2016 may seem a long way away. But already the world of design is looking forward to the influences that will be inspiring us next year. So let’s fast forward 12 months and take a sneaky peak at some of the colours, themes and ideas that will be popping up in our homes a year from now.

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Legendary enigma

This concept evokes the mood of the Middle East, perhaps a little ostentatious but with a striking, modern twist.Many designs feature ornamental monotones and story-telling motifs, often with a sense of exaggerated luxury and opulence – think gold leaf and fabulous fabrics such as soft velvets and silks.

The trend is defined by stunning oriental décor but its traditional, intricate designs have been refined and simplified to give it a modern edge. Cool hued jewel tones – sapphire blues, amethyst purples and aquamarine are teamed with accents of traditional gold and crisp, contemporary white for a 21st century take on a traditional look.

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  • 1. Cushion by Osborne & Little http://www.osborneandlittle.com/cushions-accessories/cushions/mw-cushions-samana/samana-cushion-collection?id=cfd4c6c6d1244f20a2a63732f6aa802e
  • 2. Wallpaper by Cole & Son http://www.cole-and-son.com/en/collection-banbury/wallpaper-91/3009/
  • 3. Sofa by Brabbu http://www.brabbu.com/en/upholstery/maasai-2seat-sofa.php
  • 4. Rug by Hossein Rezvani http://www.hosseinrezvani.com/collection/
  • 5. Dinner collection by L’Objet http://eu.l-objet.com/dining/dinner-collections/lapis

Takes

Delicate, with an almost transparent feel, there is a fragility to these designs. Fundamentally, this trend is all about exploration – putting images under the microscope and using pixelated imagery to delve into the image within. Picture the humanity in identity – complex and mysterious – and take the concept a step further, a form of creative un-framing if you like. It experiments with constructed and reconstructed shapes, selfie photo prints and print blocking. Perhaps we are putting ourselves beneath the microscope.

Colours are soft though, evoking a sense of contemporary romance – cool pastels and sepia tinted hues, while ergonomic designs focus on soft, curved lines, emphasising comfort over style. Adding to this ethereal feel, natural, rustic fabrics – linens and cottons – are key but we can have a little fun with them, maybe adding a gloss treatment for a delicate, translucent finish.

Takes

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  • 1. Fabric by Designers Guild https://www.designersguild.com/uk/designers-guild/fabric/kashgar-orchid-fabric/p2524
  • 2. Armchair by Kartell http://www.kartell.com/gb/small-armchair_cod20000112el.html
  • 3. Side table by Classicon http://www.classicon.com/en/product/bell-table-side-table-copper.html
  • 4. Wallpaper by Elitis http://www.elitis.fr/en/wallcovering/collection-wonderland-259/drawing-napoli-311#.VPW8-FJyae8
  • 5. Cushion by Zinc Textile (Romo) http://www.zinctextile.com/collections/accessories/cushions-new-collection/marbleous-cushion-2/linen

Teams

Unity is the keyword here. We’re sociable creatures so we love to create spaces that unite us – harnessing our collective energy to craft interiors that are light and filled with colour, brimming with optimism and vitality.

There is a definite mid-century feel going on here – an energising retro look which brings a contemporary yet vintage look to our homes. If I could sum up this concept, it would be all about ‘dynamic streamlining’ – graphic lines, pop art prints and geometric prints with those distinctive honeycomb structures – the epitome of 1950s and 1960s chic. Colour too is essential to the concept so mix it up with pastels and vibrant hues or perhaps vivid sporty tones.

If you’re looking to add new pieces to your home, make sure they are innovative and multi-purpose – they need to earn their keep. 2016 is all about smart products for easy living.

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  • 1. Wallpaper by Cole & Son http://www.cole-and-son.com/en/collection-whimsical/wallpaper-103/2006/
  • 2. Cushion by Kirkby Design (Romo) http://www.kirkbydesign.com/collections/accessories/cushions/connect-cushion/chalk
  • 3. Chairs by Porada http://www.porada.it/en/chairs/ester_en_0_1_911.html
  • 4. Standing lamp by Delightfull http://www.delightfull.eu/en/heritage/floor/scofield-standing-lamp.php
  • 5. Champagne glasses by LSA International http://www.lsa-international.com/category/drinkware/champagne-flute-x-4-886.html

Desert

Raw materials possess a beauty which is all their own. This trend draws inspiration from primitive, rugged landscapes where natural, rustic materials such as stone and timber lay undiscovered and where brightly coloured metals are yet to be mined. So for colours, opt for radiant naturals – white, yellow, orange, graphite grey and metallics – big, bold and explosive.

