ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents -

– for some, it may be a chore or some­thing to be feared – but, in fact, the act of trans­form­ing one’s home with colour, pat­tern and tex­ture is one that should be cel­e­brated and em­braced with pas­sion. With ad­vances in tech­nol­ogy and new fin­ishes, it’s now eas­ier than ever to paint a wall, hang a panel of wall­pa­per or cre­ate cur­tains, giv­ing you the free­dom to change the ap­pear­ance of where you live on a much more fre­quent ba­sis. The only dilemma, then, is what to choose.

Every six months or so, tex­tile man­u­fac­tur­ers re­lease a plethora of fab­rics and wall­pa­pers in an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent fin­ishes and colour­ways, paint com­pa­nies an­nounce new shades and tile brands add fresh col­lec­tions to their ranges. It’s in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult to nav­i­gate the amount of choice out there. This is why my own home has a per­ma­nently chang­ing patch of wall daubed with dif­fer­ent test patches of paint; a cou­ple of fab­ric and wall­pa­per sam­ples pinned along­side. The eter­nal style co­nun­drum of what goes with what is hard to solve, even sur­rounded, as I am, by all this in­spi­ra­tion day in and day out.

For­tu­nately though, our bi-an­nual dec­o­rat­ing spe­cial is here, full of in­spi­ra­tion and ideas to as­sist you in mak­ing those tricky dec­o­rat­ing de­ci­sions. We’ve cu­rated the best fab­ric and wall­pa­per trends, throw­ing paints, up­hol­stery and trims into the mix so that you can get a real sense of what your next scheme might look like. Whether you go for bold brights, sub­tle neu­trals or full-on pat­tern, there re­ally is some­thing for ev­ery­one. Af­ter all, therein lies the true joy of dec­o­rat­ing – it’s noth­ing if not demo­cratic.

Executive Editor

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