Is it over for designer paint?
9 min read
Published 28 May 2021
|You might have seen that so called ‘designer paint’ has been in the news recently, as the British paint brand Farrow & Ball has just been sold to a Danish company for £500 million. This prompted a couple of articles voicing some strong opinions on the brand, with both Lawrence Llewelyn-Bowen in the Daily Mail and The Telegraph’s Shane Watson calling time on the brand’s long reign as the go to choice for the tasteful elite.
The quintessentially English paint brand started in the 1940s and has enjoyed enormous success, so much so that if someone were to ask you to name a posh paint brand, you’d probably say Farrow & Ball without having to think too much about it. The company’s marketing was so successful that for decades you only had to mention their name (or one of their quirkily named paint colours) and people would instantly think your home was stylish. But it seems their reign is over, as both Lawrence and Shane are less than kind in their pieces. They both claim that the paint is difficult to apply and Lawrence says that their famously muted colour palette, intended to recreate the faded colours seen in our grand old country houses, is a mistake, and that the original colours were much more vibrant and daring.
Lawrence has this to say:
Upstairs in their mansions, the [Georgians] were all about ruby red and cobalt blue, imperial yellow and iridescent violet. Downstairs, where the servants lurked, the walls were daubed with anything that was left over - what were known as 'estate colours'. The paint was slapped on and left to fade for a couple of centuries. It was this worn-out mishmash that Farrow & Ball misinterpreted as the palette of Olde England, and sold to us under the banner of good taste
|So, the colour palette might not be to everyone’s taste, but isn’t the paint itself better, which is why it’s more expensive? You would expect so, but I’m not so sure that it is. I’ve had plenty of decorators tell me that they hate working with Farrow and Ball paint as it needs at least one extra coat and can leave brush marks behind if not applied carefully. I’ve even heard of some decorators upping their prices to account for the extra work involved.
This is what Shane Watson had to say on the subject in The Telegraph:
For decades, all over the UK painters have been scratching their heads mystified as they gaze into a litre of something that looks a lot like magnolia but goes by the name of Lime White and costs almost twice as much
And Lawrence adds:
We never used Farrow & Ball paints on my BBC interior design show, Changing Rooms... we were working against the clock, and we didn't have time for the finicky fussiness of paints that had to be coaxed carefully onto the brush
|Over the years I’ve used and experimented with many different paint brands, and have found my favourites, and also found some that don’t work so well. My own personal experience of using Farrow and Ball paint has left me feeling that I generally agree with it’s critics and I try to avoid it wherever possible. Years ago, when I was painting my son’s room in F & B Drawing Room Blue, I found that the paint was looking streaky and the roller was leaving application marks which couldn’t be painted out. I phoned Farrow and Ball, who were very helpful, but told me I would have to paint the whole room using a brush only. I did this (I had more time on my hands back then) and it worked, but it was very laborious and I was glad I wasn’t paying a decorator to do it. I also came across similar problems with the Downpipe Family Bathroom as the walls had been newly plastered and needed a primer. I bought the recommended Farrow and Ball primer and all instructions were followed, but the paint still left streaky marks and even peeled off in some places, revealing the plaster. I’ve also found that the paint marks easily, and can be very difficult to get an even finish if you try to paint over the marks, so it’s not ideal for a busy household.
So, considering the trouble I’ve experienced, is designer paint really just an expensive version of any other brand of paint but with more hype and clever marketing? I think it really depends on the particular brand of paint you opt for. The good designer paint brands cover well, give a real depth of colour you can’t find anywhere else and could actually save you money as you’ll need fewer coats, so one tin will stretch much further.
