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...
2016 Year in Review

2016 Year in Review

2016 has been a busy year for Honey Interior Design. With a mixture of domestic and commercial work – we’ve tackled schools, pubs, office spaces, a dentisit surgery and an opticians – as well as bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchens and lounges! In addition, we moved into the new Honey HQ in Folkestone in October. It’s been a great year – and as we continue to go from strength to strength we are thankful for everything we have achieved and looking forward to the year ahead. One of the quickest, and cheapest, ways to update a space is through colour and we’ve transformed dozens of spaces through colour and design consultancy. A coat of paint (or two!) can really make a difference to how a room looks and feels. I love the colour training that I continue to deliver in conjunction with Dulux – changing the way people understand and use colour in their homes and businesses! It really is more than just a tin of paint. I’m really excited about the new Dulux Heritage range and the Dulux 2017 colour of the year Denim Drift. You can read more about the predicted trends for 2017 here  https://www.dulux.co.uk/en/articles/colour-futures-2017 Everyone loves a before & after – so I also include two of my favourites from the year – where the transformation has been amazing – I hope you’ll agree. As for what 2017 holds for Honey Interior Design? More colour and more design. We are looking forward to working in several schools in Kent – creating spaces that support learning and inspire creativity for pupils and teachers alike! There are also some...
Decorex International 2015

Decorex International 2015

  Decorex International takes place 20th to 23rd September at Syon Park – at the start of the London Design Festival. Here are my top picks and favourite bits from my visit to the show! It looks like warm metallics are here to stay – be it gold, brass or copper. The colour blue also seemed to be in evidence on many of the Decorex exhibition stands – gorgeous deep, royal blues and navy tones.  Blues work really well with a warm metallic tone so it is no surprise to see these themes running in tandem. Check out the paint work on the Little Greene stand! I love the blue tiles from Drummonds with gold hardware.  Elegant blue chairs from AM Classic and MASSIVE chandelier from iDOGI. There was still hints of the “world traveller” trend with lots of Ikat prints, tribal influences and an earthy rustic feel – lots of colour and texture. A Rum Fellow showcase great examples of Artisan Ikats and artisan textile statement pieces – unfortunately I couldn’t get a good piccie of their stand due to the throng of people around it – check out their website! Luxury was everywhere – after all the theme of the show –  including: lots of wallpapers and fabrics with shimmer; sumptious fabrics with rich colours, metallic influences and velvet texture.  Fabrics from Black edition and Villa Nova, upholstered chair from Haddow Group and wallpapers from Tektura and Sandberg Wallpapers. Tektura have a great new range of wallpapers including a collaboration with Timorous Beasties and Rare Finds – unique wallcoverings and tiles handmade with gold and silver leaf, silk, resin and glass beads. Another top spot at Decorex was furniture with metallic accents. These beautiful...
A Tropical touch for your home interior

A Tropical touch for your home interior

Is summer finally here? As I sit here typing with a view of the sea and the sun shining it certainly feels summery – if not quite tropical! There are some lovely new textiles out from Clarke & Clarke. “Inspired by the French countryside, the Fougères collection is elegant, charming, classical and contemporary. It has a vintage feel and the palette includes natural, noir, raspberry and citrus”.  The pineapple trend seems to be staying on course and Clarke & Clarke have a lovely new print – Ananas – from their Fougères collection. Shown here made up as a lamp shade – this would also look great as a cushion (perhaps piped in a bright pink or lime green?) or as a Roman blind. My long time favourites Rockett St George never let me down for interior styling – and have plenty to offer with a tropical theme. A pineapple nightlight, vase and ornament can all be snapped up plus melamine plates featuring tropical birds, and don’t forget to add the Toucan snow globe (yes really!) to your basket before you check out. The Barneby Gates pineapple wallpaper, also available from Rockett St George, in pink/ red is another winner for me. This would look great in a cloak room – what a great feature wallpaper. Just looking at it makes me smile! If you haven’t already, then check out the Rockett St George summer look book here Rocket St George Look Book I also love the Flamingo print from Clarke & Clarke which is in the Fougères collection. Seen here made up as a Roman blind. Flamingo’s seem to be making something of a comeback right now....