Going grey in Putney

We’ve recently completed a lovely job in Putney.  So thought we would share a few details to inspire you to take on the colour of the moment.  It’s both moody and chic, it’s grey!

For this project we used a combination of tones. For bedroom walls, Farrow & Ball Cornforth White and for the hallway, Little Greene French Grey 113 on the walls and pale 161 on the banisters.

Over to you

If you’re keen on adopting greys in your home, here are some top tips.


If you’re going bold with your wall colour, keep the rest of the room simple. Don’t over do-it with accessories and overcrodtoo much furniture.


Think about layers using similar tones.  For the bedroom use a mixture of fabrics and layering to acheive a lavish feel.


You can really brighten up tour grey hues with light pastel colours, think of accessorising in a subtle mint green, duck egg and powder blue and baby pink.

Styles to emulate

Go for that Boho look, Industrial or even French –  shades of grey work with most looks. Be bold and give it a go.

More tips on our grey-inspired pinterest board

Rich, warm tones in a Brent home

September is knocking on the door,  so we have some great ideas to keep your home feeling warm and inviting as the temperature cools. Check out this sumptuous project we recently completed in Brent for some bold, warm inspiration.

Rich, warm tones in Brent home

Rich, warm tones in Brent home

Size matters

If you’re thinking about hotting up your home with spicy shades –  think, red, orange and yellows.  Keep in mind the size of your room and the amount of natural light it recieves.  You don’t want to feel overwhelmed in your freshly painted room. If you do have a small room, but still want to add a splash ot warmth, then add some high intesity spalshes with accessories, or balance out a bold feature wall, with paler tones; greys, whites, beiges and taupes.

Take a look at our spicy inspired Pinterest board to get those creative juices flowing.

The vintage explorer – style for winter 2016

One interior trend that’s continuning to pick up momentum is the vintage explorer.   Think Indiana Jones meets Captain Scott, but with some softer touches. Vintage globes, nautucal lamps and suitcases feature heavily in this masculine, yet neutral theme. Entomology and botanical illustrations also help to soften the look.

Keep the room warm and inviting with plain and off white tones, soften with rattan drawers an a wicker waste paper basket.

Top tip to achieve that vintage explorer look

Rummage around the charity shops. Look for vintage maps, travel books, binoculars and cameras to inspire your next excusion.

vintage explorer

If you’re looking for more inspiration, take a look at our Pinterest board

Pattern made easy for you

Here at Pristine Decorating, we love clean, paired back contemporary styling, but we’re not shy of a bit of pattern either. And, we love it when a client throws caution to the wind and asks us to add a bit of pattern into their homes.  

With print, graphics and patterns still definitely on trend, here are some handy hints as to how to introduce a little pattern to your home with traditional and contemporary styles…

Pattern on the walls

Little by little

If you’re a little fearful of going the whole hog –  why not start small?  You could experiment in that box room or even the bathroom where a spot of geometric tiling can soften what is often a cold and austere room. Before you know it, you’ll be hooked and there will be bold designs throughout your home!

Think in themes

Combine patterns with a similar theme or influence, as a shape or motif used throughout a room can tie it all together. Patterns with similar print, colour and influence can really work well together. Vintage styling is a good example of how to do this, but it can be done with any theme. Folk is still a big theme for winter 2016, and that’s another great example of how you can use many patterns on a theme.

Give it some layers

Stong bold colours and patterns aren’t to everyone’s choice. So, if you’re someone that prefers low-key, the best approach is to keep your room scheme consistent through choice of colour, tone or design.

Geometric pattern

If you want pattern, but highly decorative or floral designs aren’t to your liking, look out for contemporary geometric wallpapers.  Geometric patterns offer clean, sleek and modern lines, but can add a pop of colour and pattern.

One wall statement

As an introduction to pattern, why not try just one wall covered in a bold, pattern or print?  You can then add colour and interest with your styling and accessories. To add pattern without going OTT, our tip would be to restrict prints to just one wall and ideally use just two colours.

Take it to the floor

Similarly, if one wall is even a bit much, a patterned floor can look striking. Coordinate walls and tiles to make it unite your room scheme. 

There’s plenty of pattern out there to suit all tastes, but you can always find inspiration on our pinterest boards.