With a little reinterpretation of the strength of wildness of the 1970s this trend is a contemporary take on the clashing patterns, natural textiles, pattern mixing of the original look.
Bring together the organic feel of natural homewares including wicker, macrame, wood, jute and brick with the richness of burnt oranges, purples and brown. Use fabrics like velvets in sofas, weaves for walk hangings, hides and fluffy afghans in rugs and cushions and mix with earthy tones and metallics in the lighting, ceramics and sculptures.
It’s with the wall and floor covering that this trend really gains strength. Introduce wood panelling effect walls, real exposed stone walls, textured giant wall hangings of rich colour themes and the key to this trend – lots of indoor planting. Use great house plants with super architectural leaves and layer up with small hanging plants in plant hangers and also wooden and woven planters.
Mirrors have always appealed as a functional item yet able to fit into a room decoratively. A big trend at the moment is the hanging mirror, but as popularity grows so does the price.
[ We have a full trend post coming up next month showing some of the best mirrors around ]
Until then we have found some great tutorials to create your very own hanging mirror. To get a modern look pick leather as the hanging element – head to ebay to pick up strips in varying colours or why not try a leather belt.
Very simply you can use an existing round mirror or buy a standard wooden framed mirror. [ We found a couple at argos.co.uk for £50 and next.co.uk for £40 ]
With some additions of a few tools and metal tacks you can create an individual piece for any room.
We are partial to a concrete accessory or two around the home, so this storage jar from Rose & Grey is a winner in our eyes.
The simple design is contemporary as well as practical and would sit perfectly in a kitchen for storing foods such as coffee or pasta, alternatively it will look great as a decorative object on a shelf or unit, sat with other pots or vases.
Back for it’s seventh year, Clerkenwell Design Week runs over three days and is full of exibitions, workshops and talks. See some of the best furniture, lighting and product design from the UK and globally.
‘Clerkenwell is home to more creative businesses and architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet, making it truly one of the most important design hubs in the world. To celebrate this rich and diverse community, Clerkenwell Design Week has created a showcase of leading UK and international brands and companies presented in a series of showroom events, exhibitions and special installations that take place across the area.’
Tickets are free – register online for access to all the events.
Another bright and vibrant trend for SS16 is ‘Energise’ – full of colour and fun.
Focus is on combining heavily printed ceramics and soft furnishings with strong statement furniture. Clash zesty yellows, orange and greens creating an explosion of tones.
Keep walls light and bring in colour with strong artwork and accessories like vases and pots.
Look for interesting detail with rope and leather on lighting, mirrors and accessories.