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Shop This Look: Lime & Denim

Last week I put together a Mood Board Inspiration post featuring Lime and Denim, which was as much a surprise for me as anyone. I knew I wanted to use lime but wasn’t sure what sort of palette I’d end up with. I really enjoy this kind of process as it always feels more authentic and genuine, rather than settling for a combination that you already have in your head but may not actually be the best fit for the space (I have done this on several occasions, sometimes without even realising it!). Knowing what sort of mood you are looking to create, you will naturally be drawn to certain images and materials, and slowly but surely a theme will develop where you gravitate towards a select few which flow together really well. I was pretty chuffed with how it turned out as I feel like it’s a warm and fresh scheme with some interesting shapes and textures which lend themselves nicely to several different uses in the space.

To recap on the concept, there is quite a lot of white and soft grey throughout, particularly in the petals and the soup bowl. Moving into the warmer blue-greys in the table cloth and sky, with a small hint of a soft teal in the bowl on the left. Then we have the pops of lime which range from a paler hue to a brighter, almost grass green on the far right. And lastly some deeper greys and small hints of black in the stem and flower stamens (*thanks Dad for helping me out with that terminology).

As I mentioned in my post, I had an open plan kitchen/living area in mind for this scheme so I have put together a basic kitchen mood board, to include a breakfast bar moving across into the living space. I wanted to keep things simple in the kitchen as it is quite a small galley style without much natural daylight, so with high gloss white handleless units this will make the space feel larger, clean and more light & airy. Funny story: during my time working as a Kitchen Designer I used to get fed up with clients asking for a white gloss handleless design… so many people go for this look, and it got fairly predictable and slightly dull to be brutally honest. And yet, here I am suggesting that white gloss handleless units are probably a good option for this particular project! They are popular for a reason it would seem.

Items 1-10 will be used in the kitchen area. I haven’t listed a brand of kitchen units or flooring, but simply recommend a white gloss handleless door with warm oak on the floor throughout the entire space.

1. Topps Tiles Botella Shadow Line Tile £20.99 price/tile
2. Silestone Blanco Orian POA
3. Habitat Forno Set of Four Tumblers £20
4. H&M Home Round Jute Tablemat in Anthracite £6.99
5. Habitat Green Platter £35
6. Sainsbury’s Palatial Dinner Plate £3.50
7. The White Company Aubrey Napkins in Denim – set of four £10, reduced from £25
8. H&M Home Denim Apron £17.99
9. John Lewis Philippe Starcke for Kartell Masters Bar Chair in White
10. John Lewis Lascelles Outdoor Clock £45

I absolutely love these irridescent tiles from Topps Tiles, which have just the right amount of the blue-grey to tie in with the rest of the scheme, and will also bounce the light back into the room with their reflective quality. Silestone quartz is one of my favourites and always think it is worth investing a bit more in your worktops, to give the overall look a more luxurious, quality feel. This one is a simple white with soft grey veining, which will blend the frontals into the tiling.

I was thrilled to come across lots of lime accessories and kitchenware in Habitat, and think this combination works really well with some picks from H&M Home, Sainsbury’s and The White Company.  A denim apron is not only spot on for this colour palette but I’d imagine quite a practical choice too. I am such a huge fan of skeleton wall clocks in general, but for an open plan room I think they are perfect for subtly linking two zones. Last but by no means least, these bar stools have got to be one of my favourite finds of the whole look. Philippe Starcke is such an iconic designer, and these from John Lewis do not disappoint. I’d pop a cushion on for any lengthy sit down though…

Now for the living space. I mean, you could go for a lime sofa if you fancied it but I felt it would be more calming to opt for a blue grey fabric instead. This is actually a sofabed from sofa.com, which as a company I love their flexibility for being able to choose fabrics, layouts and sizes. I just thought this one looked so comfy and laid back, really softening the harder surfaces in the kitchen area. And again, for practicalities having a sofa bed for those extra guests is always a good idea in my book.

The artwork and accessories pick out some of the accent colours and shapes from the concept, while the coffee table is almost purely a logistical choice. It can be folded in to a smaller table, or extended out (as shown) which in smaller London apartments is a very smart feature. It also has some storage underneath, handy for keeping the remotes neatly tucked away! I found quite an array of lovely cushions but I chose these two delights to just brighten up the sofa a little, as well as this adorable stool from Habitat for an additional perching spot and of course, a trusty house plant.

11. Zara Home Lamp with Glass Base £119.99
12. Sofa.com The Isaac Sofabed in Rockpool Washed Linen £2,898
13. Made.com Bramante Extending Coffee Table £199
14. Zara Home Cylindrical Animal Print Candle £15.99
15. H&M Home Low Stoneware Vase in Dusky Green £12.99
16. Dunelm Essentials Barkweave Green Square Cushion £5
17. John Lewis Kas Minna Cushion in Lime £15, reduced from £30
18. House by John Lewis Ampersand LED Table Lamp £17.50, reduced from £35
19. Habitat Esterban Green & Grey Recycled Glass Vases both £30
20. artboxOne Buche Premium Poster by Tan Kadam 60x40cm £19.99
21. Wayfair Milano Plant Pot £85.99
22. Habitat Nala Small Green Stool £95

Overall, I feel like this look has an inviting and uplifting feeling, creating a space where I’d be equally happy rustling something tasty up in the kitchen, sat at the breakfast bar with a mojito (*it has to be a mojito with this colour scheme surely!) or putting my feet up after a long day. It is so important with our busy schedules and precious work-life balance to find even a corner in your home to relax and switch off from the hustle & bustle, so whichever palette or vibe you are looking to achieve, I think the bottom line is to create something that works for you, not just for Instagram.

Thanks so much for reading 

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