Style going spare

Guests can be a duty - or a pleasure - but whichever category they fall into, they need a stylish, comfortable room for overnight stays.

Come dine with me


Our dining dreams are getting grander, and a 'proper' dining room is increasingly featuring on home wish lists, as we rediscover an appetite for lingering over meals and savouring the opportunity to connect and socialise with loved ones.

Boom, shake the room


Love it or hate it, Halloween appears to be getting bigger each year. But it doesn't have to be all about tricks, treats and tacky decorations.

Bright & beautiful


A splash of paint here, a vibrant cushion there - it's amazing how you can transform a room with some simple but lively touches.

Warm, glowing & berry welcoming


With the leaves turning and the countryside ablaze with fiery reds, burnt oranges and straw yellows, there couldn't be a better time to spice up your space and introduce some warm accents and comfy chairs to 'fall' into.

Tidy up your life


If all your possessions bring unadulterated pleasure, you are not only blessed but unusual. Most of us are apparently struggling with too much stuff, and half of it we don't even like.

Decor's new frontier

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Play-it-safe decorators may already be hunkering down for Autumn in that time-honoured way - piling on old and familiar cosy throws and cushions - but the adventurous should explore decor's wild side.

Deck the halls


College is calling, and those first-time students are all set to fly the nest and endeavour to create a new perch of their own.

Embrace those moody hues


Our homes have a dramatic effect on our mood and spirit, so investing in their visual appeal makes perfect sense.

Another bit of all bright


Soon, summer's final sunset will have been and gone - and yes, the warmer months always seem to slip away too fast.

Last days of summer...


Dream escapes might last one or two weeks of the year - if you're lucky - but creating a sun-kissed theme at home means you can 'live with' that holiday glow for longer.

Destination decor


We all know the feeling - no sooner have you shaken the sand out of your shoes and realised the holiday is over than you're yearning for the next one.

Black to basics


Sometimes we yearn for life to be simple and our choices 'black and white', in the hope that prevarication and confusion can be avoided.

Window shopping


Whether you're blessed with good, natural daylight pouring into rooms, or lumbered with a dark space that needs brightening up, window treatments should never be overlooked.

Splash out on sunshine


Yellow's the colour of sunshine, lemons, sunflowers and buttercups, and even just a small dose of its golden hues will inject rooms with light and energy.

In the jungle


Temperatures are rising, but in our heart of hearts, we know it's not wise in Britain to believe that's a guarantee of more scorching days to come.

Join the country club


Country style's surely one of the most timeless, adaptable and family-friendly looks around, with its emphasis on comfort and informality. Even if you don't live in a picture book cottage adorned with roses, a stately home or a cabin set in the woods, you can still embrace rustic chic.

Make waves at home


Just the sound of waves crashing on a shore, and the high-pitched cry of gulls, evokes a coastal scene and all its pleasures - which, unless you're lucky enough to live by the sea, are usually only enjoyed on holidays.

Going global


Revisiting the Seventies has conjured a fresh approach to the bohemian chic trend. But it's not just time travel that's inspired the latest collections; actual travel is at the heart of the look too, with designers venturing back to favourite far-flung haunts through exotic themes.

Get style licked


Summer just got sweet, with sugary shades inspired by tasty ice cream treats, our favourite dessert for the season, starring on the decor menu.