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mydeco catches up with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen 25 January, 2010

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At the B&Q press day, not only did we browse the new collections and scoff a tasty array of muffins: we also caught a second with the man who made home improvement trendier than a skinny decaf soya latte –  Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen himself.

When asked what the next hot trend is for 2010, Laurence feels that this year is more about an attitude than a trend.

“The makeover and ‘improve, don’t move’ motto are seeing a big revival. We’re all poor and fat, we all have winter blues, and with a pot of matt emulsion you can basically change your life for £16. And the best thing is, it’s so easy. You start after lunch on a Saturday, and you’re done by the time Dancing on Ice starts”. (Bonus).

“Improving the home provides a quick fix adrenaline rush. The future’s bright, the future’s orange, turquoise, teal…” It seems, with a bit of organisation and DIY prowess, the future can be whatever colour you want it to be.

And what should we be investing in for the home this year? Antiques.

“The antiques market is really slow at the moment and the great thing is that a one-off antique is never compromised in value, and no one else will have it. Don’t be nervous of mingling styles and incorporating a quirky, unusual antique into a contemporary scheme.”

Finally, what does the decorating doyen think of wallpapered ceilings? For the moment, Laurence says, he is a dispassionate observer. “The trend is most prevalent in hotels and restaurants at the moment, with experimental textures such as zinc, or embossed patterns. It will happen, but it might take a while. And if it all gets out of control and I think it looks pants, I will step in and stop it before it’s too late.”

Paper yours with caution…

Laurence’s new book, Decorating with Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, is available in shops from March 5th.


2010: The year of layered rugs and wallpapered ceilings 20 January, 2010

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Every year has its own trend. This year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, homeowners are making their mark with layers of rugs and wallpaper-covered ceilings.

Just like the endless pots of Marmite lurking in the kitchen, these trends have divided the mydeco team already – there are those of us who love it, and those who wouldn’t paper their ceiling for all the tea in China.

Personally, I think layering rugs is a great way to channel next season’s clashing trend, and for indecisive decorators it keeps all the options open. But my ceilings are certainly staying white.

If, however, a patterned ceiling is all you’ve ever dreamt of, listen to the Chronicle’s advice and avoid using the same paper for walls and ceiling before you jump on the bandwagon.

Do you love these trends, or should they be binned before they’ve even begun?

As always, we want to know what you think, so post a comment below!

Black walls for 2010? 19 January, 2010

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It’s a love it or hate it trend – the mydeco team stands divided over the new fetish for black walls.

Interiors site Homes Suite Homes claims that black walls could make a big comeback if we follow the lead of innovative British architect Edwin Lutyens.

“He likes setting off the darkness of walls with crisp white woodwork and the occasional wild-card accent such as a selection of token sofas,” they said. “You can heighten entrance hall ways and living rooms with semi-gloss black walls, a chalk-white vaulted ceiling, doors, and baseboards.”

We love it in theory.

If you have black walls, tell us about them and if you really think they work. (We won’t tell anyone. Promise).

Warning, not for the faint hearted! 18 January, 2010

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Desperately trying to shake off the winter blues?

If you’ve read our clash debate and are all in favour, this season’s trend for bold patterns and bright  colours will be sure to put a spring in your step, without sliding on any ice. Think of big floral prints, dramatic flocks in a range of zesty colours such as fuchsia, acid green and sherbet yellow.

It is all about contrasting colours and creating bold visual statements. We love the combination of Laura Ashley’s flamboyant lime green flock wallpaper mixed with this shocking pink curtain (both coming soon) in an equally glam design.

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If, however, you are in the “please no!” camp regarding clashing colours, and all these bright hues and geometric patterns are a bit much,  keep your walls neutral and add flashes of colour with soft furnishings such as cushions and throws. We love the upcoming range of cushions from Marks & Spencer, especially this quirky dogtooth design.

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Simple accessories such as lamps, vases and ceramics in eye-catching colours can also give new life to a dull corner of your home.

If you are tired of the grey days of winter don’t be disheartened, Pantone’s colour of the year is turquoise so bring on those visions of tropical waters we say, and splash your way into Spring.

What’s hot and what’s not in 2010 11 January, 2010

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It’s out with the old in with the new, with our pick of what’s hot and what’s not over the next twelve months:


Folk, patchwork and faded floral prints are big next season, with the thrift trend stronger than ever.

