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How to bring focus to your space with artwork.

A well-designed room often draws the eye towards a particular feature. Choosing the right item to emphasise sets the style and mood for a space. Creating a focal point with artwork is a great way to make you room visually interesting and pleasing — bringing some ‘wow’ factor into your scheme.

But what’s the best way to do this? Here are some ways to use artwork to create a focal point that doesn’t dominate or compete with other objects in a space.

The scale and tone of your art are important. Choose a painting in an appropriate size for your space, in tones that draw the eye in but don’t clash with the rest of the room. This print is positioned perfectly — centred between the two windows and above the console — to create an instant focal point that still allows the rest of the room to shine.

Always view artwork in relation to a room’s furnishings. Try out various heights to find the perfect place to hang your particular piece. One large, bold piece of art looks fantastic against this neutral wall and furniture. A series of prints can make an impact too, whether they’re framed identically or have an eclectic mix of frames.

Connect your art to the rest of the space — and create a more sophisticated room in the process —by layering your decor. When a room has an overall theme, focal points often seem even more eye-catching. Choose artwork that you enjoy and which makes your space tell a story.

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Ideas for choosing the perfect bed linen.

Your choice of bed linen brings colour, pattern and comfort to your bedroom.

Decide what style of bed linen you prefer. For a contemporary look, choose bed linens that harmonise with the simple and clean lines of the furniture. Limit the colour palette, and balance pattern with solid colour to create a relaxing space. Choose a tailored bed skirt to complement a streamlined yet elegant scheme.

Stacking decorative pillows at the head of the bed reinforces your colour scheme, and creates a welcoming look. Start with a neutral base to give dramatic furnishings time to shine.

Play with colour and pattern. A mix of patterns and colours contribute to a lively mood, and adds personality. Choose colours from your bed linen to coordinate with your bedroom walls and curtains as part of a unified aesthetic. Select patterns which play off each other, held together by colour. Balance pattern by paring it back with an otherwise neutral palette.

Picking up on accent colours and patterns from the room, bed linen provides the flexibility to feature these in small doses without overwhelming.

If you start with a neutral base, patterns and textures create visual interest. Use textured fabrics in a monochromatic scheme as the perfect foundation for your choice of accessories and accents. Choose bed linen with sheen for a glamourous and luxurious vibe. Or, combine simple cotton fabrics to create a more casual, inviting feel.

Displaying the decorative edging on luxury sheets provides subtle interest, adding a splash of personality to an otherwise neutral bedroom

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Decorating ideas using exposed bulb lights.

Exposed bulbs are a popular lighting option due to the simplicity of their look and design, and their versatility as a design element. When styling an exposed bulb light, it’s important to think carefully about your space, as this will influence how you arrange or accessorise the fitting.

Bunched together a cluster of exposed bulbs can create visual drama and light, making your room feel more finished and less overwhelming in scale while creating visual interest.

This dramatic ‘chandelier-style’ lighting feature draws the eye up, and is a great way to fill a void in this entrance.

If incorporating multiple exposed lights into the design of your space, consider hanging them at staggered heights to add a spark of personality and laid-back flair. Add interest by using fixtures which are different in shape but unified by their similar colour, style and finish.

The light filtering though these wire cage pendants casts stunning patterns on the surrounding surfaces.

Opt for a striking light fixture to allow the beauty of the bare bulb to shine through. Alternatively, glass shades will give your exposed bulb lights a more polished and sleek appearance.

The sparkle of this modern chandelier makes for an elegant focal point.

Use the clean, minimalist appearance of the fixtures, along with the use of the bulb itself as a design statement. Rather than choosing a standard pear- or globe-shaped bulb for your exposed light fitting, why not try a sculptural bulb that’s designed to be shown off?

This trio of lights emphasises the length of the kitchen island bench and cast an even glow.

This pendant offers a look which is sophisticated and structured in style, complementing the feel of the master bedroom.

