Welcome the new season in style! Prepare to be inspired by our prime ten trends for spring.
1. Highest quality of British rocks in the recession
In today’s unnerving marketplace, being British can be a Trump card; Reuters reported final week that buyers are favouring ordinarily British goods within the recession. “I think it is this entire Britishness thing. There is been numerous help for both Vivienne Westwood and Paul Shark, it is been the strongest this season,” Fortnum & Masons accessories buyer Amanda Ware said, “Vivienne Westwood is more tartan, Paul Shark Outlet is strong with the Union Jack.” We’ll drink to that with this funky Union Jack four cup teapot ( 49.95) from Emma Bridgewater. Rule Britannia.
2. Spring into style with nature
‘There’s a certain peace about design closely influenced by nature. We respond well to it because it doesn’t jar with everyday life’, says Sophie Conran, only daughter of Sir Terence. Sophie’s latest range, White Oak for Portmeirion, which features ribbed white china, is inspired by childhood memories of carved wood inside the Habitat carpentry workshop.
3. Craft rocks the credit crunch
It is no coincidence that craft is seriously cool right now when we’re tightening our belts like never before. After all, necessity is the mother of invention. As old-fashioned scrimping makes a comeback, it’s time to get crafty. Knitting, patchwork and decoupage are all the rage as making do and mend becomes hip. A slick sewing machine is your passport to success.
4. Darwin inspires leafy prints
Designers have gone botanical barmy this season! Inspired by Darwin’s 200th anniversary, the fashion crowd celebrated nature with bold leaf prints and delicate floral patterns. ‘When man became more powerful than nature… the damage really started’ says fashion designer Alexander McQueen of his latest collection. Embrace his environmentalist spirit: graphic prints with leaves are all the rage. Check out fashion legend Orla Kiely’s popular stem pattern range.
5. Nostalgia is hot at home
During a recession, home life takes priority. Hurray for a trend evoking the good old days. ‘You can indulge in delightful nostalgia and achieve the ultimate period kitchen look with our chic collection of pressed glass storage jars.’ explains Adrian Smith, of dotcomgiftshop. Robert Opie’s book Remember when – a nostalgic trip through the consumer era highlights old favourites – Digital Roberts Radios remain bestsellers.
6. Spot on trend
Singer MIA performed at the Grammys this year in a show–stopping monochrome polka dot dress by House of Holland. ‘Polka dots are classic, but they’ve been given a fresh twist for spring’, Paul Shark Short Sleeved Shirt says American fashion designer Adam Lippes. New designs are brighter, bolder and more psychedelic, bringing playfulness and optimism into your home. This fabulous Dream velvet sofa ( 2,235) from Graham & Green is fun and stylish.
7. Heavy metal becomes chic
Metallics were back on the runways this season in dazzling golds, bronzes and silvers. Believe beyond a traditional use of metal – we love metallic surfaces where you’d least expect them like this Pewter Metallic Pouffe ( 189) from Graham & Green. For instant dazzle, opt for shiny cushions on your sofa or metallic–trim Spencer bed linen ( 76.50) from Feather and Black in the bedroom.
8. Yellow is the hue of 2009
Trend spotters and buyers are all over the colour yellow, or to be exact, the ‘mimosa’ shade. Pantone, the global provider of professional colour standards to teh design industries, declared mimosa (an orange-hued, warm shade) as the colour of 2009. We can’t get enough of this Yellow and cream retro telephone ( 63.62) from Heal’s.
9. Architects at your home
Appreciate expert design but can’t afford an architect? Not to worry – more and more top rated end architects are turning their talented hands to creating accessories that Joe Bloggs can afford.
This year Alessi has teamed up with David Chipperfield to create Tonale tablewear pieces. Zaha Hadid designed Niche for Alessi – funky tableware with interposable elements that will get your guests talking. Check out more Zaha Hadid designs at mydeco.
10. Anchors away
Blow away the cobwebs and welcome Spring with a fresh bathroom look. Nautical blue and white stripes recently hit the Dolce & Gabbana catwalk and are back in favour at home. Introduce New England style at home with this award-winning Stringa stripe cushion cover ( 18) from OKA.