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Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - HOMES & GARDENS -

FOR a dec­o­ra­tive so­lu­tion that’s as easy as learn­ing the ABC, de­sign­ers have taken in­spi­ra­tion from the al­pha­bet this sea­son. They’ve lifted the writ­ten word from our screens, books and mag­a­zines to re­ally send the mes­sage home.

From inky let­ters and bold ini­tials, to sharp lines and swirly script, ty­po­graphic pieces are a great way to bring some con­tem­po­rary flair to our liv­ing space, with end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for mak­ing a state­ment.

“The eye is drawn to words in a room, so opt for state­ment pieces, which are a chic way to sub­tly in­tro­duce the trend, or go for brights that pop; a re­ally fun way to in­di­vid­u­alise any cor­ner,” says Ben De Lisi, de­signer at Deben­hams.

In­deed, com­mu­ni­ca­tion is a nat­u­ral part of every­day life, and with tex­ting one of our favourite pas­times and a key­board al­ways close to hand, let­ter­ing and ty­pog­ra­phy is a great way to cre­ate a per­sonal and es­poke dec­o­rat­ing scheme, with all sorts of imag­i­na­tive acronyms.

As de­signer Rory Dob­ner points out: “Whether it’s spell­ing the fam­ily names with whim­si­cal tiles or hang­ing prints and pic­tures with sen­ti­men­tal slo­gans in a favoured Above, A-Z Wooden Book­ends, £19 (re­duced from £35) Lit­tle­woods (www.lit­tle­woods.com) font, the op­tions are lim­it­less and a lot of fun!”

Tak­ing it one step fur­ther, let­ter­ing doesn’t have to be con­fined to in­doors and can also be used on pa­tios and ter­races, with wall hang­ings such as ‘Don’t For­get’ signs in slate – that way you can even pen ad­di­tional quick notes to your­self or a loved one. After all, let­ter-in­spired home­wares can be dec­o­ra­tive, prac­ti­cal and even se­cre­tive. And what could be nicer than read­ing a spe­cial hand writ­ten mes­sage?

The Al­pha Chest (multi-drawer shee­sham and mango wood chest), £995, Gra­ham and Green (www.gra­hamand­green.co.uk)

Left, Be Real Typo Framed Print, £19, Very (www.very.co.uk)

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