What are the Big Names Saying?

Several influential designers have a case of melancholy – moody blues. Stephanie Coutas says “dark navy is a counter point to white marble & mother of pearl” and that this blue thing is a growing trend in the big cities. This may be true but blue also fuses beautifully with our Dales, picking out wisps in the natural stone surrounding us here in Yorkshire – a fabulous combination.

Is anyone interested in what Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen is predicting? Is he trending or just particularly annoying? Let’s move on.

Kelly Hoppen, the queen of taupe and a formidable ex-dragon, is swinging towards mixing warm metals such as copper (love it) and rose gold with cooler, brighter silvers – and the trick is not to match but to mix (love it more). Singular colours can look a bit staged so the advice is to shake it up a little with layers of mixed silvery-gold and black metals; a “riskier and more stylish” option says Thom Filicia.

Los Angeles designer Kelly Wearstler is schmoozing about smoked glass “to strike a tension between raw & refined, masculine & feminine”. That smokiness “adds a sense of mystery & intrigue”. I’ll agree with her in as much as smoky glass can work in a seductive, soft sense.

So, love them or not, big designers create ideas for accessorising to give those accents that are pleasing to your eye.

Andrew Bradley