This is a world of scientific exploration, of pushing boundaries – far flung places where the planet’s precious resources, sensuous materials and imperfect structures, provide natural inspiration for our own man-made world.

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  • 1. Form Bowl by Tom Dixon http://www.tomdixon.net/uk/form-bowl-tall-large-copper.html
  • 2. Stool by pols potten http://www.polspotten.nl/en/furniture/stools/wood/500-030-010-stool-tam-tam
  • 3. Cutlery set by Cutipol http://www.cutipol.pt/store-75-pieces-set-goa-white-gold-75-pieces-set#.VPSbRFJyae8
  • 4. Cushion by Mariska Meijers http://www.mariskameijers.com/component/mijoshop/product/527-tribal-ikat-long-ocre-s
  • 5. Wallpaper by Tektura http://www.tektura.com/product/brick-wood-and-concrete/patina

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We love spring – the days are getting longer, the sun is peeping through the clouds and for many of us, it’s time for a spring clean. We’re probably looking to breathe some fresh air into our homes too – literally and metaphorically. So we’ve been taking a look at some of the influences that will be around this spring and summer to give you some ideas for the new season – from pretty floral designs to quirky accessories. Here are some of our favourites.

  • Oriental origins

    Classic oriental prints evoke the very essence of Japan. Inspired by nature, with floral designs, muted, natural colours and organic textures, they’re tranquil and calming – perfect for the spring. Incorporate one or two oriental influences in your home for a really fresh and contemporary look – a modern interpretation of a timeless and elegant look.

    a. This beautiful cushion by Designers Guild, with its mountainous landscape, is inspired by classic oriental designs, and a work of art in its own right. The scene has been digitally printed onto a raw linen to retain the precision of the hand painted original.

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    Image Credit: https://www.designersguild.com/uk/yangshuo-ecru-cushion/p13430
    b. Transform your dining table with L’OBJET’s stunning, bamboo design bowl. The simple, clean aesthetic of this stainless steel piece is, of course, practical, but with the addition of the gold-plated bamboo, it is transformed into a real statement piece too. The traditional, organic detailing gives an otherwise modern piece a classic feel that will never be out of fashion.

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    Image Credit: http://eu.l-objet.com/home-decor/decorative/bambou-bowl-metal-small
  • Botanical beauty

    Spring is all about rebirth. After the dark days of winter, fresh, green shoots break through frozen earth, the fields and hedgerows are full of new life and there is a vitality and positivity to the world again. And what better symbol of rebirth than the beautiful butterfly?

    a. This stunning butterfly print fabric by Osborne and Little is a fabulous way of adding an element of fun to your home. It can be teamed with earthy neutrals for a more sedate scheme but works wonderfully with warming red-orange and bright blue-green tones for a funkier look.

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    Image credit: http://www.osborneandlittle.com/products-and-collections/fabric/spring%202015/pasha-fabrics/tulipan?id=cf8ad79e38fb4229897ab55fba79623f
    b. First seen in Matthew Williamson’s SS97 runway collection, the dragonfly emblem is a signature feature of the SS15 home collection. The fresh spring tones of this paper designed by Osborne & Little have been combined with a metallic shimmer finish to make the accent colours really pop.

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    Image credit: http://www.osborneandlittle.com/products-and-collections/wallcoverings/autumn%202014/samana-wallpapers/dragonfly-dance
  • Festival fun

    Now spring is here, it will soon be summer. And for us summer means festivals. While of course there is every chance that wellies and mud-caked jeans will be the order of the day, we prefer to think that festivals are all about vibrant colour and chic, relaxed style. And you can bring all the fun of the festivals into your own home with some of the beautiful, jewel coloured soft furnishings around at the moment. Think dazzling tropical blooms, towering palm trees and wild gardens.

    a. An eclectic mix of some of the key elements found in the latest Christian Lacroix collection at Designers Guild – feathers, florals and fruits, are bursting from this amazing silk cushion. There’s even a funky tiger print on the reverse for when you really want to embrace your wild side!

