Indoor/Outdoor Living by Hannah Austin

Now the beautiful weather has arrived (long may it last!) the opportunity to spend more time outdoors is here. At Abode, we thought it was the perfect time to look into more concepts for indoor/outdoor living and how to make it a seamless transition from one to the other.

When the weather is good the garden can become another room to your house. Not just a place to potter at the weekends, but a fully functioning and equipped space to extend your family life.  

Architects and designers can help you to create spaces that blur the boundaries between the inside and out, so you can make the most of the outside space and the glorious weather.

Here are five ways in which we can help you achieve this lifestyle:

Take out a wall

It seems dramatic but opening up the back wall of your house to the garden can be an easy thing to do and has a dramatic effect. Whether it is your kitchen, lounge or dining room, introducing a wall of sliding doors or bi-folds can make the boundary between garden and living space disappear completely. Not only will it shower your home with light, but a seamless and level threshold will create a smooth transition, so a single rom is created inside and out.  

BK-David-Still-Kitchen-with-open-wall-1.jpg

Increase your light levels

We are always going on about this at Abode, but natural daylight is the answer to bringing an open feel to your home. A fully glazed roof, skylights and more windows and doors helps to create space. It also enhances our mood and allows us to absorb and enjoy as much of the sunlight and fresh air as possible.

velux_windows_01.jpg

Convert outdoor spaces

Do you have an outbuilding ripe for conversion or space for a garden room? This is another great option for creating more living space outside of your home, for a tranquil retreat, a workspace or a space for entertaining.

Garden-Room-Bespoke.jpg

Using multi-use furniture

Simply by using furniture inside and out can create an extension of your home and flexibility for both family life and social occasions.

Having weather proof seating, dining table and chairs with a smattering of rugs, cushions and outdoor lighting can create an enriched space to allow you to make the most of your garden.

86ffa7f2618b81fa1c000b6b8a8d1762.jpg

Bring the outdoors in

If you don’t have the space or budget to convert existing spaces why not bring the outdoors in! Fill your home with earthy tones, foliage-print fabric, plenty of plants and fresh flowers and as much daylight as possible by having simple window treatments.

91LUvAiCKgL._SY450_.jpg

If you would like to create a room that blurs the boundaries, extends your space or lets the outside in, get in touch with us at Abode on 07775 764867 or at teamabode@outlook.com.

The first visit to chat through ideas is completely free!

Colour trends of 2018 so far by Hannah Austin

As we are three months into 2018 we thought we would look into how the colour trends for 2018 are unravelling and with nine months still to go there is still plenty of time to transform your rooms into the latest trends.

So which colours are making an appearance so far this year and hanging around to stay!

Sage green

This shade of green with a touch of grey is proving a hit so far in 2018 due to its subtle colour that is muted but far from dull. It is perfect teamed with creams and woods.

Sage.png

Marigold yellow

This retro colour is having a comeback. After our obsession with mustard this slightly brighter yellow helps the sunshine to arrive even on cold winter days.

Marigold.png

It also works really well as a stand out piece of furniture in a darker shaded room.

Marigold 2.png

Ultra violet

Pantones colour for 2018 this dramatic and evocative shade is a brave step to take but one that can really pay off!

violet.png

Caliente

This strong vibrant red is appealing to fiery, powerful people! But is best contained to active areas in the house rather than spaces to relax and unwind.

caliente.png

Oceanside

This beautiful rich blue is bringing a sense of adventure and wonder into our homes and can make the smallest of spaces feel rich and wonderful.

oceanside.png

Blush pink

Neutrals are stepping aside and making way for muted pastels, especially gentle pinks which are a beautiful addition to bedrooms.

Blush pink.png

Black chiffon

Black built in furniture is appearing all over as a statement masculine addition to a room. With equally bold accessories and good lighting this striking look can be a deep and cosy corner to a home, especially when teemed with rich lustre woods.

Black chiffon.png

Whatever colours tickle your fancy there is a shade to suit all styles and rooms. If you would like to update any of your rooms with a new colour or style get in touch with Hannah at Abode on 07775 764867 or at teamabode@outlook.com for a free home visit to discuss designs for your room.

The Art of Geometric Design by Hannah Austin

Whether its flooring, lighting or tiles, geometric patterns have been adding an edge to design within a home for years, and the trend is not dying. And at Abode we love it! But as well as the beauty of the more superficial patterns of design, there is a deeper level of science and mathematics within the geometry of the spaces designed.

Geometry is the fundamental science of forms and their order and geometry in architecture and interior design can give your space an edge. It has the power to create harmony and proportion………..But what exactly is it?

The ancient Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius was the first to write down some rules about architecture and the first to write down the proportions for how structures should be constructed.

The images of the Vitruvian Man shown here represents the proportions of a human being. The circles, squares, and elipses that surround the figures are Vitruvian calculations of man's physical geometry.

 

vitruvian man.jpg

Geometry is everywhere in nature. Our cells reveal an ordered system of shapes and pattern. Leaves, seeds and flowers share the same spiral shapes. Honeybees and other insects live in structures that mimic patterns and the swirl of shells and the surface waves in the sea all reflect the same principles.

 

shell.jpg
honeycomb.jpg

From the pyraminds in Egypt to the new World Trade Center Tower in New York, great architecture uses the same essential building blocks as your body and all living things. Geometry also plays a key role in interior design for determining proportions and placement of objects that are aesthetically pleasing.

