The way we live now

Have you noticed how our interiors are taking their lead from the international catwalks? From the reintroduction of lace to embracing a new palette of neon colours – our rooms have never been so fashionable. In a first of four trend posts, here’s the latest ways to update your home

TREND: LACE

Your grandmother’s favourite fabric is set to make a return to the home. Already huge on many fashion designers’ catwalks (Valentino, Versace and Isabel Marant are just a few names to have put it in the spotlight this season), it is now the turn of interior designers, who are using the once-outdated fabric in innovative ways. Forget the antimaccassars, though, lace has become hip.

Classic Silks Wallpaper from Galerie Wallcoverings
Classic Silks Wallpaper from Galerie Wallcoverings

Take Galerie Wallcoverings’ (galeriewallcoverings.com) subtle wallpapers, which are an ideal way of using lace as a backdrop to a room. With no less than six collections to choose from (rolls from £28.95), they feature feminine lace prints in many guises. The Silk Impressions Collection, for instance, is a traditional, delicate pattern in taupes and nudes, while the Esthetica Collection has a more contemporary feel in shades of grey, perfect for creating the ultimate boudoir.

Wallpaper from Rockett St George
Cast Iron Wallpaper available from Rockett St George

For a bolder look, the Cast Iron Lace Wallpaper Panels by Young & Battaglia (£70, Rockettstgeorge.co.uk) will give a stunning statement wall. Inspired by decorative metalwork, it brings the lace look to life – with an almost 3D effect of ornate fretwork on the wall. It’s architectural yet pretty at the same time.

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Atelier collection of tiles from Topps Tiles

Meanwhile, introducing lace to the bathroom is ceramic designer, Rosie Simmons, who has created a range of lace tiles for the Atelier collection for Topps Tiles (from £1.99 each, toppstiles.co.uk).

“Traditionally lace would be found in the more private areas of a home,” Rosie says.  “I thought in today’s world, where we can play with many mediums, it would be fun to bring these associations of lace into the bathroom, and onto hard, non-translucent surfaces where the lustrous glazes of tiles gives the lace patterning a more vibrant quality.”

Dramatic black Lace Panel from James Hare
Dramatic black Lace Panel from James Hare

Thought you’d never be seen with lace at your windows? Then think again. We’re not talking about resurrecting ‘net’ curtains here, but rather hanging a beautifully-made panel of lace as an elegant focal point to a room. Choose a bold colour – such as black or indigo blue – and you’ll instantly bring the look into the 21st century.

Saffron Hare, sales director at fabric specialists James Hare (james-hare.com) agrees: “There has been a lot of lace on the catwalk recently and the lace trend has now made its way into interiors, too. It is so decorative and romantic: a perfect embellishment.  Its semi-sheer nature can be used to great effect to screen or swathe windows or to decorate cushions, lampshades and other focus pieces.

“Different colours of lace give very different looks,” she adds.  “White and cream are ultra-feminine, black tends towards the gothic while metallic laces can be very dramatic.”

Rigby and Mac
Rigby and Mac

For less permanent ways of using the fabric in the home, try adding a few subtle touches – from delicate lace bedding, available in neon pink at Rockett St George (from £12, rockettstgeorge.com) to ornamental ceramics and cut-out baskets (from £3.95, rigbyandmac.com).

Tomorrow: the return of brass and copper

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