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    Image credit: https://www.designersguild.com/uk/christian-lacroix-calypso-turquoise-cushion/p13382
    b. Imagine yourself lying on a deserted beach on your exotic island hideaway when you tuck in to your summer salads with these gorgeous salad servers by Oliver Bonas, topped with gold pineapples. They’ll bring a retro-cool vibe to an already fashionable trend while adding a quirky twist to your tableware collection.

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    Image credit: https://www.oliverbonas.com/homeware/pineapple-salad-servers-32803
LFW took the city by storm. It undoubtedly had London buzzing with the high created by splashes of colour, bold patterns and quaint yet seemingly practical ideas. London Somerset House basked in the glory and glamour created in its beautiful halls by the world’s leading designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter Collection 2015.

Our Pick: Erdem Autumn/Winter Collection

Garden Delight

LFW took the city by storm. It undoubtedly had London buzzing with the high created by splashes of colour, bold patterns and quaint yet seemingly practical ideas. London Somerset House basked in the glory and glamour created in its beautiful halls by the world’s leading designers showcasing their Autumn/Winter Collection 2015.

We were spoilt for choices when it came to picking our favourite, every design was a magnificent piece of art. However, Erdem’s collection won our hearts. Erdem Moralıoğlu’s Fall collection showcased scruffy-dapper look, with opulent fit & flare attire in metallic jacquard. With the use of busy patterns & frayed hems, Erdem’s surely set a trend for upholstery fabrics in 2015.

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  • 1. British Fashion Council : Erdem’s Autumn/Winter Collection 2015 from LFW/ Photo credits: Daniel Sims, British Fashion Council: http://www.londonfashionweek.com/
  • 2. Jasper Conran Chinoiserie at Wedgewood : http://www.wedgwood.co.uk/
    Photo credits : ani M Interiors https://www.animinteriors.co.uk/work/19-parkside/
  • 3. Saari sofa by Brabbu: http://www.brabbu.com/
  • 4. Castellani forest fabric at Designers guild: https://www.designersguild.com/
  • 5. Stanley ceiling lamp by Delightfull: http://www.delightfull.eu/
  • 6. Canopy wallpaper by Christian Lacroix at Designers guild: https://www.designersguild.com/
  • 7. Palmeral at House of hackney: http://www.houseofhackney.com/

We come across new and exciting products almost daily – some from small, niche suppliers and others from larger, household names that you may be more familiar with. We’d like to share our favourites with you, so here’s our edit of the very best designs, accessories and furnishings that have caught our attention over the last few weeks.

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  • This is the Hitchcock, a chic and quirky table lamp from Frandsen Design. We love the way the painted, matte black finish gives this brass art deco lamp a modern touch. A super-stylish way to brighten up your office, your bedroom or your living room.

    Frandsen Design

    Image Source: Frandsen Design (www.frandsenlighting.dk)
  • We love the mix of turquoise and pale pink in this stunning Mathilda armchair by Moroso showcased on Made in design. The gorgeous colours complement perfectly the rawness and simple lines of the oak frame. Incredibly stylish yet really comfortable.

    Made in design

    Image Source: Made in design (www.madeindesign.co.uk)
  • This beautiful, circular dining table, the Skorpio round, with its striking geometric base, is designed by Andrea Lucatello and will create a strong visual impact in any dining room or kitchen. It’s from one of our favourite suppliers, Cattelan Italia.

    Cattelan Italia

    Image Source: Cattelan Italia (www.cattelanitalia.com)
  • These stunning tumblers by LSA International are the perfect way to add a touch of colour to your glassware collection. The Asher collection is ideal for everyday use, from supper with friends to family meals, and is available in a choice of 10 vibrant colours. Each glass is hand blown using traditional techniques.

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    Image Source: LSA International (www.lsa-international.com)
  • This fabulous Sunflower wall clock is by George Nelson, who was hugely influential in bringing modern design into American homes in the 1950s.This aesthetically beautiful yet functional clock is one of a number of Nelson designs available at Vitra.

