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Beyond Wallpaper

Paper may be the standard material for covering the wall, but why be standard? The relentless ingenuity and imagination of design brands have led to the development of some incredible alternatives, with a particular focus on natural materials, from cork to shells.

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Keep in Touch

With daily digital overload, enhanced tactility has never been more important. From textured wallcoverings to woven leathers, thick bouclé carpets and incredible embroidery, it’s all so much more interesting than swiping a screen.

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A Ripple or a Splash?

Biophilic design, inspired by nature, is closely associated with natural materials and botanical references – but patterns and motifs that take water as their starting point make just as strong a connection to the outside world.

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Paradise on Earth

Bold blooms, shady trees, dappled light, and fanciful birds and beasts: bring a heady vision of an exotic garden inside with the latest launches.

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Still Life

Still-lifes of Chinese and Japanese ceramics abound for wallcoverings, a look that takes one of the most traditional of all decorative objects and turns it into a something more playful.

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Making Room Outdoors

Performance products are now more than just fabrics and furniture. Brands are expanding their repertoire to include a host of suitable for the outdoors, from rugs to curtain poles, allowing for the creation of true ‘outdoor rooms’ with a more decorative edge.

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Journey to Japan

Quiet luxury, wabi sabi, and craftsmanship perfected over centuries: the design traditions of Japan are at the forefront of spring’s new collections.

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Wild Appreciation

Flora and fauna have long been ubiquitous in interiors, but it's nature's most spectacular and exotic creatures that are currently leaving the biggest footprint. Whether it's big cats prowling through lush jungle foliage, monkeys perched in trees or parrots in flight, these animal-themed designs are about pure escapism, transporting us to far-flung places. Classic animal prints such as cheetah and …

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Home Heritage

Renewed interest in heritage from a younger generation of decorators means that the past has never seemed so forward-looking. Inspired by a mix of innovation, tradition and British daring, interior designers are creating eclectic schemes that mix historical references with bold modernity – reflecting changing lifestyles but keeping one foot anchored in tradition. All this is helping to invigorate those brands …

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Keep it Natural

Embrace the bounty of the earth, from the rattan revival to wood, sisal and stone, to bring an authentic yet refined element to a space. Layer fabrics in cotton and linen for an informal yet chic look that is suitable for all seasons, and appreciate the crafted nature of hand-woven materials that add additional texture. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ‘Amasura’ wallcovering …

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In the Green

One colour dominates this season's palette. Watch as shades of green – from leaf and olive to teal and jade – take root, offering a deeper connection with the world around us. FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: ‘Fontaine et Animaux Baibouillage’ wallcovering (FP568003), Pierre Frey. ‘Landmark Pure’ exposed thermostatic shower set, Samuel Heath. Paint on frame: 'Poison’, Zoffany. ‘Satara’ rug, emerald, Jacaranda …

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All in the Mix

This year, it’s all about a sophisticated cosmopolitan charm, with some eclectic touchpoints when it comes to inspiration. Layers of vibrant colour and rich materials speak of history, travel and craftsmanship. ‘Captain’s Chair’ upholstered in (94-557) fabric and ‘Irish’ stool upholstered in (94-561) fabric, Baker. ‘Artisan Cushion’ (2786-02), Sahco. ‘Honoré’ dining table, Oficina Inglesa Furniture. ‘Blob’ lamp, evergreen, with ‘BGL’ ‘Bongo’ …

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The Great Escape

Design takes an escapist turn this season. This global outlook is long and languid, saturated in golden-hued warmth and exotic influences that evoke journeys to far-flung locations. From left to right: ‘Hub’ dining table, Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors. Vintage silver-plated table lamp and 19th century chaise with wicker, both Birgit Israel. ‘Peggy G’ sofa, Ceccotti Collezioni, upholstered in ‘Taxus’ fabric …

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Hook, Line and Sinker

This season takes a dive beneath the waves, bringing attention to the colour, life and beauty of the blue planet. With mesmerising sea creatures and spectacular ecosystems that exist underwater, it has never been easier to take the plunge. Above, left to right: ‘Nova’ table lamp and ‘Asian Turtle Shell’, both Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd. ‘Leda’ armchair in ‘Estelle’, …

