Lacquered and other high-gloss surfaces add lustre and incredible depth to interiors, often providing a powerful shot of colour, too: if any finish summed up bold and confident decorating, it would be this one. Traditional lacquerwork is time-consuming and undertaken by skilled artisans, but gives unmatched results: head to Nina Campbell to see the work of US brand Oomph, which specialises in this finish and whose range extends beyond furniture to mirrors and lighting, such as this ‘Saybrook’ lantern (pictured top). Put some gloss on the walls – without the assistance of a specialist paint finisher – with Nobilis’s ‘Raku’ wallpaper (pictured centre), which has a crackle texture that adds even more opulence. Or add a shot of colour with Porada’s ‘Jok’ side table (pictured bottom), which comes with a red lacquered top that’s as playful and inviting as a glossy lollipop.
Botanical motifs are starting to make their escape from the jungle: instead of lush tropical settings, it’s the northern hemisphere that’s providing the inspiration. Ferns and pines are the leading motifs – a tie-in with wider trends in gardening, where Scots pine and other conifers are once more becoming hip after a long time languishing in unfashionable gardens.
Sanderson’s Elysian collection (from Style Library) includes ‘Juniper Pine’, which depicts pine trees as if emerging from the morning mist and ‘Owlswick’, which shows a snowy owl nestled amid oak and pine branches. Cole & Son’s Botanical ~ Botanica wallpapers follow the theme, with ‘Fern’, which illustrates a variety of vivid green dryopteris, and ‘Forest’, a large-scale print of fantastical trees, with a dark background that amplifies the forest’s association with fairytales. The sensuous greens of the forest are also found elsewhere, such as Artisans of Devizes’ ‘Fez Ceramic’ tiles in Moss Green, and the ‘Erin’ border from Samuel & Sons’ Everly collection, whose crewelwork design is offered in a deep juniper green. Pictured top to bottom are ‘Juniper Pine’, ‘Fern’, ‘Fez Ceramic’ and ‘Erin’.
Anna French’s Palampore has won Homes & Gardens’ best wallpaper collection in its 2018 awards celebrating the best of design. The range is named after the intricate fabric panels from India that played a key role in the chintz-mania of 17th- and 18th-century Europe. These exotic, Indienne-inspired designs, available from Jacaranda Carpets, include charming tree of life, batik and paisley motifs on fabrics and wallcoverings; pictured is the ‘Palampore Leaf’ wallcovering.
Two further fabrics available at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour walked away winners: ‘Garden Party’ by Gert Voorjans for Jim Thompson (best printed fabric), ‘Cochiti’ from the Arapahos collection by Pierre Frey (best embroidered fabric). Arapahos was also named best fabric collection. Several highly commended awards include Mark Alexander’s Handcrafted Modern collection, Zinc Textile’s ‘Chepi Rainbow’ fabric and Sanderson’s ‘Cromer’ fabric.
Zoffany’s Darnley collection draws on the evergreen country-house aesthetic. This elegant ‘Stand Wood’ wallcovering, designed by renowned mural artist Melissa White, also picks up on the increasing importance of narrative in design: capturing the feel of an aged artwork, signature brushstrokes add interest as a mythical story unfolds. Other reinterpretations of country-house classics include ‘Darnley’ based on a design from Temple Newsom near Leeds, and ‘Heiress Damask’ which has been reduced in scale from a traditional damask for a more fashion-led look. Find the collection at Style Library.
Pierre Frey’s Arapahos collection trains its eye on the New World, through the lens of the Western genre, explorers’ notebooks – and a dash of fantasy and pop. Its free-form interpretation of Native American culture includes embroideries with geometric patterns, jacquards, stripes and prints, in a palette of ‘traditional’ ochres and blues as well as more contemporary shades such as emerald green and water-lily purple. A complementary wallpaper collection, Grand Canyon, treads the same territory.
Flowers and foliage are bold and bright – ready to be mixed and matched for a scheme that explodes in to life.
From left to right: ‘Soft Sandy Silk’ rug (101736A) rug, Stark Carpet. ‘Violante Lodo D’Oria’ vases, Miles x Bookshop. ‘Trivento’ bath and ‘Florin’ taps, Victoria & Albert Baths. ‘Delphine’ rug, Topfloor by Esti. ‘Eaton’ small ottoman (1M061) upholstered in ‘Magnolia’, (134), ‘Dragonfly’ sofa upholstered in ‘Magnolia’, (133) and cushion ‘Magnolia’ (134), a;; Mood at Flexform. ‘Pera’ silk and wool throw ((P-001), Topfloor by Esti. ‘Small Ball’ lamp (GLB77S), rhubarb with a ‘14” Bongo’ gathered shade, Porta Romana. Wallcoverings from left to right: ‘Ethereal’ (EANV111836), Anthology at Style Library. ‘Fleur’ (W5031/06), Weitzner at Altfield.‘Greenhouse’ (143-138 886), Brian Yates. ‘Windswept Moss’ (WPWIN-187), Quercus & Co., George Spencer Designs. Fabrics from left to right: ‘Paradiso’ (10757 843), Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Andrea’ (F 3251 001), Pierre Frey. ‘Atlas’ (10756/874), Zimmer + Rohde. ‘Midsummer’ (SC073-V2), Sheila Coombes at Brian Yates. Paints from left to right: ‘Kingly Grey’, Sanderson at Style Library, small cube in front, ‘Prussian’, smaller cube on top ‘Aqua’, tall cube behind ‘Monet’, all Zoffany at Style Library, larger cube under ottoman ‘French Lilac’, Sanderson at Style Library, smaller cube under ottoman leg, ‘Prussian’, cube behind sofa ‘Monet’, smaller cube behind sofa ‘Aqua’, all Zoffany at Style Library, pencil tips, ‘Porcelain’, ‘Monet’, both Zoffany at Style Library, ‘French Lilac’ Sanderson at Style Library, ‘Prussian’ Zoffany at Style Library, ‘Window Blue’ Sanderson at Style Library, paint brush handles and pencil stems ‘Architects White’, all Zoffany at Style Library
New to George Spencer Designs is Aux Abris, a boutique design studio set up by interior designer Karen Robert. It specialises in wallcoverings printed on distinctive textures such as grasscloth, raw silk, canvas and woven Japanese paper. This Garden of Eden set of silk panels is pictured in colourway ‘Eve’ – and naturally, there’s a companion called ‘Adam’, in a more neutral palette.