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Ombre Throw - White to AquaOne of the big trends to come out of Paint Place's 2014 forecast was Ombre - the art of graduating colours from light to dark. It's been big in hair for a while now (think balayage) and as with most things, the fashion has spilled over into home decor. I'm currently obsessed with ombre decor and love that it can be applied to an array of materials from fabric to wood to ceramic and plastic. Let's look at some successful applications and figure out how to apply it yourself at home!

Black Walls Chalkboard WallsDark interiors go against many of the supposed design rules. For example, the suggestion that a space will feel smaller if the walls and furniture within it are dark. I think the legendary Abigail Ahern said it best when she wrote "A small room is a small room. Painting it pale is not going to double its size or even make it look marginally bigger!".

African Decor - Bedhead and Cushions with LampsFor lovers of a soft and subdued decor scheme that offers interest through texture rather than tone, the eclectic African decor vibe had you covered. This interiors trend is all about utilising materials in a way that makes a space sophisticated and stylish, creating a room that feels calm and carefully curated (and on a side note, how dreamy is that bedhead?!).

Embroidery Trend - Deer Embroidery ArtFull disclosure here; I have no idea how to carry out embroidery, but I've been seeing shots online of late and want to declare this as a trend to watch - even if you are watching it only when visiting your grandmother's house.

Summer Garden Tips from Landscaper Matt LeacyConfession time: I tend to buy plants with the best of intentions and months later I'm bidding them adieu as they go to garden heaven. But now I'm going to curb my bad habits and become a summer garden expert (don't doubt me) and these tips from landscape designer Matt Leacy are the start of my education. Spend some time on your garden now, Matt says, and you'll be spending summer amongst lush greenery. Read on for his expert tips.