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Planning Ahead For Your 2015 Interiors

Planning Ahead For Your 2015 Interiors | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

Stripes always look elegant for wallpaper and immediately add height to small rooms. The stripes can be very subtle: in silver or gold, for example, but they will catch the light and add interest without overpowering the room. You could use striped paper on one wall only, contrasting with a plain finish on the others.

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Adding Space and Value to Your Home

Adding Space and Value to Your Home | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

With the festive season approaching, you may be working out how to accommodate extra family and friends. While you won’t be able to create an additional bedroom in time for this Christmas, why not think about converting your roof space in time for next year? Extending into the loft doesn’t usually need planning permission and a Nationwide Building Society study estimated that adding an attic room could add up to 21% to the value of your home.

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Real Wood Floors: Great for your Home and the Environment

Real Wood Floors: Great for your Home and the Environment | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

If you’re replacing flooring, it’s important to think about not only the colour and finish but also how much time you’ll have for future maintenance. If you want a break from vacuuming, why not choose a real wood floor, which will not only be easy to keep clean but will give you a luxury look and add value to your home.

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Bringing Hotel Chic Home

Bringing Hotel Chic Home | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

It’s always a pleasure to take a break from routine and stay in a luxury hotel. How many times have you returned refreshed, but wondering how to incorporate some of the hotels design ideas into your home? Even if you’ve not been away recently, looking at luxury hotel websites will give you plenty of ideas to copy.

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Some Recipes for a Great Looking Kitchen

Some Recipes for a Great Looking Kitchen | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

The kitchen is increasingly becoming the most important room in our homes, used not just for cooking but for working and socialising too. One of the most on-trend looks for kitchens is to use white for cabinets teamed with a mix of white, metallics and natural textures. As white reflects light, if your kitchen faces north or east, you’ll benefit immediately from the effect. If you’re able to extend your kitchen, a glazed roof would also help.

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Why Use a Professional for a Home Renovation Project?

Why Use a Professional for a Home Renovation Project? | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

Renovating your home can be time consuming and disruptive but if the project is planned and costed carefully and overseen and carried out by professionals, the finished result will not only give you an attractive living space but potentially increase your home’s value. With the cost of moving increasing all the time, property renovation is a cost effective way of turning your property into the home you’ve always wanted.

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Treat Your Staircase to an Upgrade

Treat Your Staircase to an Upgrade | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

At one time a staircase was simply a means of getting from one level of your home to another; not any more though. Now a staircase can make a design statement too. Whether you want to update your staircase as part of a refurbishment or renovation project or are having a new staircase installed in an extension, East Midlands interior design companies will offer advice on a range of treatments and help you find the best look for your interior and your budget.

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Finding the Right Finishing Touches

Finding the Right Finishing Touches | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

In order to get the best result, ideally you need to allocate part of the project budget for accessories but you may find that you already have favourite items which you can incorporate into your new interior. For example, perhaps you have a favourite picture which isn’t currently displayed whose colours blend perfectly with the colour scheme of your newly designed room? An interior design company experienced in helping clients chooses home accessories Leicestershire will be able to make suggestions to help you get the most from your budget.

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Making the Most of Window Treatments

Making the Most of Window Treatments | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

Whether you’re redesigning or just redecorating a room, there are so many elements to consider: flooring, wall coverings, furniture, lighting and, of course, window treatment. Curtains and blinds can play a huge part in adding to the atmosphere and you’ll be spoilt for choice in the range of window treatments available.

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Blue Leads the Way in Autumn Colour Trends

Blue Leads the Way in Autumn Colour Trends | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

Blue is one of the key colours trending for autumn/winter 2014 and designers are creating stunning interiors using its many different shades. From bright cobalt and electric blue, through sky blue to the more subtle aqua, blue is an ideal base colour for any interior scheme.

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Give your kitchen an elegant look with kitchen interior designing tips

Give your kitchen an elegant look with kitchen interior designing tips | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

When the sun comes out, we want it to be reflected in our homes with welcoming colours and a sense of space. Whether you have a small or large kitchen, you can make it the heart of your summer living.


If you’re redesigning, or redecorating, base your scheme on fresh, light tones of your favourite colour. If you prefer neutrals to colours, find ones with a warm base tone which will work well in the winter too, especially if your kitchen faces north and doesn’t get much natural light.

