What you missed at the UK Flooring Show 2015

This week the team travelled to Harrogate in Yorkshire for the UK’s National Flooring Event. We are delighted to have been part of this exhibition which displays a rich selection of new and innovative flooring products. This year we were asked to create a ‘Flooring shop of the future’ as part of the Trends Hub, this was designed to give retailers lots of ideas on how to merchandise flooring. In case you didn’t manage to visit, we have put together a posting to showcase a selection of what we saw at the event…

Exposervice SRL

Exposervice create quality, luxury vinyl tiles (LVT Flooring) in a variety of exciting collections. We picked out their Swing Design flooring, which comes in a range of different colours and has a textile weave aesthetic. This look is something we don’t often see in LVT and relates to the growing trend of softening the look of hard flooring by mimicking textiles to create a comfortable, textured feel with durable and practical qualities.



Earthwerks® (flooring inspired by nature) create LVT flooring solutions for residential and commercial sectors. We particularly liked their “Mix’iT’ collection which demonstrated a creative use of colour within each panel. They offer a range of different colours and styles which allows the customer to be the designer. Take a look at their Colorwerks Brochure for more ideas on layouts and mixing colour for flooring in interior settings.



This company make carpet tiles from recycled plastic water bottles. What we found inspiring was their creative way of displaying yarn cones to show the different colours available in the range. We also love how they utilise a plastic bottle to explain the multi-layered recycling process of transforming plastic into carpet. From the crushed plastic, to the pure polyester beads and finally to the yarn that makes the carpet. It is a creative way to help customers easily understand the whole process.


Natural Solutions

For several seasons now we have been highlighting the desire for carpet, rugs and wooden flooring with an aged, worn and distressed look and texture. We even had inspirational images on display at this year’s Trends Hub (Flooring Shop of the Future). It was therefore refreshing to see this aesthetic coming through in Laminate Flooring. Natural Solutions showcased a fantastic patchwork patterned laminate which had a very worn and distressed aesthetic. It enables end consumers to create the vintage, ‘old-world’ style in their homes in a way that is both practical and affordable. The subtle use of tonal greys works beautifully throughout the laminate to emphasise the faded pattern motif. distressed

British Wool Marketing Board

The Campaign for Wool and British Wool returned again to display Wool Trends; the inspirational centre for wool carpet. It was a stylish and vibrant showpiece that hosted leading carpet manufacturers such as Adam Carpets, Axminster Carpets, Brintons, Brockway Carpets, Bronte Carpets, Cavalier Carpets, Ulster Carpets and Westex in the Wool Trends area. The installation highlighted forthcoming wool carpet colours and style, and was created in association with Homes & Gardens magazine. Most interesting was the use of plain neutral coloured carpets and Aztec patterns placed along-side very striking, bold furniture. It immediately makes the roomset look more contemporary.

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Adam Carpet

This company demonstrated wonderful inspirational ways of marketing and retailing their product in line with current trends. They featured a giant pin board on their booth which included fabric samples, interior product images and colour swatches to inspire end consumers whilst in store when choosing carpet for their homes. It was refreshing to see a carpet retailer including other interior design elements in the presentation of their product. Adam Carpets also created Trend Mood Boards with detachable carpet samples so that customers can play and rearrange the samples to suit  their individual preferences – excellent interactive sales tools! These were also displayed in our ‘Flooring Shop of the Future’.

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Ornate Carpets

Ornate is a leading specialist in the wholesaling and manufacturing of contemporary handmade rugs, kilims and furniture. The business is a thriving hub to the European market, providing some of the finest quality handmade rugs to top interior designers and five star hotels around the globe. We particularly loved the ottomans made to compliment the rug designs. Not only are they unique, one-off furniture pieces but they are also a great way to showcase rug patterns at exhibitions.

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Oriental Weavers

Oriental weavers have an ethos of providing a rug to suit every style and budget. The machine made collection included a variety of 100% New Zealand Wool rugs, striking modern designs, unique woven rugs and a variety of anti-slip flat weaves. The fused array of multi-colours across this rug attracted our attention. 2015-09-21 16.01.29

The Flooring Shop of the Future

This year the Scarlet Opus team created a ‘Flooring Shop of the Future’ designed specifically to reflect the shopping experience desired by consumers when making flooring product purchase decisions for their home. There were many features that gave retailers quick, easy, inexpensive ideas of how to display and merchandise product as well as create an inspirational and inviting space for their customers to spend time.

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We even created a mock flooring shop window display based around the ‘Wild Urbanism’ trend. The window encourages innovative ways of using flooring product to create an inspiring presentation for visual merchandising.

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We would like to extend a huge thank you to British Ceramic Tile for supplying the tiles for our window display, Interface for supplying the Shop Flooring, Adam CarpetsAdriana Tavares Rugs, Jonny RossMartin CurtisQuickStep, Interfloor (Meister), Rug Guru, Tektura and Real Shetland for providing products to help make the window display, shop floor features and interior design table look amazing!

