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Brand Focus: Ashley Wilde

Tue 10 Jul 2018 Amy Kilvington

Since 1950, the family-run brand Ashley Wilde has grown into an industry leader in the soft furnishings sector. The business is renowned for its high quality and classic designs, coupled with a strong sense of heritage and an excellent reputation for customer service. Ashley Wilde designs adorn homes in the UK and beyond, in the […]

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How To Style Your Home Office

Tue 5 Jun 2018 Amy Kilvington

As we continue to realise the benefits of flexible working, and as more of us make the transition into working for ourselves, the home office keeps on rising in popularity. This corner of your home may be small, but it’s important to style it thoughtfully, ensuring everything from the furniture arrangement to the colour scheme […]

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Interiors Inspiration: Earthy Tones

Tue 15 May 2018 Amy Kilvington

This earthy trend brings together flat muted hues and rich, inspiring shades. Drifting between soft taupes and mineral greys before honing in on vibrant ochres and deep greens, Earthy Tones embraces every colour that Mother Nature has to offer. Let’s take a closer look… Earthy Tones offer a soothing and peaceful nod towards the outdoors, […]

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Tropical Interior Design Trends

Fri 11 May 2018 Amy Kilvington

Tropical interiors have never been hotter. From cactus prints and flamingo patterns to psychedelic jungle scenes, the Tropical Trend is as diverse as it is eye-catching. So which tropical theme appeals to you the most? Let’s explore them… We see the Tropical Trend everywhere. It currently plays a huge role in the interior design industry […]

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Mauve Interior Design Trend

Tue 24 Apr 2018 Amy Kilvington

   Pantone’s colour for 2018, Ultra Violet, has inspired a surge of purple tones throughout our homes. From pale lilac and periwinkle to deep grape and aubergine, there are plenty of variations of this reddish-blue to choose from. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at mauve, one of the leading purple shades of the […]

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Newstalgia Interior Design Trend

Fri 13 Apr 2018 Amy Kilvington

Newstalgia is set to be the most talked about movement of 2018/2019, so we’ve been chatting with our experts about this exciting twist on retro. Find out more about the newstalgia interior design trend today! Designers are starting to feel bored with popular midcentury and vintage trends. While these looks are indisputably classic and beautiful, […]

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Spring Window Trends

Fri 9 Mar 2018 Amy Kilvington

If you’re planning to update your home this spring, there are a few key trends worth thinking about. From playful pastels to deep earthy tones, from bold botanicals to subtle seaside hints, the interior styles of SS18 are certainly diverse. What kind of look are you hoping to achieve? Our interior designers are here to […]

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How To Use Neutral Colours In Interior Design

Tue 27 Feb 2018 Amy Kilvington

Neutral interiors needn’t be bland. In fact, a softly toned, earthy style is one of the most effective themes for creating a calm and welcoming space. What are neutral colours? Colours sit in one of three groups: the active group, the passive group, and the neutral group. Active colours include red, orange and yellow-based greens. […]

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New Year, New Style

Wed 3 Jan 2018 Amy Kilvington

2018 has finally arrived and we couldn’t be more excited to get stuck in. For some, January is a time for cutting back, clearing out and making resolutions. For us, it’s more about looking forward and embracing the possibilities of the new year. We recently looked back at interior design in 2017, and while we […]

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2017 In Interiors: A Look Back

Mon 18 Dec 2017 Amy Kilvington

As 2017 draws to a close, it’s time for our interior specialists to take a look back at their favourite trends of the year. The last 12 months have been filled with a diversity of decor, from Scandi style to mixed metals, from Greenery to geo prints, 2017 certainly hasn’t disappointed us on the interior […]

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Ultra Violet: Pantone Color Of The Year

Fri 8 Dec 2017 Amy Kilvington

Pantone has announced its Color of the Year for 2018, and we’re delighted to see that our predictions were correct – make way for Ultra Violet, a dramatic and thoughtful shade of purple. This provocative colour lights the way for the next twelve months, highlighting the spontaneity and originality that we crave. Pantone 18-3838 Ultra […]

