home: trend [ bold bathrooms ]

home: trend [ bold bathrooms ]

This year sees us being more brave with our interiors and particularly our bathrooms.

Bright pattern and imagery has pushed away subtle shades and plain tiling. It’s all about going maxamilist in your bathroom this year.

Wallpaper from westonebathrooms.com

An option that is growing in popularity is wall murals, be it on tiles or wallpaper. Although these can be quite expensive to have made to measure, the effect is dramatic and so worth it. The go to pattern is still florals, which you can understand as they create the drama at the same time bringing a softness to a room.

Image via pinterest.co.uk

If you are feeling brave look at painting tiles yourself or getting an artist to commission something special.

An alternative to tiles is waterproof wallpaper which can give you the same tile like effect to look at but it’s much simpler to put up. West One Bathrooms do a beautiful range of wallpapers.

Guide:

Clockwise from top left

Abstract of roses – from range at surfaceview.co.uk

Wallpaper – westonebathrooms.com

Blue iris – from range at surfaceview.co.uk

Mosaic – westonebathrooms.com

home:trend [ geometrics ]

home: trend [ geometrics ]

We have seen this trend before and geometric patterns are always going to appeal, but this time the focus turns away from soft furnishings like cushions and rugs and more about wallpapers, tiles and art.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to tiles and whether it’s for the bathroom, kitchen or floor we can create bold patterns and experiment with colour. Create a focal point with a vinyl floor in a kitchen, leaving the walls a plain colour or maybe it’s a patterned wallpaper that takes your fancy, to act as a statement backdrop to the rest of the room.

A great way to introduce pattern into a room is with art. Choose a select few pieces to bring interest to a wall. Whatever you do be brave and embrace geometrics.

Guide:

Top row – wallpaper from cole-and-son.com, floor vinyl from atrafloor.com [ £59 ], print from desenio.co.uk [ from £6.95 ]

Middle row – floor vinyl from atrafloor.com [ £59 ], tiles from claybrookstudio.co.uk [ £6.29 per sheet ], floor tiles from claybrookstudio.co.uk [ £1.56 each ]

Bottom row – print from tindesign.co.uk [ from £19.95 ], wallpaper from grahambrown.com [ £24 ], wall tiles from britishceramictile.com [ £68.80 ]

home: trend [ cork ]

home: trend [ cork ]

It’s making a comeback in the home through its versatility,  sustainability and general attractive appeal. Cork is being used more and more in products this year and is becoming a big hit.

Cork is being combined with glass for gorgeous tableware, used as table tops and forms the base on ceramics including vases and bowls. Lighting can also use cork, not only is it durable from a practical point of view, but it looks great in a pendant style.

Cork is a material that can be used subtly within other trends and by keeping the natural colour it blends with other materials really well like concrete, wood, marble and glass.

Be bold and cover a wall with cork. Not only does it bring a great texture and look to a space but used in the right room it can become a useful memo wall, used for pining up pictures, notes and decorative item. An office would be the obvious room to try this out in.
Alternatively bring cork to the floor using tiles. Again the texture creates interest and is hard wearing. [ Check out floormaker.co.uk for cork wall and floor tiles ]

Sinnerlig range from Ikea

Another way to have cork in your home is to have it as a table top. Either on a dining or coffee table cork is durable, water-repellent and easy to clean. Ikea’s Sinnerlig range is a perfect way to introduce yourself to cork.

So this year look beyond coasters & table mats and experiment with a new love for cork.

Guide:

1. Clock from brownpapergifts.com [ £14.95 ]

2. Stool from barnabyco.com [ £99 ]

3. Candle from johnlewis.com [ £15 ]

4. Pendant light from nest.co.uk [ £174 ]

5. Vase from quinceliving.co.uk [ £32 ]

6. Glass carafe from ikea.com [ £4 ]

7. Pot from mindthecork.co.uk [ £25 ]