3 Style Tips To Create A Cosy Autumn Home

We know you probably don’t want to hear it yet, but as summer ends and the leaves begin to fall, why not introduce warm textures and lush jewel tones for a striking mood shift in the home.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares 3 décor tips to style a cosy home for Autumn 2019.

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1. Layer dusky jewel tones and inviting textures

This autumn, let rich jewel tones like deep mauve, sapphire blue and dusty pink take centre stage. “Embrace the sophistication of the season in all its moody glamour,” says Rebecca.

Layer deep, rich tones via opulent textures like velvet and faux fur to create a lavish, comfortable Autumn setting that’s perfect for cosying up in.

Light up the space with distinctive fixtures to enhance the overall ambience. “Individual pendant bulbs give off a modern, almost industrial feel while sleek standing lamps are practical and stylish.” Display fresh flowers for a burst of life, or dramatic floral artwork with contemporary charm as final touches.

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2. Pair yellow and black for a modern, vibrant take on autumn

On a brighter note, pairing black and yellow results in a lighter, modern take on autumn decor. One part dark, one part festive, and altogether stylish - choose a dark yellow like mustard, in homage to autumn’s signature leaves. “This trendy colour contrasts nicely with a sleek black leather sofa to produce an edgy and season appropriate palette,” says Rebecca. Go bold with a mustard feature wall or start small with yellow cushions, rugs and planters.

Keep the rest of the room simple and opt for pieces with clean lines to prevent overwhelming the senses. Add warmth with a soothing accent colour like forest green; dark green, leafy plants bring about a breath of fresh air while also contributing to the overall colour scheme.

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3. DIY autumn-themed accessories for some sparkle

In the spirit of transitioning into the season, get crafty and DIY some autumn-themed accessories. “Metallic accessories are a simple and effective way to add a pinch of glamour and light to any space,” she advises.

To DIY a metallic trinket dish, supplies needed include modelling clay, a few leaves, and metallic paint.

Roll the clay out, then firmly press the leaf onto it so the veins are clearly imprinted. Trim away the excess clay following the leaf’s outline. Using fingers, gently curl up the sides of the dish to form a shallow edge. Allow it to dry on a cooling rack overnight, then paint on the desired metallic shade and allow to dry completely before using.

A Stress Free Store for Lovers of Norwegian Furniture Design

Breaking News! The new go-to destination in London for those wanting to seek out contemporary Norwegian furniture design is now open in Tottenham Court Road. The new Stressless® store offers the perfect antidote to our modern and busy lives, with a showroom that is a haven of peace and tranquility.

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The store's natural flow and pared-back contemporary interior has been designed to evoke a calm and inspiring environment, enabling shoppers to browse multiple room layouts, try out the products at their leisure and easily visualise items in their own homes.

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What's more, visitors are invited to escape the hustle and bustle of the busy London streets by enjoying a free 10-minute session in the 'Stressless® Zone' - a carefully crafted space where customers can find some quiet and calm in the comfort of a recliner - whilst reading or listening to music or calming sounds.

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Guests can also fully recharge with a free coffee, tea or Scandi-inspired fruit juice in the cafe - complimentary for all shoppers and browsers.

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All Stressless® products are entirely bespoke and are tailored to individual needs. Simply choose your style, size, base, modules and functional components, and upholstery and colour to create a piece of furniture that is totally unique to you and your home. Recliners and sofas are available in 5 leather types and 61 colours and 3 fabric types and 21 colours. Friendly and knowledgable Stressless® representatives are on- hand to help shoppers design their dream chair.

Stressless®, 82 Tottenham Court Road, London.

Top Tips for Hanging Wallpaper in the Bathroom

It’s often thought that the damp and steamy atmosphere of the typical bathroom is bad news for wallpaper. But we have news for you! Using the right wallpaper and applying it properly means wallpaper can last for years in the bathroom – even in the most humid conditions. So there’s really no reason to shun stunning and colourful wallcoverings as long as you keep a few things in mind.

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Using tiles on the bottom half of the wall ensures that splashes are kept away from the wallpaper. This is the Palm Springs Tropical wallpaper from Mind the Gap.

Alex Whitecroft, head of design at I Want Wallpaper shares her top tips for using wallpaper in bathrooms.

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A bespoke printed self adhesive wall mural, made to your own exact measurements creates a unique feature wall. Available from Purlfrost Window Film.

1.Select the right wallpaper for damp and steamy atmospheres

There is a wide selection of bathroom wallpapers designed specifically for use in damp and steamy conditions.  Look for hard-wearing vinyl finishes, wipe clean surfaces and embossed detailing for looks that will last.

 “When applied correctly, modern wallpapers can stay strong for years. A top tip is to apply a coat of Decorator’s Varnish over the top to seal and make any wallpaper moisture resistant”.

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A mix of tiles and botanical wallpaper creates a fresh and bright scheme. This is the Edge bathroom suite from Bathroom Takeaway.

