Interior trends for 2011

Be Bold!
The future is most definitely bold. Take cue from London Fashion week and embrace the vibrant tones of canary yellow to lighten up a dull room or in time for spring.
-Start small! Pick up a colour chart if it helps and choose 2 or 3 shades you instinctively respond to
-Choose a prominent feature in your house that you are keen to revive; a tired table stand for example and get painting!
-Remember to mix and match. Vases, hooks, and any other accessory in a statement colour will balance any neutral furniture pieces
-Finally, get playful! Bright colours are proven mood elevators, so the bolder you go, the better you’ll feel.

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Paisley & Prints

Either you love them or you hate them, but prints are here to stay.  Missoni, Prada, and British fashion houses including ingénue Mary Katrantzou have all formed an orderly queue to embrace eclectic mixes and accents.  From dainty florals to the quirkier swirls, prints can add an elegant and classic touch to an otherwise dated room.
-Opt for sot pastel shades in sky blue, lemon, pink and lilac
-Upholster an ottoman or footstool to create a feature piece of furniture
-Replace plain curtians or blinds with a striking print design
-Be bold and decorate one wall
-Decorate a whole wall with a French inspired floral print
The truth is, you’re spoilt for choice!

Feature by
Mary-Claire Akinyemi