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2017’s Hot Garden Trends

As we’re spending more time in our outdoor spaces, whether it’s a large green expanse or a simple balcony, we’re wanting more comfort and cosiness – so make sure to expect a move towards styling your garden as you would your home; treat it as an extra room, an extension of your home, not a separate space.

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The line between indoor and outdoor is becoming increasingly blurred; the trend of bi-folding doors and wide sliding doors mean we can create one large open-plan space leading straight onto the garden.

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Think stylish seating that’s a mix of daybeds and comfy swing seats (not too dissimilar to what can be found in the living room), teamed with lighting that’s no longer functional but feature, and finished off with on-trend accessories and botanicals which would also sit perfectly inside!

Furniture

As the garden becomes more and more important, we want the same level of style, comfort and indulgence outside as we do inside! Forget upright chairs, the garden is now the perfect place to laze and lounge. As 2017 is all about ‘mindfulness’, there’s no better place to put it to practice than in the garden; choose seating that offers the ultimate comfort level, switch off from technology and curl up with a good book (or a glass of wine!) in the fresh air.

style-my-home-glamorous-garden-furnitureRestricted with space? Avoid filling space with big sofas and chairs with act as blocks in the space, instead choose chairs with exposed legs and delicate tables – this allows you to see through to the space behind, making the area feel welcoming. 

low-garden-furniture-style-my-homeWith small spaces, go for low furniture which allows the height to become the focus rather than the lack of space. Style with tall, architectural plants and draping lighting for a stylish effect that draws the eye upwards. 
If your outdoor space is slightly smaller, curate your furniture and accessories as you would a small room; go for mirrors to reflect light and make the space feel twice as big, team it with individual furniture pieces that have elegant legs, are neat and stylish and can be easily stacked.

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Perfect for the summer months, we love these string chairs inspired by 1950’s Acapulco chairs, from Cox & Cox. Ideal for both outdoor lounging in the sun, they also contemporary stylish twist to any interior, as seen in our latest Staging for Selling project.

Grey String Chair (and photo) from Cox and Cox | Photo via Maddison’s Residential

Lighting

Garden lighting is becoming cheaper and much more fun. With solar powered, rechargeable or battery powered lights, the style possibilities are endless; from uplighters and lanterns to festoons and fairy lights.

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Style uplighters in amongst large shapely plants for eye-catching shadows, drape festoon lights across dining areas creating a canopy effect, and hide lanterns around the edge of your garden to make the space feel larger than it is, or add a firepit to create a central entertainment hub for you and your guests.

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Accessories

Team traditional manicured flower beds with a mixture of pot-grown plants and botanical features. Go for a mixture of softer, romantic plants (such as the blousy-pink Tulipa) inspired by Scandi style, teamed with low-maintenance dwarf shrubs, and small statement gardens.

These small gardens take shape in terrariums which provide the perfect stylish tabletop decorations, in perfectly crafted window boxes and haute house-plants which can also take pride of place on the patio.

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Best of Houzz 2017 Award Winner – Best of Service!

Earlier this year Style My Home won a ‘Best of Service’ 2017 Award on Houzz, the leading home renovation and design platform which has over 40 million active monthly users!


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The Best of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Customer Service, Design and Photography. The Customer Service awards are determined by a number of factors, including the number and quality of client and contractor reviews received.

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including Style My Home,” said Andrew Small, MD of Houzz UK and Ireland. ‘Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

We’re thrilled at Style My Home to receive this recognition, and we would like to thank the Houzz community who voted for us, and everyone for leaving supportive reviews.

Find us on Houzz here!

 

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Introducing our ‘Staging for Selling’ service

Sell your house quickly + put yourself in a great position

Achieve the ceiling price for property on your street

Potential buyers will see your property’s best features shine!