We hope you’re inspired by these creative ways to style your exposed bulb fittings.

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Choosing the finishing touches for your bedroom

The bed is the centerpiece of any bedroom, so aiming to make this the star attraction will transform the most boring of bedrooms into a space that reflects your personal style.

A beautifully finished upholstered bedhead will bring focus to the bed, and offers soft place to rest. Choose a bedhead with a button detail in a sumptuous fabric, such as velvet or silk, to give an elegant and luxurious feel. Upholster in leather or linen for a more contemporary style, opting for a design that is square edged and simple. Make the bedhead the statement by using a feature colour, and then use this as your starting point for the other items in your scheme.

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A stunning bedside lamp will frame your bed, and bring you a dedicated reading light at night. It will create a more calming ambiance in your bedroom that bright overhead ceiling lights can’t achieve. Table lamps on bedside tables both sides of the bed are a timeless option that provides a good sense of symmetry and balance to a room. These lights can also be a great excuse to add something fun and are a unique way to accessorize your room. Choose lamps which make a statement about your personal style.

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Space permitting, a carefully chosen furniture piece at the end of your bed is great for getting dressed, putting your shoes on, scattering some magazines or laying out a tea tray. You could try a chest or an upholstered ottoman. Create a look reminiscent of a boutique hotel bedroom.

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Give your bed that finishing touch with bed linens, cushions and throws. Inject style and add depth by layering various textures and tones. Choose colours, patterns and materials that you love, so your bedroom becomes a calm and relaxing retreat. Echo the colours of a prominent feature, such as an artwork or wallpaper. Experiment with colour to lift a pared-back space, totally transforming the look and feel of your bedroom. Or, stick to plain white bedding as a failsafe starting point and add in blocks of colour, pattern and texture as you go. Remember to tie in the colours of your sheets for a coordinated look.

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The interior style of your bedroom should reflect your personality. Keep it comfortable and inviting.  Select the things you love and that make you feel good.

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Tips for choosing and arranging your sofa cushions.

Putting the finishing touch on your living room is easy with the right cushions.

Cushions can add to the comfort of your sofa. It depends on the size of the sofa as to how many you use. Ideally though you don’t want to remove cushions in order to sit down and get comfortable. You want your cushions to be practical as well as beautiful!

Arrange your cushions in pairs for a more organised and anchored look. Or, for a less formal and more relaxed feel use odd numbers. Think about mixing up the size and shape of your cushions for a visually interesting arrangement. Alternatively, keep them the same size for a cohesive result.

Use different fabrics that complement one another for a more eclectic combination, or choose matching cushions to create a more classic or formal look. If patterns are just not your thing then go for cushions that are bold in colour or vary in texture to add interest.

Selecting your cushions based on the colours that already exist in your living room can subtly pull together all elements of the room’s décor, and help the existing colours to complement each other.

Finally, don’t be afraid if your cushions are not perfectly plumped and standing to attention! A bit of a haphazard look feels more casual and inviting. And remember that changing your cushions is a simple and relatively inexpensive way to update the look of your living room.

So have some fun! Experiment with your cushion arrangement, play with colours, patterns and textures until you find a combination that works for your sofa, your space and your style.

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The cushions in this living room tie in beautifully with the colour and detail found in the wall art. If a picture sets the theme for the whole room, decorate the space around it.

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The bold block cushion picks up on the eye catching colour of the occasional chair perfectly. The more muted tones in the rest of the room allow this accent colour to shine.

Horncastle Concept LivingTM Industrial Showhome

This tone-on-tone colour scheme is very soothing. The lush green velvet cushion enhances this feeling, drawing inspiration from the natural greenery outside.

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The ottoman is as dramatic for its texture as it is for its colour, and the cushions emphasise it brilliantly.

Horncastle Concept LivingTM Oxford Showhome

These plumped up cushions stand out nicely against the off-white couch. Pairing cushions together and positioning them at each end of a sofa can help create an air of elegance and sophistication.