2.Feature walls can be fabulous in bathrooms

Feature walls actually work really well in bathrooms for both practical and aesthetic reasons. Using wallpaper on one wall can avoid the dampest areas next to the bath, shower or sink. It’s also a time-efficient way to inject modern designs into the room.

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This unbreakable pvc wallpaper featuring detailed Portuguese tiles looks as good as the real thing. One of many from Lime Lace.

3.Get tiles at a fraction of the price and effort

Tiles certainly have their benefits, but they are expensive and it can be a big job to change them when it’s time for a refresh. Some of the most popular bathroom wallpapers mimic tiles and they’re extremely realistic. Plus, there’s no grouting required!

Mosaic, slate and marble tiles are all popular bathroom looks that can be easily created at a fraction of the cost. For a wet room look - fit tiles in key wet areas, such as the inside of the shower and around the bath and sink, with tile-effect paper elsewhere.

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Behind a free-standing bath is the perfect place for wallpaper, as the bath is some distance from the wall. This is the Betsy Fan Large wallpaper in charcoal and cream from Woodchip and Magnolia.

4.Make small bathrooms feel bigger with patterned papers

Pattern can actually help to create the illusion of space in small bathrooms. Far from dominating the room, it can merge boundaries when used on as many walls as possible, even extending to the ceiling. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to stick to small scale pattern either, murals or large-scale patterns work extremely well in bathrooms.

Modern Maximalism With John Lewis

Enjoy some modern maximalism with John Lewis. With mixed materials and saturated hues Modern Maximalism is a bold look which will bring warmth to any space. Curated for colour confident, expressive customers, the collection celebrates contemporary design and sees tessellating shapes, perfect straight lines and smooth lozenges complemented by a diverse palette that includes deep paprika and rich ink.

Zoe StewartPartner & Decorative Bed Linen Buyer comments: “This season we look to colour in the bedroom not only to reflect our personal style but also to influence the way we feel; warm and bright hues can be incredibly energising. Our customer is bolder and looking to bring real personality into the room they undoubtedly spend the most time in. Layering colour on the bed is simple with plain linen, the absence of pattern allows you to play with three or four colours.”

JOHN LEWIS ELLIPSE CHAIR IN OPULENCE GREY, £349; Tom Dixon Tank Decanter, Black, £100; Tom Dixon Tank Champagne Glasses, Set of 2, £70; John Lewis & Partners + Swoon Raine Bar Trolley, £449; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT GIN GLASSES 700ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT MARTINI GLASSES 300ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT BRANDY GLASSES 720ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT WHISKEY 230ML X 2, £18; John Lewis & Partners HOUSE SAUCER X4, £18

JOHN LEWIS ELLIPSE CHAIR IN OPULENCE GREY, £349; Tom Dixon Tank Decanter, Black, £100; Tom Dixon Tank Champagne Glasses, Set of 2, £70; John Lewis & Partners + Swoon Raine Bar Trolley, £449; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT GIN GLASSES 700ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT MARTINI GLASSES 300ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT BRANDY GLASSES 720ML X 2, £25; John Lewis & Partners CONNOISSEUR SPIRIT WHISKEY 230ML X 2, £18; John Lewis & Partners HOUSE SAUCER X4, £18

John Lewis & Partners Santino 8-10 Seater Extending Dining Table, Solid Oak, £899; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Broste Copenhagen Hune Cutlery set, Rose Gold, 16 piece, £175; Mezzo Navy Napkin Set of 4, £12; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China, £7 Side plate green, £7; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Platter multi, £18; John Lewis & Partners L Impressions China Serve bowl multi, £22; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Dinner plate Green, £7

John Lewis & Partners Santino 8-10 Seater Extending Dining Table, Solid Oak, £899; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Broste Copenhagen Hune Cutlery set, Rose Gold, 16 piece, £175; Mezzo Navy Napkin Set of 4, £12; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China, £7 Side plate green, £7; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Platter multi, £18; John Lewis & Partners L Impressions China Serve bowl multi, £22; John Lewis & Partners Impressions China Dinner plate Green, £7

Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project by John Lewis No.169 8 Seater Dining Table, Oak, £999; Arcade Night Sky Readymade Curtain, £80 / £120; Matinee 10 light ceiling hoop, £295; Astrid Walnut Oval, £299; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; Iittala Ruutu Vase, H26.5cm, Copper, £190

Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project By John Lewis No.203 Upholstered Side Chair, £299; Design Project by John Lewis No.169 8 Seater Dining Table, Oak, £999; Arcade Night Sky Readymade Curtain, £80 / £120; Matinee 10 light ceiling hoop, £295; Astrid Walnut Oval, £299; 3 Tone Glass Multi Small, £40; Iittala Ruutu Vase, H26.5cm, Copper, £190

John Lewis & Partners Pillow Bedstead, 135c, £599; Design Project No.210 3 Tier lamp, £175; House by John Lewis Rayna Terrazzo Small Side Table, £69; Washed Cotton Throw Auburn 250 x 260, £80; Washed Cotton Throw Plaster 250 x 260, £80; No019 Decor Bedspread Night Sky 150 x 200, £65; Washed Linen Standard Pillowcase, Burnt Orange, £ 15; Washed Linen Standard Duvet Cover, Double, Burnt Orange, £60; Washed Linen Fitted Sheet, Double, Burnt Orange, £50; Design Project by John Lewis No.018 TUMBLER X 4, £30.

