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5 Interior Trends for 2019

Happy new year! We hope you all had a lovely Christmas and New Year, and that you’re all ready to tackle the year ahead. If switching up your house is on your to-do list, then you’ve come to the right place. January collections are being released, and new pattern books are making their way into our showroom, and our January sale is now on. So, we’ve compiled a short list of just some of the interior trends that we predict to be huge in 2019.

  1. Mixed metals

    One recent trend was rose gold, but that is now taking a step back for more metallic touches. Metal accents add a touch of glamour to a room, creating a more luxurious feel. Brass, gold, nickel, and copper are set to be the big ones, as they add warm and subtle touches that aren’t too out there. Many are opting to mix the metals together, like silver and brass or copper and gold, all of which really make a statement.

  2. Geometric Patterns

    A trend that just isn’t going anywhere. A contemporary twist to any home, geometric shapes tie in with the minimalist style due to its aesthetic symmetry and simplicity. The only difference for this year is that these patterns are turning dramatic. Trailing on from the oversized floral trend of last year, geometric designs will feature bolder colours and larger prints, making them the focus of an interior. Romo’s rug collection is a good example of this, and a perfect starting point if you’re a little hesitant to incorporate huge geometric designs.

  3. Green

    Green is expected to be one of the most popular colours this year, and it’s not hard to see why. With people now wanting to create bold designs for their homes, as opposed to the light, fresh schemes of last year, while still keeping a timeless and sophisticated look. Moodier hues are what people are after, as it makes a great alternative to matte black, as it’s not as harsh. Green accents in a room can add a luxurious touch, such as green cushions, throws, and rugs. Feature walls incorporating these green tones are popular as well, we recommend Cole and Son’s Botanical Botanica collection if this is the look you’re after.

  4. Sustainable

    Almost every other headline we have seen this year has been about creating a more eco-friendly way of living, and this is transferable to your home too. This trend incorporates more natural materials such as wood, stone, and wool. This is an easy way to add some texture to your home and helps you create an organic and relaxed environment. Bringing the outside in is still a popular trend from last year, and this can be easily combined with the sustainable trend. ‘Cactus arrangements’ was one of the most popular interior design searches towards the end of last year, suggesting that the millennial trend of greenery is on the rise for the new year.

  5. Vintage Furniture

    Following on from sustainability, vintage furniture is making a comeback. People are looking for alternative ways to decorate their home and are trying to redecorate without creating too much waste. Many old designs are making a return this year, and people are combining them with contemporary prints to create a unique look. Warm hues are one of the popular choices, which ties in nicely with this season’s darker tones.

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A tour of our showroom 2018

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

There are many reasons why we love working here at Calico, but being able to work in our beautiful showroom is definitely one of the top five. With our Christmas stock now rolling in, and with the fact that we’re relocating next year, we thought we’d show off our showroom to those who are yet to see it. If you see anything you like, feel free to pop in.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

As you walk through the front doors (be sure to check out our window display before you do!), you will walk into our corridor that contains a small sofa, dressing table and mirror, all of which is available to purchase. You will notice that, behind the ‘showroom’ sign at the end of the corridor, are two doors. These lead to our workroom, where our fitters and seamstresses produce our beautiful products.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

As you continue around the corner into our showroom itself, you’ll see on your left the selection of blinds that we make. Roman blinds are our speciality, but, as you can see here, we also sell vertical blinds, roller blinds and electric blinds, to name a few. Next to this, there is a stand for Alternative Flooring, one of our suppliers. They have helped us with many of our projects, including The King’s Mound.

Opposite this is our bed display, which was installed in the summer. The lighter tones of the bedding are transferable, so they can work for autumn and winter as well. The bed itself is from Mattisons, and most of the fabrics came from Osborne & Little, who we have worked with very closely over the years. Some of the biggest projects in which their fabrics were selected were this retail customer, Glanmarlais Care Home, and another of our clients. You can also explore some of their latest collections here. The stripey bed throw is from Gallery and is also available to purchase.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors


As we move along, you will come across our Romo rugs display. This is the first rug collection that Romo themselves have released, and we love them. Villa Nova also have a latest rug collection, which are also on display.

Just behind this, you can see a suitcase-shaped desk, topped with photo frames, plant pots, and other miscellaneous items that you can buy, including one of our mini Christmas trees.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

The final display before you walk into the main part of our showroom features the Esta Button Back Chair, that is currently reduced in price, along with the accompanying foot stool. The dressing table has recently been decorated for Christmas, with our gold glittering star and snowy wreath peaking out from the back. There are also tealight holders, regal-looking hand mirrors and a design board displaying Colefax and Fowler fabrics. We have a circular drinks trolley, topped with bowls full of gold beaded hearts from Parlane, prefect to hang on your tree. Then, right on the corner, there is a set of three tables, adorned with fake flowers, tealight holders, a light up Christmas tree and candles.