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    Image Source: Vitra (www.vitra.com)
  • We love home fragrances. And we adore Jo Malone. Our current favourite is the Pomegranate Noir Scent Surround Diffuser – spicy and sensual, this timeless scent will bring your senses to life and fill your home with deep, refreshing aromas.

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    Image Source: Jo Malone (www.jomalone.co.uk)
  • These stunning porcelain Cosmic Dinner plates showcased by Amara are new from Diesel by Seletti. Available in Titan, Mars, Jupiter and Moon designs, they will really have your guests talking.

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    Image Source: Amara (www.amara.com)
  • Patterns of woven natural fibres emerge from these highly original milky resin furnishings by Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Wiktoria Szawiel. Cool and contemporary – we love them.

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    Image Source: Wiktoria Szawiel (www.wiktoriaszawiel.com)

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Marsala – we have fallen in love with this rich, new shade

It’s always exciting to hear what the latest Pantone Colour of the Year will be, and in 2015 Pantone have come up with a classic. Marsala – deep, powerful and perfect for creating elegance in any living space – traditional or contemporary. Use it to add depth and drama – maybe as an accent colour in a rug, throw or cushions. Or choose Marsala for some fab, new accessories – maybe for tableware or bedding. We’ll certainly be including it in our home designs this year.

  • Marsala – what our designers think…..

    Mansi Mehra the Design Director at ani M interiors loves Marsala, she believes that “Marsala is a fabulous colour – dramatic yet versatile. I feel it appeals equally to both sexes but it’s definitely a choice for confident and elegant individuals. It complements neutral or bold colour schemes – think beige, blue and teal. As you can see, Marsala is a vibrant colour yet it won’t overwhelm a room, so for anyone that prefers warm colour tones on their walls, Marsala is a great choice because it gives the room a warm energy – traditional with a modern twist.”

    Mansi’s pick

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    Credit: Regent Roll Top Freestanding Bath by Splash Direct (www.splashdirect.com)
  • How to use Marsala in a living space

    This stunning colour will work well with neutral colours as well as bolder shades.Be careful not to overdo yellows or bright oranges though – if you do want to include them, be sure to vary the tones. Perhaps include some neutral colours to balance the yellow or orange.

  • Max Prychidko, our Head Designer believes that, “Marsala is a shade set to enrich our mind, body and soul, releasing confidence and stability. Marsala is a confident and bold colour but the warm undertones mean it won’t be domineering in any space. Because of its burnished undertones Marsala is an extremely versatile shade to work with, we see it working across the board, dramatically combining with shades of warm taupe, grey and even more vibrant greens, blues and golden yellows.”

    Max’s pick

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    Credit: Mademoiselle Armoire by KOKET (www.bykoket.com)

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    Credit: Smallwire Coffee Table by Arik Levy at Conran shop (www.conranshop.co.uk)
  • Using strong colours together

    “We think Marsala is a great colour to work with, but avoid partnering it with colours that are a bit lifeless. Use tones with vibrancy and character of their own to avoid creating a drab feeling in your home. As we’ve already mentioned don’t be afraid to pair it with some bright colours such as blues, greens or golden yellows and avoid making your overall scheme too ‘matchy’.”

  • Zoe-Hayley a Senior Designer at ani M Interiors stated that “Timeless elegance is instantly achieved by adding this plush hue to classic upholstery designs. What’s great about Marsala is that it can be used as an accent without dominating a space due to its inherent earthiness.”

    Zoe’s pick

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    Credit: Eanda Armchair by Brabbu (www.brabbu.com)

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    Credit: Ronde Pendant by Oliver Schick at Gubi (www.gubi.dk)
  • Use Marsala sparingly

    “Given its deep, rich tone it is important to avoid overusing Marsala in one space as it can begin to overpower a room. Instead use it as an accent shade amongst other neutral, earthy tones when in a traditional setting or vibrant, cool colours in a more modern interior.”

  • Feeling warm and toasty?

    That’s exactly how this exciting shade should make you feel! We hope you’ve enjoyed our take on how you can use dazzling Marsala and that you’ve picked up some handy design tips for your home. Outside, the weather may be dull and grey but that’s all the more reason to have some fun with your interiors. Bringing a little warmth and colour into your home should tide you over these long, dark winter months and beyond.

