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Trend Report SS15

This month has been all about trends be they fashion, beauty or interiors - the month of February is a busy month for all those trendsetters working their magic for the coming seasons.  The last few weeks have seen fashionistas jetting between NY, Paris, London and now Milan - creating headlines in their path and sharing the latest must-haves via every social media channel known to the www. But interiors trends aren't so easy to spot - they don't have sashaying Kendall’s and Cara’s strutting them down a runway and the "next big thing" may well be hidden away at a trade show only those in the know attend; that said, with a little digging, and of the enjoyable sort - reading some gorgeous mags like Elle Dec or Living Etc (in their March Issue Elle Decoration asked the design directors and buyers of their fave high-street stores for the trend tips and key accessory picks for the new season), getting involved on Pinterest and signing up to some fab interiors blogs (of which there are a vast plethora) - you will soon be on your way to not only knowing the homes trends before they hit the mainstream, you might even be setting them!

Luckily, the trends that influence our homes aren't as fast paced as the world of high fashion - there certainly isn't a seasonal overhaul in which being seen with the "wrong" colour cushion or "last season's" throw is social suicide.  Interiors tends to be like a gentle lapping lake shoreline, moving methodically and lightly, bringing fresh but occasional change - many of this year's "trends" will hold onto the same fundamentals as last year, whilst gradually introducing a different accent colour, a re-invented material or nod towards a gone by era.  We've compiled a list of fave trends spotted at trade shows, spied in the pages of magazines and through talking to those in the know:

Think Pink...

This is undoubtedly one of our all-time favourite combinations, blush pink with warm metallics (as featured in one of our autumn blogs).  There is something ultra-feminine about this pairing, whilst not being sickly sweet and brash.

The French Bedroom Company Featured Products: Branching Out Console Table, £395; Gold Angel Wings, £125.

Very Velvets...

If you're after a quick and easy update then the trend as recognised by Habitat's Creative Director, Polly Dickens, will be perfect for you - the use of velvets in home accessories is huge at the moment, from cushions to throws for that instant pick-me-up to a sofa or upholstered bed for a more luxurious statement.  This trend is driven by our on-going desire to rid ourselves of disposable, replaceable homewares and focus on luxurious, soft and considered items. Velvets in ivories and soft pinks, accented by anthracite greys and dark blues is the colour palette of choice for the interiors trendsetter.

Shapely Geometrics...

Geometric patterns and prints is another great way to liven up your home this year - carried over from seasons past, this trend is here to stay for a little longer. Geometric cage lighting that brings a strong modern industrial look to any light bulb, giving your room a really fresh urban feel is a really easy option for instantly updating a room.

Top left: Gold & White Votives from Amara, £30 set of 2; Moroccan Tile Cushion, £35; Polygon Cool Cuts Side Table, £275.

Featured image: Sassy Boo Black French Bed, from £1315; Geometric Throw, £99; Shadow Bulb Pendent Light, £99;

Coco Print, £145.

So, with these three trends just being the tip of the iceberg (more to come, we promise!) and at the forefront of our minds, this week we've been busy bees at FBCo HQ launching lots of new, exciting products - from blush pink sofas, gold ceramic side tables, velvet cushions in pinks - greys and geometrically inspired pendent lights...

1. King of Shades, £199 2. Polygon Pear Pendent, £99 3. Polygon Squat Pendent, £99

4. Studded Stools, £99 5. Velvet Button Cushions, £40 6. Blush Pink Velvet Cushion, £30

7. Circles & Squares Side Table, £125 8. Chablis & Roses Velvet Sofa, from £1120.

Author: Jess Warner, The French Bedroom Company, purveyors of French shabby chic furniture, French Bedsshabby chic wardrobes and beautiful French style furniture.

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