Winter News

As we gather momentum towards Christmas, a quick snapshot on a slither of what’s new in the world of interiors this Autumn/Winter.

Colour – I have to start with colour! Of the many themes and trends that have emerged this season, I am pleased to say that colour is definitely at the forefront. We’ve been somewhat in the colour doldrums – saddled with a plethora of natural neutrals and soft greys. Now is the time to warm it up – less grey, more Salted Caramel or Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2019 “Spiced Honey”.Our current in house favourite, already on the walls in a Study cum Guest Bedroom, Little Greene’s “Marigold”. This vibrant colour pairs wonderfully with a chalky grey/blue, moss green or linen.
Using colour undoubtedly lifts the spirits, 2019 is not a year for holding back – be bold and allow colour to unleash your creativity.For those who may feel intimidated when decorating with colour, then look to use strong accents rather than entire elevations. Scatter cushions, bespoke lampshades, a brave curtain trimming or a feature ottoman stool. Farrow & Ball are always on hand with their restrained new colours for 2019 – look to “Rangwali”, “Sulking Room Pink” or “De Nimes”.

Head to The Tate in St Ives and feast your eyes on some incredible 20th century art. Patrick Heron and Mark Rothko canvases cannot fail to inspire a contemporary scheme that mixes zesty orange with ochre, teal and raspberry? Not ones to shy away from colour, our Design Studio in Ashburton, illustrates our love of colour for the coming seasons. Vibrant greens paired with fuscia pink – dare to stand out?!

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Crittall – whether on windows, doors, room dividers or a shower screen, crittall continues to hold favour. If not undertaking such wholesale change then look to refresh architectural ironmongery and bathroom fittings in a dark bronze. It’s smart, cosmopolitan and up to the minute.

Scalloped and shapely – terms that can be applied to furniture backs and headboard shapes, for tactile and friendly furnishings. Furniture needs to ooze comfort and invite one to lounge a while. Wave goodbye to boxy, mean upholstery – think sink into, rounded edges and irregular shapes.

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.

Umage – I couldn’t finish this post without referring to the very latest trend in town. We’re all over with Hygge so how about the new Scandinavian trend in town – no I’m not referring to Exeter’s Ikea store – it’s called ‘Umage’ (pronounced ‘oo-may’), meaning, make a little more effort! So perhaps this could be a New Year’s Resolution – to revamp a room, declutter, mend a broken something and generally make more effort in our homes. A little Umage can go a long way – always a good idea and really well applied to our world of interiors.

2019 – an exciting year lies in wait with plenty of interior design projects already in progress whilst January will see the start of a number of new ones.
Simon and I travel to Paris to visit our favourite interiors event ‘Maison et Objet’ where we never fail to be inspired for our world of interiors – can’t wait!