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If you are one for keeping with what is in trend and are looking to inspire and excite your friends and family when they visit your new home, bring out the extrovert in you and create a living room which is filled with vibrant colour, texture and beauty.
Due to the range of in-trend colours available this year, there should be a colour or tone to suit most. The trends offer a diversity of hue, including bright blues along with fellow primary colours, a burst of citrus, moving into a complete contrast of muted pastels, greys and metallics. However, it can still be hard to know what décor to choose in your new home knowing that you will be living with it for a good few years - unless you are one that is keen on regular change!
What a great room to create if you are just moving into your first new home! This room will mark your home as your own and give you and your loved ones much joy. A family room should be a room to be enjoyed by all and be a place of joy, comfort and memories too.
One of my much-preferred design methods just so happens to be in trend for 2012, in the form of ‘Eclecticism'. This way of designing incorporates the use of organic furniture shapes such as rustic wooden furniture pieces and design in the form of wall art, which can be purchased as self-adhesive motifs, or ornamental in the theme of bringing the outside in. Leaf- and tree-designed wall art can be chosen to create a themed feature wall or can be used as a key piece, such as a table lamp or ceiling pendant.
Whether you've just moved into your new home, or are simply waiting for completion on your purchase, take some time out to consider decorating your own personal creation and take a look at the current trends in order to make the most of the rooms in your property. This is the fun part!
Interior design expert Elizabeth Bishop describes a recent client commission:
Many requests that I receive from potential clients are a shout for help to choose the colours for their house. My most current project is to advise my client on the colour scheme for the interior and exterior of their newly purchased property. The age of the property is 18th century and is a country cottage style in appearance, but the principles work equally well on a new-build home.
Colours are probably the true essence of the house. Integrating a vast variety of these can either make or break an interior. Bold solutions are becoming increasingly creative, and people are daring against the odds to introduce a balance between unexpected clashes. New houses and apartments are becoming less of a showplace and more a place to make yourself at home.
It's been quite a grey summer so far, but it's a season to inspire all of us to make some changes to our homes. The use of colours is a great way to make this trend come alive, particularly in a new home where the standard palette these days is of muted, neutral tones. It is a very stimulating and exciting way to refresh the décor, and with it the mood of those living there.