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LIVE from Exclusively Housewares 2015

This week the team have been in London for the Exclusively Housewares and Exclusively Electrical Show. This is a long-established, well-known and specialist show packed with over 120 housewares, electrical and tableware suppliers. We have been awarding our Scarlet Opus “on trend” badges to the products we feel are perfect for this season and near future seasons. Visitors can follow the trend trail to explore what we identified as key products to watch out for.

Our trend boards highlight some of the chosen products, these have been on display for everyone to photograph and reference. Our trend presentation by Phil and Victoria explained the background research to the trends including colour direction, material, textures and product development. IMG_4943


Congratulations to all of the exhibitors awarded the Scarlet Opus “on trend” badge. Here are a few of the chosen products to watch out for.

50’s Inspired Range by Meyer Group (Prestige)

This very smart retro stripe gives a contemporary twist to Prestige product. The block colour paired with pattern adds an interesting contrast with a 50’s twist.


Metallic Mix Copper Collection and Orange Collection by Kalorik

Kalorik’s newest collection features a mix of warm and cold metallic coloured electricals; this fits in perfectly with this seasons Christmas Trend. They work to provide on-trend colour and pattern in kitchen electricals to brighten up the social hub of the home. We also love their intense coral orange collection, mixing and matching the block colour items  also creates a perfect combination for Spring Summer 2016.


Rivsalt Himalayan Rock Salt by Auteur

We love the Auteur salt grater, it explores new ways of adding salt to food. This natural Himalayan salt is paired with a Japanese stainless steel grater of highest quality. Not only does it add a crafted, tooled yet luxurious element it also creates a beautiful center piece when placed on the table. A perfect gift for this coming Christmas.


Other products awarded the Scarlet Opus “on trend” badge include…

Addis Housewares (Copper Collection), Apollo Housewares (Nero & Martele Porcelain Collections), bergHOFF Worldwide (Eclipse Cookware & New Green Cookware Collection), Bodum (Copper Cafetiere), Dartington Crystal (Glitz Collection), Elia International (Pebble Orientix Chinaware), Groupe SEB (Tefal Ingenio), Jean Dubost (Laguiole New Age Range in Copper), KilnerLe Creuset (Chiffon Pink Cast Iron) Ladelle (Lunar Apron), Make International (Keith Brymer Jones Word Range), Mason Cash (Baker Street Range), Nordic Ware (Heritage, Jubilee & Pineforest) Premier Housewares (Cirque & Premier Slate Collection), T&G (CrushGrind Optic Mills & Pride of Place Collection), Typhoon (Vintage Americana), Vitamix (S30 in Green), Whitford (Diamond Series (changeant effect) & Spatter effect Series) Arthur Price (Alfresco & Horizon Mugs), Denby (Monsoon Home Collection) Ethos (Hammered Metal Collection), Eco Cook (Oven Love Collection), Octopus Publishing (Brazilian Cook Book), SMART Worldwide Ltd (Nostalgia Electrics – Popcorn & Snow Cone machine) Swan Products, Vintage Range in Green, Green Pioneer (Abeego).

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Getting Nude

quoteThe Nude palette is now well established, going from a soft pink blush to apricot cosmetic tones, and smooth eggshell to a luxurious taupe.  We’ve seen a super feminine look come down the catwalks, nude tones working with neons,  and now a more structured look or slouchy and layered, with a definite edge.  It’s a fashion trend that has transitioned perfectly to interiors and home products.  Nude tones can soften the hard edges of a space and they exude a sophisticated tranquility, creating a soothing visual flow.  Be inspired by the Queen of Taupe, Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen.

kelly hoppenI particularly love the dreamlike delicacy of the Gastrologik restaurant in Stockholm, Sweden.


 Gastrologik by Jonas Lindvall

This project features within our A/W 2013/14 trend, The Vision, which sees cosmetic and blush tones playing with the season’s new diffused pastels, as well as nude metallics and iridescents which create a new gorgeously elegant shimmer.

You can purchase The Vision trend board in our shop here or email Phil for full details of all the season’s key trends in our A/W 2013/14 trend report.

Other Designers working this trend (all shown below) include Phil Cuttance and Lorna Syson, both presenting faceted, origami-like structures in hushed nude tones.  I also love the simplicity of Frederik Roijé’s candle holders, and the lustrous sensuality of the Chignon chair by Koket.


