Give your home an instant refresh with these easy, on-trend updates
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Just like our wardrobes, sometimes our interiors need a lift with a few easy updates. In the same way that an eye-catching accessory or two can transform an outfit, so a few carefully considered pieces can enliven an overly familiar scheme. There are plenty of on-trend updates that won’t break the bank – the key is to make a few judicious edits that can co-exist with your existing interiors while lending them a fresh context. Avoid trying to incorporate every fad; instead work with pieces that appeal and will last longer than a season.
Images: Graham and Green; French Connection Home
Cane and rattan furniture are headlining right now – try slipping Graham and Green’s (grahamandgreen.co.uk) Oslo Rattan Wing Chair, £339, into your living room for added texture or hang French Connection Home’s Rattan pendant, £175, for an instant pick-me-up (frenchconnection.com). Cushions and rugs are also easy to swap into a room for a contemporary update. Habitat’s (habitat.co.uk) Lane rug, £170, and Tyler side table, £50, both pay homage to the Bauhaus movement with its graphic shapes and considered balance of form and function.
Think too about lighting – swapping one lampshade for another is an easy way to switch up the look – for a decorative touch, try Wickewood’s limited-edition lampshades in collaboration with Pooky, from £120 (wicklewood.com). For a more graphic look, you won’t go wrong with CTO Lighting’s supremely elegant Nimbus wall lights, from £680 (ctolighting.co.uk).
Images: Skandium; The Little House Shop
Contemporising a scheme needn’t be about big-ticket items. Often, the smallest touches can have the biggest impact. Try adding a sleek shelving system to the bathroom, such as String’s configuration of pocket shelves in oiled teak, from £185, (scandium.com) for a chic way to display luxe toiletries and handtowels. Likewise, Little House Shop’s Oak Towel Rail, £22, an elegant brown paper or kitchen roll holder, will pep up the kitchen (thelittlehouseshop.co.uk).
Images: Broste Copenhagen; Piglet
Soft furnishings are a great way of adding texture and depth. Consider mixing patterns, unifying the look by sticking to the same two or three hues. Try pairing the Isabella headboard in Yamuna Yellow by Bernard Thorp, £1200, with the Lucy cushion, £85, adding in a little on-trend animal print with the Giorgina shade, £140, all KD Loves (kdloves.com). For a bang-on-trend update in a living room or bedroom, try velvet cushions in this season’s mustards and teal blues – check out the Haldi range, £48, at Ross & Brown (rossandbrownhome.co.uk). Finally, invest in Piglet’s (pigletinbed.com) Luna striped linen for a chic bedding update, while Broste Copenhagen’s (brostecopenhagen.com) Rorik planters, £297 for two, are a great way to introduce some vibrant evergreens to your scheme.
Article written by Emma J Page