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Spoilt For Choice With Carpet

Spoilt For Choice With Carpet | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

Stripes and geometrics are popular options and can look amazing in large rooms. However, if your floor space is covered with furniture, the small parts of a large pattern which remain visible will look disjointed and would make a small room look crowded. Monochrome stripes against a pale grey background laid into the room from the doorway would draw the eye in with a smart, classic look. If you like the idea of pattern but don’t have space, choose a plain carpet and top it with a rug either in a vibrant tone or standout pattern.

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Upcycling Ideas for Any Room in Your Home

Upcycling Ideas for Any Room in Your Home | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

We want our homes to reflect who we are and we’re increasingly turning away from buying massed produced items and going in search of more individual pieces. This, coupled with a surge in the popularity of all things vintage, means that upcycling continues to grow as an interiors trend, as it not only gives you a totally unique look but is also great for the environment and your home decorating budget.

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Framing the View: Choosing Window Treatments

Framing the View: Choosing Window Treatments | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

Whatever room you’re designing or redecorating, you’ll want your window treatment to complement your colours and theme. An interior design company will be able to give lots of advice on curtains and blinds Leicestershire and show you photos and fabric samples to help you choose.

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Bring Your Home Alive With Colour

Bring Your Home Alive With Colour | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

If you like browsing interiors magazines, blogs and websites, but aren’t sure how to bring the ideas you like into your own home, you’ll find that an interior designer Leicestershire will have all the skills and experience necessary to adapt what’s currently trending and making it exactly right for your home.

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Designing From the Floor Upwards

Designing From the Floor Upwards | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

When thinking about redesigning a room, it’s easy to get excited about colours and fabrics for walls and upholstery, new furniture and accessories, yet the floor covering  sometimes gets overlooked, especially if your room is small and not much of the floor shows. But that doesn’t have to be the case and, by choosing carefully, your floor can make a design statement of its own.

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Advantages of Using an Interior Designer

Advantages of Using an Interior Designer | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

If you’re planning to upgrade one or more rooms in your home, you’ll probably have a good idea of what you’d like the final effect to be. However, you may feel you just don’t have the space or the budget for everything you’d like included. That’s where an interior designer Leicestershire can help.

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Finding the Right Finishing Touches

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In order to get the best result, ideally you need to allocate part of the project budget for accessories but you may find that you already have favourite items which you can incorporate into your new interior. For example, perhaps you have a favourite picture which isn’t currently displayed whose colours blend perfectly with the colour scheme of your newly designed room? An interior design company experienced in helping clients chooses home accessories Leicestershire will be able to make suggestions to help you get the most from your budget.

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Bringing the Highlands Home

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Start with tartan, probably the most recognizable element of Scottish culture. If you know anything about your family history, you might be able to link to a specific tartan but if not, it comes in such a huge variety of colourways, that finding one to kick start your interior scheme shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll find warm, rich reds and purples, cool blues and greens, even neutral oatmeal shades.

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Creating a Study Bedroom for your Child

Creating a Study Bedroom for your Child | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

As we pass the midpoint of the school holidays and the shops fill with uniforms and stationery, maybe it’s time to give your child’s bedroom a new look for the new school year? It could really inspire them, making studying easier and more pleasant. Home refurbishment is a popular way of improving your home without the expense of moving, so a home refurbishment Leicestershire project could have dual benefits: for you and your child.

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Create a Custom Designed Welcoming Hallway to Attract the Visitors

Create a Custom Designed Welcoming Hallway to Attract the Visitors | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

When people visit your home, what first impression do they get: warm, bright and welcoming, or cold, dull and crowded? Use your hall to create an inviting space, drawing visitors in, while not forgetting the family’s needs in this high traffic area.


If you live in a period home, you might have original features like checkerboard floor tiles or even a fireplace but, if painted in period colours, the hall may be quite dark. To introduce more light, painting the walls in a neutral colour or pastel shade and adding a statement mirror, will immediately make the space seem brighter. Try placing a large vase of flowers on the hearth or mantel to reduce the dominance of a dark fireplace.

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Let the Sunshine In.. |

Let the Sunshine In.. | | Hire East Midlands interior design by cravenandhargreaves | Scoop.it

If you’re redesigning, or redecorating, base your scheme on fresh, light tones of your favorite colour. If you prefer neutrals to colours, find ones with a warm base tone which will work well in the winter too, especially if your kitchen faces north and doesn’t get much natural light.

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