Black Ideas

I think the title says it all … black ideas. Over the last 12 to 18 months we have all seen how black has been used as a colour both inside and outside the home with much more frequency. No longer is black seen as a sombre colour to be used sparingly but rather as a colour perfect for adding drama and contrast to a space. Black ideas work in contemporary and more traditional spaces both in the interior and on the exterior of buildings. It can also be a great colour to use in commercial spaces and for branding.

The high street is now well stocked with black homeware products making it much easier to use as little or as much of the colour as you want. It is now easy to go and purchase black bed linen, find a black feature light, use black tiles or design yourself a black kitchen.

Here are a selection of images which I hope inspire you to look into using black as a colour or at least make you think about it! There are a few products included but mainly inspiration images and ideas. I would also check out Rockett St George, Bodie and Fou, Buster + Punch, Bert and May plus my own Pinterest board for a few more black ideas.

 

Doors…As simple as that!

Doors….I was trying to think about what text to put with this post but could not think of much to say! All I can say is that here are a selection of stunning doors, whether they be old or new, interior or exterior or upcycled that grab my attention because I love them. They are an obvious design statement for the front of your home or room so choose carefully but also think of other uses for the old ones you no longer want. Some old doors are simply dripping with character and personality but new doors can also provide personality in a totally different way.

Which is your favourite …. ?

More lovely doors can be seen here

Rotting Car.

I have managed to walk past this old rotting car for over 12 years and have never really noticed it at all. Today, I was finally able to look over it properly and grab a brief 5 minutes to photograph it. How much longer it will be there for before it completely rots away or is moved on is anybody guess. But I am really pleased that I managed to get a few pictures before the opportunity is gone. The amount of character and texture both inside and out is amazing and I just hope these pictures get some of that across. There can be real beauty in decay and hopefully this rotting car shows that in some way.

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OSB Board.

OSB board or orientated strand board is just a fantastic material to know about and use. It is an engineered wood particle board formed by adding adhesives and then compressing layers of wood strands (flakes) in specific orientations. Not only does it look great, its low cost, durable and can be used both inside and out. It is also a timber board that is available to everyone really easily and can be left untreated, varnished, stained or painted. A quick trip down to B&Q is all you need to do to start the process of how to use OSB boards off.

I have used OSB board in my own projects more recently and have seen it used to great effect in both commercial and residential settings. The Stealth Barn shows OSB used to its best in my opinion.

It can be used as a wall, floor or ceiling finish, as a kitchen or bathroom material, or to make bespoke furniture. The uses for OSB board seem to be only limited by your own imagination. I used OSB in our family beach hut and it has proved to be cost effective, robust and easy on the eye.

Below you will find a few ideas for uses that have caught my eye and will hopefully help you. It is maybe also worth checking my Pinterest board or searching Houzz for the never ending uses of OSB.