John Lewis & Partners Pillow Bedstead, 135c, £599; Design Project No.210 3 Tier lamp, £175; House by John Lewis Rayna Terrazzo Small Side Table, £69; Washed Cotton Throw Auburn 250 x 260, £80; Washed Cotton Throw Plaster 250 x 260, £80; No019 Decor Bedspread Night Sky 150 x 200, £65; Washed Linen Standard Pillowcase, Burnt Orange, £ 15; Washed Linen Standard Duvet Cover, Double, Burnt Orange, £60; Washed Linen Fitted Sheet, Double, Burnt Orange, £50; Design Project by John Lewis No.018 TUMBLER X 4, £30.

What's Your Style of Tile?

White metro tiles (lovely as they are), are not the only style of tile for that bathroom or kitchen makeover you are planning. Take it from us. There’s never been a better time to unleash your creativity and make a bold statement.

Stacey (of The Design Sheppard) in collaboration with Original Style has put together four different schemes to tempt you. And all of them are bang-on-trend….

Natural Selection

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This trend has a focus on careful craftsmanship and natural materials like wood, rattan, seagrass, wicker, cork, bamboo and terracotta. The colours that feature are also very natural so lots of muted earthy tones and especially lots of dark green. It also features lots of plants and foliage, as well as botanical prints on wallpaper, tiles and fabrics.

Featured is the palm print tile 'Hothouse' alongside Lignum Cream wood-effect tile and 'Victorian Green' tiles and mouldings. From Original Style.

The New Neutrals

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Grey is finally starting to wane in popularity and it’s now the turn of the ‘New Neutrals’. Think tea rose, lilac, lavender, mint and pale peach shades. Basically pastel colours in a more muted shade are 'in' in a big way. This ice-cream colour palette is given a more sophisticated feel though thanks to the grey undertones that permeate these colours.

Featured are an array of pastel themed tiles from Original Style and The Winchester Tile Company.

Colourful Kitchens

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It would seem that we are done playing it safe in the kitchen and we are now seeing some really bold statement colours coming through. Kitchens in deep navy blues accompanied by statement metallic splash backs in hand-aged copper or gold leaf are adding drama to kitchens settings.

Featured is Original Style's Copper Leaf large format tile alongside Lignum Taupe Natural - a stunning wood-effect porcelain tile.

Rough Luxe

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Rough Luxe sees rough, industrial finishes working alongside more refined and luxurious pieces. So use a mix of warm metallics like copper, brass and gold paired with exposed brick, concrete and rough timber finishes.

The image features Midnight Blue, London Stone, Antico Casale Fumo and Shadow Smoke Matt tiles. From Original Style.

Al fresco Tour with MyHouseology x Stylonylon

Houseology had the pleasure of working with ultimate cool girl Julia Rebaudo of lifestyle blog Stylonylon. Our team headed out to Julia's humble oasis in the Algarve to elevate her outdoor space this summer with a plethora of products from Houseology.com.

With a casual, comfortable and practical design aesthetic, Julia selected a whole range of stylish products from Houseology to create the perfect outdoor oasis. From bamboo dining tables, to chic garden chairs and glowing lanterns, Julia chose design pieces with plenty of versatility. Recreate Julia’s look and design a stylish brunch spot in your outdoor space this summer with our chic, durable and expertly crafted garden furniture. Hand-picked by Julia, of course!

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Inspired by the elegance of country living, the Hampstead Chair Set by Garden Trading creates ultimate comfort with it’s curved and contoured outdoor seating solution. Beautifully woven from PE bamboo, this two-seater set takes inspiration from traditional Danish bucket chairs; minimal, stylish and timeless, just like Julia’s Portuguese paradise. Combining natural bamboo with black powder coated steel gives the chair a slight industrial feel, adding a more modern feel to the design. Create the perfect bistro style set-up with the Hampstead chair set this season and embrace the summer in style.

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Delivering a rustic yet modern aesthetic, all Lene Bjerre designs achieve a contemporary style whilst still taking elements from traditional Scandinavian interiors. Julia’s dining area features two of our favourite pieces from the Lene Bjerre collection, the Nellia Dining Chair and the Mandisa Dining Table. Julia also chose the beautifully minimalistic Lara Bench, a handwoven rattan and iron bench, which is also part of Lene Bjerre’s sustainable furniture series!

