Valentines Day – Dangerous Apparitions

Today I bring you Dangerous Apparitions - a Spring/Summer 2014 trend with a glamorous dreamworld aesthetic. Inspiration comes from dark romanticism and fairytale stories (I told you in my last posting that Maleficent – the story of Sleeping Beauty’s evil queen – is to be released in May), as well as a continued nostalgia for the past.

Looking at colour within this trend, we see soft ivory, mirrored pearlescents and pale, dusky lavenders and drips of liquid gold; dancing around emerald green and amethyst in this sophisticated, poetic palette. Untitled-1

Here I’ve handpicked a selection of interior products as well as some sumptuously romantic gifts (or treats for yourself!) as we approach Valentines Day. Think of feathers, ornate embellishments, and inspiration from the orient; ribbons and ruffles, delicate feathers and petrified branches.

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1. Baroque Charger by Jasper Conran; 2. Emerald Martini Glass by Clarendon; 3. Butterfly Boudoir Cushion by Ted Baker; 4. Wire Bird Cages by Rockett St George; 5. Tabletop Chandelier by David Wiseman; 6. Jewellery Tree by Paperchase; 7. Aubergine Rug by Designers Guild; 8. Enchanted Sofa by Koket; 9. Scroll Headboard from Urban Outfitters; 10. Cushion by Hosoo Kyoto; 11. Branches Wall Sticker by Rockett St George; 12. Birdcage Walk Wallpaper by Nina Campbell; 13. Heart Lovebird Plate by Rory Dobner; 14. Framed Wallpaper by Adam Slade; 15. Spellbound Cabinet by Koket

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1. Hand Mirror Pendant by Stella Pandora; 2. Deep Plum Lipstick by MAC; 3. Lace Flower Top by Christopher Kane; 4. Rose Earrings by Olgafacesrok; 5. Cupid’s Rubies Soap Jewels by Lovely Body; 6. Floating Rose Candle by Glowlite Candles; 7. Feather Embroidered Back Dress by Arjan B; 8. Rose Embellished Cage Sandals by Dolce and Gabbana; 9. Leaf Print Colour Block Tee by Topshop; 10. Horse Cross Body Bag by Deena & Ozzy; 11. Feather False Lashes from Eyelashes Direct; 12. Damsel in Distress Shoes by Charlotte Olympia; 13. Pattern by Kit Miles; 14. Drink Me Sparkling Wine by Grays and Feather; 15. Woodland Splodge Scarf by Topshop; 16. Black Dress With Transparent Bodice by Jovana Markovic

I hope you’ve been inspired for Valentines Day and are excited for the Spring/Summer 2014 season!

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Top 10 Colours for 2014

I’m excited to bring you one of our most important posts of the year – our top ten colours for 2014! These colours will be significant throughout the world of interiors, retail and marketing, and we’ve taken these colours from our forecasts for both Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter. This year we will see a wonderful contrast between luxurious historical nostalgia, and extreme newness in the form of botanical and digital brights. It’s worth noting that these colours shouldn’t all be used together, and are displayed in no particular order; each swatch you see is simply a gorgeous colour that will be important in the coming year! As I leave you to have a look at this beautiful array of colours, I wish you all a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! – Catherine.

1Diffused Blush swatchDiffused Blush:

Moving on from ‘Apricot Blush’, one of the key colours of 2013, is Diffused Blush. The colour is beautifully hazy & sensory, working well within a palette of botanical perfumed colours such as dusky petal pink and softened wild heather, while accents of acidic pastels make sure the look is brave, and bang on trend. Looking forward, the use of diffused blush continues to make its’ presence felt through into 2015.

2Stucco swatchStucco:

An important neutral is Stucco – seen from the start of 2014 in our trend of historical eccentricity The Curator and into our History trend (A/W 2014/15). Stucco works beautifully as part of a soft yet austere palette of cool marble grey and earthy brown, but also is a great contrast paired with rich and glamorous products in jewel tones; absinthe green and petrol blue.

3Cocoa swatchCocoa:

A rich, earthy brown, this tone works with Stucco perfectly. It is particularly present in our trend The Curator, and will be seen in eccentric, country gentleman styling throughout the year.  Rich dark woods are seen, even in Spring/Summer, while Liquid Geology, another Spring/Summer trend, sees mystical dark browns from the Earth’s formation working with liquid gold and our next colour, glimmering bronze.

4Bronze swatchBronze:

This colour is extremely versatile, adding a touch of glamour and luxury without the obvious flamboyance of gold. It’s seen in its’ natural form against earthy browns, as well as being used extravagantly  throughout our historical trends;  bronze detailing against our next colour, Petrol, as well as deep purples and even black is sumptuous and sophisticated.

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5Petrol swatchPetrol Blue:

Petrol Blue continues to make its’ presence felt throughout 2014; the complex colour is as intriguing as ever. Working beautifully with bronze, Petrol Blue does not just mean teal. It is shimmering and mysterious; displaying tones of green as well as blue. This colour is mature, sophisticated and unisex.

 

6Amethyst swatchAmethyst:

This purple is seen in a number of our trends for 2014; the glamorous jewel tone works perfectly with dark fairy-tale inspired trend Dangerous Apparitions for Spring/Summer, while being softened to work with petal and blush tones throughout the season, too. Amethyst purple is high-end and the colour also comes through in a range of digital and galactic inspired patterns.

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newChangeant Violet:

As seen in our Autumn/Winter 2014/15 trend Life, Changeant Violet is a fascinating and complex new  tinted metallic with a scientific shimmer and intense depth. It works beautifully with ice white, nude tones, and iridescent surfaces,  as well as contrasted against crystallised greens and turquoise (although turquoise didnt make it onto this list, it’s a key colour for 2014).

