Fall in love with your home for 2015

Published: Sunday 18th January 2015 by The News Editor

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Homes – just like relationships – suffer over time from familiarity, and once that early passion for decor and DIY has faded, rooms can end up sad, pale shadows of their formerly glowing, super-smart selves.

To stay fresh and appealing, it’s good to shake things up every now and then and this year’s trends have just burst on to the scene with plenty of inspirational ideas.

Colour, especially exotic, rich pink, is taking centre stage, sweeping away blandness with clashing shades and zingy hues. If that’s too adventurous, there’s a charming botanical look featuring blooms, birds and bees, or a black and white theme which embraces sophisticated, sleek monochrome.

Classic coastal’s taken on board elements of global style, and the smart way to interpret this chic look is with leather chairs and chunky chests and copper accessories – giving things a gentleman’s club or captain’s cabin feel.

Spring greens

Nature’s still a hot trend, with rich greens and florals bringing the outdoors in on a variety of designs.

“We’ve taken inspiration from antique, botanical illustrations for our collection,” says Claire Roberts, print designer at .

Decor tip: A group wall display of botanical prints in matching frames is an easy fast-track to this look. Fern Print Wall Art, £55 for set of three, Marks & Spencer (available late January).

Trendy buys: A Jolie Armchair, from £319.20, upholstered in striking Woodland Fern black linen is the gem at the heart of Marks & Spencer’s botanical collection.

has a new Amazonia china collection, splashed with flowers, hummingbirds and butterflies. Espresso Cup & Saucer Set, from £18.95, Flat Plate, £66, Villeroy & Boch.

Master monochrome

Chic black and white is still the most striking way to update a room, according to Emma Mann, head of home design at .

“Simplicity is key for this graphic trend, which is grounded in a modern palette of black, white and grey,” she says.

Decor tip: While white walls and black paintwork have impact, dressing windows with black blinds or shutters brings real drama. has a selection of made-to-measure blinds and shutters in dramatic black.

Trendy buys: A statement piece such as Marks & Spencer’s Nyako 3-Door Sideboard, £749, will set the scene and it’s reduced to £599.20 online.

Super shore

Blend together the perennially popular coastal style and the more edgy global/traveller style for an irresistible decor combination, appropriate for any location, urban or seaside.

“Red and navy striped linens are balanced with washed, earthy tones for a sophisticated nautical feel,” says Ysanne Jenkins, executive director for home at .

Decor tip: Striped fabrics for cushions, upholstery or tablecloths instantly evoke images of beach huts and deckchairs. ‘s excellent fabric collection includes two stars – Candy Stripe Indigo, £24.50 a metre, and an oilcloth, Ascot Stripe 1, £34.50 a metre.

Trendy buys: The Linea Voyager Trunk Coffee Table at House of Fraser, £699, teams well with a Westbury Leather Armchair, £1,168 (available late February).

Blue and white stripes are a must-have ingredient for a classic coastal decor, and the Burford Arm Chair is upholstered in an appropriate and bold Navy Pier Stripe, £399, . Alternatively ‘s interpretation of this look is effective but much cheaper. Blue Boho Fabric Occasional Chair, £199; Savannah Lamp Table, £99, and glass Jar Table Lamp, £55.

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Published: Sunday 18th January 2015 by The News Editor

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