Every September, those from the interior's world descend upon our capital for one week, in celebration of all things hot, now and en vogue for our homes as London Design Festival (LDF) takes hold. It's a celebration of the biggest and brightest talent in interior design. It’s essentially the LFW of interiors – where the trends for the next 12 months are revealed.
The girls of The FBC don't need any excuse to spend a day perusing, touching and even smelling the latest interiors, but if we did, LDF is one fab excuse! We love scouring for inspiration and returning at the end of the day with a notepad full of fresh ideas for the coming seasons to share with you. So here's our rundown from Decorex International to 100% Design on what's shaping our homes for the coming future...
From grandiose, oversized chandeliers to stripped back bare bulbs - whatever you're lighting preference you're lighting needs to be at the fore of your interior design. Discreet, hidden and concealed are the antithesis of this fashion - with creators urging us towards coloured glass, etched crystal, clusters of lights, low hanging pendants and more.
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The great thing about statement lighting, isn't so much about what style, era or colour palette you opt for, just as long as it's on show! Find a lighting style you love and let everyone know by making a statement.
Fashion designers often add interesting texture to their garments in an effort to capture customer interest, and now, interior designers are following suit, creating everything from textural wall coverings to textured furniture and more. Providing a tactile quality to an otherwise simple design stands to elevate its uniqueness, providing a way to enhance and modernise a product or space without making it look too over the top.
All the textures we saw took inspiration from nature, be it in the form of the "expected" wool and faux furs or in a slightly unusual way by drawing ideas from meandering rivers, honeycomb and peacock eyes.
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Embrace the dropping temperatures by rediscovering the art of layering textures - furry throws, rich, embellished, brocade fabrics and metallic leather cushions.
Luxury reigns supreme! Decorex International is world renowned for being THE place to exhibit your fine wares if luxury is your bag, so it goes without saying that luxurious items were in abundance at this year's event. We were treated to master painters applying beautiful designs to wallpaper at De Gournay and able to chat to the silk weavers from Gainborough Silk Weaving Company about their restoration work - luxury was taken to a new level by the designers, creators and artisans.
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Ensure the pieces you chose for your home are timeless, well crafted and potential heirlooms for future generations. Consider statement table lamps, richly coloured and metallic fabrics along with hand carved furniture.
It almost seems as though there has been a seismic shift from the minimalist, Scandinavian styled interiors of the past few years - colour is back with a splash. Many stands used dark, inky blues as their backdrop - setting off their metallic home accessories to perfection; bold, painterly fabrics were hung by the dozen and velvet upholstery came in a rainbow of tones.
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You might not be ready to overhaul the light grey walls just yet (we're certainly not), but a small coloured pouffe, an array of bright cushions or a vibrant rug might be an easier transition into the wonderful world of technicolour.
We're willing to admit this might all seem a touch overwhelming, so in the essence of keeping things simple and easy, here's our top FBC picks to help you get the look ensuring your home is killing the coming seasons' trends...
Statement lighting, left to right: Down with The... Chandelier, £495;
Colonial Floor Lamp (lampshade details on request), £460;
Enchanted Forrest Chandelier - Coming Soon.
Texture, left to right: Dolly The Stool, £220; Gold Peacock Eye Cushion, £35 coming soon;
Chevron Hide Rug, £395.
Luxury: Floralism Cushion, from £35; Sacré Coeur Pink Velvet Bed, £1995 coming soon;
Brass & Ball Table Lamp, £125;
Colour: Amethyst Kilim Rug, £299; Yellow Suede Cushion, coming soon;
Nightingale Sofa, £1525.