Nature has long served as inspiration for interiors, popping up year after year on home décor trend reports. But bringing the outdoors in isn’t just a pretty fad – it also comes with bags of benefits. It’s more important than ever to use green tones and natural landscapes in your home, as research continues to reveal how vital it is to get a daily dose of nature. NASA has proven indoor plants, natural fabrics and wooden furniture can help boost immunity and relaxation, while another study revealed that green or natural features can increase well-being by 15%. Plus, nature-inspired interiors continue to climb in relevancy as we struggle to get outside as often as we need to. A report has found that people in developed countries spend 90% of their time indoors, while another highlighted that 75% of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates. So when you can’t get outside, featuring natural inspiration in your home can serve as the second best thing. To create that all-important connection to the outdoors, we’ve put together six ways you can use earthy elements in your home. Planet-inspired palettes Fill your home with colours inspired by the great outdoors – we’re talking greens, blues, browns and yellows, which all nod to nature in its various forms. If you want to keep in vogue, try using Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 – ‘Greenery’. The zesty shade is reminiscent of fresh spring foliage and can be either used in accessories or to coat feature walls.
Chaotic spaces can send any relaxed mind spiralling back into a frenzy. If you’re searching for a calming nirvana in your home, there’s no better area than your living room and bedroom. Using just a few simple tips and tricks, here’s how you can transform your rooms into pockets of peace, that’ll help you de-stress as soon as you walk through the door. Smart storage Give yourself room to breathe by taking away anything that is making your space seem disorderly – decluttering is always good for the soul, a therapy in itself. Once you’ve ticked that off, anything that has avoided the cull can be tidied away using clever storage and shelving. By removing mess and heaps of items, you’ll have more space to relax and be calm in. Calming colours Conjure mindful thoughts by harnessing the power of colour. If you seek a refreshing hue that alludes to the outdoors, choose blue as the primary colour for your scheme. You can’t go wrong with crisp white either – the ultimate soothing shade that nods to Scandi-chic. Other neutrals work well too, with soft greys, creams and dusty rose all go-to hues.
Are you lured to rich colour and luxurious texture like a moth to a flame? There’s no denying that the interior design world has been having a long-standing affair with the minimalistic movement that has left its mark on many homes and businesses that are dripping in neutral shades, clean lines and simplistic décor. But this year, drama is back with audacious flair. The common stance of less is more has been turned on its head with the unashamedly theatrical maximalism look being embraced by interior aficionados. The rebellious trend laughs in the face of notorious colour and pattern combination rules, known for its eclectic style. Anything goes, with the door wide open for you to play with different shades, prints and textures in extravagant fashion. That’s not to say that minimalism is out – in fact, these opposite aesthetics are both in vogue, competing to be the design style of choice. But if you’re craving vibrant colour and rooms bursting full of character, this trend is for you. Here’s how to rock modernism at its finest. Utilise every inch of space Think about every element of the room. To create a space that mesmerises, your walls, floors, skirting boards and ceiling all have to play a part. Lend inspiration from designers such as Kit Kemp, Timorous Beasties and House of Hackney who nail maximalism in flamboyant fashion. Master pattern play Clash those patterns – it’ll certainly make an impression. Pair bold botanic with leopard and oversized stripes with ditsy florals – go on, we dare you. Baroque touches won’t go amiss either, nor will geometric accents. Everything goes in the world of maximalism.
It’s the time of year when thoughts naturally turn toward sunnier climes and rest and relaxation for that hard-earned annual break. But whether you’re holidaying this summer or not, there’s no reason why you can’t bring the continent to your interior – and with the Tour de France currently under way, there’s no better time to look toward French chic interiors to inspire your inner designer. The French Riviera is known for its glamour and intricate architectural detail – and we’ve taken a look at how you can channel its effortless styling secrets in your home. Simply does it Invest in a backdrop that’s uncomplicated in its colour palette and let vibrant-hued accessories inspired by the Mediterranean do the talking. The simpler the palette, the more ‘calm’ a room can inspire. Opt for accent features like French Provincial pottery and wrought iron décor to perfectly set off the pale colours of the walls. Feeling blue Blue gradient swatches are integral for Riviera-inspired interior. For the ultimate in French chic interior design, think stunning far-reaching sea views and wall-to-wall sunshine and recreate that summer feeling. Go bold with hues reminiscent of the ocean for your feature wall and add muted, complementary tones and paired-back accessories with it. The effect of faux painting techniques like sponging and colour washing will add layers of intrigue and give the look of textured stucco.
