home: trend [ finish it in black ]

home: trend [ finish it in black ]

As more and more people are turning to dark interiors for inspiration Black is becoming a popular choice whem accessorising a room. Whether its small accessories like vases and ornaments, tables and chairs or wall coverings and paint, black is the shade of choice.

Mix high gloss with matte finishes to create tone and collect a selection of black items to display in one space.

Layered black [ image from pinterest ]

The kitchen is a great place to introduce black as there are so many surfaces to play with as well as including electricals, tableware and cutlery. Of course mix with white for a more monochrome feel or combine with dark wood, copper or brass additions.

Combining different finishes [ image from pinterest ]

If you are daring enough, and there is no reason why you shouldn’t be go full on black throughout a room. This especially works well in a bedroom, where most of the time you spend in there is in the dark anyway. Going dark creates a cosy space and doesn’t always – as a lot of people expect -make a room feel smaller. 

Guide:

1. Rattan chair from rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £195 ]

2. Vanity mirror from futureandfound.com [ £39 ]

3. Ceiling light from habitat.co.uk [ £55 ]

4. Lamp shade from made.com [ £29 ]

5. Desk from westelm.co.uk [ £399 ]

6. Smeg fridge freezer from johnlewis.com [ £1999 ]

7. Armchair from ikea.com [ £190 ]

8. Vase from hm.com [ £17.99 ]

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home: trend [ dark kitchens ] 

home: trend [ dark kitchens ]

In between the love for white minimal and Scandinavian pops of colour, the strong trend for dark tones within the kitchen is a beautiful stylish style direction to head in. 

Choosing between dark cabinets, counters, wall tiling, floor covering or all of the above creates a deep rich interior – a modern look for a home. 

Ikea // dark kitchen cabinet doors

Bringing together a lot of dark tones (greys and blacks) is a bold move but it pays off. Although high lighting with colour or white is also a great look. Intersperse dark cabinets with white tiling or use a paler paint or  flooring to soften the darkness. 

Tiles / Victoria Plumbing • Cabinets / Ikea • Floor Tiles / Terrazzo Tiles • Cabinet Doors / Ikea •

For accessories, using other on-trend colours of the moment including metallics, blushes and pastels or light greys will really add to the look. 

Tray / Mia Fleur • Tin Boxes / Ferm Living • Kitchen Utensils / Studio • Enamel Jug / Smug •

Across the high street big brands and smaller independent brands, seek out well chosen kitchenalia, ceramics, equipment and utensils to compliment the look. 

Shopping guide: 

Victoria Plumbing / Ikea / Terrazzo Tiles / Mia Fleur / Smug / Studio / Ferm Living 

home: trend [ greys ] 

home: trend [ greys ] 

Continuing to be a strong trend for 2017, grey is a familiar safe option for interiors that is flexible and adaptable to your taste and style. It’s a modern neutral colour and especially when the lighter tones are used, it’s easy to compliment and create a homely interior. Although, those braver can make incredible design statements using the darker, richer tones and layering up shades of grey can be very effective. 

Visit Pinterest, and great sites like ApartmentTherapy.com for inspirational guides. 

Importantly your shades have to sit next to each other. With greys coming in warm, cool and varying Pantones, it’s worth having material swatches or paint samples when choosing pieces for a room. 

A good base is to start with a wall colour and the main piece of furniture – like the sofa. 

We love the (pictured above) Made.com Scott sofa (£999) matched with Farrow + Ball Railings almost pitch black grey. To this you can build on with soft furnishings, maybe using highlights of a blush pink or copper. For a clean, less bold approach use lots of white with grey to lighten and soften the look. 


Above : choosing your shade of grey 

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(Top image guide)

Clockwise from left :

Chair / Louis from Maison Du Monde £209 

Wallpaper / Fiori from Cole & Son £90 

Lamp / Lyss from Habitat £20 

Armchair / Orson from Made.Com £349 

Cushions / from a selection at Next 

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Sources / Pinterest • ApartmentTherapy • and styling by Marie Ramse 

home: trend [ navy ] 

home: trend [ navy ] 

As much as we are currently loving greys in interiors; shades of navy (inks, twilights, midnight and denim tones) are having a huge surge in popularity due to how flexible they are to introduce to an interior. With many complimentary and high light colours that can be used, navy works so well in different strengths depending on how bold the look you wish to go for. 

We love fully embracing the dark side and including all wood work and ceilings, when painting, to create a dramatic strong look. However, navy can work equally well as a feature wall with bright white wood work and lots of complimentary colours in the soft furnishings and accessories. 


Across stores, navy is coming through strong in luxurious fabrics like velvet, suede and silk for soft furnishings and it’s a opulent colour for sofas, armchairs and curtains. 

As a colour it can sit with jewel tones (on trend colours including jade, teal, plum and magenta), works well with ever-popular metallics (copper, bronze and gold) and can compliment orange, blush pink and forest green. 

1 Love Seat Arm Chair / £325 George at Asda 

2 Midnight Blue Paint / from £13 Homebase 

3 Kitsch Chairs / £79 (pair) Made 

4 Drawing Room Blue Paint / £43.50 Farrow + Ball 

5 Cushion / £14 Red Bubble 

6 Cavendish Cushion / £50 John Lewis 

7 Conner Sofa / £799 Made 

8 Binx Vase / £50 Habitat 

9 Zen Rug / £29.99 Wayfair