Reconfigured Home Design With Curves & Muted Colours

Reconfigured Home Design With Curves & Muted Colours

A restructured layout delivers a newfound brightness and spaciousness to this 583 square metre home, located in Zhejiang, Hangzhou, China. Designed by Shexia Design, decorative details are employed to transform unimaginative corners. Overhanging and sinking architectural volumes resculpt natural light. The innovative spatial design ideas are a fusion of classical and artistic silhouettes, which come together under a soothing air of simplicity. Crisp white backdrops and muted colour infusions conjure a modern aesthetic that’s restful yet characterful. Mosaics and contemporary tile treatments bring intriguing pattern to floors, bathrooms, and a unique staircase design. These unexpected focal points fashion bold juxtapositions where beauty and utility unite.

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Should curtains touch the floor?

Should curtains touch the floor?

Choosing curtains is one of those design decisions that we tend to rush (or put off indefinitely). But curtain ideas are a great way to refresh a space. Just like throwing down a new rug or changing up your bedsheets, new curtains dramatically alter the overall feel of the space because they cover so much surface area.

If you’re wondering, ‘Should curtains touch the floor?’ we have asked the experts for their verdict. Measuring curtains is intimidating, so you want to know what you’re doing before you start.

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Should curtains touch the floor?

According to Gareth Coxall, Creative Director from curtain retailer Terrys (opens in new tab), they don’t have to touch the floor, but they’ll look far more opulent if they do. ‘When your curtains reach the floor, it makes your room look more luxurious,’ he says. 

‘If you hang your curtains up high, this will draw the eye upwards, and then drop your curtains to the floor for the full effect of making the room seem taller and larger,’ adds Gareth.

Amy Wilson, interior designer for 247 Curtains (opens in new tab) recommends going a step further and letting them pool slightly onto the floor. ‘To create the perfect curtain pooling, you should allow an extra couple of inches to your measured drop.’ Light and floaty materials like linen pool the best.

But it’s not all about looks, as the pros at Make My Blinds (opens in new tab) explain. They point out that curtains that touch the floor will help keep your house warm in winter. ‘Floor-length curtains create a warm, inviting look and are easy to open, close, and reasonably easy to maintain,’ they say. 

Floor-length curtains will allow less heat to escape compared to curtains above the windowsill as they do not cover the entire recess.’

bedroom with cloud wallpaper and copper curtains

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If you’ve already cut your curtains, it may, unfortunately, be a case of replacing them – especially if the shortness is really bothering you or affecting the look of the room. Or, Amy says, you could try to lower the pole if it’s quite high above your windows, in order to lower the height of the curtains. ‘The beauty of curtains is there is margin for error when using a pole or track, as you may be able to lower this if your curtains are falling a little too short,’ she said.

How much should curtains touch the floor?

If pooling your curtains on the floor, which is great if you want a romantic and rich look in more formal rooms, Make My Blinds recommend adding 5cm. For generous pooling, add 12cm.

Is it okay if curtains don’t does the floor?

We’re not here to tell you what you can and can’t do. What if you don’t love the look of overflowing curtains? ‘If you prefer not to have curtains all the way to the floor, then consider a Roman blind instead of short curtains,’ Amy advises.

Interior designers are divided on this topic, with some saying you never want them to touch the floor. For instance, Lee Trethewey is an interiors expert from Sustainable Furniture (opens in new tab), who says they should never fully touch the floor for both design purposes and cleanliness. 

‘Curtains that do touch the floor are more likely to gather dust and other pieces of dirt from the floor, and can also make sweeping and vacuuming your home a nightmare,’ says Lee. ‘You want to be washing your curtains as little as possible, so opting for curtains that collect dust and dirt is anti-productive. 

‘If your curtains do touch the floor, making sure they’re a material that’s easy to clean is vital, as well as ensuring they’re situated in a part of the house that’s away from external doors.’

pink bedroom with en suite bathroom, patterned headboard and long curtains

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If you’ve changed your curtains and still don’t love the look of your window area, you might also want to consider whether there’s too much clutter on your windowsills. ‘When it comes to window sills, the line between decoration and clutter is fine, but striking the right balance is key when it comes to showcasing your curtains,’ Amy Wilson says.

