Quality has become the common thread
They are adult, to be used in a proper and considered manner, but I’m sure they’ll let me have a play with them! The neutrals are beautiful, and, as I’ve said before, neutrals make it easy to do elegant and chic schemes, but the colours here are so well considered and put together that they make ochres and summer sky blues and even mad mixes of colour look smart and sophisticated.
Bluebell Gray is a relative newcomer, set up by Fi Douglas in 2009. Known for its painterly florals, its fabrics are normally a feast of colour and pattern, but some of this season’s fabrics feature small pattern and dark backgrounds, such as the Fairlie fabric shown here.
An even younger company, Boeme Design, was set up in 2011 by Jo Bound, and prides itself on ‘ Made in England’. Fabric design here too has a painterly quality and I especially love its Saint Martha design, and the Cyprus colour way is my favourite, with a lovely inky colourwash feel. The swirling marbled pattern of Largo echoes this, but in a more abstract way.
Sanderson, one of Grande Dames of the interior design world, is steeped in traditional design, but without being remotely stuffy about it, and some of the newest designs can be used in a small apartment or the grandest of country houses. They exemplify the trends here, being muted and pared back and very grown up.
The moodboard for the Art of the Garden collection has some strong heritage design themes [ the ever recurring pineapple, for example!], but is held in check by subtle colouring and some strict small geometric designs. That hint of terracotta is a sign of things to come too.
Finally comes Zoffany, a by word for heritage and exclusive quality, always produces enviably desirable collections and the current ones are no different. I particularly love Belvoir. From a distance, it looks a minimal design, up close its intricate composition and complexity of colouring come to the fore, giving it a seasoned, well- bred appeal. Mouth- watering.
While I’m dusting down my court shoes and white kid gloves, all you have to do is decide which of these you’re going to indulge in.
Chris Read has been an interior designer for 15 years and runs Read Interiors Ltd.