Why are Home Fragrances Important to Every Home?

l_GingerandLime250LR-500x500Everyone will know the famous quote “There’s no place like home.” – We agree there isn’t.

Is there a better feeling than walking through your front door after being away from home for the past few weeks, months or even years? It finally hits you that you are home when you finally get the lovely scent of your house, which you don’t normally notice every day.

The sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than any of the other 4 senses, so obviously it plays a big part in how we think and ultimately how we feel. Many won’t be aware that certain essences can positively affect your mood.

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Our thoughts on the Homes & Gardens Fabric & Wallpaper Awards 2014

Homes & Gardens Fabric Awards 2014: Winning style

  Home & Gardens fabric awards 2014

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How to decorate a dark room

Decorate a dark room

We all have that room in our homes that we simply can’t get right, no matter what you do, it always ends up too dark. Well here are some tips to help you change this awkward room into your favourite place in your home.

Brighten your base

If you have a dark room that lacks light, the last thing you want to do is to paint the walls in a deep rich colour, keep things soft and light. We are not suggesting you paint the walls bright yellow or keep them completely white, but why not try a soft blue, or pastel grey. For example The Little Greene Paint Company has an extensive range of colours, some nice ideas would be Clear Sky, a very light and uplifting blue or Pearl Mid a very soft blue/grey.

If paint is not enough for you and you wish to use wallpaper the same principles apply. Keep it light and soft, nothing too dark. However you have one more option with wallpaper, try some light reflecting metallic wallpaper. You can go as bold as Zoffany’s Spark wallpaper or you could go for something slightly more subtle like Larsen’s Wintertree II. These two examples are entirely metallic and if that is not your thing why not just try a design with elements of light reflection, for example Oleander wallpaper from GP & J Baker. Wallpapers like these don’t just look stunning, they also reflect what little light there is in an otherwise dark room.

Woodwork is another thing to think about, you want to keep the woodwork as light as possible. A great colour for this would be The Little Greene Company’s Shirting. It is light enough that it is effective but it is also not a brilliant white. This colour can be used on doors, ceilings, bookcases and even stairs. If it is your hallway that is too dark, then why not paint the stairs, banister etc in this and have a narrow runner. This means you will still see the woodwork on the stairs and it will brighten up your whole hallway.

Don’t Block the light

In dark spaces, every bit of natural light available is precious, so don’t block your window with a heavy pair of curtains or pelmet. Set your curtains slightly wider than the window so they still dress the window beautifully, but they let as much light in as possible. If you really want to keep all of the natural light, instead of curtains, why not try some voiles. For example, Harlequin have a beautiful collection of Tranquil Voiles, the wide colour options mean there should be at least one that fits perfectly with your colour scheme. If you prefer something a little more neutral, try G P & J Baker’s Ferns Sheer or Wemyss collection of sheers. Voiles are not everyone’s cup of tea, but in recent years they have had a facelift and become increasingly popular, especially in more contemporary settings.


Mirrors: Mirrors are a great way to duplicate the amount of light in a room. Ideally we want to bring in as much natural light as possible so why not try placing a mirror on a wall opposite a window. This will reflect the natural light and brighten up your room instantly. Mirrors in general are great anywhere, they can make a fantastic statement piece or they can be a beautiful finishing touch, plus mirrors & lamps together can do magical things, as you will find out.

Lamps: Though overhead lighting is great for lighting up your dark room, table lamps and floor lamps give off such a beautiful light it would be a crime not to use them! If you are thinking ‘Yes, but doesn’t the lampshade block a lot of the light?’, well we say why not try a half shade? Not only do they look amazing, it means you can have your lamp closer to the wall, thus creating more space. Now here is the magic, putting a half shade lamp on a console in front of a mirror means that mirror can reflect even more light, and so brightening your room instantly without the need of any more lamps! (we told you it was magic)

Furniture: Regarding furniture you want to keep simple lines, a glass coffee table is a great example, it add soft fluidity to the room rather than creating a block which would, subsequently, bring the room in.


So, now you have your beautiful walls, curtains, mirrors & lamps please don’t clutter up your room. Placement is very important, for example, if you have a sofa and two armchairs, don’t put the sofa in front of the window, put the armchairs there, they are smaller and will allow more light through. They will also frame the window beautifully, don’ be scared to place these armchairs in front of double doors either.  Another important placement that we have touched on already is mirrors. Make sure they are somewhere that will reflect natural or artificial light, this will give them a dual purpose and brighten up your room & add character. Likewise with lamps, put them in places that need the most light, putting a lamp in front of a window is pointless, if you need a decorative item there, why not try a lantern or candle holder. The options are endless.

Now you know what to do, get decorating! We would love to see a picture of what you have come up with so share your photos on Facebook & twitter and tag us! @no77interiors, No 77 Interiors.

Can’t wait to see your creations!

No77 Interiors Team x



decorate a dark room

Summer Palette

Summer Palette 2014

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Summer is here and here at No77 Interiors we have put together a scheme that will transform your room into a summertime haven!


The new collection from Romo Black Edition will certainly put a spring in your step, designed by the wonderful artist Jessica Zoob. Her designs are colourful, yet subtle & soft. To compliment these wallpapers & fabrics Romo has brought out a range of cushions to match the designs. So, we have chosen the beautiful wallpaper, Pleasure Garden, to start off our summer palette.


To compliment the soft blue tones in the fabric we have paired it with Little Greene Gauze paint. We, at No77 Interiors, love Little Greene paints, not only do they give great coverage but offer a wide range of colours, so whether you are in a neutral mood or feeling more bold


Now with our walls sorted, lets move onto the soft furnishings. Firstly, we wanted to keep the upholstery quite plain, so not to distract from the beautiful wallpaper, so we have gone for a greyish blue fabric from Sahco to match the paint. We love this fabric because it has reflective qualities to it, which reflects the light beautifully.  To tie in the wallpaper we have added one of Jessica Zoob’s cushions, which are available in cotton an velvet.


And now for the finishing touches: we want to keep everything light and soft so we have gone for painted white accessories such as the BASS Blanc D’ivoire wall lamp with an ecru linen half shade. The painted finish to these accessories helps to soften them and makes them blend into the room’s palette.  We’ve also added some Blanc D’ivoire tableware for decoration.

Then why not bring in a Jacaranda Simla rug, the soft pile and silk-like sheen will add comfort and class.

Jacaranda Simla Rug

Finally, to finish off add a Dr Vranjes Green Flowers diffuser infused with natural green tea, flowers of ylang ylang, jasmine, mimosa and narcissus to enhance that element of summer in your home.

It is really as easy as that, so now it is your turn! If you want to share your Spring/Summer Palette with us or add anything to ours then you can find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Or alternatively email us and we will proudly post your schemes!

Five tips to decorate your home for winter

Winter, a time to wrap up warm, the season of Christmas & snow. The last thing you want to do is come home to a cold, cool feeling house. So we’ve come up with a few simple tips to help you achieve a stylish but cosy home throughout the winter months. Read more

How to make a small room look bigger?

Following a recent trip to the South of France I noticed an interesting commonality in the traditional French style; small rooms, large pattern. Although the choice of pattern design on the walls is often somewhat dated in these traditional French chateaus and apartments, the concept was spot on.  It confirms my view that large, flamboyant patterns are at their best in small spaces. They add character and charm to what would otherwise be a dull, uninspiring ‘box’ of a room.  Often these small spaces are infrequently used (unlike a sitting room or kitchen) so it’s your chance to really go to town and release those guilty pleasures! Read more