Style your home

PUBLISHED: 13:28 22 December 2010 | UPDATED: 18:19 20 February 2013

Style your home

Style your home

Julia Kendell, interior designer from the BBC's hit series DIY SOS, shares her style predictions for 2011

Interior decoration is changing fast
as it draws from many available influences, so hold onto your hats
in 2011 for a smorgasbord of fabulous trends and styles!
Following the catwalk, nude tones, silk and subtle sensuality prevail as a strong trend, but my favourite for this year is what I would loosely term raw organic texture; think British wool, pared-down timber, leaf designs, linen, iron and steel. The look nods towards industrial, but with a much softer, rustic approach than the minimal industrial trend of the early 2000s. Defined by exposed lighting, where the flex and bulb are the light fitting, theres a strong move towards utilitarian stripped-back style.
There is still much luscious velvet, richly patterned brocades and vintage styling to warm your heart and home through the coming difficult months. The 1940s is starting to influence todays design as a response to the hardships many of us are experiencing back to a time of stiff upper lips and keep calm and carry on.
Dove grey is the colour for this year, used as a base colour for earthy orange, damson, highly saturated yellow, or a light teal. Colours have grown up, with duck-egg (finally) replaced with a gentler, greyer version of the blue-green, plum shades mixed with soft sage-greens and natural dyes making a welcome return.

culinary class


Combine style and function with our pick of whats hot in Somersets kitchens this year

Settling in?
A kitchen island will vastly expand the design potential and convenience of just about any kitchen, offering both storage and worktop space.
Robin Durie, Spillers of Chard

Moving on?
Put away unnecessary equipment for clear, clean worktops. A kitchen is one of the key selling features
of any house; get this bit right and you can really help a sale.
George Gray, Palmer Snell, Taunton

bold bathing

Combine muted greys with statement colours for the ultimate in bathroom embellishment

Settling in?
If you have a smaller budget, a carefully chosen simple white suite can be given the wow factor with better quality brassware.
Lydia Barker, interior designer, Urbane Kitchens, Bristol

Moving On?
"I'm sure there can't be many avocado bathroom suites left, but if you have one this is where any money should be spent;
get a white one."
George Gray, Palmer Snell, Taunton



sumptuous sleeping


Go to town with luxurious fabrics and wallcoverings in the bedroom to create a boutique hotel feel


Settling in?
A bedroom is all about a good nights sleep. Spend as much as you can afford on an excellent bed and have black-out linings in your blinds/curtains
Rosalie Fiennes, interior designer, Wells

Moving on?
"Make the bed! Its very off putting for buyers to walk in to a bedroom where it looks as if someone has just got up."
George Gray, Palmer Snell, Taunton


living it

Glam up your lounge with striking shapes and shimmering accessories

Settling in?
Choose colours carefully and make sure they look good in both daylight
and artificial light, and paint walls and woodwork the same colour for a restful feel
Rosalie Fiennes, interior designer, Wells

Moving On?
Buyers dont want to see the family games console in the middle of the floor with wires everywhere. Clear everything away, and if you have an open fire, light it!
George Gray, Palmer Snell, Taunton

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