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When selling a property, there will always be a risk of running into difficulties and delays. Estate agents might suggest reducing the asking price so you can enjoy a quick sale, which is not always guaranteed. Instead, invest in your home; show off your property to its full potential with home staging. First impressions are so important (on average, most property buyers have made their decision within 3 seconds of seeing your property) – it’s imperative that photographs of the interior are showcasing your home to it’s highest standard, to attract attention and make prospective buyer come to visit instead of dismissing due to a lack of interest or not realising the property’s full potential.

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Property buyers have high expectations; they’re searching for their dream home. If they fall in love with your property, they will make an offer. That’s why it is so important to showcase your home to it’s full potential – our Staging for Selling service provides you and your home the competitive edge against neighbouring properties also on the market, showing off it’s best features. Our Staging for Selling service enhances your property; we focus on what your home can offer and visually sell the lifestyle that the property promotes, whether it’s a cosy family home or a modern open-plan barn conversion.

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Staging for Selling is an investment, not a cost – our service has proven that it is more cost effective to invest in giving your home a refresh and facelift rather than give in to a drop reduction in asking price.

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Previous homeowners have met the ceiling price for property on their street using our Staging for Selling service, with costs starting from as little as 0.5% of the property value. Clients have achieved prices of up to £35k over the asking price after using our Staging for Selling service.

We offer a tailored service that includes:

  • A report to advise on recommendations and a plan of action
  • Complete staging from empty
  • Rental of all furniture and accessories where required
  • Redecorating and re-carpeting
  • Pre-sale staging for photographs
  • Styling of current furniture and accessories

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We will advise how much to invest, based on the condition of your property, property value and the current housing market. Our team will create a detailed property report, outlining our recommendations for improving your property to maximise on returns; whether it involved complete furnishing or re-styling.

Get in touch now for more information:

www.stylemyhome.com | caroline@stylemyhome.com | 01892 510070

Our Must-Have Christmas Styling Tips

There may be a little while till Christmas is here, but with our shops, adverts and even our weather all gearing up for the big day, it seems like there is no better time to start thinking about getting into the festive spirit. Decorating for Christmas can sometimes be a daunting and boring task, so we’ve put together a few creative and simple ways to deck your halls this holiday season!

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Photo from Cox & Cox

Showcase the most festive foods of the season throughout your home by styling in a range of glass vessels. Not only will you and your guests admire their beautiful colours, but the rich festive aromas will be sure to get everyone in the party spirit! They would also make a great gift, wrapped up in either a vintage glass jar or natural bag with a personalised tag.

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Live in a rented property, a flat with awkward stairs or just want something unique to style this Christmas? Deborah Bowness’ Tree For Life (Not Just For Christmas) wallpaper is made in England, using hand screen-printed silk with paper, meaning every Christmas tree is unique. Simply paste the wallpaper to a board and decorate with your best and brightest baubles using pins.

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A big part of the magic at Christmas time is the moody lighting and enchanting twinkly lighting; dark afternoons and evenings spent under the city’s lights searching for gifts for our loved ones, night-time walks under the moonlight and stars, and night-ins snuggled under a blanket with mulled wine and a festive candle. Don’t be afraid of going overboard; lighting is key at Christmas time. Style up a mixture of fairy lights throughout your home; hidden amongst the pines of the Christmas tree, draping across banisters or styled in shapely jars. For a Scandi-inspired look, hang delicately patterned stars over your dining table – team with simple white candles and pared back dinnerware for a simple, yet effective, festive look.

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Add hints of Christmas throughout the home in the form of smaller accessories; adding a fun festive cushion or throw, they don’t all have to be in the classic holiday colours of red, green and gold – winter textures like white faux fur create a cosy atmosphere that reflects the season.

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Invest in pieces that you know you will cherish year after year; think delicate glass baubles, or beautifully decorated stockings, like Anthropologie’s selection, which will be loved by every family member.

