Make room for bold colour and big floral blooms

When I was first asked by ACHICA Living to do a guest blog I was over the moon and I knew immediately what I was going to write about. Anyone who reads my blog or the articles that I write for various magazines and websites will know that I am a bit of an interior design geek…ok, that is an understatement. If you must know I’m a massive interiors geek. So it made sense for me to write a post on my favourite interiors trends in the industry right now and some of the products and people that are inspiring me.

One of the trends that we’re seeing a lot of right now is for bright, bold colours and big floral blooms. Gone are the days where a minimalist magnolia interior was something to be hankered after. Post-recession home-owners are seeking to inject more personality and character back into their abodes and what better way to do this than with colour and pattern. One of my favourite examples of this at the moment is Miami fabric collection by Designers Guild for Spring 2011 (above).

The collection features fun printed fabrics inspired by the architecture, colours and subtropical flora of southern Florida and the Florid Keys. The designs are graphic and bold and can really help to inject a sense of youthful exuberance into any interior. And with names like South Beach, Flamingo Park, Coconut Grove, Miami and Ocean Drive I can’t help but feel transported to sunnier climes.

Bright colours will be permeating every aspect of interiors as home owners seek out more vibrancy and optimism to lift their spirits following the tough economic conditions of the past few years. Admittedly though, it takes a brave person to go the whole hog and really embrace these bold hues. But this colour trend is really flexible and can also be achieved in a more subtle measure by adding small splashes of colour accents. I really love the Lucky rocking chair by Brühl in white with a hint of bright pink. This chair perfectly incorporates the trend for bright colours without being too overpowering and at the same time it picks up the floral theme with the decorative floral embellishments. But for the more daring amongst us Brühl also do a variety of furniture that provides an all out colour explosion like the Mosspink sofa (pictured below).

The bright ‘popped-out’ colour palette that is trending at the moment defies the normal conventions of colour theory and we are now seeing intense, vibrant, clashing colours used alongside each other. It is no longer necessary to pick out a single accent colour for your interior and statement pieces can be used in abundance.

Selina Rose is a designer whose work I really admire. She is a really talented designer who uses cutting-edge technology to create intricately cut felt homewares and bespoke interior surfaces for residential and contract interiors. Her Flutterby cushions are one of my favourite interiors products at the moment and even better because they are available in vibrant, clashing tones of lime, pink and orange, which look great when used together.

Another of my favourite furniture products at the moment are these beautiful tables by Polish designer Remigiusz Laskowski, available in the UK from Muslavi Gallery. I really love this bright yellow Orient table, which combines one of the bold, bright colours that we are seeing so much of right now with intricate and delicate floral motifs to provide a striking contrast.

Bright colours are even making their way into the bathroom this year and one of my all-time favourite bathroom products, and one which is perfect for this trend, is the Chef collection by Rapsel. Designed by Marco Merendi, this bathroom collection was inspired by the industrial-sized pots and pans used by professional chefs. It is made from 100% aluminium and is available either in natural metal or powder coated in bright yellow, orange or blue.

And this post would not be complete without featuring the work of German Designer Lars Contzen. I have been a huge fan of his for years now and find him hugely inspirational. His work is fresh, vibrant, youthful and fills me with happiness. Recently he has embarked on a new project called Colour Courage whereby he has developed a colour system that includes design patented colour "families” that can be used by architects and interior designers to create harmonious spaces in which all the elements complement each other. Lars works with a partner network of reputable manufacturers in the industry who supply the flooring, wallpaper, surfacing, textiles, furniture and lighting that he has designed. Basically he can provide the whole package if you are looking for a bright, bold and vibrant interior this year.

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