My take on Decorex 2018

My take on Decorex 2018

Decorex is a platform for both up and coming designers showing their latest collections and long-established companies – largely servicing the luxury interiors market. The Decorex 2018 show preview guide picked out 4 key trends: Art Deco. Decadent & playful whilst retaining a minimalist bent, art deco seems to fit the spirit of now. Jewel colours. Colour choices are set to be bold. Brooding emerald & violet hues or rich sumptuous red. Blue. With its versatility and sophisticated edge it is one of the easiest colours to use. Rugs. these take centre stage – not just as a final flourish but as a key part of a room’s design. I saw evidence of all of the above at Decorex this year. Both lighting and rugs seemed to be in abundance. In both cases, definitely not just as functional items but statement pieces in their own right.                 Of the lighting – so many gorgeous examples but three of my favourites at Decorex 2018: The glass pendants from Jonathan Rogers Glass which were simply stunning; Cold Harbour Lights  – tapping into both art deco & jewel colour trends – these feather chandeliers appear to float, and lastly; Tigermoth Lighting whose pendants were both stunning & playful  – I love the warm light they cast.                 This chair from Timerous Beasties actually glowed! A very colourful stand from Judeco – all together a bit much for me but so many beautiful statement pieces that, used individually, could create a pop of colour or statement piece in a...
Spiced Honey – Dulux Colour of the Year 2019

Spiced Honey – Dulux Colour of the Year 2019

Each year AkzoNobel gathers international design experts to identify & analyse the design trends that best capture the times. Their conclusion is that there has been a shift in attitudes from 2018 – when people felt overwhelmed by the deluge of news and demands on their time, saw divisions across society, and looked for sanctuary in the spaces where they live, work and play. The experts noted that people were now becoming more aware of the world around them. They comment that if the unpredictability of 2018 saw people retreat, then we are now seeing their awakening. People want to feel quiet optimism – they are looking for their world to feel energising and warm, natural and true. This leads to the classic, comforting tones of Spiced Honey – the Dulux Colour of the Year for 2019. Spiced Honey is a warm amber tone, inspired by the beauty and versatility of honey itself. Spiced Honey can be soothing or calming, cosy or vibrant, depending on the palette you pair it with. My take on Spiced Honey is that whilst it is a beautiful, rich colour – it really comes into its own when supported by other colours. Dulux has cleverly curated 4 different palettes to do just that. #1 THINK – spaces for calm. Warm neutrals and honey tones that are positive but calm, soft but serious. Use these to create a space where people need to relax, focus and take the time to contemplate. Muted warm neutrals quietly nourish the mind. You can create interiors with a simple elegance using these colours. This is my favourite of the 4...
Entrance Hall Design

Entrance Hall Design

First impressions count. The front door and entrance hall beyond set the tone for your home – but it is also a chance to be bold with pattern and colour. The entrance hall is where you welcome visitors into your house – but it should also be a clear signal to you that you are HOME…and able to relax! This space provides a great opportunity to be a bit braver with colour and pattern as an entrance hall is a transition space. You don’t tend to ‘hang out’ in the hallway but rather move through it – this means that you CAN be bolder with pattern as you will not be sitting and staring at it (as you would say in the living room). Of course my partying days are long past so it might be that parties do still involve people hanging out on the stairs – but then a bit of bold pattern and colour at a party is no bad thing. An entrance hall needs to work quite hard too. No matter what its size – entrance hall design is key. Think about how you will use the space and what will keep it as welcoming as possible – but also functional for you and your family. Functional means storage – for shoes, coats, work & school bags. If storage can allow ‘stuff’ to be hidden away so you don’t see all the clutter then this is ideal – it makes for a much more relaxing return home (rather than picking your way through the debris of dumped school bags and shoes with stress levels rising)....
Decorating with colour & paint effects

Decorating with colour & paint effects

A recent article by Kate @ madaboutthehouse.com gave some great advice on getting started with decorating. I agree with pretty much everything she says in this article, especially that if you have curtains they HAVE to be floor length – it’s the law. Dormer windows may be the exception – depends on the shape & angles you are working with – but pretty much it’s the LAW. The point in the article that caught my attention and gave me reason to pause was her advice re paint – on woodwork, walls, ceilings. I love paint and I love colour. Using paint creatively is a core part of what I teach in the colour courses I deliver at the Dulux Academy @ AkzoNobel in Slough. Using the fifth wall (the ceiling) and shaping the way a room looks and feels with colour is just so impactful! In my own home I use lots of paint effects. If you look at the portfolio section of my website you’ll see I use A LOT OF COLOUR in my commercial projects – lots of colour, lots of paint effects – lots of fun! From painting window recesses, feature walls, bubbles, stripes, zoning with colour, using camouflage techniques, to playing with a rooms’ dimensions by playing with colour & paint in all sorts of creative ways! However, I think I might have been a bit lazy with my residential clients… or rather a little nervous of making suggestions that might seem unusual to them. Whilst my clients come to me for advice and guidance, I am always wary of pushing them too far out of...