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Tips from the showhome

PUBLISHED: 12:54 14 July 2015 | UPDATED: 12:58 14 July 2015

Chesham, Chiltern Grange

Chesham, Chiltern Grange

Image is copyright of Christopher V Hadow / Matthew J Streten / Image Creative Partnership Ltd 2015

Many of us would love our home to look like a show home but how do the experts make them look so appealing? Carrie Edwards of house builder CALA Homes, which has opened a show home (above) at its Chiltern Grange development in Chesham, gives her top five tips.

1 Statement lighting

Go for bold shapes, plenty of glitz, and a combination of metals and finishes. The benefit of this is the lights are beautiful no matter which way the switch is flipped: off, they look like a sculpture; on, they cast lovely light and shadow patterns around the room.

2 Make it moody

Unlike the last few years, when the preference was toward light, bright and white palettes, colour trends have shifted to richer, moodier colours. Dark emerald greens, navy, French blue, plum and charcoal are all on-trend.

3 Feature furniture

The latest essential must-have is a feature piece of furniture. Whether it’s a gorgeous, sumptuous sofa, a to-die-for bedstead or an elegant cabinet, every home has to have its ‘hero piece’.

4 Turn up the texture

Another development this year is the fusion of textures. Think about layering contrasting textures and patterns such as soft velvets, smooth metallics, large bold prints, faux furs, warm woods and ethnic textiles.

5 Boutique finish

Also on-trend for 2015 is ‘luxe minimalism’, a combination of opulence and pared-back cool. Think boutique-hotel style


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