In the interior design industry, there’s a few key dates that are on everyone’s calendars. And one of those sets of dates is the London Design festival, a collection of shows, exhibitions, and a good excuse for all those Londoners in the industry to put on a show. Whilst here at Blinds 2go we can’t get around all that the festival has to offer, we do make it a priority to head to Decorex International.
It’s a week-long design event where the best people in the business show all their latest and greatest products. We head over to scope out the upcoming trends and styles so we can bring you our best collection of fabrics.
You’ll find the likes of Drummonds with their gorgeous bath tubs, high-street favourites The White Company, and one of our favourite brands, Sofa.com filling the hall, showcasing what they have on offer, as well as some of our favourite magazines..
After a long day of scouring the place, and sitting through a seminar on the journeys from catwalk to interiors, we’ve rounded up our best finds of trends that’ll make your heart melt. We’re going to spread the trends over a number of posts, starting with one that stole the show.
Trend 1: Velvets
After last year’s focus on luxury, you’ll be glad to hear that velvet has gone absolutely nowhere! We’ve broken it down in the key factors to look out for…
Colour & Shape
Almost everywhere you looked there was a velvet sofa, and they were luxurious! Oversizing was a key, as well as the move from the maroons and plums to sapphire blue and, surprisingly, mint green. It’s a good job we’re in the process of updating our velvet fabrics collection then, isn’t it?
There was a trend also towards more blocky shapes. Square sofas, very straight lines on tables; so we think that full curtains that end just before the floor, with straight lines across the bottom may be something to look out for (or get one step ahead of the trend and order some now?). It’d be complimentary, that’s for sure!
Making a statement, but less prominently than last year, was printed velvets and other pretty patterns. In furniture, in fabric books, even on curtain poles, it was a regular sight.
We particularly love this floral velvet chair on the Clarke & Clarke stand. Home goals anyone?
Here’s to hoping we get to add patterned velvets to our repertoire… The Sanderson HOME collection would be divine on or against velvet!
We mentioned earlier about the love of green velvets this year, but another trend that this sofa showcases is the contrast of elements.
The cushions of this one may be that gorgeous minty-emerald shade we saw all over the show, but the frame of the sofa was upholstered in a lovely grey fabric, more matt, rougher, more hardy.
Contrasting piping trims were big too, making a real statement and showing off the shaping of the piece they were outlining. Unsurprisingly, this is what we love about our bordered roman collection too!
Next time we’ll be heading into the animal kingdom for some wild style! We’ll see you back here soon…