The Explorer trend has been edging its way into the interior designing and decoration scene for some time but it is now that it is currently grabbing a lot of attention.
As the name suggests, it’s is all about global travel which of course incorporates the more obvious maps and globes in their many forms. But this trend has evolved to include items such as scientific instruments, bell jars and terrariums, as well as botanical influences, giving the look much more of a Christopher Columbus.
The colours in this trend are quite muted, with beiges, creams and browns predominant. I, as an interior decorator, believe that black is also a key colour and gives it a much more modern feel.
An extension of this trend that has the same vibe is the library look – reminiscent of a men’s club and works particularly well in sitting rooms, offices and of course
Leather and club chairs are very much part of the decor. Both the library and ‘The Explorer’ are quite masculine trends, but as with any interiors trend, you can take whatever suits you and add it to your personal style. You can have a row of bell jars with some pretty flowers in or go the whole hog and display unusual artefacts that look like original pieces from the explorer days.
Knitted motifs and modern quilting are also big news for winter.
They’re everywhere from knitted pouffes, chairs, sofas and stools to the obvious knitted chunky cushions and throws.
There are even knitted ceramics with the classic cable pattern. How novel indeed!
Velvets are also very popular at this time of the year. This sumptuous fabric is ideal for adding a touch of old fashioned luxury and glamour to your home. Choose jewel like tones of peacock blue, turquoise green and rich purples for a modern look, and layer them up with luxurious silks.
There are some beautiful new tartan fabrics too – stylish wool tartans with stripe and a textured plain that work perfectly well together along with the plaids.
A staple of winter, faux fur is usually incorporated as either a rug or throw, but more recently we’re seeing it draped over hard backed chairs in the kitchen and study.
If you want to include fur, you don’t have to turn your room into a hunting den. A single piece can add an instant feeling of warmth. Because of its luxurious appearance, fur is often viewed as a statement feature in the home so think about how it will fit in your home and choose the size and colours accordingly.