home: trend [ colour block ]

home: trend [ colour block ]

Colour block – a trend that comes and goes across the interiors world but with the abundance of strong products on the current market, it’s definitely sticking around for now, is proving popular and is an easy look to achieve and evolve with homewares through the changing season – refreshing with different cushions, throws or artwork. Plus it’s also easy to update with a fresh coat of paint on a single wall.

It’s about picking a few strong colours that sit well together and emphasising with accessories in the same tone. For example -A bright yellow wall, a green sofa with green cushions and then dashes of orange in the curtains or rug. Keep patterns to a minimum and break up with lots of white and wood to ensure the few colours stand out strong and bold.

This trend is really aided by the great selection of bold coloured modern silhouette sofas currently filling high street homeware stores. Head to Made, John Lewis or Ikea for a range of affordable options. There are great options in the perfect colours of the year – emerald greens, mustards and deep rich blues.

Guide to products (main image)

Top row

chair, Made £149 / paint, Wickes £12 / cushion, Heals from £39

Middle row

curtains, Dunelm from £30 / chair, Anthropologie £398 / cushion, Sainsburys

Bottom row

sofa, Maisons Du Monde £394 / rug, Amara £89 / set of bottles, Made In Design £223

home: trend [ native ]

home: trend [ native ]

A new trend appearing for AW 16/17 is Native; a mix of craft, nomadic influences and natural tones alongside strong pattern and print on soft furnishings and furniture. Patterns to look out for a zig zag, arrows and contemporary Aztec. 

Colour plays a big role with statement rugs and throw bringing a room to life. Perhaps look at macrame wall hanging to bring texture and interest to a space, mixing it alongside prints and artwork to create a feature wall.

Inspiration for this trend also comes from animals and Native American illustrations looking to the past but with a modern twist and construction, antlers and sheep skulls work brilliantly. This trend is about creating a cosy and homely feel to a room. Warmth comes from heavy knitted & fur throws, vibrant printed rugs and cushions and if you are feeling brave go for a statement armchair or sofa in a strong pattern. All these elements bring the look together, even in an already white or nuetral room. 

The slightly rustic feel continues with hand crafted pieces in lighting, with illustrated furniture a key look. Solid units softened with pattern and colour in panels really help bring this look together. Pick and choose how far you want to go with the native trend, small details can go a long way so no need to over clutter. 


1.Light – grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £165 ]

2. Rug – habitat.co.uk [ £96 ]

3. Cushion cover – hm.com [ £7.99 ]

4. Teepee – mollymeg.com [ £129 ]

5. Arrow handle – rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £6.50 ]

6. Media unit – swooneditions.com [ £269 ]

7. Dream catcher – miafleur.com [ £26.95 ]

8. Wallpaper – fermliving.com [ £65 ]

9. Throw – rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £160 ]