When I was working on my recent Mid Century bathroom project (which I wrote about here) I chose a durable, washable off white from my favourite paint brand, the Little Greene Paint Company. In the middle of the work being done, I received a panicked call from the decorator telling me that there wouldn’t be enough paint to finish the job, as he was used to cheaper brands which didn’t cover so well. I knew that this particular brand of paint provided great coverage, and that I’d bought enough paint, and reassured him. Everything was fine of course, and the clients now have a paint finish tough enough to withstand moisture and family life.
|the finished Mid Century bathroom|
The more ‘everyday’ brands of paint are thinner in consistency than Little Greene, which makes them harder to apply, and you also spend more time cleaning up as they splash more. But the main selling point for the designer brands seems to be their colour palettes. Have you ever looked at the vast array of colours available from your local DIY store and been completely overwhelmed? There are so many shades within each colour that it’s almost impossible to choose from them. If you opt for a designer paint, you’ll get an edited version of the on trend and most used colours, as the brands have done (almost) all the hard work for you. They spend a lot on researching trends, so they know that when customers are looking for that special shade of blue it will be available in this year’s colour card.
There’s also the argument that the colours themselves are actually deeper and more reflective than a standard paint brand. Those of you who’ve fallen in love with a designer paint colour and then tried to find something similar in the less expensive brands ranges will know that the exact shade is very hard to match. Designer paint brands not only have the perfect colour edit on their cards, those colours have lots more pigment than in the cheaper ranges, and are made using natural pigments (rather than synthetic dyes) which produces a real depth of colour. Have you ever looked at a wall and felt you could just dive in? No? Maybe that’s just me, but the less expensive brands just can’t give you that same enveloping feeling.
Whilst we’re on the subject of colour matching, many of us try to make our budgets stretch further by having the designer paint colours matched and mixed up by a cheaper brand. You can see why - at £91.50 for a 5 litre tin of Little Greene paint, versus £26 for 5 litres of Dulux emulsion, the costs can soon add up. I have had clients mix up paints and then had problems when the colour just doesn't match (this is more pronounced with the darker paint shades, because the darker colour requires more pigment). Here’s an example - you can really see the colour difference between the first and second pictures, and the poor client had to change the paint after it had been applied to her cabinetry:
So, I don’t advise that anyone get the colours mixed - if you love that colour, there’s a reason for it, and a close (or not so close) match just won’t have the same effect. Go for the colour you actually want, and you’ll have forgotten about the extra cost in a couple of months.
It does tend to be the darker colours that cause more problems, and in my experience, most brands struggle to achieve good coverage with their darker colours. If you followed my progress on instagram last year when I was decorating my office (which you can see here) you’ll know that it took 4 coats to go from an off white to a very rich and dark green, and I ran out of paint twice during the process! It was worth it though, just to get that perfect dark shade of green that sits somewhere between teal and forest green. However much pigment is in the paint, it will always take more paint to go from light to dark, so try to factor that in when buying your paint and working out quantities.
There’s another reason why the good paint brands are worth paying for. The heavily pigmented colours of designer paints also react very well to the available light in the room. Have you ever noticed that the colour of a room decorated in a designer paint changes subtly throughout the day as the sun moves around in the sky? Or that the effect of electric light can change the colours’ appearance quite dramatically? This is something you just don’t get with an off the shelf brand. The colour appears flatter and has less strength, making the whole room less pleasing to look at, and crucially, it doesn’t feel the same.
Interestingly, Farrow and Ball eventually changed its paint formula to make it easier to apply after continued criticism from interior designers and decorators over the years. They had tried to make their paint more eco friendly in 2010 by removing their oil based finishes and replacing them with water based ones, but the colours produced by the water based paints were not the same strength. So in 2017 they added 20% more pigment to improve the opacity of the colour, and the paint did improve, but I think by that stage their reputation had been damaged. If your decorator is refusing to use Farrow and Ball then it’s already too late in my opinion, and it might be better to explore another paint brand.
There have been times when I just couldn’t find the right shade for my projects outside of the Farrow and Ball colour charts - again, they have spent time choosing some gorgeous colours for their colour cards - so I have selected from the range but have made sure to tell both the clients and the decorator what to expect from the paint. My ‘Banchaland’ project was based around the Farrow & Ball colour Bancha, which was perfect for the room, and try as I might, I couldn’t find another shade which was just right.
