Hot Trend: Blue & White

catherine polaroidI’ve been inspired to put today’s post together (following the ‘New Blue & White’ exhibition at Boston’s MFA),  in order to share the blue & white porcelain look with you that’s trending in Fashion as well as Interiors. It’s exciting to see a range of designers exploring this theme.

17th Century Dutch Delftware is the main influence for many designers, along with colours inspired by Chinese porcelain, and Wedgewood’s signature powder blue also providing inspiration for more delicate embellished pieces, prints and accessories.

As well as beautiful garments, contemporary ceramics and surface pattern designs, it’s very effective to combine the 2 styles of Delftware and Wedgewood together to create a quirky, fresh look for the home, with key pieces being easy and cheap to acquire from vintage stores and car boot sales…

Wear the ‘Blue & White’ trend:

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1. High on DIY 2. Giambattista Valli 3.Li Xiaofeng 4. Etsy 5. Nail Art 6.Etsy 7.Roberto Cavalli 8.Therese Dombek 9.Just Cavalli  10. Abed Mahfouz 11.Tibi 12.Just Cavalli 13. Forever 21 14.Golden Ink

Live in the ‘Blue & White’ trend:

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1. Martha Stewart 2. Marcel Wanders 3. Marcel Wanders 4.Jacco Maris 5. Prince Design UK 6. Lagom Design 7. Catkin Collection 8. David Hicks 9. Etsy 10. Boca Do Lobo 11. Duffy London 12. Laviva


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Today I love… Neon & Pastels

Summer has finally kicked in and today I’m loving beautiful pastels with funky neon accents.  Neons have been huge in fashion and transition fabulously for interiors: use as an accent colour to give white a new edge or, as shown here, in combination with soft pastels for a gorgeously fresh summer look.

Trend Tip: Diffused pastels, ombre’s, washes and tints of colour continue to be important right through into 2015.

neon & pastel 1. via shape+space 2. via Beauty Riot 3. Chair and cushion from Etsy shop Neon Vintage Design 4. via the style spy 5. Modern Neon Hardwood Salad Bowls by Nicole Porter 6. Styling and photography by Marij Hessel 7. Number cushion from John Lewis 8. Styling by Charlotte Love 9. Styling and photography by Marij Hessel 10. Happy Layers Print by Georgiana Paraschiv 11. via Cellar Door Magazine


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Today I Love … Vintage Citrus

catherine polaroidHi, I’m Catherine, currently studying Surface Design for Fashion & Interiors at the University of Huddersfield, and I’m excited to be starting an Internship with Scarlet Opus in July. With Summer just around the corner, I’ve been inspired by a chic, vintage citrus look for the home. From botanical watercolour illustrations and retro fruit crate prints, to stunning blocks of colour – hues of melon, tangerine and lime provide a refreshing twist on a classic vintage look. The kitchen is the obvious space to work this look, yet I’m excited to see bursts of citrus emerging in all areas of the home:

js1600_MontageABOVE: 1. Vintage Soda Pop Bottle Top Screen Print by The Design Conspiracy (available from Not On The High Street);  2. Sanibel Table Runner by Anthropologie;  3. Lemon Meringue Pie Recipe Art Print by Lucile’s Kitchen (on Etsy);  4. Flannel Fabric from the Della Flannel Collection (on Etsy);  5. Benjamin Moore paints in Sweet Pear, Tuscan Coral, Florida Pink and Sweet Vibrations (palette styled by Ann Fox);  6. Screen Printed Organic Cotton Cloth Napkins by ohlittlerabbit on Etsy;  7. Oranges and Lemons Cushion Cover by Tobyboo (available from Not On The High Street);  8. Apple Green Burlap Covered Chair by Knottooshabby;  9. Citrus Fruit Crate Box Label art print by ASLICEINTIME (on Etsy);  10. ‘Lemon’ Tea Box by Wooden Toy Gallery (available from Not On The High Street).  

Special thanks to Catherine for today’s super fresh posting.  We look forward to welcoming her to the Scarlet Opus team at the beginning of July. 

If you’ve got any suggestions for our ‘Today I Love …’ series of posts then email us at and we’ll add your idea to our schedule and make a special montage based on your favourite color, style, material or pattern for all our readers to enjoy!

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Top 5 Dining Room Trends for 2013

As summer approaches, thoughts turn to throwing fabulous after work cocktail parties and weekend get togethers at home.  Now is the perfect time to refresh the dining areas of your home to get ready for the summer celebrations so, take inspiration from our top 5 dining room trends for 2013/14.

In no particular order:

1. Futuristic Glow

As we continue to journey into the unknown, Designers explore a Sci-Tech look.  The palette?  A halo of ultra-violet, searchlight blue, an alien green, and cold mint with hi-definition neon accents.  Super glossy surfaces with a shellac shine are key: hi-gloss lacquer, perspex, acrylic, transparent PVC layers, and silvered surfaces deliver a futuristic sheen.  White provides the clinical backdrop that grounds this look and keeps it from becoming colour overload, representing futurism and clarity.

