Decorating Ideas, Practical Ways To Improve Your Home

With the clocks going back, dark, wintry nights have started to creep in and we are heading towards the shortest day of the year. This season is all about making the home inviting for the colder months. Introducing warm pops of colour, mixed with neutrals will not only create a cosy scheme, but also help to lighten your room during these darker months.

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WORLD IN COLOUR

I have an obsession with colour – it is the hallmark of my work. I love how colour can dramatically change interiors and bring a room to life. It’s fascinating how colour makes us feel in our homes. Lilaea, my latest collection with Harlequin, launched this summer, and the range really shows off my trademark contemporary botanical style. It has the perfect mix of intense colour against light neutrals, which is great for this time of year.

In particular, the striking Filix design, which I created following my travels to Grenada, features a tessellating, geometric fern, delicately pressed on to a natural linen-mix ground. The subtle ombre effect of the fiery, watermelon colourway, adds warmth and depth, whilst its neutral background keeps the scheme light and airy. When choosing and mixing colours for your home, as a general rule, I would limit my use to around three. A neutral base is a good place to start, then you can build up the look from there. Choose a beautiful fabric for your curtains ‒ I love linens and silks, they just move and flow, so elegantly ‒ and base your palette around the colours that feature to keep your look cohesive.

SUBTLE FINISH

If you don’t want to go all out with bold and bright drapes, add splashes throughout the room with accessories in your chosen warm hues; reds, chocolates, turmeric, earthy shades. I would also use different tones of the same colour, to avoid your room becoming too matchy. Beautiful accessories such as cushions, throws and statement lampshades are ideal, yet simple ways of adding depth and colour to your home. If you have a small, dark room, or are slightly worried about having too much colour, why not choose a neutral fabric for your window treatment, such as the statement Espinillo from my Lilaea collection? Featuring acacia leaves, found on Highbury Fields in Islington around the corner from my studio, these have been beautifully embellished with subtle metallic threads in a silver/ frost colourway. This is a great fabric for keeping the room bright and airy, yet the cotton linen mix adds weight, helping to keep in the warmth.

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