Now that the dust has settled on the New Year celebrations it’s time to start planning some serious projects for the months ahead and for many that means a little bit of DIY and decorating!

To help you get in touch with your inner interior designer we’re taking a little look at some of the big décor trends of the year and sharing a few tips on how you can transfer them onto canvas to create an instant update for your home.

Make a marsala montage

Every year design experts Pantone select their colour of the year and this year the favourite shade is marsala red – a rich, fruity, earthy colour. In the words of Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director at the Pantone Color Institute: “Marsala is a subtly seductive shade, one that draws us in to its embracing warmth.” You can read more about their interpretation of the hue and how it can be used in your home here, but we particularly like the idea of using marsala as an accent colour in accessories or wall art. Aside from photographing thirst-inducing glasses of marsala wine, you might want to take inspiration from Pantone’s own photoshoot and focus on foods and forest items.

Get to grips with graphics

We’re always banging on about creating your own layered graphic pics with photos and quotes via Instagram, but this coming season there’s something a little special about tessellating. Why not create your own graphic design with paint, pen or pencil or get creative in photoshop to create your own unique artwork that you can transfer to canvas without the mess.

Mix your metals

The big industrial trend of 2014 is continuing to linger everywhere from city loft apartments through to restaurants and kitchens.  You might not want to capture exposed brickwork on canvas but you could use photography to conduct a study in the textures of brushed metals, to explore the wonders of wired lighting or to display the best architecture of the industrial age. These are all great ways to tap into the trend without putting on your overalls!

Be bold with botanics

While 2014 saw more than a touch of the tropical invade fashion and soft furnishing prints, 2015 takes a slightly more subdued approach to flora and fauna, with shrubbery well represented on everything form cushions to carry bags. Bring the outdoors into your home with your own leafy photos transferred onto custom canvas prints and explore colour, texture and light. Don’t forget to take a peek at our tips on capturing flora and fauna.

Do you have any DIY projects planned? Do you build your décor around your artwork or vice versa? Whether it’s your focal point or a finishing touch we think canvas prints are a great way to give your home it’s own distinct decorative look.