10 ways to introduce colour at home..

Struggle to commit to one colour? Feel nervous about painting an entire room in one bold shade? We understand. Here are 10 brilliantly simple (and reversible) ways to introduce colour at home..

Painted kitchen cupboard doors a great way to have colour at home

Who says you have to stick to one colour? We love the bright colours used to paint the kitchen cupboards in this Australian kitchen. The grey boarder ties all the colours together harmoniously a great way to introduce colour at home.

Bold and colourful geometric shape adds colour to your home

Painting a crisp geometric shape in an old industrial building is a great way to highlight the existing features and introduce a bit of colour and movement to a big space.

Half a side table in the hallway adds bright colour to your home

If the idea of painting a giant geometric shape in your living room or going to town with  a paint brush on your kitchen cupboards gives you heart palpitations try embracing colour on a small scale. Take an unloved side table and slice it in half, it should fit neatly into the smallest of hallways. Finish it off with a lick of neon coral paint and enjoy your colour injection.

highlight your favourite architectural details with crisp colourful lines

Highlight the architectural details that you love at home with crisp lines of clashing paint colours.

paint bold geometric shapes across your door and wall

Make your door a feature by incorporating it into a random geometric design.

half painted colourful wall adds colour to your home

It may remind you of school but if done correctly (in the right shade) painting half of your walls looks super stylish. It is the perfect choice for the colour commitment- phobe and allows you to experiment with bolder colours that you would never paint a whole room in.

A muted colour at home palette by Scholten and Baijings

A simple and muted colour palette such as the Scholten & Baijings pastel hues can be embraced by even the most colour shy. Add a pop of colour to your coat hooks or go for a gentle ombre approach on your cupboards.

Oversized and multicoloured parquet flooring

Do you have the bottle to commit to multicoloured parquet flooring? We love the flooring in this traditional Art Nouveau apartment in Stockholm designed by Tham and Videgard Arkitekter. The changing colours of the floors throughout the apartment mimic the changing colours of Humlegården park that the building overlooks.

half and half painted graphic door

A playful way to add colour without commitment is adding a graphic surprise to a sliding door. Such as this one in the home of designer and painter Amanda Happe.

highlight your favourite features with a bold glossy colour

Lastly, we love the idea of highlighting beautiful pipe work or your favourite home features, industrial or otherwise with a generous lick of gloss paint in a super bright shade.

How have you introduced colour in your home?

Painted kitchen doors from Ninemsn

Geometric shape painted with wall paint from chiccham 

Painted side table from AliPar

Painted architectural features from 70percentpure

Painted geometric shapes from Swedish Elle Decoration

Subtle colour palette from BusyBoo

Multicoloured parquet flooring from Plenty Of Colour 

Graphic painted sliding door from Design Sponge

 

The move has begun…

Despite our new site still being occupied by builders, this week Andrea, our owner, moved into the flat above the shop and design studio. So let the chaos begin…. delayed furniture deliveries means Andrea only has two stools and a tiny table to furnish her gigantic living space. However, things can only get better…

We thought you might like to see a few snaps of what the flat’s looking like so far (assuming you have a nosy nose like us..)

The mattress has been popped onto pallets that have been sanded and painted white for a more sleek modern feel. Low and inexpensive: two key stipulations for this bedroom.

Here’s the kitchen, starting to look ship shape.

The windows are sparkling with cleanliness and the deep shelves are providing a temporary home for various objects, candles and vessels as they get unpacked.

We were not joking about the lack of furniture… this is minimal even for our tastes.

Hopefully, these few snaps will tide you over for now. There will be much more to follow soon so keep your eye out. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for up to the minute Future and Found news. And if you would like to find out more about our move and what is currently going on at Future and Found take a journey back through time on our blog.

 

The psychology of colour.. in the pink

Pink symbolises compassion, nurturing and love. It has the passion and power of red coupled with the understanding, openness and completeness of white. The addition of white tones down the physical passion of red and makes it more gentle and loving.