So, I’m not saying that you should steer clear of all designer paint, or that all expensive paint brands are worth the extra cost, but I would say that it pays to do some research and speak to your decorator or designer to get some advice before buying. There are many paint brands out there, and it’s just as important to get the right paint finish and composition as it is to choose the perfect shade for your walls.
If you’d like to read more of the Farrow & Ball articles I quoted, you can find them here:
Welcome to the design blog, where you'll see posts about anything from the projects we are working on, to the latest fabric and wallpaper collections, and all things interiors related. We love colour, pattern, architecture and old buildings, and we love to share our finds with you.
All that glistens - antique copper from Soho Lighting
28 Nov 2023
|Add some warmth and interest to your interiors with the Autumnal hues of antique brass, copper and brushed brass light switches and plug sockets from The Soho Lighting Company. Our favourites are the antique copper collection, as they are hand finished to replicate the aged tone of Victorian cookware.|
Paint made from olive stones?
28 Oct 2023
|Well known paint brand Mylands have created an innovative new paint range made from ground olive stones. Using a waste product and turning it into an eco friendly paint is genius as it has virtually no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) and creates minimal environmental harm. It is available in all their beautiful colours, and will leave the air in your home purer after decorating, meaning you and your loved ones will benefit too.|
Recycled yarn given a new life
28 Sep 2023
kirkby design's latest range is a happy collection that not only looks good but does good too. Created using 100% recycled cotton yarn from the fashion industry these eco-conscious prints are the perfect way to bring a splash of colour into your home this Autumn.
Shower curtains can be cool too
28 Aug 2023
|Who says shower curtains have to be white (or greying with mould)? The fabulously patterned range from Divine Savages is a bold and easy way to add a wall of colour and pattern to your home with no commitment. Very easy to change, and very easy to fall in love with too!|
Beautiful outdoor lighting
28 Jul 2023
|Outdoor lighting is not usually something to get excited about. But this new collection from Soho Lighting is beautiful, and in on trend but timeless brass. Inspired by the Chelsea Flower Show and designed to compliment any style of planting, there are three new lights in this collection. They are all made in Britain and you can take a closer look here.|
The perfect combo
28 Jun 2023
|We often have lighting combinations in our rooms (such as kitchens) where some lights need to be dimmable, (say over the dining table) and others need to be a functional on or off switch. The clever people at Dowsing & Reynolds have combined these types of switches into one plate, which is not only practical but stylish too. You can see the range of switches and finishes available here.|
Rebel Walls x Jack Kinsey
28 May 2023
|If you are a fan of the BBC's Interior Design Masters, you'll recognise Jack Kinsey, the runner up in the final of this year's show. He was our favourite to win, and is incredibly talented. It's lovely to see him team up with one of our wallpaper suppliers, Rebel Walls, to create a hand painted bespoke mural collection which brings the best of the past into the present. You can see the collab here.|
Heritage tiles from House of Hackney
28 Apr 2023
|One of my favourite maximalist brands, House of Hackney, have released a stunning new collection of heritage tiles based on their most popular floral design, Artemis. They are hand made and traditionally glazed, and come in a rainbow of signature House of Hackney colours. You can buy the tiles here.|
Fired Earth x Nina Campbell
28 Mar 2023
|One of the best known interior designers, Nina Campbell, has collaborated with one of my favourite tile suppliers, Fired Earth, to produce an elegant range of beautifully patterned tiles, and a complementary range of understated plains. They are designed in her signature style, and are very easy to mix and match to create a relaxed look in your home. You can see the collection here.|
New National Trust wallpapers
28 Feb 2023
|A new collaboration from Little Greene and the National Trust, a collection of wallpapers spanning over 200 years of decoration. The designs have been created from original papers found at three of The National Trust's historic houses, and printed using traditional techniques. The collection includes hand painted birds and stylised florals, and comes in 45 colour ways. You can buy the collection here.|
More pattern joy!
