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7 Tricks to Make a Small Living Room Feel Bigger

7 Tricks to Make a Small Living Room Feel Bigger

For many of us, the living room is one of the most-used areas in our homes; ever-changing from an at-home office to a cinema room, dining area, and everything in between. So having a little extra space is always welcome, right? Follow our small living room decorating ideas to make the most of the space available. These quick and easy hacks have you covered... 

1. Be Clever With Storage

Maximise space and keep clutter tucked away with clever storage solutions. From keeping all the TV remotes together to hiding the kids’ toys out of sight, the Set of 3 Geo Baskets is ideal for dotting about the room or storing under the sofa. For more heavyweight storage needs, the Bordeaux Narrow Sideboard is slim enough to fit into small living spaces, yet still hides everything behind sleek sliding doors. Mess? What mess?

2. Use a Rug to Define Spaces

Create the illusion of more square footage in your living room with a strategically placed rug. Slip under a sofa, use it to corner off a dining area or separate a coffee table from the rest of your furniture, tricking the eye into believing your living room is bigger than it actually is. The Abstract Face Illustration Rug is perfect for embracing the line illustration trend, blending in with a neutral colour palette that suits many interior styles.

3. Stack Those Shelves

Need more storage but don’t have the floor space? Build shelves into awkward nooks on the wall to create more storage potential. Stack shelves high to draw the eye upwards on the walls; a trick that makes ceilings feel higher and the room appear more spacious. If you do have room for a standing unit, opt for a lightweight frame over a heavy, bulky unit. The Calloway Bookshelf is tall and has lots of shelf space without taking up too much of the floor.

4. Create Space With Furniture

Swap bulky sofas for lithe two-seaters, loveseats and cocktail chairs, which can fit more easily into tight spaces. The Abode Charm 2 Seater Sofa also comes with exposed chair legs, showing off more space. Our quick tip for giving your living area a little breathing room: pull the sofa a couple of centimetres away from the wall. Just a small gap will help to create shadows and space, giving the illusion of a bigger living room.

5. Stick to One Colour Palette

Avoid adding too many colours into the mix when decorating a small living room, as this can shrink the space by creating a cluttered feel. Stick to one shade on the walls and don’t go too dark; a neutral colour palette will keep things light, bright and airy. That doesn’t mean your living room has to be dull. Neutral shades work with so many current interiors trends, from minimal Japandi to rustic farmhouse. Get inspired with our 5 Tips for Decorating With Dreamy Neutrals to bring small living room decorating ideas to life. 

6. Try Layering Furniture

From space-saving nest tables to tucked-away stools, layering furniture keeps an area from looking over-furnished, with the option for extra seating and side tables when needed. (Unexpected guests? No drama…) Keep the Nolan Table Set of 3 sofa-side, ready for surprise home entertaining with friends. The Black Cherry Stool is also perfect for pulling out from under a coffee table as an extra perch, yet slots away easily once everyone’s gone home. The dream.

7. Opt for Large Accessories

Forget cluttered walls. Use large scale pieces to bring bare walls to life, without feeling busy. Our Pastel Coast Frame Picture was made for art lovers, or, for a more minimal vibe, the Seville Rectangular Mirror features frame-like details similar to a window pane, reflecting the light and opening up the room. If opting for a gallery wall, keep the display to just one feature wall rather than overstyling. Leaving some blank space will keep the room feeling open and fresh, not cluttered and cramped.

Ready to try your hand at decorating another room? Discover 7 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Bigger.

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7 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

7 Ways to Make a Small Bedroom Look Bigger

It’s amazing what clever decor can do. The smallest tweak or a stroke of paint can work wonders at enhancing or – if you get it wrong – minimising the space in a room. That’s why, when you’re decorating a small bedroom, it’s important to know all the tricks to increase space. Here are seven easy ways to make a small bedroom appear bigger...

1. Choose a Lower Bed

In most bedrooms – big or small – the bed takes up the majority of space. To ensure it doesn’t dominate the room entirely, consider a low, lithe bed frame with a minimal aesthetic. The Vincent Bedstead is perfect for creating a chic Japandi vibe, while a white style, like the Atelier Low End Bed, will enhance a bright and airy atmosphere. 

2. Or Opt for Under-Bed Storage

Alternatively, you can trade a chest of drawers for a slightly higher bed with storage underneath. This helps you reclaim precious floor space, so there’s more room for you to move around. The Tempur Ardennes 4 Drawer Divan is a go-to for storing clothes, books, games, movies and more. The drawers are sturdy and spacious, so you can pack plenty in. Oh, and it’s ultra-comfy, too.

