Give simple palettes a power boost with bold motifs, ethnic patterns and 3-D prints. It’s the shock of the new...

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

WALLS Below dado: Brackley 210208 wallpaper, £41 per 10m roll, Sanderson; dado made in T708-01 Oval cotton-mix braid, £45 per m, Osborne & Little. Woodwork and circle on wall painted in Pitch Black estate emulsion, £38 for 2.5l, Farrow & Ball. FURNITURE Mariposa Butterfly leather chair, £798, Bonet, Kurchan and Ferrari Hardoy for Cuero at Haus; upholstered in Shantaram MLF2102-01 rayon-mix, £160 per m, Lorca at Osborne & Little. Coffee table/magazine rack, £109.50 (including a tray), Rockett St George.

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

WINDOW Curtain made in Inkat K28.KT.S cotton-mix in Steel, £55 per m, Korla. FURNITURE Dang Two and Two stainless-steel aV console, £2,199, Blu Dot at Heal’s. Calin chair, £387, Pascal Mourgue for Ligne Roset. Saarinen laminate dining table, from £3,110, Eero Saarinen for Knoll. Stand Cube steel and glass side table, on dining table, £420, Sean Dare for Dare Studio. Raft NA3 oak stools, £289 each, Norm Architects for &Tradition at Haus.

Soothe the eye with on-trend ombré paint effects.

WALLS Papered in Metaphore MTE65549000 vinyl wallpaper, £37.60 per 10m roll, Caselio at Casa Deco. FURNITURE Mondrian steel and vellum bookcase in Aged Brass, £6,660, Julian Chichester. Guscioalto Soft leather armchair, £7,324, Antonio Citterio for Flexform. FLOOR Togo TG450 sisal in Smokey Grey, Crucial Trading.

Faux-stone finishes trick the senses.

WALLS Papered in Birch W6583-01 wallpaper, around window, £68 per 10m roll, Osborne & Little; and Metaphore vinyl, as before. WINDOW Blind made in Chiswick V3133/02 cotton-mix in Linen, £57 per m, Villa Nova. Curtain made in Wolf WOL1 linen-mix in Tundra, £125 per m, de Le Cuona. FURNITURE Pollock three-seater sofa, from £2,900, The Sofa & Chair Company; upholstered in Slate Padua linen, from £79 per m, Designers Guild. Mondrian bookcase, as before.

Increase the glam-factor with brass finishes..

FURNITURE Rizzo gold-leaf finished trestle desk, £2,800, Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. Maxime brass dining chair, £1,400, Jonathan Adler; upholstered in Pemba cotton-mix, £36 per m, Clarke + Clarke; and trimmed in Brisson T78/05 rayon-mix in Heather, £54 per m, Designers Guild. FLOOR Togo sisal, as before.

Subtle graphic designs help transform a simple look.

WALL Papered in Braille Chester wallpaper, £55 per 10m roll, Marcel Wanders for Graham & Brown. WindoW Curtain made in Ostro Moonbeam Z396/01 viscose-mix, £110 per m, Zinc Textile.

Cocoon yourself in swathes of linen.

WALL Braille Chester wallpaper, as before. WindoW Curtain, as before. FURNITURE divan and mattress; and Good Morning pedestal table, as before. Mango wood bench, £275, French Connection Home; with seat pads upholstered in Sousvide 17231-01 cotton-mix in Ivory, top, £133 per m, Dominique Kieffer by Rubelli; and Mixology 3489-19-38 faux leather in Blanc, bottom, £31.20 per m, Casamance. FLOOR Impressive Ultra Classic Oak Beige laminate, £27.99 per sq m, Quick-Step.

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

WALLS Braille Chester wallpaper, as before. WindoW Frostbrite FB042 window film, from £30 per sq m, The Window Film Company. FURNITURE Giocondo ash and metal mirror, £1,020, Tarcisio Colzani for Porada at Chaplins. ‘A’ clothes rail, £395, Mirka Grohn and Jo Wilton at &New. Floor laminate, as before. DETAILS Canopy made in Yoko 131466 voile, £45 per m, Harlequin

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

WALL Braille Chester wallpaper, as before. WindoW Curtain and window film, as before. FURNITURE Bench and upholstery, as before. Andalucia wrought-iron screen, £595, India Jane. floor laminate, as before.

Photography / Simon Bevan

Styling / Hannah Franklin

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