Tag Archives: Trends for 2011

Interior inspiration from Decorex

It’s amazing how a small amount of progress on the ground can spur you to thinking about all the finer points of interior decorating. I was inspired after my visit to Decorex on Monday.  Decorex is the UK’s show for architects and interior professionals where we all go to get inspiration, to see the latest interior trends and talk to new and existing suppliers.

The grounds of Chelsea Hospital are transformed with the installation of a large marquee and trade stands. We had a great day and met with many existing suppliers who were launching new editions to their already stunning interior selections. And found new suppliers with amazing things to offer.

Here are some of my favourites:

who could resist this London bus rug


 Getting lighting right can transform a room

Interior Lighting

I love this

wall treatments can be amazing

An alternative to a boring stair carpet

Add colour to your stairs with a runner

I went a bit dotty over these carpets and runners

A dotty runner

Choose paint colours with care to make the best use of your interior space

Paint colours of the world

For more of my inspiration,  or to dicsuss a project call Alison 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

Changing trends

It’s that time of year: your linen trousers are put away until next year (unless you have a hot holiday planned for the winter – I wish!) and your boots and wellies are sitting by the back door. It’s the same you’re your interior too: autumn has arrived. The chimney sweep has been booked, the log store refilled and my linen cushions have been put away. I need to hunker down and get ready for autumn nights by adding warmer colours to my home to make it feel ultra cosy.

Of course, I have an excuse for all this change as we have just moved house: but it’s also the time of year that the fabric houses launch their new fabrics and wallpapers so you have an excuse to make some changes too.

Key trends coming through this autumn

Tribal: includes prints and shapes inspired by far away places but also has a contemporary edge. Get the look using bold colour and shapes and flower power images.

Modern Country: a stripped back natural look which works just as well in the city as in the country. Mix creams, wood and natural fibres with a hint of this season’s green.

Pop culture: fabulous statement pieces mixed with stark minimalism – think black and white and retro prints.

Powder room: mix powder tones of pink and orange with black for a striking contrast. Use black accessories in curtain poles and lamps to add drama to an otherwise pastel room.

Urban gloss: use soft fabrics and bold patterns to contrast with gloss paint and shiny details.

Handmade: create warmth and relaxation using natural tones and textures.

Good craftsmanship has always been important when buying furniture and this season is no different so use furniture as a focal point in a room.  Occasional furniture, covered in a striking fabric, can make the difference between a good interior and an exceptional interior.  But remember quality and longevity are more important than looks alone and only buy pieces which you love and you know will fit into more than one room allowing you to ring the changes.