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Interior Design Trends


How to step into spring


Spring has sprung and with it we welcome a few big decorating trends for interiors. Discover the hot colours, chic patterns and natural textures as we share what your home will be wearing for the new season.


Sunny Yellow


Is yellow the new pink? We all know that grey is the new neutral, although some say that next year neutrals will be yellow based. This is interesting for larger expanses in your home such as painted walls and area flooring. But for spring yellow has a freshness and goes beautifully with leafy spring greens.  


Farrow & Ball’s colour consultant Joa Studholme develops new colours every three years. She has forecast four colours that will be big this coming year and one is Hay.  Why? Well, because it is soft and familiar creating a hushed atmosphere in a busy world when we need our homes to give us a hug. This is a quieter yellow with underling green tones.


‘Hay has a feel of a space that has been there forever and that you just came across and tidied up,’ she says.


The new Hay paint shade (Farrow & Ball image below left ) looks mellow with a rug in Sisal Bubbleweave Gold Bubble with Rainbow Blue border.   



Bold Monochrome  


This is a timeless trend that never really goes away. But this time around it chimes with a longing for order and repetition that is perfectly captured in bold stripes seen in our Wool Blocstripe Sable Bone rug with Expresso Faux Leather Border.


But even those who profess to love monochrome end up bringing in elements of colour. Radicchio (Farrow & Ball image below left) is another of Farrow & Ball’s new shades. This lush raspberry shade is a step forward from the soft pinks that have been around for a while and is a fabulous accent to monochrome schemes as seen on our Sisal Panama rug bordered Jot Candy.




Touchable Texture 


Texture is the biggest sense to focus on. This is a about engaging and experiencing textures in your home and not passing them by. NO boutique hotel decorating ideas here. We want homes with heart and textures that bring a touch of charming nature indoors.


As it is spring we aren’t talking sheepskin but now embracing natural sisal, big jute panama, coir herringbone and exotic grasses for floors and rattan for furniture. It is a trend that can even include the shade and the material of the moment, terracotta. Combining mouth blown opal glass and the finest slip cast terracotta the Duo table lamp below by Hand&Eye Studio is designed to add a touch of warmth to any space.  




Statement Rugs   


Well, we would say this as we can’t shout enough about Alternative Flooring’s Make Me A Rug with the new click ‘n’ collect online service. Statement rugs can slot into the new elegance trend which packs a decadent punch with rich textures and strong colours. Imagine big, beautiful patterned rugs that linger on polished parquet floors.


Spring is that transitional season where we love layering. Statement rugs bring layers of pattern and texture to any room. This season is about shaking off winter cobwebs and refreshing interiors with character rugs are an instant pick-me-up for our homes.


Try a new take on the classic stripe. Mr Blue Sky which is perfect for spring. We love stripes and blue is still the nation’s favourite colour. This time around follow the fashionable denim and cobalt blue. Margo Selby’s new Arundel bedlinen is on trend too.

‘Our deep blues are inspired by the varying shades of indigo and denim that are seen in traditional Japanese dyeing. They are a core part of our current palette. We think indigo is the new grey.’ Margo Selby

Flowers are also in bloom this season and spring wouldn’t be spring without the birds and the bees. Summer Meadow from Alternative Flooring with Liberty Fabrics in Peacock blue makes a fashionable rug that is pure heritage chic. 




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