Maison & Objet, Paris 2019

We spent three days at the marvellous Maison & Objet, yet still left wanting more! Such is the nature of this interiors event – we’ve been making the same journey for some fifteen years, in search of the unique, the different, the quirky, the “je ne sais quoi”. We quite literally walk that extra mile because we live and breathe our fantastic world of interior design.

This show simply oozes style and the style on offer for 2019 centres around tactile surfaces, a continued use of natural materials, plenty of colour and fabulously scaled wallpapers. A huge round of applause then from Ashton House Design – we felt instantly at ease with all that we encountered.

With so much of our time now spent on, or watching screens, we all crave a home that delivers a seductive blend of tactility, texture and deep comfort. Our homes need to have a positive impact on our health and happiness, our surroundings really do affect how we feel. As interior designers it is our duty to ensure that our spaces have a positive impact, bringing joy, helping us to relax and offering a sanctuary for family and friends.

Think then in terms of a familiar Scandinavian style, but more Scandi goes plush!  Well crafted, with great durability, plenty of texture, cosy underfoot, sink into upholstery, divine beds and bedding, all held together with several splashes of colour.

Long gone are the shiny hard surfaces of lacquer, high polish and high gloss, all set in a plethora of bland neutrals. We welcome black back into our interiors. Used in it’s natural form – matt, woven and textural, and crucially, teamed with mustard, emerald and teal – here comes our new neutral! This isn’t overpowering, menacing or aesthetically demanding, black is a brilliant definer, whether on woven rattan, huge pendant lighting, slender tables or sleek dining chairs.


Classic furniture styles have been updated for 2019 – restyled with darker finishes and supremely comfortable upholstery. Velvet, velvet everywhere! Testing the skill of the upholsterer, velvet has to be carefully worked. Done well, the results are stunning – inviting, tactile, comfortable, warm, durable and luxurious. What’s not to fall in love with? Cover your sofas, dining chairs, scatters and lampshades. The palette – mustard, emerald, dusky pink and teal.

2019 is the year to be bold.

Paper your walls with confidence.  Look to incorporate large scale designs that mimic Ikat fabrics, painterly styles, contemporary artwork, seascapes or jungle themes – no this isn’t the circus its lively wall art! Many of these wallscapes are designed to be used as a series of panels, enjoyed up to three metres wide. This will usually cover an entire elevation, so needs to be the starting point for any scheme.


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Fabrics – velvet remains a firm favourite, whether as stylish upholstery or luxurious curtaining. Use two colourways and self-line – great for door curtains that will be enjoyed from two aspects. Use velvet fabric as a highlighting tool – enliven textural linen upholstery or scatter cushions with a slim velvet piping and enjoy the defining, colourful appeal.
Fabulous chenille type fabrics give velvet a close run for the money and with soil repellent credentials coupled with staggering rub tests (durability) they’re hard to pass over.

So whilst we continue to source and support the local talent here in Devon, we always need to add some extra magical ingredients into the mix. Whether from Belgium, France, Spain or Italy, there’s plenty of creative talent out there. We’ll definitely be looking to include some of our amazing finds in our forthcoming projects. Watch this space….

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