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5 ways to add colour to your home tastefully

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5 ways to add colour to your home tastefully

Add a pop of colour to your home and transform a space, giving it a new lease of life. As interior design fanatics, we love that we have the freedom to play around with colour schemes all day long. This year, neo-mint is a big one for us, so watch this space! However, when it comes to your own home, we understand that getting it right the first time saves a lot of money and perplexed looks from guests. If you're someone who gets carried away by your love of all colours, we're here to offer you a helping hand....

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The beauty of jute

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The beauty of jute

At Raft, we’re passionate about beauty and sustainability. We explore the unique qualities of jute, and why it’s perfect for creating beautiful, ethical baskets... Also known as the ‘golden fibre’, because of its lovely golden colour and silky sheen (as well as its value), jute is a very durable and versatile material. What’s more, it’s also very eco-friendly. Strength and versatility In fact, jute is an amazingly versatile fibre. As well as being naturally strong, durable and hard-wearing, the finer threads can also be spun to make a lovely silk-like cloth. Jute is used all around the world to make...

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A natural choice: how natural materials can bring the feel-good factor to your home

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A natural choice: how natural materials can bring the feel-good factor to your home

Natural materials not only look and feel lovely – they are good for your well-being too. We explore why... There is something undeniably pleasing about the texture of fabrics like cotton and linen or the feeling of a seagrass mat or warm wooden floor beneath our feet. When the 17th century poet, Robert Herrick, spoke of the delight afforded by the sweetly flowing ‘liquefaction’ of Julia’s silk clothes, we know what he meant. Polyester curtains and acrylic bedding don’t have quite the same tactile or visual appeal as their natural counterparts. We tend to prefer the appearance and texture of...

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The beauty of beige - tips for decorating with neutrals

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The beauty of beige - tips for decorating with neutrals

How neutral colours can help you create your very own ideal home... If there is one single interior design phenomenon that can be spotted almost anywhere around the world, it has to be the neutral palette. From pewter at one end of the scale, via lighter greys, browns, beiges and creams, to ivory and white at the other, the global love affair with neutral colours shows no sign of abating. The name we tend to associate most often with this well-established approach to interior design is Kelly Hoppen, often referred to as the Queen of Taupe – a soubriquet that...

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Meet the designer: Amelia Graham

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Meet the designer: Amelia Graham

We're delighted to be collaborating with print designer Amelia Graham, in honour of Raft's 20th anniversary. We spoke with Amelia about what inspires her unique style... Tell us a little about your background… how did you come to start a career in print design? I studied Textiles at Chelsea College of Art, and when I graduated I worked for several fashion print studios in London, and Paris. I launched my own line in about 2013 - prints for interiors, cushions and scarves, whilst continuing to work on commissions for clients and collaborate with other designers and brands. Photo: Jo Bailey...

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