Designer George Bond advises on interior decor
PUBLISHED: 00:18 14 February 2011 | UPDATED: 18:52 20 February 2013
International interior designer George Bond looks forward to spring and how to revive your dÃ©cor in time for the summer months
February marks a time of year where we deal with many
an enquiry from clients looking to revive their decor in time for the arrival of the spring and summer months.
The end of winter is a perfect time to declutter. Recycle, or give your clutter to charity to create a simple living space which helps you wind down and escape the hectic throes of modern daily living and the chaotic life/work balance which many of us juggle.
And, once you have decluttered and simplified your surrounds, it's time to introduce a colour scheme. Carlucci di Chivasso (available at www.jab-uk.co.uk) is producing some beautiful creams and beiges which make the perfect base to the decor of a room.
Complementing colours can be easily introduced into a room by either creating a feature wall by or by using soft furnishings to produce a space which has warmth and depth.
Bright colours are still very much in vogue and there are some stunning shades of lilacs available this season, which, blended with cream, create a striking colour palette.
Notions of simplicity and authenticity are expected to remain the fundamental drivers behind this season's design trends, where customer activity is based on quality, longevity and sustainability; a reflection perhaps of unsteady times creating a consumer need to connect emotionally with products.
Designers and makers are turning to traditional style and using long forgotten artisan skill and method to create fabrics, furniture and wall coverings which are both individual and built to last.
JAB Anstoetz, the world renowned German textile supplier, for instance, is producing some truly regal fabrics with intricate patterns. Its Four Seasons collection (available at www.jab-uk.co.uk) is reminiscent of country living styles across the world, where striking colours and bold patterns are combined with a range of natural materials creating an effect of timeless elegance.
The nostalgic focus of current interior trends is particularly complimentary to our style at Brandling Park Interior Design, which fuses tradition with contemporary design to create spaces which are modern and classic. By combining contemporary art and materials such as Perspex with natural materials such as wood and cotton and antiques you can create a truly inspirational interior.
Interior design trends, like the rest of the design world, are shaped by the social and political trends of the time.
Fears of terrorism, austerity measures, natural disasters as well as political uncertainty have left consumers seeking both solace and escapism in their surrounds and unsurprisingly, we are seeing many designs which embody expressions of fantasy with fairytale subtexts emerging.
Nina Campbell is one designer to look out for. Well known for her amazing collections of wallpapers, fabrics and accessories, Nina has created a stunning collection for Osbourne and Little (available at www.osborneandlittle.com), one of the world's leading names in designer fabric.
Inspired by the poetry of Dante, Nina's Paradiso range offers wall coverings with fantastical birds displaying opulent plumage perching on branches of colourful blossom. With delicate and detailed embroidery, Nina's textiles are exemplar of the collaboration of simplicity and fairytale.
As well as sending sample cuttings to clients' houses and providing advice, Jesmond-based Brandling Park Interior Design is able to supply fabrics and wall coverings directly from all of the above designers and many more.
George Bond is the National Director for the Society of British Interior Designers (SBID) as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. George is director and founder of Brandling
Park Interior Design Ltd, based in Newcastle upon Tyne. For further information visit www.georgebond.tv
or call 0191 281 7799.