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Celebrate Christmas in Style: Broadway

Amy Kilvington

‘Tis the season for elegant interior styling and festive flourishes, bringing Christmas spirit into your home in a chic and sophisticated manner. While candy canes and snow globes still play an important part in Christmas decor, it’s time to turn attention to a more luxurious interpretation of wintry decorations. This year, we want to inspire […]

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Celebrate Christmas in Style: Urban Farm

Fri 1 Dec 2017 Amy Kilvington

‘Tis the season for elegant interior styling and festive flourishes, bringing Christmas spirit into your home in a chic and sophisticated manner. While candy canes and snow globes still play an important part in Christmas decor, it’s time to turn attention to a more rustic, country cottage interpretation of wintry decorations. This year, we want […]

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Celebrate Christmas in Style: Nordic Folk

Fri 24 Nov 2017 Amy Kilvington

‘Tis the season for elegant interior styling and festive flourishes, bringing Christmas spirit into your home in a chic and sophisticated manner. While candy canes and snow globes still play an important part in Christmas decor, it’s time to turn attention to a more experimental interpretation of wintry decorations. This year, we want to inspire […]

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Pantone Colour Of The Year 2018 Predictions

Mon 20 Nov 2017 Amy Kilvington

Pantone’s next Colour of the Year will be announced next month, and we’e excited to discover the shade that’ll reign supreme in 2018. There are conflicting opinion across our team, but one thing’s for sure: following the success of Greenery across the board, Pantone’s colour of 2018 has big shoes to fill! Pantone Colour of […]

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Celebrate Christmas in Style: Midnight Garden

Fri 17 Nov 2017 Amy Kilvington

‘Tis the season for elegant interior styling and festive flourishes, bringing Christmas spirit into your home in a chic and sophisticated manner. While candy canes and snow globes still play an important part in Christmas decor, it’s time to turn attention to a more mature, dramatic interpretation of wintry decorations. This year, we want to […]

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How to be festive while staying stylish

Thu 16 Nov 2017 Jordan Harling

We’re entering into the busy back end of the year. It’s now the season of excess and overindulgence. Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas, and a thousand other events culminating in New Year’s Eve. In all the excitement of festivities past, we’ve found ourselves vowing to dial things back for next year – then doing the exact […]

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Lagom: The Latest Scandi Trend

Tue 24 Oct 2017 Amy Kilvington

“Not too much, not too little. Lagom.” This Swedish concept loosely translates as ‘moderate’ – it is adequate, enough, just right.  Scandinavian philosophies seem to have dominated the world of interior design in recent years, despite the fact that they’ve been ingrained in the Scandi ideology for decades. You will most definitely have heard of […]

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The World’s Favourite Colour: Marrs Green

Fri 20 Oct 2017 Amy Kilvington

In 2017 the results of a global survey discovered the most popular colour in the world. With over 30,000 submissions from more than 100 countries, there were plenty of shades to consider. However, popular consensus quickly determined that our favourite colour is a vibrant blend of greeny-blue: Marrs Green. Submitted by fine arts graduate Annie […]

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AW17 Trend Focus: Midnight Garden

Amy Kilvington

Our Midnight Garden collections takes inspiration from country gardens at night, whilst maintaining a sophisticated and classical edge. Elegant florals in deep tones are combined with subtle nods and abstract interpretations, making for a collection that’s sure to appeal to every taste. Florals are a timeless trend, but this season, it’s time to turn attention […]

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Greenery: Pantone Colour Of The Year

Tue 28 Mar 2017 Amy Kilvington

Pantone’s colour of 2017 is Greenery, a zesty shade of yellow-green that offers life, light, and a deep connection to nature. A symbol of rejuvenation and revitalization, Greenery is the perfect colour for spring, the season of new beginnings.   Greenery is vibrant and experimental, representing our need for change and our desire to explore. […]

