The velvet trend

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We’ve read from the people that know that one big trend during 2017 will be velvet! Whilst collecting images of various velvet containing rooms we saw a definite pattern in big blue comfy sofas and chairs. Blue is predicted to be within a lot of interiors this year and it would seem this relates back to the velvet trend.

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Inspired by this velvet comfiness we have found a few options that you can get in your home. From chunky sofas to sophisticated cocktail chairs and lush throws – we’ve got all the velvet bases covered.

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Here are a collection of velvety goodness that you can get into your own home. Go for these varied colours or stick with the predicted blue theme for the year (most items available in multiple colours).

Find them here: 1) Velvet love tub 2) Velvet Throw  3) Fitz  4) Lula  5) Frame 6) Tub 7) Scott               8) Margot  9) Margot Single  10) Chesterfield 

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Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois – Le Corbusier

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This is simply about our love of mid century modern arm chairs. Just look at them. They shouldn’t, and in some of these cases aren’t, be considered a piece that goes only within a mid-century modern themed room. Gentle coloured upholstering goes with a light Scandinavian feel and darker greys work well with a more industrial style.

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They’re beautiful. So we’ve found some that can be purchased. We want them all.

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Available here: 1) Danish oak  2) z-chairs 3) Wooden Green 4) Danish armchair 5) Bailey 6) Karla

 Hope you like these chairs as much as we do!

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Spring time!

Here are a few simple ways to add colour and a spring feel to your home!

Flowers! (of course)

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Flowers are the perfect symbol of spring. But try to mix up what you display them in. Keep the colours light and bright!

Paint your front door! 

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Add a splash of colour to the front of your house. When thinking about painting your door don’t forget that painting your interior doors is also a great way to get that extra colour into your home.

Fresh new bedding

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Getting new colour into the bedroom is easy with new bedding. No need to paint the whole room or change the furniture. These are two of our bright and airy favourites!

Left – Cactus print set from Urban Outfitters. Right – STRANDKRYPA from Ikea.

Get some print and colour into your home

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Any thing that adds colour and pattern to your home gives it a spring feel. Here are a few more examples! Including our wallpaper!

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Designer – Alvar Aalto

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Alvar Aalto was a Finnish sculptor, painter, designer and architect. At the start of his career in the 1920s his style was focused on ‘Nordic Classicism’. This changed to a more international modern style in the 1930s and continued towards a modernist style till the end of his career in the 1970s.

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Alvar Aalto stool, model E60, designed in 1933. Paimio lounge chair, beech plywood, birch, designed in 1932.

The design style of the furniture by Aalto was considered to be ‘Scandinavian Modern’. His designs were pieces that were simplistic, modern and functional.

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Aalto was concerned with making buildings that are a ‘total work of art’. He would not only design the building but the interiors, the light fixtures and the furniture. The buildings Aalto designed continued to have hints towards the Scandinavian style seen in his furniture and early work.

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“God created paper for the purpose of drawing architecture on it. Everything else is at least for me an abuse of paper.” Alvar Aalto, Sketches, 1978, P.104

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5 Interiors we love

Here are a few interiors we love and are inspiration for your own home.

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This eclectic style lends itself to a room filled with plants. Add some fresh greenery to your room to bring the summer indoors and add colourful character. The style of mid-century modern furniture works so well with the mix match of colour too.

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The grey pallet of this room lends itself to having a hint of colour, The duck egg used here looks great with the neutral greys. Wouldn’t our wallpaper do well in this room? This is also a great way to be able to change the room regularly, just replace the colourful items with a different colour and you’ve easily and cheaply changed the whole room.

We are also loving the shallow photo shelf easily makes a collection of different images and frames look neat and tidy.

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The exposed brick is what makes this such a nice featured room. Plain, simple and smart. We like the mix match of furniture and the neutral tones. Like the room above a shallow white shelf would also work above the sofa with a mix of images.

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The colour of the lampshade and the artwork creates a link to the dinning area seen in the background. It also brings a fun and colourful extra to an otherwise plain area.

