Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Holiday Inspiration for Hints and Tints

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Holiday Inspiration for Hints and Tints

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Byline: By Andrew Durham

Most of us bring something back home with us from our holidays, whether it's fabric from Morocco, a piece of driftwood from the Isle of Iona or a `kiss me quick' hat from Blackpool.

What's often the case however is that the artefacts that come back with us don't really travel all that well and that flamboyant material from Morocco just doesn't fit into your wood and white interior scheme.

So instead of lugging home a tonne weight of trinkets, what about taking home all those serene memories and be inspired by the sparkling seas and drench your home in the essence of blue.

Wherever you travel to on holiday you will nearly always find yourself relaxing by water, from vast sparkling seas to crystal clear rivers, even your hotel's tranquil plunge pool - any of these seem to turn us from frazzled, tired out workaholics into placid, peaceful individuals.

So if water has these wondrous powers then why not take it home with us" well, not literally!

Blue evokes the senses like no other colour making it perfect to use in your home but is shied away from because it's often viewed as a cold and uninviting tone and one that's difficult to translate in interiors.

Balance is important and with a little planning blue can be both versatile and beautiful.

An obvious theme for blue, especially when your inspiration is the sea, is an ocean retreat.

Team up a subtle variation of ultramarine blues to achieve an urbanesque type sea scene - don't make the mistake of adding random replicas of yachts and an abundance of seashells.

Keep at least one of your walls white to balance the blue and keep floors plain.

An ideal floor covering would be either a carpet made from Coir or Sisal or floorboards painted with special flooring paint in matt white.

Add to the mood by using wicker or rattan furniture, soften with cosy throws - for those late night beach parties - and for a kitschy twist scatter some retro Hawaiian prints around the place. …

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