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Prestigious Textiles Beachcomber Collection

Fri 24 Mar 2017 Amy Kilvington

Maritime interiors are set to be big this season, and we’re delighted that the Prestigious Textiles Beachcomber collection is exclusive to us until April 1st. Featuring a range of nautical characters and oceanic landscapes, this charming range is perfect for injecting a little beachy chic into your home. The Prestigious Textiles Beachcomber collection offers plenty of […]

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SS17 Collection: Pantone Colour Report

Tue 14 Mar 2017 Amy Kilvington

With springtime just around the corner, this season’s Pantone colour report is the perfect representation of warmer months. Exuding the freshness of spring and the pleasure of summer, the SS17 palette boasts ten playful shades that vary from the vibrant to the earthy. Pantone’s SS17 colour report features ten appealing shades: Primrose Yellow, Pale Dogwood, Hazelnut, […]

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Lush Meadow: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Fri 16 Dec 2016 James Nuttall

Completing our Autumn – Winter Colour Report series for 2016 is the regal tone of Lush Meadow. There is so much potential for room inspiration to bloom with this rich emerald shade; if your room design ideas consist of creating an elegant yet natural ambience in the home, then this is the colour for you. […]

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Bodacious: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Thu 8 Dec 2016 James Nuttall

Bodacious is definitely the most flexible colour in Pantone’s fall colour palette, and needn’t be limited to just winter room inspiration. This vibrant shade of purple can follow on into your summery room design ideas next year and still look fabulous, pairing brilliantly with a diverse mix of colour that ensures a genuinely unique statement […]

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Potter’s Clay: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Fri 2 Dec 2016 James Nuttall

The leaves have turned, the nights have drawn in and the temperatures have plummeted. There’s little doubt that it will soon be winter. It’s time to create a seriously cosy haven that is a joy to inhabit during the cold evenings at home – we can help you there. Our Weekly Colour Report is bringing […]

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Sharkskin: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Thu 24 Nov 2016 James Nuttall

The interior stylists here at Roman Blinds Direct have been positively bursting with excitement for the day we get to unleash our room design ideas for Sharkskin. It may seem unusual to be so excited about a grey colour, but we have been absolutely swimming with room inspiration for Sharkskin since our Autumn – Winter […]

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Aurora Red: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Thu 17 Nov 2016 James Nuttall

If last week’s room inspiration article on Pantone’s Riverside blue shade brought an icy coolness to a decor, then this week’s choice is the perfectly contrasting follow-on. Aurora Red injects the fire into a home, bringing a provocative heat that projects an energetic self-assurance throughout your home. This is an exciting red that cannot be […]

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Riverside: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Thu 10 Nov 2016 James Nuttall

Room inspiration doesn’t get much cooler than that of a decor that incorporates a healthy splash of Riverside. This cool blue is the ice queen of Pantone’s fall 2016 palette; calming yet exhilarating, it stops you in your tracks with its deep-penetrating air of mysticism. That being said, Riverside is, nonetheless, a stable shade that […]

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Warm Taupe: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Wed 26 Oct 2016 James Nuttall

We like to consider Warm Taupe to be the parent colour in Pantone’s Fall 2016 colour palette. In another decade of diverse colours, this is the shade which says to all the brasher tones: “You’re grounded!” Whatever room design ideas you may be nurturing, there will always be a need for a shade that brings […]

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Spicy Mustard: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Wed 19 Oct 2016 James Nuttall

This week’s room design ideas come in a spicier flavour than last week’s Dusty Cedar. With properties that are very reminiscent of the yellows prominent in 1970’s room inspiration, Spicy Mustard is Pantone’s tangy injection of optimism into an otherwise, rather muted palette. Spicy Mustard is the autumn juxtaposition to the yellow featured in Pantone’s […]

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Dusty Cedar: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Thu 13 Oct 2016 James Nuttall

