Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Focus on New Season Looks

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Focus on New Season Looks

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MANY of us are looking to make a change on the home front at this time of year.

But what are the big looks for the new spring season?

Interior designer, Hannah Sandling, who appears on ITV's 60 Minute Make-Over show says: "It's an exciting time in interiors."

"There's a real desire to make our homes ultra-comfortable sanctuaries but also show-off our individual taste."

She predicts four key looks dominating this year - Eco-Nature, White-on-White, Glamour, and Glitz and Monochrome.

But does that mean your rooms will languish in style-doldrums if you don't totally embrace one of them?

Absolutely not, says Hannah, who points out: "Just as you don't dump all your clothes when fashions change but maybe buy a new bag or top in the latest colour, so the same is true of today's rooms.

"The great thing about the looks for this year is that you can just as easily take a few elements from each as simply focus on one trend."

ECO-NATURE

Woolworths design manager, Tina Baxter says: "The expression 'bringing the outside in' has never been more true than in 2008.

Interiors will burst with inspiration from nature, featuring imagery or abstracts of flowers and foliage through to insects, birds and animals such as deer and rabbits.

"Bold graphic prints and woven effects will feature, and the contrast of smooth and rough finishes such as polished concrete with textured fabrics will give a fresh look."

She advises opting for nature's hues as grass green, olive green and palm green - a perfect complement to earthy, neutral shades of natural materials like stone and wood.

SOURCE: Try John Lewis floral fabrics and papers, and Graham and Brown's Central St Martins/Eco wallpaper range features nature inspired designs. Woolworths accessories include textured wooden picture frames and vases.

WHITE ON WHITE

Designer Orla Kiely, consultant for Dulux predicts: "Layers of white and light give this look a dream-like ethereal but futuristic quality that will make white irresistible again. …

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