It had been a while since I last visited the Ideal Home Show so I decided to arrive super early as I planned to see the show homes before the massive crowds came in and it paid off. I was the first one in the eco-friendly sustainable Garden Pod designed by Jordan and Russell from 2LGStudio. On entering the pod you can really feel the calming effect of the surroundings, from their Graham and Brown wallpaper they designed, to the cool tones of the grey bar stools, white work tops and blush pink armchair. Everything in the pod has been well thought out using recycled plastics or other sustainable materials such as vegan leather. It’s great to see ethical products being used in interior design and how we can take away the these design ideas and introduce them into our own interior designs at home. And of course no Garden pod would be complete without having lots of greenery inside! The pops of green really stand out on this neutral toned palate.
Next up, I headed to Sophie Robinson’s Innovation House, another stunning design home. Sophie is an interior designer, stylist, TV presenter and known for her colourful interiors, so I was really looking forward to seeing what colourful designs Sophie came up with. Each room had their individual personality and colour palette, yet maintained flow throughout the the house which created continuity, not an easy to achieve with an entire house! Sophie’s bold use of colour really got me thinking about using dark colours more often and to not be afraid of them. I follow Sophie on Instagram also and I often hear her saying her motto ‘ban the beige’ and I’m totally onboard with this. I believe having a colourful yet tasteful interior design can really make a difference in any room, colour has the ability to make us feel relaxed, calm or alive and joyful so I am an avid believer in colourful interior design.

Another design feature which I noticed was her usage of brass and gold, from the stunning gold splash back in the kitchen to the brass coffee tables, cutlery and lighting. Metallics look stunning on their own but when paired with a dark colour both compliment each other.

Talking about dark interiors, my next stop is another Garden Pod by designers Sarah Mitchell and Alexa de Castilho from Black Parrots Studio. The dark moody side of the triangular shaped pod really drew me in. I felt like I just wanted to jump over the rope and jump into that bed! I really liked the fact that the colour palette was restricted it showed me that I don’t have to fuss over a million colours in one room. My favourite element was the burnt orange against the earthy and dark colours.

TRENDS

So what are the key trends and how can you incorporate them at home? Here’s my top 5 trends I picked up on at the show and how to use the trends at home…

1. BOLD & DARK INTERIORS

Whilst the average Joe may stick to plain old magnolia or white, dark interiors was everywhere whether it was dark walls on room sets, flooring or dark sofas. Embrace the darkness and just go for it! Tip: When using dark colours, use metallic furniture or objects to reflect light and make the object stand out. Use bright pops of colour like the bright orange used in Black Parrot Studios.

2. METALLICS

Whether it was gold, brass or rose gold, metallics have been going strong for quite a few years now and they ain’t budging! Tip: Try to stick to the same metal in any one room, they will work better together. Why not jazz up your dinner table with some brass cutlery?

3. PINK

This is by far my favourite trend, a dash of blush pink can really soften up a room especially with Spring upon us, well when it does eventually arrive! I saw both 2LG Studios and Sophie Robinson use a fair bit of pink in their designer homes.

Tip: A good combination to with pinks are black, grey, dark blue and gold – just look at the ombre effect tiles in the bathroom from the Innovation House and how well they all work together.

4. INDUSTRIAL MINIMALISTIC LIGHTING

BHS lighting pulled out all the stops as they provided all the lighting for the show grounds. Their stall had the most modern lighting stunning and atheistically pleasing to see something so simple yet so beautiful. Not to mention, the atmosphere and the mood they create beats any lampshade!

Tip: layer up the lighting rather than having one blinding massive lightbulb from the ceiling

5. VELVET

Ahhh the feeling of the soft velvet, yet another massive trend set to remain quite a bit longer too. It looks super luxe and you can’t stop stroking it cos it feels so nice!

Tip: You can get almost anything in velvet these days, curtains, bed, sofa and more affordable. Adding some velvet cushions will definitely give you the luxe look for less.

What do you guys like from the above trends? I’d love to hear from you, leave me a comment down below!

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