Top trends for your home this January

PUBLISHED: 12:09 06 January 2015 | UPDATED: 12:09 06 January 2015

Specialist Floors

Specialist Floors


The dawn of a new year might be providing you with the inspiration to create some much-needed home improvements. Sarah Hammill looks at the top trends emerging in 2015


The Trend: Comfy Carpets

When picking a carpet for the family home, it is important to choose an appropriate type for your floor. After all, a carpet is a long-term investment. Ideal factors to consider before purchasing a carpet are whether it is soft and luxurious to create a cosy atmosphere as well as being durable and of good quality to cope with everyday wear and tear, all the while blending seamlessly with the home décor.

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Specialist Floors in Colchester will not only provide home installations of carpets, but can are advise customers, drawing on years of expertise in flooring. Undecided visitors to the store will also have the opportunity to leave with samples to ensure an appropriate choice is always made.

Company director of the family-run business, Jane Hilliard, says: ‘Easy care, man made carpet has become increasingly popular, and in particular a new range from Victoria Carpets. It has a lovely soft touch, but without a shiny lustre so looks much more natural and closer to wool. First Impressions Soft Touch is a favourite within the range. It’s stain resistant for up to 10 years and available in great shades of warm brown, mink, greys, beige and creams.’

For family homes with a lot of foot traffic, the First Impressions range is an ideal choice as it is suited for heavy domestic use and is non-allergenic and fade resistant, while its neutral shades complement even the fussiest of interiors. Jane adds: ‘It is great for any room in the house. It is also fitted on a gripper and, with a good underlay, it will look great and perform well for many years.’

Specialist Floors

23 Peartree Business Centre





01206 579603

The Trend: Affordable Antiques

Boningtons Fine Art Valuers has opened a new office in Chelmsford which will provide valuations on fine art, antiques and collectables. The opening of the office will further add to Boningtons’ reputation as being one of the country’s leading regional sales rooms. The company recently smashed its own record on an individual piece, an oil canvas painting by Edith Le Breton (1912-1992) which sold in an auction for a hammer price of £7,800 and the sale of the painting reflects a current trend for modern British art.

Boningtons has seen a growing demand in private buyers following an increase in live online bidding. Senior valuer, Brett Tryner, says: ‘There hasn’t been a better time to buy antiques and fine art at an auction as it’s a very exciting market place at the moment. Although some antiques are experiencing unprecedented prices at the moment, there are still many elegant, yet affordable pieces to be purchased at your local auction house.’

He adds: ‘There has been an increasing popularity of “period interiors” where entire houses can be beautifully furnished with antiques and art for a fraction of the cost of purchasing brand new bespoke items. An auction is a perfect place to begin your search for a coveted household piece as there can be 500 years of style under one roof.’


Ambrose House

Old Station Road



IG10 4PE

0208 508 4800

The Trend: Made to Measure Shutters

Shutters are a proven, cost effective way to provide your home with extra insulation during the colder months and are also a great way to create an updated, stylish look for a family room. Owners of the popular Blinds Store in Chelmsford have launched sister showroom, The Shutter Store, where customers are able to see many window covers on display and even choose their own favoured hinge. The Shutter Store offers a full measuring and installation service carried out by qualified fitters as well as in store advice on the most appropriate style for any room, all at competitive market prices.

Plantation shutters are a popular style of shutter, with easy wipe-clean slats that rotate to control light levels, providing perfect room conditions and privacy. Created from the finest, eco- friendly basswood, the Shutter Store can offer three carefully crafted bespoke styles: Madison, Vermont and Dakota.

Co-owner of both stores, Steve Cunnew, says: ‘The Blinds Store is a family-run business offering made-to-measure blinds and shutters. Plantation Shutters offer a classy, but also all-important child safe solution for any shaped or sized window. Prices start from £200 per square meter fitted.’

The Blinds Store

1 Bond Street




0800 4118962 and

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