Give your home a post-Christmas glow this New Year

Now's a great time to give your home some New Year's TLC. A fresh start in your lovely surroundings means you’ll be ready to go out and face 2013. Here are some tips on sprucing up your home. First up, want to maintain the candlelight of the festive season ? No reason to lose it – just change your presentation. Use a Danish stem hurricane lamp and accessorise it with hints of the seashore, which is a great way to evoke memories of warm beaches when you come in from the cold.

Perk up your pad at this time of year with pendant lighting. These objects of desire are School lights from Davey Lighting (pictured above), which in copper bring a subtle post-Christmas glow and banish the gloom.

The best interiors contain surprises, so surprise yourself. All right, you’ll know because you did it, but a flash of pattern or colour where it’s not usually found will refresh a room. This armoire is carrying off Posie wallpaper in Azure from the Sophie Conran for Arthouse Reflections collection rather well.

Likewise, a window doesn’t have to be an overlooked Cinderella just because the panto season is almost over. This one’s now dressed for its prince in a Fairy Dust and Lemon Squash colour combo from Crown Paints. We’re not ones for cheating, but new flooring can be a hassle what with all that furniture moving, dealing with the old covering, what lies beneath and so on. If you’re just not ready for all that upheaval yet, can we suggest treating yourself to a stunning new rug, such as this design from Scion? Transformation without the trouble, we say, which we could all do with right now. Have fun and Happy New Year!

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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor

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