5 brilliant decorating ideas inspired by homes in East Anglia
PUBLISHED: 10:07 02 March 2016 | UPDATED: 08:59 14 March 2016
We take a peek inside the beautiful homes featured in Life at Home magazine to discover some easy decorating ideas to transform your living space
Discover home decorating inspiration and interior design ideas, read the full issue of Life at Home magazine here.
1. Shabby chic fuses with Edwardian style in a Kessingland home
The property on the Suffolk coast, built in 1902, showcases owner Nicola Mummery’s love for decorative antiques. “I spend time reading interior design books and magazines, often for inspirational ideas or trends,” she says. “I also enjoy cooking, so the kitchen is likewise a favourite.” A large hardwood conservatory added to the house ten years ago, which overlooks the gardens, has the effect of making the kitchen lighter. Find out more about how to create a look inspired by antique and vintage finds.
2. Perk up a room with patterns
Give your home a boost with some cheery new prints or a bespoke statement piece. Upcycled furniture, like this mid-century, cocktail chair re-upholstered in a striking and contemporary Puzzle fabric, will add an injection of colour to any room. Find out more quirky ways to use pattern in the home.
3. Light greys and cool tones in a Baconsthorpe character cottage
Full of character, wonderful beams, an unusual Gothic window and the delightful and sheltered courtyard garden, this Norfolk home is a perfect family bolthole. Modern upholstery, fabrics and light grey painted kitchen units give thee space a cool, calm feel. Find out how the owners achieved this charming cottage style.
4. Traditional styling with pops of colour in an Elizabethan Essex mansion
Rich coloured textiles in reds, corals and teals add drama and warmth to darker toned walls of Ripley Grange – built in 1928 the home is a replica of a Tudor mansion. The fabric of the interior is almost entirely original – the stone fireplaces, the oak paneling and linenfold, the decorative ceiling mouldings, the leaded light windows with shields picked out in stained glass. Find out more about the story of Ripley Grange.
5. Embrace nature with tropical décor
Create a laidback atmosphere with a tropical-inspired colour palette and plants. The presence of plants has a calming and positive effect on us, and stress and anxiety levels are reduced. “Plants act as filters, cleaning the air, absorbing impurities and leaving indoor air freshener. In the summer, large plants can create shade and hence have a cooling effect,” says Sue Huckle from Posh Plants in East Tuddenham. “Easy to look after are Kentia palms, Dracaenas and Scheffleras. My advice is “go big”, fill your house with lots of healthy greenery and breathe in the clean air!”. Discover more tips for your home from design experts.