The deeper the shade of pink the greater passion and energy it exudes. Pink is a symbol of hope in many countries. It is a very positive colour and inspires warmth, happiness and feelings of comfort creating a sense that everything will be ok.

Neon pink evokes feelings of warmth and happiness and symbolises a love of life. This amazing bathroom was spotted on the blog just good design.

If you prefer a tamer pink opt for a powder pink and couple with grey, white and black for added sophistication and serenity.

Pink adds softness and warmth to a serious industrial interior.

If you like pink and want to encourage calm comfort and warmth into your home take a look at our range of pink accessories.

 

DIY interior design details….

It’s easy to make your home look stylish and different even on a budget. In our most recent burst of internet trawling we happened upon some great ideas that we want to share. All easy, all different and hopefully things you haven’t seen before.

Paint that wooden Ikea step ladder a bright neon yellow to make it into a fantastic kitchen feature (spotted on the inspiring blog weekdaycarnival).

Take simple inexpensive white tiles and transform them into a graphic masterpiece using coloured grout. We have used grey grout before but yellow looks great (we can’t find the source of this image, if you know do tell us).

We absolutely love the idea of using the Muuto dots as handles for kitchen cabinets.  It looks so graphic and playful. The dots are really tactile so it is an excellent excuse to touch them more (styling for muuto by Faye Toogood and shot by Henry Bourne).

Painting outdoor fencing in a bright yellow stain elevates the ordinary into feature status. The ombre look is great and as an added bonus you’ll use a lot less paint! (spotted on the painted furniture blog)

Now a chalkboard wall isn’t necessarily a new idea but we love the contrast of the black against the bright white door and it is a really handy place to leave notes and write a shopping list. Also, the racks used to display framed pictures and prints is so flexible you can swap things out as and when you wish. It’s not about making holes in the wall (spotted on I’m not wordy).

Marbelous..

Marble has been trending in interiors for a while now. The subtle pattern and soft colouring adds a classic touch to interiors. Nothing is quite as impressive as marble, it evokes a mood of sophistication and luxury.

For a long time marble was viewed as an outdated overly oppulent material but with the development of new tools that can cut marble with greater precision and accuracy it can be treated and used in different ways and is particularly suited to modern forward thinking interiors.

When toned down with black, white and natural wood it fits perfectly with a minimalist aesthetic which we love.

We love this kitchen, the darker tones in the marble are exaggerated by the black details. The overall look is simple, sophisticated and minimal. This photo is from the blog mama mini

Moving far away from the traditional opulence and grandeur of marble is this modern marble staircase so skilfully designed and executed that it looks like it is simply cascading down the space. Staircase designed by architects Michael Gabellini and Jay Smith and photographed by Paul Warchol.

This bathroom was formally Ingrid Bergman’s… marble is an exceptionally good choice for bathroom tiling as it is extremely hardwearing, waterproof and long lasting. The sharp corners and the floating fixtures and fittings give this bathroom an extremely modern feel. Photo by Tommaso Sartori of Ingrid Bergman’s previous residence on the volcanic island of Stromboli.

You can even now get marble look bedding to complete the marble home. The bedding depicted can only be currently bought in the states but you can get a similar look bedding from Ferm Living

 

Ideas and inspiration.. our small but perfectly formed kitchen

Moving on to the next room of the Future and Found flat we find ourselves in the kitchen. The kitchen design is compact with clean minimal lines, we wanted to keep the space as open as possible in a bid to try and not disrupt the flow of the overall space.

The kitchen is located at the furthest wall of the open plan first floor, some of this wall being taken up by the small downstairs bathroom, so space is limited. To have achieved a larger kitchen, would have meant switching to an L shape which would break up the space and being greeted with an unattractive cupboard-end when walking into the space.

As it is a multifunctional living space we don’t want the kitchen to scream kitchen. We’ve designed the space so that all the kitchen appliances are integrated (this means that they are behind closed doors) to make the space feel clean, simple and streamlined without the regular kitchen clutter to distract your eye.

