Dress to impress – how to create a show-stopping window

Dress to impress – how to create a show-stopping window

Using our walls to bring colour and pattern into our homes is easy, after all there’s a huge choice of wallpaper and paint available. However, if you truly want to give your home a considered, well-planned look, then you’ll be wise not to forget your windows – and that means dressing them in beautifully draped curtains and made-to-measure blinds.

Opting for a stand-out fabric and design is a no-brainer if you want to elevate your interior, which is where acclaimed artist and designer Margo Selby comes in. Known for her forward-thinking patterns, Margo has teamed up with expert window dressers Hillarys to produce an exclusive new collection of contemporary fabrics for curtains and roman blinds that will take your windows from drab to fab in an instant.

This capsule collection, due to launch on 12th October, is designed to add that all-important wow factor, with high-end materials in stunning mid-century modern designs – so you’ll be able to gain Margo’s signature style.

Trend-setting designs

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Indulging in the latest designs will keep your home feeling fresh and on trend – after all, when was the last time you invested in some quality window dressings where style was as key as their practicality?

With over 20 years in the textile industry, Margo’s philosophy has always been to focus on pushing the boundaries of weaving, and this collection is no different, with high-quality fabrics and fashion-forward style.

From geometric shapes to tailored pinstripes and wavy designs, you can make this look your own by opting for a lining of your choice to match or contrast with your chosen fabric, ensuring your window dressing looks just as good from the outside as it does inside your home.

For a truly original look, the range also includes matching cushions, so you can keep your scheme feeling beautifully cohesive and coordinated, or opt for a different pattern to contrast with your chosen curtain or blind.

Showcase your style

Hillarys blue curtains in a grey bedroom

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Picking out a pattern and colourway that complements your décor is all part of the fun and whether you opt for decorative pinch-pleat curtains or sleek Roman blinds, you can up your style game and get the privacy you need at the same time. After all, it seems a shame to spend time on the rest of your home and not take the opportunity to turn your windows into an equally attractive feature – especially one with a designer edge!

Go bespoke

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Prices for Margo Selby’s range at Hillarys start from from £221 for a pair of curtains, (W127cm X D137cm) and £155 for a Roman blind (W65cm x D75cm). To find out more about and get a custom-made solution for your home, make an appointment to have a local Hillarys advisor visit you. Armed with samples, unique design ideas and details on this exclusive collection, you’ll receive a quote right away and have your windows expertly measured, with your chosen design then made and fitted.

Visit hillarys.co.uk or call 0800 587 6480 to request a free home appointment.

Add impact on the ceiling with creative ideas that will get it noticed

Add impact on the ceiling with creative ideas that will get it noticed

The ceiling is an essential part of any decorating scheme, but it’s an area that often gets overlooked. Rather than simply painting the ceiling white, why not treat it as a design opportunity with a bold paint colour or eye-catching wallpaper treatment that’s guaranteed to spice it up.

Elevate the decor

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Including the ceiling in your decorating scheme is a great way of giving any room a new dimension and it’s a trick that’s much-loved by designers who often describe the ceiling as the ‘fifth wall’. Colour on the ceiling will draw the eye up and can visually change the proportions of a room – dark shades can make a ceiling feel lower, while paler colours can make it feel higher. Finish off the space with statement lighting – try a grouping of the Diall Balloon warm white LED filament light bulbs, £24 each, B&Q.

Make an impact

B&Q is working with a team of Changemakers to transform one of the spaces in their home, using B&Q’s incredible range of interior products. B&Q is inspiring the nation to pick up their brushes and create the change they’ve always dreamed of in their homes.

Clever Hayley from @Townhousediaries transformed the ceiling of her son’s bedroom with a bold paint treatment. ‘It was an incredible experience to work with B&Q as a Changemaker and create a totally new look for my son’s bedroom,’ she says. ‘All it took was a bit of careful measuring and some brightly coloured paint to transform the ceiling with a special circus theme – he loves it!’

