Thanks to the rising trend for adding vintage accents to a modern space, eclectic décor is shaping up to be one of the key looks of 2020. Eclectic décor involves mixing different eras and styles to create something unique. But the eclectic look is notoriously tricky to pull off. Throw different styles together the wrong way, and there’s a risk you’ll end up with décor that’s chaotic, not creative!
If you’d love to inject some personality into your space with eclectic décor, but you’re not sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. follow this guide to create a stunning and seamless eclectic interior:
Start with a neutral background
Eclectic décor tends to be bold and eye-catching. So before you start your design, it’s best to treat your empty room like a blank canvas. Keep the walls and floor in calming neutral hues – think white or grey, or warm naturals like honey and wood – then you can introduce furniture and accents in your chosen palate. The finished look will have impact without being overwhelming.
Create balance and symmetry
Because you’re mixing décor elements of different eras and styles, it’s important they work in harmony with each other. Pay attention to the position of items in your space, from furniture to accessories. You’ll want the layout to have balance, meaning that there isn’t too much going on in one area and not enough in another. Consider a symmetrical layout, which is a great way to achieve balance and is easy on the eye, too.
Tie it together with colour
Although the eclectic style celebrates contrast and the unexpected, your décor elements do need to coordinate in some way. The easiest way to achieve this is with colour. Go ahead and mix things up – vintage and modern, wood and metal, print and plain – but make sure you stick to a very simple colour palette. Ideally, choose one colour that will be repeated throughout the room. This will work like a thread that ties all your different elements together.
Vary pattern and texture
If your design has a balanced layout and a simple colour scheme, you can afford to be daring when it comes to texture and pattern. Play with different prints, and incorporate a range of rough and smooth textures. This will give depth to your design and make it truly unique. The beauty of eclectic décor is that it can evolve over time: you can experiment with different prints, swapping pieces that don’t work and refining your space as your tastes change and develop.
Choose a statement piece
It’s a good idea to give your eclectic design a statement piece – that is, a bold, striking item that instantly draws the eye. This will help anchor your space, while your other pieces will all work to complement it. Think a plush statement sofa flanked by less conspicuous corner tables, or a vibrant piece of oversized wall art above a smaller mantle.
Don’t let it get messy!
Because the eclectic style tends to be busy, it’s a good idea to give the eye places to rest throughout your design. Take care to create areas of negative space, for example by keeping some tables empty and some shelves bare. Clutter won’t work with the eclectic style, so it’s a good idea to focus on items that have a purpose and keep decorative accessories to a minimum. You’ll find the few you do choose to display will have even more impact!
Upcycling old furniture is a budget-friendly way to add unique personality and charm to your home. And by re-using your existing items you’re being kind to the environment – and your bank balance! If you’d like to try an upcycling project, we’ve some easy and fun upcycling ideas to inspire you.
Follow these tips to breathe new life into your old items:
1. Create shelving from an unused ladder
Do you have some old ladders languishing in your garage? Ladders make ideal shabby-chic shelving units. Use them to display books and accessories in your living room, scarves and belts in your bedroom, or even towels in your bathroom. Simply sand any rough edges, and leave your ladder portable or secure it to the wall for extra stability.
2. Transform old luggage into a bedside table
Stack vintage suitcases to create a unique bedside table that doubles as extra storage for clothes and accessories. Pop in some draw liners, and for a flawlessly coordinated look consider painting them to match your room’s colour scheme.
3. Stack wooden crates to make storage units
Stack a series of wooden crates (or the drawers from an old chest) on top of each other, and secure with nails or glue to create a stylish storage unit. For a bold and funky look, paint the interior of each crate a different colour. Coordinate with nearby soft furnishings that mirror your chosen colour scheme.
4. Reupholster your seating
Revive your tired, threadbare chairs into one-of-a-kind seating with fresh upholstery. For an edgy feel, choose a modern print for a traditional chair, or vice versa. If you’re on a budget, revamp chairs that need minimal upholstering, such as wooden-framed dining chairs. If the chair’s frame looks worse for wear, paint it with a tester pot or two for a completely new look.
5. Reuse glassware jars as vases
Reusing old glassware in unexpected ways will create a chic and quirky element to your décor. Jam and pickle jars look great as drinking glasses or as vases to display flowers. Similarly, a collection of old bottles each holding a single bloom will create a unique focal point for any space.
6. Make your own lampshade
Sick of searching for a light fitting that matches your décor scheme? Making your own drum lampshade is easy, and there are lots of online guides to help you, like this one from The Makery. Choose your own fabric and an old lamp base, and you can create something unique. Or for a sleek, modern look, strip your old lampshades to their bare bones and spray-paint them copper.
7. Turn a pallet into a statement coffee table
Simple wooden pallets make stunning coffee tables. Leave them bare and unashamedly rustic, paint them a bold colour, add castors or even add a glass top. Contrast your new statement table with delicate furniture to give it centre-stage.
Pink interiors are more popular than ever, thanks to enduring shades like Millennial Pink and the recent trend for warm pastel tones. Incorporating pink into your décor can be challenging because the colour can be perceived as girlish and frivolous. But get it right, and pink can actually be a chic and extremely sophisticated colour.
