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March 21st, 2013

Top 5 trends at London Design Week

The link between the new season fashion collections and trends in interior design is especially strong this spring. Whilst enjoying some retail therapy last weekend I couldn’t help noticing the return to brights and patterns (and I mean very bright and very patterned!) across the high street. I had a similar feeling yesterday at London Design Week in Chelsea Harbour.


Hot pinks, jade greens, bright cobalt blues are featuring strongly in many of the showrooms and pattern wise anything goes at the moment…

The new Manuel Canovas  range, with an exotic/Chinese influence is one eye catching example.

Manuel Canovas voyage en Chine

Voyage en Chine fabric by Manuel Canovas



The trend for brights isn’t just limited to fabrics.  As I  entered the Roger Oates showroom,  a new brightly striped “Masai” range of stair runners has been added to the New Hadley selection of vibrant Mandarin and Rose colour ways.

Roger Oates Masai Madder runner

Roger Oates Masai Madder runner

Roger Oates New Hadley Runner mandarin

Roger Oates New Hadley runner in “Mandarin”

… and prepare to be amazed at the range of brights now available in leather at the Edelman showroom. This is their colourful suede curtain:

Edelman leather colourful suede curtain

Edelman leather colourful suede curtain


Wow factor and fun for wallpapers

I’ve always found it hard to resist a statement wallpaper, maybe for a downstairs cloakroom or a study, one that makes you laugh or piques your interest at a friends’ house or in a boutique hotel….

My two favourites this season are “Penguin Library” by Osborne & Little and the new Fornasetti II range at Cole & Son – great for book lovers, cycling enthusiasts or anyone with a sense of fun!

Osborne and Little Penguin Library

“Penguin Library” by Osborne & Little


Cole and Son Fornasetti collection

Cole and Son new Fornasetti II collection


Trimmings are back?

Again, reflecting the current popularity for lace, beads etc. among the big fashion labels, trimmings are enjoying a comeback. For adding some dressmakers detail, the new Samuel and Sons showroom (their first in London) is well worth a visit. Try this as a border on a roman blind or some full length curtains.


Samuel and Sons Greek Fret border trimming for blinds and curtains

Greek Fret border from the Corinthia collection


New neutrals, Italian Style!

And for those who are finding the brights and patterns all a bit too much,  many of the leading brands have updated their neutral collections reflecting the catwalk trends for embroidery and lace. One of my all time favourite collections has to be the C&C Milano range in the Lewis & Wood showroom. True to form they have just added several new designs such as this beautifully embroidered linen…


C&C milano coco embroidered linen trends in interior design

New “Coco” range from C&C Milano


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