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October 21st, 2015


The Midas Touch – Gold is the new Black

It’s been a while, but we can officially confirm that gold is back and taking on the role of the “new black”. It seems like the ten year love affair with chrome is finally coming to an end. Many are still wavering in the middle with the ever popular copper and grey, but here we take a look at the beauty of gold and brass, which by the way, look great with navy.

Winning combination of Navy and Gold

Image found on habituallychic.luxury

At Decorex last month we were relieved to see that both brass and gold finishes are more subtle this time around with warm rather than yellow tones and antiqued and brushed finishes being popular. We loved the warmer and softer shades of brass, burnished gold and hammered bronze. Gold still has a place, but it seems to be ‘affected’ in some way – hammered, brushed or blackened to give it a modern feel. It’s now also often used for pieces with an industrial edge, previously the preserve of black or silver metal.

If you want to follow the trend here are our top five picks:

First up is the Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered Coffee Table from Amara, bang on trend with the hammered top and industrial feel to the legs. We also can’t resist the side table Golden Set from Mufti for its warm yet subtle tones.

Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered Coffee Table -

Day Birger Et Mikkelsen Hammered Coffee Table in Gold from Amara

 

Side table golden set from Mufti

Side table golden set from Mufti

Next on our wish list are these bone china Gold Mugs from Alfred and Wilde, we like the combination of modern geometric and bright gold.

Gold and china mugs from Alfred and Wilde

Gold and china mugs from Alfred and Wilde

 

For a more traditional take (and moving onto the bathroom from the living room/kitchen) is this collaboration between the brassware specialist Samuel Heath and Royal Crown Derby. It combines hand finished brassware and hand moulded and intricately decorated fine bone china. We also continue to love the bronze collection from Samuel Heath.

New collection from Samuel Heath in collaboration with Royal Crown Derby

New collection from Samuel Heath in collaboration with Royal Crown Derby

Our fourth and favourite way to follow the trend is with a piece of artwork as your starting point, where better to start than with the colour combinations in these works in progress from contemporary impressionist artist Jessica Zoob.

Rich blues paired with gold in some recent works in progress by artist Jessica Zoob (image with kind permission from Jessica)

Rich blues paired with gold in some recent works in progress by artist Jessica Zoob (image with kind permission from Jessica)

And finally, if you can’t bring yourself to replace chrome  just yet; try introducing some warmer tones with lighting. These table lamps from West Elm are a nice nod to the trend without overdoing it!

Industrial Task Table Lamp - Black & Antique Brass from West Elm

Industrial Task Table Lamp – Black & Antique Brass from West Elm

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.

Patterns

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

 

Brights

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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