Interior design


Pantone have announced their colour of the year 2019 as ‘Living Coral’. This vibrant and warm colour with a peachy orangey hue has inspired all kinds of interior design ideas for the up and coming year. We’ve put together some some of the ways in which you can inject the colour of the year into your home, so that you can find the best way keep your space up to date with the trendiest colour pallette.


Chair and table

This chair and table is a wonderful way of injecting brightness into your furniture. It would look especially good in your garden on a sunny day against the backdrop of some vibrant green grass.

Coral wallpaper

If you’re searching for a more prominent way of having ‘Living Coral’ in your home – look no further. This environmentally friendly wallpaper has a straight match pattern meaning it’s easy to measure out the width. You’ll start by putting it on 1 wall and then end up with this shade on all 4…

Hanging pendant light

This lampshade is a more delicate alternative to the vibrant and eye catching ‘Living Coral’. Should you want to introduce these pinky orangey hues into your colour scheme but have them toned down for the time being – this gorgeous pendant lamp will satisfy your colour craving.

Roman blinds

This roman blind is a great match to Pantone’s colour of the year. We love the balance of the transparent and opaque colours on the body and rimming of the blind. It even seems as if this colour scheme is the perfect combination of reds and pinks and would create ‘Living Coral’ when mixed together.

Toilet pedestal

Gone are the days of plain white and grey bathrooms. Be bold to add a splash of colour where you can for some added vibrancy to your bathroom. We’d suggest starting with something along the lines of toilet pedestals as they are a great non-committal way of doing it.

Vibrant toilet seat

Give your bathroom a trendy makeover with this tropical patterned toilet seat. Pair it in your bathroom with some real life palm leaves, and see your corner of the jungle come to life!

Indoor herb garden

If you’re a foodie, plant-fanatic or simply love the environment, you’ll love having an indoor herb garden in your home. If you’re not sure on how to get started, check out our guide on how to grow an indoor herb garden.

Patterned wallpaper

For those with a super stylish nature, take a look at this coral wallpaper which is patterned with subtle metallic flamingoes. This would go perfectly with a vintage style room paired with antiques – ‘Living Coral’ really is versatile!


We hope you picked up some inspiration on how to incorporate Pantone’s colour of the year into your home in a way which suits you. It’s beautiful vibrancy can be added to your space in so many different ways, so don’t hesitate to bring out the brightness in 2019 and start it off with a bang!


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Here’s the heads-up on the top 10 hottest interior design trends of the upcoming year so that you can be prepared and in the loop of what to expect in 2019. This post will help you plan ahead on how you can incorporate these into your space and give you an idea on the kind of things you’ll be seeing in all the interior magazines and catalogues. You saw it here first!

Scalloped furniture

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A huge trend this year is the scalloped edge. You’ll be seeing this design all over interior magazines and catalogues due to it’s elegant ability to fit in with both modern and 70s feel that everyone is excited about at the moment. This elegant design would fit in easily with so many home designs due to its simplicity and addition to the art deco feel. Bringing back rounded edges into interior design is looking big in 2019, not only with this particular design, but also with rounded back chairs and carpets in the home which makes 2019 the year of the ‘curvy trend’.  



This ‘scalloped’ graphic pattern has also been adapted to lots of different surfaces all over the face of 2019’s interior design’s up and coming trends due to its original and eye catching nature. Similarly to the curved and scalloped edges which we see emerging, scales fall also into the ‘curvy trend’ that you’ll soon be seeing everywhere. It’s alternative name (when tiled) is ‘mermaid tiles’ – should you want to have a look for yourself!



Although this trend was still extremely apparent in 2018, it’s also heading head first into 2019 and not slowing down any time soon. People have been head over heels with velvet on everything including furniture, so it is a firm safe option if you’re afraid of short lived trends. It’s plush and cosy feel is too intriguing to re-sit.

Concrete bathrooms

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This super sleek design does not only provide you with lots of sleek space in your bathroom, concrete also provides a waterproof and durable surface to work with which is extremely easy to manage. This industrial-style trend fits in perfectly with the modern minimalist style but also leaves you the flexibility to layer and add accessories which will also go with it.