3. Swap Table Lamps For Wall Lamps

Not only will choosing wall lamps over table lamps allow you to shop for petite bedside tables; it may even mean you don't need a bedside table at all. Ergo, extra space available. Simply fit stylish wall sconces that match the rest of the hardware in your room. The Hanson Wall Light comes in Antique Brass or Aged Copper colourways, and fits all manners of decor aesthetics. 

4. Raise Your Curtain Pole

This hack is simple but so very effective. Instead of placing curtain poles just above your windows, raise them as high as they will go (close to the ceiling), then hang up some long, light-coloured drapes. This easy adjustment can lend the illusion of higher ceilings and taller walls, which tricks the eye into seeing a larger room. It’s like an instant extension.

 

5. Pick a Light Colour Palette

While deeper shades like navy and olive green are trending on Instagram, they can make a small room feel even smaller. That’s why we recommend choosing white or pale grey palettes. Use the same paint colour on the walls and ceilings to open up the bedroom, then opt for a neutral carpet or light wood flooring. Your space will feel bigger and brighter.

 

6. Keep Bedding Minimal

Here’s another trick to make sure your bed doesn’t overwhelm the rest of the room: keep your bedding minimal. That means solid colours versus loud patterns when it comes to choosing sheets and comforters. Then, instead of piling cushions high, opt for a couple that add a pop of colour to your light palette. We love the Grey Gold Bee Cushion for its compact, rectangular shape. Place one on either side of the bed. 

7. Hang Mirrors On the Wall

Rather than crowding walls with busy prints, try hanging up a mirror. The reflection enhances the space you have in ways that a poster never could. To take it one step further, consider placing the mirror near a window. A round design, like the Copper Curve Mirror, will bounce beautiful, natural light around your bedroom. 


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5 Tips For Decorating With Dreamy Neutrals

5 Tips For Decorating With Dreamy Neutrals

Decorating with neutrals isn’t all about greige. There’s a whole spectrum of subtle tones to fill your living space with, from dusky blush to smokey tan. Anything but bland; neutral interiors are a timeless way to suit a range of decor styles, from simple Japandi to country-inspired cottagecore.

Read on for our five easy tips to try when styling neutrals at home...

1. Find Your Neutral Palette

The term ‘neutral’ technically stands for any shade not on the colour wheel, but that doesn’t mean a lack of bold hues has to be bland. From cool greys to pink-toned taupes and creamy off-whites to rich, earthy tones; there are endless ways to mix and match neutral interiors. The trick is finding complementary tones that work together in harmony in your living space. 

 If opting for warm hues when decorating with neutrals, choose shades with a green or yellow undertone. Think buttery shades of taupe, wheat and vanilla, as seen together on the Geometric Taupe Cushion, or spiced, earthy hues of cinnamon and clay.

For a cooler vibe, look for neutrals with a pink or blue undertone. We love shades of dove grey, perfect for statement pieces like the Lisa Light Grey 2 Seater Sofa, or mauve, ivory, ecru and oyster. If the undertones of your colour palette match, the room is guaranteed to feel balanced.

2. Use Metallics and Wood to Add Warmth

Too much of the same shade can leave a neutral living space looking a little flat. To break up your colour palette, experiment with sleek metallics or rich wood accessories that add depth.

Bring a warm glow to a neutral room with the Hoop Copper Table Lamp placed on side tables. For art lovers, adorn the walls with metallic finishes, like with Acrylic Painting, featuring subtle gold accents for a modern feel. 

Bronze, copper, gold and rose gold will all pair well with warm-toned neutrals, whereas silver, pewter and metallic greys will elevate cool-toned neutrals. Whichever you choose, both will reflect natural light, bouncing around the room for a fresh, airy feel.

Opting for a more rustic style? The Wooden Side Table has a natural finish to bring a relaxed vibe. Don’t be afraid of darker wood shades too, or even black accents. The Harvey Round Coffee Table or a dark wood dining table will work perfectly as a focal point in the room to break up a neutral colour palette.

3. Experiment With Texture

Adding texture is a great way to bring any living space to life, but especially with neutral interiors. Not just for cushions and throws, try incorporating texture with a variety of accessories to fill the room, like on-trend rattan or marble finishes. 

