“Stately Spanish galleon coming from the Isthmus….
….With a cargo of diamonds,
Topazes and cinnamon and gold moidores”
Caravan of colour – combine heavenly scented spices with flowers and fruits of the tropics to inspire a warm and erotic colour pallet. Hardwoods and dark woods add a rich wealth from the Indies.
“Four stone walls and four grey towers
Overlook a space of flowers
And the silent isle embowers
The Lady of Shalott”
Return of romanticism – values and textiles from the past in a contemporary setting. Textiles inspired by traditional English crafts – lacing and quilting. A muted colour pallet of dusky pinks, mauves and greens combined with foliage designs.
“Oh sweet and far, from cliff and scar
The horns of Elfland faintly blowing”
Mystical and magical – colours are shifting, shimmering and iridescent. Fairytale inspired femininity with exotic Arabian nights’ allure. Soft billowing drapery in whites, greens and blue hues.
The Silk Road
“From silken Samarkhand to cedar’d Lebanon”
Rich textile delight – colours and textures borrowed from the Middle East. From aubergine, brown and iron oxide red to turquoise and deep, deep blue. Combine rich textiles with crystal, amber and cedar wood.
“The woods are lovely, dark and deep”
Natural products – mix the elements of rust, copper and bronze with natural woods and shades of chocolate, cream and amber. Add woodland depth and shadows by combining sheen and matt finishes. Use Venetian glass to add a prism of colour or chunky industrial glass for accents of light.
“Soft as the breast of doves
And shivering sweet to the touch”
Inspired by touch – think handmade, woven and knitted – rich tactile textiles and finishes. Combine natural materials of paper, reed and wool with contemporary metals and mesh for tactile style. Use soft shades of white, cream and greens layered to add depth.
“The glory that was Greece
And the grandeur that was Rome”
Edgar Allan Poe
Dramatic and graceful – use height and space with all things Greek. Colours are taken from the Mediterranean pallet of sky blue hues, Pompeian red and white fluted columns. Rich fabric designs with heavy drapery pleating complimented by carved festoons and statues.
“Striped like a zebra, freckled like a pard
Eyed like a peacock and all crimson barred”
Nature’s skins – but not the real thing. Capture natural textures from reptile skins, feathers and furs. Create a colour pallet inspired by the patterns and shades of hides from the wild. Add leather for a soft and sensuous touch that gets better with age.