Tuesday 16 July 2019

Move over, pineapple: the biggest soft furnishing trends revealed

The past few seasons we’ve been preoccupied with all things tropical- palm prints, flamingos and pineapples reigned supreme on our soft furnishings. But what is next?

Injecting your interiors with new-season style is easily done with soft furnishing updates.  At house 2018, don’t miss Julianne Kelly of Kevin Kelly Interiors panel discussion on the Trend Talks Stage, sponsored by Bang & Olufsen, along with Roisin Thompson of Designers Guild, Maeve Power of Colefax & Foster and Stephen Hunter of The Style Library to find out all you need to know.

So, what’s on trend?

Interiors are influenced by wider trends in fashion, art and design. These sources of inspiration are used by interior designers and adapted for the home. We want to invest in our homes and we’re always looking for a fresh update to renew a room. But with interiors, like fashion, styles come and go.

According to Julianne, “I notice more and more that people are doing up their house for themselves and their family. In leaner times, people would be afraid of making a mistake and decide to go for a safe, albeit, bland interior design. Now, people are asking for more bespoke pieces, they are looking for unique pieces, ideas, and really picking out things they themselves are interested in, not anyone else.”

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People are loving luxe interiors now. In a world full of turmoil and uncertainty people want to come home to more comfort, warmth and cosiness. Jewel shades are getting even richer with deeper,  sophisticated tones. Navy was a huge trend that has paved the way for teals, emeralds, and greens. Manuel Canovas SS 18 collection stands out with their use of deep colours which they use in a fresh and joyful way. Mixing deep greens with brass and golds adds a lush, Art Deco look.


Flooring has become far more than what’s under our feet. Savvy designers are using statement rugs to make a huge impact, inject colour and even change the way we see a space. Rugs are getting bigger, bolder and more beautiful. In terms of colour and pattern, think rich tones with simple lines and deep silky piles. Rugs ground a room, pulling the whole scheme together whilst adding warmth and texture.

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Greenery has been around for a few years but this year is set the see more people incorporating foliage into their homes, says Julianne.

“I’m seeing foliage in every house I visit and if not, we are putting it in,” she says.

From petite potted plants, to dramatic plant-print wallpaper and fabric patterns - the colour green is everywhere, particularly deep forest green.

Natural Fabrics

Natural tactile fabrics, like pure linen and soft raw silk, are stunning in their natural unaffected beauty. This is a relaxed elegant style that you’d see in homes in warmer climes, such as the south of France. The colour palette and mood of naturally-crafted fabrics are the perfect foil to the bold colours so popular at the moment. Larsen’s SS18 collection, especially in the Tepal range, take this natural aesthetic to the next level with an abundance of tone-on-tone, soft, matt fabrics.

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Pinks and Reds

Pinks and reds have been evolving for a few years now, becoming increasingly sophisticated. A favourite in the SS/18 collections is light terracotta. It has depth and warmth but without the darkness that rich shades often embody. Jane Churchill's latest Almora in Rustis fabulous- it is 100% cotton and looks lovely with brights like green and deep red, or neutrals like cream and white.

Come along to house 2018 to meet Julianne, Maeve, Roisin and Stephen along with many other brilliant interior trend-setters. Get your tickets for the biggest interiors event of the year here.

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