If you love pink, but you’re not sure how to add it in your home, read on. We’ve some great tips for you!
How to get the look:
1. Get vibrant – in unexpected places
Vibrant pink is a great way to create an unexpected statement and add excitement to your décor – especially in a modern home. Think a candy pink sofa in an otherwise monochrome room, or vivid pink artwork framed by cool, contemporary tones. And intense pink walls will give impact to a small space where you don’t spend too much time, such as a hall or entryway.
2. Balance with masculine colours
Pink is a very feminine colour, and alone it can look whimsical or over-sweet. But if you balance it with a masculine or neutral hue, you’ll create a look that’s striking and sophisticated. Even the brightest shades of pink can look edgy when teamed with charcoal, navy or chocolate.
3. Go for flattering pink in your dining room
Do you love to entertain? Certain shades of pink are ideal for your dining area because they will complement your guests. Choose deep pinks and raspberry shades, such as Berry Smoothie by Dulux, which will cast tones that flatter the skin – especially when teamed with candlelight!
4. Create a romantic space with pink florals
If you want to create a feminine, romantic space, try layering pink prints. Vintage floral patterns are on trend right now, and they’re a great way to incorporate a range of pink hues without overwhelming the room. On the other hand, if you want a more dramatic look, go big or go home. While a small pattern can look too busy on a large surface, oversized florals look stunning on a feature wall. Choose moody dark floral wallpaper like this gorgeous design from Wayfair. Or create a fresh, botanical look by teaming your florals with green and turquoise.
5. Take a softer shade to your walls
Vibrant shades not for you? Pink doesn’t have to be bold. In fact, less saturated shades are easy on the eye and perfect for restful walls. Fresh pastel pinks can energise a space, while warmer sunset tones such as peach can create a relaxing atmosphere – ideal for a serene living space or bedroom.
6. Cheer up a kitchen with pink appliances
Functional spaces like kitchens can sometimes lack warmth and character. But add pink accents, and you’ll instantly inject a sense of fun into the space. Consider pink blinds or wall art for an uplifting pop of colour. Or why not invest in some chic retro-style appliances in pastel pink? For more inspiration, take a look at Swan’s wide range of retro kitchenwares from toasters to refrigerators.
Think marble is only for the grandest of interiors? Think again! Marble is actually a versatile material that’s perfect for adding an element of luxury and sophistication to your home. And with the trend for natural materials in full swing, it’s currently enjoying a revival.
Whether you’re looking to make a big impact or a subtle statement, we’ve some great tips for enhancing your décor with marble:
1. Contrast with a modern colour
While you might associate marble with renaissance and classical styles, it can be modern and edgy too. To create a contemporary look, frame your marble features with a bold, modern colour. Dark emerald, teal and navy all contrast beautifully with marble’s soft white hues.
2. Add interest to a pale room
All-white rooms might be calming, but the lack of pattern can leave the space feeling flat. Because marble has gorgeous natural veins and subtle variations of colour, it’s the perfect way to introduce texture and visual interest into the space – while preserving an airy and restful ambience.
3. Use showstopping marble-effect wallpaper
For real impact, be brave and dedicate an entire wall to marble. While we’re used to seeing marble in the kitchen and bathroom, marble walls are especially striking in unexpected places. Think about transforming your bedroom, dining area or even your living room with a marble feature wall. If you don’t have the budget to invest in marble tile, use marble-effect wallpaper instead, like these stunning designs from Wallsauce.com.
4. Team with warm metallics and sumptuous fabrics
To create unashamed luxury in your space, team marble with other opulent materials like metallics and velvet. Warm metallics like copper, brass and gold are marble’s best friend. To avoid overpowering the room use metallics in small doses such as gilded edging and accessories. Meanwhile, luxe textures like velvet and faux fur add a cosy element that contrasts beautifully with marble’s sleek finish.
5. Add a touch of elegance with marble accessories
Marble has a reputation for being expensive, but you don’t need lots of it to make a statement. Real or faux marble lighting, tableware and other decorative accents can really create a lavish feel – without the lavish price tag! Take a look at Oliver Bonas for a great range of affordable marble accessories for every room in your home.
6. Pair with wood for a balanced and restful space
Wood and marble work beautifully together. That’s because they’re both natural materials, but they have very different features that combine to give a perfect sense of balance. Wood is warm, rustic and earthy, while marble is cool, sophisticated and polished. Create this balance in a spa-style bathroom or a Scandi inspired living area for a perfectly restful environment.
Looking to create a fun and inspiring space for your little ones? Whether you want to devote a room for your kids’ entertainment, revive your child’s bedroom or create a fun space the whole family can enjoy, we’ve some clever ways to design a kid-friendly space – without compromising on style!
Read on for our top kid’s playroom ideas:
1. Convert your attic
Got an attic that’s just accumulating clutter? Give it a new lease of life by transforming it into a kid’s only zone. Add a cool ladder so kids can safely climb into their space, and plenty of floor cushions and pillows for comfort. Even the smallest attic can accommodate toys, games and books with some ingenious vertical storage solutions. Mano Mano has a great range of kid’s shelving and storage to suit all ages.