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Go green! Fill every room with fresh foliage; it leaves a beautiful smell and creates a natural and relaxing festive vibe that other decorations may not achieve. For a colourful centrepiece on the dining table, place branches of holly inside a vase and decorate with bright and colourful baubles. Decorate presents with sprigs of holly, pine or cinnamon sticks. Suspend a simple wire hoop from the ceiling in front of your windows, and decorate with eucalyptus for a subtle wreath that can work throughout the season. Go for a statement on your front door and double up with two wreaths – we always love seeing Johnny’s Little Sister’s new creations every season.

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Get the look

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Star pendant lampshades: IKEA | Ultimate beaded star: The White Company | Joy cushion: Marks & Spencer | Egg nog tin candle: Anthropologie | House Ornament Garland: Amara | Little London glass decorations: Not on the high street | Cire Trudon scented candles: Amara | Small Metal Candlestick: H&M | Autumn Wreath: Johnny’s Little Sister | Cloche LED feature lights: Next | Cocktail glass, champagne flute & shot glasses from Ostravia collection: John Lewis | Mini stars wrapping paper: Cox & Cox

Support local this Christmas! If you’re visiting Tunbridge Wells, make sure you pop into Hattons Lifestyle and Deli located in the Pantiles for a well-earned Cappuccino and peruse of their wide range of handpicked gifts; which include unique Christmas crackers, hampers filled with treats from Hattons themselves, and a range of local tipple.

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If you’re looking for festive flowers with beautiful attention to detail with a hint of vintage-style, take a look at Johnny’s Little Sister, based in Sevenoaks. With a wide range of high-profile clients under her belt, owner Bella creates bouquets, wreaths and garlands which you will definitely want to showcase in your home this winter! We especially love the wide mix of fruits and fragrances on the Mixed Fruit Christmas Wreath.

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Summer Styling

With our highly unreliable weather and currently very lacklustre summer (which will soon be coming to an end), we’ve been on the hunt for fresh interior trends that help inject a hint of summer into our homes. Here are some of our favourite, and easily accessible, trends for a last-minute summer-inspired interior:

Pops of Colour

A simple and very quick way to inject summer into your home is by introducing a statement colour, think citrus colours like orange or yellow, bright blue hues that represent the ocean, or a mix of natural and lush greens for a lush tropical feel.

Munchkin occasional chair in Bumblebee Clever Velvet from Loaf | Pom Pom cushion in Saffron by Bluebellgray from Amara | Twin-tone lampshade in Mint and China White from Lane By Post | Circles in Yellow and Warm Grey art print from Lane By Post | Escher Cushion in Emerald and Navy from Amara

Try these paint colours: Vardo by Farrow & Ball and Citron by Farrow and Ball

Tropical Hints

The tropical trend has long been a reliable source of inspiration for summer styling, but it doesn’t always have to mean kitsch and bright. Tropical prints are not always about bright clashing pinks, greens and yellows, this season we’re seeing more subdued prints hitting the shelves, offering a much-needed relaxing alternative. Go for shades of peach teamed with pink, or create a contrasting scheme with blue and white.

Rockport coffee table from Oka | Tropical Flora Cushion from Amara | Plain Velvet Cushion in Turquoise from Oka | Bamboo Design Magazine Basket from Lombok | Floridita Table Lamp from Oka

Try these paint colours: Angie from Little Greene, Carmine from Little Greene, St Giles Blue from Farrow & Ball and Lulworth Blue from Farrow & Ball

Scandi Summer

Scandi style may not scream ‘summer’, with their much more subtle and paler interiors, but it’s their clever use of light that creates a light and bright atmosphere which lasts all year round. The use of white walls creates a large space for light to bounce from, brightening the area, whilst also providing a simple and versatile backdrop. Scale back on accessories for a space that feels open and airy, using natural and rustic textures, such as light woods, leathers and furs, adding an extra dimension to the space whilst still fitting into a light aesthetic.

