Friday, 1 August 2014

How To Decorate With The Best Brown-Grey And Greige Paints And Accessories

If the thought of decorating with browns takes you straight back to ugly memories of the seventies, now is most definitely the time to think again. Able to act as both a neutral and a colour, brown is a hugely versatile shade which is happy to straddle a whole variety of looks.This month we want to take you on a tour of the best that fashionably-greyed browns (often referred to as greige, a cross between grey and beige) have to offer, and that Relics of Witney have picked out for our customers.

First of all, Let's talk paints. Today's browns come in a whole dizzying array of different hues - from the palest of caramels to the deepest, warmest chocolate. 

We think these are the best grey-browns:

These are fantastic choices for adding depth to your decorating - by painting and distressing a favourite but tired pierce of furniture for a gentle feel, or for adding a bolder hit on feature walls. None of these are run-of the mill browns; they will all having you looking again and again, trying to fathom their moody hues. 

And now onto our accessories. We are huge fans of our rattan baskets...we have a large collection in a whole gamut of shapes and sizes. They are incredibly popular, and rightly so. Strong, tough and beautifully elegant: who knew such a combination was possible? Their thick-stranded woven texture will bring interest to any area needing a bit of a nudge style-wise. And the possibilities for use in your home? Oh, the possibilities! Just take a look at some of these images....

Ever hear of an Eco-friendly Christmas tree. It's a living tree in a pot that you can replant after Christmas! :)

Grey rattan baskets with boxwood topiary balls. Belgian style exterior

Box topiary balls, white hydrangeas and English roses in gray rattan baskets...Full details on Modern Country Style blog: Leopoldina Haynes' Small Garden

Potted fig trees in rattan baskets

grey willow basket

And, lastly, for those of you who are looking to add a tangible sense of vintage character to your home, we have a fantastic Bakelite range of switches, socket and ceiling roses, as well as traditional fabric-covered flex.

Who said brown had to be boring? They clearly hadn't seen our stock! Come into Relics of Witney, or shop online for all your decorating needs...

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Tuesday, 1 July 2014

The Very Best Of Emerald Paints And Emerald Interiors

Welcome to July's blog post, where we'll be looking in depth at decorating with Emerald Green: more specifically, what are the best ways to introduce Emerald to your home, and which are the best Emerald Green paints to use?

Emerald jewel necklace brass mayfair vintage style green

When Emerald Green was announced as Pantone's Colour Of The Year for 2013, there was a flurry of activity: on the runway, at the shows, in the catalogues, and then, gradually, gently, almost imperceptibly, the look softened from the somewhat gaudy to the downright delicious. 

Emerald lights

Our tip for introducing colour is to wait for trends to filter down in a more usable way, rather than letting your home become a slave to fashion.

Emerald interiors table setting

Though let us be frank, Emerald Green has never really gone out of fashion. It's not particularly taxing to see why: it's royal jewel-like tones are synonymous with luxury, yet its soft echoes of lush, verdant gardens give Emerald a crisp freshness that is hard to rival. 

Emerald interior

There are very few colours that can straddle this many looks so successfully. Emerald can turn its hand to the whole decorating spectrum, from country manor to beach shack, from grand castle to apartment chic.

emerald - interiors

Though it can look a little heavy if a room is decorated in its rich tones from top to bottom, so consider using Emerald in smaller touches: hints and accents to add a surprise pop of colour, adding something a little different, a dash of the unexpected.

Emerald interior

Think this...

Emerald dress

...not this...

Shattered Glass Emerald Leggings › Black Milk Clothing

Here, then, are ten ways to enjoy decorating with Emerald Green...

1. An Emerald Green Front Door
Make a smart entrance with the bold hues of Emerald. Warm and welcoming, smart and timeless.

Emerald front door

Emerald front door

2. Painted Furniture In Emerald Green
Emerald green takes kindly to being painted on furniture of all kinds, including kitchen units. Perfect for a retro, shabby chic or modern take - this is an incredibly adaptable colour.


Emerald chairs pop out of the neutral colour scheme #emerald #chairs #pantone Blogged on // Kristen Ellis Design. Link

6th Street Design School | Kirsten Krason Interiors : Feature Friday: Simple Details - Credenza Makeover

3. Add Accessories In Emerald Green
A simple way to do this is by using sample pots to paint accessories, making a significant impact without a significant outlay.Consider vases, lamps, picture frames, etc...

Painted distressed mason jars ombre emerald sea glass green vase vintage centerpiece wedding decor ball kerr or rustic wedding Pantone on Etsy, $21.00

Keep time in retro style with this mint-colored wall clock. Get it here:

4 Stencils
By using stencils, it's easy to bring in flashes of green, try concentrating your efforts on one strip for maximum wow-factor.

5. Emerald Green Feature Walls 
If an accent wall is introduced, all eyes will be drawn to that space, making it a perfect method to highlight parts of your room that deserve to be shown off.

Dwell on Design 2013 Exclusive House Tour: Las Tunas. Photo by Tara Wujcik.

6. Emerald Green Floor Paint
For a playful, rustic edge, use floor paint to introduce a large expanse of colour.

7. Children's Rooms 
The bright hues of emerald green function as a bold primary for youngsters but one that will grow with them as they get older.

8. Patterns
Emerald green can take on the world when it comes to pattern. Bold stripes, chevrons, or even damask. Classic, playful or opulent. It's your choice.

emerald green chevron dresser

emerald, emerald decor, emerald interior, emerald homewares

9. Lighting
For those of us who are slightly less bold with colour, lighting is a fantastic way to take your first, tentative steps into, literally, brighter shades.

Interior Design by Dimore Studio

Birch + Bird Vintage Home Interiors

10. Shelving
Introduce a peek-a-boo element of surprise by painting the backs of your shelving. Watch as snatches of colour come out to play hide and seek with your accessories.

The great thing about Emerald is that, as with many greens, it goes with most colours: just look at any garden, any pastoral view and let your eyes take in the range of colours that nestle next to green. 

Love the emerald green velvet chair and billowing curtains amongst the lush greenery

Working well in the warmer months, with its springy freshness, and then metamorphosing into something warmer, snugger and cosier, Emerald Green has the magic to work with each and every season.

ombré emerald interior curtains

Our favourite emerald green paints, all available in Relics of Witney, include:

Sanderson Sherwood Green
Dulux Emerald Delight
Dulux Heritage Grass Green
Sanderson Evergreen
Dulux Weathershield Buckingham
Dulux Trade Village Maze

There are a myriad of different ways to add a bit of bold to your decor without having to redecorate entirely. Look around your home to see where might need a little freshening up, and focus your Emerald efforts there.

A Divine Dining Room. Charcoal and emerald. Interior Designer: Kay Douglass.

And, as always, if you need advice on picking out colours, or choosing contrasting shades then please don't hesitate to contact us at Relics of Witney. We're always glad to help.

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etsy, Goeyefordesign, wgsn hbl, decorpad, whomes, houzz, richimagedotme, blackmilk clothing, pinterest, designaddictmom, pinterest, Elle Decor, kristen ellis, 6th street design school,, country living, etsy, bhg, inspiration for home, design milk, house beautiful, house beautiful,, house beautiful, the urchin collective, trendland, birchandbird, martha stewart, ingerstedt,  Dominique Decoratrice, house beautiful, sara sarna

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