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Ease your home out of the winter doldrums with a cheerful colour palette and chirpy bird details
The Inspiration you need: BIRD MOTIFS
LOVE THEM: Hot on the heels of the woodland animals trend, comes a new way to add character to your home- birds. Perfect on wallpaper and fabrics if you’re looking for a pattern with a difference; ideal on framed prints to add a country-house feel, and downright cute in the form of ornaments.
USE THEM: Hang bird-print wallpaper to perk up a dull room, create a themed wall-art gallery of bird drawings, or simply trim some bare twigs with decorative birds to create a feature. Less is more, unless you want your room to look like a Hitchcock horror.
DO THEM YOUR WAY: Not so hot for a soft, spring palette? Go vampish with a black, bird-print paper like Crown’s Paradise, £9 per roll, Home Flair Décor, or futuristic with Rasch’s contemporary Songbirds in White/Silver, £8.99 per roll, Lancashire Wallpaper
& Paint. Try Hus & Hem’s Klippan Bird Fabric, £29.95 per m, for a bright, Scandi look, or Voyage’s Country collection for traditional sketchbook designs in country neutrals.
Start with a plain, neutral backdrop, then add pops of spring colour- above a dado, on furniture and with accessories- to boost and brighten
Idea: Use bird wall art to give you room a focal point. This circling Swallows wall clock is £165 from Cox & Cox
Work in some prints: bird-themed wallpaper, framed pictures and cushions will make blank walls and plain upholstery tell a happy story
Idea: Make your own bespoke picture frame with lengths of architrave, painted in a pretty pastel shade
Play around with paint: if pattern puts your off, energise a room by painting skirtings, frames and even chair legs in a fresh new colour
Idea: Make a feature of doorframes by painting them and adding a wide border all around
Idea: Found a fallen branch? Bring it home, brush it off and use it to decorate your home
Add character to an unloved nook with realistic bird decorations, or look for china, carved wood or wirework ornaments
Use a decorative birdcage as desktop storage for stationery