2. Add an indoor swing
For a unique and fun décor feature, why not go for a ceiling-mounted swing? Not only does it help define the space as a play area, it allows your kids to stay active even when indoors. Perfect for rainy days! Installing one is easier than you think: all you need is some industrial hooks, rope, and a sturdy board.
3. Make a corner den
All kids love dens. If you’ve got an empty corner to spare, a canopy hideout or tepee is an easy and budget-friendly way to give your kids their own space. Simply add cushions, soft toys, books and a lamp. And if you’ve plenty of space available, why not get adventurous with a themed hideout like an indoor treehouse, pirate ship or castle?
4. Add a dressing-up zone
Keep kids entertained for hours with a cute dressing-up corner. Hang their favourite outfits from a child-height clothes rail like this chic contemporary wooden rail from the Great Little Trading Co. Add a trunk or some wicker baskets for accessories and complete with a matching wall-mirror.
5. Design a space for the whole family
If you want to blend your kid’s play area with your existing décor, it’s possible to create a design that both kids and adults will love. Choose a sophisticated and grown-up colour for your walls, such as sleek grey or navy. Then add pops of bold colour to inject an element of fun; think a striped rug and vibrant soft furnishings. Complete the look with pint-sized chairs for little ones, and plenty of chic storage for toys and games.
6. Convert a bedroom
If you’re really short on space, why not design your kid’s bedroom to combine sleep and play? Choose a raised bed (or convert a bunk bed) and dedicate the space underneath to a secluded lounge or play area, complete with curtains, cushions, books and games.
7. Get creative with chalkboard wallpaper
Chalkboard wallpaper is a brilliant way to allow little ones to doodle on the walls - without getting into trouble! A fun, interactive décor element that will promote kid’s creativity, chalkboard wallpaper is available from stores like Wayfair and Dunelm. Choose from traditional wallcoverings or sticky-backed vinyl options.
After the excesses of the festive period, many of us are making resolutions for a happier, healthier life. But resolutions to improve the home often don’t make the list – even though home is the place where we spend most of our time!
To inspire you, we’ve got some great resolutions to create a beautiful and comfortable interior. Here’s how to make your 2020 the year of style:
Add more colour
For max impact with minimum effort, go for a new accent colour. Painting a feature wall, changing up the kitchen cupboards and even swapping soft furnishings and bedding can completely transform a space. Be bold and go for that colour you’ve always wanted to try out in your home!
Do something about that annoying area…
Is there an area of your home that’s been annoying you for months? Now’s the time to change it! Cluttered desk? Chaotic under-stair storage? Set aside an hour or two to get it organised. Empty corner or bare stretch of wall? Fill it with handy shelves or a beautiful art print. Then, step back and enjoy the results.
Choose sustainable design
If you’re planning to replace any furniture, why not invest in hand-crafted items that will stand the test of time? They will make your home unique, and will save you money in the long run as they won’t need to be replaced – win-win. Investing in energy-saving appliances, insulation and LED lighting are also great ways to reduce both your carbon footprint and your energy bills. For more inspiration, check out Wearthlondon.com specialists in chic eco-friendly items for the home.
Curate your accessories
Knick-knacks and souvenirs you’ve collected over the years can get dotted around the home and forgotten. But display them together as themed collections and you’ll create an engaging focal point for your room. Whether it’s a shelf of ceramics, a case of your favourite books or a display of sculptures, your collection will stamp your unique personality on your home.
Make room for a new hobby
Planning to start a creative project this year? Carve out a space in your home that’s dedicated to your new hobby. You don’t need a whole room – with a bit of ingenuity, you can create a hobby area from the smallest of spaces. Think a fold-away writing desk framed with floating shelves, or a comfy chair with a pretty basket filled with wool and needles for crocheting, like these baskets from The Holding Company.
Frame your photos
Do you have hundreds of digital photos on your phone or computer? Make 2020 they year they finally get printed and displayed in your home. Set aside an evening to sort through your favourites, and invest in some chic frames to show them off. Take a look at The Range for a great selection of frames to suit every taste.
While 2019 saw a move from darker blues, navy is making a comeback with Sherwin-Williams’ 2020 colour of the year: ‘Naval’. This rich navy hue promotes a confident, exuberant feel, evoking the power of nature’s dark skies and deep oceans, and the uncompromising glamour of the Art Deco revival. Sophisticated and bold, shades like Naval are a great way to add drama to your home.
How to get the look:
Modernise your kitchen design with navy accents
Navy is a clean hue that works especially well in a cooking space. Give your kitchen an instant refresh by painting your cupboards and cabinets a vibrant shade of navy. For a crisp, modern look contrast with white walls and pale marble countertops. Navy isn’t just for cupboards either; If you want your kitchen to have a cool but quirky look, navy tiles like this vibrant metro tile from Ceramic Planet are a showstopping choice for any kitchen.
