Colour me beautiful
Farrow & Ball has nine new colours: rich, dark tones are joined by soft neutrals, muted pastels and strong brights, with some pretty fun names. Look out for Vardo (dark teal), Inchyra Blue (aged blue grey) and Peignoir (a grey-pink reminiscent of plaster). Vardo, one of the strong brights from Farrow & Ball.
Dark and mysterious
“Walls right now should be very dark,” says interior designer Emma Green. “It adds sophistication, intrigue and glamour.” Dark bedroom walls from Emma Green Designs.
Feel the difference
“Floral feature wallpaper is a no-no. We’re all about textures, such as walls clad with upcycled scaffolding boards,” reckons architectural designer John Osborn. He’s done exactly that with a bathroom door and wall in a house in Elms Crescent, as well as in his own home. Upcycled walls from John Osborn Design.
Wood flooring never went away. Traditional parquet in a herringbone layout is so so hot. Just add hipsters, argyle socks and fixie bikes to complete the Hoxton vibe. Herringbone engineered-oak flooring Dark Spirit from Domus Group.
Natural timber is making a comeback, softening the harshness of concrete, steel and iron. “There are some amazing veneers coming onto the market, which really give kitchen cabinetry a rich, warm feel,” says Daniele Brutto, co-founder of Hub Kitchens. He’s also designing more “concealed” kitchens, which merge far better into a living space and with not a single handle in sight. Wood veneers from Hub Kitchens.
The art of deception
Porcelain tiles made to look like planks of wood are gracing some of Nappy Valley’s most fashionable floors. Tiles can be up to 1200mm long and 200mm wide and are so realistic it is difficult to tell the difference from real timber. Marry them to underfloor heating and you’ll be wishing for cold winters just to show them off. Domus Group stocks just the thing. Blendart Ceramica Sant’Agostino tiling.
PRETTY AS PORCELAIN
Eclectic Interiors is excited by the advent of porcelain for kitchen worktops. “We love darker coloured porcelain work surfaces that are just 12mm thick, which go extremely well with a modern handleless kitchen. Porcelain is also matt rather than polished and completely heat and stain proof,” says Eclectic’s Jolanta Harradine.
The Scandi look
Scandinavian products “are an absolute hit at the moment, everywhere in the house”, says Clara Bee. Think light wood and organic, natural products that are understated and beautiful. Anything from Skandium fits the bill. Classic Corona chair by Erik Jorgensen from Skandium.
Concrete takes a bow
Giles Pike Architects is making use of concrete for floors and wall panels. “It’s something that clients would have recoiled from 20 years ago but today’s client is much more tuned into modern design,” says partner Tom Pike. Underfloor heating takes the chill off walking barefoot on these polished kitchen floors.