The new beige is now varying shades of grey and to accent it, is bold colours of blues and greens…The latter being the colour of the moment from pale soft greens to the bold emeralds from the new Designers Guild collection


Lace that has been on the cat walk with the influence from Kate is now being seen in our interiors again,  perhaps not as in the 80s when we saw it on every window in and out of London but more as an accessory,  appliquéd onto cushions and used a trim on curtains.


We are taking influence from the 50s and child hood innocence and homemade and hand made.


Mixing metals, marbles, woods and plastics, mixing patterns that clash. Shading is very important with colour starting with pastels and developing into deep tonal colour from tie dyed to dip dyed.


Wild animals are featured  such as foxes, birds owls and childhood memories of cowboys and Indians … Dark woods are still on top but the bleached unfinished wood is back.


With the influence of open plan informal interiors are an not in…..however, it is my thought that when design is said to be  out, it usually means it will be back in, so if you have a room that is on its own it might be fun to be brave and create a formal space …..If it suits?

Designers Guild have kindly allowed me to add the content below from their  blog

Designers Guild – Colour Palette: Emerald

Designers Guild 1For over six centuries this intriguing, glowing extraordinary gemstone has been highly prized, lusted after and traded. In fact records show that the stone was known and sold in markets in Babylon as early as 4000 BC. It is a stone that was worshiped by the Incas, the Romans, the Egyptians as well as the imperial Chinese Dynasties, the moghuls of India and the Aztecs among others.

It has been known as the Emeralds are green by definition – The name was first translated from Sanskrit as “marakata,” meaning “the green of growing things and also the Greek word “smaragdus”, meaning green but  in fact the stone can veer from A fine emerald must possess not only a pure verdant green but also a high degree of transparency to be considered a top gem. Only gems that are medium to dark in tone are considered true emerald.

As a colour it is incredibly powerful – just where rich green meets blue – its the depth of these tones which gives it a sophisticated glamour. It is entirely at home with other strong colours and depends less on white and natural to be seen at its verdant best. At Designers Guild, it is one of our key colours this autumn. Here are some ideas on how to use it.

To view the full article and Images on the Desiners Guild Website click here  Designers Guild – Colour Palatte Emerald


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