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

Livingetc

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, showcases the world's very best homes, and has access to leading international designers for insight and ideas. it was first published in 1998, and is currently edited by Pip McCormac.