Room for romance

Romance is a funny old thing; it can sneak up on you, hit you like a thunderbolt, or just be tantalisingly out of reach, but there's one place where it's all too easy to feel the love - at home.

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.

Fast-track to festive

Aged Zinc Florists Vase; Twenty four small red bauble set, Cox & Cox, See PA Feature INTERIORS Festive Finishers, PA Photo/Handout

If your home's still a festive-free zone, or despite your best efforts, still hasn't got top-of-the-tree style, there's no need to panic.

Scents and sensibility

True Grace Manor Vanilla Scented Bowl Candle,, among selection, Picture credit should read: PA Photo/Handout

Against a background of glitzy decorations, beautifully wrapped presents and festive fare, Christmas is as much a sensory experience as it is a sumptuous feast, and enhancing your space with the right fragrance is like the fairy on top of the tree.

All that glisters is not gold

mantelpiece decorations from Laura Ashley, PA Photo/Handout

Glittery golds, sparkling silvers and classy coppers are bang on trend for December. With Christmas just around the corner, they're the stylish colours of the festive season, stepping away from gaudy reds and greens. Magical metallics can dance around the room when offset by twinkling fairy lights, but it's also a look that lasts well into the New Year.

Feast for the eyes

a gold table setting, Wilko, See PA Feature INTERIORS Festive Tables, PA Photo/Handout

There aren't many who'd disagree; the festive feast is the highlight of Christmas Day.

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,, 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

The Maltby, 2,530GBP,, See PA Feature INTERIORS Industrial

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


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


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

Roam at home


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


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


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


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


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


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.