Jute Pouffe from John Lewis | Lyon Beton Concrete Hauteville Low Armchair from Amara | Handwoven Pouffe with Sequins from Holly’s House | Colonel Natural Pendant Light from Holly’s House | Sheepskin and Suede Cushion from Cox & Cox

Try these paint colours: Gauze, Gauze Deep and Gauze Dark from Little Greene

Summer Reflections

A cleverly placed mirror can do wonders to a space; it opens a smaller space, enhances eye-catching views, adds the perfect styling touch and also brightens the space, which is perfect for creating a light and airy summer atmosphere. Mirrors provide a simple and easy way to create a statement in your home; go for one with a metallic effect for a luxe look, style as a trio to create an interesting and eye-catching wall, or go for practicality and beauty with a mirror complete with jewellery stand or hooks.

Icicle Mirror from Oka | Danube Carriage Mirror from Graham and Green | Gold Edge Wall Mirror from Shabby Store | Grey Arch Window Mirror from Shabby Store | Bronze Leaner Mirror from John Lewis | Magellan Mirror from Oka

Take a look at our Summer Styling Inspiration board, or get in touch if you would like advice on how to keep summer going strong throughout the year in your home!

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Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 Highlights

Clerkenwell Design Week is one of the most anticipated events of the design calendar and was this year even bigger than before. Now totalling 8 exhibition spaces, that are all situated in architecturally intriguing venues, there was more than ever to see and explore. It can be an overwhelming experience, and with only three days to properly explore it can be hard to ensure you have time to feast your eyes on everything – we’ve pulled together our highlights from the Design Week, from a new London-based contemporary kitchen designer to innovative, and unusual, lighting fixtures.

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A collaboration with a vicar may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you hear Tom Dixon, but this was one unexpected partnership that definitely paid off. By showcasing extraordinary lighting in an equally worthy and awe-inspiring heritage backdrop, Tom Dixon’s installation demonstrates the true potential of making a space unique. Whilst it may have provided the design team with a mix of design challenges, the iconic circular and bold lighting compliments the classic 17th century church’s nooks and crannies to create a space unlike any other – an amazing way to showcase the new collection.

The partnership between Tom Dixon and the Vicar of St James’, Andrew Baughen, also hosted a kitchen and co-working environment, that will now be donated as permanent fixtures – creating a resourceful hub for the residential community.

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The opening of their Clerkenwell showroom led to an inspired collaboration with the talented designer, Sebastian Cox. The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL launched at Clerkenwell Design Week 2015 and has gone on to win multiple design awards and has been lauded by the English press as a completely new style: “Urban Rustic”. It is made from sustainable British timbers, such as woven coppiced Ash and English Beech.

deVOL have just added a brand new piece to this range which they are excited to launch at Clerkenwell Design Week 2016. A cross between a prep table and an island, with slender legs and an unusual mixed material worktop, it’s a piece that deVOL hope will work within a kitchen or simply as a standalone piece.

We look forward to showing you The Sebastian Cox Kitchen by deVOL, and introducing you to our brand new piece, in The British Collection at stand BW1, CDW 2016.

Graypants

Graypants’ much-loved Scraplight showcased a revival at CDW with it’s white corrugated cardboard design. Seeing the Scraplight hanging in its various shapes and sizes against the dark and gloomy venue backdrop really allowed the lights to showcase their bright and modern glow. They provide a chic alternative to a traditional lampshade, giving off a crisp glow through the white cardboard paired with the natural warmth of the cardboard and light.

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Pluck

Pluck, a newly established London-based kitchen firm, are definitely doing kitchens a little differently. Each part of their kitchen is viewed as a piece of furniture, so your design is not dictated by their furniture range but is instead tailored to perfectly fit your space. This, along with their very simple clutter-free designs, clean lines and retro yet modern colours and materials, makes Pluck a contemporary kitchen designer to definitely keep your eyes on. We especially loved their inventive idea of showcasing the different fittings, colours and materials on offer at Clerkenwell, in the form of a mid-century media-style unit – it seems that so many others did too that it may even become a permanent fixture in their portfolio!

