Qual­ity has be­come the com­mon thread

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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.

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