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2011 InterIor trends


By Suzie Clyne & Josephine Burlingham of ‘Maison by Design’


As the evening light starts to linger and the daffodils near their spring display, our attention, which has previously been focused on Christmas, can return to our home. The traditional spring clean is the perfect time to look at any work needing to be undertaken prior to guests visiting when the warm weather returns.


Each year fashion and interior magazines advise us on what look we should be incorporating into our wardrobes and homes for the coming seasons. But whilst street fashion is relatively short lived, interior trends lend themselves better to longevity. Tweaks and additions allow you to pick up on the current looks whilst utilising them in such a way that they last from year to year. It is often the case that the best homes have evolved with time, with only the most versatile and well loved pieces standing the course of time.


There are three major interior trends for 2011. These are; ‘Geometrics’, ‘Clashing Brights’ and ‘Handcrafted’. Three very different styles allowing you to choose any direction, providing it stays relative to the context of your home, and yet still be ‘on trend’. Geometrics typically work in a city based dwelling drawing on the hard edges of its surrounding architecture. Clean bold patterns, contemporary furniture and inspiration from the 70’s can all be incorporated into the design. The Clashing Colours theme works well with this look and means that you can be bold with your choices. If you are ever in doubt of how to use colour, look to nature


and how it is used. Nature never gets it wrong! These looks are fun, and consequently go well in areas with lots of energy such as Play Rooms and Children’s Bedrooms, rather than the more formal spaces. But Clashing Brights can also be delivered with an element of luxury - think back to exotic holidays where vibrant pink Begonias are the backdrop to comfy daybeds, scattered with pink and orange cushions under a shaded muslin canopy. Visualise pink and red rose petals sprinkled over crisp white sheets. A well placed day bed in a sunny spot in your garden, with pink and orange lanterns strewn from nearby trees will instantly draw you back to foreign climes. For Bathrooms and Bedrooms, calm remains the order of the day.


Starting with a neutral palette allows you to introduce flashes of colour via cushions and accessories (which can be readily changed when no longer desired). Bathrooms should also remain oases of calm, with natural materials and gentle colour palettes providing relaxing atmospheres in which to unwind. Here, bring in colour through scented bath oils and candles, whose warm glow can be enjoyed whilst you soak away the hours. Should you choose the Handcrafted theme, this can be something handmade, hand picked or simply an item which has a more organic feel to it. These are instantly precious and intriguing and suggest they should have a story behind them. There are wonderful Antique & Craft Fairs up and down the country where these treasures can be found at a much reduced price to those labelled up and bought in a shop. Keep an eye out for up and coming events. Crafted items are the new luxury be it woven, knitted or sewn. The focus is on embellishment, a sense of the ‘touchy feely’. Even the most basic of fabrics are given an instant facelift when beads are attached or a


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