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Want to know what all the best-dressed homes will look like this year? Here’s a taste of what’s in store for 2015 – ten easy interiors trends that are on the up
Copper Burnished metals and rose coppers are having a moment, adorning everything from lighting to vases, even cutlery. “What better way to add a touch of luxe and glamour to your room?” says interior design stylist Sarah Slimm, who works with the likes of Hammonds Furniture. “Set to make an impact in the coming seasons these metallic finishes will dominate the lighting and accessories market with surfaces ranging from smooth and shiny to a worn and riveted.”
It’s no coincidence that Dulux’s (www.dulux.co.uk) colour of the year for 2015 is Copper Blush. “The powder pink and rosy metal story shows no sign of waning as the interior design world heads into spring,” confirms Alicia Kaper from Joss and Main. “The secret to making this interiors trend look feel sophisticated is to choose rosy homeware that sits of the duskier side of pink, allowing burnished copper to gleam against it.”
Take your cue from Kew Gardens this year and let fauna and flora into your living room and home design – and we’re not just talking about living plants. Leaf, floral and insect prints adorn everything from sofas and cushions to rugs and prints this season.
Look for papers and fabrics from nature-inspired Scottish designers Timorous Beasties (www.timorousbeasties.com), bold hothouse palms that unfurl at House of Hackney (www.houseofhackney.com), or for moss-green velvet sofas, fern prints, and cushions buzzing with bees and moths – make a beeline for M&S, whose Botanical collection has to be one of their strongest statements for years. “The vibrant greens and beautiful insect prints will rejuvenate your room for the spring – it’s my favourite interiors trend this season,” explains Amy Horlacher, Living Buyer for M&S.
At Liberty (www.liberty.co.uk), The Secret Garden collection of fabric and wallpapers launches in early 2015, taking its inspiration from the classic 1911 novel. “The book is filled with wonderful textile, colour and design references and amazing narration of the natural world. A diverse series of flora, foliage and texture will reflect the hues of the changing seasons,” comments Emma Mawston, Head of Design at Liberty Art Fabrics Interiors.
For a lighter take on the trend, try Laura Ashley’s (www.lauraashley.com) whimsical Palm House range in apple green and topaz – think palm leaf-print wallpaper, hummingbirds and exotic flowers.
Grey bedrooms Scandi-inspired, grey furniture adds a softness and calm feel to bedrooms. Yorkshire-based Time4Sleep’s (www.time4sleep.co.uk) new Camden bedroom collection comes in pebble, a muted stone shade; Loaf’s latest Clementine and Lourdes wooden furniture has a distressed, grey wash; and The French Bedroom Company’s (www.frenchbedroomcompany.co.uk) grey painted rattan bed (£1295).
Salvage, reclaim and up-cycling Thanks to the BBC’s Great Interior Design Challenge series people are painting up old cupboards, revamping furniture with new handles and patterns, and finding new uses for old things (suitcases as coffee tables or even shelves; baskets and lobster pots as light shades).
Junk shops and reclaim yards will be happy in 2015, as we breathe new life into pre-loved items to create unique pieces that add character to a home. Get some easy DIY home design ideas from Farrow and Ball’s website, or buy into the look at Loaf.com, whose rustic kitchen range has a very salvage feel about it – chicken wire lampshades and crate-style shelving, reclaimed from old buildings anyone?
Moody blues Midnight hues, chalky Vermeer shades and bright cobalts – blue is the next “grey” for walls and interiors.
“Autumn’s key colour story evolves as we head into 2015, with inky blues transforming into bold, glossy cobalts and vibrant turquoises as the interiors world hankers for lighter, brighter shades,” notes Alicia Kaper, Joss & Main’s resident style expert. “Rich and uplifting, bright blues layer beautifully together and work best with natural tones. Pair your picks with relaxed fabrics such as muted linens and cottons which allow your bold blues to really pop.”
Think Artistic Blue from Ecos Organic Paints (www.ecospaints.com) as a darker, subtler backdrop, then add a statement piece of furniture, such as Abigail Ahern for Sofa.com’s Abigail sofa in Prussian blue, or Habitat’s new Elder storage unit in a faded aqua blue (£395).
The Grand Canyon Take inspiration from the arid tones of the desert: yellow ochre, burnt orange, sandy tans and rich earth tones of sepia, sienna and baked clay, to create a natural and strong colour palette in your home, with décor to match. Dulux has an entire colour range – Big Nature, Small Me – designed to capture the sun-scorched feel of the Arizona desert; vast and intimidating yet strikingly beautiful.
Both Tesco (www.tesco.com) and George Home (www.asda.com) have looked to the Wild West for ideas, too, to create trends that embrace the raw, organic nature. At George, things have gone a bit Navajo, with bold tribal prints, dreamcatchers and cactus plants juxtaposed against copper and faded greys. Tesco has gone a more Western with its New West trend, that features cushions that could be straight out of the Joshua Tree National Park, chunky leather furniture and patchwork prints that wouldn’t look out of place on a poncho in Santa Fe.
