You don’t have to commit to paint or wallpaper to add a bit of colour to a room. These tips will help you to brighten up any room quickly and easily…

Statement seating

Add a fun splash of colour with one piece of statement furniture. This could be a bold sofa or armchair, or if you’re on more of a budget, a bright rug.

Fun wall vinyls

Wall vinyls are a great way to add colour to a room without having to commit by painting. They can easily be removed too which makes them a great option if you rent your property. These confetti-style vinyls are by CasaSunshine, available on Etsy

Colourful cushions

Colourful scatter cushions really brighten up a room. You don’t have to worry about co-ordinating with cushions either, a clashy style can look like a deliberate choice. Or you could choose cushions that don’t match one another but fit to a theme, for example florals or fur.

Ferns and florals

Add a bit of colour to your room with some greenery and get the added benefit of cleaner air. Palms and succulents are really easy to keep and don’t need regular watering. Or if you’re feeling extra lazy, you can buy very realistic plastic plants online (nobody will be able to tell!)

Get bright with lighting

Brighten up a home office or living room with a bright and quirky lamp. Or, add a colourful lampshade to a ceiling light fitting. You could even change them to suit the seasons, with bright spring colours during the sunnier months and warmer shades during winter.

Colourful and cosy throws

Colourful scatter cushions are a great way to stop a room looking drab. In fact, they can even make your home stand out in online pictures when you’re trying to sell (so says Currell Senior Valuer David Gwinnutt)

Pick a theme colour

Adding touches of complimenting colours across a room can help the style to look more put together. You don’t have to over do it, perhaps just match a rug to some throw pillows, and then add in some flowers of a similar shade.

It might seem that interior design trends come and go faster than you can say “what colour velvet sofa do I want?” But there are some solid tips and tricks that you can always rely on for elegant, timeless, style in your home…

Mix old and new

A great trick employed by interior designers is to incorporate old items, including antiques and inherited pieces, with newer furniture. The best way to approach this is to tailor your new purchases to the older items that you already have. Go for natural woods and simple designs in new furniture to compliment antiques without looking too mismatched.

Think about your bulbs

The lightbulb you choose makes a massive difference to the overall look of a light fixture. More than that, the type of lighting you have can alter the whole mood of a room. Do you want the room to be bright and bold, or snug and cosy? Lightbulbs themselves can be a great statement item – there are loads of interesting filament bulbs available and the prices have really come down since they first arrived on the market. A great filament bulb can even work in a bare fitting, with no need for a lampshade.

Clashing can be great

Carefully curated items that technically ‘clash’ can be a great style choice and help to give a room more personality. This works best in moderation. If your seating clashes, for example, go for a cohesive colour scheme for your walls and floors.

Keep it personal

Make your home really feel like your own by making personal items the central focal point of a room. Interesting interior design doesn’t mean turning your back on your own personality and going along with fads and trends. Put your favourite ornaments and mementos on display, or perhaps create a dedicated area for certain memories, like a shelf for holiday souvenirs or an area for wedding photographs.

Keep the kitchen classic

It’s said that the kitchen is the heart of a home. The kitchen is likely to be the room where your interior design choices feel more permanent. Installing a breakfast bar, shelling out for new cabinets and worktops, these are major decisions. As a general rule, keeping the kitchen simple and classic is always a good choice. For kitchens, go for something that will never go out of style.

Make it look lived in

Good interior design is forward thinking. Consider your lifestyle when making decisions about how to style your home. Got four dogs? Maybe not a white rug, then. Small children? Is a cream velvet sofa the best plan? You should feel relaxed in your home, and making interior design choices that are practical and suited to you doesn’t mean you have to compromise on style.

Think about taps and sinks

A small detail but one that can make a big difference to the overall look of a kitchen or bathroom. Spending a little more on a stylish sink and taps can really elevate the room.