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Paint Palette: Rose Quartz

2016’s hottest (and most anticipated) colour is a more sophisticated take on a classic. With Pantone’s 2016 Colour of the Year being announced as Rose Quartz, we could be welcoming a new, unexpected, must-have neutral in the form of pink. With a chalky and subtle vibe, Rose Quartz makes a perfect backdrop for contrasting statement furniture and artwork. Farrow + Ball’s offering, Peignoir, adds a big dose of pink to the ‘new magnolia’ that is grey, creating a colour which has the capacity to feel both modern and traditional at the same time.

Style with warm metallics – both copper and brass add a touch of modernity to chalky and feminine shade of Rose Quartz, but only choose one metallic to include in your scheme. Here are our favourite copper picks available on the high street at the moment:

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Bolu Pendant Shade, John Lewis

Classic Telephone, Wild & Wolf

Croft Collection Copper Pot, John Lewis

Tall Storage Unit, Oliver Bonas

Orrico Side Tables, Habitat

Home Staging for Selling

Spring will always be known as being the best time to sell your home; the days are sunnier, houses look brighter and gardens are coming into bloom. Not only is it the perfect time to showcase your home, but with a lack of major holidays to contend with, you could also attract a greater number of potential buyers!

At Style My Home, we offer a personal and bespoke Home Staging service, tailored to your needs and style, whether you’re staging for selling or renting, updating for a fresh new look or just looking for some final touches, to ensure that your home is presented at it’s very best. Our Home Staging for Selling service has been a huge success, not only by selling properties faster but also in many cases selling for a greater price, therefore not only covering your costs from staging, but surpassing them! Get in touch if you would like to find out more, and take a look at our top tips below:

1. First impressions are SO important – When it comes to selling your home, firstimpressions are always paramount; most buyers form an opinion of a house within seconds of walking through the door. Make sure that the first things they see are a de-weeded front garden with fresh flowers, trimmed bushes, a swept path and a freshly painted front door with a sparkling clean window

2. Make sure to de-clutter – Clutter makes rooms look disorganised and appear smaller than they really are, which is never good when you’re trying to showcase the best of your property to a potential buyer. Make sure you remove unnecessary coats or shoes from a hallway, as it is the first indoor space your potential buyer will be seeing. Take time to remove as much clutter as possible, or invest in clever and simple storage solutions

3. Clean, clean, clean – Like tidiness, cleanliness should never be underestimated. In high impact spaces, such as the kitchen and bathroom, ensure that all surfaces are cleaned and shiny, and don’t forget the floors, which instantly life the room when sparkling. Add fresh flowers for a natural, appealing scent, and try to maximise on natural light. Faux flowers can also be effective

4. Stay neutral – If you do decide to add a fresh new look to your property, stay neutral with your colour choices; try to avoid bright colours and bold patterns. It allows buyers to envisage the property as their own, with their own furniture and stamp on it, without being bombarded with your own style first

5. Finally fix it – Something broken that’s been playing on your mind for a while, like a broken tile, missing grout or dripping tap? Finally get it fixed before putting your house on the market – it will only send a wrong message to viewers and potential buyers

We understand that updating your home can seem like an unnecessary evil with our modern and very busy lives, but we can offer a detailed consultation and written report, with priorities and clear, practical advice, Alternatively we can arrange clutter busters, painters,carpet fitters, and rent furniture and accessories. We can manage the project from start to finish; ready for your Estate Agents’ photographs

No project is too big or too small! You can find our range of interior design services on our website, but we always tailor them to suit your needs and wishes – just get in contact to seehow we could help: www.stylemyhome.com or phone us on 01892 510070 Make sure to check out our Houzz page to see some of our recent home staging projects