Good interior design certainly doesn’t mean slavishly following fashion. For us, it’s more about incorporating the best of the season’s trends and ideas into a cool and individual interior. So here are our hot picks for 2015 – choose your favourites and inject a hip, new feel into your home this year.

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  • Delicate scents

    Fragrance – it’s the icing on the cake – the perfect finishing touch. It can transform a room and make a really personal statement about our style. There are so many to choose from though so which should you go for?

    We love the ‘My Wanderlust’ limited edition collection by Charlotte Stockdale for Jo Malone. These are stunning fragrances both for you and your home and perfect for spring/summer 2015. The soft, floral and subtle spice scents are beautifully packaged so they’re not just a practical piece but a stylish accessory too.

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    Photo Credits: Jo Malone (www.jomalone.co.uk)
  • Dyed fibre wallcoverings

    If you’re looking for a change from traditional wallpaper, try one of the fabulous, new, eco-friendly alternatives on the market. You’ll find these dyed fibre wallcoverings in all sorts of amazing colours and finishes – real statement pieces in their own right.

    One of our favourites is the new collection from Elitis, a great French company that is fast becoming very popular in the UK.

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    Photo Credits: Elitis (www.elitis.fr)
  • Watercolour prints

    Watercolour prints are a great way to introduce subtle floral prints into your home. Original and colourful, they can weave vibrant shades with more muted tones for a fresh take on traditional prints. Perfect for spring.

    Check out the new range of watercolour printed fabrics from Romo for inspiration.

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    Photo Credits: Romo (www.romo.com)
  • Colour mix

    For a contemporary twist, go for a colour mix that combines black with bold, vibrant shades – blues, greens, yellows and pinks. It’s unexpected and off the wall but makes a real style statement – a great choice for fabrics, cushions and throws.

    Take a look at the digitally printed linens, velvets and wallcoverings by Jessica Zoob in collaboration with Romo Black Edition.

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    Photo Credits: Romo – Black Edition (www.romoblack.com)
  • Pastel shades

    A client will often ask us to create a tranquil haven for them, somewhere they can escape to after a hectic day. One way to do this is to use powdery, pastel hues which create a soft, homely and very relaxing feel. Serene and restful but never, ever bland.

    Why not experiment with some of the beautiful, new paint colours from Farrow & Ball who have just announced their key colours for 2015?

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    Photo Credits: farrow & Ball (www.farrow-ball.com)
  • Unique doorknobs and handles

    What better way to make a good first impression than with a quirky and eye catching doorknob! Bespoke, handcrafted pieces can turn a standard, mass produced door into a work of art. Traditional, contemporary or distinctly quirky in design, they’re a great way to have fun with an interior.

    Courtyard Accessories, who have displays in the Chelsea Design Centre, have a really diverse range of bespoke, decorative doorknobs and other hardware. Have a look at their website:
    www.courtyard-accessories.co.uk

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  • Classic meets contemporary

    For a really individual take on design, don’t just stick to one style or era. Try mixing old and new instead. Browse charity shops, antique markets and even your parents’ or grandparents’ house to discover a piece of furniture or accessory that is crying out to be given a new home. Mix classic and contemporary pieces and you’ll add a new dynamic to your living space, creating a vibrant yet homely feel.

    For classic style with a modern twist, we’ve discovered Boca do Lobo they have some truly amazing pieces.

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    Photo Credits: Boca do Lobo (www.bocadolobo.com)
  • Gold is back!

    Gold is set to make a dramatic comeback this year. For anything from lamps and mirrors to wallcoverings, taps and door handles, gold is the epitome of opulence and luxury. Whatever you choose, don’t be scared of gold – be bold and go for a strong, style statement.

    Try Maison Valentina for some fabulous ideas – we love the KOI bathtub & Maison Ambience for a truly, one-off original!

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    Photo Credits: Maison Valentina (www.maisonvalentina.net)
  • ‘Black is the new Black’

    Black is dramatic and sophisticated so we’re delighted that black is back. When you’re thinking of refurbishing your home, think about adding some black fixtures and fittings as accents to create contrast. This could be anything from door handles, light switches and stair rails to door frames or skirting boards.

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