Dark Romance – Interior Trend Watch

TREND WATCH: Dark Romance is another trend to hit the interiors world this winter, it’s a contemporary mix between dark moody florals with a modern Victoriana influence. Think of old floral still life paintings that comes to life on wallpaper, upholstery, bedding and cushions. The mood is mystical and romantic with an air of opulence with velvets and silks being some of the favourites. The colours are rich tones of berry, pink, moss-green and highlights in peach and gold.  Traditional styles of furniture are updated with glossy paint effects in dark tones and the adoration of floral patterns adds to the detail.

Corine 6ft bedstead,  Feast floral bedset,  Quilted cotton cushion,  Feast floral cushion,  Egyptian cotton pillowcase,  Quilted cotton throw, All M&S, Marks & Spencer

Above: Corine 6ft bedstead £1499, Feast floral bedset £59, Quilted cotton cushion £29.50, Feast floral cushion £25, Egyptian cotton pillowcase £12, Quilted cotton throw £115, all Marks & Spencer.

Rochelle floral mid chest,  Metal weave photo frame,  3 piece floral wall art,  Sophia pressed glass vase,  Mercury glass tea light holder,  Skinny metal candlestick,  Tapered dinner candle,  Anabelle cushion,  Vintage family portrait cushion,  Dark feast floral cushion,  Chenille floral jacquard cushion,  Bantry weave cushion, all Marks & Spencer, M&S

Above Left: Rochelle floral mid chest £599, Metal weave photo frame £29.50, 3 piece floral wall art £39.50, Sophia pressed glass vase £29.50, Mercury glass tealight holder £6 (2), Skinny metal candlestick £19.50, Tapered dinner candle £4 (2), all Marks & Spencer.

Above Right: Anabelle cushion £19.50, Vintage family portrait cushion £25, Dark feast floral cushion £19.50, Chenille floral jacquard cushion £19.50, Bantry weave cushion £12, all Marks & Spencer.


Hackney Empire china range, Midnight plate, £35, Tea cup and saucer, £55, teapot, £70, Houseofhackney.com  Hawthorne Chair in Loseley Park Aqua, £1568.00, Johnsankey.co.uk Artificial dahlia & eucalyptus bouquet, £42, Miafleur.com  Still Life of Flowers tray, £30, Nationalgallery,co,uk  Oriel Midnight garden standard lamo, £795, Houseofhackney.com  D. Muse Chaise in Loseley Park Lime with Upholstery Satin Detail, £1407.00, Johnsankey.co.uk

Shop to Get The Look

BUY INTO THE LOOK. Above, left to right: Hackney Empire china range, Midnight plate, £35, Tea cup and saucer, £55, Teapot, £70, Houseofhackney.com. Hawthorne Chair in Loseley Park Aqua, £1568.00, Johnsankey.co.uk. Artificial dahlia & eucalyptus bouquet, £42, Miafleur.com. Still Life of Flowers tray, £30, Nationalgallery.co.uk. Oriel Midnight Garden standard lamp, £795, Houseofhackney.co.uk. Muse Chaise in Loseley Park Lime with Upholstery Satin Detail, £1407.00, Johnsankey.co.uk. Wallpaper pannel in ‘Zephirine’ Ornamental Garden by Designers Guild, £145 per pannel, Wallpaperdirect.com

Top Tips To get this look, Dark Romance Above image credit: MrGlen, available from Theonlyblackrose at Etsy.com .

Have a look at a previous post on LivingColourStyle all about MrGlen’s gorgeous photographic prints, the ideal item to work this trend.

Feature by Theoda Solms Iles
All other images supplied by companies mentioned.

M&S Outdoor Living Trends, Summer ’14

The good thing about this time of year is, while it is still cold and wet outside and not quite Spring yet, I get to go to the Summer shows seeing what’s new for the season. The designers and buyers at M&S have been really busy, they revealed 5 different looks. Below is the my favourite 2.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Outdoor Love-seat Lounger Summer 2014

Indoor-outdoor living is still a huge trend. Make it contemporary with this cosy love-seat lounger. The colour palate is very stylish, black combined with a neutral taupe. They have used yellow in an acid shade as an accent colour. But any other bright colour would work here too.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Hurricane Lanterns and Planters, Summer 2014


Hurricane lanterns are key. I like these modern ones, great for outside candle light in the summer and during the winter months they will work well indoors too. Large planters in organic shapes are great and I love the texture on these ones.

M&S outdoor living summer 2014

M&S Blue and White, Summer 2014

Blue, blue, blue, is luckily still here for another season. Even more popular than ever, dark blue and white combinations are everywhere. The vivid contrast makes this look a real modern classic. I love the white woven furniture, their slim arms gives this classic style and updated look. Perfect for the conservatory, beach house (if you’re lucky enough to have one) or ideal in a sunny room. Accessorise with oversized items like large vases and bowls. Textiles could go either beach and nautical inspired or more modern with a graphic geometric print.

M&S recycled glass vases

M&S Recycled Glass Oversize Vases, Summer 2014

I just have to have these oversize recycled glass vases. Big enough to display on the floor, or make a bold statement with them all grouped together on a table. Even one will do with a single branch inside. They are a nice take on the original vintage glass trend.