Designers Are Gearin G Up for Christmas Rush; TRADE SHOWS: Glass, Metallic Finishes, Leather, Cashmere and Silk All Look like Retaining Their Popularity
Byline: Lesley Taylor
Lesley Taylor is an interior designer, television presenter and international author. She is regularly seen on television programmes such as GMTV, HTV's Get Gardening and Money Spinners, but is probably best known as one of the interior design experts on This Morning THIS week has seen the launch of Decorex and 100% Design trade shows.
London has been awash with designers from across Europe hoping to spot the trends that will launch us into the busy run-up to Christmas and the new year.
This is the busiest time of the interior design calendar. Both commercial and domestic designers will soon be inundated with commissions that are to be completed in time for the festive season.
Many of the elements that have proved so popular in recent months remain high in the "design stakes". Simple lines and textures, cleverly combined with a hint of luxury in the form of glass, metallic finishes, leather, cashmere and silk.
Having seen what the major British design houses have to offer, next week takes me to Italy to yet another trade show. It will be interesting to see what Italian designers are getting excited about this season. I'll let you know next month.
QWhat advice would you give to someone decorating a long narrow, yet sunny living room?
Advice on styles or colours that would work better than others would be appreciated.
AObviously it is difficult to offer specific advice without seeing your room; however there are a few guidelines that may help.
Warm ( reds, pinks and terracotta) and dark colours generally advance, while cool (blue, aqua or green) or light colours recede.
You can use this to address certain problems within an interior.
If your room is long and narrow with a window on either side of the narrow walls, you may wish to consider the following.
Include curtains that cover the whole or majority of the narrow walls, in a fabric that is darker, or of a warmer colour than the long walls. This approach would result in drawing the narrow walls into the room, thus pushing out the longer walls and making the room look wider.
When hanging pictures, either group them or opt for two larger portrait-style prints. Avoid rows of pictures at the same height across the long walls.
As you have a sunny room most colours should work.
QWe have been looking for a rug for our hallway for months. The problem is that we are unsure as to which colours would work best. We have noticed that many rugs look a different colour in different light. How do you choose?
AChoosing the right rug is a time-consuming job. I have to say I often choose a rug around which I will create a colour scheme for a client, rather than the other way around.
You are quite correct: many rug styles will look different in varying light. They can also look a totally different colour when you view them from different angles. …