Inspiration 26 July 2018

Guest Blog: Fiona Watkins trend report & designer tips!

Cheshire-based Interior Designer, Fiona Watkins, talks current & ongoing trends and bringing interesting and unique design elements into your home.

Fiona joined us in-store earlier this month and chose a few key pieces she believes are on-trend for this season. She also selected a few products that caught her eye as real design gems, perfect for someone looking to add that extra special touch to their home.

Find out more about Fiona Watkins and Fiona Watkins Design here.

Over to you Fiona…

For my guest blog, I wanted to write about current and ongoing trends this year and share some of my favourite Arighi Bianchi products for each. With my help, you can easily add perfectly designed elements into your home.

Greenery - The Pantone colour of the year is still going strong as is the botanical trend. This close connection to nature means we should be bringing plants inside. The Flower House has beautiful planted palms, cactus and terrariums but if you're not green fingered these tropically inspired pieces are a nod to the trend; Table Lamp, Wall Light, Artwork and Bedlinen. or you can fake it with these cute 'waving' ceramic cacti.

Metallics - The use of metallics is another continuing trend, with brass being the most popular. Its warm tones look equally stunning against pale timbers and marbles as they do against darker woods and paintwork. A simple update would be to introduce a stool, table lamp, mirror or even a small vase or piece of objet d'art ... we love the brass turtle!

Geometrics - Featuring strongly, geometrics are everywhere and we love the use of them in GP&J Baker's Parterre Botanical Wallpaper, a very classic way to make a statement on your walls. Karndean has several options for geometric flooring, wood effect Basketweave or Cubix for an incredible three-dimensional stone look floor. A patchwork chevron cowhide rug is a less permanent solution but is a good layering choice as we head towards Autumn.

< We love this unusual piece of geometrically inspired furniture, made even more striking by the inlaid mother of pearl detail. But is it a table, or is it a stool? So useful, it could be either!

1970's Luxe - this latest incarnation is very glamourous - think classic style, luxury materials in velvet, marble, gold, with high gloss surfaces and lots of curves.

The Beth Nest of Tables is a fantastic way to incorporate some of these elements. At FWD we love using groups of tables as they provide the perfect combination of beauty and function.

Mustard & Pink - Our current colour crush is millennial pink with mustard accents, as seen on the Shelley Armchair with its smooth pale pink velvet upholstery, and added mustard scatter cushion. As the warm weather fades we anticipate adding warmer tones of terracotta.

Benches - Bench Seats are hugely important in our schemes at FWD. Primarily used in a dining room or dining/kitchen, they are a practical addition to any space. Whether you choose a deep buttoned more traditional style, a textured leather and metal framed version for an industrial look, or a soft leather with curved arms and retro styling, there is a bench seat to suit every interior. They are an excellent choice for large families as they bring everyone closer together in a way individual chairs can't. Bench seats can work as a room divider to zone separate spaces and in smaller dining kitchens they can double up as a sofa providing lounge-style seating.

< Last but not least...we love this and definitely need a gorgeous curved Hammond drinks trolley in our lives! 

We'd like to say a huge thank you to Fiona for sharing some of her interior design know-how! 

With so many products available today to fit every colour and interior theme you can think of, it can be hard to know where to start when you’re adding furniture or redecorating your home. Not to fear though - we’ll be continuing to share exclusive advice from interior experts that will guide you to the ultimate ‘Instagram-able’ home in no time!