Dig Deeper With Clay
Friday, 12 April 2019
From textures to perspective, this year's home trends continue to encourage us to dig a little bit deeper. Sourced from earth, Clay is a highly desired natural pigment that has been used for millenia to create artisan pieces.
Characteristic of exterior settings, the nurturing burnt orange tonality of Clay transports this warming material indoors, awakening an excitement for the outdoors that can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home.
As pictured above: The Calligaris Echo Table and Igloo Chair from Lime
Embracing its energy, Clay is the ultimate companion for Southwestern style. This modern desert aesthetic is a popular design method that is homely, while delivering an outdoor sunkissed connection. Blend rugged terracotta walls with mid-century style elements such as the Calligaris Igloo Chair, customise in complementary leathers or neutral creams to finish with a truly grounded outlook.
Authentic clay accessories can help you promote a shift towards sustainability in the home. Textured pots and bowls are perfect for showcasing lush green plants or storing everyday items in a casual yet artistically refined manner.
Take a class and enjoy the calming effects of working with clay - then display your handmade creations at home, and benefit from the pride and self worth experienced when mastering a craft such as pottery.
Painting with Paper and Pantone Colour of the Year: Coral
A Floral Flourish - Floral Trends for Spring
Sunday, 7 April 2019
It’s the season to spruce up your interiors and let nature come inside with floral abundance. And where better to get inspiration than from Designers Guild. This year, they have myriads of beautiful designs to suit all tastes. So, whether you are looking for feminine flowers for a bedroom or sophisticated blooms for a sitting room, they have it all.
And according to Bloom & Wild, the flower arranging trends for 2019 are better than ever, from foliage to grasses, and dried to dyed, and with coral being the in colour, the bouquet has never looked so good.
As pictured above from left to right: Watercolour Flora Wall Mural by Graham & Brown and Palm Printed Wallpaper
Popular in the Nineties, the Asian look has had a revamp. From metallic finishes to intricate details, there’s something to be said about the beauty of Chinoiserie flora and fauna enhancing a room. Graham & Brown has a stunning range of wallpapers with a fanciful, romantic modern take on a classic style.
And if you really want to bring the outdoors in, take a look at its versatile collection of murals. If it’s magical garden inspiration you’re after, then Osborne and Little’s Enchanted Gardens covers it all. Immerse yourself in the Rainforest or meander through the Japanese Garden. Fly with butterflies in the Butterfly Garden, exclusively designed by the Icelandic Designer Kristjana S Williams.
Remember the palm tree fronds of the Seventies? Well, they’ve made a comeback too, but this time, there are more textures and Palm printed wallpaper is available in all manner of designs – whether you are looking for something monochrome, bright or calming.
Flocked wallpaper is also making a comeback, with new modern designs updated for today. Keeping the traditional feel of flocking, the new designs keep it fresh and modern while embracing the traditional, luxurious elements of flocked prints. This style of wallpaper is often intricately detailed, with a great depth of colour, making it well-suited for wallpaper designs.
Or how about trying unique botanicals prints. Not just traditional floral wallpaper with a repeated pattern, this is more of an homage to the beauty found in nature – think a beautiful meadow, rather than a bouquet of flowers. From a small bathroom to a grand bedroom, bold, oversized floral blooms will make any room appear larger, more pulled-together and unique.
Punchy greens and yellows are key trends for 2019, as are bold blues and pinks. So, it's time to get decorating and the sky's the limit. As Henri Matisse said, “There are always flowers for those who want to see them.”
Get Spring Ready at Home and Painting with Paper
Revisiting the Seventies at Home
Tuesday, 5 March 2019
History certainly has a habit of repeating itself. Marked as a significant era of political and social turmoil, Britain in the late Seventies represents an uncanny resemblance to the tensions and uncertainty of the present social climate in 2019.
As a method of seeking solace, the home has become a place of refuge sparking a strong interest in decorating with forms and hues that inspire both personal comfort and encouragement. There is a vivid reinterpretation of Seventies-style running throughout current trends with three simple elements that can add a modern, sophisticated twist.
As pictured above: The Calligaris Mies sofa from Lime Modern Living
From a psychological level, colour can create a welcoming, unified space. Taking an architectural approach with colour blocking, the Calligaris Mies Sofa showcases a saturated palette reminiscent of this retro period. Terracotta, teal and turmeric to spicy mustard hues have been highlighted by brands such as Dulux in 2019 for their optimistic and reassuring quality. Pair such colours with eco-friendly wood or cane-finished furniture to amplify a luxurious setting with a Bohemian-inspired undercurrent.
Curvaceous sofas and lozenger-style shapes lend a soothing simplicity. Round tables and accessories such as the Porada Timothy Mirror are deliberately devoid of harsh angles, opposing a serious tone and subconsciously promoting a playfulness in the home.
Classic and clarifying, chrome finishes are substituting bronze and brass as a cool futuristic accent. Use sparingly as detail in lighting or elegant dining chairs to illuminate a subtle sophistication amidst this vibrant trend.
Painting with Paper and Pantone Colour of the Year: Coral
Joyful Japanese Trends
Thursday, 14 February 2019
Organisation has gone mainstream. Following the success of her best-selling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo is continuing to influence millions of people across the globe through the well-received Netflix series, Tidying up With Marie Kondo.
By categorising belongings, Kondo's KonMari method encourages homeowners to establish items that ‘spark joy’ in order to determine what should be preserved. This innate organisational approach deeply rooted in Kondo’s homeland, coincides with a Japanese undercurrent that is running throughout interior trends, encouraging an era of consciousness and self-optimisation at home that can benefit our overall energy.
As pictured above: The Lime Living Wall System 009 from Lime Modern Living
Rejecting useless decor and excess clutter, Wall Systems from Lime showcase inner storage with a Japanese philosophy that favours beauty and simplicity through a cultivation of minimal lines. Continue to create a sense of satisfaction and clarity with furnishings that sit low to the ground, this evokes ‘Seiza’ - the formal Japanese sitting tradition observed throughout Tea Ceremonies as a method that encourages the connection of people to the earth.
Obsessing over the details can prompt a less is more look with a peaceful design aesthetic. For a soft visual impact, the texture of organic wood against a subdued colour palette will embrace the on-trend Wabi Sabi concept of celebrating the imperfections of materials in their rawest form.
A simple yet strong presence, tall, sleek and elegant botanicals are perfect for occupying freed-up space in a minimalist setting, while adding a soothing, naturally Zen finishing touch.
The Modern Nursery and Create the Perfect Space to Meditate at Home