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Bringing Style To Your Bedroom

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Do you just view your bedroom as a functional room where you go to bed, sleep and wake up and feel that there really is no need to make it special? Is it a room that nobody else sees, so why bother? However, it’s a room that you probably spend more than a third of your life in and here at Style My Home, we think it’s important to make it a really personal room that is an expression of you, which reflects your favourite colours and the things you love to have around you. We hope our article changes your mind and gives you some ideas and inspiration.

Wouldn’t it be amazing if your bedroom had the “wow” factor? Style My Home looks at how your bedroom can be completely transformed to look stylish and polished. It could be a complete makeover or it could just involve adding a few accessories to make it more attractive and appealing. The bedroom should be a calming room that you enjoy going to, a place where you can relax, sleep and love to wake up in, surrounded by all your favourite things.

Declutter And Plan

First of all, you need to create harmony and decluttering is a great way to start. You will then have a blank canvas where you can start planning your dream bedroom. Think about the things that you need in your bedroom and make sure you have good storage options, so that you can stay free of clutter. Think carefully about the colours, tones, patterns and textures that you want to use, as these will pay an important part in creating a room, which is peaceful, calm and soothing or dramatic and romantic.

  • Colour scheme
  • Flooring options
  • Furniture
  • Storage options
  • Wall treatment

Colour, Flooring And Furniture

If you choose more subtle tones, adding accessories can introduce colour, tone and texture to the room. Many people forget about the ceiling, but this is really important as painting ceilings in darker tones or having a textured finish can look amazing and be really atmospheric. Just remember as you lay in bed, it’s the ceiling that you are often staring at. Wallpaper isn’t everyone’s thing, but a statement wallpaper wall could really work or a bold coloured painted wall. Are you happy with the flooring in your bedroom or would you like it replaced with wooden flooring, tiles or a new carpet? You may be using furniture that you have already but if not, think carefully about the size of the furniture, as heavy large furniture will be overpowering in a small room.

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Storage

Storage should never be overlooked and think carefully if you want a freestanding wardrobe or a custom-designed system, as the latter will usually give you more flexibility and extra storage for your things, particularly your clothes. Add a high chest of drawers for maximum storage and introduce a chest at the bottom of the bed or an attractive ottoman for linen storage. A bed with drawers or lift up storage or storage units designed to go under the bed are the answers for storage in a small room.

Accessories

  • Pillows and cushions
  • Throw blankets
  • Rugs
  • Lighting including lamps and shades
  • Bedding
  • Artwork
  • Headboard
  • Personal items

Throws, Rugs And Cushions

A throw blanket or rug can add a splash of colour and add instant contrast if your bedroom has neutral tones. Carefully arrange throws on the bed or on a chair, so they are ready for you to snuggle into if you are watching the television or reading a book. The bed of course takes up a lot of space, so make it an attractive and interesting feature by placing a few pillows or cushions on it to give it that cosy feel. You may also want to change the bed linen and introduce more texture and pattern and a bed can really come to life by adding a headboard, and you will find that a tall headboard can be used to dramatic effect and be a real focal point. Also, why not indulge in luxurious fabrics?

Lighting, Curtains And Personal Things

Lighting can make a real impact, so consider bedside lamps or a floor lamp. If you have a ceiling light, why not add a chandelier to add sophistication and romance, but make sure you always have a dimmer switch. Rugs will add texture and will complement tiled and wooden floors and can also be placed on top of a carpet.

If your room has small windows, blinds may be a good option but in a larger room you can be quite opulent with your fabrics. Consider if you need blackout blinds. To make the room really personal to you, add special things such as photographs, a piece of art or things you have collected on your travels.

What To Do Next

These are just a few ideas from Style My Home, interior designers transforming homes in Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge, Sevenoaks and London. If you need ideas and inspiration to transform your bedroom, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.comWe are delighted that we have enabled many of our clients to create bedrooms that they have always dreamed about.

 

Declutter and Evaluate Your Home – Are You Ready To Ring The Changes?

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Do you smile as you approach your home and think of the oasis of calm that is waiting for you behind the front door? Or do you dread it as you think of the mess and clutter that is waiting for you?

It’s so true that, “A home should be a home” and it should be the place that you look forward to coming back to and hanging out in. A home must be not only practical and functional but also inviting, interesting, pleasing on the eye and relaxing. Does your home contain that tranquil space where you can forget about everything and wind down? Does it exude your character and personality and have that comfortable sofa where you can completely relax? If it’s filled with your clutter and mess, you really need to make changes.

“Start Ringing The Changes”

February is a wonderful time to start ringing the changes and thinking afresh. It’s time to visit the old saying, “Out with the old, in with the new”. Take a good look around your home and ask yourself if you really love being there.

