The last article of 2015! Where has this year gone?!
Pallets of grey continue to be ever popular as the number one choice for ‘neutral’ interior schemes. Given the versatility of the colour I can see this continuing for some time to come. When, mixed with complementary hues of taupe of chalk white it produces a wonderfully harmonious feel. Similarly, when used as a background colour it lends itself beautifully to being ‘brightened’ with pops of vibrant emeralds (a key trend colour for 2016) or peacock blues.
Luxurious velvet sofas and chairs in designs that range from 50’s retro to the timeless classic of the Chesterfield are very much ‘on trend’ and will enhance rooms and spaces with their extravagant textures. Plush and soft, this fabric never dates and will even get better with age. To enhance the look consider adding a statement chair or chaise longue in a rich charcoal grey or French Navy, or perhaps simply add cushions with rich pops of velvety colour such as a mustard yellow or peacock green to your existing sofas and chairs.
To add instant warmth to your room this winter place fleecy textured throws over furniture. Or, if you have wooden or tiled floors, (which feel lovely and cool in the summer, but cold in the winter) add rugs to the floor. This will change the look of your space perfectly at this time of the year. Go for a sumptuous thick pile rug, patterned in strong geometric prints or bright colourful ones if you’re feeling brave and your room can take it!
Throughout the previous year, tiles and ceramics of Middle Eastern / Moroccan design have become increasingly popular. Their fresh and inspiring patterns conjure up images of wonderfully impressive architectural buildings and dreamy interior Riad courtyards. I’ve seen them used behind the Aga in country kitchens, or as a ceramic rug under dining tables and on the walls and floors of bathrooms. When mixed with classic pieces or ultra modern designed room, the add a beautiful and eclectic feel to any space.
One of my favourite trends this year in lighting has been the explosion of copper, brass and gold sculptured pendent lighting, which is often seen above kitchen islands or above dining tables. The impact they create when placed within spaces that are designed in greys, whites of neutrals is astonishing and completely gives that ‘wow’ factor. I particularly favour the designer Tom Dixon whose designs are truly works of art.
As the year draws to a close, it’s time to light that fire, put another jumper on and pour yourself a nice glass of the red stuff and think of those new trends for year ahead……….