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  • The Colour Purple

    This isn't the English variant of Alice Walker's 'The Color Purple' but an introduction to the vibrant and eye-catching colours of 2019 (a wildly less serious topic)! The style over last year has drifted to more standout colours and creating seamless  matches instead of different shades of grey.

    Still worth a mention as it is an incredible read!

    The crunch of leaves beneath your feet

    Hot colours to look for are currently autumnal, burnt oranges, light browns and burgundy. These can make beautiful feature colours but also have a safe feel as they are quite mellow and easy to look at. A typical example is the flood of tan overcoats you see on your smartly dressed colleagues.

    The colours represent natural bright environments

    Translating this onto the interior design scene, we hope over 2019 to see more feature walls and smartly patterned throw cushions. Be braver with your colour choices but, as always, try to keep it palatable. Our general rule of thumb is no more than three colours in one room (with a bit of slack for white, black and grey as a fourth) and no more than 3 patterns. Patterns are hard as some can sit nicely together whereas some can completely disagree, use your judgement and style to make your pick.

    Living Coral

    Starting 2019 you may also see the label 'living coral' thrown around a lot. This is because Pantone named it colour of the year and if you get chance, you should check out their post about it. It shows how well this colour can be used by expressing it through the page, fonts and imagery. There is an especially beautiful video showing its natural presence under the sea.

    2019 colour of the year The colour really does shine alongside pale blues

    The vibe is not too dissimilar to the flush of autumnal colours also rearing their heads. Both exhibit a relaxing undertone, not too aggressive in appearance. This however has a more floral, tropical atmosphere than the warming, spicy flavours of the oranges. I would encourage experimenting with this pallet to see what makes it shine. I would warn that pastels fall in and out of fashion whereas seasonal colours remain timeless.

    amazing use of colour Perfect example of the colour scheme, featured in Livinator

    Furniture to finish the look

    Use this modern colour inspiration to enhance your existing decor. As always with warm colours, a farmhouse or natural wood aesthetic makes a lovely homely environment. We would love to see someone take our Cheltenham range and use this scheme to add depth.

    somebody please dress this in fluffy bedding

    As a newly featured range in our catalogue we are interested to see what our stylish customers can achieve with this versatile look, especially playing with the painted finishes available. In our opinion it would suit Autumnal colour schemes with hints of copper around the room.

    taupe finish tallboy The taupe finish is a favourite of mine

    This aesthetic has been experimented with a lot recently to great success. As a more contemporary suggestion, check out some of our weathered pieces. These can add character to a more polished look, going hand in hand with the casual timeless aesthetic of dark reds, oranges etc.

    grey colour scheme A fine example is our weathered chic bed

    Alternatively, our Etienne range boasts a few gorgeous weathered finishes!

    Fern xx

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  • Trends: 2017 Furniture

    2016 has been an exciting year with the flowing demand for more edgy, contemporary pieces such as traditional pieces with a silver leaf finish. Moving past this however, we welcome what 2017 promises to bring with it!

    contemporary furniture A little flash from the past ... year.

    Timeless!

    Some pieces carry their hype throughout years of holding the flag, one such is our Sophia button upholstered bed which has been revered across our projects and it will continue to be "in" this year. After the interest in more flashy and opulent furnishings, white painted and neutral wooden pieces are to make a grander appearance this year as a ripple effect.

    painted wood furniture Our exclusive and universally loved Sophia bed.

    Up and Coming!

    Taking into account the wide variety of interests sparking throughout interior design, we can see that drama and deep character are the reigning qualities to be watched. In response to this, furnishings will take a less eye catching roll and will be intended to compliment vivid wallpapers and paints or complex combinations of accessories. Shabby chic easily clashes with sleek aesthetics whereas more simple designs offer a beautiful appearance to add to the overall effect. It's no longer about the feature wall but an exquisite blend of all ingredients within the room and this can be easily ruined by overdoing a single aspect.

    subtle furniture Subtle uses of furnishings as seen in Sheerluxe's blog, linked below.

    This brings rise to a variety of pastels and neutrals present in a specifically good partner for 2017, upholstery. It maintains an atmosphere of luxury whilst offering an accent rather than overpowering. The same can be said for wooden pieces which can be finished in more subtle paints, also offering a range of choices, painted French style furnishings can mesh perfectly with any interior and are timeless!

    french furniture Our Beaulieu range blends subtle painted pieces with beautifully upholstered works.

    A Blast From the Past!

    Shabby chic still finds a place within the mix however, much of the furniture that offers a rustic appeal and perhaps a grander impression also allow for niche colours to be settled into a room. pistachios and a family of darker colours can be brought to life by cooler tones from our Etienne range or dark woods such as mahogany.

    distressed furniture A shabby chic way of introducing cooler tones to compliment room dynamics.

    Fern xx

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