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From reclaimed teak and steel, to natural bamboo and industrial slate, each of the table tops featured in Julia’s outdoor space exude style and understated elegance. Mixing a variety of textures can help add depth and character to any space, indoors or out. The Tekura Low Square Coffee Table by Les Jardins is inspired by the laid-back elegance of Scandinavian patio and terraces with its timeless and minimalistic appeal. With rounded corners and legs, the Tekura table is family-friendly and the slate top is a perfect contract to the rest of the teak frame.

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Hallway Design - How to Make a Welcoming Entrance

The hallway is all too often a forgotten space in our homes when it comes to design. It’s a transition space first and foremost and takes a lot of knocks and scrapes in today’s frenetic lives. But it’s also the first room that visitors see and should set the scene for what’s to follow. Four of Neptune’s home designers share their interiors insight on how to make your entryway as warm and welcoming as it is functional. Including everything from wet wellington boots to somewhere to check your reflection before you rush out of the door…

Keswick Large Console Table £910, Longton Lamp Base £105, Oliver shade in Warm White from £17, Garrick Chandelier £375. All Neptune.

Keswick Large Console Table £910, Longton Lamp Base £105, Oliver shade in Warm White from £17, Garrick Chandelier £375. All Neptune.

Let lighting draw the eye – [George Miller, Home Designer at Neptune Fulham]

“When you arrive home, opening your front door should be a sort of restorative ritual. Lighting can really help here. In this period property hallway, the dropped height of the Garrick chandelier leads your eye towards the staircase which makes a hallway appear larger as well as reminding you that your bed is never too far away! One light source in a room is never enough – layered lighting is what you’re looking to achieve – so a console table lamp adds a lower level of soft, ambient light which creates a soothing first impression day after day.”

Shay Rustic Oak Painted Console, £249.99. Oak Furniture Land

Shay Rustic Oak Painted Console, £249.99. Oak Furniture Land

Add warmth underfoot – [Laura Stainer, Home Designer at Neptune Chichester]

“I’m a big advocator of fitting in a hallway rug because it gives that instant sense of comfort. Not every home has enough room for a little armchair or bench, so it’s important to seek out other ways to make sure the space feels comfortable. After all, this is likely to be the first place that greets you day-in, day-out and it sets the tone for the rest of your home too. The bigger the rug, the better – a rule to live by in every room. And if you’re after pure practicality, think about natural weave rugs like jute.”

Turnberry Console £465, Somerton Log Basket £51, Corinium Pot £230, Shaftesbury Lamp with Lucile Shade £143, Caledonia Print Scottish Hills Print £115. All Neptune.

Turnberry Console £465, Somerton Log Basket £51, Corinium Pot £230, Shaftesbury Lamp with Lucile Shade £143, Caledonia Print Scottish Hills Print £115. All Neptune.

Favour functional flooring – [Kate Franklin, Home Designer at Neptune York]

“Nobody wants to be taking off their shoes on the doorstep for fear of marking a cream carpet or perfectly presented wooden floor. Your hallway floor will serve you best when it’s one that can take the pawprints and the raindrops from your umbrella. Tumbled flagstones, textured timber planks and even terracotta brick are all worthy contenders. Better still when they work with underfloor heating.”

Offcut Art Decor Flooring, £42.95 per sqm. Lifestyle Floors

Offcut Art Decor Flooring, £42.95 per sqm. Lifestyle Floors

Make room for storage and styling – [Kate Bradley, Home Designer at Neptune Edgbaston]

“Peg coat racks, baskets and console tables are all a hallway’s best friend. Even if your hallway is spacious, go for a slimmer design if you can so it doesn’t encroach too heavily on floor space, but one that’s longer so you can spread the contents across it without it appearing too cluttered. A good mix of decorative (like a vase, lamp and piece of art) and functional (a mirror and a bowl for keys and loose change) will achieve a happy balance.”

Stockists

https://www.neptune.com/

https://www.oakfurnitureland.co.uk/

https://www.lifestyle-floors.co.uk/

Hassle-Free Ways to Improve Your Kitchen

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Is it time to upgrade my kitchen?

If you’ve had the same kitchen for a while or find that the style of it is starting to age and is not quite up to date with the current trends, or that appliances keep breaking and the cabinets are starting to wear a bit, you might want to consider renovating your kitchen. Now renovating your kitchen can get a little stressful and extremely expensive that’s why today we’re going to treat you by giving you some hassle-free ways in which you can make some nifty little upgrades to your kitchen.

Tips and Tricks

The first tip is to replace your kitchen cabinets, and it’s a rapid process and can have an incredible impact on the look of the room. It also won’t cost you an arm and a leg should you look to buy kitchen cabinets online from wholesale to free up some budget for the rest of the kitchen.

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Another quick task that you can take care of yourself is to simply paint the doors, and if you’ve wooden doors ensure you use a primer so that you don’t have the paint seeping into the grain once you’ve decided on a colour paint your doors and then leave them to dry for 24 hours. Also, while we’re on the topic of doors after you’ve painted them, why not shop around and fit some new door handles which, despite being small, can have a significant impact.