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Colour & Context

Looking for the bright side? Sunshine yellow makes a fine combination with tropical teal and green – with maybe a punch of purple? Fortune favours the bold… Above, from left: ‘Blade’ ottoman, upholstered in (9455) fabric, Thomas Pheasant at Baker. ‘duVal’ yacht chaise and cushion, McKinnon and Harris. Fabrics on chaise: ‘Sintra’ (N9012251002), maritime and ‘Palmetto’, (N9012260001), mineral, No.9 Thompson at …

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The Rich Mix

This year, it's all about a sophisticated cosmopolitan mix: layers of vibrant colour, rich materials and eclectic points of inspiration speak of history, travel and craftsmanship. Above, left to right: ‘Big Foot’, Nicholas Haslam Ltd.‘Giove’ round mirror, Porada.‘Gargantuesque Sancy’ tie-back, cardinal noir, Watts of Westminster. Sofa upholstered in ‘Nouvelles’ fabric, vagues, Dedar.‘Aviary’ lantern (CL51-LAN), Bella Figura.‘Leo’ side table, Christophe Delcourt at …

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Sophisticated Combinations

Mustard meets indigo: look to opposite ends of the colour spectrum to create a scheme that hums with energy. Above, from left to right: ‘Hanford’ ceramic table lamp (CTL0070) with ‘Ikat’ shade, yellow/blue, Vaughan. ‘Vendôme’ buffet, Hugues Chevalier at Marc De Berny. ‘Quadrat’ lamp and 'Bongo' lampshade, Porta Romana.  Ceramic vase, Wunderkamer at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Roma’ nesting table (BA9253), Baker. …

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Ravishing Gardens

Get some fresh air to sooth the spirit. Germinate pretty flowers and lush botanicals in shades of mint and aqua – with a hint of pink to prettify the scene still further. Above, from left to right: ‘Sugar’ armchair, Julian Chichester. Textured vase, Wunderkamer at Miles x Bookshop. ‘Hughes’ dining table, Arteriors. ‘Phenomena’ floor lamps, flamingo pink/gold and mint green/gold, both …

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Invest in the Best

Look to invest in pieces where creativity and craftsmanship meet. It’s all about the maker’s passion for detail. From left to right: ‘Frank’ lounge chair, by Vincent Van Duysen at Sutherland Perennials Studio. ‘Le Coupe’ occasional chair, J. Robert Scott. ‘Koi Carp’, Alexander Lamont at Miles x Bookshop. Books, Potterton Books. ‘African Pot’ table lamp, neutral, with ikat cotton shade, Vaughan. …

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Freedom of Creativity

Take cues from the free-spirited approach to colour and pattern that is in the ascent. Fantastical birds and beasts emerge from dark grounds; and citrus shades contrast with teal and forest green. Above, from left to right: ‘Calle Stella’ side table, Rubelli Casa at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Triennale 2’ sofa (12105), Rubelli Casa at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Carmen’ ottoman, Flexform. 'Saybrook' pendant, Oomph at Nina …

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Into the City

Strong architectural shapes give interiors an urban edge, with a greyscale palette that makes it easy to combine a wealth of different textures, materials and prints. It's authentic, understated and refined. Above, from left to right: ‘BB’ chair, Rubelli Casa at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Embrasse’ tie-back (PIN021), marzapane liquirizia, Dedar. ‘1940’s Kuper Horse’ lamp, Birgit Israel. ‘Loubes’ bench, Paolo Moschino at Nicholas Haslam …

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Colour Crush

Amp up the optimism: decorators are expressing hope and energy via joyful brights. Train your eye on surprising and sophisticated colour combinations, and pair them with exuberant pattern and sculptural silhouettes for a multi-sensory approach. Above, from left to right: ‘Rouche’ trimming (Pin 019), Dedar. ‘Temple House’ sofa, pink, Miles x Bookshop. ‘Rngeen’ rug, Tim Page Carpets. ‘Trittico’ occasional tables, Porada. …

