How to capture this year’s hottest home trend – Aztec

Geometric patterns have been making waves in the fashion world for quite some time and with eager anticipation they have now  made their way into interior design to form a fully established trend with an international influence – Aztec. Featuring opulent colours, sumptuous fabrics and a splash of tribal designs the Aztec trend is hot on trend for 2014.

Here’s how to get the look in your home…

(Aztec inspiration: check out our Pinterest board for links to original sources)

Choosing your colours

Strong colour choices form the base of any interior design theme and will influence every accessory, textile and furniture item that follows. The beauty of this seasons Aztec trend is that it can be adapted to suit almost any colour. The colour choices that work particularly well in this theme are bright purples and red tones combined with more earthy colours such as browns, beige and even gold. Other bright colours such as vivid yellows and oranges, azure blues and tropical greens can also bring a bright and illuminating feel to your interior.

Furniture Selections

The key to creating a successful Aztec interior theme is to create an earthy, traditional and authentic feel with complimentary furniture and decor. Oak furniture provides a warm and light ambiance and a neutral colour that fits perfectly with the Aztec geometric style. Chunky, angular furniture will compliment the textile patterns and traditional tones of this interior theme. If you would prefer a darker more rustic selection of furniture then mahogany tones will also compliment the Aztec theme and will bring out the brown and russet hues found in traditional Aztec interiors.

The finishing touches

Floors, furnishings and accessories will add the final finishing touches to any interior and often carry the largest splash of colour and pattern within your chosen room. Accessories can be changed over time so that you can change the colour tones of your interior depending on your tastes. Bright geometric patterns will bring a splash of colour and energy to any interior and can be brought out using cushions, lighting, throws and Aztec influenced prints.

There are lots of places you can pick up African or Aztec influenced accessories, but if you want something really authentic then think about hitting the markets next time you’re on holiday somewhere hot. Tunisia, Morocco or of course South America are all great areas to pick up original handmade tribal masks, paintings or throws that can really add the finishing touch to your Aztec inspired home.

Check out our Aztec inspired Pinterest board for more ideas on how to bring Aztec into your home or take a look at our extensive range of furniture to see what fits the trend.

Get the Look – Coastal Living

Sun, sand and style…you can sit back relax in a sumptuous summer interior with the latest interior trend – Coastal Living. Cool and calming colours and a blend of nautical tones and accessories are the key to achieving a stunning seaside look in your home this summer season.

Just follow these simple and stylish steps to create a beach front haven in your home.

Original images and ideas for this look can be found on our latest Pinterest board Pinterest- Coastal Living

Accessories

The perfect coastal interior is all about getting the right accessories! Telescope accessory. Seaside nik naks, wall art and cushions will transform any home into an authentic beach front retreat. Why not become a beachcomber for the day and head to your local beach or take a long coastal walk on your next holiday and collect some shells, pebbles and driftwood that make simple and natural accessories. Plush cushions and throws make a great contrast against the wood and stone finishes that suit the nautical look whilst a large seaside art print can create a window-like scene in your interior (perfect for city dwellers).

 

Colours

When choosing the colours for your coastal interior there really is a wide range of shades and hues to suit all tastes. Traditional shabby chic coastal interiors look wonderful when teamed with cool, crisp tones such as duck egg blue, white, lilac and lemon that create a serene and peaceful interior ambiance. To capture the traditional nautical theme then opt for classic red, white and blue colours and strong striped patterns for a pop of eye-catching colour. Painted Furniture, wall boards and flooring will capture the beach hut feel and provide a chilled out space to sit and relax.

Ship Ahoy!

If your idea of coastal living is more about the high seas than seashells and sunbathing, then opt for ship themed interiors for that luxury yacht ambiance that will make you fell like Captain of your home. Stylish Porthole mirrors and clocks make a focal point in any interior whilst ships wheels, compasses, flag bunting and life belts can make a great alternative to traditional artwork. You could also update your seating options with canvas style, deckchair seating or a sumptuous captains chair for stylish and comfortable relaxation.

 

So grab those sunglasses, slip on your flippers and use your telescope to fish for some fabulous coastal furniture and accessories that will transform your interior into a calm and serene setting for all the family.

Spring Has Sprung And It’s Competition Time!