Image by Calico Interiors via  Instagram

Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Now you are in the main part of the showroom. In the centre is the island where our designers will lay out pattern books for you to peruse, surrounded by high-legged seats for you to settle down in with a cup of tea. On the left, with our Designers Guild wallpaper display, you’ll see a pyramid of shelves that are currently holding more of our Christmas stock. We have silver versions of the gold star you saw earlier, plus baubles and reindeer. Next to these are the desks of two of our designers, who are there to lend a hand in helping you find what you’re looking for. Behind is the door that leads to our office where our designers and HR team are located.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

We then have our ever-growing collection of pattern books, where we gather for inspiration. You are also welcome to have a browse of these, just ask one of our designers for a starting point, you may not know where to start otherwise! We have a huge selection, from Osborne & Little to Colefax & Fowler, Morris & Co, Jane Churchill, Sanderson, Ashley Wilde, Romo and Clarke & Clarke. And no, that’s not all of them. You’ll have to come in and see what else we have in stock - there are far too many to list here! Part of the process when working on a design with you is that we will find some fabrics/wallcoverings that you like and send samples directly to your home. This way you can get a better look at how the pattern works with your ideal design, and if you like it, we’ll use it. If not, bring them back and we’ll find some more for you. There is plenty to choose from! (Seriously, this photo does not show all of them…)

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

Above further shelves of pattern books, we have a display of some of the poles we supply for your curtains. Next to that on the left are some of the tiebacks we have for sale, coming from many brands such as Harlequin.

Carrying on around, we have shelves on our Designers Guild butterfly wallpaper. This carries on past the matching curtain (behind which is our remnants cupboard). On these shelves fit photo frames and plant pots, all for sale.

We are now nearing the front of the shop once again. There are more pattern books to your right, all Harlequin and Scion. Dotted around the window are curtain poles, and nestled in the corner is a white dressing table topped with Christmas decorations. You can also see the back of our window display from here.

Image by Calico Interiors

Image by Calico Interiors

In front of this, on the other side of the wall is our Clarke & Clarke interlined curtains with a swag heading, and below is a shelf that is slowly being taken over by more of our Christmas stock. The large silver star is a particular favourite of ours.

We are now back at the entrance of our showroom. If you enjoyed this post and want to find out more, then come in and see in person. We’re more than happy to help. Our showroom won’t stay like this forever; we are already planning our Christmas window display, and our pattern book collection is only going to keep on growing. And with our relocating to the Lambsquay next year, there will be space for even more beautiful products to come! Until then, for more images of our showroom, check out the slideshow below.

Finding inspiration at Decorex and Design Centre 2018

 
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Image by Calico Interiors via Instagram

Located at Syon park, London, Decorex International is a leading interior design event that provides the opportunity for designers to showcase their latest collections, initiate new partnerships, and find all sorts of inspiration. The exhibits include fabrics, wallcoverings, lighting and furniture, and seminars and talks are held throughout the four-day event. The theme for 2018 was ‘Blank Space’, and so the show floor was designed as a blank canvas that allowed interior designers’ to stand out and flourish. Last week, a few members of the Calico Interiors team attended Decorex 2018, where they met many established brands and designers, and gained an insight into the latest interior trends for this year.

On Monday, the team were attracted to Villa Nova’s Picturebook, a collection of fabrics, wall coverings and accessories designed by renowned illustrators, including Fran Preston-Gannon, Christopher Corr and Yuval Zommer. Each artist has created a range of prints, with Preston-Gannon’s designs focusing on the Amazon rainforest, Corr’s is inspired by the cities of India, New York and the Mediterranean, and Zummer’s focuses on the world of bugs and insects. This collection is full of fun and enchantment, as it was inspired by whimsical children’s books.

The following day, the team headed over to the Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour for Focus 2018, where designers, stylists, architects and more present their collections and products to the public. The theme this year was colour, with over 100 immersive events that celebrate colourful displays and interiors.

‘ Lilac ’ display by Cole and Son

Lilac’ display by Cole and Son

Cole and Son’s latest collection, Botanical Botanica was on display here. These captivating designs capture the transforming landscape throughout the year, including gardens, woodlands and meadows. There are a range of colours in this collection to reflect each season; pastels for spring, vibrant hues for summer, dark tones for autumn and cool and crisp colours for winter. There are many floral wallpapers, such as ‘Lilac’, a beautiful spring flower that will help bring nature into any country or contemporary home.

Another exhibit that our team loved was Style Library, where collections from brands such as Sanderson, Zoffany and Morris & Co. were on show. The exhibit consisted of design boards and artistic displays, providing plenty of inspiration for attendees.

Les Indiennes     display by Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

Les Indiennes display by Nina Campbell at Osborne & Little

As well as this, collections from Designers Guild and Osborne & Little were on display. Designer’s Guild featured their green and blue hues, including the ‘Quill Velvet Cobalt from their Tulipa Stellata collection, which we used for one of our clients’ home earlier this year. Osborne & Little showcased Matthew Williamson and Nina Campbell’s latest collections: Deya and Les Indiennes.

There was so much to see across these exhibitions, and our team left feeling inspired and excited for the new season. Have a look at the slideshow below to see more of the collections and displays.