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A circular rug is always a great way to help make a statement, a little bit like a permanent spotlight. Use the rug to draw the eye to a feature piece, placed in the centre. Just make sure that the rug colour has enough contrast with the floor to truly demand attention!
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Kids rooms can be some of the most fun projects to receive as an interior designer. They allow you to use a bit more creativity in attempting to spark their curiosity and imagination. Just make sure that your design can be easily adapted as the kids get older - think wall stickers instead of a painted mural!
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Do you know the secretive history of this common decorative feature? The rose has symbolised secrecy since Roman times, and hanging a rose over a meeting table became a sign of confidentiality and free speech in the Middle Ages. This later led to rose designs being physically carved into the ceilings, and over time the phrase came to refer to this ornate moulding (whether or not a rose actually features in the design!) These days ceiling roses are great for adding a striking focal point, especially for spaces with lovely high ceilings.
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Sometimes all it takes is a creative mind to turn trash into treasure! For example, this old ladder might not be safe to use for it's original purpose, but looks great used as a rack for throw blankets.
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Rounded edges and circular forms were a strong trend at the recent 2018 Salon de Mobile (a trade show in Milan that often sets worldwide trends). These plump ovular shapes give a friendly, comfortable appearance to any setting. The cartoonish quality of these forms also creates a great contrast with more angular pieces.
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While often overlooked, the perfect bedhead can be the standout feature of a room! Styles range from rectangular panels to ornate curves, including quilted or panelled designs, or even shelving. Popular fabrics include linen for a minimal look, or velvet for those who prefer to go full luxe. However, a simple timber style can be just as striking!
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Moving on from blushed hues, wine-inspired tones are the next big trend in the pink/red family. These colours all incorporate a dash of purple (the colour of the year) to add a touch of sophistication. Your inspiration can be anything from a peachy pink Rosé to a deep ruby Merlot.
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Smaller details like crockery are often overlooked - but the right choice can make a big impact. The current trend is towards hand-made pieces, using organic forms and imperfect finishes that celebrate the unique nature of handmade crafts. You can source originals from local potters, or even find look-alike styles in larger shops.
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Consider a very light grey as an alternative to the ubiquitous white wall. Grey gives the room greater depth and allows details such as white architraves to really "pop". It also helps to draw out colours instead of creating a harsh contrast, while remaining universally harmonious with any colour scheme. Pic: Stacy Zarin Goldberg
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When working in a creative industry like interiors, it helps to operate in a space that sets the right tone. A drab grey room with poor lighting is unlikely to encourage your imagination!
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