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If you look at your walls in your kitchen and all seems a bit dull a quick way to spruce them up and bring them back to life is by either giving them a brand-new coat of paint, possibly in a totally different colour or invest in some new wallpaper that compliments the existing style and feel of your kitchen.

If you want to give your kitchen a bit more character and personality, you might want to consider some new tiles. You can either go for something a bit rustic to complement the existing style of the kitchen or simply try something new altogether to try to make a huge impression.

In terms of lighting, what is becoming a growing trend is under cabinet lighting. It highlights and will show off any display pieces that you have in your kitchen and of course, lights the room up. It also looks a lot better and more soothing at night than in comparison to overhead lighting.

Hopefully these tips and tricks here today have given you an insight into how you can make some renovations to your kitchen without spending a lot or having to spend a lot of time either, as most of these can be done yourself it saves you money hiring a tradesperson to do the job. DIY jobs can also be very therapeutic and resting for the soul as well as giving you a sense of achievement when the job is finished, and you can look back and be proud of yourself.

How to Make a Small Room Feel Larger

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Smaller bedrooms can be very cosy and inviting, but home owners often want to make their box room look as large as possible. While you physically cannot increase the square foot of a bedroom, without paying a fortune for an extension, there are several ways that you can trick the eye into thinking the bedroom is actually fairly big.

Here are 5 ways that you can trick the mind, and the human eye, into thinking that your box room is even bigger than it is:

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1. Less Clutter

If you can avoid having clutter, or multiple items of furniture in the bedroom, then this will add more floor space, therefore making the room seem bigger. The question is, how do you get rid of the clutter without having anywhere to put it?

A great option would be to check out this Happy Beds blog for advice on how you can add extra storage to a bedroom, or have a major clear out and finally throw out those clothes that you can no longer fit in.

2. Mirrors

Most rooms look smaller as they don’t have an awful lot of natural light coming in. Rather than taking up a lot of space with bulky lamps and lights, placing mirrors tactically on the wall would reflect the light from the outdoors, making the room seem bigger in both the daytime and the night time. Placing the mirror near a window will maximise the amount of light that comes in.

3. Keep it Simple

It can get tempting to add bold prints to a smaller bedroom but keeping the walls and furniture simple really would make the room look larger. Choose a colour that you love on the walls and then try and match the furniture in similar shades. By doing this, you will get a spacious feel and you don’t need to compromise on getting smaller furniture, as the big, statement pieces will blend into the background, therefore tricking the human eye.

4. Floor to Ceiling Curtains

By adding long curtains to a window frame, it can make the ceilings look dramatically higher. Of course, if the ceilings look higher, then this can make the eye think the bedroom is bigger in both length and in width too.

5. Invest in a Rug

Not only do rugs look great, and add cosiness to a bedroom, but adding a rug to a bedroom can also instantly make the room seem larger.

Rugs can help a room feel pulled together and creates the illusion of the room having more square feet. Plus, it is a great way to add a pop of colour to a bedroom!

Seven Tips to Maximise the Kerb Appeal of Your Home

Whether you’re planning to sell in the near future or just want to make the neighbours green with envy, outdoor specialists from BillyOh.com have shared with us seven top tips to help Brits enhance the front of their houses and increase their kerb appeal.

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Add a gate

Placing a gate at the entrance of the garden alongside being an additional security measure can also add a warm and welcoming for guests and sets the tone of the garden.

Refresh

Rather than putting in a new pathway a cheap and quick alternative is to instead use a power wash to give the existing footpath a good scrub. Add gravel to hide paths that are past saving.

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Enhance with an Arch

Putting an arch over the pathway is enticing and adds dimension to the area. Train plants like beech or hornbeam to make an evergreen arch, in winter the bare branches provide a strong structure.

Variety of greenery

When deciding on greenery, include a mix of different leaves and foliage to add dimension and interest. Stick to low maintenance plants such as hostas and lady ferns which thrive in shaded areas. Perfect for all seasons so no risk of looking bare or dull in colder periods.

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Utilise space

For residences with a smaller front garden such as townhouses, wall climbers should be considered. Taking no floor space and growing directly onto the outer walls of the house. Greenery can be introduced no matter how small the area.

Harmonise colours

When adding colour into the garden from front doors to plants and flowers choose complementary colours to unify the garden as one whole. This is an incredibly effective and easy way to add kerb appeal.

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Upgrade the door 

The main focal point of the house is the front door; a new lick of paint refreshes the home and draws the eye alongside polishing existing hardware. Before going for a bright colour consult with residents and ensure that it is appropriate for the location.

Bohemian Rhapsody from Mindthegap

Rooted in the region’s gypsy spirit and diverse ethnic heritage, Transylvanian lifestyle brand Mindthegap have launched the Nomad collection which is made up of six designs of fabrics. Fabulous as a wallcovering but also available in a range of upholstered furniture and cushions too.