Layer navy soft furnishings
If you’re on the fence about the navy trend, you don’t have to commit to a big colour overhaul. Instead, try it out in small doses with textiles and soft furnishings. Navy is a strong colour so if you prefer to keep things subtle, choose patterned textiles that feature navy among other, more familiar shades. Navy works with almost any colour, and a mix of patterns will add depth and interest to your design.
Create moody glamour with navy walls
Keen to create some drama in your space? Navy is your new best friend. It looks especially striking on walls, and it’s a budget-friendly way to create a moody, glamorous ambience in any room. To avoid your navy walls looking harsh or gloomy, contrast with jewel-toned furnishings and highlight with plenty of warm ambient lighting.
Team with warm metallics
Navy looks sleek and sophisticated with cool metallic finishes such as silver or chrome, but for all-out glamour we love navy teamed with warm metallics like copper and rose-gold. Give your room the wow factor with metallic rose accents against a rich navy backdrop. And for extra opulence, coordinate with navy soft furnishings in sumptuous fabrics like velvet.
Use as a backdrop for natural accents
With its echoes of the night sky and the ocean depths, navy is an ideal backdrop for rooms that feature natural elements, and works well as a lively contrast to pale wood and stone finishes. Navy is a versatile hue that can be paired with teal, green and pink shades, so it will add depth and elegance to a botanical themed room, too. Make a real statement with stunning navy botanical wallpaper like ‘Anthriscus Dusk’ from Graham & Brown.
As the hub for family get-togethers and the setting for dinner parties, your dining area deserves to be the most stylish place in your home.
If you’re looking to refresh the décor of your dining area and make every meal a joy, this article is for you. Whatever your taste, size and budget, we’ve some great tips to transform your dining area into something special:
1. Paint a bright border
Does your dining area feel too small? For a bold, modern look that opens up the space, create a border for the top of your walls. Choose a bright accent colour for the border to draw the eye up and give the illusion of a higher ceiling.
2. Create an eclectic look
When it comes to the eclectic style, the possibilities are endless! Introduce mismatched furniture, mix modern with retro and team animal print with florals. This style is budget-friendly because you can pick up individual pieces from markets and charity shops instead of splashing out on a matching set. To tie all the elements together, make sure your pieces share a theme like a common colour or shape, and remember to keep seats at around the same height.
3. Add interest with wall art
Wall art is an instant and easy way to make your dining area pop. Art adds interest to any wall and will create a talking point at dinner parties, too. Typically, pictures should be hung at eye level, but you can go a little lower in your dining area because you’ll be seated. For a great range of art prints from fine art to kitsch, take a look at King & McGaw.
4. Give it personality with vibrant accents
A simple way to transform your dining area is by adding a splash of colour. Give your old existing chairs a lick of paint and they’ll look like new again. Or for a quirky, decorative touch that’s even less fuss, just dip the legs in a bright colour. Coordinate with bright tableware and seat cushions for a funky, modern look.
5. Hang a statement pendant light
A pendant light over your dining table will add drama and create a focal point. Hang the light low to create a more intimate atmosphere, and when choosing your light fitting it’s a good idea to use the size of the dining table as a reference. For example, round tables look great with a curved or bowl-shaped fitting. and long, narrow tables work well with a double-light installation. For more inspiration, check out Cult Furniture’s current range of pendant fittings in various sizes and styles.
6. Go relaxed and rustic
Light, airy and relaxed, rustic décor is the ideal choice for those of us who enjoy laidback dining. Think natural materials, stoneware table accessories, and a lovely solid wood table taking centre stage. An easy way to decorate a rustic dining area is to choose your table first, then add chairs and tablewares to complement it. Take a look at The Rustic Table Co. for a range of lovely handcrafted tables and bespoke options.
After the hectic build-up to the festive season, you deserve to relax and enjoy the holidays. And what better way to indulge in some much-needed self-care than creating a cosy reading nook? Curl up with a good book, chat to friends on your phone and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate in your new favourite spot.
Here are some easy ways to create a reading nook, no matter what size or shape your home is:
Optimise natural light
A window area, especially one with a nice view, can easily be transformed into a reading nook. Not only will this save space, it will give you a healthy dose of natural light. Finish your page, sit back and enjoy the scenery. If you don’t have a wide ledge or banquette, simply position a bench by your view. Add comfy cushions and you’re ready to relax!
Get creative with your space
Even in a small home, there are plenty of options to create a chic and comfortable nook. Under the stairs, an attic or even a closet can be transformed into a cosy hideout with seating, lamp and soft furnishings. And any empty corner can become a reading nook, too. Rattan chairs are very popular right now and they’re small enough to fit in even the most awkward spaces. Cult Furniture has a chic range of rattan chairs in different styles and colours.
Add a bookcase
A library of your favourite novels is the perfect accessory for your new reading nook. When you’ve finished a book, you can simply reach for another. Flank your nook with a built-in bookcase, stack books under your seat, or install some floating shelves. Check out Tylko.com for funky bookcases and wall storage options.
Zone it with a new colour
If you’ve a large or open-plan room, it’s a good idea to set your reading area apart from the rest of your space by painting it in a different colour. Open-plan spaces tend to have several activities taking place within them, and zoning an area for each one means the space won’t feel confused or cluttered.