ARTificialThe Air table by Carlo Colombo for Poliform

Choose an ultra-modern table with clean lines in a hi-gloss white, set it off with a statement piece of lighting to create a coloured glow.  Work on a stage of pale grey and white, with concrete effect flooring to create a super contemporary aesthetic.

Our S/S 2013 trend ARTificial details more ideas on how to successfully work this look.

2. The Orient

Our fascination with the Orient continues as we are seduced by a deeply exotic mood, drawn-in by the splendours of the Far East fused with the mysterious decorations of the Middle East.  This decadent, indulgent styling offers an intense glamour, summoning up a dark languid atmosphere with a slightly risqué undertone.

Strike an exquisite balance between lavish metallics, dangerously dark peacock shades, and seemingly opposing faded pastels: jade, apricot blossom, and mauve mist for an elegantly complex styling that is neither excessive or too pretty.

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Tazmania Ballroom in Hong Kong


  Noura Central in London

Be inspired by the Tazmania Ballroom in Hong Kong and London’s Noura Central to create your own glamorous dining theatre with richly coloured velvet seating (teal to purple shades are a major colour trend well into 2014/15) and a long, solid dark wood, or dark glass topped, table.

3. Retro Revival

This Spring/Summer have some fun and inject a vintage Rock ‘n’ Roll sexiness as the diner look evolves.  Create a Fifties Motel vacation, inspired by the palm tree lined, Art Deco adorned boulevards of Miami with a laidback LA vibe.

Go for graduated colours and ombres, matte, opaque surface finishes, and a kitsch styling.  Graphic patterns are in: hearts, birds, cars, fruit, and girls, as well as Rock ‘n’ Roll motif and bold geometrics.

Achieve this look in one of two ways: an invigorating palette of intense blues, flamingo pinks and oranges, with the season’s all important mint green.  Go for bench seating or retro booths.

retro by hello-132 on Polyvore

Or, work a more rebellious, Rockabilly look of black and white with red accents such as red leather dining chairs.

For more details on this look, read about our S/S 2013 trend, Motel, in Anthony’s Now, New, Next posting here.

4. New Normal

For a moment of stillness in our overfilled modern lives, precise styling and an extreme unadorned, pared-down purity, delivers clarity and calmness.  A retro Scandinavian influence is felt in a palette of subdued colours of sand and cork, blonde wood tones, and an abundance of brown, all working alongside a calming blue and green.

For dining furniture choose pure forms that are simple, smooth, and solid.  Marquetry/parquet constructions work well within this trend, be inspired by Lee Broom’s Parquetry collection.

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5. South American Ranch

As we get into the Autumn/Winter of 2013/14 we see a South American flavour combine with the exotic tribal trends of previous seasons; there is a greater emphasis on the use of natural materials and raw finishes and we see the colours change as a darker, heavier, spiced palette is introduced.

Rustic-DINING-ROOM-Table-Set-600x449-500x374Start with a natural wood or solid Indian sheesham wood dining table and cover chairs in earthy colours or Peruvian inspired patterned textiles.  Source hand-carved or chiselled accessories and hand-hammered metal lamps and lighting.

For a wide range of dining tables and chairs to suit any style, visit or call 0800 035 0700 for friendly, professional advice.

To discover full details of ALL the key trends for Interiors across 2013/14 you can purchase our inspirational trend report.  To do this simply email Phil now to find out how you can benefit from our trend forecasting expertise, if you prefer to chat give us a call in the studio on +44 1482 870 360 or ring/text Phil direct on +44 7896 088 996.  Alternatively you can also Tweet us!  Whichever way, we’d love to hear from you.





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Today I Love … Japonisme

Japonisme is a French word referring to the influence of the Arts & Crafts of Japan on Western culture.  Since the World’s Fair of 1867 in Paris, when Japan took a pavilion and wowed the European visitors with their unique style, the elegant simplicity of Japanese paintings, ceramics and textiles have fascinated Western creatives and consumers alike.  The Spring/Summer 2013 fashion collections of Design houses such as Prada, Etro and Proenza Schouler clearly show that our fascination has not waned.  And here is how to translate the look into your Home:

montage 2 Above: 1 Fromental Prunus wallpaper in Samui colourway; 2 Rosette bedding in Charcoal with Kyoto Pillowcases from Lazybones in Australia (they have an online shop & ship internationally.  Details on shipping can be found here); 3 Glass Cherry Blossom Polaroid Table Lamp by Etsy sellers JerseyMaids in the USA; 4 Silk Kimono Robe by independent fashion designer-maker & Etsy seller Majo Rey in Uruguay; 5 Hand-Painted Cherry Blossom Bowl by Etsy seller Yevgenia based in NY; 6 Lavender Silk Velvet Pillows from Etsy seller Suzanne Fortescue / Studio Tullia based in Portland, USA; 7 Pouffe in Vintage Damask from Etsy sellers Cristina & Elisabet from Barcelona; 8 Vintage Cristal d’Arques Glasses in Dark Red from Etsy seller Villa Maria in Spain.


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