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Heaven on Earth

An earth-toned palette of clay, rust-red and burnt orange creates instant warmth. Add contrasting mineral blues and forest greens to balance out the hot hues, with burnished gold and brass to up the sophistication. Above, from left to right: ‘Magi’ day bed upholstered in ‘Elegance’, col 942, Flexform. ‘Cascade’ cushion, (CAS04), clay, with black trim, Evitavonni. ‘Kando’ side table, Marc De …

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Make a Play with Colour

From a punchy bright pink to watercolour-inspired pastels, colour brings out the playful side in an interior. These moodboards offer two takes on the trend. Left to right, top to bottom: ‘Bound Together’ fabric, 02, Pollack at Altfield. ‘Jaipur’ fabric (19538/962),  Etamine at Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Lindos’ (2233/08) fabric, No.9 Jim Thompson at Jim Thompson. ‘Surin’ fabric (SC077-02), Sheila Coombes at Brian …

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Leaves & Flowers

Flowers and foliage are bold and bright – ready to be mixed and matched for a scheme that explodes in to life. From left to right: ‘Soft Sandy Silk’ rug (101736A) rug, Stark Carpet. ‘Violante Lodo D’Oria’ vases, Miles x Bookshop. ‘Trivento’ bath and ‘Florin’ taps, Victoria & Albert Baths. ‘Delphine’ rug, Topfloor by Esti. ‘Eaton’ small ottoman (1M061) upholstered in …

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Mother Nature

Bring nature indoors with birdlife – feathers, eggs and all – and other native creatures. A soothing palette of duck egg, turquoise and soft grey brings calm, serenity and comfort. From left to right: ‘Gesso’ vase with handles and ‘Gesso Seated Bird’, both Julian Chichester. ‘Deco Monobloc’ lever basin mixer, silver, Perrin & Rowe. ‘Satin Nickel' finial (F298), McKinney & Co. …

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Tobacco & Tangerine

Look to opposite ends of the colour wheel for a scheme that's harmonious yet invigorating. Dark orange, rich brown and layers of blue are cocooning and autumnal, with bold prints, textured leather and hair-on-hide bringing a feel of 70s sophistication. Main image: (KBVB D15) coffee table, MKV Design at Decca (Bolier). ‘Collage’ wall light, Porta Romana. (SO103) lounge chair, Summit Furniture.  ‘Sculpture …

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Serenity Calls

What could be more calming than blue and white? The colours of sea and sky are as refreshing as they are timeless, given a modern kick with strong geometrics, textural depth and a glimmer of metallics. Main image: ‘Kaloon’ club chair, Marc De Berny. ‘Luna’ console, Ceccotti Collezioni. ‘Chrysalis’ tile (12), Ann Sacks at West One Bathrooms. ‘Madrid Star’ tile, Artisan of …

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Green Scene

When times get tough, make the house a haven. Embrace irresistibly tactile textures to add depth and comfort; deep forest greens, teal and turquoise create a tranquil, nature-inspired mood. Main image: ‘Pebble’ side table, copper, Birgit Israel. ‘YBU’ dining table, Christophe Delcourt at GMR Interiors. ‘Diamond’ table lamp (TL703) with 13” Tall Drum shade, Bella Figura. ‘Hutton’ club chair, Ensemble London at …

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New Dimensions

Geometrics look particularly bold in shades of grey with shots of acid yellow and mustard. Three-dimensionality is key: textured weaves, hair-on-hide and illusory prints bring a visual complexity to a limited palette. Main image: 'Club' floor lamp, Nina Campbell. ‘Barrique’ side table, Reflex at Chaplins. ‘Murani Dotty’ vase, Birgit Israel. ‘Adda' sofa, grey, (Elton 1677) with cushions in (Ernest 342), (Elton 1677) …

