End the year in style with Dovetail’s top three autumn/winter interior design trends for 2018!
The design industry has spoken! The hottest interior design trends for autumn/winter 2018 are making themselves known across the high street, from bright and bold geometric designs to warm and earthy tones. But which trends are really worth getting excited about? Here are Dovetail’s pick of the autumn/winter trends for 2018…
#1 Bright Shapes
These kaleidoscopic concoction of quirky shapes and vibrant colours are certainly a bold trend, yet remains fun and playful. Experiment with a variety of shapes, whether it be stripes, geometric or spots. Have the confidence to clash, and mix and match with a variety of colours. As long as you have fun, you can’t possibly go wrong!
Dovetail LOVES the use of bright shapes in the following collections…
• Axis Collection — Scion Wallpaper (click here)
• Elara — Vorwerk Carpet (click here)
• Alba Range — Cane Industries (click here)
#2 Pink, Pink, Pink!
From dusty to candy, pinks are all the range this autumn! The perfect antidote to the traditional earthy tones of fall, pink adds warmth and colour to any home. It also contrasts well with metallic shades and contemporary greys, so it is quite easy to incorporate into your home. Fun, flirty and fun, pink is the perfect way to brighten up your home.
Dovetail LOVES the use of pinks in the following collections…
• Chiswick — Duresta Club & Boutique (click here)
• Mirage — Duresta for Matthew Williamson (click here)
• Serendipity Prints — Blendworth (click here)
#3 Burnt Metallics
Of course, autumn wouldn’t be autumn without the warm, earthy tones of burnt copper and brass! The fiery, golden tones instantly provide elegance and rustic charm and provide that cosy, autumnal feel. Burnt metallics can be incorporated in both traditional and modern settings to enormous effect.
Dovetail LOVES the use of metallics in the following collections…
• Albert — Duresta for International Luxury (click here)
• Asuka Wallpaper — Harlequin (click here)
• Sonata Fabrics — Wemyss (click here)
Did you know nearly 4.2 million Brits now work from home?
As modern technology leads the way for a progressive, flexible work environment, more and more people are now choosing to work from home. With 24/7 contact with clients and colleagues, but with the bonus of lie-ins and an optional pyjamas dress code, you can definitely see the appeal!
Your home office is now a hub of activity. But not matter how long you spend there—be it a couple of hours to a full working week—it’s important that it remains a comfortable, efficient space to conduct your business.
Here are Dovetail’s top five tips to achieve the perfect home office layout.
Tip #1 | Finding the space
It may seem obvious, but make sure you allow enough space for a comfortable work environment. Take a step back, and consider the following criteria: can you stand up, sit down, and easily move across your desk?
Don’t underestimate your space—no one wants to be cramped over the desk for hours at a time! If you are unsure, use the tried-and-tested guidelines employed by professional designers: 60 inches wide by 84 inches deep.
Tip #2 | Natural lighting
If possible, choose a location with natural light. Your desk should be positioned towards the window, as this will prevent glare on your screen. If this is impossible, we suggest investing in some translucent blinds.
A view is the perfect way to instil inspiration. It relieves that cooped-up feeling many experience when they have been trapped in the office all day, and gives you eyes a rest from your computer screen. If you don’t have a view, don’t worry. Place an inspiration board or artwork above you desk instead.
Tip #3 | Choosing your desk
The next stage is to select your desk. If you have minimal space, select a desk which is small, compact and sleek. Also consider investing in a desk with built-in drawers to store your documents or stationary.
As a rule of thumb, your desk should be at least 48 inches wide. This provides a decent amount of space for your laptop, notepad, plus any other materials that are necessary to complete your work. However, if you operate solely using a laptop, you can get away with using a narrower desk. Overall, Dovetail recommend a workspace that is 60 inches wide by 28 inches high for optimum comfort.
Tip #4 | Selecting your chair
It is important to choose ergonomics over aesthetics when it comes to your office chair. Look for one with good lumbar support for the lower back, as this will go a long way to preventing back strain. An adjustable chair is also recommended, so you can adjust the height, back and arms until you feel comfortable and supported.
Tip #5 | Personalise your space!