  • Are you happy in your home?
  • Is it working for you?
  • Do you only see mess and clutter?
  • Does the whole house need a tweak or a transformation, or is it just a room or two?

Now is the time to declutter and then evaluate!

To create the atmosphere and ambiance you are looking for, you will need to streamline your possessions and give your home a good clean and keep it that way. Go through your home room by room. Deep cleaning and decluttering can be extremely therapeutic and calming.

You will need to summon your ruthless streak and start thinking of throwing out, fixing and mending, donating, going to the tip, recycling or selling at a boot fair or through social media.

Discover Space and Calm

Mess can be oppressive and you’ll soon discover that if you keep surfaces clear and clean and put things away in cupboards and other storage spaces, it will be well worth the effort as you discover calm and that oppressive feeling starts to dissipate.

Once you’ve overcome the hurdles of decluttering and cleaning, you will really be able to see your rooms in a new light. You may be surprised by the amount of extra space that has been created and you now have a blank canvas to begin creating the home you are looking for.

Use Your Imagination

  • Paint with soft and warm colours
  • Refresh your furniture
  • Introduce new lighting
  • Fill with scents and aromas such as candles
  • Bring interest with rugs and cushions
  • Lift the mood with plants and flowers

You will find that major renovations aren’t necessary such as replacing doors and windows, knocking down walls or putting in a completely new kitchen – a few tweaks here and there can really transform a property. Pick out some lamps and colourful cushions and add a new picture and of course use a little bit of imagination!

What To Do Next

If you would like some help in transforming your home or individual rooms in your house, call Style My Home on 01892 510070 or email enquiries@stylemyhome.com We are delighted that we have bought that oasis of calm to many properties in the Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge areas and delighted owners as the spring has come back into their step as they approach home.

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Trend Spotting: Peach & Terracotta

Say “hello” to Peach this 2018 – this ranges from salmon, coral and terracotta to a dusky rose. This burnt orange-inspired tone takes over from last year’s must-have Millennial Pink. It’s soft and powdery shades offer a fresh palette and a mellow new neutral, perfect if you are not able to face yet another grey. Embrace nature and go for apricot, dusky rose and terracotta shades with accents of natural wood. Warmer textures such as brass, natural wood and velvets enhance these peach tones, creating a modern and grown-up alternative to pinks, with a base colour that is really easy to team with anything!

Need some more inspiration? Here’s how we would style the must-have colour of 2018 – Peach!

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Wall Paint: Blush, Little Greene  • Sofa: Scott 3-Seater Sofa in Burnt Orange Cotton Velvet, Made.com – £999.00 • Rug: Watercolour Trellis Wool Shag Rug, West Elm – £499.00 • Mirror: Metal Framed Round Wall Mirror, West Elm – £249.00 • Pendant Light: Elmley Curved Rattan Shade, Habitat – £90.00 • Planter: Standing Brass Planter, Cox & Cox – £120.00 • Footstool: Circus Small Poufe by Normann Copenhagen, Made in Design – £328.00

Or add a more subtle hint of peach with one of our favourite accessories:

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Embrace winter – create light in your garden!

No doubt about it, winter is upon us – there’s even only a few days till the clocks go back! So for those of us working all week, that means leaving home for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. While we want to cosy up our interiors and light up those dark areas, we should consider what we miss about the outdoors during the dark winter months.

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We are all adding bi fold doors or conservatories to enjoy our gardens, so let’s make sure we enjoy the full potential of our gardens throughout the winter too. Look to install both practical lighting as well as creating lighting in your garden or courtyard, particularly where you have bi folds or large windows.

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Light an attractive wall, especially if it’s whitewashed brick or stone, as this will reflect light into your house and give an interest to those dark evenings at home. Show off your attractive plants, bringing the garden into your house.

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Floodlight projectors can provide practical lighting if placed near paths or buildings but also look effective if positioned in a row of plants or sporadically positioned in trees. If you have a water feature or a sculpture floodlight projectors can be particularly effective.

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Buried up-lighters in flower beds can wash light up to show architectural plants and trees as well as textured walls or external buildings.

There’s nothing worse than arriving at someone’s house and not being able to see the house number or name in the dark, or follow the way in paths and steps. Give your house a facelift with new lighting at the entrance, functional lighting to guide you but also makes the property look more attractive and welcoming. Re-create the entry of your property with the addition of wall lights or a hanging pendant or lantern. Recessed spots in steps, decking and paths can also create good vision as well as look attractive.

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Look out for our next blog where we look to cosy the interior of your the house for winter with task lighting as well as beautiful ideas for lighting.

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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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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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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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