Lakai Wallpaper 

Lakai Wallpaper 

A melting pot of folk-inspired craft and tradition, Nomad is an authentic and eclectic exploration of the patterns, motifs and cultures of travelling peoples from around the world. In an enticing palette of brick reds, ochre, earthy pinks and deep blues, the wallpaper collection combines the impact of a mural with traditional wallpaper repeats. While the heavyweight, rustically-textured printed linen is stonewashed for a vintage effect and handmade look.

Encapsulating Mindthegap’s unique artistic identity and bohemian approach to design, intriguing combinations include intricate Roma gypsy-inspired birds and florals, Hindustani elephants and explorers and graphic woven patterns from Eastern Asia.

“Somewhere deep in our hearts we are all hippies, free-spirited nomads wandering the world, taken by our dreams to unknown and marvelous places,” Mindthegap founder Stefan Ormenisan explains.

A world of creativity and free spirit, Nomad’s richly detailed hand-drawn patterns and unexpected colourways come together to create an encyclopedic history of gypsy culture and design.

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  1. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Black Bird.

  2. Vintage Linen Sofa - Nomad Gypsy Ochre.

  3. Vintage Linen Floor Cushion - Nomad Transylvania Folk.

  4. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Patola.

  5. Vintage Linen Pouf - Nomad Gypsy Ochre.

  6. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Transylvania Folk.

  7. Vintage Linen Armchair - Nomad Black Bird.

  8. Vintage Linen Cushion - Nomad Hindustan Aquamarine

Boho Style Furniture and Accessories from a Favourite Highstreet Store

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There’s no need to leave the comfort of your armchair to achieve a global inspired boho look in your home this summer. The Cinnabar range at Dunelm has a laid-back, just-off-the-plane feel about it. It features exotic animals, decorative furniture and striking mandalas to add intrigue and a well-travelled vibe to convince visitors that you are adventurous at heart.

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Lille Orange Slot Top Voile Panel, £16. Woven Throw, £30. Elephant Tealight Holder, £8. Caprice Side Table, £79. Large Wooden Clock, £35. Whitby Sofa from £649. Caprice Coffee Table, £149. Llama Sculpture, £12. Tribal Platter, £22. Beige Desert Skies Rug from £385.

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Elephant Cushion, £14. Jacobean Floral Cushion, £14. Clara Velvet Cushion, £20. Camel Cushion, £14.

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Copper Ombre Vase, £15. Amelie Bedstead from £599. Carys Duvet Cover Set from £28. Woven Throw, £30. Moroccan Pendant Shade, £32. Fitzgerald Nightstand, £119. Excel Round Rug from £75.

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Soak & Escape Plaque, £6. Bath Rack, £20. Rush Baskets from £15. White Ceramic Jug, £15. Alma Towels from £8. Tevah Hand Towel, £8.

The Metro Tile - Still a Stylish Choice

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There’s no doubt about it, the classic metro tile is still as popular as ever. From it’s utilitarian roots lining the walls of underground tunnels it’s now been elevated to a stylish choice for kitchens and bathrooms. And one that never seems to date or go out of style.

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Part of the reason for this is because the metro tile suits all kinds of interiors. It’s the natural choice for country style kitchens, but it doesn’t look out of place either in industrial style lofts and barn conversions. Or, come to that, traditional style homes or uber contemporary and slick interiors.

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It’s also possible to ring the changes with application. Metro tiles can look quite different depending on the colour used for the grouting. White grout will always look traditional with white tiles but change the grout to dark grey and the look changes to a more industrial style.

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Or indeed, the tiles can be hung differently. Herringbone patterns are now quite popular, as is laying the tiles one on top of the other instead of in the more usual brick pattern.

The only limit is the imagination.

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All tiles shown are from the Rustic Range at Crown Tiles, which have a lovely handmade, vintage feel.

Summer 2019 Trend - Colour Clash

Throw the rule book out of the window and embrace the trend for combining colours that well, clash. It’s not for the faint hearted but the layering of texture and finishes helps to make this look feel liveable and break up larger swathes of colour which can often feel overwhelming. Accents of white keep the scheme feeling fresh and the introduction of delicate accessories make for a more nuanced feel.

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Bold splashes of crimson, scarlet and coral are juxtaposed with softer shades of pink to fashion a look that breaks all the traditional rules

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Narla Bed Frame, £695; Amelie Table Lamp, £149; Velour Piped Red Cushion, £29; Troy Marble Lamp Table, £299. All from Furniture Village.

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Alternatively, choose colours from opposite sides of the colour wheel for a strong but balanced look. Here, shades of burnt orange, indigo and coral create a warm and lived-in feel.

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Vispring Pocket Sprung Divan Double, £4,576; Nicoletti Novita Armchair £895; Marlow Rug, £199; Phobos Table Lamp, £169; Rigby Lamp Table, £149. All from Furniture Village.

