A Secret Garden - a designer's dream

Murals and wall designs have become increasingly fashionable in the world of interiors.  The popularity of wallpaper took a nosedive not too long ago, but in the last two years we have seen some divine wall covering and mural collections which, together with faux finishes, like polished plaster, have made walls sparkle, glow, shimmer and impress, creating stunning rooms.

The new Mandora wallpaper collection by Designers Guild consists of wide panels which depict  enchanting and exquisite evocations of secret garden scenes, including colourful birds and flowers and ombre shaded colours.   These organic, artistic designs are countered with tailored and chic geometric patterns, all printed on easy-to-hang non-woven paper. 

Secret Garden by Designers Guild

Divine ombre in mesmerising blues.

Gorgeous aquamarine and green.

This chartreuse green is so 2018!
See also Benjamin Moore's 2024-10 Chartreuse paint or Clarke & Clarke Casanova fabric

Decorative geometric panels, with hints of garden trellis.

The Secret Garden wall covering is 140 cm wide and supplied on a three metre roll, comprising two 70cm wide drops.  The design can be hung alone or together with the Scene 2 version in this collection.

Beautiful colours and artistry.  

A Very Green 2018

Embrace this year's trend for all things green with rich, vegetable-inspired colours.   An abundance of flowers or plants from Columbia Road Flower Market, Marylebone Farmers Market or New Covent Garden Market will keep it fresh and counteract the electromagnetic radiation coming from all the devices in today's homes.
 

This rich, deep green wall envelopes us with its comforting hue and texture...


ABOVE: Wall covered in Épure RM 666 62 burlap wall covering in Pachira, £173.80 per m, Élitis at Abbott + Boyd. Marble and brass shelf, £62, Holly’s House. Lunga bowl, left, £24 for three; and Angel #8 artwork, £45, Curious Egg. Marcia bowl, upturned, £9, Rockett St George Decorative egg, £24, Oka. Angles vase, £68, Anthropologie. Courtesy of Livingetc.



Murals and bold floral or foliage patterns on walls create bold, uplifting statements



It doesn't have to stretch across the entire wall...




For those renting a home, a large wall panel covered with fabric or wallpaper can have a striking effect...






More flowers decorate this sideboard and the design scheme is given depth with the slate grey wall...


Green and gold are a beautiful combination on this console table from Rockett St George...


The mustard shade, gold and rich green create an opulent feel here.  The geometry in the side table is echoed in the patterns created by the classic Eiffel legs on the chair...


For interior design enquiries please email info@brightspacedesign.com. 

Giant Living Birthday Cake

Over 4,000 plants will form a giant living birthday cake, towering above exhibition visitors and stands, to mark the 110th birthday of the Ideal Home Show at Olympia London this spring.  Naturally, I cannot reveal a photograph as yet, but the enormous green cake will look something like this...

The giant cake will be constructed in just four days.

The cake's creator will be TV gardener and horticulturalist David Domoney, who will wrap a fabulous mix of foliage and flowers around the vertical surfaces of the cake to be displayed at the annual exhibition from 17 March to 2 April.  Domoney and his team will have just four days to construct the cake, which will include various ferns such as Bird-nest, Boston and Pteris.

The 6.5 metre high by 3.25 metre wide cake will showcase vertical gardening - one of the biggest gardening trends for this year.  This links in with Pantone's interiors 'Greenery' trend, predicted by many designers to continue its popularity through 2018 and beyond.

With gardens becoming smaller, vertical gardening allows homeowners to make the most of the space they have. Vertical gardens have the advantage of being self-sufficient, and any type of plant can grow in the vertical pockets that can be attached to a wall, or in this case, the side of a cake. In these pockets the plants receive water and nutrients from the top down, rather than from the ground, with excess water draining down to the plant positioned below until each one is hydrated.

Domoney, who has been creating gardens at the show for over 20 years, advises: “Despite enthusiasm for gardening increasing, people’s gardens are getting smaller. Vertical planting is a brilliant way to enhance the brickwork around a garage, fencing or rendering, for example. For those with green fingers, the fact that any type of plant can grow in a vertical pocket means people can still plant, grow and love a whole range of plants.

“This project has been as exciting as it has been a challenge. The sheer size of the infrastructure needed to create the framework is a task on its own, but with a very tight build schedule, thousands of plants to go into position, and then keeping those plants alive inside a show environment for over two weeks, this project needs special planning and construction”.


Visitors will be treated to show homes that focus on enhancing every centimetre of liveable space, with a modernised Victorian terrace ‘Innovation home’, Liv-in beach huts, and specially-designed garden pods providing extra office or bedroom space in the garden.

Celebrities and experts offer demonstrations and top tips on gardening, home improvements, food and drink, alongside over 600 exhibitors. Celebrity chefs and drinks industry experts will also take to the Foodie Stage and Drinks Station situated within the co-located Eat & Drink Festival with free access for Ideal Home Show visitors.

To book tickets visit www.idealhomeshow.co.uk or call the ticket hotline on 0844 858 6763.

Scarlett Red Trending for 2018

Scarlet red has predominantly been used as an accent colour.  Powerful red, is an advancing hue, which can easily dominate a design, but used cleverly gives dynamism and energy in a daring and passionate colour scheme.


Images courtesy of Trend Book

This monochrome interior with dark walls is offset perfectly with the dramatic red top table which accentuates the central focal point...



The Feature Wall Grows Up

Walls have become a new buzz word in interior design!  Over the past year, trade shows have showcased more and more options for designers to unleash their creativity.  The feature wall of the past decade has grown up and glamorous walls are not simply about slapping on some wallpaper.  Walls can transform into works of art, with shimmering or matt finishes for you to gaze with delight.


This curved wall has an irresistible tactile quality...