In last week’s Colour Report, we brought you Airy Blue – the autumn counterpart to one of Pantone’s spring selections and Colours of the Year, Serenity. Today, it is time to meet the autumn adaptation of Pantone’s other Colour of the Year 2016, Rose Quartz: introducing Dusty Cedar. Whereas Rose Quartz was the perfect shade […]

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Airy Blue: Autumn – Winter Weekly Colour Report

Wed 5 Oct 2016 James Nuttall

We’ve been counting the weeks and now it’s finally here, our Autumn-Winter Weekly Colour Report! Our readers can look forward to ten fantastic weeks of room design ideas from our interior designers, who will be gifting room inspiration to suit a wide variety of tastes, each week featuring a different colour from Pantone’s Autumn-Winter 2016 […]

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AW16 Collection | Pantone Colour Report

Thu 22 Sep 2016 James Nuttall

    As the days begin to turn darker, so does our colour palette. Pantone’s Fall 2016 shades are a sedate shift from the bright and bold tones we brought to you throughout the spring and summer months. However, many of the new colours strongly reflect their spring counterparts, just in more subdued shades; the […]

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Equinox Elegance: Tips For A Smooth Autumn Transition

Fri 16 Sep 2016 James Nuttall

  Have you started to notice the leaves on the ground? Alas, autumn will soon take a firm hold on the UK, but we at Roman Blinds Direct couldn’t be more excited about that, because it means that we are getting ever closer to rolling out our fabulous Autumn-Winter Collection. This also means we will […]

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Thu 8 Sep 2016 James Nuttall

This autumn is set to see an awesomely eclectic range of styles take centre stage, and we at Roman Blinds Direct are just bursting with room design ideas that we can’t wait to share with you! We are beginning this week with a trend we’ve been waiting to see re-emerge for quite some time: the […]

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Take It Tribal!

Fri 2 Sep 2016 James Nuttall

    A perfect mix of modern and rustic, the Tribal trend is very much the ‘in’ thing for this season. Tribal is your chance to achieve a fantastic equilibrium between refinement and primal, incorporating an eclectic range of textures to create a soothing yet vibrant decor. For this trend, we have decided to focus […]

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Thu 25 Aug 2016 James Nuttall

We are slowly creeping towards the end of August, and we’re just a few weeks away from the leaves turning colour and the nights beginning to draw in. However, before summer disappears behind the clouds for another year, we at Roman Blinds Direct are gifting you with some extra-sunny room inspiration! These room design ideas […]

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Styling Your Windows: The Home Office Edit

Mon 15 Aug 2016 James Nuttall

Recently, we lent our expertise to an article by Trendy Products about styling a chic outdoor office. This time it’s our turn, and we are turning our attention to fashioning indoor working spaces. As we said over on Vertical Blinds Direct’s blog, home office decors shouldn’t be seen as sterile and desolate wildernesses, completely devoid […]

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Thu 4 Aug 2016 James Nuttall

For an on-trend motif that allows both diversity and creativity, you can’t do any better than taking some room design ideas from the Brazilian decorating style. Brazilian room inspiration is a fantastically stylish way to incorporate a wide-ranging palette of colour, while also combining an eclectic mix of accessories and furniture, to fashion a unique, […]

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Styling Your Windows: The Kitchen Edit

Thu 28 Jul 2016 James Nuttall

With the profusion of perks we listed on Roller Blinds Direct’s blog as to why roller blinds are the ideal furnishing for kitchens, you have, no doubt, by now rushed to our online store to order some for yourself. However, having a new set of beautiful roller blinds hanging in a kitchen that isn’t up to […]

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Mon 18 Jul 2016 James Nuttall

Ironically, one of the hottest colours for this summer is actually one of the coolest tones in the spectrum. We are, of course, talking about Indigo. This calm base colour is the ideal shade for fashioning a soothed and tranquil atmosphere in your home. Not only that, but this style promises to remain in vogue […]