The Natural Woven Tall Dome Pendant will look great in a warm-toned space, or opt for cool, elegant marble with the Lacey Corner Table. To tap into one of Instagram’s favourite interior trends of the moment,dried flowers, add a couple of fluffy pampas stems to the Chunky Striped Ceramic Vase. This allows you to add layers of neutrals with accessories and textures – not just different hues.

Make decorating with neutrals work for your decor style. For a rustic feel, try unfinished wooden accents and natural linen tablecloths. Prefer a more polished style? Mirrored surfaces and velvet accents lend interest to a subtle living space. For warm and cosy vibes, pile sofas high with knitted cushions and throws, fluffy rugs and faux fur accessories.

 

4. Add Different Shapes and Silhouettes

Keep a neutral space interesting with a variety of shapes and silhouettes placed throughout the room – from lighting to furniture and accessories. 

The Dudley Coffee Table is simple yet statement-making, with graphic lines off-setting a sleek marble finish. Lucky enough to have an open fireplace? Elevate a cosy, neutral living space with the ultra-elegant Metal Circle Log Holder, blending rustic vibes and clean lines. If opting for sleek, modern decor, the Brass and Black Framed Mantel Clock is simple and elegant, the perfect accessory for a mantelpiece or styled bookshelves. 

For those keeping accessories to a minimum, a sleek mirror like Mirror Curve Rectangular Copper is the fail-safe way to open up any space, while adding a new and subtle silhouette to the room.

5. Try a New Trend

Decorating with neutrals allows the freedom to mix up your interiors style and try a new trend, without bold colour accents getting in the way. 

Use your neutral colour palette to experiment with a new interiors trend in your living space. Browse Pinterest for interiors inspo, save posts to a folder on Instagram or create your own moodboard to bring together different design ideas. 

Our favourite trends to try with neutral interiors? The Japandi look brings together sleek minimal touches with effortlessly cool Scandi silhouettes. If you prefer a little more grandeur at home, pair Parisian-inspired interiors with a neutral colour palette. (We think you’ll love our new Atelier range, too.) Or, for a relaxed and laid-back look, embrace Instagram’s new cottagecore trend, inspired by country living with rustic farmhouse furniture and accessories. Enjoy experimenting with your interiors style to try something new.

Need a little interiors inspo? Discover 5 Decor Trends You Need to Know in 2021 to get you started.

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How to Get Your Garden Summer-Ready in Spring

How to Get Your Garden Summer-Ready in Spring

There's nothing like a little spring gardening to get ready for sunnier days ahead. If you’re not quite sure where to begin, read on for our guide to creating the perfect outdoor oasis. From choosing the right garden furniture for your space, to spring gardening tips you can start trying now. They do say the early bird catches the worm, after all...

1. Start with Spring Cleaning

We’re not talking about dusting off books shelves and running the hoover around. Take your spring cleaning routine outside to get your garden looking as good as new. 

Start spring gardening by replenishing plant beds with fertiliser and new compost. The winter rain will have washed away nutrients from the soil, so a little extra effort now will ensure new seeds bloom beautifully come summertime. Rake through new soil to ensure beds are fresh and weed-free, ready for new plants to grow.

For lacklustre lawns in need of a little TLC, start sowing grass seed in early to mid-spring, ready to soak up the pending summer sunshine. The result: green grass just in time for the warmer months (and hopefully, finally, some guests to appreciate all your efforts).

2. Choose Your Garden Furniture

Create a sociable outdoor area with the right garden furniture set, so you’ll be ready for a summer of barbeques. For a laid-back feel, the Zion Large Corner Group Charcoal set will sit perfectly on patios or decking, bringing Balearic vibes to Blighty. It features a cosy, outdoor-friendly corner sofa, complete with side tables and a matching square coffee table.

 

To create a more formal dining space for entertaining guests, opt for a sleek table and chairs garden furniture set. The Serenity Lead Chine 8 Seat Rectangular Fire-pit Dining Set is guaranteed to impress, and brings an elegant focal point to your patio. Complete with a fire-pit in the centre, it’s a real show-stopper for outdoor entertaining.


For more bijou gardens, the Serenity Lead Chine 3 Seater Sofa Set is easy to style around smaller areas. The set comes with two armchairs and a compact two-seater sofa, so you can rearrange to suit the space. Plus, it’s easy to move around when chasing the setting sun on summer evenings.

3. Plan Your Patio Space

Now you have your furniture set up, use it as the focal point for your spring gardening design. Plan where to grow new plants around your seating area, so you always have a selection of beautiful flowers to look at while relaxing.

