VIVA Magazine – Designers Delights
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VIVA Lifestyle Magazine is an exciting addition to the world of lifestyle. VIVA launched in Manchester and Cheshire in May 2010 and has soon become an established and much sought-after brand. The magazine was voted No.7 in the UK’s top 20 best Lifestyle Magazines in October 2018.
Luci owner and director of Luci Living Design has work as columnist for VIVA for a number of years writing articles and covering design trends, interiors and home decor.
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Designers Delight – 2015 Trends Article
Clashing metals, magnificent marble, moody blues, edgy geometrics, wonderful wire, funky furnishings, holiday swag and an eclectic mix of old and new. It sounds like creative chaos but we love these interior design trends of 2015. Thinking of decorating, looking for inspiration, want to stay ahead? Luci Roper, our design guru from Luci Living Design Interiors, tells how to incorporate the latest ideas and styles giving VIVA the inside track on the perfect pad.
Geometrics: Designers can’t get enough of geometric prints. We love chevrons and herringbone but a whole range of geometrics are in right now. Keep it simple; use bold prints on cushions and rugs so they stand out against a plain backdrop. Feeling brave for 2015? There is a definite shift towards geometric prints on furniture in order to create a focal point in your room and these patterns work on floors, walls and soft furnishings too. Rugs are a really simple and effective way to transform your space. Check out www.wayfair.co.uk as they have plenty of great geometric designs to choose from.
Wire: Wire furnishings are right on trend creating a new daring look. Skeletal lighting and chairs really brighten a room, casting shadows between the wires resulting in effective statement pieces.
Marble: Marble is very much in. It oozes sophistication, regardless of whether you have traditional or modern furniture. We love these stunning armchairs by www.mrmcqueen.co.uk with marble fabric. Choose soft white, champagne, brown or black marble to give your home a refined appearance which works perfectly with trendy warm metals.
Copper and Brass: Luxurious metallic finishes provide this season’s glamour and impact. Gold works but this year is all about brass and warm coppers: smooth and shiny or textured and riveted. Create a really opulent look to your home by matching with black and richer colours. It’s no coincidence that Dulux’s colour of 2015 is Copper Blush. For a fantastic range of lights and other copper items try www.made.com on line or for some super luxury the copper baths at Catchpole and Rye are amazing.
Mixed Metals: With jewellery you never mix your metals but that’s not the case at home. Mismatched objects bring more personality to a space. High street and online stores are filled with quirky metal accessories. Check out candle holders, trays and trinkets in a variety of metal hues. Adding natural leathers, wood and Edison-style filament light bulbs into the mix leans your room towards that ever-popular industrial look of recent years. Our clients are loving period Art Deco sunburst mirrors this year. To incorporate this style without breaking the bank log on to Not On The High Street as they have some amazing reproduction ones online.
Ethnic Eclectic: Use a non budget-busting fusion of old and new by re-using, re-painting and recycling your previous furniture and accessories. Think smooth, organic shapes, curved lines and contemporary furniture paired with rustic accessories and crazy bold colour schemes and complement with ethnic-inspired styling. . For all things eclectic take a look round a Home Sense store or dig out those travel purchases from their long term holiday in the cupboard and make use of them. From tribal prints, bowls and hanging platters to boho Moroccan pouffes it all works in 2015.
Patterned Tiles: Patterned tiles are set to make a comeback. If you like this look then www.wallsandfloors.co.uk do a great range of quirky tiles. Whether it is a feature wall you want to cover in gorgeous patterns or your floors there seem to be plenty of options around. Colourful patterned ceramic and clay tiles add to the ‘well-travelled look’ and are a great way to bring life into an alcove, plain bathroom or kitchen.
Moody Blues: Designers are developing a strong, navy blue case with many dramatic bold designs emerging this year. Expect to see an array of blue tones and hues in 2015 from rich cobalt to the inky depths of the sea and midnight sky. Don’t save it for the bathroom though, experiment and roll out the blue with accents of vibrant turquoise, yellow ochre, burnt orange, earthy tones and sandy tans. Our big love at the moment is sumptuous blue upholstery velvets. There are lots of gorgeous furniture items around in blue this year around but Debenhams traditional ‘Chesterfield Deluxe’ is worth a look.
So the expert view is that design trends for 2015 work well, there is plenty to go at and they are not too hard to achieve. We think they are likely to be around for a while so don’t be shy ‘turn up the bold’ in 2015 and complete your home with a striking designer-lead décor scheme.
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