And, while a number of themes have made a comeback, from Eastern-designs bursting with bird motifs and oriental prints to vibrant global patterns, the materials are softer and the overall feel warm, cosy and more inviting.
This season’s big colours are navy, gold, jet black and pinks and shops are increasingly stocking big, bold prints like pre-Raphaelite style giant flowers or bright asymmetric shapes.
Interior designers are softening the look with chunky knits and folk-inspired handcrafts like decorative quilts, tufted rugs, hand-thrown pottery and rattan lampshades.
Vicky Bibiris, a self-confessed interior design magazine addict said: “This year we’re seeing a mix of materials and colours in kitchens that is incredibly effective. Think quartz work surfaces with integrated wooden chopping boards and dark cabinetry with rustic wooden floorboards. It’s a very fresh approach to design.
“Interiors have been becoming increasingly luxurious over recent years, but the luxe look has never been stronger than now. Materials such as velvet, marble and smoked glass are really on-trend and Art Deco accessories and minimalist lighting complete the look. Cocktail hour is making a comeback too: the drinks trolley is becoming a popular accessory!”
There’s also an emphasis on neutral tones with natural materials – stripped timbers, wood grains and a return to simplicity.
Another popular look, being described by interior design writers as “global and nomadic,” features globally-inspired patterns, intricate Indian block prints, rich tones and rugged textures – think pom-poms, tassels and macramé (textiles made with a knotted technique) on everything from cushions to wall art.
The popular Scandi look is still in vogue but it’s evolving to include 1950s patterns and bright colours.
Where to get the look locally?
The Curious Cockney this website sells stunning homewares and fashion predominantly created by East End makers and artists. The Curious Cockney promotes sustainability over throwaway, unique over mainstream and supports small businesses and independent makers.
The Restoration Rooms (Bouverie Road): A wonderful Aladdin’s cave of furniture and decorative items both old and custom-made.
Know & Love Run by interiors stylist Karen Sims, this online shop features practical, stylish and mainly hand-crafted homewares with an emphasis on simplicity, authenticity and natural materials. Items are predominantly made by local designers and artists.
Post, Newington Green: A lifestyle store with a delightful selection of furniture, lighting, gifts, clothes and homeware featuring both vintage and modern designs.
Materials such as velvet, marble and smoked glass are really on-trend
Posted 2nd November 2018
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