 

Make the most of the space you have. Is there room for a planted border around the patio, or would you prefer a curated selection of flower pots? Map out where you’d like to see your plants, making the most of any hidden corners or unused space. Get creative with different plants, flowers, herbs or even vegetables to create a unique design. 

 

Worried about watering all these new additions? Try a few strategically-placed faux-tanicals dotted around decking with our range of artificial plants

4. Plant a Rainbow for All Seasons

For flourishing flower beds, plant a mix of seeds and bulbs that thrive in both spring and summer, so your garden blooms with the seasons.

 

Begin spring gardening with a rainbow of bright tulips, orange pansies, purple crocuses and golden daffodils, which all flower beautifully in spring. Next, prepare summer-blooming bulbs, from freesias to sunflowers, dahlias to peonies. The key is to add joyful pops of bold colour that will show once your spring flowers have retreated for another year.

 5. Add Accessories for Personality

Your garden is an extension of your interior style, so don’t be shy about adding personality and flair to garden furniture styling. 

 

If getting ready for lunch al fresco, style up an outdoor table setting with fun tableware, featuring bold prints or vibrant colour. The Flamingo Tray and Set of 4 Flamingo Coasters make the perfect place settings for outdoor summer dining.  


To style garden furniture and make it your own, add colourful accents with layers of cushions on an outdoor sofa or individual dining chairs. Don’t forget to keep a couple of coordinating cosy throws nearby, to wrap up in as the sun sets.

6. Channel Vacation Vibes

Prep for those dreamy, ultra-sunny days of summer, when the weather is so good you almost feel like you’re on holiday. Pool or no pool, the Joy Sunlounger will be a welcome addition to any garden; a place to sit back and feel the sun on your skin. Just add a good book.

Got a bit more room? Create a lounging area for two with the Elysium Sunlounger Set. Place the two loungers and table in a cosy corner of the garden or patio, fill a container box with ice and stock up with your favourite drinks to keep everything cool. Simply sit back and relax in the comfort of your very own Ibiza-inspired lounge bar. The best part? No tab at the end of the day. The dream.


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5 of the Freshest Interiors Trends for Spring 2021

5 of the Freshest Interiors Trends for Spring 2021

Spring is on its way – at last – and with it comes a raft of new home decor trends. Think speedy updates that make every room (and outdoor space) feel fresher and brighter. You don’t need to renovate or redecorate to try these interior trends; simply add new cushions, candles and statement pieces that help you kick off the season in style…

1. Getting Garden-Ready

If you’re one of many who tried to order garden furniture in the throes of last summer, you’ll remember how difficult it was to get a hold of a dining set or sunlounger. That’s why, this year, it’s all about prepping for summer in the midst of spring. That means picking out your furniture early, so you can spend the warmer months lounging in luxury. 

 

Get ready by plotting out exactly what you need to make your garden feel like an outdoor oasis. If you’ll be wining and dining day and night, the Bliss Lead Chine 8 Seat Rectangular Dining Set is perfect, featuring a fire pit in the centre. For relaxing in the sun, the Zion Corner Group Lead Sofa is a plush place to crash. Meanwhile, the Joy Sun Lounger will have you feeling like you’re back on holiday. 

2. Nature-Inspired Accents

Bring the outside in with home accessories inspired by nature. This goes beyond a vase of flowers; we’ll be adding bee, bird and floral prints to living areas for an al fresco feel. The easiest way to do this is with cushions. Try placing a mix on your sofa, including the Orla Kiely Early Bird Rose Cushion, the Bee Olive Cushion and the Orla Kiely Linear Sunflower Cushion


A kitschy mirror, like the Hummingbird Mirror, also lends a spring-ready feel to a dining room or hallway, while the Bee Coat Rack brings some playfulness to your entryway. If you’re ready to really commit to the trend, try creating a statement wall with floral wallpaper. Placed behind a bed frame or sofa, it will instantly brighten up your decor.

3. Light, Bright Woods

Whether you’re shopping for new dining furniture or a simple console table, incorporating lighter woods – like pine or pale oak – will bring extra brightness into your home. These cool-toned pieces look fresh year-round, but especially in the early days of spring. Choose a weathered or knotted grain to channel 2021’s trending cottagecore vibe. 


One of our favourite combos for spring 2021 is the Roslyn Dining Table with a vase of wildflowers. The heavy knots and a burst of bold blooms creates a modern-farmhouse feel. The rawness of the Wooden Side Table/Stool also adds to a country aesthetic. Keep this sturdy piece in the kitchen or living room to give your home a rustic touch.