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Following the neutral tones of the above rooms this dinning room makes a perfect example of mix and match chairs. We love the big industrial style lights and think that they work so well with the otherwise country feel of the room.

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Dining Room Chair Tips

Everybody loves a good mix and match dining room chair set. But, getting the right combinations is very important.

We’ve found this neat little guide that tells you what goes with what.

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Taking inspiration from this, here are some pairs we’ve found online!

1- Same C0lour + Different Design

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These two chairs are totally different in material, texture and shape. Having them the same colour makes them work together so well. We can imagine these neutral coloured chairs at a chunky wooden table with a bright colourful bunch of flowers on top.

Available here: www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/living-room/Dining-Chairs/Kartell-Comeback-Armchair-GREY-BLUE/2-3421-72475/ + www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Bleecker-Dining-Chair-(Gun-Metal)/2-3006-70587/

2- Same Design + Different Colour

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These two colours work so well together! Would look great in a rustic or modern home. A great design with soft colours. Who doesn’t like an Eames chair!

Available here: www.johnlewis.com/vitra-eames-dsw-side-chair/p325424?colour=Ocean

3- Same Style + Different Design

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These two designs are only subtly different. Mix up the colours to make them seem even more different, or keep them  matching. Plus they look nice and comfy.

Available here: www.made.com/chairs/dining-chairs/2-x-flynn-dining-chairs-merlot-red-1  +  www.made.com/chairs/dining-chairs/flynn-scoop-back-chair-graphite-grey

4- Same Material + Different Design

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These two leather chairs with their different colours and styles would look great in an industrial, rustic or modern home. The armchair looks super comfortable and supportive.

Available here: www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Ripley-Armchair/2-1029-60067/ + www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Gaia-Chair/2-2734-69391/

5- Vintage + Modern

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One is plastic the other is wood with padding, so different yet the same style. A great mix of vintage and modern design.

Available here: www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-cameo-dining-chair/p557404  +   www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Kartell-Victoria-Ghost-Chair/3-1792-64920/#

6- Play With Height

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A tall heavy leather chair with a regular light upholstered chair. Have the taller ones at the end of the tables to make a symmetrical mix of heights.

Available here: www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Ellice-Chair/2-1726-64613/ + www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Evaldo-Dining-Chair/2-1783-64869/

7- Play With Texture

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Plastic and upholstered. Hard and soft. The colour from the soft chair with the clear of the hard are perfect contrasts for a alternating arrangement.

Available here: www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Mimi-Chair-(Vintage-Moleskin-Duck)/2-2814-69768/ +  www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Kartell-Louis-Ghost-Armchair-CRYSTAL/2-265-60190/

8- Play With Weight

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A heavy wooden chair and a light plastic chair in the same colour. Again a great mix match.

Available here: www.johnlewis.com/philippe-starck-for-kartell-masters-chair/p326288?colour=Grey +  www.johnlewis.com/john-lewis-lydia-leather-effect-dining-chair/p485368?colour=Taupe

9- Play With The Details

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A perfect example of playing with detail. The negative and positive combinations of black and white keep the chairs similar but at the same time strikingly different.

Available here: www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Kartell-Super-Impossible-Chair/3-1570-63979/

10- The Odd One Out

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We would use the metal chair as the odd one out. We like the different weights, colours and materials in these chairs and think they work the well together.

Available here: www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Gustave-Dining-Chair-(Old-White)/2-2996-70493/  +   www.barkerandstonehouse.co.uk/furniture/dining-room/Dining-Chairs/Nevada-Dining-Chair/2-3658-73438/

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More Christmas gift ideas!

 

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Here are some more present ideas for the home. All can be found not the Graham and Green website (Links for each item below).

Happy Shopping!

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  1. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/aluminium-heads-with-antlers
  2. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/amazonia-cushion
  3. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/animal-print-coasters-placemats
  4. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/animal-side-table
  5. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/arles-brass-lamps
  6. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/bird-cage-lamp
  7. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/black-peacock-chair
  8. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/blue-crackleglazed-owl-ornament
  9. www.grahamandgreen.co.uk/grey-and-orange-print-frame
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