Summer 2016 is set to be mighty stylish, especially if you’re looking to revamp your home and add in a few interior updates. Whether you refresh your space with a lick of paint, or add in simple decorative pieces that echo the season’s interior trends, you’re certain to find something that will help transform your home.Let’s explore which home trends you should be following for your home:Calming huesRose-coloured hues and pastel-inspired tones will continue to have their moment in the sun. Adding in subtle surgary sweet shades to your bedroom space can help declutter your mind, helping you to get a better night’s sleep. Alternatively, pastel cushions and throws can act as the perfect seasonal update in your living room.Patterned fabricsDecorative wallpaper has made a huge comeback in the last few years, and the trend of busy design has steadily moved into soft furnishings. Pattern experimentation is set to be a huge trend this year, with floral-patterned sofas, curtains and cushions being used to make a statement.Graphic fantasticDetailed prints with colour juxtaposition and metallic geometric home accessories have made it big on the interior scene, and this summer we’re going to see a massive surge in geometric-based wall art and wall canvases. Whether you already have a feature wall, or you’re thinking of creating one, graphic geo patterns are the way to go.
Photowall presents the Daydreams children’s collection designed by Swedish illustrator and designer Cathy Nordström. Inspired by children’s inexhaustible imagination, Cathy has created eight playful wall mural designs, in two different colour schemes.Inspired by nature, with beautifully subtle Scandinavian influences, Cathy Nordström’s design style balances minimalism with elaborate patterns perfectly to create a unique take on her Scandi heritage.Collaborating with Photowall to create playful designs reflecting the characteristics of childhood imagination, Cathy Nordström’s wall mural designs encourage play, discussion and imagination: something that the designer herself kept in mind throughout the design process.The strikingly put together collection features graphic-patterned ice lollies covered with dot details, rounded trees and stones in fanciful shapes and blue polar bears living in forests together with flamingos and giant strawberries.“I want children’s imaginations to expand when they see my designs. These wall murals have been created specifically for children and it is therefore especially important for the designs to encourage games, stories and curious questions,” explains Cathy Nordström.
Welcoming spring into your home isn’t just about introducing bright accents and a lick of fresh paint – it’s the perfect time to make the more subtle changes that will remain throughout summer. You’re probably already well aware of the sweet pastel swatches that spring interior trends bring, but here we explore how you can you can add things that scream the season without switching up too much of your décor.Let’s explore how to bring the best of spring into your home on a budget:Floral injectionThink spring, and it immediately conjures up lively images of a brighter space. Adding floral accents of any sort into your home will immediately cheer up any room. Whether you decide to update your cushion textiles, or add in a floral wall mural, there are a whole host of ways to channel floral vibrancy in your interior.
Recreate the look of love in your interior styling and capture the romantic ambience. Whether you channel cosy cues or make a statement with the colour of lust, there are plenty of ways to create a starry-eyed interior mood.Let’s take a look at how to add some romance into your interior décor.Mood lightingIntroduce ambient lighting into your home and instantly create a sense of warmth and calmness – with just the flip of a switch you can completely transform your interior space and inject some love into your home. The type of lighting you choose really depends on the aesthetic you want to achieve – rustic-style interiors benefit from clever use of candles, while industrial-style interior design looks tasteful with cleverly placed ceiling pendants and floor lamps.Cosy cuesChannel the ultimate Zen in your abode with soft fabrics and natural materials to add tranquillity into your space. Draped throws and faux fur rugs transform your space into an area perfect for snuggling. Knitted fabrics work particularly well with a neutral colour palette, the Photowall Simple Message Heart features a textured overlaid design that will complement your chosen fabrics and neutral hues perfectly. This simple design falls into the minimalistic monochrome interior movement that has become so popular today.
With so much focus centred on outdoor elements in summer, it’s easy to dismiss simple seasonal tips that freshen up your home interior. When summer finally arrives, the idea of staying indoors seems all too much - dashing outside for BBQs and evenings on the terrace with a glass of wine seems much more appealing than a night curled in front of the sofa. But bringing the outdoors in enhances the feeling of garden escapism, and helps create an ambience that flows perfectly through your home.Here we explore how to refresh and revitalise your home by welcoming the sunlight inside.Switch up your textilesBrighten up your room by exchanging heavy woven fabrics for light materials with vibrant patterns and chiffon materials. Consider swapping your curtains for blinds - certain fabrics can leave your room feeling a little stuffy, while blinds can really open up your space.Play with fresh cuesKitchen centrepieces can totally transform your space and fruit bowls are a fabulous way to add a feeling of freshness and vibrancy to your home. Fill them with zesty summer favourites such as lemons and limes to give your kitchen a summer feel.
