Top trends for your home this February
PUBLISHED: 12:44 03 February 2015 | UPDATED: 12:44 03 February 2015
Are you looking for a fresh new look for your home? Sarah Hammill meets three experts who can help you give your living space a new lease of life
The Trend: Wonderful Wet Rooms
Wet rooms can be a stylish option for those seeking a relaxing environment with the freedom of movement, more space and minimalist design. A wet room is an open showering area that seamlessly blends into the rest of the bathroom, creating a level access floor with no obstructions or steps, with all drainage set into the floor. The result is the creation of a beautiful, uncluttered room that is easy to maintain and it can instantly increase the value of properties, not to mention it is highly beneficial for individuals with mobility issues. Braintree’s PG Bones has a range of the latest designs as well as experienced bathroom fitters on hand to help with wet room designs, providing customers with a free quotation.
Owner of the company, Stephen Bones, says: ‘We have installed quite a number of wet rooms working in with the customer’s style ideas, design layout and, most importantly, space available. We like to promote the use of quality manufacturers from Ideal Standard, Roca and Villeroy and Boch, but should a customer see a particular item from an alternative manufacturer ,then we will try our utmost to supply and install. We have used Standard shower enclosures for more than 30 years. They have ranges that can suit all budgets and you can trust their quality and product support.”
39 Blackwell Drive
The Trend: Inspiring Interiors
An interiors makeover can breathe life into your home, whether it be a pair of sumptuous curtains or a complete refurbishment. From conception to completion, Amor Interiors will help with every step of the design process, with a complementary design service and bespoke pieces made on site in Sudbury. Be it a country snug or a smart formal drawing room, Amor Interiors will endeavour to encapsulate your vision; and with the largest fabric library in East Anglia, visitors to the design centre will be spoilt for choice.
Designer, Lindsey Barrs, says: ‘We have an interior retail showroom on the Suffolk/Essex border. We are unique as we are manufacturers and all our sofas, chairs and curtains are made there. We embrace beautiful period interiors and contemporary ones also, and we understand approaching an overall scheme by yourself can be a daunting process. Together, our team of interior designers have experience across all areas of design, including both residential and commercial design. We can provide you with CAD plan layouts, samples and hand-drawn sketches which will help you visualise what your finished outcomes will look like. Also, for a top tip, grey is the new beige, it is being used throughout the home in aspects of design and décor.’
16 Friars Street
The Trend: Fine Furnishings
When it comes to soft furnishings, Fishpools offers almost endless possibilities. From exquisite, upholstered sofas, headboards and throws, to highly-coveted, made-to-measure curtains, there are plenty of styles to suit every taste, including anything from period updates to urban cool. Highly-trained designers at Fishpools also offer a service for those looking for a large interiors upgrade, incorporating a visit to your home with advice on the best options, taking into account your lifestyle and space.
Designer at Fishpools, Katie Watson, has plenty of advice to offer on furnishing fashions. She says: ‘One of this season’s hottest interior trends has to be metallics. Perfect for giving your décor an immediate style upgrade, these glamorous accents will not only inject a sophisticated touch, but also bring warmth and texture to any room. As well as metals, iridescent fabrics are a great way to bring this look into your home. One of our favourite pieces has to be our fabulous Harlequin Velvet Sofa. Beautifully shaped with a luxurious tactile finish this statement piece will set up a metallic theme brilliantly.’
She adds: ‘If you prefer to go bold, choose a dark, preferably matte, backdrop as this will create a stunning contrast. For walls or curtains, opt for designs in dusky shades such as midnight blue or deep grey as well as a few additional shimmering accents. Alternatively, pair with a lighter colour such as dove grey and complement with an array of small accessories in copper or gold.’
115 High Street