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Living The Linen Trend

Easygoing yet somehow always elegant, linen is having a moment. The classic fashion staple is also now appearing as refined window coverings, on sumptuous beds and draped over the best-dressed tables. The relaxed charm of linen cloth, which is traditionally made from the flax plant, offers the benefits of...…

The Buyers Guide To Roman Blinds

Made to measure Luxaflex® Roman Blinds are the ideal choice for a window treatment that feels both decorative and uncluttered. The elegant, linear form of Roman Blinds allows the fabric to be the focus, be that an earthy, textured neutral fabric or a floral print on a shimmering silk. And...…

Making the Grade: How To Decorate With Ombre

It’s been a big style story for recent years and due to its pretty, yet simple look and feel, ombre is a look with a long future still ahead. Ombre, which means ‘shaded’ in French, is the gentle blending of one shade to another, usually through a dark to...…

The Best Interior Design Trends for 2018 from Maison L’Objet

Twice a year, designers, stylists, journalists, architects and buyers all converge in Paris. They’re looking to see the best and the brightest of the products and brands that will shape the trends for the next six months. And with thousands of companies on show, it can be hard to...…

Dulux Colour of the Year 2019

We’re big fans of Dulux Colour Of The Year; it’s a friendly, trusted insight into what Britain’s fashionable homes will be wearing in the next year. And happily, it’s a comforting, sensual tone called ‘Spiced Honey’. Heleen van Gent, Head of the Global Aesthetic Centre who chairs the panel...…

Purple Reigns; How To Use Purple To Create A Regal Bedroom

Purple bedrooms have a very particular mood, whether in the washed out tones of Jerusalem artichokes or the richness of deep purple velvet cushions. More playful than black yet more serious than pink, purple bedrooms convey a sense of luxurious decadence but also sleek sensuality. From the addition of...…

Creating a Beautiful Blue and White Bedroom Effortlessly

It’s a timeless combination. At once both fresh and homely, refined but great for every day and an accessible style solution which can soothe many a cross-gender decorating war. In fact, blue and white is the ideal place to start for bedroom colour ideas that capture the popular vote....…

How To Keep Your House Cool In The Heat

Sunshine is a wonderful thing. It improves the mood, the view and opens up a whole world of fun outdoors from long rambles to surfing that the faint hearted amongst us wouldn’t consider when the chilly months arrive. But after a long day of activities (or sun lounging) the...…

Using the Best Ideas For Yellow Kitchens

Yellow is the colour of sun, the colour of joy. And if you don’t live on a continent blessed with year-round sunshine, it’s an ideal hue for adding some instant brightness and warmth. As a colour choice, some may feel it lacks sophistication, so best to keep it to...…

How to Get Country House Style

Once minimalism was the go-to look for the chic design-led home. Vast expanses of expensive, long low lines in varying tones of white. But as with all interior design movements time and tastes change, and the flair of the English eccentric has drifted back into the lexicon of style...…

How To Use Shutters To Transform Your Interior Design

Shutters bring something to a room that other window treatments can’t. Sleek and solid, they can turn any window into an architectural feature. With some careful planning, a white wooden shutter can transform even the plainest room into an elegant, resolved grown-up space. So here are some simple ideas...…

Best New Kitchen Trends 2018 To Get On Your Radar Now

The best interior design trends tend to be more than a new look or burgeoning colour prediction. They have longevity, make sense for the way you live and work for your home long after the fashions have moved on. With this in mind, the new kitchen design ideas have...…

Go Bold; Statement Blinds For Showstopping Rooms

Windows naturally draw the eye, so they’re the obvious place to make a bold design statement. New fabrics and technology allow them to change the mood and use of a room, from shimmering fabrics that soften light to digital printing patterns that can bring a whole scheme together.  We’ve...…

Forget Flowers: How to Decorate With Vases

Vases, pots and jars, once heirlooms, wedding presents or junk store finds. These vessels can be found in most homes and from the most practical to most precious, they can be repurposed to create show-stopping everyday displays. So even if no one recently brought you home blooms, your best...…

