If you are tired of your dull surroundings but cannot afford to give your home a complete summer makeover, adding a few new imaginatively designed pieces of furniture and some carefully selected accessories may be the answer - and Horizon Plaza the place. Horizon Plaza in Ap Lei Chau has a wealth of outlets specialising in furnishings to brighten up your home, and they are all under one roof. At Indigo Living, the collections are a mix of luxury and affordability. A sofa by Natuzzi from Italy, for example, is given a modern twist with a stark white palette, tweaked legs and updated finer details. Natuzzi's cabinets have a modern, sophisticated look, thanks to the combination of such exotic materials as mango and coconut shell turned into a rich mosaic. Indigo group merchandising manager Jo Allott said: 'Inspired by the ever-changing spectrum of light throughout the day, we have used vibrant colours as part of our accessories collection and used botanical silhouettes as prints on textiles. 'Simplicity is the key - the essence of the products lies in the shapes, colours and the materials rather than in intricate details.' Reinvented classic designs offered a more sensual take on tradition and were more relevant to the way people lived today, she said. In the furniture collection, the emphasis is on fusing classic pieces with clean modern shapes, while the focus in accessories is on understated elegance with silver accents. For summer, Indigo has developed a range of vintage and contemporary products and reinvented classics. 'Our colour range, with flashes of orange, pink and purple, is a sure way to enliven any area, indoor or out for summer,' Ms Allott said. Indigo has an extensive accessories range often featuring unusual materials. The picture frames and decorative globes in the vintage and black-and-white collections use bone and horn, and there are etched glass flutes refashioned from old Indian chandeliers. The range also includes leather watch cases, and a collection of high-end gourmet accessories for the table such as caviar scoops, Parmesan grinders and serving platters from Dutch designer Terry Deweer. For those looking for something exotic, there is the 25,000 sqft Shambala store, where you will find Tibetan rugs, collectibles from Nepal and Thailand, hardwood antiques from China and teak tables and beds from India and Indonesia. The shop has a good selection of affordable outdoor timber patio furniture. The recycled tables in a rustic design with 'bow-tie' wood joints are made of 80- to 100-year-old rosewood and blackwood railway sleepers from India. The teak beds come in eight classic styles with simple lines. They are solid enough to last a lifetime. Andy Robbins, merchant at the company, said: 'Our mission is to create peaceful Asian-style homes. We love wood, brass, stone and incense. At the end of a busy day, you can sink your toes into a deep luxurious Tibetan rug, lean against a Thai-silk triangle pillow, drink roasted tea at your opium coffee table and relax in your own private paradise.' Shambala's extensive Tibetan collection has more than 200 cabinets and trunks. It is easy to find decorating ideas at the shop's gift bazaar, stocked with a good array of exotic items such as solid brass nautical reproductions from Bombay, brightly woven handicrafts from Guatemala, silk flower centrepieces from Sri Lanka and Burmese baskets. A full selection of garden statuary from Burma and Cambodia is also eye-catching. If you are looking for something special for the floors of your dream home, Shah Carpets Palace on the 20th floor of Horizon Plaza offers some inspiration. Owner Haider Shan said that the Persian carpets gallery had been dealing in hand-knotted carpets in Hong Kong for the past 35 years. 'We deal in fine carpets from around the world including Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Central Asia and many other places.' There is a great selection of woollen and silk carpets, rugs, kilims and runners. For the summer, the store has collected a variety of contemporary and tribal rugs made of 100 per cent hand-spun wool in natural colours. The well-knotted carpets vary in size, with the smaller ones at 60x90cm and the larger ones at 3x4 metres. The designs follow the lines and arabesques found in Islamic architecture. Carpet cleaning can be a headache for most people. Shah Carpets Palace's advice is to clean stains fast, as most spillage can be removed if you act quickly. Use a spoon to remove as much of any spilt liquid as possible but do not press down on the carpet. Do not use a coloured paper towel or napkin to remove a liquid stain as the colour may pass through the towel to the carpet. Caution is needed in the use of spot removers, some of which are so strong they may remove the colour of the carpet.