen cabinets for task lighting, some thoughtfully placed directional down lights will created pools of light, plus a pendant or too, picture lights and wall lights will boost the light levels the mood too.
Question 3 | I’m getting new curtains how can I make them interesting but not old fashioned?
For me, the big trick here is to add a trim. So on the edges of the curtain, so the edge that you close by adding a trim, a nice thick band, a braid, or a bobble, or all three! Trims can sometimes be considered old fashioned but brands like Samuel and Sons, Schumacher and Salamander have taken them in a very modern and dynamic direction.
You can also get playful with the fabric itself – after you choose your main curtain fabric you can add a chunky board to the bottom or leading edge in a complementary fabric (in a different colour or with a wow pattern).