Dark kitchens


The emerging trend of darker toned kitchens is a sleek and sophisticated upgrade to the older greys and whites that have been found in kitchens of the past. Having a two tone kitchen like in the images above compliments the colour of your surface, making the whole appearance more minimal and muted. Along with this, not only are they easier to maintain, but they also deter from the plain cupboards and gives you more of a focus on the intricacies of your kitchen decor.

Brass taps


This trend is a more specific example of the emerging brass and gold tones that are becoming more and more apparent in interior design. Touches of this bright metal is an eye catching addition to what may be a cool toned or colour matched room which needs a bit of brightness. As shown, brass taps work beautifully in kitchens when complimenting darker or navy surfaces giving a new twist on a 90s classic due to a bit of mix and match.

Warm, blush and muted tones

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This trend has come along with the re emergence of the 70s/80s interior boom which we’ve been seeing lately. The influence of the era’s warmer tones have influenced the interior design world more and more, to the extent that 2019 will be the year of the orangey pinks, guaranteed! Although these colours could seem hard to incorporate, no need to worry – they also pair well with neutral colours and tones for a calming palette and are excellent at emphasising other colours which you can integrate into your space at your own pace.

70s trend

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This has been around for a while now and had taken a step back for a few years but is on the rise and heading straight for trendy interiors in 2019. You’ll see it in the form of sustic reds, oranges and beiges, carpeted wooden floors, rugs and plenty of fringing. What is great about this particular trend is that you have the freedom to layer and play around with it to see what works for you. Experiment with different colours, textures and shapes from the high street, online and even antique or thrift shops.


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Terrazzo is a confetti type looking pattern, made out of chips of marble, quartz, granite and glass which is set in cement or resin to appear playful and eye catching. Dating all the way back to mid-century design in Italy where it was used for flooring due to its durability (and a short comeback for flooring in the 70s)  – it’s here to show its face again 2019. And not just to be used for surfaces, these unique patterns are here for the new year in all sorts of different forms, not only as walls or surfaces but also as prints of shower curtains or even candle holders!

Matte surfaces

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The use of matte colours creates an incredibly sleek and sophisticated feel to your space which is modern and clean. It’s intriguing due to its silky smooth appearance and clean lines which can mostly be found in kitchen designs. Matte colours are now here to stay, in 2019 you’ll see much fewer white shiny and glossy finishes and more matt and powdery darker ones.


We hope you now have a better idea of what to expect in this coming years hottest interior design trends, if you’ve been inspired or use one of these trends in your own home, please let us know by tagging us or using the hashtag #manomanouk!



Home Renovation Tips on a Budget

Creative Room Dividers


It’s normal for us to get bored of the same old space we live in every day and will feel the need to switch it up every so often. In this blog post, you’ll find some simple yet creative options to divide up your space, giving you more freedom to move items around how YOU want!

We’ve pieced together a collection of some crazy room dividers to hopefully give you some inspiration to make some yourself!

Plant climber divider


This epic DIY involves an embedded planter for your room divider. You could do this either by  cutting a slit in your floor or simply by adding your own separate planter to your space, giving the same effect. Whatever works for you! Then, attach metal hooks to the floor and ceiling, making sure that they’re aligned. Thread rope through each pair, making sure that they are parallel, one after the other. Planting a climbing hydrangea vine would be the perfect addition for your climbing divider as it grows vertically very quickly once embedded and produces beautiful flowers even indoors. Make sure to give it lots of sun and water, and you’ll have a vertical plant divider in no time!

Compressing space divider


In this design, the window has been used as a light source to illuminate and give the illusion of a larger room. By merging the two rooms together, this designer has effectively disguised the shared space by breaking them up with the divider, implying that these are two seperate rooms in once space. What a way to maximise your living space!

Glass door divider


A less intrusive way of implementing a room divider is by using windows. This design is super sleek and modern, and would fit perfectly into a newly refurbished, sleek and modern interior. Incorporating sliding doors or windows into the room divider prevents it from splitting the room completely into parts and still leaves you freedom of movement.

Recycling old doors


Ever think you’d find a use for an old door? Here’s your answer. Take whatever old doors you have, attach some wheels and a few hinges to their sides and turn them quickly into a room divider. This option isn’t fixed at all, and is able to be moved around however you please. Whether you want a bit of privacy in a corner or completely split the room in half, this option lets you do both.