28 Jan 2023
|New from one of my favourite wallpaper suppliers, Woodchip & Magnolia, comes a long awaited collection of 18 bold and beautiful cushions. Inspired by some of their best selling wallpaper designs, they are made in tactile velvet and feature a pattern on one side and a coordinating plain on the other. You can see the collection here.|
New colours from Fenwick & Tilbrook
28 Nov 2022
|One of my favourite paint suppliers, Fenwick & Tilbrook, have just released 5 new colours. Named lovely things like Tarnished Brass and Spring Puffin, these warm, muted shades have been mixed by eye and are perfect for creating cosy, cosseting homes. You can see all their colours here.|
Out of this world lighting
28 Oct 2022
|It just so happens that I'm excited by newness from Mullan Lighting again this month. They have launched a fabulous colourful series of wall lights, with celestial names like Mars, Neptune and Jupiter, and I just LOVE the use of colour in them. You can see the range here.|
Introducing sustainable pendants from Mullan Lighting
28 Sep 2022
|The brand new Altus and Betty ranges of pendants from Mullan Lighting are beautiful, but we are also excited about them because they are handcrafted from rattan and abaca, which are sustainably sourced materials. You can see the Altus collection here, and the Betty collection here.|
Whipping up a storm
28 Aug 2022
|A colourful innovation from stylish flooring brand Alternative Flooring - you can now add a colour of your choice to the edges of any stair carpet runner they are making for you, taking whipped edges from ordinary to full of fun.|
A responsibly made lamp
28 Jul 2022
|New from lighting brand HouseOf, a responsibly made eco table lamp. Made from recyclable and waste materials, and designed and made in London, they will even take it back within the next ten years in exchange for 20% off another one of their products. You can learn more here.|
Corduroy is cool again
28 Jun 2022
|A new fabric from Kirkby Design called Sculpt includes these deep pile cotton velvets which look just like large versions of corduroy. The look takes me right back to my childhood, and is very comforting. You can see the collection here.|
Colourful, wonderful boucle fabric
28 May 2022
|The trend for super soft Boucle fabric is still going strong, but up until now we've mostly seen it in creams and whites. One of my favourite fabric suppliers, Linwood, has produced a new colourful collection of 48 shades. It's a durable and soft fabric, and works particularly well on sofas and cushions.|
28 Apr 2022
|This month, we were pleased as punch to receive the Best Homes & Interiors award from the prestigious Cardiff Life Awards. Cardiff Life Magazine are well-known champions of our city, and the annual awards celebrate the best of Cardiff talent, so we are over the moon to be named 2022 winners!|
Morris & Co. X Ben Pentreath
28 Mar 2022
|The designs of William Morris have made a comeback over recent years, and now they have been given a striking makeover by interior designer Ben Pentreath. The Queen Square Collection has reimagined some of Morris's most famous fabrics and wallpapers in rich tones and vibrant colourways. You can see the collection here.|
28 Feb 2022
|One of my favourite design houses, Woodchip & Magnolia, have gone all out for the all over pattern trend and produced wallpapers and fabrics in the same prints, which I love. You can see the whole stunning collection here.|
New fabric collection from Prestigious Textiles
28 Jan 2022
|A new collection of sumptuous fabrics has just been released from Prestigious Textiles, called Monsoon. The collection includes tactile velvets, animal motifs, embroideries and beautiful sheers, so it's versatile enough to use anywhere in your home. If you'd like to know more about these fabrics, please get in touch.|
New reeded glass pendants from Mullan Lighitng
28 Nov 2021
|Lighting designers and manufacturers Mullan Lighting have a new range of reeded glass pendant lights available. These Mid Century inspired lights come in three shapes and four finishes, but the Nahla (the one pictured above) is my favourite. You can see the range here.|
Little Greene and Bert & May join forces
28 Oct 2021
Little Greene has announced a collaboration with tile brand Bert & May. The collection sees eight gorgeous Little Greene shades translated onto tiles, giving you even more opportunity to add colour, texture, and a mix of materials to every area of your home. I love this bathroom combination above, with the perfectly matched tiles and paint offset with touches of terracotta, mustard and oak. You can see the full collection here.
