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Mixing the old with the new – vintage vs. modern

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Take a look around your house – would you say your style was more vintage or contemporary? Do you love to sit back and admire the psychedelic brightly coloured walls and accessories in your home? Or do the neutral palettes bring a sense of calm and tranquillity? Today we’re going to look in more detail at both the vintage and modern styles and show you how you can incorporate them into your home.


Retro kitchen
In a feature on adding the 70s vibe into your home, channel4.com recommends investing in a kitchen sideboard. It can be used to display ornaments and doubles up as extra storage. Check out the warm toned yellow and brown wallpaper – it screams retro.


Contemporary kitchen
In stark contrast to the kitchen above, this sleek contemporary kitchen from lovehome.co.uk brings a minimalistic vibe. The crisp, clean white walls and units look almost sterile while the addition of the ultra-glossy black worktop rounds off the modern look. We’d be scared to make a mess in this kitchen.


Vintage floral living room
Although claiming this to be a modern trend, we’re not sure we fully agree with pippajamesoninteriors.co.uk. The prettily patterned headboard harks back to the 60s and 70s flower-power era. The shocking pink armchair and red floral cushion remind us of the Austin Powers film. The sleek glass side table does however bring a touch of the contemporary to the mix.


Modern living room
It would appear that grey is the new black in this swanky living room from housetohome.co.uk. We love the colour combination of the interlocking cupboards – it works as a great focal feature. The two tiered coffee table is a brilliant idea – as the top tier is made of glass, when moved directly above the bottom table, it looks as though it is just one piece of furniture. Having the ability to pull it out to create extra storage would be great for parties. You’d have to be careful about red wine spillages though on that white floor.

So now you’ve seen them, what do you think? Are you more of a retro vintage person or does your home look like it has come straight out of the pages of a glossy magazine?

Here at Econoloft, we tailor all of our designs to meet your exact specifications. So it doesn’t matter whether you prefer bright colours and psychedelic patterns or the more modern looking neutral shades.

Take a look at our gallery for plenty of design inspiration. Our client testimonials show just what a great company we are.

For more information or to book your FREE estimate, contact Econoloft on FREEPHONE 0800269765 or fill in a call back form and we will contact you when it’s convenient.

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29.08.2013 No Comments

Five ways to instantly refresh an outdated bedroom

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At Econoloft we just love to give you tips and advice about interior design.

Today, we’re looking at bedrooms. If yours still looks the same as it did 10 years ago, it’s probably in need of a makeover.

We know that budgets can be tight, so we’ve come up with five easy ways to instantly refresh an outdated bedroom, without having to spend a fortune.

1. Choose a Unique Wallpaper Design

If you still have the same paint on your walls or wallpaper for over five years, we think it’s time to update your walls, making it a feature for your room.

This gorgeous purple and green butterfly wallpaper, one of our pins on Pinterest, would look great as a feature wall. What we love most is that the butterflies actually look as if they’re fluttering on the wall. This is 3D wallpaper at its best.

2. Swap Curtains for Blinds

Whilst curtains can create warmth and cosiness to a room, if your bedroom is in need of a more modern look, create a sleeker finish with professional and stylish blinds.

The double layering of these Roman blinds makes the window look well-dressed. The matching cushions and other pink accessories help to tie them in with the rest of the room.

3. Choose a Statement Bed for a Smaller Room

If you have a small bedroom, you may not have much room to play around with. So, why not make an impression with an eye-catching statement bed?

The cast iron frame of this bed, seen on housetohome.co.uk really stands out against the pale backdrop of the walls. The wooden chest makes great storage space and provides extra seating room too, and adds a vintage feel.

4. Invest in Luxury Bed Linen

If you haven’t redecorated in a while, there’s a good chance you’ve also got old fashioned bed linen. But you don’t need to change your whole room’s design – you can easily update your bedroom by splashing out on some fancy bed linen with a matching throw. Silks and faux fur can make a bedroom look really special.

This luxurious quilted golden throw adds a touch of glamour and sophistication to the bedroom. The yellow and golden tones are picked out in the headboard and cushions to complement the whole room, which would otherwise be rather simple and bare.

5. Wooden Floors for a Contemporary Look

Does you carpet look all worn out? Has it gathered plenty of stains over the years, which no amount of carpet cleaner will remove? Although this can be a pricey option, installing laminate flooring will instantly refresh your bedroom into a more modern one. If you are concerned about it feeling uncomfortable, add a rug to add a bit of warmth to the room.

The dark mahogany flooring in this bedroom from bhg.com really complements the furniture and makes the room look sleek and polished.

If you’ve always dreamed of having a bedroom that looks exactly like those found in ultra-glossy magazines, now’s your chance!

Making small changes can really overhaul your outdated bedroom.

If you’re in need of an extra bedroom in your house, you could always consider converting your loft.

At Econoloft, we know there’s no such thing as a typical loft conversion, although master bedrooms and en-suites are still the most popular among our clients.

Take a look at some of our previous work and see what inspires you!

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12.02.2013 No Comments