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  • How to Achieve Timeless Interior Design Trends

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    Trends are all well and good but what do you do when the trend becomes ‘so last year’? Redecorating all the time is impossible both in terms of budget and time. The answer lays in carefully choosing what trends you go with, making sure that they are timeless and classic.
     

    1) Choose natural, high-quality materials and fabrics

    If there is one thing that never goes out of fashion, it is the materials that nature gives us from. From wool to wood, there is a range of all-natural materials that make creating a timeless, elegant interior a possibility. What you are looking for is sophistication in a piece and that means sometimes spending a little more on something. In other words, that flat-pack modern piece of furniture may look great, but is it oozing longevity or ‘make do’.

    The best thing about natural materials is how well they age over time, with a stunning patina or finish about them that doesn’t detract from the room but enhance it.

    From wooden frame chairs to natural stone floors, consider the materials used in your home and how they will continue to contribute over the coming years.

     

    2) Discreet technology

    We all know that when it comes to technology, the array of gadgets and gizmos that enhance the comfort of our homes is dizzying. What tends to happen with interior design trends is that they include this technology in their make up – and that makes sense. Sort of.

    However, the pace of technological change is lightning fast and so what was fantastic last year has already been replaced by something smaller/bigger/thinner/thicker, you name it.

    To keep your interior looking timeless and elegant, you need to incorporate technology rather than making it stand out. Opt for smaller speakers, for example, but rather than wall mount them, have them as part of the furniture.

    Take care choosing furniture that is specifically for a certain piece of technology. It could become obsolete sooner than you think.

    3) Choose neutral colours

    The Pantone colour of the year is Ultra Violet, a beautifully shimmering deep purple that is vibrant and bold. Slap it on the walls or choose a wingback chair in a deep plum colour and you have the look. Until next year.

    Who can afford to keep replacing furniture and who has the time to be continually painting walls? If you want to be right now, then by all means, opt for Ultra Violet or the grey tones that we are seeing a lot of. Or, if you want an interior design style or scheme with a little more longevity, opt for a neutral colour scheme.

    This doesn’t mean opting for boring neutral colours such as white or magnolia, but rather colours that form a neutral backdrop against which the rest of the room can shine. For example, a beautiful light yellow, perfect for the spring pastel shades that are on-trend is ideal in a room with a sunny disposition. Choose an accent chair or two, use natural fabrics for both furniture and floor and along with a few well-chosen accessories, you have a room that has key on-trend elements but will last longer than 12 months in terms of looks.

    If you like darker tones and shades, all well and good but be mindful that they can soon look old hat. Why not opt for a lighter shade of your favourite colour?

     

    4) Timeless statements

    No matter which design scheme you favour, they will all have a key element that stands out. Some of these statement pieces can be right on trend – such as the space-like pendant lights we have seen of late – whereas others can have more timeless elements to them.

    The skill is to choose a statement piece that packs a punch but is unobtrusive and non-garish. From lighting to iconic shales and designs such as a wingback armchair or Chesterfield inspired sofa, there are always options that can stand out or take a back seat in a design.

    Some shapes and designs never go out of fashion! Check the key ingredients of each interior design style with our comprehensive interior design guide to help achieve a timeless, but stylish interior.

    5) Get personal

    There is a difference between timeless and characterless, but this is a common mistake that we make when trying to create a space that doesn’t age too fast in terms of its trendiness. Removing all the details of a room does not make it classic: it makes it bare.

    From art to sculptural accessories, to family photos to the blanket that you have had as a throw on the sofa for years, these smaller, personal details are what turn your room from ordinary to extraordinary.

    Accessories and artwork add depth and detail to a room – and can be easily changed too. But don’t forget your personal things because the fridge magnet from your last holiday is, after all, one of the many things that make your house a home.

  • Colour Schemes That Are Perfect for Spring

    Spring is a time of new life and with warmer temperatures allowing us to shed some winter layers, it is the ideal time to breathe new life into the interior of your home too. Throw open the windows and let the cool spring air blow away the cobwebs of winter past and enjoy the spring clean.

    How to Give Your Home a Fresh Look

    For many us, part of the spring clean is picking up a paintbrush and reviving the walls. Or maybe you go a little further than that and choose new wallpaper and floor coverings.

    If you don’t want the expense of remodelling the whole house or room, there are small changes you can make to bring a sense of freshness and appeal to a space. Take a look at what colours are on trend this spring and how they could work with current furniture, chairs and sofas included.

     

    Neutral Tufts, Tassels and Feathers

    With winter nearly done, you may want to switch up your soft furnishings such as rugs and throws, from winter to spring. Lighter colours tend to be associated with the months of spring and summer, but which colours and shades are perfect for the coming season?