Bring The Fiesta to Your Garden Party This Summer

Garden party season is here! Whether you’re celebrating summer with a south-of-the-border soirée, indulging in #tacotuesday with your closest amigos or spicing up your Cinco de Mayo, why not evoke the exuberant spirit of Mexico with a range of tableware and accessories in an Aztec-inspired palette of bold, punchy brights.

Boho Table Setting with Frida Cushion, Cups, Basket, and Chandelier

Boho Table Setting with Frida Cushion, Cups, Basket, and Chandelier

Taking inspiration from the country’s rich culture and history, Boho from Talking Tables pays homage to artist Frida Kahlo’s brazen spirit and iconic style, with trompe l’oeil embroidery, folk-style geometrics, naïve florals and lavishly costumed llamas. As well as Frida herself - emblazoned across lanterns, paper plates, cups and napkins.

Boho Table Detail Woven Basket, Plates, and Napkins

Boho Table Detail Woven Basket, Plates, and Napkins

Sling on a sombrero, grab the guac, mix those margaritas and you’re ready to roll. Viva La Frida!

Boho Outdoor Entertaining Paper Lanterns

Boho Outdoor Entertaining Paper Lanterns

Top image: Chandelier, £14, Frida Cushion, £30, Large Frida Paper Cups, £4.50 for a pack of 12.

Middle image: Global Gathering Small Woven Tray, £12, Medium Paper Plates, £4 for a pack of 12, Cocktail Napkins, £3 for a pack of 20.

Bottom image: Paper Lanterns, £10 for a pack of 3.

Below: Bunting, £10.

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An Experts Guide to the Best Houseplants for Each Room

Having an Instagram worthy home has never been easier. But if you are struggling with keeping your green friends thriving after the shot has been taken, it might be because they are in the wrong place. So to help us out horticulture specialists at GardeningExpress.co.uk have compiled a guide detailing which house plants are best suited to each room – considering factors like light exposure and level of maintenance required. 

Kentia Palm

Kentia Palm

1. Living room:

Often the largest room in the house and the central hub, where majority of time is spent. Consider placing one large plant which will become a focal point for the room accompanied by smaller plants dotted around to continue the greenery theme. The  Ficus Alii houseplant  offers all the visual impact but without the high maintenance, and is a perfect pairing with ivy trailing from bookshelves.

Sansevieria

Sansevieria

2. Bedroom:

The sanctuary of the bedroom is best suited to plants with calming and soothing scents, which in turn promotes a better quality of sleep and allows full relaxation. Plants with high levels of purifying qualities such as Spider plants or soothing scents such as Jasmine are perfect.

Weeping Fig

Weeping Fig

3. Kitchen:

The heat of the kitchen may be overwhelming for some species of houseplants however this doesn’t mean that the heart of the home should remain sparse of any shrubs. Cacti and succulents are perfect additions to warmer environments with direct sunlight, whilst needing little-to-no-watering.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

4. Bathroom:

The usually dark and humid conditions of the bathroom isn’t great for many plants, however some – like the Peace Lily - will prosper in these conditions. The Peace Lily displays cream sail-like flowers in low light, beautifully contrasting with glossy green leaves. This plant is also great for amateur gardeners as it will droop when watering is needed.

Dragon Tree

Dragon Tree

5. Hallways:

The draughty properties of the hallway mean the area is often overlooked, so when adding plants take this into consideration. Choose drought tolerant plants which can survive a little neglect, such as the Jade plant which thrives with little light and water.

How to Choose the Ideal Dining Table for a Small Space

Many homes these days have to cope with small rooms and/or rooms that have to multi-task. This can be quite challenging for both family life and for entertaining. However, making smart choices when buying a dining table can easily turn a small dining space into a chic, comfortable focal point in the home.

Rebecca Snowden, Interior Style Advisor at Furniture Choice, shares with us 3 helpful tips on choosing a table that works well in small dining spaces.

Kingston Round White Table £149.99 from Furniture Choice

Kingston Round White Table £149.99 from Furniture Choice

1. Pick the right table shape and style

The heart of the home is where people come together for meals and conversations, so choosing a suitable dining table is vital, especially when space is at a premium.

“Consider the room layout and obstacles before making a new purchase,” Rebecca advises. “The shape and design of a table might affect how it fits around the room, along with the number of chairs it can accommodate. Round tables are great for tight spaces, and their rounded edges reduce the risk of accidents for a more family-friendly home. Pedestal tables are also excellent space-savers; the central base frees up more legroom while also maximising floor space.”

“When it comes to style, the possibilities are truly endless. A rustic table in walnut or grey wood lends a comforting presence and can be paired with practical wooden chairs, or styled along a chic, bistro-feel with comfy fabric seats. Or, for a modern take – glass tables are perfect for that extra oomph. These tables score big on style with different silhouettes and materials, from polished steel legs to statement wooden pedestals.”

Highbury Oak Extending Dining Table with Bali Chairs £529.99 from Furniture Choice

Highbury Oak Extending Dining Table with Bali Chairs £529.99 from Furniture Choice

2. Opt for an extending table

Small dining spaces will benefit from an extending table – the winning formula is its ability to lengthen and transform a space for parties and gatherings.