Since spring is just around the corner, you may already be considering ways to give your home a little bit of a refresh. Whether you choose to introduce bright bursts of colour or incorporate vibrant energetic patterns, by simply adding different colour techniques you can easily update your home to match the season. Interior colours this spring will transport us into happier places, helping us to reconnect with ourselves through self-expression in our homesHere we explore the swatches you can bring into your home to help your interior transition seamlessly into spring.Pure pastelsThis season, pastel colours are set to make a huge comeback, and with furniture upcycling still a popular trend, there’s a whole host of quirky ways to introduce these shades into your home.Simple structuresGeometric patterns and angled shapes give a beautiful feeling of symmetry in your home. Use these shapes to create a beautiful feature wall – perfect for your living room space. The Photowall Pastel Pink Hexagons wallpaper is subtle enough to blend into to your current décor scheme, but bold enough to make a statement.
It’s hard to believe that an ancient art developed well over 3,000 years ago is still so prevalent in interior design practices today. Feng shui is a complex system which reveals how to balance the energies of any space so that it assures health and well-being. Feng, meaning wind and shui meaning water, are Chinese symbols of good fortune and when combined are said to bring happiness and luck.Here, Photowall explores how to get the perfect balance of feng shui to create energy and happiness in your home.Make the right entrance The quality of the entrance to your home is key to creating a good feng shui house. To create a positive flow in your home, remove any clutter that could be blocking the energy course from your front entrance or hallway. Front doors are considered to be the birthplace of your home’s energy point, and the quality of this energy then filters down through the rest of your home, so a strong focus should be placed in this area. Both the colour and the direction your door is facing is important in feng shui and helping to drive luck and prosperity - for example, east facing front doors should be painted either green or brown, whereas as south facing doors should be painted red.Feng shui energy is anchored by its main energy centres - the kitchen, bathroom and bedroom. Start to focus on these areas of your home to help create interior harmony that radiates through each room of your house.
Defining your interior design style can be a challenge, but getting it right will transform the way you feel about your home. Whether you’re gravitating towards a more minimalist look, or tempted to go for something a little more out of your comfort zone - there are a number of ways to pinpoint your personal style.Here we explore how to narrow down your aesthetic and choose a style for your home that flows perfectly throughout.MinimalMaybe the idea of escaping the chaos of your day seems like heaven; coming home to a blank canvas excites you, and you’re comfortable around crisp sharp edges. Sound familiar? Then you should be definitely swaying towards a minimal interior look. Focus on furniture with clean lines and avoid pattern unless you choose to accessories with artistic prints and beautiful cushions. Stick to black and white hues to create a slick look, but consider using charcoal grey tones for a feature wall. Accessorise with mineral materials such as marble and pewter – all these elements will make for a contemporary feel in your home. If you feel like adding some texture to your walls, Photowall’s White Marble mural is perfect to add an extra sense of depth to your interior.
Switching up your decor is often seen as putting together aesthetically pleasing designs. But is a striking interior really good for your soul? Colour theorists believe that how you decorate your home can have a profound effect on your emotional and mental well-being.Interior designers, advertisers and artists all use colour psychology as a powerful communication tool to help influence mood and actions. Here we explore how to use the universal language of colour to create an emotionally healthy environment in different areas of your home.Living roomUsing warm, earthy, tones in your living room can help stimulate conversation and encourage people to sit around and interact. Rusty shades of burnt orange, wood and natural greens are all perfect to help your guests feel right at home, while adding a layer of cosiness to your living room space.
Earth is being taken over by Star Wars fever. The Force Awakens is coming to cinemas any day now, and the enthusiasm is infectious.Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Chewbacca – we all have our favourite from the legendary movies. We have more than 200 designs available as wall murals and canvas prints – ideal for creating the perfect Star Wars room, and the ideal Christmas gift for anyone in the family.The designs are available as made-to-measure wall murals costing £28 per square metre. The top picture shows the design R2-D2 and C-3PO Tatooine by Bror Duktig Style, photographed by Tobias Sjödin.> Discover Star Wars
Autumn is in full swing and soon the leaves on the trees will be a mere memory. A new season brings new trends and colours that find their way into all the nooks and crannies of our homes, including wall murals. Autumn and winter’s furnishings and colour schemes are darker than usual; the white that has been the base colour in our homes for so long has given way to darker shades and dirty pastels. Nature plays a big role in this season’s interior design. The muted tones come from Mother Nature’s colour spectrum and are combined with natural-looking structures such as wood, concrete and marble. Forest colours – green leaves and spellbinding shades