By Collette Hanlon, creative director of Home Stagers
Having just returned from the massive “Interiors Show” I thought I would share with you some of the highlights and forthcoming trends. ‘Interiors’ is the first big trade show on the calendar and it really sets the ball rolling for the year. This is the industry window for manufacturers to show case their new ranges to retailers and designers alike. I was delighted to see that UK manufacturing is thriving in the quality end of the market and this year providing strides away from the ‘safe and same old’ and branching into more daring shapes and stronger colour palettes. The traditional styles see very sumptuous deep upholstery ranges, with cut velvets providing interest and texture. Detail in deep buttoning and contrast tailored trims showcase superb skills from master upholsterers. The colour palettes were very smokey and exclusive from pale silvery greys through slates to deep plums that compliment rich toned timbers.In total contrast the contemporary trends take their inspiration from the brilliant pop art colour palettes with clear polycarbonate materials that sparkle like jars of boiled sweeties! These modern materials are providing the technological ability to create new sculptural shapes that push the boundaries of function and durability in design. Influences from Scandinavian mid-century classics still continue to inspire and provoke this sector of the market which is perfectly tailored for modern lifestyles. Bridging the gap between ‘Formal/ Traditional’ and ‘Funky/Contemporary’ sits the ‘Relaxed/ Country’ which is altogether more eclectic and natural. The materials have a timeless comfortable feel; aged leather, reclaimed timbers, linen and denim all come together providing great durability that works in many homes. The styles range from the feminine Provincial French, to the altogether meatier Industrial and reclaimed, all with a retrospective and comfort inducing feel. The colour palette that works well with these furniture styles are the ones that compliment the natural patina of the materials used; chalky textured paints in sludgy neutrals and knocked back whites and greys. If I was to make just one prediction it would be that statement rugs are the new artwork! There were certainly some stunning examples on show at ‘Interiors’ incredibily complex woven designs. These are real investment pieces and are a great way to introduce pattern and colour to a room and if you plan to move this year simply roll them up and take them with you, perfect!
Call Collette on 0800 542 8 952.