Dulux colour of the year - Bright Skies
29 Sep 2021
So, Dulux have announced their colour of the year for next year, and here it is! Bright Skies is described as the 'breath of fresh air' that we all need after being indoors for so long. What do you think? I'm reserving judgement at the moment. It looks a little cold in the picture, but I don't think the beige sofa and the styling are doing it any favours here. Maybe colour drenched (painted on walls, ceilings, trims and doors) and with some warmer burgundies and terracotta, it could be lovely. You can buy the colour here.
A new home collection from Paloma Faith
28 Aug 2021
|British singer songwriter Paloma Faith has recently launched her first collection for the home. It includes wallpapers, fabrics, cushions and bedding, and she describes the look as 'faded grandeur and retro maximalism'. The prints are everything I love - dramatic, colourful and fun, and you can see more of the collection here.|
It's all about soft yellows
28 Jul 2021
|I was watching an Instagram live post from The Little Greene Paint Company last week, and they were discussing a comeback for yellow. Now, as you know, I don't think you have to follow the trends but yellow hasn't been fashionable for a long time, so this sunny, uplifting shade is often overlooked. A warm yellow like Little Green's Carys (above) is perfect for cheering us all up, and you can buy it here.|
The cushion that gives back
28 Jun 2021
|Introducing the cushion that gives back, from homewares company Oka. They have produced this cushion in partnership with The Trussell Trust who support two thirds of the UK's food banks, and 100% of the proceeds from sales of this lovely green velvet cushion will be donated by Oka to The Trussell Trust. It comes in a range of other colours too, and you can buy the cushion here.|
A beautiful new tile collection inspired by the National Trust
28 May 2021
|Just launched, Ca Pietra a new tile collection in collaboration with the National Trust. Every tile has been inspired by one of the historic properties, gardens or coastlines looked after by the Trust, and a minimum of £10,000 from sales of the tiles will be given to the National Trust to help them continue their important work. You can see the collection here.|
Yummy new switch & socket colours
28 Apr 2021
|Did you ever think that your light switches were good enough to eat? I'm guessing the answer is no, until now. You can now buy switches and sockets in these gorgeous colours from the new Dowsing & Reynolds Cafe Culture collection. They come in luscious shades like Cinnamon, Caramel Latte and Whipped Cream, so you can tone, coordinate or contrast with your wall colours and make every part of your interior scheme look delicious. You can buy the gorgeousness from here.|
A sustainable fabric choice
29 Mar 2021
|A beautiful new sustainable fabric range from Clarke and Clarke has just been launched. It's made entirely from recycled materials so you can refresh your home with a clear conscience. You can have a look at the fabric here. Get in touch with me if you'd like to buy any of this fabric.|
Sought & Styled - Preloved items given new life
28 Feb 2021
|This month I want to highlight a business run by a very talented lady I met a few years ago (remember when we could meet people?) Not only is she a creative interior designer, she also runs an online shop where she reuses and repurposes anything from soft furnishings to larger furniture items. Everything sold is bespoke and unique, and is effortlessly waste conscious because it's being used again. You can visit her shop here.|
Do kitchen worktops bore you?
