1 "Do consider grass cloth on walls. There are so many colours and finishes (matte and iridescent) available. Plus, they make a room feel cosy and quieter," says Samantha Pynn, Pure Design host, creative director and Style at Home contributing design editor.
2 "Do mix organic furnishings and accessories like reclaimed wood tables, linen upholstery and drapes with touches of glamour, curvy furniture, silk pillows, gold or bronzed finished hardware, and anything that sparkles!" says Samantha.
3 "Do find some fun fabrics for toss pillows. Right now, I'm right loving Rubie Green's pink zig zag print!" says Lindsay Stephenson, owner and designer of pennypeople.com, a custom-stationery e-tailer.
4 "Do work colour into a room. I feel as though the trend of all white rooms is passing, and I think people are craving colour and vibrancy now more than ever," says Lindsay.
5 Do go for oversize ranges. Style forecaster Trendhunter Magazine has noticed the emerging trend of "hippo" sized ovens, like that made by Brasil's Brastemp. IKEA has also introduced the extra-large range Datid Pro D50 AN in sleek black to North America.
6 "Do add a splash of bright yellow," suggests Heather Draper, principal designer and co-owner of Bespoke Design in Victoria.
7 "Do add some stylish lamps and avoid overhead lighting," says Heather.
8 Do go for the strong graphics we'll be seeing this year, adds Heather, but limit them to one item.