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Blushed with Success

Soothing blush pink and dusky lilac work surprisingly well as neutrals, grounding an interiors scheme, making metallics stand out and and acting as a foil for sultry blues and darker purple. Main Image: Table lamp (01), Magic Circus at Poliform. ‘Jewel’ drum table (BB3384), Barbara Barry Collection at Baker. ‘Egos’ lounge chair and ottoman upholstered in ‘Sun Bear’ (30028-017), Rubelli at Rubelli/Donghia. …

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Cultural Developments

Ethnic prints, basketwork, tribal sketches and intricate beading mix ancient techniques and avant-garde ideas. ‘Raku’ ceramic, Birgit Israel. Fabrics in vitrine: ‘Kasbah’,  de Le Cuona. ‘Basket’ pendant ceiling light (CC016HT25), Nicholas Haslam Ltd. ‘Black Ceramic’ table lamp with black shade, Birgit Israel. ‘Vic’ table (11K70), Flexform. ‘Milena' chair, upholstered in 'Jazz' fabric (FFCMIL70ST), Le Manach at Pierre Frey. Wool pom-pom samples, …

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Strong Outlines

Geometrics reinvent themselves, again: this time, crisp black outlines and clean sculptural silhouettes are the shape of things to come. ‘Fold’ dining table (MR4537), Darryl Carter Collection for Milling Road at Baker. ‘Aztec’ candelabra, Francesco Della Femina at Passerini. ‘Rex’ chair (50002-52), Donghia at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Diamond’ table lamp and shade, Best & Lloyd at Fromental. ‘Coppelia’ pendant, Moooi at Chaplins. ‘Cecily’ dining …

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Excavate The Past

Become a design archaeologist. Uncover the romantic treasures of the past to create timeless and eclectic interiors. ‘Chloe’ drink table (CHLO-T) and ‘Dublin’ lounge chair (DUBO-CH), both Holly Hunt at Fox Linton. ‘Oto’ dining table, Gallotti&Radice. ‘Danish’ copper candlesticks, Birgit Israel. Fabric on table: ‘Faceted Silk’ (6094/05), Pollack at Altfield. ‘Felino’ vase, Armani/Casa. ‘Stayman’ candlesticks, Remains Lighting. Wallcovering on left hand wall: …

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Chemical Reaction

Furniture, lighting, textiles and wallcoverings that call to mind molecular models, radio waves, labware and a general air of experimentation: this is where science and design get put into the melting pot. ‘Grand Eaton’ chair, (50028), Donghia at Rubelli/ Donghia, upholstered in ‘Lisbon’ fabric (TC097863), Armani/Casa at Rubelli/ Donghia. White vases (PLFBRO1) and (PLFBRO2), Poliform. ‘Isola’ shelving system, Gallotti&Radice. Finials (F285), McKinney …

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Precious Metal

Satisfy your appetite for subtle glamour. In homage to artist Gustav Klimt, gold brings a new jewel-like illumination. ‘Tree Of Life on Abaca’ hand painted panel, Sabina Fay Braxton at Alton-Brooke ‘Capiz’ wallpapers, Brian Yates ‘Facets’ table lamp, Black & Key ‘Intuition’ dining table, Koket (KO-Intuition) at Passerini Selection of hardware, The Nanz Company ‘Bolla’ table light, smoky, Porada. ‘Walter’ table, Birgit Israel. Set of three …

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Less is More

Make minimalism your mantra. Strong silhouettes reflect the assured confidence of the new collections. ‘Montpellier’ desk, Decorus ‘Mondrian’ tables, Poliform ‘Simon’ standing lamp (RABH03T25), Nicholas Haslam Ltd ‘Nova Bulkhead’ wall light, Porta Romana. ‘Flux’ lounge chair, Link Outdoor at Fromental. ‘Lost Leaf’ vessel (BR-429), Altfield. ‘Fontana’ console in bronze finish and ‘Abstract VI’ artwork by Paolo Moschino, both at Nicholas Haslam Ltd. Wallcoverings on …