4. Pops of Colour

Adding colour to your home is an easy way to feel bright and spring-ready. That’s why, this season, pops of orange, pink, yellow or green are a must against grey and neutral decor. Opt for statement pieces, like a dining chair or a velvet ottoman. These simple updates can have a big impact on the look and feel of each room. 


Case in point: a Pink Fifties Dining Chair adds some spring freshness next to a mid-century table. Meanwhile, an Orange Orla Kiely Ivy Snuggler proves the perfect spring-to-summer piece for a reading nook. The trick is to look out for spaces in your home that feel a little empty or lacking in colour. Then, pick out a timeless piece of furniture in a shade that enhances your existing palette.

5. Scenting for Spring

One of the quickest ways to make a home feel spring-ready is with a scented candle or diffuser. This year, scents that conjure up visions of a summer holiday are trending, owed to their mood-boosting qualities. Opt for sparkling citruses, like the Casafina Blood Orange And Grapefruit Diffuser, or throwback to balmy, beach evenings with the Citrus Verbena Candle. Dreamy.

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How to Make Velvet Decor Work in Your Home

How to Make Velvet Decor Work in Your Home

Not only does velvet furniture lend your home an instantly luxurious feel; it’s also plush and cosy, giving you style and comfort in one. That’s why, this season, we’re all about velvet decor that enhances every room in the house, whether it’s a soft-enough-to-sink-in sofa or bold cushions for your bed.     


Here, we reveal four top tips for working velvet into your interior style, so you can get the right balance of texture and colour. This is what you need to know… 

1. Make Velvet Decor a Feature

Instead of going down the ‘all velvet, everything’ route, consider statement pieces that complement a mix of fabrics in your chosen space. For example, if you have a tan leather sofa but you want to add a splash of colour for a cosy reading nook, place a velvet armchair in a bright shade next to your bookcase. We love the midnight blue Abode Panache Armchair


It’s a great dining chair fabric, too. Opt for velvet chairs in muted tones, like the Ottowa Dining Chairs, then team them with a mid-century style table for a modern New York loft vibe. In a bedroom that’s missing ‘that special something’, add a velvet bench or ottoman. The sapphire blue Ottowa Bench is perfect for avoiding the dreaded floordrobe.

2. Balance a Velvet Sofa

Velvet sofas have become synonymous with stylish homes. However, there’s a trick to making this statement piece of furniture fit into your living room. The goal is to ensure your suite is the only velvet item (or items) in the space, resisting the urge to pile on velvet cushions or hang up a velvet-covered lampshade. 


Try it with the Beckton Large Chaise Sofa in deep grey, then add graphic print cushions in tweedy or canvas fabrics to complement the velvet. The Shatter Teal Cushion or the Orla Kiely Sunflower Cushion will create a cool colour contrast.

3. Be Careful with Colour

Velvet decor isn’t just one colour. It shifts in shade under different light, which is why it’s important to test the tones will work in your chosen room. When that dream velvet piece arrives at your door, look at it in both natural and artificial light, so you can pick out the varying hues. This will make it easier to ensure accompanying items match. 

 

But don’t be afraid to go bold. Just as dreamy as champagne velvet is mustard or teal. That’s one of the things we love most about this trend: it fits into every colour palette.

    

4. If in Doubt, Accessorise

If beds, sofas and benches feel like too much of a leap into the velvet decor trend, turn to home accessories that add a touch of the fabric without being ‘too much’. The Bee Emerald Cushion will add a nature-inspired twist to your living room, while the Miami Pink Cushion gives your guest bedroom an instant vacation vibe. 


Footstools also let you dip a toe into the velvet homeware pool. Choose from the Pink Cherry Stool or the Blue Velvet Falcon Footstool for the ultimate in comfort.

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WFH is Here to Stay: How to Upgrade Your Home Office

WFH is Here to Stay: How to Upgrade Your Home Office

dayIf, for the past 10 months (or more), you’ve been doing your work at a dining table, no doubt you’ve wondered if it’s time to set up your very own home office. And, while lockdown looks likely to ease this year, 67% of companies have said that working from home is likely to be long-term or permanent. Put simply: WFH is here to stay. 


