Global Trends

With blue becoming the new black on Monday and then black becoming the new blue on Wednesday, global trends are a tricky club to follow. Thankfully we have some great tips on how to update, renew and rejuvenate your home without re-doing the whole room.

Through fashion and global trends, Aztec and IKAT patterns are looking to be a very popular these coming months. These patterns are perfect for transitional seasons and variation in colours allows for different themes and tones to develop and match your own personal style.

Here at Design Essentials we have plenty of products that can transform the Aztec trend into something personal to you. With different themes with in the patterns I have been able to create three unique looks for any room.

Gold: In Design Essentials we have a huge range of gold items, ranging from vases to pendant lights. The warm wooden tones keep the feel of the room stylish and homely.


Madeira wall clock  Gold smoke pillar pendant  GPO Retro radio  Acacia chair  Gold rough vase

Modern edge: Using the blacks and greys allow for a larger use of patterns with simple pieces still having a large impact.


Mila chair  Dunes gold floor lamp  Ripples vase Skeletal wall clock Black console table

Bronze and Brass: The warm feel of the brass adds a sense of boho chic and relaxed living.


Antique bronze clock  Nkuku glass frame  Zephyr table lamp  Bronze giraffe head  Stag lampshade  Black Tea reed diffuser

Hopefully the inspiration from these three separate looks will help you with the final push to complete this years summer trends from all around the world!


Trend Spotting at Pulse

New Trends 2015

Wendy and I spent an inspiring day at the Pulse trade show on Monday, browsing over 450 fabulous stands filled with gorgeous products at London Olympia. Trade shows and exhibitions are one of the best places to spot emerging interior trends for the coming seasons, and we left Pulse  very excited about some potential new interior ranges for Design Essentials in the Saffron Walden shop and via the website. A few exhibitors specifically caught our eye, and over the coming days and weeks Wendy will be working with them to pull together the Design Essentials ‘looks’ for later in the year, but in the meantime, here’s a little sneak preview of the Autumn and Winter trends which will be heading to Saffron Walden soon.

Inspired by Nature

Bringing outdoor references in to the home is a big theme for autumn and winter – as it is already for this summer – and in the colder seasons the colours become more muted and subtle, with intricate prints inspired by flora and fauna, and we particularly loved the collection below of co-ordinating lampshades and cushions.

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We are intending to introduce this range to the shop and website very soon, along with other lovely finds to help you create the outdoor look in your home. Industrial Chic The massive interior design trend of industrial chic shows no sign of waning, and Pulse showcased some great examples of how this look can be introduced to our homes. Lighting is a great way of incorporating a hint of industrial, and we already have some brilliant copper and wood pendants which fit this theme. At Pulse we found a fantastic new nostalgia range to complement our existing lighting and placed an order on the spot, so keep checking the Design Essentials website for more information on when the new stock will be with us.

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You don’t have to live in an edgy converted warehouse to drop a hint of the industrial in to your interior scheme. There are some fabulous pieces out there which give a nod to the trend without overdoing it. Use industrial styling with other trends such as warm metals, natural materials and tactile fabrics to soften the look, as shown in the look-book below:

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