Ramp up the comfort level
Your reading nook isn’t just for reading. It can be the place for you to unwind and recharge, and even to sneak in the odd nap! Optimise comfort with an overstuffed chair and an ottoman to rest your feet on, or go for a chaise lounge so you can recline in style. Create a cocoon with gauzy curtains, and layer faux fur rugs and plenty of cushions and throws. Take a look at Cox & Cox’s range of luxe soft furnishings for more inspiration.
Make it personal
Make your nook into your own personal haven with meaningful accessories and treasures. Create a gallery wall of family photos, your favourite collection or some much-loved souvenirs. Surrounding yourself with your favourite things means when you put down your book, you can let your mind wander and revisit happy memories.
Looking to update your festive décor this season? These sophisticated Christmas décor ideas will keep your spirits merry, and they look so good you’ll want to leave them up all year round! Read on for the best festive decorations to suit every home, from a paired-down minimal aesthetic to glitzy metallics:
1. White winter wonderland
Craving a white Christmas? You can have it indoors with icy white décor and a frosted tree. Warm up the look with lanterns and candles, and fake snowfall with cosy sheepskin rugs. For a more dramatic look, contrast your all-white décor with vibrant red accents. Take a look at Amara for a great range of white festive décor to suit every taste.
2. Mixed metallics
Metallics are an easy way to inject some glam into your festive display. Decorating around one metallic tone creates a chic and modern feel, but for added visual interest contrast two metallic tones like silver and gold or copper and pewter. For a sophisticated look, use one metallic as your main colour and one as an accent.
3. Festive forest
Bringing elements of nature indoors will make your space feel more cosy and inviting, and you don’t have to stop with a real pine tree. Wreaths, natural garlands, and arrangements of branches and winterberries are all great ways to bring the charm of the forest into your home.
4. Go minimalist
Does too much sparkle set your teeth on edge? You can create a festive look without swathes of tinsel or twinkling Christmas lights. Team a barely decorated tree with paired-down geometric décor that exudes a festive energy, like paper lanterns and star garlands. Nordic Nest has a big selection of minimalist Christmas accessories, and some great kitsch pieces, too.
5. Break from tradition
Make a statement and give your festive décor a modern edge with a non-traditional palette. Instead of the typical red, green and gold, add zesty yellow to your greenery or choose contemporary purple and silver. Even a rainbow palette of pretty pastels can be more festive than you think – get the look with playful pompom garlands and an unconventional candy coloured tree.
6. Coordinate everything
Spending a lot of time on wrapping gifts? Show them off and make them work as part of your design. Coordinate your paper, ribbons and bows to complement your colour scheme. Coordinate all your ornaments and accessories too, for a seamless and cohesive look.
7. Scale down
You don’t have to forgo Christmas décor if you’re short on space. A chic mini tree like this angel pine from Trouva will give your home a festive feel without overwhelming it. Add some unexpected elements that don’t take up square footage, like tree decorations hung from your pendant light or from a display of branches, and the overall effect will be sophisticated instead of cluttered.
Looking to update your home in the New Year? Keen to stay ahead of the curve with fresh new design ideas? We’ve got you covered. We’ve analysed the emerging key trends of the latest design shows to bring you our predictions for 2020. Enjoy!
All things botanical
The botanical theme has been a big trend this year, and it’s set to stay in 2020. Leafy wallpaper and forest green palettes are getting ever more popular. In fact, the trend for plant life and greenery will go a step further for 2020: indoor gardens will take centre stage to evoke a feeling of relaxation and tranquillity. Another new element we’re seeing are vertical gardens – foliage trailing from doorways and dividers.
Another trend that’s set to continue is the love for natural materials. Wood will be the go-to material, but while 2019 was all about pale unfinished wood, 2020 will also embrace deeper, polished tones like walnut and mahogany. Stone, wicker, jute and rattan will be huge too. Quality handcrafted and upcycled furniture are set to be even more popular in 2020, to complement the rising trend for sustainable living. If you want to invest in quality, check out Indigo’s range of handcrafted wooden furniture.
Intimate spaces replace open-plan living
We predict 2020 will see a move away from open-plan living spaces. Instead there will be an emphasis on creating a cosy retreat, with dividers like wooden and bamboo screens, bookcases and curtains zoning off areas in your home and promoting a peaceful, intimate environment.
Grey might not be out of favour just yet, but on the horizon for 2020 there’s a move toward warm neutral tones. Creating a calm but uplifting ambience, warm neutrals like Behr’s Charismatic or Earthborn’s Vanilla are the perfect backdrop to showcase the trend for greenery and all things natural. They coordinate beautifully with bold accents, too. Team your warm neutrals with magenta or navy for a chic modern look.
This year’s trend for retro interiors will leave a legacy for 2020: curved and wavy lines as an alternative to modern angular ones. Think furniture with rounded corners, and mirrors and accessories in smooth, organic shapes. But if you love the modern look, the good news is you can mix it up. Team geometric lines with curved ones to give your interior visual interest.
