Home highlights from Maison & Objet 2013: Add some ‘ooh la la’ to your room scheme

If your home is in need of a revamp this season, then what better way to give it a lift than with statement fixtures and fittings. To discover the latest in design (as well as devour some of those delicious French mini macaroons), we recently took a trip to Paris to visit the Maison & Objet 2013 interiors exhibition. Here are a few home highlights spotted at the show that might just inspire you this side of spring…

It may have been frosty outside, but things were hotting up inside the show with a warm colour palette in many of the room schemes shown. Whereas punchy oranges, yellows and greens are being used in block and stripy colour combinations in more modern furniture designs, in traditional schemes, moody blue and purple shades are the order of the day. They are being used in fabrics and wallcoverings to create a serene and timeless style. The setting above illustrates this with its berry palette used in the occasional chairs and echoed in the wall paint. A crisp, clean white sofa, with cushions that hint to this season's on-trend emerald colour, brightens up (or 'wakes up' if you will) the space, proving that a room with a deep-hued wall can look very inviting and spacious.

At the show Rouchon Meubles illustrated that decorative wooden furniture can look clean and unfussy if crafted and accessorised well. The interior of its chest (shown here) has been painted in a shade that reflects the fabric used on the chair. You can use this trick when decorating to add harmony to your room scheme - simply paint the space behind your books in the same shade of colour as your soft furnishings.

Ralph Lauren was also showcasing its latest take on its classic signature style. Beautiful worn leather sofas, a stripped-back wooden coffee table and a shaker-style bench team well with a deep blue sofa - a classic colour combination that always looks good. Just add friends.

When it comes to lighting, we are spoilt for choice this season as designs get bigger, bolder and more adventurous.

Aangenaam XL's lighting for example (pictured below) is worth noting. Inspired by nature, its Drop-lamp pendants float beautifully in space, while the stunning gold-leaf interior of the Dome lamps add warmth to the dining table. They're both ideal if you want to create an intimate setting at home and candles aren't really your thing.

Speaking of dining, manufacturers such as Revol and Le Jacquard Francais are bringing out versions of colourful tableware, which you can accessorise up or down to make them look suitable for everyday use or special occasions. And why stick to safe cream crockery when you can be chasing rainbows? A touch of block colour is our favourite way to jazz up a dull kitchen space here at ACHICA Living. Colour works in a tired-looking bedroom space too - as illustrated by Oliver Desforges in its newest collection (below). When in doubt, colour works every time.

Below: Oliver Desforges' latest colourful bedding range.

And just how magical is the orange used in this table setting by Le Jacquard Francais? Pictured below. Citrus shades such as orange, lime and yellow are a great way to bring summer inside your home, even on the darkest of days. Just add the Mad Hatter and a large pot of tea...

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Emily Peck, Editor

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