Home style

Bring out a property's personality, Homefocus magazine takes a look at different ways to give your home a personality all of it's own. Add a touch of glamour to your home with cool silver metallics, used like jewellery, to instantly refresh a space and create an impact with.


Suna interior

With salary rises trailing behind house price growth, over the past twenty years London has seen the number of homeowners aged 25-34 plummet by over 20%[1]. For first time buyers looking to establish themselves on the London housing ladder sooner rather than later, Clarion Housing has recently unveiled Blackfriars Place, comprising 35 one and two-bedroom apartments in Southwark, that are ready to purchase through the shared ownership scheme. Boutique design consultancy, Suna Interior Design, were tasked with designing the show home for the scheme. Their brief was to appeal to the first-time buyer target audience and offer inspiration to first time buyers about how to decorate their own home, without breaking the budget. 

Space-saving tips for small kitchens

A small kitchens worktop and cupboards

By Richard Broadbent, Managing Director, Sinks-Taps

As the saying goes, the kitchen is the heart of the home. But not all of us are lucky enough to have large kitchens with tonnes of space for gadgets, storage and lust-worthy islands.

However, small kitchens don’t have to mean compromise. To help you create the perfect compact kitchen for your unique style, here are my top space-saving tips…

It’s all in the planning

A functional floor plan is important for any kitchen, but it’s doubly important if you’re lacking square meters.

Get The Festive Feeling With Ingenious Damage-Free Command Hooks

Damage-Free Command Hooks

This festive season, why not deck your halls with style and sparkle and, better still… do it without damage?  Meet your new favourite decorating must-haves, Command Hooks and Strips from 3M. If you wouldn’t consider yourself a decorating expert, or even a DIYer, the Command Brand’s range of innovative hooks and strips from 3M will help you to hang your favourite fairy lights, wreaths and garlands, and get creative, without tools or fear of damage.

With help from our super-creative lifestyle and interior bloggers: Don’t Cramp my Style and Bodie and Fou*, this year we have created a range of stylish yet simple looks to add to our Christmas projects gallery, to give your home that added festive touch which is sure to turn the heads of your guests over Christmas period.

Average British Home has Seven DIY Projects That Need Doing

Man painting living room - DIY project

New research has revealed that the average British homeowner has seven DIY projects that need doing in their property, and 14% think they will never complete all the maintenance and DIY jobs in their home.

The average British household has seven DIY projects that have been left unfinished or not even started, and the majority of people have begun a project without finishing it. What’s more, over two thirds of Britons say that they have tackled a home-improvement task themselves before having to hire a professional in. 

Interior design: Escape the snow by going retro

Retro interior design collection from Icon - grey fluffy beanbag

A fusion of contemporary and retro style and a focus on wellbeing in interior design can help turn your home into a warm, welcoming escape from the cold this winter, says trend analyst and designer Allison Chatten…

As lead designer at British furniture brand Icon, Allison says ‘future retro’ is set to be a very popular trend this winter. “It’s about refined sophistication and combining a love of vintage and heritage with a more playful, modern atmosphere”, she said. “In short, it’s combining contemporary fabric technology, an awareness of mood-mindful textures with looks inspired by high-end 60s and 70s fashion and design such as Prada and Hermès.

How to colour block your walls with paint

How to colour block your walls with paint

While patterned walls are very popular, many home-owners are still fans of a simpler decorative look, without committing to full-on minimalism.

Feature walls have for some time provided a compromise: using bold paper to encase the chimney breast, or one wall, works well, thanks to its suitability to both modern and period homes.

Colour blocking is the perfect way for consumers who are looking for a splash of colour or pattern on a wall, without investing in wallpaper. It’s also a cost-effective and on-trend, working well with classic or contemporary furniture, and allows you to manage the creative process to create a look that is totally unique to your home.

First Time Buyers Guide To Decorating Your First Home

First Time Buyers Guide To Decorating Your First Home

Two years ago I was able to get onto the property ladder just before my 30th Birthday. 

Me and my Partner (In Crime) bought a two-bedroom house based on the outskirts of Bedfordshire, border lining Hertfordshire, which was perfect for us to create our very own nest egg, with our dog, Bailey.

Now two years on, we are finally starting to see our first house come to life. Over the two years we’ve been able to put our own personal taste and style in to it, where now I am proud to call it our home.

With our experiences fresh in my mind, I want to share with you my 5 top tips for making your new house your home.

New Home Colourcare Range From Liberon

New Home Colourcare Range From Liberon

Woodcare expert, Liberon is launching its Home ColourCare range, the only range on the market to combine traditional woodcare properties with a choice of contemporary colours.

