home: trend [ statement ceilings ]
Turning the interior design world on its head, the new trend for statement ceilings is a brave new design step in putting creative thought on to an often forgotten surface – the ceiling.
Growing in popularity, following the style advice of creative forums like Pinterest and what’s in Vogue, we see various options and design processes being used to create a focal point of the ceiling instead of other more traditional areas that we make a feature like walls or floors.
We see tiles, wallpapers, stencilling and plaster (or faux) relief work, covering ceilings to bring interest to a room as well as often having benefits including allowing a space to feel lighter, taller, or even cosier depending on what is used.
Most of these ideas come from interiors of the past. Relief ceiling in plaster or wood feature (if they haven’t been ripped out) in the ceilings of grander properties from Edwardian, Victorian, Georgian and earlier houses; wood panelling or carving can be seen in the last few centuries but also in the twenties, thirties and forties; wood cladding has been popular since the midcentury and although fell out of favour in the last couple of decades it’s seen a resurgence in use for both a country cottage feel, beach house feel or the strongest design look – a midcentury modern design. A teak or walnut ceiling would have been used to lower and bring down a ceiling to emphasise the open plan so single level living with large glass windows synonymous with many properties of the 1950s and 1960s.
Now we also see tiles being used as a feature product to cover a ceiling. With brands like Rockett St George introducing tin tiles as a beautiful idea, having not been available in this country until recently, we now see other brands following suit.
But this new trend also gives rise to the DIY notion and gives a chance to get creative or crafty. Wood cladding is certainly an attainable level DIY project but also being creative with masking tape or stencils with paint is also a great idea – both cost effective and easy to do, plus can be changed at a later date to suit dates with no major cost issue – just a few coats of paint.
See our picture for ideas but also think out side of the box – swap the planned wall wallpaper to the ceiling or take the pattern from a piece of homeware in the room and transfer it to the ceiling!
home: trend [ animal adventure ]
Over the last few years we have seen animals featured heavily in home accessories and lighing, and this trend is continuing into 2020.
The more quirky the better in some opinions, but you can bring a little bit of animal into home in a less vibrant way. Think birds, safari – elephants, monkeys, zebras, as well as closer to home creatures like mice, squirrels and foxes.
Whatever your animal of choice, we recommend go bold. Pick that one piece that will turn heads and stand out in a room. Colours we have noticed popping up for this trend seem to be blues & greens.
Clock wise from top left:
Bear vase / hm.com [ £19.99 ], lamp / audenza.com [ £250 ], rabbit ornament / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £45 ], peacock head / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £120 ], zebra vase / grahamandgreen.co.uk [ £60 ], mouse lamp / johnlewis.com [ £63 ], elephant ornament / habitat.co.uk [ £25 ]
home: favourite thing [ chair ]
We love this simple dining chair from frenchconnection.com. The iron frame with leather seat creates a minimilist design and comes in two different styles.
The Capri chair will fit into most interiors and is a great outdoor option.
[ £160 & £180 ]
home: trend [ natural finishes ]
A big trend we are seeing this year and in particular this Summer, is natural finishes.
This stripped back look can be seen on tables, chairs, lighting & mirrors. Of course you probably don’t want to deck out your whole room in eveything pale wood, but just a few of these pieces will mix well together.
If you like a neutral colour pallete or earthy tones are your thing, this is where you can have the most fun. In a dining room a natural finished wooden dining table and chairs can look amazing against a dark green wall or black kitchen cabinets.
In a living room a wooden lampshade can be a lovely addition. The light is often softened and it will certainly be a focal point.
If you choose items that are also untreated then you have the option of painting them at a later date. There are so many great colour choices available.
lampshade / made.com [ £30 ], bench / ikea.com [ £40 ]
sideboard / habitat.co.uk [ £760 ], coffee table / laredoute.co.uk [ £259 ]
mirror / maisonsdumonde.com [ £55 ], screen / rockettstgeorge.co.uk [ £400 ], dining chair / bykallevig.com [ £99 ]
home: featured [ Urban Outfitters ]
Urban Outfitters has an offering which covers all areas of the home, including accessories, soft furnishings and lighting.
With a strong bohemian vibe running through its collection expect to find a lot of pattern, texture and bamboo.
We love their bedroom furniture and accessories, with some really lovely pieces you won’t see anywhere else.
Head to urbanoutfitters.com to explore the range. You won’t be disappointed.
home: found this [ rattan chair ]
It’s no hidden fact that we both love chairs as well as having a slight obsession with rattan and woven examples.
This gorgeous rattan cane armchair from frenchconnection.com is a statement piece that will keep giving for many years to come.
The resurgence of rattan furniture is great, but for some it never really went away and for this reason it is the right decision to invest in a piece that you will love forever.
[ £395 ]
home: favourite thing [ Desenio ]
We love prints and art, and even more so when the price is good. If you don’t already know about Desenio then you should, as it’s full of affordable art for all tastes.
Check our their new arrivals, with a mixture of nature, naughty and abstract. As always full of colour and choice Desenio is the place to pick up great prints – starting at £3.95