Excerpt from “Downsize your home and regain your freedom’
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Use colours and let them into your life and home, it will cheer you up, stimulate the economy and distract you from every day niggles:)
“When we finish dressing ourselves, we dress our homes.”
Top designers, like Michael Kors, use a palate of three basic colours, one of which is often either black or white.
Its worth spending a few pounds on some coloured matching accessories and its worth changing them over twice a year in spring an autumn. It sounds fussy but trust me once you start it’s a welcome ritual.
Easy cheap immediate touches are;
Flat cotton toilet mats (thin ones like in European hotels are easier and cheaper to wash)
a rug somewhere
bathroom toothbrush mug/glass/plastic
lampshade or two
plastic storage boxes to be left on show (retro ones with holes)
vases or pot plants
So choose your colour group.
This spring I used masses of lime green and bought every cheap item I come across that was a good quality, thick and rich colour.
Candles, plastic storage boxes, salad bowls/servers, picnic stuff etc in lime green. It goes so well with pinks, pale blues, yellows, oranges, and lemon.
If your base colour is white it’s a perfect mix and match but remember one of those colours have to dominate while the others hang as accents. They can’t all dominate.
This winter I will bring out all the reds, navy, dark green and anything else for the festive season. I can throw white and cream in as abase tone and a few gold or silver bits for sparkle. Go to Ralph Lauren and see what he does with the basics.
I have not thrown anything away from previous houses. Unless its broken, dirty or dangerous just give it another role e.g. towels to clean floors,, old pillow cases use as under pillow case liners, old sheets can be dust covers for stored clothes.,,
Pick out the colours on the most important special focal item in the room, a painting, a lamp, a rug, a throw, or a vase.
Get down to Zara, Michael Kors, Prada, and Mui Mui and see what colours are in season and in what combinations.
The Italians lead in style, the USA follows hot on its tracks, the English follow the USA (influential ‘buyers’ in home wares with MBA’s) and the French try to be different.
Change over the colours for the winter season so back in with reds, burgundies, greens, navy, browns , etc.
Change over for the summer season with limes, pinks, blues, and yellows.
Birds arrange twigs, and we arrange scatter cushions. It’s your nest and you can move stuff around to your hearts content and it’s the best cure for insomnia:)