All the ingredients you need for a bar cabinet or drinks trolley you’ll love
Whether you’re getting festive for the holidays, prepping for that New Year’s Eve party at home or you like entertaining all year-round, these bar ideas are sure to set a cheery tone. It doesn’t matter if you have next-to-no space or lots; here are some ideas for simple ways to deck out the surface of a sideboard right through to creating a whole bar area, complete with glass cabinets, a sink and a sleek bar counter.
Simple yet stylish ways to decorate your home for the holidays
Christmas is fast approaching! If you’re not quite jibing with that festive spirit, or you simply want to tweak your holiday décor, check out our guide on how to decorate your home – and your tree – with style and minimal effort. Whether you want to go neutral and natural or bold and take a twist on Christmas traditions, these ideas for decorating your home, your table, your front door and your tree will make it feel like Christmas.
Are you hosting Christmas lunch at home? Or are you having friends around for a casual Christmas or New Year’s house party? Whatever form your holiday hosting takes, you probably want to set a chic yet festive scene, and to keep the stress out of the occasion (and out of the preparation!), too.
To get you in the mood while keeping stress to a minimum, here are some holiday entertaining tips from Indigo Living’s in-house stylist and decorating expert, Samantha Foaden.
Use grey to create looks ranging from breezy to bold. Here’s how
Some people think of grey as being bland and boring – but the truth is, if you pick the right shade of grey, it’s anything but dull. Used thoughtfully, grey is one of those timeless colours that will work in just about every home. It’s highly adaptable; it complements so many other colours. It’s perfect as a base neutral shade, or as the star of the show in its own right.
“Grey is a beautifully versatile colour to use when decorating your home, with shades spanning almost white to almost black, with added complexities of pinkish or blue hues. Such variety allows it to be the palest neutral backdrop for your home or a dramatic statement,” says Clinton Cordeiro, Design Consultant for Indigo Living. “It can be soft and peaceful or strong and unapologetic, casually elegant or quite formal and sophisticated.”
Here, Cordeiro gives his advice on how to make the colour grey work for you.
Find the perfect TV stand for your space with these tips
Chances are, you have a TV at home – whether you use it much is another question. But no matter whether you love a Netflix marathon or you simply dip your toe in every now and then to watch a National Geographic documentary, you need somewhere to put your TV, and you probably need a TV cabinet.
Make your TV-watching experience as chic and comfortable as possible with the help of our insider’s guide to buying the right TV cabinet.
Use candles and candleholders to complement your look and set the perfect mood
Candles and candle holders make for a lovely finishing touch to your home décor. When they’re not lit, they’re an additional decorative feature you can style with; often they sit at a different height to other home décor elements, creating a sense of dimension and helping you layer your space. Meanwhile, when they’re lit, they will change the mood of your space, creating a mellow, intimate and even romantic vibe.
Plus they work in almost any room of the home. Use them in your living or dining room when you’re entertaining, in your bedroom or bathroom to create a relaxing atmosphere when you need to unwind (or when you want to get romantic!). They’re especially useful as we approach the festive season: Indigo Living even has glitter candles in red or gold – these are perfect for holiday decorating and entertaining.
Here are some ideas for decorating your home with candles and candle accessories.
Set the scene for a homework station your child will love
Is homework time a struggle for you and for your kids? Maybe what they need is a study area that feels inspiring – there’s a whole science behind adults and how they work more happily and productively in the right environment; it makes sense that the same would be true of children. Here are some tips on how to create a study area that’s fun and focus-oriented.
4 tips for making fall/winter's bold colours work in your home
Woodland shades of forest green, peacock blue, marigold yellow, teal and berry are on-trend this season, and they dominate one of FW19’s key looks at Indigo Living. These rich hues will bring warmth and vibrancy to any home – but they’re shades, so how do you make them work in your space? Read on for our ideas for how to these colours home with effortless style.
How to use candles and diffusers to create the right mood for any occasion
Back when we were cavemen, our sense of smell was a survival tactic. Now, however, despite the fact that we no longer need to sniff out danger, the original connection between scent and brain remains – making fragrance a very handy tool in homes and on our skin.
The cells that process smells in our noses are connected with the limbic system in the brain, which controls our emotions, our responses and long-term memory. This is why a certain perfume can trigger a memory of a wonderful summer holiday, and it’s why the scent of old books might take you back to your high school library.
Scent can therefore have a huge impact on your mood – and nowhere is this more important than in the home. How do you pick the right fragrance for you, for your home, and what’s the difference between a diffuser and a candle? These are some of the questions we’ll answer in this story. Keep reading for more home fragrance tips!
Spotlight on the study: 5 tips for storing your stuff in style
Whether your home office is in a small nook in a compact apartment or you have space galore, it’s important for this area to be free from clutter – and that’s why good storage matters. Studies show that working in a space that feels orderly and free from mess can reduce stress. With a clean space, you could find yourself with a clean mind… and improved productivity.
Getting study storage right is no easy feat, though – which is why we have put together our tips on making space: from picking the perfect mix of cabinets, desks, drawers and shelving for the home office to other creative solutions for small spaces. Read on to find out how to make the most of your study, so you can work at your best.