SS15 furniture styles to transform your home

Discover the new decorating looks for spring/summer 2015

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From dark wood designs inspired by faraway places, to retro pieces that add character to any room, discover the new looks for spring/summer 2015.

Traditional twist

Antique or vintage-style furniture is given an up-to-date finish and mixed seamlessly with modern and contemporary pieces in surprising colours and textures.

Marks and Spencer pink living room

The living room: The modern and traditional pieces of furniture shown are brought together in a cohesive style with a colour palette of pinks – from baby blush through to bright fuchsia.

Why you’ll love this look: It’s the easiest way to create an intriguing, individual room scheme. Forget the ideas of matching everything in the room or of sticking to only one era – you can mix in pieces you already have for an eclectic look, and keep the style up to date with the latest accessories.

Citrine side table from The French Bedroom Company

Campaign style table

Citrine side table, H50xDia.51cm, £325, The French Bedroom Company 

Vibrant living room by My-Furniture

lime green bedroom

retro style dining room

The dining room: If you want simple, designer style, then you can’t go wrong with a white table and chairs that have the retro/modern feel all rolled into one. It will mix with most wallpaper styles – from patterned to plain, in any colourway you choose. Keep your crockery white to maintain the contemporary look, but add a touch of retro-luxe with an opulent rug.

Why you’ll love this look: The iconic designs from the last century – the low-level sideboard, the swivel chair, the ‘Jetsons-style’ kitchen set – are well loved, but this trend reinterprets them. Update the classic shapes of your preferred era by softening the functional elements and mixing them with modern finishes and furnishings.

Italian style table

Italian style table

La Bruna coffee table in white, made from ash with beech legs, H45x Dia.60cm, £269, Darwin’s Home

Classic swivel metal armchair

Parker Knoll Statesman recliner chair in Mystic Gold, with solid ash feet, H103xW83xD87cm, £1,999, John Lewis

classic swivel armchair
Streamlined sideboard

Streamlined sideboard

Premier Housewares’ Loki TV stand made from natural oak veneer, H45xW150xD45cm, £308.99, Wayfair

glamorous dining room

The dining room: A glass-and-metal table is a must. Choose a round shape for ease of conversation if you’re entertaining, or go for a large showstopping rectangular design. Pair with deeply padded and upholstered chairs finished with metallic legs and trims.

Glamorous bedroom decoration

glamorous living room

The living room: Typically, the key furniture in this space is the sofa – with the right choice, the rest of the scheme is easy to achieve. You want soft curves that invite you to sit and relax, and lots of tonal cushions to team with it for added comfort. Position glossy side tables with matching lamps at each side of the sofa for a boutique hotel-style look.

Why you’ll love the look: Forget the nouveau riche Hollywood take on glamour of animal prints and lots of bling. For a scheme that oozes effortless style, it’s all about subtle colours, delicate and architectural pieces that will add real personality to your chosen room, as well as being extremely welcoming, liveable and timeless.

Designer chair

Designer chair

Team 7 Girado Cantilever swivel dining chair, H83.5x W58xD53cm, from £1,619, Wharfside

Copper side table

Modular copper side table, H45xDia.43cm, £98, The French Bedroom Company

luxe sofa
copper side table

Luxe sofa

Abigail Ahern Abigail three-seat sofa in Roosevelt velvet in Hudson, H86xW194xD89cm, £1,910,

Botanical bedroom from john lewis

The bedroom: Light oak or teak furniture can mix beautifully with dramatic and lush decorations, and it’s the black walls and co-ordinating bedlinen here that helps create a sense of exotic climes. Keep everything pared back and simple – chunky side tables and carpet aren’t needed, and try linen or voiles for windows, rather than heavy curtains, to keep the look light and fresh.

Botanical decorating from John Lewis

Rattan peacock chair

The living room: Inspiration from the old Empire delivers the fantastic peacock-style rattan or bamboo chair. In a living room or bedroom, and with whatever décor style you already have, you can create a very stylish corner retreat. Keep it modern with bronze or brass accessories.

Why you’ll love the look: John Lewis has beautifully defined this trend with its SS15 collection, which captures global diversity in design. ‘We’ve presented our Fusion range in an obtainable, easy-to- achieve look that’s relevant to the way we live today,’ says Pip Prinsloo of John Lewis Design Studio

vintage lounger

Vintage lounge

Pharaoh woven rattan lounge chair, H92xW74xD71cm, £325, Alexander & Pearl

 Graphic lamp

Durry floor light made from woven dhurrie rugs, H128xW50x D50cm, £139, Graham & Green

graphic lamp
oriental cabinet

Oriental cabinet

Dynasty Blue distressed wooden closet, with eight drawers, upper cabinet and shelving, H168xW100xD48cm, £995, Alexander & Pearl