We’ve customised a drawer unit under the sink as opposed to a cupboard space that is historically stuffed full of cleaning products. This maximises the storage capacity of tiny area. All the units are a bright clean white and the work top will be grey.

We have opted for a simple white tap which will complement the white tiles and grey grout behind.

A perfect example of an integrated kitchen with a white tap.

A kitchen with complementary tap and tiles and contrasting grey grout.

There will be a single pendant light, above the dining table. Specifically the E27 pendant light by Muuto which we will also be selling in the shop and online. This will create a focal point and an area of activity within the large open plan room.

The lighting has been separated into three circuits, again to create specific areas of activity. One covers the living space, one the kitchen and one the pendant over the dining area. All three are on dimmer switches so the mood can be made more intimate / cosy when required.

As you will see from the quick snaps below there is still a long way to go with this floor but it’s definitely getting there!

The psychology of colour: Bright white…

White equals total reflection. It is the complete opposite of black which is total absorption. Just as uncompromising as black white gives a room a heightened perception of space and is said to reduce any nagging feelings of disappointment or drudge. This is why we deem it the best colour for the kitchen where the most onerous tasks take place.

A predominantly white interior gives a feeling of space and cleanliness. Although too much white can feel sterile and cold. The addition of a few pops of colour and varying the temperature and tone of white will stop it from feeling bland or unwelcoming.

Here are some kitchens that have used white to great affect.. 

This sleek polished white kitchen is a cleaning haven. Beautifully framed by black details.

The whiteness of this kitchen is tempered by the textural details. Painting an old brick wall white makes it feel modern and fresh and highlights the tactile surface. We love the wooden cupboard doors in this kitchen and think it really warms up the white. This kitchen is from a small living space in Antwerp which was designed by the architect Katrien Van Doven.

The combination of white metro tiles and off white cupboards makes the kitchen feel warm and welcoming. The industrial quality of the concrete surfaces provides a great contrast with the shiny metro tiles.

If you like this look shop our collection of white kitchen accessories and invite a bit of white into your kitchen.

Ideas and inspiration for our loft bedroom…

We have turned our attention to the attic bedroom at our new Future and Found flat so we thought that it was a good time to take a look at it in a little more detail and share our plans with you.

The floor, which is being laid throughout the flat, will be a grey stained oak. This will make one space flow seamlessly into the next and make the loft feel more spacious. Here it is in all its glory, the space is starting to feel brighter and lighter already.

There is limited floorspace with full head height so the bed will need to be kept low, fortunately four poster beds aren’t really our thing. We will be opting for a simple and understated pallet bed and have been taking our inspiration from a few images below.

Pallet beds are stylish, simple and really cost effective. If you are not keen on the rustic unfinished look, they are very easy to sand and paint.

With a loft space you also need to be creative and also considered. We have started to streamline belongings and ask ourselves what will we actually need to store and how can we make the best use of the space without spending a fortune on bespoke pieces of furniture.

The room above is well thought out.. they have made use of the small space that has been left over by using conventional storage to house bits and pieces for the bed side, making a feature out of something that had the potential be an obstacle or a boring empty hole.

To tackle the lack of vertical wall space in a loft, you have to think creatively.

The room above has used the space ingeniously with bespoke cupboards and mirrors inserted here and there to bounce light around the room. But, a bespoke storage solution will come at a price.

A cheaper option when space is compromised is just to have a open clothes rail hanging in your room, you can show off your favourite clothes and hide the rest in low down cupboards or a industrial style metal unit. There are so many beautiful coat hangers available to buy now that compliment the look.

We hope this helps if you’re planning a small attic space or loft bedroom, and if you have any bright ideas we would love to hear them…

 

The psychology of colour: Sunny yellow..

Yellow is a bright colour that is often described as cheery and warm. Yet it can also be the most fatiguing to the eye as it reflects a high amount of light back – it is therefore best used in small doses.

Yellow generates muscle energy and stimulates mental activity. It has been scientifically proven that we record and read something back with great accuracy from a pastel shade of yellow; which is why many notepads and writing paper come in a pastel yellow tone, particularly in the US.

