Interiors inspo: bold spring refresh
Enough with cosy interiors and soft greys - here’s our edit of the fabrics, paints and tiles to lift your spirits and inject some spring into your life.
PAINT AND PAPER
Lick paint was the cheeky new entrant to the paint market last year – and aside from the name (which we love!), it has an eye on sustainability and responds nimbly to colour trends. The online retailer has also just launched a fabulous wallpaper collection in collaboration with artist Natasha Coverdale. We love Electric Poppies 02 with its luscious pink ferns on deep green (£125 for a roll 1005mm long). For every wallpaper, Lick can advise on the shades of paint to complement it. According to Lick’s colour experts, green is a colour of harmony and balance – and I’m sure we can all do with a bit more of that right now.
Wallpapering your whole house might feel like a big step but if you go for a ‘wall mural’ to create a single feature wall, the impact can be just as commanding. The Graham and Brown range cater for every springtime whim, from cloudscapes, to jungle scenes, country estate views and this dreamy ‘balloon race’ mural (£35/m2). Once you’ve measured your wall, the website allows you to crop the section of the design that you want so you can even design it around doors, windows or light switches.
Luxury paint company Little Greene launched 36 new colours last month in collaboration with the National Trust and we’re hankering after this deep earthy red, ‘Arras’ (below) (from £21/litre). The colours are inspired by the hallowed walls of various National Trust properties around the country and this one came from a tapestry in the chapel at the Elizabethan showpiece mansion, Hardwick Hall in Derbyshire.
Feeing outrageous? Okay then! Whether it’s for a tiny loo, a feature wall or, just because you’re a die-hard Gucci superfan, this geometric repeated G (£386 for a 8,200mm length) is undoubtedly the antidote to that magnolia wall you’ve been staring at. It’s loud and utterly outrageous. And we love it.
‘GG’ is sold by WallpaperSTORE, the curated design shop from the monthly style bible of the same name. If it’s a bit too much, but you’re still after a statement print for your wall, why not go for Gucci’s delicate herons on a tourmaline backdrop (£386 for a 3,505mm length).
Encaustic tiles are having a moment and we’re just a tiny bit smitten with this Cape Town design from Ca’ Pietra to bring a swathe of retro colour to any dreary kitchen floor (£4 each or £100/m²). The family-run business has been all about statement tiles for 30 years and are known for their bold designs. Pair these cool floor tiles with a pink mosaic tiled splashback – and you’ve got yourself an Insta-worthy kitchen.
Fired Earth has joined forces with fellow tile titan, Bert & May, in what must surely be a match made in interiors heaven. We’re a little bit in love with the Pradena collection in pink for a star-studded bathroom makeover (from £5.28 per tile), although the Bolonia collection, a collaborative effort from both teams, has a romantic southern Mediterranean feel to it.
This. Sofa. Is. Fabulous! Who cares if the paint is peeling off the walls if you’ve got this beauty in the foreground? It’s covered in Versailles Grand fabric – perfect for injecting a little springtime fun into any household. It’s from interior designer Harriet Holgate, offering interior design as well as fabric, paints, furniture and accessories. The collection is available to view online, with the option for studio appointments or ordering over the phone. Versailles Grand is £99/metre but Muddy readers can get an exclusive 20% off any of Harriet’s fabrics by quoting us when ordering. What are you waiting for?
If we can’t visit the Mediterranean, let’s want to bring some into our homes – or the lobsters anyway – with this statement lampshade from Timorous Beasties (from £130). And if crustaceans don’t feature on your mood board, there’s sure to be another one to suit, with prints inspired by jungles, lush gardens, wildlife and graffiti.