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A breath of fresh air: The importance of bringing the outdoors in

A breath of fresh air: The importance of bringing the outdoors in

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.  

How to channel maximalism impact

How to channel maximalism impact

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.  

Riviera-inspired interior ideas | Photowall

Riviera-inspired interior ideas | Photowall

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.  

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