Spotlight on London Design Week 2016

During March, London becomes the international capital of design, when it welcomes London Design Week at Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre. Whether you’re a designer and looking for specific products for a client, re-designing your own home or just passionate about interiors, you will be sure to find something special at Chelsea Design Centre, with over 500 of leading brands in the interiors sphere. Style My Home visited London Design Week during one of the first days to explore some of the highly anticipated new collections, here are some we think are definitely worth noting:

When it comes to lighting, there was one clear winner for us at London Design Week. Porta Romana’s new Elemental collection includes a variety of shapes, patterns and colours taking inspiration from natural elements, with aspects resembling honeycomb, insect cocoons, crystals and burnt wood, and colours clearly representing cool clear blues of air and water matched with the hot rust tones of earth and fire. Decorative, luxurious pieces, the pendant lighting from Porta Romana’s Elemental collection will be sure to create a statement!

After visiting London Design Week, it seems like orange is definitely the colour for 2016! Although it’s already a statement colour, teaming it with bright blues and teal creates a beautiful statement look. Style with neutral furniture and accessories with simple geometric prints, like we spotted in Fox Linton/Jim Thompson, for an interior that’s both modern and rich.

As we’ve already said, orange and bright blues seem to be enjoying a moment, as we found them showcased in fabrics across the Design Centre. 2016 also seems to be the year for rich and fun patterns, both modern and traditional, Osborne and Little’s new collection demonstrates a retro/mid-century vibe with geometric shapes and pastel tones mixed with bold brights, whilst Colefax & Fowler’s new collection includes rich, luxurious velvets with traditional and oriental designs.

When it comes to wallcoverings, 2016 is all about creating a feature, with both texture and patterns taking centre stand. Brian Yates’ new Vinyl collection of non-woven wallpapers include a denim-inspired design, with muted colours that create the perfect piece to showcase on one statement wall or across the room with either muted furniture and fabrics or statement oranges and blues, the ‘must-have’ colours for this season. With Cole & Son’s new collection, we see more inspiration from nature; with shimmery mineral surfaces, woodgrain textures and coral inspired patterns. When it comes to tiling, there’s only one brand to aspire to at the Design Centre; Ann Sacks’ collection are so beautifully simple that they speak for themselves.

Make sure to take a look at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour’s website to see some of the iconic new collections from international leading interior brands!

5 Ways to Style a Beautiful Botanical Interior

2016 is the year to celebrate an abundance of nature in our homes. Botanical prints arrived onto the interiors scene last year to a very welcome response, in the form of both natural scientific style patterns and exaggerated forms and colours.

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This year we can expect to see 2015’s highly coveted fun tropical and cactus style prints going back to nature, with both botanic and aquatic themes playing a major role – think designs inspired by Victorian scientific drawings and natural elements such as lakes, oceans and lush landscapes, teamed with a range of textures from velvet to wicker. Botanical can be a hard trend to style well, so we’ve put together our top tips:

1. Go bold with statement wallpaper featured across a room, or through the fabric dressing your windows.

Take a look at some of our favourite wallpapers:

Fern Gallery by Sanderson | Fastasque by Osborne & Little

Avoid overpowering a small space by taking one key piece, or by creating a singular feature wall. We love Surface View’s new collection with New York Botanical Garden and Bouquet by Photowall. Or why not create a gallery wall with classic Victorian style prints, or you could create your own with plant cuttings and vintage style glass wall-hanging frames.

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For a lighter take on the trend, try introducing plants, not flowers, into your home – look for large leaves in rich greens, like Monstera Deliciosa and Banana Leaf. For a more feminine touch, India Jane have a range of faux-herbs, plants and flowers that come ready in a vintage style planter or vase.

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To create a look that is both on-trend and not overwhelming, showcase botanic patterns sparingly, and team with natural inspired colours – think olive, citrus and khaki greens, brown tones, dark blues and coral. If you’re looking to introduce a botanical theme into your home, we would recommend looking out for the following colours as accompaniment: Greens in lime, jade, lagoon, olive. Pale pink, coral and orange. Vivid and pale brown.

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