How often do you see interior design ideas in a property magazine or visit a stylishly designed house and dream of achieving the same aesthetic in your own home? Perhaps you would love to change the look of a particular room but don’t know where to start?
Written by Lisa Proffitt | 21st June 2019
Summer Design Trends 2019: Rustic Glamour
Here at Michael Graham we like to keep on top of the latest design trends. Take a look at our edit of this summer’s most fashionable ideas, whether you live in a cosy country cottage or a period manor house.
You don’t hear this very often, but it’s time to ‘be more beige’. “Contemporary Oatmeal”, “Feather Down’ “Stony Ground”, “Bone” – it doesn’t matter which beige tone you choose, monochrome neutrals are where it’s at this season. Soho Farmhouse, the exclusive members club in the Cotswolds, is a perfect example of how to use these neutral tones to strike a perfect balance of cosy and casual with understated luxury. The Soho Farmhouse interior designer Vicky Charles, who also advised Meghan Markle and Prince Harry on the décor for their new home Frogmore Cottage in Windsor, is behind the rustic look which mixes antiques with contemporary pieces to deliver an overall impression of luxurious comfort. If traditional ticking fabrics, comfy sofas, modern lighting and earthy pottery is a look you’d like to replicate, you can buy the lot at the Soho Farmhouse online shop.
Mixing Old and New
When Prince William and Kate renovated their Kensington Palace home, they used architect and interior designer Ben Pentreath, whose A-list clients have included Liv Tyler and Sarah Jessica Parker. Ben came on the recommendation of Prince Charles, after he worked on the Prince's Duchy of Cornwall estate and the Royal Pavilion in Poundbury, Dorchester. Ben is known for blending antique elements with contemporary design and helped Kate choose a neutral colour scheme for her drawing room, combining modern sofas and soft furnishings with older side tables and paintings, and plenty of lamps. Pop in to Pentreath & Hall in Bloomsbury, London to see the designer’s choice of tableware, furniture, lighting and accessories or have a browse online at
Choices that Save the Planet
Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2019 is ‘Living Coral’. The Pantone Color Institute chose this colour to evoke “comfort and buoyancy” as an antidote to “the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life”. After Blue Planet and David Attenborough highlighted climate change and the harmful effects of plastic in the ocean, ‘Living Coral’ is a further reminder that eco-friendly choices are critical in 2019. Ditching synthetic fibres and plastics that you already have doesn’t help, but when you buy new, opt for simple, natural materials like wool, sheepskin, leather and textured wood. It may come as a surprise but both natural and synthetic rattan are eco-friendly materials which makes the summer trend for rattan furniture (inside and out), mirrors and lighting a positive choice for the environment too. Brimming with a 1970s vibe it brings a touch of care-free bohemia to our lives and interiors which is exactly what we need right now.
Sage green is on trend for any room in the house, especially the kitchen. As ideal for a rustic farmhouse kitchen as it is for an ultra-modern layout, sage green softens the trendy green of recent years, taking the colour into much quieter, softer territory. Continuing with the ocean theme, Dulux has a gorgeous green called “Sea Foam” which represents the turquoise of the ocean mixing with the white foam on the sea shore to create a lighter green. Guaranteed to evoke an atmosphere of calm.
Statement Feathers and Fringing
If you like to make a nod to the current craze but shy away from the full monty, this one is for you. The mixed texture and pattern trend for 2019 is your chance to add a touch of drama and glamour to your summer home aesthetic. Think feathers and fringing on frames and lampshades and bursts of feathery accessories. Why not take in the Elton John biopic Rocket Man at the cinema for some inspiration? There’s a man who knows how to rock the feather look.
Who is your design inspiration? We’d love to know and getting in touch with us here at Michael Graham couldn’t be easier. You can find us across all of social media, on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and twitter. And if you’re searching for a new home, Michael Graham town and country properties for sale or to rent are on the Property Search page of the website where you’ll find the three homes below, all with stylish interiors to make you swoon.