Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard iden­ti­fies his top five in­te­rior de­sign trends of the year

Hong Kong Tatler - - Design -

Graphic tiles are mak­ing a big come­back. With the blurred lines be­tween in­door and out­door liv­ing, it’s fun to al­low floor ma­te­ri­als to flow through both ar­eas. Bold graph­ics, es­pe­cially in mono­tone colours and fun pat­terns, can spice up both spa­ces and make a dec­o­ra­tive state­ment. For walls and es­pe­cially kitchen splash­backs, these tiles make a strong trend state­men, and I be­lieve they’ll just get bolder in the next few years. Check out my Eastern Prom­ise col­lec­tion for Ann Sacks, or the Andy Fleish­man col­lec­tion of ter­razzo tiles for the same brand.

Fur­ni­ture pieces are us­ing brass, chrome and black-me­tal com­bi­na­tions. Chair legs, pic­ture frames, bath­room taps, kitchen ap­pli­ances and din­ing room fin­ishes are all get­ting the golden me­tal-mix glow. Un­like the orig­i­nal mixed-me­tal trends of the ’80s, ma­te­ri­als are now lac­quered in a nat­u­ral state so they quickly tar­nish, mak­ing the patina part of the look. Tom Dixon (light­ing and ac­ces­sories) and Jonathan Adler (fur­ni­ture and light­ing) have both jumped on this trend; my Ur­ban Ar­mor tiles for Ann Sacks are another ex­am­ple.

Emer­ald green is the colour of the mo­ment and dress­ing the best rooms around the world. Lac­quered walls, silk vel­vet so­fas and tufted leather chairs are all get­ting the emer­ald treat­ment. Greens have not been in such favour for quite a few years. Try the Ben­jamin Moore paint colour Deep Green 2039-10.

The vintage re­vival is mostly inspired by the 1980s. De­sign­ers such as Tiles by Mar­tyn Lawrence Bullard for Ann SACKS Karl Springer and Charles Hol­lis Jones inspired the over­scaled soft fur­nish­ings and the use of brass, lucite and ex­otic stones. Look at the fur­ni­ture col­lec­tions by Fendi and Mis­soni.

Trop­i­cal fab­rics and wall­pa­pers are mak­ing a big come­back. Ha­vanastyle leaf prints and ex­otic flora ap­pear on ev­ery­thing from win­dow cov­er­ings and uphol­stery fab­rics to cou­ture gowns. My Trop­i­cana fab­ric has been inspired by this; Her­mès also has one called Équa­teur Im­primé.

For more de­sign tips, go to

Tom Dixon As­sorted wall­pa­per by Her­mès Deep Green by Ben­jamin moore


Bowls in black and brass by

Can­dle­stick hold­ers by jonathan Adler

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