Last week’s Blog contained a few ideas based on themes that had emerged from the RHS Chelsea Flower Show and touched on colour, materials and elements. As I was writing I realised that there was just too much to be contained in one Blog – hence here we have Part 2.
Many of the gardens were inspired by nature and/ or the landscape – for example Matthew Williamson’s God’s Own County – a Garden For Yorkshire, Cleve West’s M&G Garden inspired by his youth in the Exmoor National Park and The L’Occitane Garden which celebrated the company’s roots in Provence. We have seen nature and landscape inspire trends in fashion and interior design too,for example, botanics, tribal and now exotics.The good thing about this is that there is truly something for everyone, from a completely natural feel that suits those who like a more subtle palette to those who love colour. So here are a few picks.
For those who love colour and want to add a tropical feel then I would head straight for the Amazilia Collection of fabrics and wallcoverings by Harlequin. There are hummingbirds, butterflies and my favourite – Congo, a stunning mosaic-like tapestry weave depicting tessellated tulips.
Upholstering a single sofa or armchair in a bold fabric as illustrated above is a really good idea and if the fabric has a number of different colours you can change other elements to create a new look. With this look you can go full on or use the vibrant colours against a plain white background for a totally different feel. If going on for the full on look pick out one or two colours for accessories or if you prefer to create the look through accessories then I am big fan of British manufacturer Poole Pottery. This Volcano purse vase is a very tactile shape and the colours leap out
A rug is an easy way to add interest to a scheme I like this one from Dunelm Mill. I also like this collection of glass bottles from Not on The High Street
.If you like your natural to be,well, more natural look for natural textures such as cotton or linen fabrics for curtains and upholstery, sisal or jute or even solid wood for flooring and accessories from materials such as wood and stone. Choose motifs that come from woodland or maybe coastal landscapes and tones of taupe, sage green and soft blues. Use these elements to create a relaxed feel.
This driftwood base and glass topped side table from Dorisbrixham.co.uk is a striking piece of furniture.
No living space is complete without cushions and throws and there is nothing like the feel of wool, this one is from Bronte By Moon choose from colours such as sage green, heather, beige or grey.
Terrariums are proving a hit at the moment and are an excellent way of introducing greenery to your home. They not only help to banish any winter blues but improve air quality. They are easy to create, low maintenance and require minimal watering so ideal if you are worrying about how your house plants will survive while you are on holiday. This one is the Herly stone terrarium by Rowen & Wren.
and finally …. I couldn’t resist this squirrel, rabbit and hedgehog print fabric from Sanderson. Using the fabric to upholster a chair as illustrated is a fab way to inject a little bit of fun into your interior!
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