27 Jan 2021
|Thanks to a genius idea from kings of pattern Blackpop, you can now have one of their colourful designs on your kitchen worktop. They will put any of their funky fabric or wallpaper designs onto waterproof MDF to make you a unique worktop, or they can even make a design just for you. Chopping will never look the same again! You can buy the worktops from their website here.|
A Fresh Take - Cardiff Life feature
18 Dec 2020
|This month's issue of Cardiff Life Magazine is out today, and features an interiors special, because one thing this past year has made us do is take a new look at our homes and how we'd like to live in them. To see what I and other local interiors experts have to say on the subject, including a round up of the trends for 2021, have a flick through the digital mag here.|
An enchanting inaugural wallpaper collection from Tom Baker
26 Nov 2020
|This opulent and atmospheric wallpaper from Tom Baker immerses you in a world of tropical flora, fauna and exotic animals. With soft cool tones and hints of pink floral detailing, this is the perfect wallpaper to add a relaxing and exciting edge to your home. Find this enchanting collection here.|
A new shady collaboration between Matthew Williamson and Pooky
20 Oct 2020
|The humble lampshade is often overlooked, but with the new collaboration between Pooky and Matthew Williamson they won't be for much longer! Matthew Williamson has applied his talent to design a new range of Pooky lampshades. Whatever your taste, colour scheme or budget you will find the perfect lampshade for your home in this new collection which is now available. This spectacular new collection can be found here.|
Felt covered curtain poles
17 Sep 2020
Now you can add some texture to your window dressing with these Walcot House felt covered poles. The pure wool coverings come with a option for bronze or steel fittings and wide spans up to six metres. The curtain track is cleverly hidden within the wooden curtain pole and there's a choice of nearly 50 colours and textures. You can find out more here.
Please vote for my blog
11 Aug 2020
|I'm really thrilled to have been nominated for an Amara Interiors Blog Award this year! If you enjoy reading my blog and would like to vote for me, I'm nominated in the Best Interior Designer Blog category, and you can vote for me here.|
Upcoming interiors trends from Love Rugs
10 Jul 2020
|Love Rugs, the people who know about all things rugs have just published a feature on the upcoming interiors trends for 2020. They asked six of the UK's top interior designers (including me!) to tell them what the upcoming trends are, and in particular the changes we will be making to their homes. The article can be read here, and if you'd like to have a look at the huge range of rugs they offer, click here.|
A new fabric collection from Linwood Fabrics
15 Jun 2020
|I love Linwood fabrics - they have a fab way of mixing colour and pattern into something really special, producing fabrics and wallpapers that make me want to coo. This new collection, available at the end of June, is just as gorgeous. It's called Kami, with the pattern inspired by a 19th Century document. The collection is a range of printed velvets, so perfect for upholstery and accessories like cushions.|
An easy way to update your kitchen
16 Apr 2020
|If you are looking to update your existing Ikea kitchen rather than replace it, Stockholm based company Superfront are here to help. They sell a range of fronts, handles, legs and tops to fit not just the Faktum kitchen range but also the Besta, Metod and Pax ranges - so you can customise anything from your sideboard to your wardrobe. These super cute round handles are part of their new birch collection, and the whole range can be found here|
Move over boring taps - colour is the new black
13 Mar 2020
|Colour has been taking over our kitchens and bathrooms for a while now (yay!), and has slowly been creeping into sanitaryware and fittings. These perfectly coloured mint green and pastel pink taps from the new Miami Colour Pop Collection from amazing homeware brand Dowsing & Reynolds are spot on and would look gorgeous in any kitchen or bathroom to add a shot of colour without overwhelming with sugary sweetness. You can learn more about this new collection here.|
Who knew a door stop could look this good?
19 Feb 2020
|Door stops are one of those little annoying things that we all need, but are not the prettiest to look at. Now London based Buster & Punch have turned their attention to the problem and transformed the humble door stop into something cool and covetable. They might cost more than your average one from a DIY store, but as you're going to see it every day, why not look at something beautiful? here.|
Wallpaper made of cork?
29 Oct 2019
|Sustainability and concern for our environment are key in the interiors world right now (as they should be). So when I saw that Monkey Puzzle Tree (a brand I admire for their sense of style and creativity) had produced this wallpaper made of cork, I was blown away. Cork is great for so many reasons - it can be harvested every nine years without harming the tree, is grown without the need for pesticides or fertilisers, has excellent sound and heat insulation properties, and is naturally antimicrobial and antifungal. This wallpaper has an A+ rating for emissions so it creates a healthy environment wherever it is hung. Add to this that the design was produced in collaboration with the talented Drew Millward who lives in my home county of West Yorkshire, and that it's called 'Hit The North', I was bound to fall in love with it. You can buy the wallpaper here.|
I'm in Cardiff Life magazine - again!