An atmospheric divider


Another DIY friendly divider is this fairy light branch design. Find yourself some pallet wood, some old branches from your garden and a cheap set of fairy lights to make this gorgeous and original divider. Piece the wood together in the same frame as you would with a door, stick on your branches with some adhesive and once dried wrap around some fairy lights, and there you have it!

Hang a frame


This design would fit in perfectly with a space which has an antique-y feel to it. If you are a fan of vintage finds and artistic pieces, then this one’s for you! Should you be able to get your hands on a large frame, it can easily be hung as a divider which does the job once installed. Not only could you place inside one of your favourite artistic pieces, but also a mirror, or even some beautiful patterned wallpaper.

Multipurpose divider


This simple screen room divider has been upscaled to give it multi functionality. Attaching tight strips of fabric to your screen will permit you to attach light scale items to it such as magazines, newspapers and paper reminders. You could even leave sweet messages around for your loved ones!


We hope you’ve taken some inspiration from us and now have a clearer vision of how you can fit a room divider into your own space. If you make a divider of your own, don’t forget to share it with us with the hashtag #ManoManoUK!


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How to Decorate Your Rental Home


If you have a passion for renovation and design and want to curate the space you live in, this doesn’t tend to be very straight forward if you live in a rental home. Here are some ideas on how to updo your space and still get your rental deposit back!

Change light fixtures 


Mixing up a simple light shade with your preferred colour or design can quickly transform the appearance of your space. Experiment with the idea by upgrading from a side lamp to a de-light-ful pendant for a more dramatic effect.


Switch up (literally) your usual switch lights to dimmers without affecting your landlord’s light system. Simply replacing a simple plastic light cover to a sleek metallic dimmer makes all the difference. It’s the little things that make it your own. Plus, who doesn’t love a bit of mood lighting?



Adding layering to your space not only gives a personalised touch, but also a lot of character. Choosing deep hued rugs warms up the room and matches with a wide variety of other shades. You may not be able to install carpet over wood, but who said you couldn’t get a wall to wall rug instead?

Patterned cushions or drapes


Should you not be allowed to add pattern to your space with wallpaper, we present to you an easy alternative – replacing the curtain drapes. Mix and match whichever patterns you please, whether they go with your cushions or not – it’s your free reign!

Smart kitchen storage


Mounting storage such as kitchen cupboards are often not possible in rentals. Instead, make use of your unused wall space by creating a useful peg board to attach pots and pans. Essentially, a piece of art and storage area all in one! You’ll never misplace that strainer ever again. 😉

Indoor plants


No matter what kind of rental you have, as long as there’s a window you’ll be able to gift photosynthesis to some lucky plants. Treat a bit of greenery to a spot on your windowsill and you’re guaranteed to give yourself a more zen environment.

Lightweight bed headboard


When moving from one rental place to another, you would never forget to bring along a headboard, right? We understand that it’s that one piece of furniture everyone forgets about. So, whether you do or you don’t, adding your own headboard is a great way of adding a personal touch to what little space you do have control over. They’re not difficult to DIY at all, all you have to do is place it behind your bed, simple!

Vintage finds


Adding your favourite vintage finds gives charm to your rented space. You can find all sorts of antique designs and collectables from flea markets or antique shops without breaking the bank!

Shower curtain


If your landlord has a boring bathroom which has the usual plain and plastic feel from the majority of rentals, don’t be afraid to add a splash (ha) of colour with bold patterned shower curtain. A matching bath mat would be the cherry on top. 😉

Framed wallpaper


An alternative to getting out the plaster and sticking wallpaper onto the walls is by simply framing a pattern you love. This is the perfect solution for commitment-phobes who can’t make their minds on which pattern is best, whilst keeping your landlord’s peace of mind at the same time.

Hanging Artwork


Whether you already have a hole in the wall to work with or not, spruce up your walls with your own collected art that makes you, you! If you’re not able to hang framed art, use blu tack as an alternative for lighter materials. Ensure to be careful to not stick your piece onto recently painted walls as it can peel. Instead try sticking it to a concrete, wood or plastic surface for the best effect.



