Hot at Home

As we head towards summer and the UK starts basking in much prayed-for sunshine, G&G Review looks at some of the home trends that are heating up with the weather.

House Beautiful magazine spoke of “Ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, indigo blues and super zingy colour pops” to brighten up the year ahead in Home, and urges consumers to embellish living spaces with “Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels and feathers.” Bold pops of colour will be key to creating the on-trend look for the season. (Pictured above are designs from the House of Turnowsky licensing collection).

The geometric designs seen last year on home textiles, especially cushions and rugs, are set to extend onto tiles, wallpaper and art, while foliage will be heaped onto more foliage as the green theme continues unabated. (Pictured, Rosa Pietsch)


Licensing continues to be a strong driver of home and gift Frida Kahlo has been hot property for a few seasons now. The appetite for this flamboyant Mexican artist is likely to get even stronger with the V&A exhibition, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, which opened on June 16.

The vibrant colour palette of Guatemalan coats and traditional outfits offer fabulous inspiration for home interiors, with Talking Tables’ new Boho collection (pictured) setting the central American scene in colourful style.

Looking to the seasons ahead, Ideal Home Magazine has made its own predictions for the seasons ahead, stating that colours will be bolder this year as consumers get braver with colour choices. Brooding violet is a nod to the Pantone colour of the year and a key colour for 2018, alongside deep blues and emerald green.

These rich shades are further enhanced by their application onto velvet and other rich fabrics, against a backdrop of glamorous dark woods and art deco-design, another trend to watch, which also taps into the Pulse macro trend called ‘Library’. This is a step away from the Scandinavian-influenced pale, bleached woods which has dominated interiors over the past few years. 2018 will witness a shift back to retro glamour and modern luxe, with metallic handles and legs and black details bringing the finishing touch. (Pictured, Swoon editions).

For globe trotters and earth mothers the style will still be darkly subtle but less historical and dramatic with tactile, earthy shades of clay, terracotta and ochre paired with global-inspired prints. Traditional block printing inspires textile patterns.

The Voyager Collection by Dunelm is pictured above and the New Tropical Collection by House of Fraser is shown below.

looking to the trend-setting stores, Liberty department store held an Instagram competition to find new design talent, with designer-makers invited to use the hashtag #LibertyOpenCall in order to show off their most inspirational creations.

From 9,500 entries three winners were selected, including Hebeden-Bridge ceramicist, Katch Skinner, whose earthenware eggcups were just what Liberty was looking for. Not only is this recognition of a a uniquely talented designer, it is also recognition of the explosion in popularity of high quality ceramics, currently enjoying a Renaissance in the world of home and gift.

The thrilled winner said it can take over a week to make one of the egg cups once the mould is made. First it takes a couple of days to dry before the application of underglaze and sgraffito. This is then fired to bisque and takes another two days in the kiln before being glazed and re-fired to an earthenware temperature. Larger works can take up to four firings if lustres or decals are required.

Also making the grade was Alex Chinneck’s ingenious Broom & Clock, with the knotted wooden broom transcending its material nature in a contemporary way according to the designer. Another ceramicist, Rūta Bartkevičiūtė, was the third winner of this year’s Liberty Open Call.

Her spectacular Parrots & Apples Vase, which speaks to an ongoing folkloric/fairtytale theme in gift and home is pictured here.

One of the UK’s most inspirational trend-driven shows, Pulse, also identified ‘Crafting’ as one of their four macro trends, focusing on homespun, unfiltered, repurposed, handmade objects made of rustic materials with  an appreciation for heritage and sustainability. This contrasted with the kitsch ‘Candied’ trend filled with explosions of bubblegum, pop-art colours, complete with super-heroes, unicorns and disco-dust.

Pictured above are Peace Baskets from Zenza Home.

Last but not least, you aren’t likely to forget about either pineapples or flamingos any time soon, but rest assured the most popular decorative fruit of all time is still hot for homeware, as shown by this snazzy George Home collection.

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