The fashion for cupcakes, sweet treats and vintage style parlours shows no signs of abating and the tempting sugar-coated image which goes with it has begun to trickle through into our homes.
Everything here is pretty and plush, from the sofas and the cushions to the tableware.
Decorative is your buzz word, with cupcake colours such as candy pink and iced lemon, carved embellishments and upholstery.
The Duresta Watson sofa from Barker and Stonehouse is the perfect representation of this look. Full of personality with its candy stripes, plush upholstery, rolled arms and antique wooden finish it’s a real showstopper and not suitable for shrinking violets!
Pair with lots of accent chairs in a pastel palette and white painted furniture. The Jasmin console table has a gently distressed, light taupe paint finish which is versatile enough for a variety of looks.
Look for sideboards and dressing tables with pedestal legs and carved details. We like the Versaille range from Barker and Stonehouse.
Alternatively transform a neutral sofa with cushions in stripes, checks and delicate rose print patterns and pick up the patterns with Cath Kidston wallpapers – we particularly like the rose sprig and strawberry designs.
Your furniture should complement the impression of belonging to another time and another place. There’s a fairytale, fantasy quality to this look so play up to it with whimsical touches – silver birdcages, silk flowers, porcelain dolls and pretty pictures.
These pretty Rosehip tea-light holders cast a subtle glow – use sweet smelling candles such as cotton candy or cookie dough to complete the parlour feel.
And it’s not just in the living room that this trend flourishes – these colours and styles are ideal for bedrooms.
An upholstered bed, such as the sumptuous Tempur Honfleur Bedframe will give you a sense of luxury. Finished in a soft velvet fabric, featuring scrolling ends at the head and foot, a deep buttoned headboard and enhanced by silver stud detailing and solid mahogany turned feet, the Honfleur is the crème de la crème of beds. Add a padded cotton mattress and a set of bedlinen for the ultimate in girly comfort.
Finally, a pale pink carpet will hit the right note without detracting attention from your furniture and accessories and make sure it’s extra thick so your toes get a treat too.
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