home: trend [ compact dressing tables ]
More and more home owners and renters are dealing with smaller spaces or are just finding that having more compact furniture creates more space in rooms, leading to an airier feeling environment.
One piece of furniture which is ticking these boxes is the humble dressing table. A necessity for some, for others less so. But whatever you actually use yours for, we have found some great modern examples which are compact in size, but big on personality.
The variety is huge online, so there is lots to choose from for all styles of room.
Clockwise from top left:
John Lewis [ £350 ], Dwell [ £399 ], Next [ £275 ], Laredoute [ £230 ] , West Elm [ £399 ], Habitat [ £450 ], Made [ £399 ]
home: trend [ bold wallpaper ]
Be bold and embrace the beauty of wallpapers that have strong large prints of flowers, shapes and geometric designs.
There are different ways to style the trend and you can choose to be more maximalist or have a clean, minimal style.
To go for a bold look, maximise the clashing strong designs; use various flower prints, various illustrative prints or shape designs to layer up a rich look. Look for sofas, armchairs, soft furnishings that the patterns sit together by colour but have variance in size and design.
Alternatively opt to just have the bold impact of the wallpaper and have far simpler plain accessories and furniture. Pull out a few colours from the wallpaper to have block colours for the sofa and chair or bed linen. Metallic highlights in chair or bed frames, homeware pieces, framed artwork or ceramics can be very effective to add dimension to the room.
You can also create more depth to a room by pulling one colour from the wall paper to use as a solid paint colour on the other walls. Think about papering the largest wall, most likely where the sofa goes, for a more modern look; instead of the more traditional ‘feature wall’ idea of the wall with the chimney breast and fireplace.
Main Picture guide
Naken / Ellie Cashman Design / Jane Clayton £47.20
Jane Clayton £99.20 / World of Wallpaper from £11.99 / Graham Brown from £50
Graham Brown from £40 / Murals Wallpaper from £36 / Murals Wallpaper from £36
home: trend [ faux flowers ]
It has taken a while to get on board with having faux flowers in the home but more and more of us are exploring the possibility.
Now is a great time to find those realistic looking stems, ideal for dressing a table or shelf. This season has also seen an increased interest in a 70’s favourite – dried flowers.
Invest in one or two different stems and then mix in real flowers when required. The realism is so good now on these fauxs and of course they will last.
Also look out for faux plants, perfect for dark corners of rooms. No chance of killing these off!
Clockwise from top left:
Heads Milk Vetch / abigailahern.com [ £9.00 each ], Pink Protea / audenza.com [ £26 each ], Magnolia Spray / coxandcox.co.uk [ £28 each ], Foxglove / abigailahern.com [ £14.50 each ], Allium Bouquet / marksandspencer.com [ £15 ], Eucalyptus / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £12 each ], Peony bundle / dunelm.com [ £5 ], Dried Canary Grass bunch / trouva.com [ £10.50 ]
home: trend [ bronze highlights ]
Metallics are still a strong trend for this year and bronze highlights are continuing to appear across stores in homeware products.
We’ve picked some favourites to add a little bronze highlight to your room – simple touches like picture frames, furniture legs, clocks and lights to use a small ways to have pops of metallics in a room.
Vase £16.95 Nkuku / Artwork £35.99 Wayfair / Wallpaper £65 Beut
Coffee table £134 Perch & Parrow / Light £111.00 Laura Ashley / Clock €72.99 Trouva
Sofa £1999.00 Swoon / Shelf bracket £13 Nordic Nest / Frame £100 Habitat
home:trend [ matt finishes ]
Over the last few years we have seen a lot of shiny surfaces, metalic accents and pattern on cabinets and tables. This season we seeing less shine and more matt finishes.
Solid colour on worktops, cabinets and table tops is coming through into stores and we will be seeing it everywhere. Strong colour choices are pink, black and green.
This look is very much influenced by Scandinavian design and creates a much more harmonious interior with solid shapes and strong silhouettes.
Top row: coffee table / johnlewis.com [ £239 ], table lamp / oliverbonas.com [ £68 ], cabinet doors / ikea.com [ £35 ]
Middle row: cabinet / laredoute.co.uk [ £349 ], decanter / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £48 ], table lamp / trouva.com [ £179 ]
Bottom row: vase / habitat.co.uk [ £20 ], watering can / trouva.com [ £59 ], wardrobe / made.com [ £699 ]
home: event [ Ideal Home Show ]
It’s not too late to book your tickets for the Ideal Home Show which runs from 22nd March to the 7th April at Olympia in London. Book your tickets HERE
From inspiring ideas, to innovative products and on-trend solutions for your home, the Ideal Home Show sponsored by Zoopla, brings together full scale show homes, over 600 companies, 100’s of free talks, the latest technology and fresh ideas from our team of experts. The show will also offer health and wellbeing advice, and an opportunity to be pampered, all for the price of your ticket. We are also excited to reveal that this year’s show will celebrate its British roots with a best of British theme!
home: trend [ 70s ]
There was some incredible design and style to come out of the seventies – it wasn’t all bad bell bottoms and glitter, but the design mentality of the midcentury continued, evolved and produced slick but funky interior design, luxury and a lot about comfort and relaxing – think low level seating, sumptuous throws, endless cushions, fabric on walls, even padded walls… dinner partying in the home and cocktail evenings or ‘soirées’ were becoming all the rage so creating the right home environment was key.
Fast forward to present day and a lot across the current high street has taken inspiration from the styles, patterns, furniture silhouettes and luxurious feel.
The colour palette to stick to should include neutral creams and beiges with rust, red, mustard and green tones. For a modern approach keep things quite minimal with not overlaying too many strong patterns as they would have done in the 70s.
Hunt on eBay, in markets and at car boots for pottery, ceramics and homewares of the era to bring in the right details but also high street favourites Habitat and Dunelm have some great modern equivalents.
Top row :
‘Biba’ Cushion £28 House Of Fraser / Rug from £44.99 Very / H K Living Bowls £31.13 Trouva
Middle row :
Leaf Dish £16 Dunelm / Cushion £20 Urban Outfitters / ‘Flynn’ Sofa £2300 Habitat
Bottom row :
Vase £17.50 (sale) Habitat / Chair £229 CultFurniture / Curtain £103.50 Maison Du Monde