‘If you have fairly low or narrow window sills, try to keep decoration to a minimum to allow the curtains to remain the centrepiece. Adding too many items to a small window area will only leave the space feeling cluttered and messy and much less luxurious.’

Ultimately, the choice is yours when it comes to curtain length. We’d recommend hanging them so they softly graze the floor, as this ties the materials in the room together nicely while maximising warmth.  Very short curtains could risk looking a little outdated, in which case we’d swap for Roman blinds.

Should curtains touch the floor?

Viva Magenta! Pantone Colour of the Year 2023

The Pantone Colour of the Year 2023 has officially been revealed! The global colour authority has chosen Viva Magenta 18-1750 to set the tone for next year’s paint trends.

It follows 2022’s Very Peri (a lilac) and 2021’s duo of yellow and grey. We definitely saw an increase in yellow and grey in interiors online and in real life, with lots of people embracing yellow and grey living room ideas, for example. 

However, we weren’t quite so convinced by Very Peri. So we were excited to find out this year’s colour, which is sure to influence the living room trends and colour schemes from this very moment.

magenta wall with decor accessories

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Pantone Colour of the Year 2023

‘In this age of technology, we look to draw inspiration from nature and what is real. PANTONE 18-1750 Viva Magenta descends from the red family, and is inspired by the red of cochineal, one of the most precious dyes belonging to the natural dye family as well as one of the strongest and brightest the world has known,’ says Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director, Pantone (opens in new tab) Color Institute.

The colour experts explain that Viva Magenta reconnects us to original matter, as it’s rooted in the primordial. ‘Invoking the forces of nature, Viva Magenta galvanises our spirit, helping us to build our inner strength,’ explains Leatrice.

magenta wall with decor accessories

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It’s reminding us a lot of the rusty terracotta tones we’ve seen this year, such as the paprika paint trend taking over the kitchens of our Instagrams. The choice of a colour that’s rooted in nature feels very much of the zeitgeist and the fact it’s a colour that’s hard to put your finger on (is it more pink or purple?) means it’ll set the tone for this year’s trends.

Pantone Colour of the Year for the last 10 years

  • 2022 Very Peri – periwinkle blue
  • 2021 Ultimate Grey and Illuminating – neutral grey and bright yellow
  • 2020 Classic Blue – rich blue
  • 2019 Living Coral – bright coral
  • 2018 Ultra Violet – deep purple
  • 2017 Greenery – bright green
  • 2016 Rose Quartz and Serenity – pink and blue
  • 2015 Marsala – an earthy red wine
  • 2014 Radiant Orchid – vibrant pink
  • 2013 Emerald – green

What colour is magenta?

Magenta is a vibrant and varm tone, and sits midway between red and blue. It’s often described as a pinkish, purplish red, and in the words of Pantone, it’s ‘audacious, full of wit and inclusive of all.’

How is the Pantone Colour of the Year decided?

Every year, colour experts at Pantone meet and analyse new colour influences. They predict which colour is going to be big in the world of interior design for the year ahead.

Should curtains touch the floor?

The £1 artificial Christmas tree hack to transform your ‘boring looking’ tree

Christmas trees are finally going up for the festive season, but even those who have the best artificial Christmas tree might find themselves wanting to add a little extra this year – and all you need? Snow spray. Yes, fake snow in a can. We already love the sound of it.

Decorated snow covered Christmas tree with gold baubles

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Christmas tree snow spray hack

TikTok user, @everything_tidy (opens in new tab), has grown a large following of over one million by posting her clever cleaning and organisation tips and tricks on the social media platform. In a recent TikTok video (opens in new tab), she shows us ‘how to spruce up your boring looking tree’ using a £1 can of snow spray that she purchased from B&M. 

The TikTok shows her spraying the plain artificial Christmas tree in small bursts across sections until the whole tree is evenly dusted in the snow spray. The end result is a snowy Christmas tree that looks like it was taken straight from a winter wonderland.

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♬ Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! – Dean Martin (opens in new tab)

Fans of the Christmas tree hack commented on this simple budget Christmas decorating idea, saying ‘I should of thought of this before spending a fortune on one already done 😳’ while another said they were ‘most deffo doing this.’

The TikToker also confirmed that the snow spray lasts on the tree ‘until you wipe it off’, so you won’t have to worry about your tree looking a little limp as the festive period goes by.

