Having rugs in the home is nothing new, but consider how you pick and use your rugs and the potential you have in using them. This year the focus is on layering, mixing pattern and textures to create a cosy curated room.
Layer two or three rugs together, either directly on top of one another if different sizes or overlap them to create a disjointed look. Regardless of how you choose to lay them, be sure to have interest in the patterns and texture.
Throw a sheepskin or high pile woolen kilim rug over the top of a jute rug for extreme texture. For a bohemian feel mix flatwoven patterned rugs or if you have a nuetral room opt for a couple of geometric prints.
Choose colours that compliment each other and prints that contrast, trying to make sure they are not so similar. You want it to be obvious that there is more than one rug being used.
Floral prints are always a popular choice, especially around this time of year. Spring brings flowers and colour which in turn brings joy and positivity into our lives. This is then replicated in the home with our interior choices. This year its the same, although now the prints are bolder, bigger and more colourful.
Florals have often felt quite old fashioned and it can be difficult to know how to use them in the home. A great place to start is with soft furnishings; cushions and rugs in a distictive pattern mixed with more plain colours help bring this trend in a subtle way. Mix different floral prints together for a bolder look or with other patterns like stripes and geometric [ see previous trend post floral x geo ].
Large floral images look great framed as pieces of art, and just having a few of these around the home or placed together on a wall can create a subtle nod or full on statement to this trend. Go even more bold with a mural wallpaper or an allover patterned sofa. The wall becomes a piece of art on a larger scale and can bing drama to a room and a floral sofa is fun and quirky, making all your guests smile when they enter the room. Go one step further and match your sofa with the wallpaper, for a full on statement.
However much floral you fancy investing in, remember it can be young and cool and no longer Mumsy, so enjoy it.
Going faux is as popular as ever and with some great looks and finishes, being both practical and realistic there is no reason not to try it.
Whether it’s a cowhide printed sofa or a faux leather chair the options of faking it have increased. Faux flowers and plants have had a massive resurgence in the last couple of years. The realistic finish has improved massively and you would most definetly be making a investment.
People are looking for long lasting homeware that tick all the boxes of functionality, style and sustainability.
If you are dreaming of a wood panelled or red brick wall then now you can with wallpapers and faux panels. Abigail Ahern has a fab collection of textured wall panels. Choose from stone, slate or brick, or head to Rockett St George for gorgeous wallpapers to fake the look.
Engineered quartz makes a strong contender to marble when considerimg worktop finishes. It’s said to have better heat resistance and withstand acidic food better than Carrara marble.
Often these faux versions are cheaper than the real thing, and with some great examples in stores, you might start to question what’s real and what isn’t.
Last year we saw a lot of floral and tropical prints on soft furnishings and in art, as well as geometric pattern continuing to be a popular choice. This year sees the two prints combined creating a clashing mix of colour, pattern and style.
Larger more bold florals are appearing on wallpapers and bed linens. Layer this up with geometric soft furnishings and accessories.
A great place to start is with a statement wallpaper, combined with plain furniture and then accessorized with geo pattern. Fill the walls with art, either more floral or geo inspired. The more it clashes the better.
Brass and copper tones work great when considering smaller pieces of furniture. A glass or marble topped coffee table or side table will help bring this trend together. Its very over the top and works best with darker interiors.
You can go big, or small with this trend. Keep it more subtle on bedding or perhaps a couple of floral cushions on a sofa combined with a geometric rug for example.
La Redoute have a good track record in having gorgeous designs in their rug department that are very popular with customers and with the reasonable prices (and regular discount codes) there’s always a good reason to update a room with a new rug.
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