How to style your home like a pro

Stay one step ahead of the style game with an exclusive look at the key AW17/18 home interior trends that are guaranteed to transform your home for maximum impact, but with minimal effort. Giving us the inside scoop is interior designer Katie Barrett from The Design House Manchester.

Playful Pairings

Iridescent, metallic, lenzing colour combinations have taken the high street by storm and are set to take permanent residence in our home décor. Combining playful jades with lipstick pinks, magical lavenders and sapphire blues, these colour pallets are relatively daring in comparison to recent trends and offer a feminine and playful, yet understatedly glamorous look for traditional and contemporary homes alike. British designer Tom Dixon has created an accessories range called Oil to provide hints of this trend for the less adventurous.

Beautiful Botanics

So far 2017 has seen a surge in all things botanical – embracing exotic, tropical prints, accessories and décor. This trend is sticking around for autumn/winter, but with a wonderful tribal twist – think a variety of intricate, geometric designs mixed with wicker and suede in rich, earthy colours such as sienna, terracotta and evergreen. Sminkthings.co.uk have a stunning range of ceramic tiles and wallpapers that display a beautiful range of almost artisan-style, geometric designs with organic, hand painted touches.

Luxury Textures

Across all seasonal styles, metallic finishes and textures will continue to take centre stage when used in conjunction with contrasting styles and finishes. Softer ‘cosy concrete’, mixed with high shine brass and soft pastel velvets is becoming an increasingly popular combination and creates a fabulous look. The currently popular copper and rose gold accents will be seen less and less in favour of their more golden and iridescent counterparts.

High Contrast

Almost acting as a melting pot for the above styles is an increasing array of high contrast colour combinations; mixing deep burgundy reds with baby blues or dusky pastel pink with black. These combinations create a huge playing field for designers and exploring with these colours can completely alter the finished mood and look of your home. For example, use deeper tones in abundance to create a more sumptuous, moody and masculine space. Or, opt for softer pastel tones to portray a more playful, feminine vibe.