That’s why there’s no better time to give your desk space an upgrade, whether that means creating an office corner or making your study feel lighter, brighter and more welcoming. Keep scrolling for ideas on how to optimise your workspace in style, with tips on productivity-boosting decor and making a smaller set-up work… 

1. Find a Home Office Desk

Choosing a desk isn’t as simple as picking out a surface that looks good. You need one that suits your working style, whether that involves piles of paperwork or space to sketch and take notes. 


If you tend to have pens and pads sprawled across the table – with nowhere to tuck them away – opt for a desk that has plenty of drawer space, like the Redonda Large Desk. If room is limited, the Bordeaux Corner Desk has you covered with a sleek and compact design. Meanwhile, the Blake Desk features two handy drawers and a mid-century look that enhances the whole room.

2. Add Touches of Green

If you’re looking for ways to add colour to your home, start with your new home office set-up. Here, shades of green are believed to relieve anxiety and make you feel more relaxed. Try setting the mood with a green chair, like the Alfredo Chair in Dark Green Brushed Velvet. Or add green cushions for extra cosiness. We love the Miami Green Cushion and Shatter Teal Cushion. 

 

Look to greenery for a mood boost, too. Devil’s Ivy or a small Snake Plant are perfect, as they’re just the right size for sitting on a desk and they grow in all manner of light conditions. No time for watering? Go faux with the Small Aztec Plant or the Tillandsia in a Geometric Pot. No one will ever know the difference. 

 

3. Hang Prints On the Wall

Unless you’re lucky enough to have your desk in front of a window, chances are you’re facing a wall for at least eight hours of the day. Add wall art that livens up the space and give you something to gaze up at. 


Wanderlust-inspired prints are our go-to for a reminder of adventures that lie ahead, with the Copenhagen, Paris and Amsterdam Maps lending a minimalist, monochrome feel. For added colour, hang up the Venice Framed Picture or Times Square Picture. Place two or three pictures side by side for a subtle and simple gallery wall.

Unless you’re lucky enough to have your desk in front of a window, chances are you’re facing a wall for at least eight hours of the day. Add wall art that livens up the space and give you something to gaze up at. 

Unless you’re lucky enough to have your desk in front of a window, chances are you’re facing a wall for at least eight hours of the day. Add wall art that livens up the space and give you something to gaze up at. 

 

4. Choose the Perfect Lamp

Because no workspace is complete without a lamp, choose from fun and quirky or stylish and sleek designs. Right now, text bulbs are exploding on Insta, and our Dream Text Bulb is proving a hit. 


For a touch of monochrome, you could also switch on the Terrazzo Marble Lamp. Or, if gold hardware and modern-retro furnishings are your style, placed the Antique Brass Metal Task Table Lamp on a corner of your desk.

5. Add a Tray to Declutter

Finally, once you’ve got your workspace set up, find ways to keep clutter at bay. As well as tucking paperwork in drawers, we recommend placing a tray by your computer for both functional and decorative pieces.


The Marble Effect Tray has you covered. Place pens, post-its and any other essentials in there. To lift your mood, you could also add the warm and spicy Joyous Infusion Candle. Light it at the start of each day.

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How to Add Mood-Boosting Colour to Your Home

How to Add Mood-Boosting Colour to Your Home

Right now, we could all do with a boost of brightness in our everyday lives. It’s no wonder, then, that adding colour to your home is one of 2021’s biggest decor trends. You don’t need to paint or redecorate to embrace a bolder palette; all you need are the right accessories and a few select statement pieces of furniture. 
Here, we reveal six colours to embrace for an instant mood boost under your own roof. From calming blues to sunny yellows, there’s a shade to update every room in your home...

1. Energising Orange

If you’re struggling to stay awake or strike up enthusiasm for working from home, try adding this bold hue to your home office. It might just give you the boost you need. Because it’s a strong hue, choose simple accents like cushions to inject a bright burst of orange. The Geometric Orange Cushion or Miami Orange Cushion will make your desk chair extra comfortable.

2. Soothing Blue

Sky blues and oceanic azures are the definition of calm. That’s why we recommend adding this cool, soothing palette to relaxing areas, like the living room or bedroom. A powder blue sofa, like the Big Softy Corner Sofa, is cosy in colour and structure, while the Sundance Light Blue Tempur Linear Ottoman sets a soothing tone to help you sleep.

3. Sunny Yellow

Not only is yellow one of Pantone’s 2021 Colours of the Year; it’s also said to make you feel happier and brighter. What could be better than that? Go for zingy citrus yellows to get the most out of this trending shade, opting for the Bee Yellow Cushion and Matte Mustard Metal Pendant to liven up neutral or grey interiors. For a bolder take, place the dandelion Orla Kiely Linden Snuggler in your living room to balance an otherwise-muted suite. It’s the ultimate statement piece.