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Tang of Tropical

Fri 24 Jun 2016 James Nuttall

Tropical couldn’t be a hotter topic in the 2016 world of summer interior design and room inspiration. This style of decorating, much like summertime itself, is all about fun, which is why we are bringing this article of room design ideas to you in July – the perfect month for some vibrant gaiety, both in […]

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Summer Solstice Style

Mon 20 Jun 2016 James Nuttall

The longest day is here, once again. Today (20th June) marks this year’s Summer Solstice, the day that signals the official start of summer. Here at Roman Blinds Direct, we are bestowing yet more fabulous room inspiration upon you, with the help of some interior design experts, to give you some great room design ideas […]

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Styling Your Windows: The Living Room Edit

Tue 7 Jun 2016 James Nuttall

If you have come here straight from the blog article on our sister site Custom Curtains, you will have already received an education in why curtains are the ideal window dressing for living rooms. Here on our Inspiration page, it’s time we broaden the interior design net and open it up to the entire living […]

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Iced Coffee: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 2 Jun 2016 James Nuttall

Welcome to the final edition of our 2016 Spring Colour Report. We’ve covered quite a kaleidoscope of colour over the past few months, and it seems like only yesterday we were introducing you to Rose Quartz; nonetheless, we are finishing this series with one of our favourite tones in this year’s colour palette, and we […]

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Fiesta: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 26 May 2016 James Nuttall

  It’s party time in our 2016 Colour Report; this week, serene is giving way to spice with Pantone’s Fiesta Red, which is bringing the fire to your room decorating ideas. There probably isn’t a starker contrast to the rest of the palette than this fierce and fiery shade of red; it ignites a serious […]

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Limpet Shell: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 19 May 2016 James Nuttall

Limpet Shell is, without a doubt, one of the most contemporary colours in our Colour Report for 2016. While it shares several properties with one of Pantone’s Colours of the Year, Serenity, Limpet Shell is certainly the coolest selection in this year’s palette. A striking and crisp shade of aqua, it leans ever so slightly […]

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Styling Your Windows: The Bedroom Edit

Fri 13 May 2016 James Nuttall

Welcome to the very first article in our Styling Your Windows series – The Bedroom Edit. In the article published today on our main blog, we explained to you exactly why roman blinds are the ideal window furnishing for bedrooms, covering both the visual and practical attributes, which make them perfect for those who want […]

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Buttercup: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 12 May 2016 James Nuttall

A perfect blend of refinement and naivety, Buttercup brings the sunshine to Pantone’s Spring 2016 palette. This delightful shade of yellow is unashamedly summery; there is almost a naivety to Buttercup, as it beams positive vibes throughout a room no matter what colours it is teamed with. Buttercup is the perfect shade of yellow to […]

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Snorkel Blue : Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 5 May 2016 James Nuttall

As the temperatures start to soar quite drastically in the UK this week, our Colour Report is taking a cool twist to calm your racing pulses – introducing the coolest colour in Pantone’s 2016 collection, Snorkel Blue. This deep and enigmatic shade of blue ignites a spark of electricity in any room, and is a […]

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Green Flash: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 28 Apr 2016 James Nuttall

Our Spring – Summer 2016 palette features a fantastically diverse array of different colours. Last week, we showcased the beauty of our base colour, Lilac Grey, but it is now time to put the spotlight on, perhaps, the farthest away cry from this gentle and neutral tone. This week’s Colour Report focuses on an explorative, […]

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Lilac Grey: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 21 Apr 2016 James Nuttall

Every collection needs a neutral base colour, but that doesn’t mean the neutral shade in the palette should be dull in comparison to the rest of the spectrum. For our Spring – Summer collection, the neutral tone for 2016 is the ultra-chic and contemporary shade of Lilac Grey. This brooding and mysterious shade is by […]

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Peach Echo: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Wed 13 Apr 2016 James Nuttall

If you are looking to add an element of spontaneity to your interior, then look no further than the quirky shade of Peach Echo. Chosen as one of Pantone’s spring 2016 colours, this gorgeously gentle shade of orange is a soft complement to any room. Pantone’s spring colour palette abounds with variety, and gives interior […]