Vintage Decorating Ideas For A Modern Home

Love the quirk and character but also the lack of maintenance that comes with a modern build home? Not to worry, we’ve got five ways to put the personality into your home whatever the period of property. So you can have the best of both style worlds: vintage interior...…

Protecting Art And Furniture From The Sun

We all love the warm kiss of the sun on our skin. But perhaps enjoy less the ravaging effects it can have on our lovely design scheme, treasured family heirlooms and favourite photographs. How can nice sunlight cause such chaos? The light from the sun includes UV rays, damaging...…

Outdoor Kitchens To Love All Year

The summer living dream for many homeowners is the ultimate alfresco upgrade, and dedicated outdoor kitchen – the perfect place to while away sunny days and long, lazy evenings. More than an outdoor dining space, outdoor kitchen designs allow the keen cook to still enjoy the weather (and company)...…

How To Decorate With Green For A Fresh Start To Spring

As the long rule of winter draws to a close, Spring greens are all around us. Emerging as buds in the garden or returning slowly to the bare trees, green is both inspiring and soothing and offers a huge spectrum of style inspiration.…

How to Decorate An Empty Room

For anyone who loves home design, the chance to run free with interior decorating ideas is a home décor dream come true. But despite having a treasured file crammed with interior design ideas, it can feel a little overwhelming when it comes to a completely empty space. This is...…

How To Decorate With A Neutral Colour Scheme – And Still Be Bold

Neutral colours, whatever the fashion, always retain an edge of sophistication and peaceful glamour. Whether a mix of 1950s satin mink drapes and low wool sofa or an Ibizan farmhouse with an unstructured linen day bed, neutral room décor is a timeless choice. But it’s not as easy as...…

How To Turn Your Bathroom Into A Spa

Active wellness, rather than just recovery from feeling under par, is one of the biggest emerging health trends for 2018. Instead of just fixing stress or depletion, the focus is on good sleep, proper nutrition and mindful calm. And the easiest way to get into good habits is to make them...…

How To Use Marble In Modern Home Design

  Marble is the ultimate material for representing luxury and refinement.  From grand country houses to sleek, minimal swimming pools, it’s the go-to for creating an enduring style statement that can be wildly opulent or quietly regal. And although it’s a material that calls for a little more financial...…

Welcome To The Dark Arts – Decorating With Black Is 2018’s Brightest Trend

Decorating with white used to the default for most stylish homes. A blanket of white paint and some pops of colour was the easiest cool decor shortcut. But deep, dark and rich colours have been quietly gaining ground, until they are now gracing many fashion-forward homes. As well as lending...…

Kids Storage For Every Room

Storage ideas for kids that work for every room The secret to a happy family home is not, as any parent will tell you, a glowing hearth and homemade jam. It’s well-planned (and used) toy storage. The best kids storage ideas are rooted in the reality, easy to use...…

Best Modern Dining Room Ideas

Dining rooms are back in fashion. In our search for understanding what makes a good life, the importance of taking the time to enjoy meals and the company of loved ones is back on the table. As a result, open plan, boundaryless living has fallen slightly out of favour; and...…

Luxaflex Crafty Christmas – Make Your Christmas Decorating Your Own

The festive season is at once both full of shared experiences and references such snow, twinkling lights and crooners playing on the stereo, and deeply personal, annual traditions with families and friends.  But for many of us nothing evokes the happy ghosts of Christmas past like a well-loved Christmas fairy missing a wing or tree topper crafted from gold painted pasta.  Homemade Christmas decorations and design ideas will always...…

They’re Coming! Best Guest Room Ideas For The Incoming Festive Season

If Christmas planning normally starts for you with a slow realisation time is ticking down and there are no ticks against your unwritten Christmas planning lists, don’t panic. And if one of those unwritten tasks is the conversion of your soulless box room/part time gym/junk storage space to a...…

Wet Rooms, Walk-In Showers And Shower Room Ideas To Delight

Most homes could benefit from an extra bathroom, whether the queue on a busy morning is too lengthy or you’d just like to upgrade an existing room into a show-stopping feature. Adding in a wet room or even a dedicated shower room will not only help your home run...…

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