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HOME IMPROVEMENTS

Mixing old and new is also a key trend this summer, which sits comfortably with this look - and sometimes, more is more...

“Add tropical wallpaper and gold accessories for a contemporary edge that really adds drama. Gold is a big theme for 2016, and can be high shine or matt, with an antique, distressed finish.”

from a selection, all Barker and Stonehouse (www. barkerandstonehouse.co.uk) « Set of Two Antique Gold Trunks, £259, Barker and Stonehouse (www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk)

“Traditional Oriental decor is opulent and grand, with vivid colours including dazzling jade, vibrant orange and cherry blossom pinks, with accents of lavish gold,” says Claire Hornby, creative & display manager for Barker and Stonehouse.

« Gold Buddha Ornament, £10; Gold Wavy Top Vase, £10; Gold Velvet Cushion, £9; Super Soft Printed Heron Cushion, £8; Gold Spot Tassel Cushion, £8, all George Home (www.direct.asda.com)

« Bling Teapots, available in the shape of an elephant or camel in a shiny gold or silver finish, £25 each, Graham & Green (www.grahamandgreen.co.uk)

“To recreate a taste of the Orient in your own home, combine beautiful bold colours and luxurious fabrics, such as velvet, with a dramatic, dark backdrop, which will help to ground the scheme and give it a cool, calming undertone.

« Galivant Grand Sofa in Vintage Ocean, currently reduced to £2,599 from £3,249; Cleves Grand Sofa, currently reduced to £2,149 from £3,075; Caspian Solace Coffee Table, currently reduced to £599 from £799; Shiny Gold Ginger Jar, £89; Persian rug

Image above: Galivant Grand Sofa in Vintage Ocean, includes 2 x 55cm body fabric scatters, 50cm contrast scatters extra, Cleves Grand Sofa, Caspian Solace Coffee Table, Shiny Gold Ginger Jar, Persian rug from a selection, Barker and Stonehouse (PA Photo/Handout)

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House | Issue 141  

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House | Issue 141  

Your free fortnightly property & lifestyle magazine in available in hundreds of outlets throughout Dorset.