Neo-Mint is the colour of 2020
We’re loving the emerging trend for bright and cheerful pastels, and minty green is the shade to go for if you want to update your home in 2020. WSGN’s colour of 2020 Neo-Mint is tipped to be the year’s top colour. It’s a shade that “harmonises science and technology with nature.” Fresh and reviving, this hue is ideal for your bathroom or kitchen. For a warmer pastel green we recommend Dulux’s colour of 2020 Tranquil Dawn which is ideal for brightening your bedroom or living area.
Lighting can be an afterthought when choosing décor, but it’s actually a key part of any design. It helps to draw the eye, makes areas come to life and transforms the colours in a room. Lighting is crucial for our safety and comfort, and has a direct impact on our mood, too.
Now the nights are drawing in, it’s the ideal time to show your home some love and enhance it with the best lighting. Follow these tips for flawless ways to light up your home:
1. Layer your lighting
To use light effectively in a room, variety is key. Rather than relying on a single overhead light, use different light sources across different levels. Not only is this more flattering for the room and the people in it, layered lighting creates interest, gives the space a more balanced look and gives you the option to enhance certain areas.
2. Consider scale
When you’re choosing lighting fixtures, keep in mind the size of your room. The fixtures need to be in proportion to the furniture, and different types of lighting will enhance your room's size and shape in different ways. Uplighting, say from a tall floor lamp, makes a room feel larger. Low-slung pendant lights create the illusion of height, while clusters of lighting will make a big space feel more cosy.
3. Invest in task lighting
When choosing where to position lighting, think purpose as well as style. What tasks do you undertake in each room, and how can lighting help you? Different tasks need different kinds of lighting: focussed downlighting is best for a kitchen, while adjustable lamps are best for reading or a home office environment. Dimmers are a great energy-efficient solution for a space that will shift in function and atmosphere throughout the day.
4. Choose lightbulbs carefully
You might take care to find light fixtures to match your décor, but did you know the type of bulb is just as important? If your walls are in cooler colours, you might want to use an amber or yellow bulb to cast a warm glow. Cool-toned bulbs like white or blue can be stark but they brighten a space very effectively, so they’re a good option to liven up dark walls. Take a look at John Lewis’ range for a selection of bulbs in different tones and styles.
5. Use light to enhance your favourite pieces
Lighting is a great way to draw attention to your favourite décor elements, like a gallery wall, an architectural element or a key piece of furniture. For maximum impact, add light in unexpected places, like illuminated built-in shelving to show off a display of treasured objects.
6. Make a statement
Lighting fixtures can be important décor elements in their own right. Sleek, simple fixtures convey a modern look, while ornate decorative pieces tend to have a vintage feel. A statement lamp or pendant fixture in an otherwise simple room is a great way to add interest to the space. For a selection of modern lighting fixtures to suit every taste, take a look at Made.com, while LightInTheBox has a great range of vintage styles.
Want a new look for your home, but short on time and resources? Sprucing up your décor doesn’t have to cost the earth, and there are some very easy and budget-friendly changes you can make that will impact your interior in a big way.
Read on to discover the small updates you can make that will transform your space:
Change the layout
Changing your décor doesn’t have to mean adding things to it. You can completely transform the dynamic of any space by simply rearranging your furniture. When you’re rearranging, pay attention to visual weight. That is, if you’ve a large item on one side of the room, balance it out with another large item (or a cluster of small ones) on the other.
Invest in an area rug
Rugs are great for tying a design together, and the style of rug you choose can instantly update the whole aesthetic of your room. For visual interest and a cosy atmosphere, layer rugs in different colours and prints. You can find chic budget-friendly rugs at H&M and IKEA.
Neaten up your space with storage boxes
Let’s be honest, nearly all rooms will benefit from more storage. Keep your space clutter-free with storage that does double duty as a design feature. Think chic trunks for an eclectic vintage feel, or funky bohemian woven baskets. Take a look at Wayfair’s range of affordable storage boxes in a variety of styles and materials.
Mismatch your furniture
Furniture that matches perfectly can actually make a room feel uninspiring. But change up a couple of pieces and you’ll transform the ambience of your space. If you’re on a budget, embracing the eclectic look also gives you more affordable options – preloved, upcycled and modern pieces are all fair game. Mix old and new styles and different colours, and enjoy a funky new look.
Pile up cushions and blankets
What’s the quickest way to completely transform a room? Update your cushions and throws. These are usually the first things people notice when they enter a room. Add a new colour or print to your space to modernise the look, or warm up an austere space with draped sheepskin throws. Zara currently has a lovely selection of soft furnishings at affordable prices.
Buy fresh flowers
Fresh flowers are an easy and affordable way to bring your home to life. With almost zero effort, you can inject some colour and sophistication into any room. Make a statement with a bold bouquet or keep it simple with a single bloom. Replenish your flowers every week for an instant colour update, and enjoy the reviving fragrance, too.
Now winter’s around the corner, darker days and gloomy weather can take their toll on your energy and mood. But transform your bathroom into a spa and you can pamper yourself, relax and unwind – the perfect antidote to the winter blues!
