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I love reading about trends. I love it when forecasters predict what's coming up, I love seeing them hit stores and I love seeing how people interpret them in their homes.It's the latter category that often intrigues me most. It's all very good and well for a forecaster to tell us that a Nordic theme is on the way, for example, but it doesn't always mean we want to adopt the look.

African design has been popular on and off for years now, but most incarnations of it have featured a colour story of blacks, beiges, whites and the occasional pop of burnt orange. Mix in a few animal prints, some leather and a splash of brass and you have a gorgeous - albeit subdued - African interior scheme (take a look at an example here).

The biggest mistake people make in their homes when it comes to paint is not checking the colour on a larger scale in a room, says Dulux Creative Consultant Bree Leech.

"I have had people explain to me they selected a neutral grey in the store and when they painted it at home it looked like it was green or blue," she explains. "Of course, the colour is still the same but it can appear quite differently under warm light such as halogens, compared to the harsh fluorescents or even daylight in the paint store".