Why Choose a Designer Paint?

Why Choose a Designer Paint?

No home renovation project can be without a touch of paint. We might decide to keep the same furniture, carpet or curtains, but when it comes to refreshing our home it most definitely entails freshly painted walls. So I think it’s time to talk all things paint!

Most of us recognize that the least expensive way to give our home a makeover is to paint it. To pick a new colour isn’t that difficult these days as there are so many companies offering digital and manual tools to help us. Go to any DIY shop and you will be overwhelmed by the choice and inspired. So why pick a designer paint and pay more when you can pay less?

Read More

Gougane Barra Hotel's Reception: Before + After

Gougane Barra Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel resting by the side of Gougane Barra Lake and Small Church, the most peaceful place on Earth. The hotel was built in 1936 and has retained most of the original features which adds to the character of the building.

Strangely enough the renovation of the hotel didn’t start from the reception area. First we tackled the bedrooms, then the lounge and the sitting room, and this year we’ve decided to breathe the new lease of life to the entrance room.  This sequence helped us to develop the individual style and character of the hotel so by the time we got to the ‘face’ of the house, we already knew how we wanted it to look.  Hotel owners Katy and Neil have they own style that is unique and very colourful, so our task was to make all the colours work together.

The tiles in the reception area are the original tiles so we had to integrate them in our design. The rust colour came to live once we’d introduced bright colours like turquoise, red and orange. The inspiration for this design was roman blinds’ fabric Samba Charcoal from Jane Churchill. Its rich tones set the palette for the rest of the room. We’ve picked intensive Petrol colour from Colortrend for the front door and chose same colour fabrics for the upholstery of chairs. If you’re looking to reupholster your old furniture but have a limited budged, just mix and match fabrics. Typically plain fabrics are less expensive so use a little bit of design but pick matching plains to do arms, back or seat. It’s a great money saving trick!

This is still an ongoing project so watch the space for more posts from the beautiful Gougane Barra!


Getting your curtains custom made has a lot of advantages. One of them is that you can simply design your own and have something truly unique! If you are a fan of plain fabrics but don't want to be boring, then banding your curtains with a splash of colour will breathe life into your room. Using the same fabric on the band as on the cushion can bring your scheme together. If it is a stripy fabric then you can have fun by turning it sideways as stripes will hide a joining. For more luxurious drapes mix textures like jacquard and silk. Don't forget children's bedrooms because there you can experiment and have fun! Children won't mind you being more playful and less serious :)

We always try to help our customers to express themselves. There are few design rules when deciding on a proportion of the banding but otherwise we welcome anything out of the ordinary and unique.