home: trend [ colour clash ]
With any trend you can take elements of what you like and create the looks in individual rooms. This week’s trend focuses on vibrant colour and pattern. Take inspiration at whatever level and transform a room into an array of bold tones and print.
This trend is all about being a maxamilist and being brave on your choices. Mix florals with stripes, bright pink with green, leopard print and yellow.
If you don’t want to go for this look in the whole room then why not try throwing lots of colour on a picture wall or maybe find a corner you can experiment in with ab armchair and soft furnishings.
Embrace the colour this year!
Clockwise from top left:
Lampshade / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £30 ], cabinet / made.com [ £199 ], wall mural / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ from £195 ], footstool / audenza.com [ £76 ], curtains / johnlewis.com [ from £80 ], vase / laredoute.co.uk [ £37.95 ], chest of drawers / oliverbonas.com [ £795 ], sofa / anthropologie.com [ £1298 ]
home: trend [ open furniture ]
Having everything on display isn’t everyone’s idea of ease and open furniture certainly makes you busy with tidying but it’s also a great way to keep on top on buying excess clothing or homeware, to make you more organised and aware of what you own but also can allow you to use your everyday possessions as part of your display.
Colour blend your clothing, arrange books by colour or ensure all your nicknacks are similar style and trend to create a feature using your open furniture – either shelving, cabinet or wardrobe.
Glass doors can be a handy compromise to get the look and feel of open furniture but ensure things are kept clean and dust free!
Work with colour on the wall behind your storage. Dark tones together are particularly effective to create a slick interior design look but bright contrasting tones can really make what’s on the shelving stand out.
Content by Terence Conran Balance Metal Alcove Shelving Unit £499 John Lewis / clothes rack £72.99 Wayfair / Hemnes wardrobe £150 Ikea
Rustic industrial shelving £42.95 Melody Maison / Metal Locker Shelf £239 (sale price) Tikamoon / Wine Rack Cabinet £309.99 Yorkshire Furniture
Locker Shelf £99.95 Nkuku / Wall Storage £901 Tylko / Box Shelf £35.00 Garden Trading
home: trend [ organic ceramics ]
With an increased interest in handmade home accessories, this season we are seeing a lot more of this look in ceramics. Of course we know that some will not be handmade, but we are able to get the look, with uneven edges, organic shapes and engraving.
We are seeing subtle textures embossed onto vases and pots, engraved lines and even rattan decorated.
Colours are very nuetral, with stone, white, terracotta and black. Mix different styles and colours together for a curated look, and of course get your pops of colour this Spring with flowers and greenery.
embosed vase – £18 / made.com, rattan decorative bottle – £29.99 / zarahome.com, bud vase – £30 / habitat.co.uk
table lamp – £179 / westelm.co.uk, vase – £60 / rockettstgeorge.co.uk, vase – £16 / anthropologie.com
engraved vase – £18 / hurnandhurn.com, vase – £26 / grahamandgreen.co.uk, ceramic pot – £45.95 / trouva.com
home: trend [ maritime ]
The new ‘maritime’ trend has a far softer and subtle feel than nautical trends of the past.
Still with a feel of being in and around the sea coast but through textures, colours, patterns and imprints as opposed to more obvious use of rope, anchors and red, blue and white.
The colours are washed out blues, sandy beiges, dirty whites and with metallic hints to give an edge of boat engines, rusty hand rails and anchor chains and using natural weave in rugs, runners and chair seats; as a nod to sailors rope.
There’s much layering in textures and fabrics, with patterns of stripe, weave and linear illustration alike to shell patterns.
Add in collected nicknacks from travels, clusters of vases and stick to natural fabrics and surfaces – wood, wicker, bamboo, cotton, wool and silk.
Main picture guide:
Stool £45 Trouva / Paint from £23 Wickes / Rug £299 La Redoute
Sofa £1445 Loaf / Vase / EBay / Sideboard £651 Turnball & Thomas
Vase £18 Plumo / Light £88.45 More Handles / Curtain £88 Anthropologie
Inspiration from Ikea (above)
home: trend [ woven furniture ]
This last year has seen a massive resergence in 70s inspired rattan furniture. A boho feel, with a relaxed vibe was seen everywhere, and is still very much a popular choice.
This year we are seeing a lot more woven furniture incorporating Japanese influences. The pale wood tones are being mixed with black for a more striking look. This can be seen on cabinets and screens, again with Japanese influences.
The fine weave we are seeing creates a lovely pattern and texture on table tops and door fronts, perfect for a statement piece. Don’t go overboard with this, as the more stripped back the better. Let the furniture do the talking, so just invest in one or two items to tie into your space.
Clockwise from top left
Coffee table / hm.com [ £99.99 ]
Screen / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £400 ]
Wardrobe / made.com [ £699 ]
Dining chair / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £265 ]
Table lamp / dunelm.co.uk [ £42 ]
Bed / frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk [ £1095 ]
Cabinet / laredoute.co.uk [ £655 ]
home: trend [ crittal windows ]
The look of slim profile, notably black, aluminium window frames, often broken down into small panes of glass, are based on the beautiful and historic ‘Crittall’ windows.
It’s an elegant stylish look. It allows a lot of light to flow yet still acts as a screening with the framework.
It’s also a look that can be used internally – double doors between rooms, doors that can allow more light into a darker room or even shower screens.
Crittal Windows Ltd is a notable English manufacturer of steel-framed windows, today based in Witham, Essex, close to its historic roots in the county.
Originally developed in 1884 by Essex ironmonger Francis Henry Crittall, they were first manufactured in the UK in 1889. Only windows made by Crittall Windows Limited can legally be called Critall. However, rightly or wrongly, the term is often used in a general way to refer to black steel-framed windows
There are many brands doing in-the-style-of Crittall. Crittall is the best and authentic to get the perfect look of these windows but it is an expensive product and using it her companies producing a similar look is often a far more cost effective way of achieving the look on a lower budget.
Companies including The Heritage Window Company and Bespoke Glazing Design Ltd supply actual Crittall windows as well as other aluminium styles and come with excellent reviews.
home: trend [ soft botanicals ]
Gentle soft palette, bringing the outdoors in and layering botanical patterns but breaking up with stretches of plain pale colours to stop it becoming too busy.
Use light mustards, greens, mauves and white together with botanical pale prints.
This look is calming and beautiful for a bedroom or lounge.
Add to this look with mango wood, rattan or white painted wood furniture. It’s a great idea to search eBay or furniture charity shops for pieces to suit the look, but Urban Outfitters, La Redoute and Maison Du Monde all have vintage style rattan and wood options.
Available across the high street and quite a timeless trend.
Bedding from £20 John Lewis / Wallpaper £125 BlueBellGray / Armchair £235.84 Choice Furniture Superstore
Rug £323 Rugvista / Wallpaper (mulberry) £19.99 House Of Fraser / Daybed £405 La Redoute
Paint (India Yellow) Farrow & Ball at B&Q / Curtains from £80 Dunelm / Cushion £15 Trouva