Clockwise from top left: Blumarine S/S 2013 collection; Faceture Vases by Phil Cuttance; Decanterlamp in white by Lee Broom; Wall of Flame candle holders by Frederik Roijé; MAC nail lacquer; Chignon chair by Koket; Plymouth Touch Task lamp in taupe from John Lewis; Notebooks from One Kings Lane: Utensil jar in nutmeg by Le Creuset from John LewisValentino S/S 2013 collection; The Ritz sofa by Studio Bertjan Pot; Maze bowl in taupe by Gordon Ramsay in collaboration with Royal Doulton from OCCA Home;  Linear Fold cushion in cream by Lorna Syson

The lovely people at John Lewis asked us to review the Plymouth Touch Task lamp (shown in the montage above); the sample arrived in the UK studio today, here’s what Zak and Victoria thought:

js1024_ZakZak: “This delightfully nude-coloured lamp from John Lewis has real attention to detail – from the perfectly smooth painted glossy nude shade & base, to the twisted cable. I also like that there is no noticeable button on the lamp we were sent – it is ‘touch control’ so you simply touch the product and mysteriously the light comes on with a 3-stage dimmer function.  It’s stylish enough to work in any room in the Home or in an Office – it certainly looked good on my desk in the studio!”

VR head2Miss V: “I like this classic yet pared-down modern lamp.   It’s a touch bigger than I expected it to be from the online picture, which was a bonus, and the brass components & angle adjusters are weighty & sturdy so it feels like a quality product that was made to last. As you know, I’m a stickler for getting the details right and so, like Zak, I really like that John Lewis had decided to go with an old school braided flex – it’s a nice retro feature, and of course making a design feature of cables on lighting is currently a strong trend in Interior Design.”





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ANDREX Launching Patterned ‘Limited Collections’

I realise every other posting in the blogosphere will be discussing the OSCAR winners today…but I’ve got exciting news about a new product range I wanted to share with you in advance of it going into UK stores later this week!

Last year we began working with Andrex forecasting trends for their product developments and this eventually led to us creating 2 collections of designs for patterned toilet paper! 

Don’t panic!  There aren’t any twee florals or Fleur de Lys in sight!…Andrex’s new patterns are bang up-to-date and in line with current interior trends. 

Months of work have been involved, but I’m really pleased to be able to give you a sneak peek today before the packs become available in Morrisons on Wednesday 2nd March…and filter through into other supermarkets during the rest of the month.

First up…the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection:

Cheerful stylised butterflies, funky flamingo’s, popped-out polka dots, dazzling stars and retro geo’s!  If you have a bright, white, contemporary bathroom or toilet scheme this is the collection for you.  The rolls add a splash of on-trend bright colours (Sooo this season!!!) to a plain white bathroom and will co-ordinate perfectly with plain zesty towels & accessories. 

They are also a fab point of fun conversation for when your friends next come round for dinner…and at Scarlet Opus we think kids will love them too! 


Now there’ll be no need to hide your toilet roll stocks.  Display these patterns with pride! 

The inspiration mix behind the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection includes a dash of 80’s Miami + a good measure of retro geometrics and finally a big spoonful of Summer sunshine! 

The rolls come in multi-pattern packs (kinda like variety-pack cereals) offering a variety of quirky designs all created from the same co-ordinating colour palette…even the cardboard rolls inside are pink!

My favourite from this collection?…well it has to be Rebecca’s kitsch Flamingo!  Quirky, cool and sure to make me smile everyday!  I’ll be adding a roll to my downstairs loo for visitors to get a kick out of too! 

Now let’s take a look at the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ collection:

Stylised Chrysanthemums, scattered Cow Parsley, delicate Leaves, trailing Buddleia and oriental Blossom & Butterflies!  If you have a spa style bathroom or nuetral toilet scheme this is the collection for you.  The rolls add a sophisticated touch of soft linen shades to a plain white bathroom and will co-ordinate perfectly with natural pebble-toned towels & accessories. 

These designs are much quieter than the ‘Bright & Bold’ collection but they are still modern, clean and crisp.  The patterns in this pack have a contemporary silhouette styling which blend beautifully into chic bathroom schemes.

Display these rolls with pride on wooden bathroom shelving with your towel bales, stack on a vertical toilet roll storage holder in your ensuite or neatly pack into a rectangular basket in your downstairs loo.

The inspiration mix behind the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ collection includes a bunch of wild flowers + a good measure of big blooms and finally a scattering of delicate leaves! 

My favourite from this collection?…I really like how my delicate skeletal Leaf looks (above left).  And that reminds me…the quality of the printing on the paper is brilliant!  I’ll be putting the ‘Subtle & Stylish’ rolls in my main bathroom to bring a touch of pleasing pattern into the nuetral scheme.


To celebrate the launch of Limited Collections, Andrex have enlisted the help of 2 celebrity designers (to be announced Soon!) who will each be creating 2 designer bathroom schemes – 1 Bright & Bold and 1 Subtle & Stylish

We’ll bring you an update on the designers and their bathrooms shortly.  We’ll also be tweeting information about which magazines will be including discount coupons for the Andrex Limited Collection pattern packs. 


So if you aren’t following us on Twitter yet, be sure to click the link at the top of the right hand side bar so you don’t miss out!

The first packs will be available in Morrisons supermarkets on Wednesday this week…that’s the 2nd March.  And they will then become available in other supermarkets during the course of March.

Watch out for new Andrex TV adverts for these patterned toilet roll packs from mid-April onwards!  We’ll tweet an update when we know the exact day/time slot.

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