Incorporating focal point lighting into the scheme is another great way of enhancing a decorative ceiling. Hayley opted for the GoodHome Dacite brass and glass statement pendant (£24.99, B&Q), teamed with the GoodHome Menonry floor lamp (£45, B&Q) and the GoodHome Mulanje table light (£28, B&Q) to create a layered lighting effect.

Add wow with wallpaper

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Small spaces like hallways and box rooms can often feel uninspiring, so put the focus on the ceiling by wallpapering it in an eye-catching design. An on-trend geometric (like the Colours Mosaic metallic effect wallpaper seen above, £16, B&Q) or busy all-over print will grab the attention and add instant wow in a small area. With over 500 styles to choose from, B&Q has got a wallpaper that you’re guaranteed to love, from jazzy geometrics to on-trend botanicals, such as the stunning leaf design used on Superfresco Easy Flow multicoloured leaves smooth wallpaper, £30, B&Q.

Add impact with dynamic colour and give your rooms a bright new look

Add impact with dynamic colour and give your rooms a bright new look

A change of colour is one of the easiest ways to give a tired interior a bright new look. The latest trend for creative colour blocking sees colour being used in imaginative new ways with dynamic combinations taking colour scheming to a whole new level.

Create a break-out zone

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Painting a large block of colour in a key area is a clever technique for breaking up a large open-plan space and creating a smaller, cosier zone within. Start with a neutral background colour and then add a feature panel in a bold contrast tone. Maximise the effect by extending wall colour to the ceiling and out over a dining table or a bed to create a focal point feature. A statement pendant light such as the GoodHome Pegmati pendant light accentuates the colour blocked area. 

Use paint creatively

B&Q is working with a team of Changemakers to transform one of the spaces in their home, using B&Q’s incredible range of interior products. B&Q is inspiring the nation to pick up their brushes and create the change they’ve always dreamed of in their homes.

Talented @Miafelce got creative with colour in her Victorian terraced home, using B&Q paints to re-work the conservatory and create a cheerful WFH desk space and colourful reading nook.

‘Working as a Changemaker for B&Q, I created two new areas in our conservatory. I did this by zoning with colour, which was really easy to do. I’ve gone for Nautical Charm (Valspar V700) for a calm, relaxed look. The desk space has been painted in Rhubarb and Custard (Valspar V700) a warm pink that adds a cosy touch, and I chose Midsummer Night (Valspar V700) for the reading nook. It’s improved how we use the space tremendously and I’m so happy with how it looks!’

While colour is a brilliant way of brightening up a space, working in a few accent pieces here and there can make the perfect finishing touch. Mia chose the striking Frula chair in shapely rattan (£110, B&Q) to make a statement, teamed with the Mali matt oak desk (£110, B&Q).

Get the perfect match

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Colour blocking is all about enlivening surfaces with contrasting tones, whether bold colours, subtle neutrals or calm soothing shades. You can colour block pretty much any surface you please, from walls and ceilings to furniture and floors. Go for a tropical mood with Valspar’s Fresh Artichoke paired with Flamboyant Flamingo, or cocoon yourself with a combo of Warm Nutmeg and Terra Cotta Blush.

Find the right colour combination with B&Q’s wall and ceiling paint range, with thousands of different colours to choose from, you’re guaranteed a perfect match. Or why not use the Valspar paint mixing service at B&Q to create the colour that’s right for you.

Give panelling a modern twist

Give panelling a modern twist

Timber wall panelling has a timeless appeal that will bring character to just about any space. Although it’s been around for centuries, wall panelling is more popular than ever right now, with new timbers, smart colour treatments and easy-to-install DIY options that make fitting it at home a breeze.

Think about practicalities

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As an easy way of giving featureless rooms a facelift, timber wall panelling is a brilliant option for new builds or rooms lacking in architectural details. Panelling is also a great way of covering up uneven walls, bumpy plaster and unsightly pipework, as well as providing extra insulation in chilly spaces. Paint your panelling in on-trend green – we love GoodHome Durable Kilkenny matt emulsion (£17 for 2.5l, B&Q).

