Fabrics make the most impact when used in unexpected ways. A braid-trim dado, anyone?

(Image credit: Simon Bevan)

Mix primitive daubs with fine-lined prints to add depth to an all-white scheme. Ink blots optional.

Soothe the eye with on-trend ombré paint effects.

Faux-stone finishes trick the senses.

(Image credit: Simon Bevan)

Increase the glam-factor with brass finishes..

Subtle graphic designs help transform a simple look.

Cocoon yourself in swathes of linen.

Choose a corner to create a place for preening. Sheer fabrics ensure a light and breezy feel.

Mixing textures in a pared-back space keeps things chic and sophisticated.

Photography / Simon Bevan

Styling / Hannah Franklin

Shining a spotlight on the now and the next in home design and decor, Livingetc is the UK's best selling high end and contemporary home design magazine. As a brand, Livingetc showcases the world's very best homes, breaks and makes the trends, and has access to leading international designers for insight and ideas. It was first published in 1998, and is currently edited by Pip Rich.