Interiors

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Join the blush rush

Fling away the paint charts, ditch dithering over bafflingly-named colours and embrace the future - it's red wine and copper-coloured.

Deck the halls

Linea Meribel tree; Enchanted forest crackers; white apple wreath; enchanted forest decorations, House  Fraser,  PA Photo/Handout

Once upon a time, the only stress involved in decorating the Christmas tree was unearthing the bauble collection, untangling the tinsel - and trying to stop the children ruining the effect with their cotton wool and toilet roll creations!

Room at the inn

24 Hour Room concept with foldaway bed, by bespoke fitted furniture specialist, Neville Johnson,  PA Photo/Handout

There's nothing like an occasion to spur us into action and make us look afresh at decor. And with Christmas only weeks away, there's no more pressing task than the spare room.

Light bulb moment

Blue Glass Chandelier, George Home at ASDA,  PA Photo/Handout

How you light a room is - perhaps surprisingly - one of the most important factors of a decor scheme.

Designs on winter

Sainsurys Multi colour pattern crewel work cushion, 20GBP; wooden candle stick, 10GBP; Sainsburys, PA Photo/Handout

Winter's a time to hunker down, snuggle indoors and enjoy a home whose decor matches the season.

Best seat in the house

Zeppelin two seat Sa, in Deep Turquoise, 1,245GBP, Sa.com, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout

You just know when you've found 'the one'. Supportive, and always there for you when you need comfort, a snuggle or just to relax.

Labour of love

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Contemporary, cool and a little bit edgy, the industrial trend can be defined in many ways. But it's the strong lines, raw finishes and metallic tones, designed to mirror the urban architecture, that's inspired interior designers to create modern living schemes that are slick and hard to resist.

Join the clan

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Scotland has been making its mark in the headlines lately - and there's a tartan army on the march in our homes, too.

Seasonal touches

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Lament the summer's passing if you must, but autumn always brings a harvest of new looks to delight decor divas.

Roam at home

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Summer sun and holiday memories can fade as fast as a tan, but there's no need to wait until next year to recapture the atmosphere of those far-away destinations.

Have a word

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A decorative solution that's as easy as learning the ABC, designers have taken inspiration from the alphabet this season. They've lifted the written word from our screens, books and magazines to really send the message home.

Top marks for student style

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It's probably seems as though the years have flown - only a short while ago your little one was starting school and now that same youngster is leaving for college and looking forward to living independently.

Beast on show

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The trend for featuring c reatures - great and small - is gathering pace, with dogs leading the pack, closely followed by owls, with foxes, squirrels and rabbits bringing up the rear. Want something really wild? Designers have also given lions, elephants, tigers, zebra and even wolves freedom to roam on wallpapers, fabrics and accessories.

Strutt your country stuff

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Christina Strutt was delighted but surprised when friends not only complimented her on her home, but wanted to copy its country-chic decor.

Birthday treats in store

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Just like old friends who are perfectly in tune with us, some home stores seem to know exactly how we want to live, and become favourite destinations for browsing or buying.

All about the angles

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Even if you hated maths at school, it could be time to brush up on your geometry, as decor focuses on shapes and angles.

Oozing with outdoor charm

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With summer well and truly here and some decent weather to boot, we're all being lured outside into the garden. Don't panic if you've barely had a chance to water the plants, let alone re-stain the furniture, a few new additions are all you need to give you outdoor space a new lease of life.

Something in the air

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You may not be able to bottle happiness, but you can capture the scents of summer, whether it's the salty tang of the seashore, a freshly-cut lawn or a rose-scented garden.

Museum mix 'n' match

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They bring history, science and art to life. A peaceful amble around a museum can transport you to a faraway - sometimes even fantastical - world.

Homes from home

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You're truly pure of heart if you've never wanted to snoop around other people's homes, lingered on the street to peep into a lighted room, or viewed a house, with no intention of buying - just to satisfy your curiosity about what it's like inside.