    Choose neutral shades for throws and rugs and you will find that they fit perfectly, no matter what colour walls, curtains or furniture you have. But stick with plenty of texture which is where the tufts, tassels and feathers come in.

    As well as plenty of fringing and detail, opt for rugs and throws with a hint of black to them, a colour that frames a room as well as gives it boldness.

    Want to know more about how colour works in a room? Our furniture colour chart has the answers.

     

    Pretty Pastels

    Spring is associated with pastel colours, from pretty yellow to light green shades and hues. Reminiscent of Easter, there is no need to assume that these are the only colour options.

    This season, the pastel shades for walls (and ceilings!) are ice-cream pretty. Think sorbet pink and light tangerine, with not-too-dark blue for the walls, shown off to maximum effect with white gloss paintwork.

    Again, relatively neutral in shade, pretty pastel walls work well with all kinds of furniture colour. For a cohesive, stylish look, use contrasting light and dark shades – such as dark plum accent chairs with sugary pink walls and vice versa – for a stunning effect.

     

    Geometric patterned wallpaper

    It’s no surprise that spring signals the use of ditzy flower patterns, as well as bold flowered fabrics, but if you feel this is a little too predictable you are not alone!

    The must-have pattern for wallpaper this spring – and one that makes a welcome change – is the detailed geometric pattern that can open up a space and give it the va-va-voom that it needs.

    There are plenty of delightful examples, some taking in the pretty pastel shades we talked about previously. But if you want something more dramatic, look out for tan and orange wallpapers, laced with pretty gold effect detailing.

    The latter works superb with leather upholstered accent chairs, especially brown leather but can also work with upholstered chairs, no matter what their style.

    Not a fan of geometric patterns? There are alternatives with classic look wallpapers.

     

    Green

    You can’t add too much foliage to a room this season and so if you like a pot plant or 10, then deck out your rooms full of pretty plants. Contrast this against a light coloured green wall and choose at least some kind of darker green accessory to pull it all together.

     

    Want more colour in your home?

    There is always space for strong colours in the home, but how you use them needs to work with the dimensions of your rooms too. We have seen some splendid examples of dark upholstered furniture, fabric and leather, completely transformed with a pop of bright colour.

    Think throws with pinks, magenta and golden yellow, fringed with orange and red detailing. We have seen hints of Aztec inspired patterns too but with brighter colours rather than earthier tones.

    It can also be as simple as adding two contrasting pieces to accent chairs such as a light pastel shade throw for a chillier spring evening, matched with a bold, contrasting block colour or patterned scatter cushion.

    Bidding winter goodbye and welcoming spring into your home this season doesn’t mean an expensive overhaul. From the latest must-have cushions to a pretty, tasselled throw, what will you add to your home to welcome spring?

  • 5 Ideas for Eye-Catching Accent Chairs

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    An accent chair is a piece of furniture that is made to stand out. A statement that brings a heavy dose of style, colour, shape and texture to a room. There are many choices of accent chair that will revolutionise your décor.

     

    Top 5 Accent Chair Ideas

     

    Bamboo or rattan chairs

    You may associate them with a 1970s conservatory – and no one wants a return to the high-backed rattan chair of that decade. But there is a resurgence for the love of bamboo or rattan frame chairs, especially as accent chairs.

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  • Simple Renovations That Will Increase Your Property Value Dramatically

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    Increasing your property value is on the minds of any homeowner, especially If you want to work your way up the property ladder. If you want to build or move into your dream home you need to know how to maximise the value of your current property. It’s not just about cosmetic enhancements such as updating living areas or fitting a new kitchen — you need to consider basic structural renovations too.

    Upgrade Your Furniture

    Renovating your property can be an expensive project, and it can be a struggle to build up a big budget for your home. Upgrading your furniture is often the healthiest option for your wallet to appeal to buyers and update your living spaces.

    New furniture can liven up any living area - even if it's a small piece. Switching out a dull armchair for a bold solid or stunning print accent chair can make a huge difference. The difference can turn a boring piece of furniture into a great statement piece. New furniture can be expensive so unless you're comfortable making a big investment stick with something smaller like a tub chair or side table as opposed to a new bed.

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  • How DIY Upholstery Can Make Your Home More ‘You’

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    It's all good splashing out on a chair that really suits your style, but it’s hard work to find something truly perfect. Create your vision by doing it yourself!

    We’ve all been there – we have the perfect vision of how we want a room to look and although we search high and low, we never quite find what we are looking for. And so, we ‘make do’, plumping for upholstered chairs and sofas that only meet partly meet our interior design vision.

    But, it is possible to have the colour, the shade and the pattern you really want with do it yourself upholstery.

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