It’s certain that most people’s homes have mirrors – but why stop at one? Using mirrors in your space is a great design move for multiple reasons – they can create the illusion of a larger room, reflect light onto even the darkest of surfaces and can even frame as if they were art. Take a look at that!

Room dividers


Divide your given space however you want to by integrating a folding screen. It is an inexpensive and quick solution which is flexible to use either as a room divider or to give privacy to a corner of the room.


We hope you picked up some tips and tricks on how to updo the interior design on your rental home creatively whilst not worrying about your landlord. Renting doesn’t mean that your home has to be impersonal and dull, you can elevate and personalise it your way!


Here is some more inspiration to improve your interior space:


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Geometric shapes are super trendy at the moment, and what’s cooler than a giant 20-sided icosahedron hanging from your ceiling? If you want to create your own bespoke and very unique ceiling light, then this is the DIY for you.

Tools & materials:

Tape Measure
Table Saw
Digital Mitre Gauge
Wood Glue
Masking Tape
Ceiling Pendant

Cost, Duration and Difficulty:

We used free reclaimed wood for this project, however, should you need to buy wood, this project shouldn’t cost any more than around £15. The whole DIY took us no more than 2.5 hours to complete.

Step 1 – Cut Wood with an Angled Edge

For this project, we’re using some reclaimed wood, but you can use new planed wood if you choose. You want your wood to be around 1cm thick by 2cm width and you will need around 10m of this.

The first step is to put an angled edge onto one side of your wood. Using a digital mitre gauge, set the blade on your table saw to a 68.7degrees tilt with your fence 1cm away from the blade. You can then cut your wood lengthways along this set-up to add that angled edge.

Once you’ve done this, the side profile of your wood should look like this:

Step 2 – Cut 30º Angles on Either End

Now your lengths of wood have an angled edge on them, you’ll then want to cut them up into smaller pieces with a 30º cut on each end. These small pieces of timber will form a triangle when aligned together.

To do this, set your table saw mitre gauge to the 60º position and align your wood so the angled edge is on the far side away from the blade. Cut one angle and then flip your wood around and make the same cut in the opposite direction around 15cm down.

If you’ve cut these correctly the bevelled edge you added in step 1 should be on the longest side. You will need 60 individual pieces of these and they look like this:

Step 3 – Glue Wood into Individual Triangles

Now you have all your pieces, you can go ahead and begin to assemble the icosahedron shape. This is made up for 20 triangular sides so you will need to create 20 individual triangles. To do this, use some wood glue along each of the 30º cuts and firmly push together, wiping away any excess glue.

We recommend leaving this for a minimum of 24hours before moving onto the next step.

Step 4 – Glue Triangles Together

Once your triangles have dried, all you need to do is assemble them together. Apply some wood glue to the edges and push the triangles together. The angled edge you added in step 1 should ensure the shape begins to ‘close in’ as you do this.

You’ll want to wrap each glued edge in masking tape whilst it dries and we recommend only glueing 5 triangles together at one time to make sure it doesn’t become ‘too heavy’. Once they’ve dried, you can continue and add more.

Once you’ve glued all 20 sides together, it should now look like this:

Step 6 – Creating the Pendant Fitting

Now we have the shape fully built, we just need to turn it into a light fitting. To do this, we’ll need to be able to secure a pendant fitting into the centre on the icosahedron shape we’ve just made.

Cut a solid triangle shape from a thin piece of plywood. This should be the same size as one one of the triangles on its smallest side. Drill a hole through the centre of this, and cut the triangle into two pieces.


Step 7 – Attach Pendant Fitting

Slot the pendant through one of the triangles of the icosahedron shape so it’s positioned in the centre. Apply some wood glue to each piece to triangle you just cut and glue this to the inside of the same triangle. The hole in the triangle should slot around the cable of the pendant. Once this has dried, the pendant fitting will rest on this triangle when it’s secured to the ceiling.


Step 8 – Fit to Ceiling and Enjoy!

Now all you need to do is fit the light to a ceiling and enjoy your bespoke and unique geometric creation!


This article was written by Kerry, who’s blog you can find at kezzabeth.co.uk. Kerry is a DIY blogger who shares inspiration for home renovation, interior design and hacks for those on a budget!



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