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The A-Z of Interior Design - G is for Geometric

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G eometric or graphic designs, especially in wallpaper, is one of the main 2014 interior design trends.  Strong, often colourful shapes, are striking and link to the vintage theme which has grown so much in popularity in recent years. This opulent paper is £151 per roll but you don't necessarily need to use it on large expanses to create a stunning effect.  Geometric circle design in turquoise aqua brown and white on silver foil... Moorish Circles Wallpaper at Fabrics and Papers  I can see origami art as a growing trend this year too and here it is expertly crafted into this geometric heart... Photo & design: Olander & Palm Period features of the 1920s are combined with geometric lines and glamorous contrasting finishes to create a contemporary, stylish hallway... Photo: Cole & Son Osborne & Little's beautiful textured effect Tessella wallpaper looks opulent and luxurious... Photo: Osborne & Little Osborne & Little's  tile

The A-Z of Interior Design - F is for Focal Point

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F  for focal point Every room should have at least one focal point. A main focal point is the one thing that draws the eye immediately upon entering a room. Hopefully this will be something tasteful and stylish – not a humungous heap of crumpled laundry thrown over a clothes airer! If there is not an obvious focal point, such as a fireplace within the room, then an oversized piece of art, a large artefact, or even a beautiful pair of curtains framing a window – preferably with a stunning view beyond - work well. The focal point should never be the television! Architectural features can become amazing focal points but they can also be created with texture, lighting fixtures and other accessories. The black paint and symmetrical furniture arrangement in this room draw your eye immediately to the fireplace wall.  Multiple focal points include the creative coffee table display… There are two strong focal points in this room (below) - tall windows either side of the smal

The A-Z of Design - E for Eames

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E for Eames Film-set architect, Charles Eames (1907-1978) and his wife Ray (1912-1988) designed some of the most iconic, innovative and influential pieces of 20th century furniture. The legendary duo also designed buildings, films, exhibitions, children’s toys and puzzles. In 1941 the newlyweds moved into a modest, rented apartment in Los Angeles and turned their spare bedroom into a workshop. Here they installed a home-made machine which they used to mould plywood and created a prototype, curved leg splint. The US Navy eventually ordered 5,000 of these, which enabled the Eames’ business to progress and relocate to a workshop. Their love of design and technical ingenuity came to life in their fibreglass, plastic, aluminium and leather creations. Eames’ furniture was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York throughout the 1950s.  Charles and Ray in their workshop.  Photo: theartshelf.com The Eames Lounge Chair became an icon in subsequent decades giving of

The A-Z of Interior Design - D

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D for display What makes a styled interior design stand out is having the courage and a strong visual idea which is then followed through.  The art of display or home styling is what makes a home individual with a strong sense of identity.  It is all about adding the finishing touches.  This doesn't necessarily mean cluttering the space with artefacts and personal possessions - often the most stylish interior is one where less is more. The Edwardians and Victorians loved to display their china and most treasured possessions in glass-fronted cabinets. Today’s homes have evolved into a bigger picture where whole rooms are styled and visual impact is created. The art of display, once put into practice, can achieve dramatic results. Stylists’ tricks - such as the use of scale, colour, texture or symmetry, can transform a home into a contemporary, sophisticated and striking space. The simplest items, cleverly presented, can create the most impact... Don’t just think abo