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Optical Illusion

Chromatic graphics offer the youthful optimism of 1960s Op Art.   ‘Circle’ rug, Rug Star at Stark Carpet ‘Hespera 24’ chandelier (HL3000.24), Remains Lighting ‘Memos’ tables, Giorgetti ‘Oblique’ wallcovering (54080), Arte From top: (39165) braid, Houlès ‘Parati’ (LW 710 80) fabric, Elitis at Abbott & Boyd. ‘Balin Ikat’ fabric (AF73020), black, Anna French at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Aragon’ fabric (W01032/02), Jim Thompson at Fox Linton. ‘Penisule’ fabric (3550 …

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Pyjama Party

The art of seduction; sensual yet sophisticated elegance. ‘Bejeweled’ collection, Samuel & Sons Passementerie 'Ebenezer' console, sycamore dusk, Davidson. 'Nymph' lamp and shade, Donghia at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘Darius’ wallcovering (FP410002), Pierre Frey ‘Eggshell’ braid (EMBTR075), cement, Holland & Sherry at Lelievre ‘Cloud Pink’ rug by Jan Kath, Front Rugs ‘Moore’ cabinet, Giorgetti 61         'Retro' wallcovering (T85041), Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets 62         'Celebrity' fabric (AWL1003/62), kasha, Loro Piana at …

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Deco Rated

Enticing vintage-luxe in marvellous monochrome. 32         'Hanako' fabric (72730/9910), Houlès 33         (33003/9910) trim, Houlès 34         (32160/9020) trim, Houlès 35         'Walter' fabric (F3109001) usin, Pierre Frey 36         'Compass' fabric (COMP03), ebony, Evitavonni 37         Gallia' fabric (F3105001), argent, Pierre Frey 38         'Cooper' fabric (L9049-01), black, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler 39         'Zig Zag’ braid (ZATM332470), charcoal, Zoffany 40         'Robins' fabric (L9086-01), mother of pearl, Larsen at Colefax and Fowler 41         'Haspra' wallcovering …

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Better Burnished

The natural radiance of red metals and copper hues gathers pace this season. ‘Phoenix Crown’ ceiling light (MCL41), Porta Romana. ‘Colombina’ chair, Rubelli Casa, upholstered in ‘Panama’ fabric (30127-11), Rubelli Venezia, both at Rubelli/Donghia. ‘WB Tavolina 2’ table, Elise Som. ‘Walter’ table lamps, size 1 (FT587CO/AN) and size 2 (FT588CO/AN), both Original BTC. ‘Navigli’ shelves, Gallotti&Radice. From top on shelves: ‘Atlantique’ …

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Riviera Chic

All the glamour of the south of France, with relaxed seagrass and a blue note making waves. ‘Felix Light’ console, Birgit Israel. ‘Bolle Tavolo 1’ light, Gallotti&Radice. ‘Small Orb’ pendant (MCL43S), ‘Medium Orb’ pendant (MCL43M) and ‘Large Orb’ pendant (MCL43L), all Porta Romana. ‘Lotus’ plates, Elise Som. ‘Oktopussy’ chair and ‘Kandelabra’ floor lamp, both Marc de Berny. Hanging fabric in large …

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The Cinderella Story

Don your slippers and head to the ball. Add silks, satins and embroidery lend elegance for a happy-ever-after ending. Clockwise from top left:‘Pagoda Garden’ wallcovering (T14209), metallic pewter,Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Dama’ fabric, C & C Milano. ‘Bergman Embroidery’ fabric (AW9127), office white, Anna French at Jacaranda Carpets. ‘Fretwork’ fabric, red, Colefax and Fowler. ‘Gloriole’ fabric (T9046/01), champagne, Weitzner at Altfield. ‘Odisha’ …

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Peacock Plumage

Flaunt your fabulous feathers. There’s something irresistibly alluring about jewel tones of jade and teal. Clockwise from top left: ‘Monkey Palm’ fabric, oasis, Halsted at Colony. ‘Nuno’ fabric, red/green, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. ‘Luxe Alpaca’ fabric, oasis green, Robert Allen. ‘Miami’ wallcovering (105/3016), Cole and Son. ‘Blossom Frame’ fabric, oasis green, Beacon Hill. ‘Mosaic’ wallcovering (105/3016), Cole and Son.‘Tijuca …

