From rose-gold to marble accents, the latest fashions in the interiors world are all about adding a layer of luxury to your space. Here’s how to incorporate these latest design trends for a new, improved home.
The natural, clean look of marble has been gaining ground in recent years when it comes to kitchen design. When matched with more modern materials, such as brass or industrial-style fittings, the stone gives a grand, glamourous feel with a contemporary twist.
Give a nod to the trend with textiles and prints in a marble pattern. Delcor’s luxury sofas and chairs can be made in a wide choice of fabrics, and the brand recommends the striking ‘Marble’ fabric from Swaffer, or the multi-coloured ‘Marble Swirl’ from Kate Spade.
The latest wallpapers, such as those from Galerie Wallcoverings, are also reflecting the swirling patterns found in the stone. “Marble has always been a material synonymous with luxury and style,” says Poppy Godley-Miller, design manager at Galerie Wallcoverings. “However, the latest interior trends have allowed us to be much more experimental with marble in our homes, whether that is introducing marble in smaller ways, such as vases and shelving, or a statement wallpaper with a grand marble pattern.”
For smaller pieces made from the material, Sainsbury’s new winter collection of homeware includes chic marble coasters and plant pots, while Mood Collections ‘Selham’ range of chic vases and pitchers are just the thing for adding a stylish accent into any scheme.
IN THE VEIN
Bartek Ostojski, co-owner of Arbol House gives his tips on how to use marble
- Combine marble with brass for a stylish, modern take on the material.
- Marble comes in different shades, we love dark green, for an on-trend effect.
- Use white marble as your countertop and splashback in the kitchen for a sumptuous look.
THE NEW PALETTE
Say goodbye to grey, because the new neutral is officially pink. The dusty, plaster shade, (think putty rather than candy) is warm, versatile and subtle. The trick is finding just the right hue so that it looks grown-up rather than girlie.
Part of Crown Paints’ new ‘Considered Collection’ – a range of sophisticated, muted tones that are soft and elegant – is Tea Gown, the perfect pared-back pink. Judy Smith, Crown Colour consultant, comments: “I love the simplicity of Considered – the shades are warm and confident and reflect a streamlined way of living.”
This blush shade works beautifully with rose-gold and copper so seek out accessories that marry the two for an on-trend vibe. Smallable, for example, has an impressive collection of dusty pink quilts, copper lighting and pink shelving. While Swoon Editions’ Ritz Chair is available in the perfect shade of velvet blush.
Andrew Tanner, design manager at Sainsbury’s Home, says: “Rose-coloured hues are incredibly popular and copper is always a seasonal favourite for autumn. A few well-chosen pieces can create a sleek, contemporary feel.”
Indigo paint, fish-scale tiling and sea motifs combine to give an oceanic feel which feels beautifully of the moment. Midnight blue on a statement wall works wonderfully well with gold accessories for a glamourous scheme. You can also combine the jewel-like tones of the ocean – turquoise, peacock blue and emerald green – for a dramatic, yet cosy palette – ideal for the winter months.
Perfectly reflecting this is Fired Earth’s scalloped Paris Cabaret tiles, available in oceanic colours. The company has a shop in Cambridge and its brand ambassador Laura James gives her view: “Look for tiles in eye-catching shapes for added visual interest and a welcome sense of texture. The sweeping, wave-like curves of Fired Earth’s Paris Cabaret tiles are ideal, and they’re also in keeping with the trend for using geometric pattern in the home”
For a subtle touch of blue, add artworks with inky tones, such as those at Lola Design: “The colour indigo is such a gorgeous and versatile hue for the home,” says Amanda Mountain, co-founder. “If you’re looking to explore this trend, both our ‘Red Tailed Cockatoo’ and our ‘Perky Peacock’ fine art prints fit perfectly, while also adding a touch of fun to your walls.”
INTO THE DEEP
Fired Earth on how to use deep blue in your home
- Inky blues can actually be restful choices, try ‘Carbon Blue’ and ‘Mariana Blue’ for bedrooms.
- Far from being austere, dramatic blues exude warmth and sophistication.
- Layer colours and textures, perhaps pairing two subtly different dark blue paints with a luxurious midnight-blue velvet.
With travel an increased passion of many, it’s natural that our homes reflect some of our unique finds. Choose carefully when buying pieces abroad, and opt for artisan-made pieces, such as Moroccan rugs and African basketwork, that you will cherish in years to come.
Inspired by the vibrant patterns of Mexico, is Andrew Martin’s new Hacienda range of fabrics, wallpapers and cushions. Boasting bright fuchsias, oranges and blues, they bring Mayan art and culture straight into the home.
“Since the wake of the travel generation, the accessibility to and interest in foreign textiles has boomed,” comments David Harris, design director from Andrew Martin. “Now in British interiors you can see kilim stripes from Asia, geometric motifs from West Africa and embroidery from Mexico.’’
Meanwhile, Beldi Rugs offers authentic vintage and contemporary Moroccan rugs. Each piece is hand-picked and handcrafted in Morocco, with some of the vintage pieces dating back to the 1940s and 50s. “Essaouira is now my home and workplace,” says Emma Wilson, co-founder of Beldi Rugs. “I love its unspoilt, simple way of life. More like pieces of art than accessories, our rare rugs are admired and sought after by interior designers all over the world.”
Concrete floors, exposed brick and industrial furniture continue to be popular in the most stylish homes. Mix and match with metallic accessories and geometric prints for a thoroughly modern look.
Source zinc-topped dining tables and concrete side-tables at Arbol House, while Swoon Edition’s ‘Ancona’ wood and iron shelving units are perfect for keeping clutter at bay. Graham & Brown’s ‘Red Brick’ wallpaper reflects the trend (without the mess of exposing the real thing), while Flock’s geometric wallpapers are also of the moment.
Jenny Wingfield, founder and creative director at Flock, comments: “Geometric patterns can be bold and playful yet still very restful. Elegantly simple geometric forms and repeating lines have a rhythm that it is satisfying and soothing to the eye.”
Finally, Eve Waldron, a Cambridge-based interior designer, gives her take on the trend: “We recently installed a brick-effect wall in a new build house. Careful consideration around the window reveals helped make it look authentic. It’s all in the detail! We are also seeing lots of furniture made from metal. Black or raw metal has an industrial edge, brass adds a sparkle to the room.”
Lisa Broad, head of buying at Harveys Furniture, reveals her top buys
- The ‘Connie’ Sofa in ‘Quinn Jade’ perfectly complements fiery copper or rose gold accessories.
- The ‘Kimberley’ Coffee Table has chic, silver angular features.
- The circular ‘Firbank’ Mirrors have a stylish bronze finish and faux-leather hanging straps.
MY TOP TEN PICK OF ON-TREND BUYS
Tamtam White Marble Table, by Honoré, £266.60, smallable.com
Cruz Paraiso Cushion, £75, andrewmartin.co.uk
Nordic Circular Rose Gold Basket, sainsburys.co.uk
Gubi Beetle Chair, £858, evewaldron.com
Marbled Pebble Rose Gold Wallpaper, £20 per roll, grahambrown.com
Durrington Bronze Table Lamp, £63, moodcollections.co.uk
Natural Palm Souk Pot, £36, yonderliving.com
Indigo Polka Dot Dinner Plate, £22.95, countrytraditionals.co.uk
Imperial Glass Bottle Vase, £38.95, miafleur.com
Blue Marble Pattern Box, £32, nataliawillmott.co.uk
This article is also published in the October 2017 issue of The Cambridge Edition Magazine