You don’t need to completely renovate your bathroom to create your own stylish retreat, either. Make a few changes to your bathroom’s décor, and they will work together to create a relaxing and luxurious atmosphere.
How to get the look:
Choose calming colours
Skip the bold accents and strong colours: the theme for a spa bathroom is serenity. Choose neutral colours like white, beige or earth tones to create a soothing environment. And if you are craving a bit of colour, opt for muted blues or greens to promote peace and evoke a natural feel.
Invest in luxe towels and bathrobes
No spa is complete without fluffy towels to cocoon yourself in! Investing in some decadent oversized towels and bathrobes won’t just add to your comfort – keeping them on display will enhance the luxurious feel of your décor. Take a look at Frette.com for a great range of spa quality towels and robes.
Indoor plants are an easy way to create a tranquil setting. They will add life to your bathroom and they’ll also help promote a healthy environment by purifying the air. Go for low maintenance options like succulents in chic ceramic pots, or spider plants spilling from hanging baskets.
Indulge all the senses
Candles will take the relaxing ambience of your bathroom to the next level, helping you de-stress after a long day. Choose candles fragranced with your favourite scent, or add a drop of aromatherapy oil to your tub to ensure your worries are left at the door.
Use natural materials
Bringing elements of nature indoors promotes your wellbeing and adds an inviting touch to your décor. Swap chrome or plastic for natural materials; think wooden towel ladders, loofahs and wicker baskets. Handcrafted ceramic tiles and veined marble also work well to evoke the senses and create a soothing ambience. The White Company has a chic range of natural bathroom accessories perfect for a spa environment.
Clear away the clutter
Is your bathroom cluttered with items you don't use every day? Clutter creates stress, so store them out of sight underneath your sink, in a basket or in a cabinet instead. Invest in a chic wooden caddy for the top of your tub to keep your essentials handy.
Add a piece of art
Art isn’t just for your living room and bedroom! Give your new spa some personality and hang a piece of coordinating wall art. This final touch will complete your design and make it feel more welcoming. Take a look at Desenio for a lovely range of prints inspired by nature.
Window dressings aren’t always a top concern when decorating, but they actually make a big difference to your interior. In fact, if you frame your windows the right way you can transform your entire room. And the type of window dressing you choose is also key for controlling how light enters your space.
If you’d like to revamp your window dressings, we’ve got you covered! From curtains to roller blinds and shutters, we've picked the best window dressing ideas to complement your home:
Timeless and stylish, shutters will give your room impact with a chic continental feel. Embrace the trend for natural materials and choose rustic raw wooden shutters, or choose a vibrant contemporary colour to suit your décor scheme. Shutters are especially handy for unusual or awkward shaped windows because they can be made to fit your requirements. Hillary’s has a big selection of shutters in a choice of styles and colours, and they also offer a made-to-measure service.
Glamorous and retro, heavy curtains in thick fabrics like velvet are a showstopping choice that will add a sense of luxury and opulence to any room. For extra impact and the illusion of height, hang your curtains close to the ceiling rather than directly above the window, and leave them long enough to graze the floor. Heavy curtains are great insulators too, so they’re ideal for keeping your home cosy and warm during the winter months.
A modern and sophisticated take on your granny’s lacy net curtains, sheer curtains made from voile or chiffon are a great choice if you want to allow plenty of light into your room. Sheer curtains also prevent passers-by from being able to see inside. They’re ideal for bathroom windows, or for windows that look out onto the street. And for a vintage twist, opt for opaque panels featuring bold floral prints. For more inspiration, take a look at Voila Voile for a great range of sheer curtains in different colours and patterns.
Roller blinds are perfect for the bedroom as they can block out all light. And because they can be tied at different heights they’re also ideal if you need to control how much light your room gets, say in a home office or conservatory. Roller blinds are available in lots of styles and colours. Lighter hues will enhance a spacious feel, but for real impact choose a bold accent colour with matching soft furnishings. Or why not experiment with roller blinds in a funky pattern? Wilson’s Blinds has an eclectic selection of roller blinds in different patterns and colours.
A Window seat can be a beautiful feature for your room, and a great way to enjoy the view from your window or to put your feet up with a book. Concave bay windows are perfect for creating a window seat, but any big window can be turned into a seat with an ottoman and some comfy cushions. Instead of hanging curtains right over the window, hang them in front of your seat to zone the space and create a cosy cocoon to relax in.
Do you wish your home could be a more cheerful place? After a long day you deserve to come back to a refuge that will lift your spirits. And now winter is round the corner and the nights are starting to draw in, it’s even more important that your home environment will boost your mood.
The great news is there are simple tweaks you can make to your décor that will transform your house into a sanctuary of happiness:
1. Be bold with colour
Colours have the power to influence your mood, and optimistic colours like yellow and green have been shown to make us happier. Yellow will lift your spirits and promote energy, and we associate green with nature, health and wellbeing. You don’t need big doses of these bright hues either; a zesty lemon chair or emerald picture frame can be enough to give you a boost. For inspiration, take a look at Farrow & Ball’s range of cheerful colours, like Dayroom Yellow and Breakfast Room Green.