Spring is here (even if it is a little bit late) and here at the furniture market we are full of the joys of spring. Because we are feeling so generous we are offering you the chance to win our fantastic ‘spring has sprung’ Pinterest competition where you can be in with the chance of winning this fantastic selection of prizes:

* A National Trust annual family pass

* A Spring Hamper

* Subscription to Elle Decoration or Ideal Home Mag

* 2x Tickets to one of the many RHS Flower Shows happening nationwide

* 2x Tickets BBC Gardeners World Live

* 2x VIP tickets to Grand Designs Live in London

* A Merlin Annual Family Pass

* Plus Runner Up Prizes!!!

Don’t miss out on this amazing competition! Go to http://www.thefurnituremarket.co.uk/step-into-spring.asp to find out more and enter for your chance to be a winner!

To celebrate the launch of our competition and the beginning of the springtime weather (hopefully) we have put together a collection of all of our spring inspired furniture items and accessories that will give your home a fresh and bright spring cleaned look.

Tree of Life Chair

Tree of Life Chair

The beautiful and intricate tree of life chair features a delicate tree branch design that is crafted from crisp and bright white plastic and poised upon sleek, illuminating chrome effect legs. This feminine chair would look perfect as an occasional chair in the corner of a room or as a stylish set of dining chairs that will brighten up even the darkest of dining rooms.

Branch Hatstand

Branch Hatstand

Metal Branch Hatstand

Metal Branch Hatstand

Our Branch Aluminium hat stand follows on with the natural theme and creates an eye catching tree shaped feature that will provide an eye-catching focal point in any living room or hallway area. Its branch effect arms provide plenty of areas to hang your coats, hats and scarves providing the perfect balance between beauty and functional storage.

Delphine Design

Delphine Design

 

 

 

 

 

Our fantastically floral Harlequin Delphine sofa is the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your interior. This piece makes an ideal addition to a bay window area or as a bedroom sofa where you can relax and put your feet up with a nice cup of tea. Its luxurious Delphine fabric will add a bright and uplifting springtime feel to plain and neutral interior decors.

Harlequin Delphine Sofa

 

Check out the rest of our Spring collection on our newly launched website http://www.thefurnituremarket.co.uk/products.asp?cat=Step%20into%20Spring and get some inspiration that will transform your home into a woodland retreat where you can relax in a calming environment that celebrates the bright and cheerful sights of spring.

 

Brighten Up Those April Showers

If the traditional April showers (or monsoons as I refer to them) are getting you down then why not brighten up your interior with a selection of lighting designs that will give a natural, warming glow to your home. Most people would probably think that I have far too many table lamps, floor lamps and light shades in my house but I simply love the way that each light creates a different mood and casts different shadows across the room.

I have a small but powerful desk lamp to prevent any strain on my eyes, an overhanging floor lamp that casts beams of cosy, hazy light across my living room and my crystal chandeliers are intricate and sparkly and give a real splash of glamour to my bedroom. Here at The Furniture Market our lighting collection includes a range of styles, sizes and designs to suit a range of tastes from the traditional to the quirky.

Retro Floor Lamp

If you love a blast from the past then our funky retro design floor lamps are a truly stylish statement accessory. With an elegant high quality solid marble base and a telescopic extending arm it adds a wonderful glowing ambience to any living space. Extendable floor lamps are a wonderful way to cast light on specified areas such as an art plinth, reading chair or dining table and look especially effective when placed behind a sofa to cast an elegant shadow across your seating area.

Spotlight Floor Lamp

Our spotlight tri-pod lamp is inspired by the golden age of Hollywood; with its industrial black metal frame and authentically designed chrome spotlight it would not look out of place on a back lot film set. Its sophisticated design makes it a perfect addition to a traditional or modern interior and is a unique lighting accessory that will be the envy of all your visitors. I have this lamp in the dressing area of my bedroom and it simply oozes glamour and style.

Tripod Table Lamp

For something  more traditional yet quirky then our Kintyre charcoal tripod lamp has a gentlemanly design that looks like it’s been lifted from the pages of a Sherlock Holmes novel. With its tartan shade and gold effect detailing it is the perfect combination of modern design and traditional materials. This table light would look perfect positioned on a large wooden desk in a traditional office or nestled in a quiet corner of a library or study.

For me nothing can brighten up a dull day like a room that has been lit to feel like a warm summer’s day. No matter what the weather is like outside you can always make your interior look and feel welcoming. There is nothing better than curling up on the sofa under a warm bath of light and looking out of the window listening to the wind, knowing that your home is warm, cosy and inviting.