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Geological

Rock on with marble, agate and semi-precious stones. Because some things are better set in stone.  CLOCKWISE FROM TOP LEFT: ‘Eternity’ wallcovering (ET205), Brian Yates. ‘Numi’ (W908/03), aster, Black Edition at Romo. ‘Agate’ fabric (10586.05), Nobilis. ‘Marble Emperador’ wallcovering (WP26880-006), Scalamandre at Colony. ‘Utopie’ fabric (10584.03), neige, Nobilis. ‘Jewel’ fabric (JEW/23), heather, Jason D’Souza. ‘Hermitage’ wallcovering (WHF 0003), grey agate, Fonthill …

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Looking Through a Kaleidoscope

Bold geometrics, hexagons and prisms add instant impact in 3D finishes and faceted shapes. Clockwise from top left: ‘Seurat’ fabric (33782-319), confetti, Jonathan Adler at Kravet. ‘Marquee’ fabric (4558-02), Chicago, Brentano at Altfield. ‘Prism’ wallcovering (105/9040), Cole & Son. ‘Rhodes Epingle’ border, Samuel & Sons Passementerie. ‘Bargello’ fabric, watermelon, Watts of Westminster. ‘Diablo’ fabric, multi, Jane Churchill at Colefax and Fowler. …

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Seasonal Greens

It's garden fresh this season so bring the outside in. 'Nomad' (NOA1800), Brian Yates 'Cykel' (111102), ivy/apple/slate, Scion at Harlequin 'Quiz' (10592-76), kiwi, Nobilis 'Shang Extra Fine Sisal' (T41181), green, Thibaut at Jacaranda Carpets 'Piccolo' (0483-23), conifer, Lelievre 'Le Cannetille' (F3029018), herbe, Pierre Frey 'Nimes' (04855/33), pomme, Colefax & Fowler 'Nimes' (04855/35), citron, Colefax & Fowler 'Seto II' (8180W-05), lime on white, China Seas at Tissus d' Hélène 'Pic Nic …

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Studio 54

Glamour finds form by slipping on some party shoes. Love the 70s redux. 'Vesta' (11121), platinum, Harlequin 'Ara' (10625 145), Zimmer + Rohde 'Venue' (342040), Brian Yates 'Prodigy' (6085/04), aegean, Pollack at Altfield 'Velours Malachite' (10564-70), Nobilis 'Velours Carillon' (10562-67), Nobilis 'Elystan 2 Seater' sofa, David Seyfried Ltd 'Yves' (Z393/01), gunmetal and (Z393/05), jewel 'Blass' (Z373/03), silver grey 'Machado' (Z3838/03), charolite 'Baby-O' (Z414/03), charolite, all Zinc Textile at Romo 'Diapositive', …

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Better Burnished

Metallics are elevated from pretty to precious. You can't go wrong with a bit of shine. 'Palais' silk galon' (BT-56776-03), oro, Samuel & Sons Passementerie 'Verona', oro, Evitavonni 'Chinatown Intreccio Meta' (LM 80650), col 1, Stark Fabric 'Oxidse' (111163), saffron/ graphite, Harlequin 'Igneous' (111141), jute, Harlequin 'Hutch' (GWP-3413.40), gold, Hunt Slonem at Lee Jofa 'Van Gogh' (HH3037), white bronze, Garrett Leather at Lizzo 'Gilded Cork' (GCO-119), antique bronze, Altfield 'Shiloh' …

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Look East

From the catwalk to the home, dragons, embellished birds and florals, usually found on cheongsams and kimonos, bring a new Orientalism. 'L'Empire du Millieu' (B7602001), multicolore, Braquenie at Pierre Frey 'Kediri Batik' (8170-04), coral/ forest/ jungle/ pistache, China Seas at Tissus d' Hélène 'Dragon' (2677-02), Sahco 'Claire' (GDT 5182-001), Gaston y Daniela at Abbot + Boyd 'Finola' braid (T75/01), mulberry, Romo 'Upstream' (PP50398), celadon/taupe, Baker Lifestyle 'Duomo' …

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