• by Aideen McCanny
  • 03 Oct, 2017

Spring is the perfect time to update your home. Whether you'd like a complete transformation or to tweak a few areas, here we share 10 of the home decor trends making an impact this season.

1. Tropical paradise  

Often trends from the fashion world cross over into interior design , one of which has made its way from the runway to our homes is tropical prints. The world of interior design is welcoming the great outdoors indoors, thanks to topical influences. From wallpapers to designer fabrics, expect pineapples, parrots and palm trees to make their way into a home near you.
2. Green with envy  

It's no surprise that since Pantone named 'Greenery' its Colour of the Year for 2017, we're seeing it everywhere. From lime green to emerald, the hues are the perfect choice for your home, adorning everything from walls to finishing touches. According to Pantone, the colour is meant to represent refreshment and revitalisation, so it's the perfect choice for your home this spring.
3. Texture is key  

At Home & Contract Design, we're massive fans of texture. It's the perfect way to add dimension to a room, instantly making an area more inviting. When it comes to adding texture, the key is to play around with materials. Simply adding a throw to a sofa gives it another dimension, or choose finishing touches in unexpected fabrics such as velvet, leather and silk.

4. Clashing prints  

Prints play an important role in fashion and so their crossover to interior design was only a matter of time. When it comes to clashing prints, choosing patterns in the same colour scheme will avoid looking like a mishmash and the perfect way to make a subtle statement.
5. Muted tones  

If the thought of introducing colour into your home sends you into a frenzy, don't panic! This season is all about muted tones. Let's hear it for the neutrals as whites, beiges, pale greys, camel, and blush pink offer a sense of calm.

6. Going geometric  

Geometric shapes are set for success this spring and there's a multitude of ways to nail this look. Throw it back to the sixties for retro vibes, or keep things modern with contemporary patterns. From chequered rugs to intriguring wallpapers, do your maths and get it just right.
7. Light it up  

Lighting is the ultimate accessory in your home and the perfect opportunity to show off your style. From statement dining room lighting, to quirky bedroom lamps, brighten up your home.

8. Bronzed beauty  

Believe it or not, but bronze is a great way to instantly add warmth to a room. Complementing a multitude of decorating styles, bronze is the perfect finishing touch in the form of lighting and accessories, such as vases, lamps and decorative bowls.
9. Gorgeous grey  

Grey tones reigned supreme last year and if you haven't tired of this look, the good news is that it's here to stay. Grey complements a whole host of colours but our favourite way to style it is with pops of colour. From mellow yellow to fuchsia pink, bright hues have the ability to add another dimension to your choice of grey tones.

10. Marvellous marble  

No longer just confined to Pinterest, the marble trend is set to be huge this spring. Add a touch of luxury to your home and work with a neutral colour palette to make small rooms appear bigger. Instantly adding light to dark spaces and bringing freshness to a room, marble also effortlessly compliments the warmth of copper, so tick two trends off at once!

If you'd like to update your home this spring, why not give us a call and let us help you create the decor of your dreams? For more information, get in touch here  .

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by Aideen McCanny 21 Nov, 2017
As November draws to a close, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas. If you're preparing to deck the halls, check out our top tips for Christmas tree decorating, for a look that wows this festive season.

Location, location, location

First things first, location is key. Finding the perfect spot to showcase your tree is the first step in ensuring it looks its best. Find a location that's near a socket to avoid leads and wires cluttering your floor and rearrange furniture if necessary. If you've opted for a real tree, choose a cool corner, away from sources of heat to avoid it drying out.

by Aideen McCanny 07 Nov, 2017

With so many people aiming to revitalise their homes in time for Christmas, here at Home and Contract Design, November and December are our busiest months. Whether you’re considering revamping a room’s soft furnishings for the arrival of guests, or taking on an entire room refurbishment, now is the time to tackle it or risk being held up due to delayed deliveries and the holiday period.

So with this in mind, here are our top tips for ensuring your home’s décor is ready in time for Christmas.

by Aideen McCanny 24 Oct, 2017
Whether it's simply a fad, or here to stay, you can't argue that hygge isn't having a serious impact in the world of interior design . So what exactly is it and why is there such hype about it?

Well, the Danish word can't actually be translated into English as it's more of a feeling, rather than an object. Hygge - pronounced hue-gah - represents a culture of cosiness, happiness and wellbeing, which is widely credited as the reason why Denmark is regularly voted one of the happiest countries in the world!

Hygge means something different to everyone - whether it's cuddling up on the sofa with a good book, enjoying a bowl of your favourite warming comfort food, or filling your home with twinkling candles - it's really all about being mindful of the simple things in life that make you happy, and embracing them.

The interior design of your home can have a big impact on this so with this in mind, we've put together our 6 hygge tips to transform your home into a comfortable haven.

1. Stock up on candles

Believed to be the number one way to get the hygge look, we're not surprised! The first thing that comes to mind when creating a cosy setting is setting the perfect lighting and candles are the best way to achieve this. Whether scented or unscented, embrace the warming glow of candlelight throughout your home. And their use shouldn't be confined to solely nighttime either. Danes purchase more candles than anywhere else in Europe, with one third admitting they light candles all day.

2. Create texture

When you think about creating a cosy atmosphere, notions of soft textures which add dimension instantly spring to mind. If you want to hygge your home, stock up on chunky knit cushions, faux fur throws and fluffy rugs, guaranteed to add lashings of texture. For extra comfort, choose the softest of materials, such as merino wool and cashmere for a touch of luxe.

3. Don't go overboard

You don't have to completely redesign your entire home to create a hygge atmosphere. It might just be creating a little nook you can call your own, or adding more of what you love. Remember, hygge is a feeling, so it isn't just focused on physical items. It could be enjoying a cup of your favourite coffee, or enjoying a long, candlelit bath. It's all about taking time to enjoy more of the things that you love.

4. Bring the outdoors inside

The autumn and winter months are typically cold, so going outside may not be your idea of comfort, but that doesn't mean you can't welcome the great outdoors into your home. From wooden furniture and flooring, to exposed walls and brickwork and neatly packed piles of logs, waiting to be thrown on that roaring fire, it's easier than you might think. Plus, you can easily incorporate nature into your home, with the addition of house plants, which are the perfect finishing touch.

5. Keep it simple

Hygge is never about going overboard. Yes, its focus is on indulging, but not extravagance. Hygge is not about going OTT in a bid to impress guests, but instead creating an atmosphere where everyone is comfortable and at ease. Learn to embrace the imperfections and simplicity and you're halfway there.

6. Take up a hobby at home

You've spent time creating an atmosphere you love, so make some time to enjoy it! Whether it's taking up a new hobby, or picking up an old missed one, turn off technology, and enjoy a simpler way of life. From delving into a good book, to picking up a craft, these activities will help you switch off and relax the mind and body.

If you'd like to introduce a little hygge into your home, why not give us a call and let us help you create your perfect setting? For more information, get in touch here  .

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