Friday, 25 January 2019

How to use the colour of 2019

Each year the colour experts at Pantone release their colour and colour palette which inspired both fashion and interior designers.
This year the Colour of the Year or COY is ‘Living Coral’ which is described a ‘shade that signals a shift towards optimism’ and as being ‘welcoming and encouraging light-hearted activity.’
If you are a follower of fashion the trick with any trend is careful interpretation – particularly when it comes to your home.  This colour is warm which means it will work well as an accent colour and would be best used in ‘flashes’ around your room in rugs, curtains and cushions.  It will be a brave man or woman who would use Living Coral in excess in one particular room – but if you have the confidence and design flair to pull it off – go for it.

Pantone has kindly provided a range of colour palettes that show us how to use the Living Coral with another colour.  In Shimmering sunset for example, it pulls together pinks, magenta and yellow shades, taking inspiration from the sky.  This would work in a feminine bedroom and even a bathroom.
The Sympatico colour harmonies include darker shades such as burnt henna and sand – this is suited to a more masculine bedroom or a living room.
For people who love bright colours, Trippy, uses yellow and blues with Living Coral which would be great for a kitchen or playroom.
Our rugs that best represent the Living Coral theme include some taken from our modern Vibrance collection featuring a wavy design that evokes memories of the seaside, a If you prefer a subtler pattern the plain carved Chinese rug will make it easy to accessorise with other pieces.  Meanwhile, traditionalists can include Living Coral with this Premier superwashed Chinese rug.
Have fun introducing Living Coral into your home this year.

Monday, 14 January 2019


A new year means it’s out with the old and in with the new – and that philosophy extends to your home too.  In this blog, FrithRugs provides its insider knowledge on interior design trends for 2019.
Welcome home
Your hallway sets the tone for the rest of the house.  That means above all else it should be welcoming but it should also reflect your style and personality and give a little hint as to what can be expected further into your home.  Whether you have traditionally long and narrow hallway or a more open, square space you will find plenty of options to dress it accordingly.
Try to keep your hallways free from clutter – if possible keep shoes and coats out of sight, or keep them to a minimum and in an area that is least on view.  Colours should be light to give an impression of space and runners are a great option for adding a dash of colour and style.
Big is better
Rather than having a standard rug in front of the fire for example, this year the trend is for bigger rugs that cover more of the floor, be that hard wood or carpeted.  For maximum impact leave a gap of a foot or two between the wall and the rug – it makes any room feel bigger.
Shape up
The standard rectangular rug is so last year!  In 2019, you need to think out of the box and find different shaped rugs that will add interest to your room.  Circular rugs look great in large rooms or in rooms with bay windows – they are also ideal for showing off a particular item of furniture.  How about an octagonal rug to add interest in a large room or a half moon shaped rug for a smaller space?
Multi coloured
When it comes to colour and pattern the brighter and the busier the better.  Multi coloured rugs will be the go to rug for 2019.  The trick when using a busy rug is to make sure it is the focal point of your room.  Take one or two colours from the rug and accessorise with lamps, throws and cushions but it’s important to let your rug do the talking.
Stairs like to be well-dressed
The trend for bare stairs and staircases has fallen out of favour and now the best dressed homes have carpeted stairs.  If you hanker for the ‘bare stair’ look select a stair carpet that goes down the middle of the stair and leaves a bare edge on either side.  Otherwise, cover your stairs in a carpet that complements your landing and hall.
Isn’t that where we started?  Whatever your interior design style, FrithRugs has literally thousands of rugs to choose from.  Forget the high street and find inspiration in our range of modern, plain, shaggy, Pakistani, Chinese, Indian, Persian, Afghan and machine woven rug collections.

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