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PUBLISHED: 09:22 13 January 2014 | UPDATED: 09:22 13 January 2014

Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon Parker

Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon Parker

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Now that the weather is getting colder, “visual warmth” is so important in our homes - especially with grey as the on-trend neutral - we need to accessorise to brighten up our homes. A balanced mix of colours and textures will create a comfortable living environment. It is very easy to dress seating with cushions and throws, but it is the hard surfaces such as tables and shelves that can really benefit from some simple styling.

Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon ParkerLanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors in Bresssingham. Photograph Simon Parker

Faux flowers are a fantastic accessory as they add both colour and texture. The vase or container that is chosen to display the flowers will also add personality and style. Sometimes a single stem in an interesting vase can be just as striking as a large arrangement. We are so lucky to have such a huge selection of quality faux flowers to choose from today that are both realistic and colourful.

Indeed it is the little details and the finishing touches that really make a home complete. Most of us tend to accumulate various vases, ornaments and photographs that are not always displayed to their best but just get popped into any available space. One thing that I tend to do when working with clients on their homes is to gather up, regroup and then arrange their existing accessories along with any necessary additions to create interesting displays on tables and shelves - it is a really easy way to give your home a new look without spending any money.

The way in which the items are grouped can help to define the style that you are trying to achieve within the room, whether it is a formal display of colour-matched items of similar proportions or an eclectic mix of pieces varying in size arranged in a casual manner.

Once all of the permanent accessories have been placed it will be time to put up the Christmas decorations. Have a fun festive season!

By placing a mirror behind an arrangement it will not only increase the visual impact of those items but also reflect other items in the room. It is beneficial to stand back as far as you can from the mirror to get a feel for what other parts of the room will be reflected and then add other displays that will also be seen in the mirror, creating an interesting layered “picture”.

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