Celebrity designer George Bond offers springtime tips

PUBLISHED: 18:34 12 May 2011 | UPDATED: 19:21 20 February 2013

Furniture items from Herrington Gate

Furniture items from Herrington Gate

This month our celebrity designer, George Bond, from Brandling Park Interior Design in Newcastle, looks at bringing a little springtime into your home

At Brandling Park Interior Design, we are all breathing a sigh of relief that spring is finally here, as are many of our clients who often turn to us looking for ways to greet the season with the zest and freshness it deserves.

You dont need to be an expert or even rely on a big budget to bring springtime into your home; all you need is a touch of creativity.

First off, refresh your home by clearing out all the junk you have been hoarding over the winter months, and store away the rest to create open and airy spaces. It is amazing where you can store things in the home; the cavity of a window seat for example, or upholstered blanket boxes, foot stools and coffee tables with hidden storage. Smart storage solutions do not have to be bland and Ive been sourcing some fantastic handmade pieces from Herrington Gate, in County Durham, recently.

It is easy to create space, even in the smallest of homes, for instance, hanging striped wallpaper creates an illusion of a bigger space, particularly in short hallways. Look at the dimensions of your interior and furnish it with items which are to scale, after all, excess furniture leaves rooms looking over-crowded.

Make the most of the longer days and let as much light into your home as you can; nothing compares to the warmth created when natural light is thrown into a room. Windows are often neglected during harsh winter months, but its amazing what difference sparkly windows make to a room. Brighten up small spaces and hallways by strategically positioning mirrors to bounce the light around the room. This can brighten up dark corners and generally create a lovely sense of spaciousness.

At Brandling Park Interior Design we advise our clients to use neutral colours as the basis for their interiors. In this way, your home can be seasonally tweaked by simply adding touches of colour. Spring is a time of new life, when flowering plants come into bloom and new buds open on trees which have lain bare for months.

Bring the outdoors into your home by adding spring colours into your decor. Natural greens and sunshine yellows celebrate the feeling of new life brought about by spring and add vibrancy to the darkest of rooms. Merely incorporating fresh flowers and foliage into your interior will bring a fresh vitality to your home for an outlay of just a few pounds.

Likewise, the next few months provide us with a perfect excuse to extend our interior design philosophy to flow outdoors to create an additional family living or entertaining area. During the next few months, the outdoors will be the focal point of many activities, whether it be alfresco meals or lazy Sundays lounging outside with family and friends.

The garden or outdoor area need not be high maintenance, just a few well placed plants and pots of herbs and some stylish garden furniture and cushions is suffice to create a hugely versatile area which all the family can enjoy.

George Bond is the National Director for the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. George is director and founder of Brandling Park Interior Design Ltd, based in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne. As well as sending sample cuttings to clients houses and providing advice, Brandling Park Interior Design is able to supply fabrics and wall coverings directly from nationally and internationally renowned designers. For further information visit www.georgebond.tv or call 0191 281 7799.

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