Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strong Colours and Bold Patterns to Delight the Senses; Get Up to Speed with the Very Latest Autumn Trends When Two Top Interiors Trade Fairs Throw Open Their Doors to the Public. by Barbara Chandler

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strong Colours and Bold Patterns to Delight the Senses; Get Up to Speed with the Very Latest Autumn Trends When Two Top Interiors Trade Fairs Throw Open Their Doors to the Public. by Barbara Chandler

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Byline: Barbara Chandler

LONDON sets the global trends for interiors as the huge annual Decorex and Focus trade shows open on Sunday. Fun-filled but with a serious design core, Focus runs from September 17-22 at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour while at the same time, Decorex, the international industry heavyweight now in its 40th year, hosts 400 exhibitors in a marquee at Syon Park in Isleworth.

Both include fabrics, papers, furniture, lighting, accessories and more, with different products at each event. Interior decorators, "specifiers" and architects are on the scent of new design to make a next commission exclusive. The public can join the professionals at Focus from September 20-22 free of charge, and can attend Decorex on September 19 -- tickets PS30. Show this paper at the door for a twofor-one offer. At both shows you will see the newest products and get inspiration, insider tips and brochures, in lavish surroundings with special features, flowers and catering to match.

The layered look gets more ambitious by the season. Fabrics, papers, trimmings, cushions, rugs and more are subtly styled to work together. Complex new collections from big brands including Colefax, Osborne & Little and Designers Guild put colour, pattern and texture into room-ready sets, so it's easy to mix but not quite match.

Don't miss the new Style Library in Chelsea Harbour (stylelibrary.com), where multiple brands including Sanderson, William Morris, Harlequin, Zoffany and Anthology fill an airy hall. You can see plains and patterns expertly dovetailed with paints and trimmings, with oodles of info and advice on the side.

From Amsterdam's Barn in the City (barninthecity.com) comes furniture in aged, soot-black timbers and marble. From Scotland's Faolchu come lights and tables in brass and bronze with holly, chestnut or walnut (faolchu.com). Both are at Decorex.

After its launch this week of four paint palettes for 2018, Dulux is pushing "the comforting home", with shades of woody chestnut, cinnamon, taupe and Heart Wood, a key warm neutral with a hint of heather. There's a quieter palette, too, from many of the big furnishing brands, with subtly layered easy-to-use shades of caramel, taupe, indigo, mustard, dove grey, sage and sky, as a soothing backdrop to city life.

Rooms as cocoons that delight the senses is a strong theme at both shows. At Decorex, a "sensory salon" floods with sound from Bose speakers and scents from Jo Malone as a colourful textural artwork unfolds before you. There are poetic installations all around the show to celebrate the senses. The best rooms even have an emotional pull "because everyone needs a soft place to land", says the Focus show guide. Relax amid faded linen, cosy cashmere, plush velvet, super-soft leather, squashy cushions, diffused lighting and pile rugs -- find real hide rugs at Top Floor. …

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