Our London Design Week roundup and favourite trends
At the beginning of this week, Ellie and I popped along to London Design Week at the Design Centre in Chelsea Harbour. Ellie put together a few mood boards picking up on details and trends that we spotted whilst there. And I thought I would explain them all in a little more detail. Including how you can integrate them into your interiors.
London Design Week always seem to come around so quickly. Well it’s back! And following our visit to the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour earlier on this week, we thought we should show you how to integrate all the new trends into your interiors.
Ellie has created three mood boards, including three big trends that we spotted whilst at London Design Week. They are a little bit different, and not really ‘on brand’ for us. But we actually fell in love with them. So I’m going to tell you how you can recreate them at home.
London Design week at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour is where all of the upcoming interiors trends are launched.
We saw so many natural, raw materials on display at London Design Week. Linens and woods in natural and rustic colours. I’m talking browns, beige, cream and almost every colour you’ve been told to steer clear from to prevent a ‘boring interior’.
There is something quite nice about seeing it used in abundance though. Natural coloured everything. Raw materials everywhere. It makes for a really calming and relaxing space. I think it would work perfectly for a really elegant interior by the seaside. Something a bit different from the normal coastal interiors. That usually include something blue, and something striped!
Fortunately for us, rattan is also trending. So this would be a great start to creating an all natural interior. I’d suggest a rattan side table or a cluster of the two. You can get a really affordable on from Perch & Parrow. For furniture, look at woven fabrics like linen in those all natural colours to achieve this trending look.
There is no hiding that botanicals have been around for a little while now. The benefits of plants in accordance with healthy living has really helped boost the use of them within the home. But all green everything seems to have been moved to the side. We noticed a lot of softened botanical schemes. Leafy patterns complimented with pinks and yellows.
Did you ever think of putting a leafy wallpaper with a velvet sofa? Or still retaining that botanical theme alongside yellow painted walls? No we didn’t think of it either. But it seems to be the new ‘in thing’. And we have to admit – it does actually work.
If you love this trend too, then these best way to make it work is to not overdo the green. Add in a little wood to the scheme to tone it down. Perhaps look at Moleskin velvet rather than high piled velvet too to help achieve a soft botanical scheme. We like this one from Linwood. For yellow paint – the winner for us is Farrow & Ball Sudbury. It has the perfect depth for adding in greens.
Remember that these are only the forecasted trends. It doesn't mean that you have to have them in your interiors. If you don't like a trend, then stay well clear of it.
The last scheme and trend that we spotted at London Design Week was a collection of all things travel. Lots of fabrics, and wallpapers seemed to be inspired by travels. Vibrant colours of Morocco and Patterned tiles of Sicily. Despite it being bright and colourful, I think this was my favourite scheme of all.
There is something really quite lovely about an interior being personal, and that’s what we took from this scheme. A collection of artefacts, souvenirs picked up from travels. Everything that has a story to tell or is attached to a memory in some way.
Of course there is no real way to advise you on how best to create this scheme. There is nothing that you could buy from the UK that would have the same story. So next time you are travelling, pick something up. A little vase off a market stall to pop onto your shelves. Or a large rug for your bedroom. Something as simple as a cushion. Every time you look at them, you will be taken back to where they came from which is really quite special.
Remember that these are all only forecasted trends. You don’t have to like them just because they are trends. In fact, make sure that you absolutely LOVE a trend before even contemplating adding it into your interior. It will stay with you and your home long after it stops being a trend. So you need to make sure that you do really want it, and you don’t just want it because it’s a trend.
Despite loving them, I wouldn’t put any of these three trends that we picked up from London design week into my home. Why? Because they aren’t really my style, and they certainly aren’t my colours. And that’s ok. Trends really are just a guide to what might look good.
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