Interior design bournemouth

Colour trends of 2018 so far by Hannah Austin

As we are three months into 2018 we thought we would look into how the colour trends for 2018 are unravelling and with nine months still to go there is still plenty of time to transform your rooms into the latest trends.

So which colours are making an appearance so far this year and hanging around to stay!

Sage green

This shade of green with a touch of grey is proving a hit so far in 2018 due to its subtle colour that is muted but far from dull. It is perfect teamed with creams and woods.


Marigold yellow

This retro colour is having a comeback. After our obsession with mustard this slightly brighter yellow helps the sunshine to arrive even on cold winter days.


It also works really well as a stand out piece of furniture in a darker shaded room.

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Ultra violet

Pantones colour for 2018 this dramatic and evocative shade is a brave step to take but one that can really pay off!



This strong vibrant red is appealing to fiery, powerful people! But is best contained to active areas in the house rather than spaces to relax and unwind.



This beautiful rich blue is bringing a sense of adventure and wonder into our homes and can make the smallest of spaces feel rich and wonderful.


Blush pink

Neutrals are stepping aside and making way for muted pastels, especially gentle pinks which are a beautiful addition to bedrooms.

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Black chiffon

Black built in furniture is appearing all over as a statement masculine addition to a room. With equally bold accessories and good lighting this striking look can be a deep and cosy corner to a home, especially when teemed with rich lustre woods.

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Whatever colours tickle your fancy there is a shade to suit all styles and rooms. If you would like to update any of your rooms with a new colour or style get in touch with Hannah at Abode on 07775 764867 or at for a free home visit to discuss designs for your room.

The Art of Geometric Design by Hannah Austin

Whether its flooring, lighting or tiles, geometric patterns have been adding an edge to design within a home for years, and the trend is not dying. And at Abode we love it! But as well as the beauty of the more superficial patterns of design, there is a deeper level of science and mathematics within the geometry of the spaces designed.

Geometry is the fundamental science of forms and their order and geometry in architecture and interior design can give your space an edge. It has the power to create harmony and proportion………..But what exactly is it?

The ancient Roman architect Marcus Vitruvius was the first to write down some rules about architecture and the first to write down the proportions for how structures should be constructed.

The images of the Vitruvian Man shown here represents the proportions of a human being. The circles, squares, and elipses that surround the figures are Vitruvian calculations of man's physical geometry.


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Geometry is everywhere in nature. Our cells reveal an ordered system of shapes and pattern. Leaves, seeds and flowers share the same spiral shapes. Honeybees and other insects live in structures that mimic patterns and the swirl of shells and the surface waves in the sea all reflect the same principles.



From the pyraminds in Egypt to the new World Trade Center Tower in New York, great architecture uses the same essential building blocks as your body and all living things. Geometry also plays a key role in interior design for determining proportions and placement of objects that are aesthetically pleasing.

Many designers are guided by what is known as the "golden ratio." This mathematical ratio describes the ideal proportions of a room or building in terms of approximately 60/40. In the field of interior design, the golden ratio principle can relate to the placement of objects or influence the use of colour in the room's palette:

 60 percent neutral colours

30 percent darker furniture

10 percent warmer colours including 5 percent bright accents and a touch of cooler tones.

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Strong geometric elements and repetitive patterns are also thought to have a calming effect by introducing regularity and order.

Here are some ways to use them:

Geometric wallpaper can add a sense of drama to a room

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If you wanted less of a statement go for more neutral walls and have geometric curtains

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Ever popular geometric style tiles can have a big impact in a bathroom or kitchen, whether whole walls or floors are tiled or just sections.

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Or alternatively just use a hint of it through lighting or soft furnishings.

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If you want to add a sense of order and harmony to your home give us a call on 07775 764867 or email us at




Small is beautiful by Hannah Austin

The more confined the space the more constructive and challenging the task. But don’t be fooled, size does not put limits on design, creativity and beauty!

At Abode we love the challenge of getting the most out of a building or room in someone’s home, regardless of the footprint. The amount of care and thought that is needed in a small space is often reflected in the final outcome where spaces can be flexible, bespoke and refined.

If you decide to downsize your life or if you want to live free of a large mortgage, it doesn’t have to be about sacrifice, if you have thoughtful, innovative design.

The ultimate test is to turn a small space into a comfortable living space that delivers what the family needs. And this is where the skills of an architect come to the fore, as they can provide innovative ways to make a small home amazingly well equipped.

The real luxury is in the details and this is where a small, yet well-designed home can have a big advantage. The benefit of compact living is that there is little wasted space, where you can get creative and keep the budget low on the overall build, which allows you to invest in small touches of luxury throughout.


There are also many tricks that can be employed from an interiors perspective to make a smaller space seem large.

Floor to ceiling, multi-aspect windows, that let in plenty of natural light and an open floor plan allows the home to feel and look spacious.

A strong sense of indoor/outdoor flow also allows spaces to be expanded into the garden, when the weather permits! to make the house feel larger than it physically is.

Using neutral, natural hues helps to reflect light to help a space appear bigger and a minimalist approach to furniture and décor helps to create a clutter free effect. Storage, storage, storage helps to make use of every square inch and mirrors are a well-known trick to increase the size of a space.

If you would like to have your small space redesigned to work better for you and your family get in touch with Abode at, or on 07775 764867.