Yellow is said to inspire original thought and inquisitiveness it stimulates the left analytical side of the brain that deals with problem solving and coming up with new ideas. It is therefore ideal to use in a home office or study space.

We love this still life series of a yellow office by James Coffey. Can’t you just feel all those fantastically innovative ideas whizzing around your head already? Although it could get a bit head splitting working surrounded by that much yellow.

We might recommend just having a nod to yellow in your workspace with yellow legs on your desk like this table by 45 kilos table design.

We have several products that would work in your office space adding a cheery pop of yellow to aid your mental stimulation. And there’s more to come so watch this space…

Designers and makers: A chat with Horse

Due to our evolving product offer, increasingly popular online store and the recent launch of our interior design and styling service, we decided it was high time to update our branding.

You’ll come into contact with our brilliant new branding in a number of ways: on our website which has bigger and clearer product images, on our new blog, in your online order deliveries, on our amazing new shopping bag, in store packaging, and soon to come… on our own branded product collection.

Do take a look at our new website which we hope is easier for you to shop from, as there’s lots of new products not to mention gift ideas on the run up to Christmas.

We hope you like it and enjoy keeping up to date with the world of Future and Found… we have lots planned for the next six months so watch this space!

Our gorgeous new branding is designed by the fantastic Horse. Co-founders Ian and Sarah are a wonderful duo who create thoughtful, intelligent and beautiful design. Their enthusiasm and passion for what they do is infectious and easy to spot in their work.

We wanted to delve a bit further into the dream team so we fired a few choice questions their way and here are their responses.

Enjoy!

Where is your home town and where are you based now?

Sarah: Ian is a Cornish boy and I grew up in Peterborough, but we’ve both lived in London for the past 10 years, with the exception of taking a year out to travel the world together just before setting up Horse.

What’s on your bedside table?

Sarah: Earplugs, my iphone and Memoirs of a Geisha (still waiting to be read unfortunately).

What home ware item do you seek to find the perfect version of?

Ian: I’ve got a bit of a thing for wooden chopping boards.

Sarah: I collect tin robots, I’ve got an entire army of them and I’m always hunting for the next one to join the gang.

What project are you most proud of?

Ian: A couple of years ago I got to redesign the art brand Windsor & Newton. It’s a brand that I really associate with my childhood love of art. But more than that, my first boss, Michael Peters, designed the original D&AD award winning ink packaging back in 1973. It felt like a homage to him for everything he’d taught me, and an honour to craft and improve such an iconic brand.

When designing for a company what is the most important thing to get right?

Ian: To beautifully execute a powerful idea.

The house is on fire, what do you grab?

Sarah: My bike. I had it custom built from scratch and it’s the love of my life.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Sarah: I’m a little obsessed with reclamation yards and antiques houses. I really admire the skill, time and attention to detail that was involved before computers existed. Whether it’s furniture, old signage or packaging, I’m pretty happy spending the afternoon rummaging through little snippets of history.

What homeware item do you own that is most coveted by your friends?

Sarah: I bought a Peter Blake print about six years ago of an old Italian cigarette packet and it’s the one thing most of our friends comment on. I love old packaging and anything nautical so it’s my perfect print by a great man.

Describe your style in three words

Ian: Simple. Crafted. Ideas.

What would surprise people about you?

Ian: I very nearly pursued a career as a pro golfer at the age of 18. I chose art college instead.

What is your current obsession?

Sarah: Instagram

Ian: My new Canon 6D

What does the future look like for Horse?

Exciting. Starting a small company from scratch and going it alone is incredibly daunting but ultimately deeply satisfying. We’ve learned to do so many things ourselves, as well as becoming more multi-disciplined with the projects we take on, and that has made us much better at what we do. It has also made us more creative and ambitious.

Having total control over who we now work with and what we do also means we can make things that we truly love – it is that which is attracting the dream clients that match our outlook and design principles.

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What do you think of our new branding? We’d love to hear your thoughts.