Interior decorating with Indigo blues: Part one of two

If only it were as simple to change your interior decoration as it is your clothes. If it were, exploring the depths of Indigo blues would be high on my decorating agenda this summer. The trend for Indigo blues has been simmering away for a few years in the UK. For holiday homes in the Hamptons, Scandinavia and in parts of the Greek Islands, it never really disappears. Blues are sometimes accused of being cold, but there is nothing icy or ‘blue’ about Indigo. It is velvety warm at its deepest hue and can be as smart, boho or as classically pretty as you wish it to be.

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The Green Room – Autumn/Winter ’16 fashion and interiors trend

Turn away now if your school uniform was bottle green and you swore that the colour wouldn’t darken your door again. Every which way you look, the mystical and glamorous combination of green and velvet is, to put it quite simply, ‘big’ for Autumn/Winter 2016 fashion and interiors. Although I put my neck out and made a prediction at the beginning of February with my post on the launch of Farrow and Ball’s Paint Colours 2016 that it might be, even I have been taken aback at the the groundswell of this new direction.

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House and garden tour: Indigo Rye owner Karen Kennedy shows me round her inspiring Oxfordshire home

Well before the UK design community had reconsidered Moroccan pattern and encaustic tiles as desirable for the home, Karen Kennedy, owner of Indigo Rye had them up as the surround to her reception desk in her hairdressing salon. Hanging above the desk are a couple of punched metal Moroccan pendent lights from Liberty. Not only that, but Niki-Jones home cushions sit on window seats either side of the front door to the salon and literally scream ‘come inside’ to the passers by of Berkshire and Oxfordshire. At least they do to those of us sensitive to exquisite decorative home accessories … !

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Global Fusion interiors trend for Autumn/Winter 2016

As the seasons change, do your ideas on how you wish to decorate your home alter a little too? Do you adopt a bit of a squirrel mentality and find yourself stockpiling various homely items to line your nest for the winter months ahead? The Autumn/Winter ’16 interiors ‘Global Fusion’ trend is definitely one for those with strong hibernating instincts but also for those who want their home to reflect a little of far away places too…

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Outdoor entertaining

When we bought our tired 1930s house I knew it had potential and it came with quite a sizeable established garden, a converted garage, a very useful but slightly ugly pebble dashed workshop and … ahem … an outside bar …

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British Design Edit: Cressida Bell

What do you think the link is between this incredible cake and one of the most influential artistic dynasties of the last 100 years? Designers are often multi-talented, turning from one discipline to another, but this cake design not only took my breath away because of its lifelike cactus decoration but because it was created by British designer Cressida Bell.

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‘New Brights’ decoration at Ham Yard Hotel, London W1

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Bright wall covering and frame at Ham Yard Hotel, photograph taken on Iphone, Chariswhite.com

There has always been room in interior decorating for ‘Brights’, these are the colours which are the antithesis of neutral and dark – but how to interpret them in 2016?

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Farrow & Ball paint colours 2016

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Farrow and Ball 2016 paint swatches, styled by Charis White

Today is one of the days in the ‘Interiors Calendar’ or season, that I most look forward to. For me, it is like waiting for the morning after the Oscars, when we get to see who wore what on the red carpet in Hollywood – I actually have a few butterflies in my stomach!

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Pale Pink for 2016

I spent most of last year obsessing about pale pink creating a Pinterest board of inspiration so when I found out that ‘Rose Quartz’ or pale pink had been chosen as one of two colours by Pantone for 2016, I was pretty excited. Not just because it was the colour of my first childhood bedroom, nor because it is the colour of one of my favourite flowers the Peony, but just because it has so many applications. Continue reading “Pale Pink for 2016”