 

4. Calming Pink

If blue isn’t your colour but you’re looking to embrace a halcyon vibe at home, consider pink. It’s said to be similarly soothing if you choose a pale or dusky tone. The rosy Chicory Bedstead invites a sense of calm into your bedroom, helping you unwind at night. Meanwhile, the Spink & Edgar Harlow Grand Sofa creates the sitting area of Instagram dreams. 

5. Restorative Green

It’s believed that green can relieve stress and quiet a busy mind. It symbolises nature, safety and healing – plus it makes a great accent shade against grey or blue interiors. Incorporate the colour through plants and accessories placed on shelves, sofas and sideboards. Some of our go-to green items include the Bee Emerald Cushion, Green Tillandsia Potted Plant and Fontana Green Dining Chair.

 

6. Comforting Grey

If grey is your favourite interiors colour, you might be onto something. The muted hue is thought to instill comfort and create a more peaceful space. However, keep in mind that darker shades can also make a room appear smaller. Try offsetting deeper tones with lighter, brighter greys to create a more open feel. For example, if you’re looking for a grey bed, try the Tempur Genoa Adjustable Bedstead, which comes with a plush headboard in a soft pewter shade. The Sirius 3 Seater Sofa is the ultimate grey velvet sofa, giving you a snug place to curl up at the end of a long day. 

 

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The 5 Decor Trends You Need to Know in 2021

The 5 Decor Trends You Need to Know in 2021

If you’re looking to give your home a quick refresh in 2021, now is the time to read up on the latest decor trends taking Instagram by storm. Here, we’ve rounded up five you need to know – from this season’s must-have colour palette to a bedroom revamp that guarantees sweet dreams. Get these interior styles on your radar…

1. Parisian Bedrooms

 Parisian Bedroom image

Wanderlust is extending to homewares this year. If you can’t get to Paris, then bring Paris to your home with beautifully ornate furniture that updates your bedroom. The Atelier collection features weathered white wood and intricate details that were made for Instagram, lending a touch of French flair to every corner of your favourite room.

Complete the set with the Atelier High End Bed, Atelier Ladies Wardrobe and Atelier Dressing Table. Hang a Paris Map Framed Picture on the wall as a finishing touch. Then, to warm up the white, add velvet cushions, pastel curtains and a gold vintage mirror. Et, voila.

2. Yellow Accents

Pantone’s 2021 Colour of the Year, Illuminating Yellow, has found its way into homewares. If you’re looking to add colour to your home, make this the hue you turn to with bold accessories. Any shade works – from mustard and gold to daffodil and lemon – injecting a ray of sunshine into neutral and grey interiors

Cushions are one of the easiest ways to channel the yellow trend. Combine style and comfort with the Bee Yellow Cushion, the Meghan Mustard Cushion or the graphic Geo Ochre Mustard Cushion. The Casafina Candle  offers a scent as sunny as the vibrant jar. Place it on a table next to the Orla Kiely Linden Snuggler.

3. Rustic Dining

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Give your dining table some rustic charm in 2021. You’re looking for natural materials, earthy tones and accessories that add to the shabby chic feel. This starts with your dining table, so watch out for large, wooden surfaces in warm, rich woods. The Blake Fixed Top Dining Table + 4 Chairs is exactly the look you’re going for. 

If you prefer a bench over chairs, the Madeira Dining Table and Madeira Bench are a rustic dream team. Place them in a kitchen dining area, and top with a raw cotton table runner and a vase of pampas grass. On the wall, place the Tofu Nordic Wall Clock to tie the whole room together.

4. Japandi Vibes

For years, Scandinavian styling has given homes a fresh, bright, airy and modern update. Now, interior designers are fusing the trend with minimalist Japanese accents for a look dubbed ‘Japandi’. Focusing on light wood furniture, greenery and muted colour palettes, it’s a zero-clutter aesthetic that refreshes living rooms, bedrooms and dining rooms.

Try Japandi with sleek wooden furniture that boasts plenty of storage (great for de-cluttering). The Bordeaux collection is perfect, as it ties into the minimal theme with a warm oak finish. Some of our must-haves include the Bordeaux Wide Sideboard, Bordeaux Coffee Table, and – if you’re working from home – the Bordeaux Corner Desk. Complete the look with dusky pink, navy blue or burnt orange accessories, then add plants to every surface. Serial plant killer? No problem. Look to the faux Fern Potted Plant instead, which appears all-natural yet never needs watering. It’s a win-win.

