This year, I plan to start a monthly interior design post on this blog that brings you all of my favourite trends, designer showcases and just general chat about the industry. If you’re not following my interior design Instagram, then please do! @tanyasinteriors for all of the inspiration you need to re-design your home.
The first thing I want to talk about this month is Crittall windows and doors. Don’t worry, for months I didn’t know the proper name for these either and I’ve actually just been calling them grid windows and doors. Regardless, this style is my absolute favourite for kitchen and bathroom partitions. It feels like such a modern trend but it’s actually named after an ironmonger called Francis Henry Crittall; who, in 1860, created metal windows in this style. Paired with neutral tones, plants and lots of black and white artwork, it does feel very chic. I’m just glad I finally know exactly what to call them!
The colour grey has been a safe choice for many when it comes to re-designing their home. It was a safe choice for me when choosing what colour to paint my childhood bedroom, which was previously a colour called Jazberry that I picked up in Homebase when I was maybe 14? It was only at 21 did I remove the awful floral border in my bedroom and paint the walls grey. You can read all about that transformation here. But I’ve heard that blue is actually the new grey!
The Pantone colour of the year is classic blue and it’s been met with a lot of mixed responses. I don’t know about you but I would find it difficult to incorporate this shade of blue into any kind of cheerful design. To me, it screams of sadness and mourning. I’m far more comfortable working with rich or pastel blues. Deeper blue kitchen cabinets with gold knobs or handles for example, is a pairing that I absolutely adore. Or, pale blue metro wall tiles in a bathroom, which immediately brings that sense of freshness to the room. Either way, I think I’ll be happy to see the end of the safe grey phase.
Mixing textures but using the same colours is also something I have seen quite a bit of recently. It’s a great way to create some variety in a room if you’re not that comfortable splashing out on colour. I was shown this Surrey fun house at work by Clare Gaskin last month and I love it! It’s just exactly what it says it is – fun. This is the kind of home that calls for constant entertaining and is all play and no sleep. Plus, I adore the wallpaper in the image above. I first saw it on an Instagram account called @oakappledecor – picture below. I rave about Cole & Son all the time but their wallpapers truly are to die for and so varied too. This is the Circus wallpaper from their Geometric II range.
But, if you can’t bear the thought of mixing so many vibrant colours in one room, then try playing around with textures. As you can see here, you’ve got the plants, the sheers and the wood textures coming through in the furniture but the colour palette remains very stable.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know how much I love kitchen design. I think the kitchen is the most sociable and important room in the house, closely followed by the bathroom. I’m still deciding whether I want to focus on kitchen and bathroom design in the future because I’m literally obsessed with both! Earlier, I came across a trend about concealed kitchens. This is basically where you have cabinet doors covering all the worktops and functional spaces in the kitchen but you can open or pull out different parts as and when you need to use them.
Now, I haven’t really heard of this much. I once was involved in a project where the designer was working on a pull out kitchen table, which turned out very nicely in the end. But this was to try and maximise quite a small space. I haven’t really thought about concealing parts of a kitchen in a room where you already have that space. I’m not sure how I feel about it either!
Finally, I want to remind you all that the Surface Design Show takes place next week from the 11th to 13th February. Unfortunately, I can’t go as I’ll be working and then flying to Lisbon on the 13th. I do hear that it’s a great event for picking up news on the latest material trends for interior and exterior surfaces. There are talks and events happening throughout the day and it’s a great way to network. I’m sure you know the usual! You can get tickets here on the BIID website.