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7Hot pink swatchHot Pink:

Hot Pink is an important bold accent colour throughout 2014. It is richer and more sophisticated than simply being a standard bright pink, yet still high in energy. The colour looks great against glossy white and black as well as adding depth to a palette of cool brights including watermelon. Although traditionally a feminine colour, it’s time for guys to embrace the pink!

8Desert bloom swatchRed:

Next year red is orange-tinted, fresh, bold and high-fashion. As seen in our A/W 2013/14 trend ‘Expedition’, this red works well against icy white and rock grey backgrounds, although such a vibrant colour is just asking to be clashed against turquoise and Hot Pink. As we move through 2014, towards 2015, we begin to see earthier reds come to the fore.

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9Chlorophyll swatchChlorophyll Green:

We all know that Emerald was Pantone’s colour of the year, 2013, and now moving into 2014, green is fresh, optimistic and celebratory. Working with this optimistic vibe, the Chlorophyll Green clashes against Hot Pink and works well with vibrant yellow and bright turquoise – colour blocking is the perfect way to work this colour into the home.

 

 

 

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Autumn/Winter 2014/15 Trend Preview – Life

One of our five Autumn/Winter 2014/15 trends is Life – this is one of the trends we will be displaying in the Trends Hub at Surfaces in January. This preview is of a trend that’s all about capturing moments in time of nature’s evolution. A beautifully tinted world is created, where crystallized nature meets digital art, and a cryogenic aesthetic with icy transparencies create a new frozen interior landscape.

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Life’s key influencing factors, as seen above, include: The completion of the Musée des Confluences in Lyon; predictions that the Earth will enter a mini ice-age in 2014; crystallography; Damien Hirst’s public gallery opening; the KEO Space Time Capsule; as well as the amazing work of Brent Christensen.

PATTERN, COLOUR AND SURFACE FINISHES:

The resulting mood of the trend is clean and cool. Surface finishes are delicately frosted while spiky frost and icy veins (captured within glass and plastics) glacier finishes, and liquid mercury work alongside soft fur-like textures and textural reptile skins.

Layers of transparent colour create new digital geometric patterns whilst mineral kaleidoscopic digital prints in crystal colours, microscopic patterns saturated with coloured dye, and adrenaline crystals create a futuristic lab look.

In terms of colour, we see tints of formaldehyde and crystallized greens paired with natural, organic colours of ice white, nude and flesh tones, and grey.  Neons evolve this season into acid pastels and cold brights, whilst ombre effects continue to be important.

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The above images include: Crystals of Adrenaline by Spike Walker;  Wallpaper by Trove; Frosti Bowl by Heather Gillespie; Sine Cabinet by Dick Scheepers; Ruined Polaroid by William Miller.

PRODUCTS:

Product designers are continuing to develop luminosity, coloured glow effects, halos of light and hazy aesthetics in the form of tinted and cloudy glass, or corrugated plastics, as well as opaque pastel resins.

Hard surfaces are cold and reflective with iridescent; frosted changeant; pearlescent; and tinted, frosted metallic effects.

Soft surfaces are smooth or finely crushed with silvered threads creating a clean, scientific shimmer and nude metallics delivering a luxurious sheen.

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Clockwise from top right:  CMYK Bulb by Dennis Parren; Yoko Lamp by Anderssen and Voll; Osmosi Vase by Emmanuel Babeld; Crackle Metallic Pillow by Marlo Lorenz; Table by Vano Alto; Transformed Stacking Vessels by Pia Design; Haze Table by Wonmin Park.

Contact Phil at phil@scarletopus.com for the full trend report, including 4 more trends for the season.

For more trend insight, I’ve hand-picked a range of Christmas gifts based on Autumn/Winter 2013/14 trends – on the blog next!

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Today I love… Diffused Blush

Today I’m loving Diffused Blush; a colour that will be featured within my ‘Top 10 Colours for 2014′ which will be on the blog in December! Here I will show you two very different looks in which you can use this beautiful colour:

1. This look combines blushed apricot pink with clean white and charcoal grey. Diffused Blush softens the clean geometric lines and shapes, whilst adding newness to the pieces. Contrasting accent colours such as mint green also help to create a fresh aesthetic:

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1. The Infinity of the Room by Pia Jensen. 2. Visu Chair by Muuto. 3. Geometric Pillowcase by thegoodhouse. 4. Chevron Stripe Fabric by cristinapires on Spoonflower. 5. Persian Salt Lamp by Ionic Salts. 6. Pink Ditte Sofa by Anthropologie. 7. Accent Lamp by Filigree Creations 8. Decorative Pillow by John Robshaw. 9. Origami Light by Studio Snowpuppe. 10. Wire Side Table by Iacoli & McAllister. 11. Pink and Turquoise Necklace on Etsy. 12 Visu Chair by Muuto

2. Here, Diffused Blush is combined with vintage neutrals in a soft, feminine and delicate aesthetic that’s full of texture:

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1. Vintage Roses Photograph by Shirlie Kemp. 2.Ceramic Cup by Ebury Home and Garden. 3. Mistley Stripe Cushion by Laura Fletcher. 4. Ceramic Lamp by Christopher Spitzmiller. 5 Books by Natural History. 6. Shabby Chic Collection by Michaela Schmid. 7. Blushed Neutrals Hanger by Fox & The Feather. 8. Painted Frames by 0namesleft. 9. Silk Dip-Dye Cushion by Rockett St George. 10. Paper flowers by BHLDN. 11. Chair by Something Borrowed.

 Don’t forget to look out for our Top 10 Colours for 2014 – on the blog in December!

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