Chairs, armchairs and sofas are featuring dramatic designs and they are bold, truly a style statement for your lounge or a relaxing corner in your bedroom. The variety hitting the stores is mind-boggling, although the key is to forget about trying to match it with your current suite, this is all about contrast.
Graphic prints are featured heavily, alongside the swinging sixties big impact tropical flowers, in fact flowers are the key trend this season, with large blooms and striking leaves placed on a subtle background colour. If your tastes are more traditional you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the array of striped chairs, from wide stripes epitomising the seaside feel to the thinner stripes perfect for the French traditionalist décor.
You may also notice the other trend this season, butterflies, nature is shouting out and the elegant winged creatures are being seen everywhere, from bedding to armchairs with beautiful fabrics and even wallpaper.
If there is just one thing this season to bring into your home, take a seat and add some sumptuous luxury to your bedroom or lounge.
Updating a bedroom doesn’t have to cost a fortune, a few simple changes can bring life back into the room and make it feel fresher. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a full overhaul, then these nifty little ideas will help get you the look you want.
Wallpaper can instantly add a new dimension to a room, but you don’t have to spend a huge amount to do the whole room, create a feature wall in your bedroom, choose a dramatic looking paper and the transformation will make it seem as if you have decorated all the room.
If your bedroom is feeling a little dark, introduce reflected surfaces, such as mirrors, not necessarily on the ceiling, but a striking mirror will reflect light and add an extra dimension to the room.
The latest trend for the bedroom is florals in hot-house colours; you can simply achieve this look by buying a new set of bedding, or even adding a few cushions with large blooms on them. Display on your dressing table pretty florals accessories, like a clear glass vase holding a posy or a picture frame with a flowery image.
Christmas brings joy as well as a lack of space in the kids’ bedrooms, it’s time to de clutter. As more presents arise, space can be at a premium in kids’ bedrooms and if you find the toys are taking over, then there is good chance a clear out is required.
One of the best ways is to get the children involved in clearing out their room, or even get it more organised, is by everyone getting involved. If left to their own devices, space under the bed and inside wardrobes is where the majority of clutter will end up. You could also encourage them to earn money from the things they no longer use, by either selling it online through auctions sites or a car boot sale.
The easiest way is to label some bags or boxes, with throw, sell, keep and charity. If you think there maybe some future collectibles in there, name it ‘attic’. Remember some of the items can be recycled, so you may want a bag for that. The next phase is to go through everything; this is a perfect job for a cold blustery day at the weekend, especially if the kid’s aren’t thinking they are missing out on anything.
Don’t forget about the toys in the bathroom or the playhouse, in fact, toys are probably lurking everywhere. Kid’s will get more excited knowing they have a bedroom waiting for new additions and also the possibility of earning some pocket money out of it, plus a tidy room means a happy parent.