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If it's time to give your living room a bit of a makeover, then lighting is your interior design secret weapon. A few strategic choices and simple changes can make a world of difference to the look and the mood of a sitting room – and without breaking the bank.

We asked the lighting experts at Pooky for their top tips for transforming a living room with little more than a crafty use of lamps and shades.

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With summer approaching and travel plans still uncertain for some, now is the perfect time to invest in your accessories and furnishings to get that hotel experience without leaving the house. With just a little creativity, you can enjoy that five-star feeling every day of the week and create a home your friends and family will love. Here are some of our favourite hotel-inspired ideas to get you started.

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Everyone needs a dash of colour in their homes, it’s an easy way to stamp personality on an interior.  Colour doesn’t need to be overpowering, bold or in-your-face; it can be used to subtly bring a room to life, create warmth or highlight a statement piece. But, we often get stuck. Colour-ways and palettes can be tricky to navigate; trends come and go, lifestyles change and room settings evolve. 

So, to help us navigate the minefield that is colour, we sat down with interior designer, Zara Bolingbroke-Kent.

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Sometimes we all need a bit of fresh inspiration for our home interiors. And there’s often no better place to look for inspo than the homes of your favourite Hollywood star or TV legend.

But, which celebrity house is the British public most curious about? Swyft has found out.

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We’ve had a year off from having people in our homes and with the end of restrictions in sight, it’s time to dust off those hosting skills. But are Brits ready to have guests back in their homes? We commissioned a survey of 2,000 national respondents to learn how Brits prepare and feel about hosting guests overnight in their homes.
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There comes a time in the life of every living room when it needs a lift - when it starts to feel a bit tired and lacking in inspiration. But apart from the cost of overhauling your space, it’s also important to think about the environmental impact of replacing fixtures, fittings and furniture. 

That’s why we’ve come up with five clever and environmentally sound ways to upgrade your living room. And the best thing is, each of our following five steps offer great value and will take just a few minutes. 

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