17 Sep 2019
Now that the summer is officially over and our thoughts turn to cosying up our homes for winter, I'm here to help. If you're in need of some inspiration, you can read all about the interiors trends for Autumn and how to work them into your home in this month's Cardiff Life magazine. Hear what I and other interiors experts have to say on pages 18-22. You can read the digital version of the magazine here.
I've been nominated for an Amara Interiors blog award!
6 Sep 2019
|Exciting news! My little blog (Design Insider) has been nominated for an Amara Interiors Blog award! I'm so chuffed to be included at all, and not expecting to win, but if you enjoy reading my blog posts then please vote for me. I'm nominated for the Best Interior Designer blog category. Voting is open until the 11th of September and you can vote for me here.|
My kitchen project featured on the Artifact Lighting blog!
1 Aug 2019
When I designed the contemporary copper kitchen, I wanted to use some copper elements to add warmth and also to tone in with the pink walls and pale grey units. I found these pendant lights from a company called Artifact Lighting, and they are perfect because they add to the 'warm glow' I wanted to acheive. They also have a vintage look which contrasts nicely with the sleek look of the kitchen units. When the kitchen was finished I sent some pictures to Artifact Lighting, and they liked the kitchen so much they featured it on the blog page of their website.
You can read the blog page here
House of Hackney's first outdoor fabric
26 Jun 2019
One of my favourite interiors brands, House of Hackney, who are known for their daring and quirky prints, have just released a new fabric which is suitable for our door use. They took one of their designs, Palmeral, and reimagined it in a fresh colour palette of off white and green. This colour fast and water resistant fabric can be used for anything from outdoor cushions to furnishing yachts (if you are lucky enough to have one!)
My thoughts on the colour Living Coral in Cardiff Life Magazine
31 May 2019
|Hear what I and my fellow designers have got to say about Pantone's colour of the year, Living Coral, and how to use it, in this month's Cardiff Life magazine. The article is on pages 84-86, and you can read it here. Do you think you could use it in your home?|
Sustainability in furniture design
7 May 2019
|Sustainability is something that is becoming more and more important in interior design - not just where we buy items from and how far they've travelled to get to us, but also the materials that they are made from. Kartell, one of Italy's best known design brands, have just released the world's first piece of furniture made from a bioplastic called Bio-On. It's a fully sustainable version of one of their best selling items - the Componibili modular unit, and it comes in four delicious pastel shades. They may be 100% sustainable, but they are also super cute and bang on trend with this seasons colours. You can buy them here|
The latest trend in shutters
24 Feb 2019
Forget painted shutters - the new style direction for window shutters is bare wood. These full height shutters made from sustainably sourced ash are the newest product from California Shutters, and are set to be big this year.
My new favourite tile!
7 Feb 2019
I was searching for some tiles for a client's splashback recently and came across these beauties from Topps Tiles. There's long been a trend for patterned tiles, with lots of geometric shapes and bold colours going on, but I've begun to see more and more tiles with a pattern in the surface of the tile itself. These ones are a lovely example, and the deep blue colour is just stunning. To get a closer look at them, follow the link below.
Pantone announce their colour of the year 2019
11 Dec 2018
Leading colour experts Pantone have annouced the shade which they think will be the colour of the year for next year - Coral pink. It might look very bright and scary, but it's actually quite easy to use. I wouldn't suggest painting a whole room in it, as that might be a bit overwhelming, but I would use it in small doses, such as on cushions or in artwork, to liven up a shceme. Pantone say that the colour is meant to 'embrace us with warmth and nourishment and provide comfort and bouyancy in our continually shifting envirnoment', which basically means it's a happy, uplifting colour, and might just cheer us all up!
My work featured on Homify
8 Oct 2018
My work has been featured in an article on Homify - one of the leading online ideas platforms for all things interiors. My project is in an article on how to avoid common mistakes when designing a bedroom. The article mentions how important it is to block out light for a good nights sleep - something I addressed by adding blackout lining to the curtains and adding an extra layer of window dressing with the wooden Venetian blinds. To see the article, please use the link below.