Springtime pastels and ice-cream shades are back in force as we go retro all over again. We love Amaroni’s pale pink Lilies cushion.

Russian gypsy prints and oriental embroidery are also big news, with a fascination with ethnic and exotic wares bringing out your inner nomad.

Recycling in style with a trendy recycling bin. Gone are the days of unseemly green plastic and beige compartments. This set of three by Seletto, from Heal’s, will slot neatly into any kitchen.

With chalkboards on the up, last-minute lists have become an artistic affair. From canisters and mugs to entire walls, chalkboard surfaces are here to stay.

Rustic wicker baskets and furniture are no longer confined to the bathroom. Natural or white baskets are bang on trend and infuse any room with a lived-in, countryside feel.

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Animal print overload. You can’t go anywhere without being bombarded by zebra, tiger or leopard print. Ditch yours for exotic prints and pretty florals.

Structured lines and minimalist schemes are starting to look dated – let it all hang out this spring with an eclectic mish-mash of styles.

Open-plan bathrooms are a daring design choice but who really wants a toilet in the middle of the room?

Arne Jacobsen’s egg-chair has gone from design icon to the seat of choice for desperate Big Brother contestants and McDonald’s aficionados. Too much of a good thing…

Feature walls are soooooo last season. We say take the plunge and cover the whole room.

Do you agree with our trendometer? Let us know your thoughts below…

New Year, new colour: Turquoise dreams for 2010 22 December, 2009

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As the year draws to a close, we’re looking forward to the New Year. Here at mydeco we are very excited to hear that the colour gurus at Pantone have announced turquoise as the shade for 2010. In keeping with next season’s love of all things exotic, turquoise reminds us of exciting travels and adventures in a far-off land – something we could all do with. If, like us, you’re not in a position to nip to the Maldives to get a turquoise fix, you can instantly update your home with a colourful turquoise addition.

This moodboard by our community member Tweety blends turquoise with citrus greens for a fresh, springtime look. If you want to try before you buy, why not have a go at creating your own moodboard?

Let us know what you think of the new turquoise trend…

The Next Decade of Luxury: Spring/Summer 2010 at Next Home 9 November, 2009

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2010:  a new year – a new decade!

In a continuing recession, homeware retailers have looked to maximise the illusion of luxury at crunch-worthy prices.  The last year of the noughties has seen a resurgence of rich jewel-toned hues, theatrical textures of velvets and feathers, sequins and shag.  In the next decade, we can expect to find even more luxurious finds.  At Next‘s Spring/Summer 2010 launch, the trend continues to evolve, with a little inspiration from some of the great decades past.

In 2010, the high street retailer wants everyone to feel like they live in a futuristic Kylie Minogue video, and this silver sequined bedding from the artist’s Kylie at home collection will have anyone feeling like a glamourous pop star as they slip in for some chic 21st century beauty sleep.

silver room

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Feel like a VIP in this hotel-inspired bedroom collection.  Shimmering metalics, angular edges, mirrored Venetian style furniture, and white-washed monochromatics evoke a contemporary return of the 1940s Art Deco illusion of affluence and aspiration.

red room set

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Big bold floral prints and colour-saturated farics will also help your home mimic a a sense of  extravagance this spring.   Bright optimistic florals of red roses, poppies, and pansies were featured, and wallpapers were reminiscent of the equally bold ’80s era of hedonistic decadence.

fuschia bedding

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Purple, and its various shades, has always been reflective of royalty.  I love this deep fuchsia bedding – from deep grape to vibrant magenta, the early ’90s hypercolour variegation creates a sense of depth and opulence.


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Earthy oranges and tribal accessories hint at the carefree ’70s.  Love the geo-dot and shag cushions – perfect for adding a playful touch to a modern, angularly sculpted sofa, orange is definitely a colour that will be around for a while.

green yellow

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The domestic goddesses of the 1950s were all about creating the perfectly organised, perfectly stylised kitchen.  While we’ve come a long way, baby,  who says our kitchens have to be boring?  These tins are functional, affordable, and just plain fun.   And the equally pastiche pastels will make a great addition to that crisp, white kitchen so popular today.

While the recession means we may have to stay at home more in 2010 than initially anticipated, Next prove that staying in really  is the new going out by keeping our homes well-styled into the next decade.