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Interior Design

Get the look – Contrasting Colours

One of the biggest interior trends forecasted for this year was abstract energy. If you’re trying to work this into your home this season, let our show home at Cable Wharf, Northfleet serve as inspiration.

With its contrasting colour scheme, oversized accessories and complementary artwork, this look brings together elegance and character, while being bang on trend. Read on to find out how to recreate this look in your home either whether you’re on a budget or wanting to flash the cash.  



Show home at Cable Wharf, Northfleet.



Dining Table

The dining table is an essential part of the room and sets the tone before you even think about adding any décor. The rectangular shape complements the abstract artwork on the wall and contrasts with the soft edges on the light fitting, chairs and candlesticks.




You could always get thrifty and find a rectangular dining table in any colour, and sand and paint it black for an original piece. If that’s not really your scene, this one is just £59 from Dunelm




For a pricier alternative, this table from Wayfair comes with the option to extend for more room when guests come over, and is priced at £459.99. 




The dining chairs offset the colour scheme, establishing cobalt blue as the dominant shade and the velvet material taps into another big trend from this year, serving up a plush and luxury feel.




Depending on your dining space, you might want to buy just two, three or four chairs to reduce the cost even further. This set of two from Furniture123 comes in at £129.97.




If you want to spend a little more to gain some extra detail, this set of two from Next includes a quilted effect on the backrest and costs £224. 



Light Fitting

The pendant light is a bold and contemporary addition to the look of the room that is sure to emphasise the atmosphere and add to the slightly gothic theme brought by the additional black accessories.





This metal hanging light with a gloss black finish is £26.99 from Wayfair.





This striking pendant lamp oozes elegance with a matte black finish and is available for £522.90 from




The prints piece all the colours of the room together and provide an interesting focal point whether they are framed or on a canvas. The stripes aren’t essential, abstract art is all about varying shape and form and is always down to personal taste, but we’ve picked out a similar style that you might like the look of.




To save costs, you could buy a smaller sized print. The design will still act as a focal point, but it means you can spend money on a few more accessories to complement it. This canvas is £25.99 from Wayfair.





The larger size is £97.99, also from Wayfair.




The chunky black candlesticks are an eye-catching centre piece for the table, and contrast well with the playful pink on the runner. They tie in well with the other black features in the room and provide an overriding atmosphere that’s sure to get your guests talking.



This almost perfect match is just £7 from IKEA.



To add some finer detail to your table, this turned candlestick from Next has a wood effect finish and is £22.



Total look cost:


Save: £248.95

Spend: £1326.88

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