Stylish Stripes, Upstairs Hallways and Red Kitchens

Just like that, we are reaching the end of October! We’ll be sad to say goodbye to pumpkins and other autumnal décor, however we’re excited for our social feeds to become Christmassy (and we know we won’t have to wait long with lots of people going early with the decs!).

As always, we have kept up-to-date on the latest homes and interiors news throughout October and it’s now time for the round-up of the most inspirational articles that we’ve read throughout the month. Our write-up includes articles from Good Homes, Livingetc and These Three Rooms… Keep reading to find out more!

Image: OKA

Good Homes – How to decorate with stripes

Stripes are a wonderful pattern, however they aren’t usually our first thought when it comes to planning a new interior design. That’s why we loved reading this article by Good Homes as it made us think beyond our go-to patterns, which are mostly floral based. In the article, Good Homes shares tips from Sue Jones, interiors expert and co-founder of British furniture and homeware brand OKA. The advice includes creating a striking focal point with a stripy statement piece such as an armchair, choosing colours that won’t date and being cautious not to let the stripes dominate.

Our favourite tip from the article is about using stripes to make a small space feel bigger. Sue says: “If you want a room with low ceilings to feel taller, use vertical stripes, while horizontal ones are best for making a narrow room appear wider. The rule of thumb here is to make sure the stripes are facing in the direction you want to enhance.”

Do you have stripes anywhere in your home? We’d love to know how you use the pattern, let us know in the comments!

Image: Gieves Anderson (design by Frederick Tang Architecture)

Livingetc – ‘You’re missing a trick’ – 5 ways experts make that empty space in your upstairs hallway look beautiful

The upstairs hallway can be a tricky place to design and is often left bare. If you would like to give your upstairs hallway a makeover and you’re in need of some inspiration, then look no further than Livingetc. In the article, Livingetc speaks to design experts and lists five ideas on how to create a stylish upstairs hallway. The tips include displaying art and photos (particularly if you only have a small space), adding a seat if you have a bit more room, and even creating a wonderful reading nook.

We are big fans of reading nooks here at jmm PR and we love how Livingetc explains that you don’t need much space to create one! All you need is a chair, a small shelf for books and a light source. See the example included in the article below.

Image: Riley Snelling (design by Dubbeldam Architecture + Design)

How have you styled your upstairs hallway? jmm PR’s Tessa has an ottoman, which is a great place to perch and perfect for extra storage too! Hannah has an igloo for her cats to snuggle up in, wall art from Bruges and a beautiful purple and green Wandering Jew plant, which adds a lovely splash of colour to the neutral hallway.

Image: Kitchen Makers – Haddon kitchen in English Red

These Three Rooms – 10 red kitchen designs to inspire your new look

Our final article choice this month is all about red kitchens! The reason for us choosing this article as one of our favourites is because we were unexpectedly surprised about how much we loved the use of red in the kitchen designs. We usually think of softer tones when it comes to kitchen interiors, however the bold red kitchens in this article really caught our eye.

Before showcasing some beautiful examples of red kitchens, These Three Rooms explains the best ways to use the colour. A top tip that we took away from the article is: “Bear in mind that glossy red finishes are best avoided in contemporary kitchens as they can date easily. The common thread of this inspiration gallery is that the designers have used a semi-matt or even a fully matt finish. It is a clever way of toning down and desaturating a bold red shade, and thus making it easier to work with.”

Image: Design by Studio Calon using a Tim Palin Joinery kitchen

Our favourite red look from the article is the ‘burgundy and wine-coloured kitchen’ (pictured above). The burgundy cabinets pair so well with the wall tiles and the various plants really brighten up the space. Look out for the goat in this article too!


Tessa at jmm PR

27th October 2023


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