Are you an animal lover or a folklore fan? Fashion’s three big trends are making their mark on our living spaces, too. Here’s how to give your home an autumn/winter update.
The safari set
From the catwalk to your cushions, animal print is having a really wild moment right now.
How to tame the look
So can we mix our parrots with our panthers? Textile designer Emma Shipley, who’s known for her exotic bird and wild animal prints, on managing the menagerie.
Where do you take your inspiration from?
I’m drawn to nature and science, and I’ve always loved fantasy literature and films, so these influences come together to create unique designs set in a half-imaginary world.
Why the jungle theme?
My grandmother grew up in India surrounded by jungle, and my father in Africa. When I was a child, they would tell me amazing stories of the animals and landscapes of those places which seemed incredibly exotic and exciting.
Your dos and don’ts of bold pattern?
I love pattern on pattern – as long as there are colours that are common throughout a scheme it can work really well. However, if you find full-on animal print too much, a few colourful illustrated cushions on a plain sofa or chair can lift a room, giving it personality and exoticism.
So why is the animal-print trend so popular right now?
eople are being a bit braver in their interior choices, in part because of social media. You can get so many ideas from Instagram alone, and see how to make strong patterns and colours work. I think that people are also craving a connection with nature.
And the next big trend for our homes?
Maximalism is here to stay. There are so many different styles to explore within this trend – it’s only just getting started! People are also more aware of issues such as sustainability and the ethics of what they buy and I’m sure that will only grow.
The bloom brigade
Big up classic country motifs with moody florals, jewel tones and a touch of fantasy
How to work with bold prints
- Play around with scale, height and size to see what works best for you. Incorporating statement prints in a small space will make a room appear larger and more interesting.
- Combine patterns – just choose more simplified versions of your primary fabric. If you love florals, make your main fabric one that combines several different types of flower, then mix in secondary patterns with only one or two similar flowers in toning shades.
- Be afraid to use wallpaper. There are plenty of peel and stick options that are easy to remove if you change your mind.
- Go nuts all at once. Start with the bare bones of a room, then slowly add statement pieces over time as you grow in confidence.
Enter the statement wall
Wide-angled wallpapers were a big interiors trend in the early 1800s, when images of jungles and far-flung lands were used to bring a sense of the exotic into the Georgian home. Fast-forward 200 years and they’re back with a bang. The Garden Room at members’ club Annabel’s in London has fantastical murals painted by artist Gary Myatt. You can get the look for less with ready-made murals and wallpaper.
The global gang
Fuse earthy tones with traditional stories to achieve the folklore trend
How to mix texture and pattern
- Combine statement prints with more subdued tones to avoid overpowering a room. Use these elements in layers, from strong to subtle, to create an overall balanced look.
- Add texture and pattern to illustrate areas of interest in a room and guide the eye to focal points, such as above a sofa or bed frame.
- Try layering a flat-weave rug over a sheepskin or wool version, and play with different shapes.
- Accessories, such as woven vases and decorative plates, are an easy way to add pattern to a room.
Report by Nicole Gray