6 Steps to heavenly home inspo

May 18, 2021

From the teeny touches to statement-makers and eclectic escapism – here are the home décor ideas we’re loving right now.

1. Japandi

All the interiors-nerds have been buzzing about Japandi. But what is it? Japandi fuses, both Japanese and Scandinavian design. At first, these two cultural reference points may feel like they don’t have much in common but on closer inspection both turn to simplicity, natural elements, clean lines, and pieces that are beautiful in their pared-back, practicality.

It’s time to de-clutter, tidy away and create a sophisticated sanctuary with neutral tones. Ommmmmmm.

Always think quality over quantity when buying anything new – choose pieces that are well made and will stand the test of time, like those found at BoConcept (top images), who kitted out our homes in Victory Plaza, East Village with statement yet versatile pieces. We also recommend giving Japandi interior a follow for some refreshing home updates.

Left to right (below): Lali wooden armchair, £184.95, Sklum; Fern pot, £49, The Union Project; Luks linen bath sheets, £39, The Immaculate Vegan.

2. All the feels with textured soft furnishings

Tactile soft furnishings are a speedy way to add both personality and comfort to your home.

Whether you’re going BIG investing in a new velvet sofa (luuuush) or a top-quality rug, or you’re going home with a couple of high thread count pillow-cases (be warned you might never want to get out of bed, like ever again) – it’s a fact – as humans we respond to touch and feeling something super soft and utterly luxurious under your head/feet/bottom is instantly comforting.

After a year of hibernation and the reality that we are a nation of screen-slaves, a touch of tactile will act like a magnificent, mood-booster. So, if you’re looking for a few hard-working and utterly sumptuous home updates, make sure they feel, just as good as they look.

Left to right (below): Super soft bamboo bedding set in pure white, £110, We Earth London; Sustainable & bespoke velvet cushions, from £40, Luxe 39; Natural handwoven rug, £165, Hare & Wilde.

3. Going green

As we all become greener in our thinking, our shopping-habits and even our diets, we’re also bee-lining for this natural palette as a key accent in our homes too. Searches for ‘the colour green’ on Google and Pinterest has positively peaked since the start of 2021 – and who can blame us? Clean, fresh and statement, the colour green is both energising and nourishing.

A forest green wall provides the perfect backdrop to our homegrown herb and house-plant obsession. An artful selection of perfectly placed green accessories will break-up and inject life into an all-white space. Whether you’re an emerald, sage, sap or samphire kinda’ person (the list goes on) get yourself acquainted with beautiful biophilic design.

While you’re here, get up to speed on foliage decor with our guide to indoor plants.

Left to right (below): Paint Yeabridge Green No.287 from Farrow & Ball; Recycled Wool Blanket in Pistachio Green Herringbone, £60, The Tartan Blanket Co; Henri Matisse Deux Verte Poster, £14.95, Postery.

4. The perfect vase

If you’re a social-media butterfly it will come as no surprise to you that the faithful vase has become the home accessory hero of the moment. And we’re all for it. If you’re going to buy just one thing for your humble abode this month, then do make it a statement vase.

Coming in all shapes and sizes, there’s a vase out there for everyone. 70s, structural, glamorous, gargantuan, titty-and-bum-shaped, you name it, there’s a vase for it. Stick yours pride of place and fill it with whichever stems take your fancy.

We suggest you place it right in front of your laptop so you can enjoy your darling vase and whatever is tumbling/poking out of it all day, erryday. Let the scent of your spring blooms or the tickle of your Pampas grass calm, titillate and amuse you. It’s the small things. Find joy. Everyday.

Shopping tip: Charity shops and boot sales are a great place to pick up absolute gems. And you’ll usually get change from a fiver. Get rummaging.

Left to right (below): Slim pink vase, By Sophie Alda, £70, Tate Modern Shop; 50s vase, £46.20, Vinterior; Zig-Zag Two Part Planters by Mari Masot, from £75, available at A New Tribe

5. Rip-up the rule book

Your place, your space. In our opinion the best homes are the ones that don’t abide by all of the rules. The rebellious, personality sprinkled parlours where personality shines through. Noone wants the same thing as everyone else, do they?

Make your space just that – yours. Whether you’re minimal or a maximalist, your home should bring you joy. Pick up pieces from your travels – whether that’s a travel to a Farmer’s market/a shopping centre or outer Mongolia. Surround yourself with a carefully curated showcase of things that spark memories and make you feel happy.

Don’t be a slave to the #trend.


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Tat London by Charlie Porter is a voyeur’s dream. DISCLAIMER: Don’t look now if you’re on a deadline. This charming grid of collections, cosy corners and ‘piles of tat’ from across the globe are the exact escapism we’re after right now; plus it’s great brain food pre your next homeware spree.

And don’t miss journalist Phoebe J Mc Dowells’s The Pinterior, for an utterly delicious collection of inspiring interior designs, trends and furniture. Dream big.


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6. A* Al fresco

If you are the proud and lucky owner of a balcony, then it’s the time of year when we sweep off the leaves, wash down the wood and start to use this space as a mainstay extension of our living/relaxing/entertaining space.

If your balcony needs a little TLC, then do take a look at how three stylists took on the challenge at Get Living to makeover balconies on a budget.

Our round-up of interior design trends to follow

  • Think Japandi. Think zen. Create a space that you want to relax in
  • Add texture with soft furnishings: outdoor rugs, furry throws and tactile details
  • Go green – there is no such thing as too many plants
  • Vases work inside and outside, invest in some cool pots and plant holders to add personality to your space
  • You do you. There are no rules when it comes to personal style
  • Mix up some cocktails, prep a tray of nibbles and invite your neighbour/bff over for drinks and nibbles al fresco


Header image credit: Get Living resident Olivia Li, @lidinuo on Instagram.

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