Seeking inspiration…

There are many ways that one can become inspired, although more often than not inspiration hits when you’re not expecting it.

If you are struggling to find inspiration, here are some of our top tips:

  • Magazines, sometimes something as simple as flicking through mags such as Living Etc, Elle Decoration and others, can open your imagination. These types of magazine often showcase popular and current trends in a scheme that will suit your space.
  • Try not to bring in too many opinions, although we all love our friends and family to pitch in, it is possible to become overwhelmed by choices.
  • Don’t have too high expectations, sometimes finding your inspiration can take a while. Leave yourself enough time so there is no need to rush and no added pressure. Try to not get disheartened if you don’t find ‘The one’ right away, there are so many options, and we’re happy to go through them all with you, but doing so all in one sitting can be overbearing.
  • Look around you! Inspiration can come from anywhere, so try to keep an open mind.
  • Come speak to our staff! Bring in some photos of the space you wish to decorate, let us know of your likes and dislikes and from there we can work to inspire you, finding your dream wallpaper and/or fabric. This is the best way to approach the decorating process, we are here to help, so utilise us as much as you can!

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Spring Window Displays are here!

Our spring window displays are finally finished!

The large window has an oriental theme, where we are using the new JAB wallpaper collection. The bold face design is certainly a feature, however the collection also has some beautiful plain textures that could be used as either a subtle feature or even all the way round. The key colour used in this scheme is sorbet pink, a colour which is becoming increasingly popular within current interiors. For the first time in G C Johnson window history, we have showcased a sheer curtain using the wave system. With the rise in bi-fold windows and doors, this type of window treatment has come into its own. This particular Kai fabric has a beautiful blossom pattern and is neither plain nor overpowering. The use of black paintwork and furniture adds an element of sophistication, meanwhile the blush petal chair softens the whole look. We have seen this oriental look within many new collections, including high end brands such as Arte.




Our second window display is anything but tame! Using Clarke & Clarke’s Emma J Shipley collaboration collection Animalia, we have designed a crazy kid’s space. From a zebra print throw to goose lamps to knitted animal heads, this display is the epicentre of  fun.

Sticking to the pastel trend, we have a stunning eggshell blue paper creating a soft look behind an explosion of pattern. Brightly coloured cushions from the Animalia collection stand out with their unique designs and intricate detail. Furniture has been kept neutral, a simple yet stylish black leather chair and white chest of drawers add some calm to the otherwise wacky window. This is a look that doesn’t have to break the budget, Clarke & Clarke pride themselves on being an affordable company and this collection is no exception.





Keep an eye out for our next blog on alternative ways to bring these trends into your home!

Go bold or go home!

Now is the time to embrace bold wallpapers. It has been said by several leading names within the interior design community that bright, bold colours and patterns are taking over from grey, beige and neutral interiors.  Here is our how to guide to using pattern on all walls.

Something to bear in mind when choosing your print is your own personal taste and style. If you like neutral tones, go for a neutral toned design, pops of colour can always be added in other forms, “don’t do crazy for crazy’s sake”. This is a mistake people make time and time again in an attempt to push themselves too far out of their comfort zone- remember this is a paper you will have to live with. But don’t let this put you off having pattern all the way round, there are plenty of designs to suit all tastes.

Test it out, a children’s room is a good way to try your hand at pattern. Children tend to be more open to embrace this sudden impact of colour and pattern, so this is often a good way to introduce all over wallpaper into your home. Another great way to try this out is by decorating a downstairs toilet, this is a great space to be a bit daring and have some fun!

If you’re feeling brave, make a real statement with a hallway filled with pattern. By keeping everything else neutral, a bold entrance can be the perfect pop of life to welcome guests.

The most important point to remember is to not fight what you like! If you’re looking for further advise be sure to come in store to speak to our staff.