5. At-Home Bar

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During lockdown, many have discovered the joys of at-home mixology. No wonder, then, that at-home bars are set to be big in 2021. If you’d like to set up one of your own, you can make it as big or as small as you like, opting for a cosy corner or, if you’re lucky, a full cocktail bar room. So, what will it be?

If your bar space is snug, try a drinks trolley that holds all of your favourite tipples. The Hammond Drinks Trolley has two shelves: one for bottles, and another for glasses and accessories. If you’re building a larger bar, make sure you have plush barstools at the ready. The blue Ottowa Barstool adds a welcome pop of colour, while the Belvedere Champagne Barstool enhances neutral decor. And, finally, no at-home bar is complete without a sign to set the mood. Hang the Drink & Be Fabulous sign so the ‘regulars’ know where to go. 

Up next: discover cosy living room ideas to keep you snug all season long, or check out 6 tips for starting a home renovation.

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6 Home Renovation Tips for a 2021 Refresh

6 Home Renovation Tips for a 2021 Refresh

Planning a home renovation for 2021? You’re not the only one. After spending so much time indoors last year, many of us are craving a home refresh. Whether yours is big and requires building work or small enough for just a tin of paint, follow these planning tips and tricks. Happy renovating… 

1. Pin and Plan

The best home renovations start with a clear idea of how you want each room to look. Create a Pinterest board of inspiration, with sub-boards that dig into the details, such as lighting and fixtures. Mistakes can happen when you make things up as you go along, and doing so may be costly. So, make sure you’ve got a plan in place for every last nook and cranny, right down to plug sockets and door handles. 

You can also find plenty of interiors inspiration and DIY videos on Instagram. The @ArighiBianchi IG is updated daily with dreamy decor ideas. From dressing your dining table to creating a cosy living room, we feature furniture and finishing touches that make your home renovation complete.  

2. Get Contracts in Place

If your home renovation involves building work, map out what you think you can do yourself, and which spaces will need the handiwork of a professional. Then, ask family and friends to recommend builders they trust or search for workers with good ratings and reviews. Once you’ve found the right person or team of people, request that a contract is put in place, outlining every requirement.

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3. Choose Flooring First

Before you start picking out paint colours, decide on the perfect flooring for each room. It’s easier to match a paint to your parquet than it is to find a floor that fits a custom wall shade. If a building review or thorough check of your house has highlighted instances of damp or rot, this will also guide the type of flooring you lay down from one room to the next. 

For example, while wooden floors are inimitably chic, they’re not recommended in areas where moisture could cause future problems. Instead, use luxury vinyl or laminate in rooms that are prone to damp or wet, such as bathrooms or kitchens. These create a hardwood look and feel, but provide a sturdier foundation for your renovated space.

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Image Courtesy of Lydia Millen (@lydiamillenhome) featuring the Jute Carpet Runner by Alternative Flooring and Luxury Vinyl Tile from Karndean.

4. Figure Out Lights and Fittings

Before building work starts on each room, decide where you want your light fittings to be placed. Perhaps you need two pendants to fill the room with a warm glow, or you’re relying on floor lamps to illuminate your decor. Either way, planning the location of lighting now is key, keeping in mind any dining areas or reading nooks that may need bulb hovering overhead.

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5. Measure and Schedule Your Furniture

When deciding on larger items of furniture, like corner sofas or dining tables, measure out the area with masking tape to get a feel for how much space they’ll take up. You could even use cardboard boxes to recreate a large table or armchair, so you can see if the height or depth would be overwhelming in small corners of a room. 

Once you’re sure your furniture fits, try to align delivery with building, painting or carpet fittings, allowing a few days either side of each task, in case of any unplanned delays. Plotting a clear timeline for each stage of work helps you plan furniture deliveries better – so you won’t spend weeks on an air mattress in your renovated master bedroom

6. Maximise Space with Mirrors

Finally, ensure each room plan has space for an ornate mirror (or two) – especially in small box rooms, where your goal is to maximise the area. They open up the room, whether you opt for a decorative wall piece, like the Marble Effect Mirror, or full-length, leaning glass, such as the Curve Edge Mirror

Looking for more tips to enhance your home this year? Discover your complete guide to pastel decor; perfect for brightening up every room in the house.

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