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Interior Design Trends


How to enjoy summer living 


Summer is here which means it is time to refresh our interiors and embrace the new trends. From lemon fizz and the tropics to simply turning Japanese, here’s our guide for welcoming the new season with a big smile.



Green and pleasant land 


You can bring country style into your home whether you live in the countryside or the city.  Just surrounded yourself with plant power and a breezy edit of natural objects, furniture and flooring. Here are a few tips on how go rustic wherever you live.


Keep schemes natural, light and lived-in. Every home should have touch of the artisan with handcrafted accessories such as a simple wooden stool and woven natural fibre flooring such as our Seagrass Herringbone. Choose rugged linen for relaxed living and indulge in loose throws on comfy sofas. If you are a country dweller then keep window treatments minimal and enjoy the fifty shades of green. 


Alternative Flooring’s Wool Crafty Hound and Seagrass Herringbone carpet



Turning Japanese 


The Barbican’s latest show, The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 welcomes you inside the Moriyama House (2005), designed in Tokyo by Ryue Nishizawa.  You can weave in and out of the house’s ten individual, fully-furnished rooms and maze-like gardens. Rabbit chairs, sliding libraries and an ‘outdoor’ cinema are some of the details to enjoy.


The exhibition gives you a dose of Zen simplicity and a desire for some clutter-clearing. The trend here is simplifying homes and discovering Wabi –Sabi, the Japanese philosophy of beauty in imperfection. 


Elle Decoration April 2017 and The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945 exhibition at The Barbican



Totally Tropical 


In stark contrast is the jungle vibe. You can transform any space with the big three - cacti, pineapples and flamingoes. These are harbingers of joy and fun. They can turn a concrete jungle into a tropical paradise or a midnight paradise with darker botanicals with Timorous Beasties Topical Tropical wallpaper. Whatever you choose we have an abundance of exotic grasses for floors to complete the look. We love our Sisal Super Boucle with Cotton Porcelain and Moss border.


Timorous Beasties: Topical Tropical Superwide Wallpaper, Alternative Flooring: Quirky B Geo Damson runner and Alternative Flooring: Sisal Super Boucle with Cotton Porcelain and Moss border



Lemon Fizz


Citrus tones gave sharp accents to Ralph Lauren’s SS17 catwalk collection. Zesty yellows are also squeezing in on the home front. Take the Kae collection of chairs in eye-popping brights by The French Bedroom Company. Beautiful woven artworks by Alternative Flooring’s collaborator Margo Selby combine milky whites and cloudy greys with sunny yellow.


Margo Selby’s Art Collection: 4,6 HANDWOVEN and The French Bedroom’s: The Kae Collection, Popping Yellow Chair



Rug Revolution


Rugs are our sunshine when rooms are grey. They make statements and space in interiors. The rug revolution has arrived and is here to stay. It’s the easiest way of accessorising your home and giving it a new look. They bring colour, pattern and texture to a room. Go for the biggest rug you can afford for your interior and if you only have small rugs then layer them to cover up a larger space.  Be creative with our Make Me A Rug online service.


Alternative Flooring’s Make Me A Rug online service



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