8 brilliant home decorating ideas to try now
09:50 02 March 2016
We take a peek inside the beautiful homes featured in Life at Home magazine to discover some easy decorating ideas to transform your living space
1. Vintage treasures and summer-inspired décor
Faced with a gloomy and dated kitchen in her three-bedroom end of terrace house, owner Kirsty Brooker, who runs an online vintage homeware business, knew she could transform the kitchen by making it lighter. ‘The layout worked quite well but it was let down by the detail and colour scheme,’ she says. “I wanted it to be light, fresh and modern with lots of natural light. I wanted space for a big dining table. We also wanted patio doors so we could throw them open in the summer and make the kitchen and garden one big, sociable area. Find out more about the redesign of this kitchen and dining room here.
2. Embrace nature with tropical decoration
Create a laidback atmosphere with a tropical-inspired colour palette and plants. The presence of plants has a calming and positive effect on us, and stress and anxiety levels are reduced. “Plants act as filters, cleaning the air, absorbing impurities and leaving indoor air freshener. In the summer, large plants can create shade and hence have a cooling effect,” says Sue Huckle from Posh Plants. “Easy to look after are Kentia palms, Dracaenas and Scheffleras. My advice is “go big”, fill your house with lots of healthy greenery and breathe in the clean air!”. Discover more tips for your home from design experts.
3. Relaxed style and pops of colour
After a long process of redesign, broadcaster and life coach Melissa Porter’s home is coming together into an inspired yet functional space. “My kitchen isn’t a big space, but as I spend a lot of time here it needed to be precisely as I wanted it. I love kitchen gadgets!” she says. “My top tip is to have deep shelves in cupboards fitted with power points, so you can keep blenders and mixers, etc, tucked away but they’re ready to use when you need them. My two must-haves for this kitchen were the instant boiling water tap and two full size ovens – perfect for entertaining lots of people!”. Find out how to achieve this look in 8 steps.
4. Perk up a room with patterns
Give your home a boost with some cheery new prints or a bespoke statement piece. Upcycled furniture, like this mid-century, cocktail chair re-upholstered in a striking and contemporary Puzzle fabric, will add an injection of colour to any room. Find out more quirky ways to use pattern in the home.
5. Funky storage ideas
Get organised with funky storage options and practical interiors. Even small rooms can be de-cluttered with clever storage ideas, like this shelf ladder storage unit in oak – it rests on the wall so it can be easily moved around and comes with four hooks to hang small accessories. Find out 12 of the best storage ideas for a practical interior.
6. Create an on-trend focal point with geometric prints
Geometric patterns are set to be big for 2016 across all homeware – think saturated colours and bold shapes. Choose a pattern that complements you current colour scheme to add visual interest to a room, like this contemporary take on the ikat pattern. Find out more ways to use geometric patterns in your home.
7. Use the colour blue for a calm space
The right shade of blue can bring warm thoughts of summer straight to mind on even the most wintry of days. Go for a muted tone on walls or catch the look of sea and sand with decorative accessories in a range of marine hues. Find out 5 blue themed home décor ideas.
8. Light greys and cool tones in a character cottage
Full of character, wonderful beams, an unusual Gothic window and the delightful and sheltered courtyard garden, this home is a perfect family bolthole. Modern upholstery, fabrics and light grey painted kitchen units give thee space a cool, calm feel. Find out how the owners achieved this charming cottage style.