The only way to dine this summer is alfresco so why not turn your outdoor area into a vibrant hub for family and friends to gather?
Outdoor spaces should really be thought of as an extension of your living room and that definitely applies to entertaining. Furnishings should be as comfortable and attractive as interior furnishings to really maximise the indoor/outdoor flow. Garden furniture has come a long way from cheap, plastic, flimsy furniture and the options to create the ultimate outdoor setting are extensive.
If you’re thinking of buying new furniture first consider the look you want to achieve. With the wide variety of styles available, consider choosing a style that harmonises with the architectural design of your home. Comfort is important, so shop where you can see the furniture on display. Sit in the chairs, relax in the lounges and check the height of tables to make sure they’re functional. Lastly, construction quality is important and you should buy from a reputable manufacturer willing to back products.
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While we’re not one to play favourites, when it comes to the home, we’re a big fan of white spaces.
And, although this milky-hued foundation is the perfect blank canvas for creating a striking space that never dates, when it comes to visual interest, it doesn’t leave much to the imagination.
Whether it’s a splash of colour or some clever contrasts, there are plenty of ways to bring life to your neutral spaces.
1 – GET CLEVER WITH COLOUR:
When it comes to home décor, colour has transformational abilities that are only limited by one’s imagination and the speed of a brush stroke. Be bold, be brave and, if you’re not, fake it till you make it with some small splashes of transitional colour.
2 – ARTISAN AESTHETIC:
Take a walk on the wild side this year, with au natural the king of the castle. Think artisan furniture – handmade with a raw edge. This aesthetic is by no means a perfectionist when it comes to looks and personality but, ironically, therein lies its perfection.
3 – TIME FOR TEXTURE: Textural elements in interior design have never been more crucial. Add some fabulous-looking faux furs, velvety, furry, sheepskin-like furnishings or flocked, patterned wallpaper.
4 – OPPOSITES ATTRACT: If a room gets boring, don’t be afraid to create contrast with some interesting pairings and surprise elements in your décor – a rustic stag head next to dainty white curtains can create strong visual interest and create a talking point
With colours, fabrics, furnishings and accents all part of the redecorating equation, updating your home is easier said than done. The art of creating a space that makes an impact takes creative courage and a sense of conviction that you know what you want.
But as with anything, there’s some clever rules that will make the task seem a whole lot less arduous and decorating your space can be as easy as 60-30-10.
The classic rule of three – which has been put to everything from marketing, to floral arrangements and even writing – is a simplified way to create beautiful rooms with cohesion. In this case, three colour families are used to add balance and depth to a room.
How this plays out in your room is that 60 percent of a room’s colour is achieved through a dominant wall colour, flooring and large-scale furniture, like the white walls in our beautiful cover image by Fenton and Fenton; 30 percent of colour will come from furniture, textiles and lighting; while 10 percent, not unlike jewellery, provides that little something special.
Get clever playing with ratios and get some colour confidence when it comes to decorating your home.
Beige has long been considered the nemesis of fun in the home sphere, with no more ability to bring life to a space than a teaspoon can. But in recent times it has been shaking off its ‘plain Jane’ vibes and introducing an exciting new aesthetic.
Warm and welcoming, beige is one of those clever colour chameleons that can make the perfect pairing with almost any other colour. And, when it comes to mixing and matching with this shade shifter, the bigger the design risks, the bigger the potential payoff.
Create a clean palette by incorporating white, go dark and moody with deep blues or charcoals, or go cool and classy by incorporating a range of beige tones, from light through to dark.
When it comes to colour psychology, pair beige with soft and relaxing tones of muted green, dove greys and soft pinks to create a calm and restorative environment.
Its earthy tones lend themselves to the use of organic materials, with indoor planting, woven artwork and ceramics making popular pairings. Spaces can be brought to life by adding texture through soft furnishings like wall hangings, sheepskins, wall rugs or furniture featuring organic materials.
This colour trend pairs well with woven artwork and indoor planting helps add a lush element to the neutral palette.
Bohemian decor can’t help but be a stand-out style in any room. Bohemian is too hip to be square; it’s a welcome digression away from the conversative; proudly eclectic. Whoever partners with this concept must appreciate an adventurous aesthetic.
A free-spirit, bohemian decor embraces culture, colour and carefree style – from compelling patterns and fiery orange, saturated purple, terracotta and metallic shades, to ornate boxes, mismatched china, vintage finds, and striking tapestries, every feature in your bohemian space should tell a story.
The best part about bohemian decor is that it can be done on a budget with repurposed and reclaimed items offering a cost-effective way forward. And when it comes to dressing your bedroom in this down-to-earth decor, it’s not hard to uncover some charming features and accents that will see you resting your head in boho heaven.
Rugs, curtains, duvets, lighting and accent pillows can all play their part in creating the ultimate boho style story. Trinkets like lanterns, antique candelabras, shabby chic throws and mystical artwork will add to the ambience.
Pinterest is a great place let your imagination run wild before you bring your ideas to fruition.