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...
Lighting for the Exterior

Lighting for the Exterior

Not strictly speaking (or actually in any way at all) interior design…however, I get asked a lot of questions about lighting for exteriors / gardens – particularly where the inside space opens out on to the garden. Clients are often looking for a flow and don’t want their newly refurbished interior to be spoilt by the exterior. I am not a garden designer – and I can definitely not advise on planting – but I do believe that you if you are looking to create an additional room or space in the exterior then you can apply similar rules as to lighting your interior. I stand by ready to be corrected by all the garden designers out there… One very important difference is, of course, that all lights need to be fit for purpose – so make sure they are specifically for exterior use (check their IP rating or ask your electrician). Secondly, there are (potentially) more trip hazards outside so make sure that if you are using lighting on steps or the edge of patios that you are lighting the way – as opposed to blinding the person trying to navigate the area – just think about the direction that the light is facing and how bright it is (avoid lights that point up straight into your eyes)! In terms of similarities to interior lighting I would always advise on different layers of lighting. Firstly, task lighting i.e. to guide your way down a path or up stairs, or perhaps security lighting to come on if any movement is detected. You may wish to have a light on...