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Serenity: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 7 Apr 2016 James Nuttall

In the second edition of the weekly colour report for our Spring – Summer Collection, we are focusing our attention on Pantone’s second Colour of the Year. Pantone’s Serenity shares the honour of being a Colour of 2016 with Rose Quartz, which we put the spotlight on last week. This peaceful shade of pastel blue […]

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Rose Quartz: Spring – Summer Weekly Colour Report

Thu 31 Mar 2016 James Nuttall

We are incredibly excited about our new Spring – Summer Collection, which features an eclectic and vibrant colour scheme. The ten tones that make up Pantone’s spring palette are soothing and uplifting shades, ranging from fiery Fiestas to tranquil Limpet Shells, and over the coming weeks we will be introducing each one to you in […]

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Batman VS Superman

Thu 24 Mar 2016 James Nuttall

The battle we never thought we’d see is finally hitting cinemas today. Yes, 2016 sees the two most famous comic book superheroes in history finally fight it out to determine the ultimate power, Batman and Superman. Ben Affleck stars as the Caped Crusader, going up against the Metropolis Marvel, played by Henry Cavill, in the […]

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SS16 Collection | Pantone Colour Report

Thu 17 Mar 2016 James Nuttall

Pantone’s spring palette transports us to happier places, allowing us to express ourselves with a childlike sincerity, creativity and wit. Its soothing effect is undeniable; youthful in its simplicity, these ten familiar tones offer calmness and comfort without compromising style. This palette brims with contrasts. Several of its colours are rooted in the natural world […]

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Thu 10 Mar 2016 James Nuttall

There are many ways you can achieve a ‘signature’ look in your home. Some people choose to inject a certain colour or shade into every corner of their interior, making this colour synonymous with their own, individual style, while others select certain types of artwork to adorn their walls. However, there is a much more […]

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Flowers For Mother’s Day

Mon 29 Feb 2016 James Nuttall

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we are sure that you don’t want to miss the chance to show yours just how much you love her. This year, we are offering you some new home decorating ideas to give your mother’s home a feminine, shabby chic flair. Our floral fabrics are ideal for […]

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Thu 25 Feb 2016 James Nuttall

Spring is just around the corner, and now is the time to refresh your home for the new season. As the clocks move forward, we’re saying “Yes!” to yellow, maximising on vivid accessories to beautifully contrast neutral colours and natural materials. We’ve created two different mood boards to offer you inspiration and fresh home decorating […]

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Thu 18 Feb 2016 Ana Zuravliova

Soft Pop is a fresh interpretation of classic kitsch. With its cool combinations of different shapes, sizes and colours, it  traditional girlish design and injects it with youth, androgyny and power. A sweet but intelligent take on old-school twee and chintz, Soft Pop incorporates a collection of exciting features that make for a bold, dynamic look – with […]

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Thu 11 Feb 2016 Ana Zuravliova

Soft Pop is an intelligent take on the traditionally twee. With its surprising combinations of form and colour, it reinvents a stereotypically feminine style into a cool, androgynous aesthetic. A cute yet discerning revival of kitsch interiors, Soft Pop boasts a range of eye-catching elements that make for a truly exciting look. This lively style […]

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Mix and Match Pantone Colours Of The Year

Thu 4 Feb 2016 Ana Zuravliova

Because Pantone has selected two different shades for its 2016 Colour of the Year, it means there is more possibility to mix and match colour than ever before, creating even more opportunities for your home decorating ideas. These two colours can easily be matched with mid-tones, like purple or green. To create a monochrome look, […]

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Pantone Colour Of The Year

Wed 27 Jan 2016 Ana Zuravliova

This year, softer colours have taken a strong hold in the world of interior design. 2016 sees a blend of two shades, Rose Quartz and Serenity, stepping into the spotlight. These gentle and ethereal tones of pink and blue are the very definition of tranquillity, perfect for creating a soothing atmosphere in any home. However, […]

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