To find the colour that’s perfect for your space, why not try the Valspar paint mixing service at B&Q. So whether you’re inspired by your favourite T-shirt, a record sleeve, or a stylish piece of furniture you can choose from over 2 million colours, mixed to find your perfect match.*

Set the scene

B&Q is working with a team of Changemakers to transform one of the spaces in their home, using B&Q’s incredible range of interior products. B&Q is inspiring the nation to pick up their brushes and create the change they’ve always dreamed of in their homes.

For Sarah from @peas.in.my.pod, panelling the hallway of her home has transformed the once-plain space and given it bags more character. ‘I revamped my boring hallway by adding mid-height panelling on the walls and painting the floor. Gentle Shadows (Valspar V700) gives it a warm, relaxed feel that is perfect for calming a busy hallway.’

‘I wanted the lighting to feel quite luxe but low-key, so chose the glam GoodHome Dacite Pendant ceiling light (£30, B&Q) teamed with the Harbour Studio Iris ribbed matt grey table lamp (£40, B&Q) set on the hallway console. I worked as a B&Q Changemaker to bring the scheme together, and I’m so pleased with how it turned out, it was really simple to do myself.’

Work in some wood

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Wood-toned flooring is the perfect choice to complement wall panelling, with its warm tones that will work in any scheme. Create calm in a busy zone with pale oak planks in a soft-sheen finish or go traditional in a hallway with classic herringbone. From solid timber and engineered wood to practical laminate, B&Q has a flooring that’s a natural fit.

*Colour matching service provided by Valspar®. B&Q are unable to scan anything that’s too shiny, doesn’t provide a solid enough colour to match or is smaller than 1 inch sq 

Zone your space with colour and give problem areas a new lease of life

Zone your space with colour and give problem areas a new lease of life

While large rooms and open-plan spaces are the dream, they can be a challenge to pull off in terms of how they function and giving them a cohesive look. Creating different zones for different activities can be the key to making open-plan spaces work successfully and is easily achieved.

Create a break-out zone

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Colour is one of the easiest ways to zone a space, with no upheaval or re-building work required. Perfect for renters or novice DIYers, all that’s needed is a pot of paint, roll of wallpaper or a simple change of flooring. Try creating a ‘break-out’ area with a colourful painted panel or feature wallpaper to act as a visual divide. It can make the perfect spot for a study space or a cosy snug in an open-plan living area, and the GoodHome Yarra wall light pendant light, £22, is perfect for adding accent lighting.

Make a colourful focal point

B&Q is working with a team of Changemakers to transform one of the spaces in their home, using B&Q’s incredible range of interior products. B&Q is inspiring the nation to pick up their brushes and create the change they’ve always dreamed of in their homes.

Talented @thepajaamahub created a renter-friendly bedroom area by designing her own colourful headboard. ‘Working as a Changemaker for B&Q was so exciting. I created a cosy area in my guest bedroom by using brightly coloured wallpaper and MDF to make a headboard – a great idea for renters like myself. I’m so pleased with it.’

With the colourful headboard, covered in the GoodHome Nivosa Teal Concrete Effect wallpaper (£18, B&Q), as a focal point, @thepajaamahub has layered up the bed with bright bedding and colourful cushions for a fun look. She chose Salem floral cushions (£10, B&Q), Tiga plain red cushion (£10, B&Q) and the Klama plain green cushion (£8, B&Q) for a relaxed mix-and-match style. Finally, bringing in a statement rug will add colour and warmth to your space.

Focus on flooring

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A change of flooring can help create a visual break in an open-plan space. Try mixing wooden flooring and tiling, with contrast colours and wood grains or a change from wood to tiles to separate the kitchen from a living area. Rugs are an easy option too – bringing in a large rug will act as an anchor point in a seating area. To make choosing flooring easy, you can now order sample flooring online at B&Q and use their in-store and online pack calculator to find out how much you’ll need.

There’s no better way to finish off a space than with a striking light. We love the designer-style GoodHome Monzoni pendant ceiling light, £60, B&Q.