One of the perks of working from home is YOU are in control. Customise your office so you feel more “at home”; incorporate personal touches throughout your workstation that brighten your day and provide inspiration.
These touches could be anything, from family photos to patterned wallpaper to succulents. But whatever they are, make sure it reflects your personality and promotes a pleasant work environment.
Follow our top tips for the perfect home office! Tweet @DovetailNorwich for more design advice.
Bring out your rollers – International Wallpaper Week has arrived!
From Monday 2nd until Sunday 8th October, Dovetail are excited to celebrate International Wallpaper week. With so many styles and designs to choose from, this event is not to be missed!
At Dovetail, we often think wallpaper is overlooked. Many think that it’s too much of a hassle, while others think paint is a more cost-friendly option. However, we’re here to stick up for the underdog. If you want style, glamour and sophistication, look no further than wallpaper!
Decorating your home doesn’t have to be a chore.
Many people choose ease over style. After all, why waste time hanging wallpaper? A lick of paint is far quicker! But that’s where you’re wrong. For the sake of an hour or so, your home looks far more boring and unimaginative than if you’d hung wallpaper. Plus, decorating can be really fun, especially if you invite your friends over! You can order a takeaway, turn up the radio and, before you know it, your room will be transformed.
As we mentioned before, painted walls can look really boring. A solid colour – especially cream or beige – can look so uninspiring and dull. Also, it can make your room both look and feel colder. Wallpaper oozes warmth and colour, while also providing insulation in the colder months. This is exactly why it’s a great choice for your home.
Here are some top wallpaper tips from some big names in interior design:
Barbara Hulanicki (founder of iconic clothes store Biba): “Interior trends are slower than fashion, but they usually follow fashion in colour – when in doubt, go for a LBD: little black design.”
Tilly Hemmingway (from House of Hemingway): “Don’t be afraid to go bold! But keep other decor in the room clean and simple so it doesn’t overpower the main attraction.
Sophie Robinson (British interior stylist): “A feature wallpaper should be positioned to create a focal point in the room. This is typically the headboard or the fireplace, any area you’d like highlighted could work.”
Want to find out more about International Wallpaper Week?
Click here to visit the official website for the event. You can find even more top tips and advice, as well as exclusive competitions and news articles. You can also find out more via their twitter: @NWallpaperWeek.
Now that it’s 2017, you may be thinking of giving you home a make-over. But if you’re trying to decide between painting your walls or buying wallpaper, Dovetail have complied a list of the benefits of wallpaper for transforming you home!
A common misconception is that wallpaper isn’t durable. It is! Wallpaper can easily withstand wear and tear, especially those that come with a vinyl protective surface. Wallpaper is also very easy to clean. Most can be cleaned with a light sponge, while many have scrubbable surfaces allowing for greater cleaning strength.
Paint, on the other hand, can chip easily if scraped or hit. Repairing and repainting can be difficult if you cannot find the same shade of paint. Filler paint may also be needed to fill in holes caused by chips. Already, the maintenance of painted walls can be far longer than the simple scrubbing of wallpaper.
It’s not as expensive as you think:
Many assume wallpaper is more expensive than paint. While this can be true, it isn’t always the case. Depending on the brand, you can find a variety of inexpensive wallpaper. In fact, some varieties of paint, such as textured or faux paint finishes, can end up being more expensive. If you were put wallpaper up yourself, costs can be further reduced by eliminating the need for installation. Plus, as mentioned before, wallpaper is actually very durable. You may end up saving money on your long term expenses with wallpaper as you don’t need to continually your walls!
You get a variety of colours and prints:
The main problem with paint is that is can be quite plain and boring. While wallpaper comes in a wide variety of patterns, styles and designs, you are limited to block colours with paint. Now, you may just want a plain colour, but where’s the fun in that? With wallpaper, you can have floral patterns, spots and stripes, or maybe even some Art Deco prints! You can add texture and depth to you walls – something a simple coat of paint cannot do.
The great thing about wallpaper is that it can completely transform a room. You may want a change of scenery in your living space but don’t want to spend too much money on buying new furniture or hiring an interior designer. Simply adding wallpaper is an effective way of changing the dynamic of your room. It can become fresh and exciting, all without having to dig deep into your pocket!