So we are well in to the New Year – the decorations have been put away, the tree has been recycled and we have recovered from all the excesses. Now the dust has settled and life is back in the groove perhaps you have started to think about a bit of a revamp of your home, a room or even just a specific area. if so, here are just a few of the trends to think about


Colour is such an easy and cheap way to effect a transformation whether it’s using paint, wallpaper or accessories. We are seeing a move towards warmer neutrals as evidenced by the announcement by industry leader Pantone of Living Coral as its colour of the year for 2019. According to Pantone this is an animating and life affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energises and enlivens with a softer edge”. 

COY-pantone-pms-limited-edition-color-of-the-year-2019-formula-guide-coated-uncoated-1 It’s  a warm, cheerful colour perfect for brightening a space and of course has the association with nature. It combines well with both deeper colours such as teal but also softer greens and white.







dulux-colour-futures-colour-of-the-year-2019-a-place-to-think-livingroom-inspiration-global-21_0Dulux’s Spiced Honey is a warm amber inspired by “the beauty and versatility of honey itself”  For those who want a change from taupe this makes a good alternative, a stronger shade but still neutral. For a dramatic scheme I would pair with Finest Burgundy or Cobalt Night or for a lighter scheme try Angora Blanket or Love Letter.



Pink is still big but I’ve noticed a move away from the blush pink that we’ve seen so much of to a deeper dusky pink that would combine with either of the above as well as grey or blue. This cushion and throw from John Lewis & Partners caught my eye.

Dusky Pink cushion


UpcycledSilk StitchedI think we have all become more aware of the environment and the concepts of upcycling and the use of environmentally friendly building materials and heating systems. Christmas saw a movement towards a less consumerist way of life with people spending less and more of a focus on people. In terms of our homes this means looking at items that are more hard wearing and made from recycled materials. Yorkshire company Stitched produces curtain fabric in eco friendly yarns such as flax and cotton twill. It also has a range of upcycled silk made from a mix of wool, flax and recycled silk.

Devonian company Weaver Green has textiles and furniture made from recycled plastic bottles (I love this Nomad Tarifa Ottoman ) whilst Earthborn produces eco friendly paint.

Totally Tropical

Palm-Leaves-Green-Wallpaper-112-2007The trend for jungle/ tropical inspired design looks set to continue. Think 1920’s and 30’s glamour combining palm leaf prints, jewel colours and metal furniture. Add a sense of drama with this palm leaf wallpaper from Cole and Son (which comes in other colourways) or Inject a bit of fun with a metallic pineapple shaped ornament like this from Hicks & Hicks golden-pineapple-decoration_8432-product




If you would like advice on how to introduce any of these trends into your home or any other design maters call 07745 876182 or e mail I cover Cheshire and the North West.