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Statement Cloakrooms and Winter Patios

Here at jmm PR, we have been scouring the internet for our favourite articles of the week.

This week brings inspiration on how to transform your cloakroom with statement wallpaper as well as patio ideas for the winter.

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These Three Rooms – Cloakroom wallpaper: Create a real statement in your downstairs WC

With the festive season fast approaching, our homes will likely be experiencing an influx of visitors during the remainder of 2021. Now is the perfect time to revamp the areas of our homes that are likely to be used a lot over the coming months, and why not start by giving your downstairs cloakroom a makeover?

In this article, These Three Rooms explains how to use printed wallpaper to transform your downstairs toilet, as well as providing some stunning inspiration to help get our creative juices flowing! According to the article, your cloakroom “doesn’t have to match the rest of your house. You can go for clashing colours, mishmash patterns and completely different styles.” If you tend to play it safe with your interior design, testing out a new style in the cloakroom is a great way to experiment and, as the space is small, it can be updated easily and is far more cost effective than redecorating a larger room in the home.

The first tip that stood out to us in the article is to match your sink to your wallpaper, enabling the sanitaryware to blend in and the wallpaper to take centre stage. The article also suggests wallpapering your ceiling (we’re undecided about this idea!), which can help to create a cocooned effect in your space. When it comes to colour, there are advantages and disadvantages to making a statement with dark colours in the cloakroom. While dark wallpaper can help to create a cosy atmosphere, it should only really be considered in rooms with lots of natural light, to prevent your space looking too dark. A great way to experiment with printed wallpaper in a subtle way is to opt for a style in muted, toned-down colours, such as beige, grey or off white.

Our favourite idea in the article, and a great tip for anyone looking for a more understated look, is to just wallpaper the top half of your wall, while pairing it with some wall panelling below. This looks particularly stylish when the panelling is painted to match the wallpaper, like in the stunning example pictured above.

Are you daring enough to revamp your cloakroom with printed wallpaper? To read more ideas from These Three Rooms, check out the article and don’t forget to let us know which style is your favourite!

Image: Moda Furnishings

Gardeningetc – Winter patio ideas: 11 ways to make the most of your backyard in cooler weather

Now that the weather is getting colder, many of us are retreating indoors for our social gatherings. But, if done right, your patio space can still be a great place for socialising, even in the winter months! This is why we loved this article by Gardeningetc, which has some creative ideas for prepping your patio for a winter get-together.

One suggestion by Gardeningetc is to give your patio a festive touch by decorating it with pretty lights. Anything from festoon and fairy lights to tea lights and candles will really give your outdoor space a wintery feel. You can also buy light-up woven creatures, which will further enhance the cosy atmosphere, while also ensuring you have enough light now that the days are getting shorter. You can even hang up a wreath to really bring out the Christmas vibes!

Just because it’s nearly winter, doesn’t mean you and your guests need to put up with the cold. Add some throws or sheepskins to your outdoor seating and with the addition of an outdoor heater, firepit, chimenea or stove, your guests will be feeling nice and cosy in no time!

Warm tones are often used for autumn, but they’re also effective at bringing a snug vibe to your space. If the weather is too brisk, then you can always bring in the impression of a warmer environment with colours such as burnt orange and red.

If you’re looking to keep up with the latest trends, opting for a Scandi look is perfect for keeping your outdoor area looking trendy and in-style. Keep the neutral tones from looking boring by partnering them up with some natural textures, lanterns and outdoor elements such as pinecones and foliage. If you’re looking to add some potted plants that will survive the winter months, ornamental grasses are perfect for adding that green touch and are hardy enough to survive cold weather.

Image: Julia Currie

And if you don’t fancy braving the winter weather, Gardeningetc has recommended even turning your greenhouse into a seating area instead. This is even better if your greenhouse has mains power as you could bring in an electric stove to really make you feel more comfortable.

What was your favourite tip for a winter patio? Let us know if the comments! And don’t forget to check whether your furniture can be left outside or not, fabrics, uncoated steel, iron and natural rattan are best brought inside once you’re done using them.


Jess and Steph at jmm PR

22nd October 2021


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