Many designers are guided by what is known as the "golden ratio." This mathematical ratio describes the ideal proportions of a room or building in terms of approximately 60/40. In the field of interior design, the golden ratio principle can relate to the placement of objects or influence the use of colour in the room's palette:

 60 percent neutral colours

30 percent darker furniture

10 percent warmer colours including 5 percent bright accents and a touch of cooler tones.

golden ratio.png

Strong geometric elements and repetitive patterns are also thought to have a calming effect by introducing regularity and order.

Here are some ways to use them:

Geometric wallpaper can add a sense of drama to a room

Geo wallpaper.jpg

If you wanted less of a statement go for more neutral walls and have geometric curtains

geo curtains.jpg

 

Ever popular geometric style tiles can have a big impact in a bathroom or kitchen, whether whole walls or floors are tiled or just sections.

geo bathroom.jpg

Or alternatively just use a hint of it through lighting or soft furnishings.

geo cushion.jpg
geo light.jpg

If you want to add a sense of order and harmony to your home give us a call on 07775 764867 or email us at teamabode@outlook.com.

 

 

 

The importance of natural light by Hannah Austin

Natural light is one of the key features that people look for in a home. It can make a space feel larger, lighter, brighter and more welcoming. It is seen as such an important feature that the Royal Institute of British Architects launched a campaign called Homewise that calls for a minimum standard of space and light within buildings.

But did you know that natural light has many benefits on your life including the following:

1.    Your health and well-being

Natural light is important for our immune system, it stimulates the body to produce vitamin D, helps us have healthier bones, regulates our circadian rhythm – the daily cycle of activity and sleep - and helps to stimulate positive moods. We also know that light is antibacterial and it makes us feel good. It encourages us to get outside and enjoy the fresh air.

2.    Eco credentials

Environmentally friendly designers put a lot of thought into how many windows a home should have and where they are placed. Maximising the amount of natural light that enters your home reduces the amount of energy you need to use to run the house. You don’t need to put as many lights on and it allows the sun to warm your rooms, reducing the need to use energy to do these things.

3.    Natural sunlight is economical

By allowing windows to let as much natural sunlight into your home as possible you can also save money and reduce your utility bills. If you design your home so that the rooms you use the most during the day receive the maximum light possible, you won’t have to flip your light switch until the sun sets. You will also be able to lower the thermostat by taking advantage of the solar heat.

 

outdoor-doors-patioum-sliding-ny-suppliers-replacement.jpg

If you want to introduce more natural daylight into your home you can add new windows and skylights, have glass sliding doors or bi-folds to create a wall of daylight and convert solid doors to glazed doors.

velux_windows_01.jpg

You can also introduce lighter colours to your walls to make dark spaces feel lighter and brighter as it reflects natural light rather than absorbing it, like darker colours do. Go for off-whites rather than brilliant whites as these can make a room feel cold. You can also paint the ceiling a couple of shades lighter than the walls to create the illusion of height and space.

 

Bright-Living-Room-Lighting-Ideas.jpg

Going glossy on kitchen and bathroom surfaces can help to reflect the natural light around a room and using metallic, glass or mirrored accessorises can help to diffuse light and make the most of the light available.

Fusion Blue.jpg

Floors can also be transformed to provide light reflecting qualities. Wood, ceramic or stone floors with a polished effect help to bounce light around a space much more than carpets. But if you do prefer carpets choosing light colours helps to open up the space.

 

If you have a dark space that you want transformed or you want to increase the brightness throughout your home get in touch with Abode at 07775 764867 or at teamabode@outlook.com and we can come and help to increase the light in your home so you can feel the benefits!

 

Small is beautiful by Hannah Austin

The more confined the space the more constructive and challenging the task. But don’t be fooled, size does not put limits on design, creativity and beauty!

At Abode we love the challenge of getting the most out of a building or room in someone’s home, regardless of the footprint. The amount of care and thought that is needed in a small space is often reflected in the final outcome where spaces can be flexible, bespoke and refined.

If you decide to downsize your life or if you want to live free of a large mortgage, it doesn’t have to be about sacrifice, if you have thoughtful, innovative design.

The ultimate test is to turn a small space into a comfortable living space that delivers what the family needs. And this is where the skills of an architect come to the fore, as they can provide innovative ways to make a small home amazingly well equipped.

The real luxury is in the details and this is where a small, yet well-designed home can have a big advantage. The benefit of compact living is that there is little wasted space, where you can get creative and keep the budget low on the overall build, which allows you to invest in small touches of luxury throughout.

Interiors………

There are also many tricks that can be employed from an interiors perspective to make a smaller space seem large.

Floor to ceiling, multi-aspect windows, that let in plenty of natural light and an open floor plan allows the home to feel and look spacious.

A strong sense of indoor/outdoor flow also allows spaces to be expanded into the garden, when the weather permits! to make the house feel larger than it physically is.

Using neutral, natural hues helps to reflect light to help a space appear bigger and a minimalist approach to furniture and décor helps to create a clutter free effect. Storage, storage, storage helps to make use of every square inch and mirrors are a well-known trick to increase the size of a space.

If you would like to have your small space redesigned to work better for you and your family get in touch with Abode at www.teamabode.co.uk, teamabode@outlook.com or on 07775 764867.