Ten tips to help spruce up your in­te­rior

Hermione Stott re­veals home de­sign trends that are mak­ing a se­ri­ous come­back.

Midwest Times - - HOME & PROPERTY -

To keep you on the straight and nar­row here are Eskay De­sign in­te­rior de­signer Sarah Knox’s quick top trend tips mak­ing a se­ri­ous come­back.

Vel­vet

It started as a small trickle with a few cush­ions here and there; how­ever, now it is cov­er­ing ma­jor fur­ni­ture pieces such as so­fas and beds. This trend is a lux­u­ri­ous fab­ric and it looks amaz­ing in colours like bur­gundy, ter­ra­cotta and green.

Wall­pa­per

Wall­pa­per it­self has been on-trend for a while, but now it is about go­ing bolder and braver. Wall­pa­pered ceil­ings are a new trend, as are beau­ti­ful bright mu­rals.

Nat­u­ral stone

Stone is al­ways on-trend, although the new di­rec­tion in colour is mov­ing to raw earthy tones like jade greens and gravel reds. Th­ese are a lit­tle warmer than the cold whites, blacks and greys and will be vis­i­ble in cof­fee ta­bles, tiling and even cup­board han­dles.

Kitchens

This is about keep­ing things min­i­mal, us­ing skin­nier bench­tops and stream­lined ap­pli­ances. Adding colour in the cab­i­netry is a great way to add your per­sonal touch and make a kitchen a stand-out.

Green­ery

Fake or real green­ery is a trend that will be around for­ever in some shape or form. It brings life to the barest min­i­mal in­te­ri­ors and in­jects a fresh and homely feel.

Hand­made prod­ucts

Lo­cal ar­ti­san pieces have made a re­vival. Artists like Tah­nee Mae cre­ate beau­ti­ful orig­i­nal or­ganic-feel­ing pieces that are also prac­ti­cal in their use.

Win­dow treat­ments

Gone are the days of min­i­mal roller blinds and ba­sic win­dow treat­ments; it is now all about lay­er­ing, adding tex­ture and colour. Re­mem­ber cur­tains add a new el­e­ment to a space, fin­ish­ing off any room and adding char­ac­ter and warmth.

3-D fin­ishes and ef­fects

This could range from a 3-D bath­room tile to a flocked wall­pa­per. De­sign is a very tac­tile in­dus­try and to be able to both see and feel a sur­face ap­peals to many.

Tech­no­log­i­cal drop zones

This is an emerg­ing trend in most homes now — a place to leave your keys and charge your phone. Or even just a place to show off a beau­ti­ful piece of art. Th­ese are of­ten just a small space in a lit­tle nook that you can add your own shelf or drawer to, at a min­i­mal cost.

State­ment pieces

Be it fur­ni­ture, a rug or a beau­ti­ful piece of art, it is about keep­ing the base pal­ette neu­tral and then adding stand-out pieces to the space and giv­ing it your own per­son­al­ity.

Wall­pa­per, like this Crate La­bels Peo­ple and An­i­mals scene, is per­fect for creat­ing a fea­ture wall.

Pic­ture: Globe West

Vel­vet and nat­u­ral tex­tured in pil­lows: Piper pil­lows from Roxby Lane, Su­bi­aco.

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