Frosted Christmas tree decorated with baubles inside furnished grey living room with fireplace

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We couldn’t find the exact snow spray used in the video, but this snow spray from The Range available for £1.29 (opens in new tab) appears to tick all the same boxes – the catch is that you just have to go in-store to nab one. However, if you aren’t in the mood to leave the house, Wilko is also selling snow spray for a slightly higher price of £2.75 on their website (opens in new tab).

Oh, and an added bonus is that this hack will make it seem like you have two trees you rotate between every year (how fancy of you) because the snow spray also comes off as easily as it goes on. Just simply wipe it off and your tree will look good as new. That’s a win in our books.

37 Neoclassical Dining Rooms With Tips And Ideas To Help You Decorate Yours

37 Neoclassical Dining Rooms With Tips And Ideas To Help You Decorate Yours

Neoclassical home interiors are popular amongst designers and homeowners because of their timeless charm. Brimming with elegance and sophistication, this aesthetic works particularly well in formal dining spaces, which is what we’re looking at here today. In this collection of 37 neoclassical dining rooms, you’ll find tips and ideas to help you decorate yours. We’ll walk you through structured dining room layouts and fluid open plan eating areas. In these concepts, there is a treasure trove of dining room lighting inspiration, fabulous dining tables, and stylish dining chair ideas. Explore creative style melds, including neoclassical boho blends, ultra-modern inspo, quirky colourful concepts, and much more.

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Alesha Dixon’s Home Truths – and why her Christmas decs stay up for 4 months

Alesha Dixon – the multitasking presenter, singer, dancer, author and mum to two daughters Azura and Anaya Safiya, lives in Hertfordshire with her husband Azuka their family. 

Here, she gives us a little insight into how they spend Christmas every year, from the decorations to the traditions their young family are creating.

What is your favourite time at Christmas?

Christmas morning is always special but I love everything about Christmas because I get to spend time with my family. After a busy year it’s so nice to switch off from the rest of the world for a short while.

What’s your non-negotiable, must-have at home at Christmas?

Cosy socks, dressing gown and slippers! And plenty of treats!

What part of Christmas planning do you love the best?

To be honest, it’s always hectic but I secretly love it. I love wrapping the girls presents the night before with a glass of wine and listening to music. 

Last Christmas, I made my own crackers and I placed my NobleBlu supplements inside and tailored them to each person. I always think the range called Balance is a nice one for the winter period when our mood is slightly lower and energy levels decline.

What part of Christmas planning do you dislike the most?

I guess I’d have to say having to prep all the food! But again this can be nice if you have good music and good company. The last minute dash around the shops is never fun but it’s also a relief once it’s all done.

Home Truths Alesha Dixon

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What smell says ‘Christmas’ to you?

Candles are such a lovely thing all year round but I do love the smell of cinnamon at Christmas time!

When do you put up your decorations?

Usually the first week in December! I’m not very good at taking them down! I think ours stayed up for three months after last Christmas! But they looked so nice so why not!

Are you a Christmas minimalist or do you prefer to go all out?

I’m a minimalist! I like it to be tasteful and I change the colours from time to time. I’ve become more relaxed with it since having children as they like to help with everything now. They make it even more special.

Do you have a favourite Christmas decoration? And why?

I like the ones my children make at school! I have a smaller tree in the kitchen area which they decorate and a larger one in the living room which I decorate.

Do you have any traditions at Christmas?

We pretty much do the same thing every year! My daughter Azuka lays out the snow and makes footprints so the girls know that Father Christmas has visited. We do presents for the kids in the morning and presents for the adults after dinner! We play games, we eat and listen to a lot of music.

Home Truths Alesha Dixon

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Do you host friends and family over the holidays? And if so, how do you celebrate?

Christmas always tends to be at our house. My Nan and siblings join us and it’s a special time with each other. We watch movies and relax! That’s what the holidays are for!

Quick fire questions with Alesha Dixon

Decorations – traditional or modern? Modern

Tree – real or artificial? Artificial

Tree decorations – themed by colour or a mixture? Themed by colour definitely!

Presents – do you treat yourself? No!

Stockings – yes or no? Yes for the girls and I mix it up every year

Do your pets get a Christmas present? It’s Christmas for them every day in our house!

Christmas meal – at lunch or dinner time? Lunchtime

Christmas turkey or something else? Something else!

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