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What the colour of your living room REALLY says about you

Posted by Emma Righton on Monday 22 February

At righton, slick interior design is key to creating a wholesome, calming environment for our guests so we like to stick to neutral colours like whites and creams at our lets.

Now you might think that the colour you choose to paint your room is partly down to what’s in vogue, part instinct and perhaps even partly budget.

But according to experts there is a whole hidden meaning to what colour you decide to decorate your rooms with…



You have a no nonsense attitude and your strong belief in everything you do is often the key to your success.



A good listener, with a genuine compassion for others. You let people shine and express their hopes and fears without passing judgment.



Feisty and always looking for the next adventure, you are easily bored by the mundane and like living on the edge.



You are elegant, comfortable with formality, complex and a bit mysterious, too! You understand complex ideas quickly and know how to make things happen.


Cream room righton

If neutral colours appeal to you, this means your are practical and also balanced. You don’t rush into decisions lightly and take your time to think about the important things.



You exude positive energy and have a ‘yes I can’ attitude. You are sensitive and have an innate desire to put others at ease, and are comfortable in social settings.


Need a pick-me-up? We reveal our favourite coffee joints in Oxford

Posted by Emma Righton on Sunday 21 February

We love a strong coffee at righton and so we’ve decided to share our three favourite coffee houses with you so you can make the most of your next stay with us in Oxford.

In no particular order, we love the Missing Bean in 14 Turl Street, Oxford, for its geek knowledge and love of all things roasted.

Modern Baker in Summertown, 214a Banbury Road, not only serves up London’s finest Monmouth Coffee, it has tasty organic hot and iced teas.

And BREW in North Parade, Summertown, may be small but perfectly formed but it is well worth a stop for a quick coffee before exploring the city.



Inheritance Tax: in a nutshell

Posted by Emma Righton on Sunday 14 February

Every week there seems to be more news about young people struggling to buy property. It’s getting pretty depressing!

That’s why I thought it would be useful to give a bit of insight into inheritance tax and how it works.

Inheritance Tax cartoon

For those of lucky enough to have extra funds, you are legally allowed to pass on £325,000 of wealth tax-free.

Married couples and civil partners can double that allowance to £650,000 but any assets above this amount will incur inheritance tax at a whopping 40 per cent.

Inheriting a home

There is some (sort of) good news for homeowners next year under new family home allowance plans.

From April 2017, you will get an additional tax-free allowance, introduced over four years, worth:


£100,000 in 2017-18

£125,000 in 2018-19

£150,000 in 2019-20

£175,000 in 2020-21


This means a new total allowance for property owners eventually worth £500,000 – or £1m for couples.

Estates worth more than £2m will lose some or all of the family home allowance.


Mortgage lenders can draw up a repayment programme for loans to be repaid in full, which can help protect parents on other family members who might find they suddenly need to access their funds in later life, perhaps for a care home or to supplement their pension.