Extending tables are popular picks for most homes, but they’re extremely crucial in smaller homes and apartments,” Rebecca says. “These centrepieces are ideal for big gatherings, and can be kept to their original, compact shape for everyday use.”

“There’s a variety of extending styles to choose from, but it’s important to invest in one that works best in tight spaces. Butterfly leaf tables extend quickly and efficiently, and folds neatly under the table when not in use. Depending on budget and room size, there’s a table for every room – think classic, rectangular tables to practical round centrepieces that lengthens out for dinner parties.”

Square Chrome And Glass Dining Table With Grey Renzo Chairs from Furniture Choice

Square Chrome And Glass Dining Table With Grey Renzo Chairs from Furniture Choice

3. Choose a table that can multitask

Styling around a compact dining space also means investing in furniture that pulls double duty.

“It all comes down to strategic planning and shopping smart,” Rebecca says. “Think about how the table will be used at home and where it’ll be placed, without throwing the rest of the space off-balance. Look for a sturdy centrepiece that multitasks as a handy kitchen counter, dining area or comfortable workspace. If smaller tables are the go-to here, opt for lighter builds that can be moved against a wall when not in use, freeing up valuable floor space.”

Founded in 2005, FurnitureChoice.co.uk is an independent furniture retailer. The company combines a deep knowledge of contemporary furniture manufacturing with first-class e-commerce expertise.

Burst into Colour with Global Fusion Wallpaper Designs

Brighten up the walls of your home with Galerie Wallcoverings and its fabulously colourful wallpaper designs. Now that summer is here we’re loving the bolder and brighter prints in their Global Fusion range. It would be certain to add a wow factor and will ensure that even when autumn rears its head your interior will still be uplifting and sunny all day (and all night) long.

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Pair the striking wallpapers with rustic wooden surfaces, beautiful botanics and wicker accessories for the ultimate season finish this summer.

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The Global Fusion Collection from £29.95 inc.VAT for a 53cm x 10.05m roll .

Available from Galerie Wallcoverings.

Add a Pop of Colour in the Kitchen

Bright pops of colour are very on-trend this year and when we spotted this kitchen by Harvey Jones we were super inspired. A fairly conventional shaker kitchen has been completely transformed by this bright tangerine larder.

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Bursts of bright shades work extremely well in plain kitchen designs, and this one is paired with patterned fabric blinds to give it a 70’s feel, while still keeping a contemporary look. By keeping the kitchen accessories and appliances in muted colours it avoids a jarring appearance, and instead blends perfectly to create a stylish room.

Bold statements however are not for everyone. If colour confidence isn’t your thing, you could still introduce contrast to neutral kitchen cabinets by adding hints of colour with bar stools, soft furnishings or accessories.

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Tangerine orange is making a big impact in the kitchen as homeowners are becoming increasingly daring with their colour choices. Make sure you consider your space before you choose your paint colour – kitchens with lots of light can take a bolder, darker colour than a more enclosed room where bright white cabinets will help create the illusion of a bigger space” Melissa Klink, Head of Design at Harvey Jones.

We say, go bold or go home.

Kitchens start from £18,000. For more information about the kitchens available please call 0800 389 7365 or visit www.harveyjones.com.

Make Your Own Window Blinds!

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You can get the luxury you have always dreamed about only in a few mouse clicks and enjoy the result for ages. It has never been easier to create something so extraordinary as it is now.  Decoshaker allows every single customer to design their blinds and add this specific element of self-gratification to their home.

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How can you make your own blinds?

It is an effortless process! Just upload your beloved photo, set the measurements and Decoshaker will do everything for you. This opportunity finally allows you to enjoy the old family photo which you love so much. You can put it on your window and admire the wonderful timeless image that got stuck in a happy moment.

Moreover, if you are an animal lover and your pet has an Instagram page you probably want to demonstrate the beauty of your pet proudly. What is a better and more unique place than window blinds with your pet on them? Your pet could become a new star on your window, and all the guests' breath would be taken away after they’ll see it.

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Most importantly, anyone and everything can become your window blinds! If you are a lover of art, pets, flowers, Star Wars, Game of Thrones or anything else you can think of. All of it can become a real dream come true on your window shades.

Besides, custom blinds can be adapted to any window, balcony door or other open space, including the non-standard areas.

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Unique Decoshaker blinds

The unique concept of Decoshaker vertical and roller window blinds will allow you to indulge the comfort of your home. The beautiful design which you can create yourself will elevate the home decor and attract the attention of every human who enters your home.

Allow yourself to have a gorgeous decor makeover with our exclusive high-quality window blinds. Your designed shades will be a stunning addition to the warmth and comfort of your home. Where you can relax and forget about the outside stress and negative emotions.

Manufactured to the highest technical standard Decoshaker window blinds will delight your eyes for numerous years without interference.