Industrial revolution There’s no need to turn your home into a warehouse or office – but a few pieces of industrial-influenced accessories or furniture will let any guests know that you’re ahead of the curve in the British style stakes. Anything with skinny metal legs, or old museum or library-style filing or display cabinets would bring your home instantly up to date; as would an old-fashioned Edison-style filament light bulb in an industrial exposed wire shade (try BHS’s Billie Bulb light, £25, www.bhs.co.uk).
Head to Heals, where a new Industrial Chic collection has just landed; find apothecary-style drawers at Asda; very industrial style tables and metal chairs at Tesco or shop the new Salvage Retro collection from Dunelm (www.dunelm.com), which features old-fashioned wooden filing cabinets as storage units (£299.99) and wheeled coffee-tables (£149.99).
Paint Effects You might have thought that the era of “paint effects” – rag rolling, sponging, faux wood effects – had died along with TV’s Changing Rooms, but this year, you might just be reaching for your rollers again.
At Dulux, they’re trying to encourage us to mix paints and create ombré effect walls, as well as to contrast window recesses in different colours and to paint each wall of a room in complementary-yet-contrasting tonal shades. Repeat after me “this is definitely NOT a feature wall”. Their website, www.dulux.co.uk is full of home design tips and style ideas to help you get creative with a paint brush or roller.
Farrow and Ball (www.farrow-ball.com) has created a guide to painting and adding paint patterns to furniture and walls. And Laura Ashley’s new decorative paint rollers (£30, www.lauraashley.com) are a quick and easy way to get creative with your walls or furniture – you simply dip the roller in paint, which in turn covers the print cylinder as you roll it onto a surface.
Monochrome “Simplicity is key for this graphic trend,” says Emma Mann, Head of Home Design at Sainsbury’s, of a look that is grounded with a pared-back palette of black, off-whites and greys. Striking patterns on textiles and ceramics give the trend an eclectic, almost tribal feel for 2015. Sainsbury’s (www.sainsburys.co.uk) Monochrome Ceramic vase £10 and Furniture Village’s (www.furniturevillage.co.uk) boho-eclectic Harlequin corner sofa have a relaxed, modern vibe that doesn’t feel as harsh as some monochrome schemes, while M&S has gone Oriental.
On the tiles Move over laminate flooring, tiling is taking over. And the bolder and brighter the better. Patterns and geometric tiles are proving equally popular, with the likes of Bert and May, British Ceramic Tiles, Fired Earth and Original Style all paving the way. “Tight, small patterned tiles in monochromatic hues alongside bold large geometric tiles in a kaleidoscopic palette dominated this year’s London Design week,” confirms interior stylist Sarah Slimm. “This is a versatile trend applicable to all areas of the house from bathroom, kitchen and hallway floors and walls to a beautiful piece of showcase art in the living room. It’s a key trend that will definitely be picking up pace over the coming season.”
This article appeared in the Daily Mail on 2 January 2015.
For every trend there is always a counter-trend, swimming against the tide.
Recently, as kitchens become more sleek, glossy and minimal, a new trend is emerging for hand-made, free-standing, and matt, flat coloured units. It is the opposite of bling.
The look can still be pared-down and minimal, but the colours are muted and they’re the opposite of shiny. Think Farrow and Ball meets below-stairs Downton Abbey – understated and elegant.
At the forefront of the trend is British Standard by Plain English, whose fabulous motto “sensible cupboards at sensible prices for people with exceptional taste and modest means” says it all.
The ethos is about capturing the classic days of British craftsmanship with an emphasis on quality and simplicity. Perhaps inspired by more austere times, or an answer to the austerity years we’ve been experiencing since 2008, it’s hard not to be seduced by the beauty and flexibility of creating a more basic, component kitchen rather than a fully-fitted, fully finished style.
If you’re looking for a quality kitchen that bridges the gap between a Shaker or country style wooden kitchen and the urban, minimal modern style, then the new utilitarian look might be for you.
It looks great in industrial, rough-luxe kitchens, with exposed piping, industrial lights where the filament, flex and wiring is a feature in itself, stripped walls and raw finishes such as concrete work surfaces and butler or even stone sinks.
John Lewis of Hungerford has also tapped into the trend, creating a range of mid-century inspired designs, with clean lines and matt finishes called Pure. And John Lewis’ Windsor kitchen in a chalky, midnight blue also nods to the style.
The brand has its own homeware trend called Modern Restoration with kitchen and home accessories in this vein, while Loaf also does a great range of raw, rustic and industrial style interiors. Even George Home at Asda has distressed Tolix-style chairs, apothecary units as storage and reclaimed railway sleeper-style plank tables on metal legs.
And while it’s modern, I’s not so on-trend as to date any time soon – which is the most you can ask of any kitchen.