Bold patterns, tactile textures and a modern monochrome colour scheme are key to the quirky and characterful new look that we're calling 'Urban Eclectic'. Suitable for houses and apartments of any age, it's a smart – in all senses of the word – decorating approach that can be layered up over time. Its neutral backdrop also means there's no danger of it dating.
Start with a couple of large pieces in furniture – ideally in tones of grey or black – and then add a flourish with metallic accessories, and cushions and throws in chunky knits and faux fur. The results are surprisingly cosy and inviting... and the height of sophistication, obvs!
See this look in action: Look around this cool and classic Victorian semi in Northamptonshire
We've found buys at both ends of the price spectrum – can you tell which is which?
Bring sunshine to the darkest of rooms with a sunburst mirror featuring a classy gilded finish. You could easily coordinate this with a lamp base on a sideboard, tray on a coffee table or candle holders on a mantelpiece.
Tackling everyday clutter is key to this look. A tall cabinet can hold any or all of your bits and bobs, from work files to kitchenware.
A fringe-wool cushion is all it takes to bring an armchair, sofa or bed up to date – and is exactly what you'll want to snuggle up to of an evening.
The three-piece suite is so over – comfy seating these days is all about mismatched sofas and chairs that can be easily rearranged around the house as your needs change.
Give a scheme a feminine twist that won't put the boys off with a copper-tinged table lamp.
Ideal: Grey table lamp with marble base, £68, Oliver Bonas
Great deal: Ideal Home Mason Marble & Copper Task Lamp, £33, Very
One more to tempt you: Ideal v Great Deal – spend or save on a Scandi Country look
So, are you going to go all out, save all you can, or meet somewhere in the middle?
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Amy Cutmore is an experienced interiors editor and writer, who has worked on titles including Ideal Home, Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, GardeningEtc, Top Ten Reviews and Country Life. And she's a winner of the PPA's Digital Content Leader of the Year. A homes journalist for two decades, she has a strong background in technology and appliances, and has a small portfolio of rental properties, so can offer advice to renters and rentees, alike.
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