Buy less but buy well

Whether you’re moving into a new home and need a whole set of furniture, or you’re looking to update your home, don’t shop without a plan. A good way to break down the task is room by room. Think about how you want the room to look, and start with a few essential pieces (like the interior design equivalent of a capsule wardrobe). Then you can gradually build on this. Don’t try to force your home to look perfect overnight – part of the joy of interior design is seeing how your living spaces evolve.

Play around with seating

Changing up your room’s seating arrangement can be a great way to refresh the look of a room. You could even have different arrangements for different seasons, creating a more cosy feel in winter and a more airy and open feel for summer. Having one statement piece of furniture is also a great way to add a splash of colour.

Think about areas, not rooms

Don’t make the mistake of thinking a room should only be used for one thing. Some of the best interior design utilises space in creative and multi-purposed ways. You can easily add a study to the corner of a living room, or make a beautiful dining room in a kitchen. Think about dividing spaces with clever use of furniture. For example, in the picture above, the combination of a corner sofa and a large rug clearly section off a cosy lounge area in a much bigger reception room.

It’s December and that can only mean one thing: it’s officially ok to start getting Christmassy! We’ve scoured the internet for some of the coolest, quirkiest and most stylish Christmas decorations out there, so your home can really have the wow factor this Christmas.

Orb lights


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Fairy lights are so last year. Step it up a notch with these warm-glowing bubbly orb lights. They make us think of fizzing glasses of Champagne on Christmas day. Gorgeous.

Think pink


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You might remember a few months ago when we told you all about the new trend for Millenial Pink. Well, just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean you have to shun pink. And in our opinion, pink and glitter are a great combo.

Pom poms


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These colourful pom pom decorations will bring a homemade kitch to you tree.

Go wild


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Go a bit different this Christmas and add some quirky animal decorations to your tree. Paperchase have a weird and wonderful selection including sharks, sloths, birds and dinosaurs.

Get glitzy


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We love this extra glitzy snowball bauble from The White Company, dipped in champagne coloured glitter for all the glitz you could want.

Disco inspiration


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Cover your tree in these disco-ball inspired little baubles for a funky Christmas, at only £1 each you can go crazy.

Fairytale of New York


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We absolutely love these little Christmas snow globes by Etsy maker Louisa Taylor. Each one celebrates a different city, you can choose from New York, London or Paris, or collect them all.

Santa’s little helpers


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How cute are these canine Christmas decorations? Made from wood and finished with an adorable ribbon collar and bell, they come in different designs inspired by various dog breeds.

Still got Christmas shopping to do? Don’t panic! Just check out our round up of some of East London’s best independent boutiques.

This month we round up the hottest new winter interior design trends for the approaching season and find the North London properties to match.

Excellent Entertaining Space

Not really a trend but a winter party season essential. Why leave home, when you can throw the party of the season under your own roof? This beautiful house in Albion Square has a stunning reception space with beautiful hardwood floors and a large kitchen which leads out into the garden; perfect for entertaining.

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Stunning reception space at Albion Square

Albion Square, E8 £1,850,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Subtle Tones of Grey

Grey is the hottest colour in interiors this season and adds a touch of luxury to even the smallest of spaces. Buy into this trend at Mulberry Mews, a brand new London development by Taylor Wimpey of five luxury townhouses in Highbury, where the show home has been beautifully decorated throughout in shades of grey.

Mulberry Mews show house

Mulberry Mews Show House

Mulberry Mews, N5 £2,350,000 Call New Homes on 0207 261 6611

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Statement Bathtubs for Winter Interior Design

This season is all about the statement tub; the more colourful or stand-out the shape, the better. A free standing pewter bath, like the one in this Hackney property, is hard to beat.

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

The stunning bathroom in Quilter Street

Quilter Street, E2 £1,200,000 Call Hackney on 0207 241 4111

Open Fireplaces

You can’t beat an open fire in winter, especially in your own home. This property in Tooting Bec, has not one but two stunning, original Victorian fireplaces. One warms up the the main living space and the other the master bedroom.

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Master Bedroom in Thornton Avenue

Thornton Avenue, SW2 £660,000 Call Battersea on 0203 668 1000