An exciting woodcare solution for both upcycling enthusiasts and style savvy home dwellers, the Home ColourCare range comprises a durable Floor Varnish, multi-surface Furniture Varnish and a Decorative Furniture Wax – all available in a selection of bright pop colours, contemporary metallics and on-trend pearlised finishes. Offering the same level of protection and nourishment as Liberon’s neutrally coloured wax and varnish products, the Home ColourCare range provides a two-in-one approach to woodcare and colour.

How to maximise space in a small kitchen

How to maximise space in a small kitchen

More than half of kitchens are now under 12 metres squared according to data from B&Q, and many homeowners are finding themselves with a smaller area to work with when planning their new kitchen. Whether the starting point is a narrow space, a box room or even a converted cupboard Mike Lavers, Category Manager for Kitchens at B&Q shares his advice on creating a functional yet fabulous small kitchen.

Tipi partners with John Lewis to create exclusive interiors collections, a first in the Build to Rent sector for the retailer

Tipi partners with John Lewis to create exclusive interiors collections, a first in the Build to Rent sector for the retailer

The much-anticipated opening of the new show apartments from rental homes brand, Tipi, in London's Wembley Park, has revealed the brand new collaboration between the Build to Rent sector and leading furnishings retailer John Lewis.

Tipi and John Lewis have co-created a stylish range of furniture for Tipi's newest homes, known as Landsby (meaning 'village' in Danish).  

"We are delighted to be working with John Lewis to offer residents a quality rental experience This is the next step in progressing Tipi's commitment to providing renters with their ideal home. We want to ensure that our residents are able to experience the very best, from the plethora of Tipi Perks that we offer to the fashionable interiors collection, curated specifically for Landsby."

New fabric technology set to revolutionise family life

New fabric technology set to revolutionise family life

An innovative new fabric has just launched that is set to revolutionise the way we buy our sofas. Amazingly versatile, Aquaclean promises worry-free family life across the UK.

With many families looking for durable fabrics that can be wiped clean when buying a sofa, it can often seem daunting to find one that is both stylish and hard-wearing. Aquaclean has stepped in to provide customers with a versatile range of colours and fabrics that will please everyone that are also virtually stain-proof.

Childs Play with Cormar Carpets

Childs Play with Cormar Carpets

A child’s bedroom, or playroom, is one of the most well-used areas of the home so it’s important to create a warm and cosy feel that cushions bumps and falls as well as cutting down on noise made from the patter (or stomping) of tiny feet!  According to Cormar Carpets, colour, texture and detail all play a key factor in designing a child-friendly space. The right environment needs to be inspiring, creative, relaxing and comforting for little ones - so it’s important to consider flooring when creating this perfect room. 

“The advantage of having carpet in a child’s bedroom or playroom is that it provides comfort and warmth, cushions noise and is often budget friendly,” says David Cormack, marketing director at Cormar Carpets. 

Anglian and Sophie Robinson Help Brits LIVE A LIFE IN COLOUR 

Anglian and Sophie Robinson Help Brits LIVE A LIFE IN COLOUR 

So many homeowners want to recreate the swoon-worthy interiors seen in glossy magazines or on Instagram feeds, but the fear of using colour creeps in and they retreat back to…magnolia. This summer, Anglian Home Improvementshas teamed up with top interior designer Sophie Robinson, to discover the best ways for UK homeowners to live a life in colour.  

Known for her passion for colourful interiors, who better to provide inspiration and advice on how to allow your personality and individuality shine through in your home than Sophie Robinson.  

Big Ideas For Small Spaces - Gardening Ideas For Your New Home

Big Ideas For Small Spaces - Gardening Ideas For Your New Home

All hail the return of gardening to the ‘cool’ list. The nation is once again embracing gardening for reasons including decoration, wellness and sustainability. However, many of us think we lack the space to fulfil our green-fingered dreams.

By 2030, its estimated 92 percent of the UK population will live in cities where gardens come at a premium. In response, people are coming up with creative ways to maximise outdoor space to grow food, relax and support wildlife.

If you’re keen to jump on the horticultural band wagon but lack square meters, The Greenhouse People have provided us with an essential guide to becoming a successful urban gardener…

Climate Control Blinds for EVERY Room

Climate Control Blinds for EVERY Room

Duette® energy saving blinds are not only energy efficient – preventing heat loss at windows by up to 46% – additional benefits mean that they’re ideal for every room in the house.

And fitting Duette® blinds throughout the home can add up to some significant savings (up to 25%) on an annual heating bills too. 

In The Kitchen

Blinds tend to be the practical window treatment of choice when it comes to kitchens, and Duette® blinds are humidity resistant as well as probably one of the easiest to clean blinds on the market.

