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Keeping it Real for a Timeless Appeal

Whether it’s a total refurbishment project or simply a bathroom refresh, we are bringing you the key interior trends this autumn that won’t date.

The good news is that as far as today’s interior trends go, there are no hard and fast rules, merely a few simple pointers for getting the basics right to achieve a home that is both contemporary and timeless.

Getting the bones right is the first place to start, and, if budget allows, you can’t go wrong with classic materials - think real wood, stone and slate floors paired with natural fabrics such as wool, cotton and linen for rugs, curtains, carpets and upholstery.

Moving onto colour, things are more black and white, quite literally. We are still seeing black and white schemes dominate, punctuated with splashes of bright orange, shocking pink and electric blue. Meanwhile, over 50 shades of grey have replaced beige as a more contemporary and sophisticated take on the neutral palette.

And as we head towards Christmas, gold, copper and silver are making a reappearance, adding instant glitz and glamour to any room or scheme. 

Nature inspired wallpapers, fabrics, cushions and rugs featuring botanical, bird and animal motifs and prints also continue to be key trends with a classical Steer and Sanderson and Farrow and Ball are both championing this look as we head into 2014.

By keeping a fairly simple backdrop against which your chosen items and furniture will sit, means spaces will avoid looking cluttered.  And remember, less is more - you only need just one or two bold or statement pieces or prints in a room to achieve a striking effect.

The effortlessly cool Scandinavians set an example to us all with their strong ethos of choosing authentic classic designs with timeless appeal, only upgrading fabrics, throws, and cushions as trends dictate. Ignoring high fashion in this way will ensure you end up with a beautifully contemporary interior that won’t look contrived, self-conscious, and most importantly, one that will stand the test of time. 

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