Expert tips from THE One chief exec Thomas Lundgren
Home furnishings and decorating doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavour, as even small and inexpensive items can turn your abode into an attractive, warm and comfortable one. We asked Thomas Lundgren, CEO of furniture store THE One, to share some easy yet effective ways to update your home over the coming winter months.
What are the main homewares trends for winter this year? The world is more polarised than ever.But a general trend is a desire for more individuality and a search for meaning in a material world. On a more fashionable note, the dominant colours for this season are copper/bronze, nude hues, blues and monochromes and, in terms of textures, there’s a lot of skin on skin, lizard, ostrich and crocodile, but also distressed and washed-out materials.
What sort of accessories are proving popular? There is, finally, a slow awakening to the fact that lighting is key to creating both the look and the mood of your home. Effective lighting can transform the look of a room completely.
How can people update their home on the cheap? Changing your cushions and throws won’t cost you an arm and a leg, but will have great impact. Replacing small occasional products such as mirrors, side tables and rugs will make a bigger difference. Small changes make a huge difference, and it’s fun to rearrange your rooms and update them seasonally.
What advice would you give to people who are planning to completely update their home? Your home is a reflection of who you are and where you are in life at this moment – whether you’re single, married, a parent or childless, your financial situation and so on. If you think about that and what you want to express, then you can find a strategy on how to achieve it. You need to know what you want and need before you can start your home makeover.
What are the most common mistakes that people make when decorating? They worry too much about what other people will think, rather than asking themselves whether the look reflects the personalities of the people living there. You need to be comfortable and feel like yourself in your own home.
Are their any particular pieces that make good features for the home? I like unusual pieces that tell a unique story about your family, heritage, travels, interests and so on.
Which items should you splurge on, and which can you buy on the cheap? Splurge on quality home fragrances such as scented candles, diffusers and room sprays. Find your favourite aroma, in the same way you’d choose your perfume, and stick to it, so it becomes the signature fragrance of your home. Save by choosing quality over quantity; buy one high-quality piece that you absolutely love, instead of spending money on lots of cheap knick-knacks that you’ll get bored of and won’t last. THE One, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.theoneplanet.com (04 345 6687).
BoConcept collection manager Lene Ronfeldt travels around the world to collect ideas to create BoConcept’s new trends. We picked her brain for some new-season inspiration.
What are your tips for homewares trends this season? I love classic designs brought into a more contemporary and updated world, earthy hues used as a neutral backdrop, and the stronger colours in the accessories collection that are used to bring everything to life.
What sort of accessories are proving popular? We’re seeing a lot of colours, prints and funny details this season. Rugs have a vintage look or a characteristic colourful pattern. Lamps have twisted details and more personality. Vases and bowls are more sculptural than in previous seasons, and it’s more acceptable to mix things up. It’s just about finding your own style.
Any advice for decorating? Start cutting out pictures from magazines and make a mood board. When you have plenty of pictures and you start to look at it as a whole, you’ll know what styles, colours and materials you’re looking for. Spend your money on textiles and lighting. This can really inject personality into a room.
What can people do to personalise their home? Ask yourself how you imagine your everyday life. Do you imagine reading a lot? Then value a big comfy sofa or armchair. If you plan on using a particular room as an office, then the right desk, chair and storage is a good feature.
How often should people update their homewares? Always keep old antiques or anything with a worn-out look, and keep beautiful glass vases in different shapes and colours. Throw away everything that doesn’t have a greater meaning to you. BoConcept, Mall of the Emirates, www.boconcept.ae (04 341 4144).