How to protect your home when renovating

How to protect your home when renovating

Renovation is becoming more popular than ever. People are moving house half as many times in their lives and twice as many Brits are now planning to extend their home rather than move house. Renovation, big or small, normally means making structural changes to your home, so it’s important to think carefully about how to protect your home when work is underway. A recent report reveals that the most popular insurance claim for home renovations and extensions is theft of building materials, closely followed by escape of water.

Versatile Venetian Blinds Get a Spring/Summer Update

Versatile Venetian Blinds Get a Spring/Summer Update

Style Studio’s revamped Venetian Blind collection now offers a massive 111 slat options – with new eye-catching colours, truly tactile textures and a host of special features and finishes!

And the popularity of Venetian blinds shows no sign of slowing – in fact it’s rising according to the window blind brand, which has seen a 64 per cent increase in online views in the past three months alone¹. 

Interiors expert for Style Studio, Lorna McAleer, has picked out her three hottest summer looks from the brand’s latest collection.

#1. Bright Ideas

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Finding The Balance In Children’s Bedroom Décor

Children's bedroom decor - They want Disney – You Want Longevity… Here’s what the experts say!  

Life’s often a compromise – and most parents agree that parenthood involves a LOT of negotiation (some would say bribery!)

This is frequently the case when it comes to decorating a child’s bedroom. They see the latest Emojis or Disney characters emblazoned on a duvet and mum or dad’s heart sinks.   

Adults want a clean, organised and coordinated bedroom that aids restful sleep.

Kids are all about the fun with a kaleidoscope of clashing colours and all their favourite characters thrown in for good measure.

So how do you solve the children’s bedroom interior design dilemma?

Dobbies: Trending indoors and out for 2018

Dobbies: Trending indoors and out for 2018

Dobbies becomes first national garden centre to launch Living Wall Planters

Set to be a leading trend both inside and out for 2018, the launch of the brand new and exclusive Living Wall Planters at Dobbies Garden Centres mean that it is even easier to grow with the times.

A hub of ideas and inspiration, the destination lifestyle store will be the first national garden centre to launch the planters, continuing to innovate and lead on gardening and décor trends.

Revealed: How to make your bedroom desirable and inspirational when your house goes on the market


Putting your house on the market is a big step, and to ensure the best possible outcome, homeowners need to consider every room in the house and take the time to make each one special and unique. The bedroom can often be overlooked, but it is in fact, one of the most important locations in the home. Potential buyers like to visualise their new surroundings, and get an idea of what their future home might look like.  Making the bedroom memorable will contribute to a quick, hassle-free sale of the house.

Jonathan Warren, director at online bed specialist, Time 4 Sleep, has shared his top tips on the importance of the bedroom, and how to improve the look and feel of the room, to impress guests.

‘You get more for your money with Bovis Homes’

Bovis Homes

When Dan Smith was searching for a brand-new property in the South East, he always knew that he could depend upon Bovis Homes to make his dreams come true.

His strong belief and confidence in the national house builder was built on firm foundations as he had enjoyed many happy times in the property from which he was looking to move – which had been built with pride by Bovis Homes a few years before.

British homeowners look but don't touch

British homeowners
  • British homeowners are styling their homes for social media likes
  • 88% of homeowners inspired by social media to style their home
  • Nottingham residents are the most house-proud Brits

BRITISH homeowners are forgoing a lived-in home in a bid to style their house for an increased social media following, according to new research.

A survey of 1,000 UK adults by DiscountFlooringDepot.co.uk has revealed that 62% of British homeowners would prefer their house to look like a show home rather than a homely comfortable look.

88% of Brits are inspired by social media to style their home to perfect show home standards rather than opting for a more comfortable lived in home.

Top 10 interior design trends for 2017

Top 10 interior design trends for 2017

Bring nature indoors for 2017
Textures and tones set to create calm, warm homes and hotel rooms
Graphic inspired art, statement rugs and textured glass lighting all key essentials
With 2017 set to see interior design services embraced increasingly by individuals and house builders alike, the experts at Alexander James Interior Design have used their 20 years experience to compile a list of the top ten interior design trends for 2017.


Stacey Sibley, Creative Director at Alexander James Interior Design, comments,

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

Best in show: Alexander James' 5 interior design tips to bring show house style to your home

With spring sales in full swing in many shops, now is the perfect time to take a critical look at your new home and make a few changes to bring it up to show house standard.  

"Bringing glamour and style to your home doesn't have to be about making big changes. There are a few simple tips and tricks that can make a big difference. Try to step back and take a fresh look at your rooms. Which features and objects stand out? How do they coordinate with the other items in the room? What feeling does the room give you? Once you take a long, hard look at your home, you'll be able to identify which colours and objects dominate it - and to change them if necessary."

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design