2. Brighten your home with houseplants
Houseplants look great with any décor scheme, and studies suggest they can actually decrease your stress levels. They’re effective for purifying the air, too. If you don’t have a green thumb, go for low maintenance options like succulents, money plants or yuccas. And if you really don’t have time to water, incorporating outdoorsy elements like shells or colourful crystals are another great way to make your space feel relaxing.
3. Get rid of clutter
It’s true: not only is clutter the biggest obstacle to flawless interior design, it also causes stress. On the other hand, an organised and clear space is instantly calming. Whether you want to go full minimalist and Kondo every area of your home, or you just want to tone down a too-busy worktop, taking steps to declutter your space will make you feel happier.
4. Make your bed
It might sound trivial, but taking the time to make your bed as soon as you get up will give you the best start to your day. This is because it helps you get into a productive frame of mind so you’re ready to tackle the day’s tasks. And as a bonus you’ll also have a pleasant environment to return to at night-time!
5. Let in the light
Exposure to natural light improves your mood and helps you sleep better at night, too. Get as much of it as you can by fully opening blinds and curtains, and hanging mirrors opposite windows. And as the days get shorter over the winter months, fake it with plenty of ambient lighting at different levels throughout your home. Swap out white and blue toned bulbs for warmer tones like yellow. Or choose cheerful pink bulbs, and you can literally have a rose-tinted home. Oliver Bonas currently has a great range of uplifting lamps and bulbs from modern to vintage.
6. Choose furniture with curves
Furniture with curved edges is easier on the eye than boxy, angular shapes. But if you’ve a home full of sharp angles, don’t worry! Simply soften the look with some casually draped throws and cosy cushions. Go for tactile textures like chunky knits and velvets, and your space will instantly feel more pleasant. Take a look at the range of soft furnishings from Habitat for sunny colours and plush textures to suit every taste.
This season we’re loving the gorgeous décor trends that celebrate the beauty of autumn. Late 2019 has seen a move towards rich colours and natural materials like wood, copper and granite, and these elements bring an organic and warm atmosphere to any space.
Follow these tips and you can update your décor to reflect the changes in nature, while creating an ambience you can enjoy all year round:
1. Embrace vibrant colours…
A lick of paint is an easy way to give your home an instant facelift. Vibrant autumn colours like red, burgundy, burnt orange and golden yellow will add warmth to your space and make it feel cosy and inviting. These colours look spectacular in sunlight too, perfect for enjoying those autumn sunsets. For a softer look, team bold autumnal accents with earthy neutrals like chestnut, honey and vanilla. Take a look at Craig & Rose for a great selection of warm autumn paint colours.
2. …Or go dark and moody
As the nights draw in and the evenings get chilly, now is the perfect time to make an impact with deep and moody colours. Black and gold tableware is a sophisticated twist on Halloween décor and will add a touch of drama to your dining area. Go for burgundy and magenta velvet furniture to create a hint of gothic charm, and accessorise with flickering candles displayed in jet black lanterns or candlesticks.
3. Bring the outdoors in
A simple way to celebrate the beauty of nature this season is to bring it into your home. Go for dark flowers or a leafy bouquet of russet coloured foliage, and pair with rustic accessories like vintage bottles, jars or distressed trays. For a modern and minimalist display, collect a few branches and arrange them in a clear vase.
4. Layer natural materials and rustic textures
Organic materials will give your home a relaxed feel, while layers of contrasting textures add interest to your décor and create a cosy environment. Offset rich, dark wood with patterned textiles in vibrant colours; think rustic checks or stripes. Invest in soft furnishings like throws and cushions in wool, velvet and faux fur to keep you snug as the temperature drops. And to anchor your space, choose a warm rug in Autumnal colours. House of Isabella has a lovely range of soft furnishings in autumnal colours and natural textures, to suit every taste.
5. Create a focal point
As the weather gets colder, you’ll be spending more time by the fire. Why not have something elegant to look at? Transform your mantle or fireplace into the focal point of your room. Think dark foliage, gothic art and banners. For a more rustic feel, go for wreaths and classic autumn motifs like leaves and gourds. For more inspiration, check out Balsam Hill’s chic selection of wreaths and garlands.
While the décor of previous years was simple and austere, we’re seeing a more fun and glamorous approach in 2019. Bold prints, vibrant colours and maximalism are trending. And with the focus on mixing pattern and texture, wallpaper is everywhere in exciting new designs and patterns. Wallpaper is the perfect way to take a feature wall to the next level, or add a dramatic, large-scale patten to your space.
Here’s our pick of the best new designs to instantly transform your home:
Accessories are the finishing touches that give your home personality, from art and ornaments to lamps and cushions. Interior designers pay special attention to accessories because we know they’re really important! Often, they’re the first thing you notice when you enter a room. They’re the details that pull the style together.
Here are 7 easy ways to give your own home a unique look with accessories:
As the temperature drops and days get shorter, we spend more time indoors – and crave our home comforts. The great news is while the weather is turning drab, your décor doesn’t have to be! There are simple ways to create an indulgent and luxurious atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxing in.
Follow these tips to transform your home into a cosy retreat this winter: