November 17, 2018|Trends
No longer the domain of opulent, stuffy interiors, the fringe is back and it’s better than ever. Adorning catwalks and interiors this season and beyond, we explore why fringing is set to become the new classic, adding instant glamour to whatever it touches.
September 19, 2018|Trends
London Fashion Week SS19: Our Highlights
In the past week, fashion lovers from over 50 countries have poured into the capital to see collections unveiled by the likes of Victoria Beckham, Alexa Chung and Matty Bovan. Just as interiors trends and style references hark back to bygone eras, many of this season’s strongest looks doffed a cap to the most memorable collections of AW18 and beyond. Drawing on Prada’s...
September 2, 2018|Trends
The Art of Scent Styling: The Power of Scent in Interiors
Our sense of smell is the most powerful and emotional of all the senses, as it is directly hardwired to the brain. Scent styling is fast becoming the next frontier in interiors as we strive to cater for all five senses. Our studio doesn’t underestimate the importance of a multi-sensory approach to design. We know that scent has the ability to instantly transform a space...
August 15, 2018|Trends
Please Vote For Us!
On your marks, get set, vote! We are delighted that Oliver Burns has been nominated for “Best Interior Designer Blog’ in the prestigious #IBA18 awards, celebrating the most authoritative and respected blogs in interior design. Please take the time to vote for our blog, OB World, here – it would mean so much to us to have your vote!
August 13, 2018|Trends
Bold patterns and geometrics have been key in design for a number of seasons now. However there is one pattern that we can always rely on to produce outstanding results and striking spaces; sophisticated stripes. With a timeless appeal in so many variations, from pinstripe to thick bands and vertical to horizontal, the possibilities for using the simple stripe are endless.
June 11, 2018|Trends
Bottled Sunshine: Decorating With Yellow
From the softness of dappled sunshine to zingy lemons on tabletops, via the paleness of soft butter and burnt saffron tones of market spices, yellow hues burst with hope and warmth. NYFW18 catwalks were awash with yellows and WGSN’s Interiors Trend Report for 2018/19 highlights that blondes continue to have more fun – yellow is the fastest rising colour behind orange...
February 20, 2018|Trends
Black and white will always be a classic; a colour combination that isn’t dictated to by changing seasons, it has a timeless, elegant appeal. Fresh, modern updates of this stylish palette have continued to feature on runways this season and it was a key look at Maison et Objet. Read on to find out what our designers think it takes to create the perfect monochromatic scheme.
February 19, 2018|Trends
London Fashion Week AW18 Trends
From Erdem and Preen’s luxurious, textured florals to Emilia Wickstead’s mismatched prints, the capital’s runways were awash with innovative new trends this February. As always, we are drawing interiors inspiration from the unique craftsmanship of this season’s showcase – and if London Fashion Week can teach us anything, it’s that rules are there to be broken.
January 12, 2018|Trends
Pantone Colour of the Year 2018
We love Pantone’s colour of the year for 2018 – our very own hue of Purple – Ultra Violet! The most complex of all colours, this deep, vibrant shade has always been the colour of ultimate luxury due to the effort it takes to produce; linking it to wealth, power and royalty.
December 14, 2017|Trends
Our Christmas Wishlist
Christmas is coming and we can’t wait! We know that being with loved ones is what makes us happiest at Christmas, but for fun, we asked some of the team to share what they would like to find in their dream stocking on Christmas day. Read on for some stylish gift list inspiration.
December 2, 2017|Trends
Christmas Interiors: The Top Three Design Trends
Christmas for most conjures up images of a roaring fireplace festooned with stockings, tables laden with a festive banquet and rooftops covered in a dusting of snow. It is these age-old traditions which make Christmas such a nostalgic and special time of the year. Typically associated with the colours red and green, a modern Christmas can be just as enchanting as a classic one...
October 18, 2017|Trends
Our S/S18 Trend Edit
The trends to emerge from the latest fashion shows where decidedly feminine in feel, offering an alluring glimpse into the styles we can expect to see come next spring. In anticipation of this, we have curated below an edit of our favourite trends from September’s catwalks shows and how these sartorial styles can be translated into interiors for a subtle nod to next season’s trends.
June 16, 2017|Trends
Modern Tailoring in Interiors
This week marked the 5th anniversary of the hotly anticipated Men’s Fashion Week in London. A firm fixture in the sartorial calendar, this 4-day event showcases the trends which come next spring will adorn shopfronts across the country. Vertical stripes, neon shades and playful layers where just three of the trends to emerge from this week’s offerings, showcased by...
June 9, 2017|Trends
New York Loft Living
In New York City, the most iconic type of home is by far the loft apartment. In a city where every square foot is to be treasured, the open plan layout of a light and expansive loft is highly coveted. Considered to be luxury prestige homes, what makes these spaces so special is the combination of industrial heritage features combined with a light and airy aesthetic. We trace...
May 25, 2017|Trends
The Value of a Luxury Branded Residence
Luxury branded residences are rising in popularity with the world’s wealthy for their unique combination of cachet, convenience and prestige. From a glittering penthouse designed by crystal specialists Baccarat to a spectacular show home conceived by sports car manufacturer Bugatti, these residences are the ultimate trophy homes. However, the appeal of a branded residence...
May 19, 2017|Trends
Thoughtful Detail: Parquet Flooring
Parquetry dates back to 17th century France, where intricate patterns carved from wood graced the floors of the very finest palaces and stately residences. Today, this elegant style is enjoying a renewed appreciation as a beautiful and yet hard-wearing flooring option. Not to be mistaken for marquetry with its curved patterns, parquet flooring is easily identifiable thanks to...
April 6, 2017|Trends
Design Diary: Salone del Mobile 2017
Our design team paid a visit to the bustling Italian city of Milan this week to attend the ever-inspiring Salone del Mobile. Running from the 4th-9th of April, this internationally renowned event showcases the very best in global furniture and homeware in a city celebrated for its creativity and culture. Running concurrently alongside Salone del Mobile is the International...
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March 20, 2017|Trends
Luxe Mountain Living
Alongside the country estate and city pied-à-terre, a mountain hideaway is considered a valuable addition to any global property portfolio and remains one of the most popular secondary home markets. It’s not hard to see why; from the incredible natural scenery to the expanding range of luxury amenities on offer, an alpine home can be enjoyed all year long. Once a base for...
March 17, 2017|Trends
London Design Week 2017 | Unlocking The Science of Design
Last Sunday saw London Design Week return to the glass domes of the Design Centre at Chelsea Harbour, where 80 of its galleried showrooms opened their doors to both the trade and the public. Showcasing collections from 650 brands, from specialist wallpaper to show stopping lighting, there was a wealth of inspiring design to uncover. Keep reading to discover the colours,...
March 10, 2017|Trends
Colour Psychology: Celebrating Holi the Oliver Burns Way
The Hindu Holi Festival celebrates colour and at Oliver Burns we love all things colourful. We couldn’t imagine a world without it, so to honour the festivity we explore the psychology that lies behind the colours we love. Colours induce and prompt, often subconsciously, certain emotions in our minds, therefore it is vital to consider their application when designing a...
March 1, 2017|Trends
Knight Frank |The Wealth Report 2017
I’m delighted that once again Oliver Burns has asked me to share my thoughts on the latest edition of The Wealth Report, Knight Frank’s flagship thought-leadership publication, which I am lucky enough to edit. This time last year, the report was celebrating its 10th anniversary and I remember writing on the pages of this blog that “it had been eventful decade”. Well...
February 24, 2017|Trends
London Fashion Week 2017: 3 Tailoring Trends
Studwork London Fashion Week showcased a plethora of trends that referenced techniques traditionally used in tailoring and dressmaking. From the understated glamour of studwork to timelessly stylish stripes, the Autumn/Winter 2017 collections incorporated aspects of gentleman’s tailoring in a modern and unexpected way. New York fashion house Altuzarra interpreted the...
February 2, 2017|Trends
Project Focus: Contemporary Country House
Nestled in the heart of the English countryside, our latest luxury project is a harmonious marriage of classic and contemporary style. Inspired by Mid-Century Modern design, this expansive family home showcases an array of bold colours and graphic patterns against a backdrop of stunning architecture. Thoughtfully designed to cater to our client’s love of colour and mid-...
January 25, 2017|Trends
Maison & Objet January 2017: Silence
“Silence is not merely the absence of noise” ~ Alain Corbin Following on from Pantone revealing the serene hue of ‘Greenery’ as their Colour of the Year 2017, Maison & Objet also chose to focus in on the calming qualities of design with the theme of Silence in this month’s edition. A response to societal challenges, the theme of silence explores the surplus...
January 18, 2017|Trends
Interior Design Predictions for Trump's White House
Throughout the course of its long and illustrious history, the interior of the White House may have undergone multiple changes, but it’s timeless façade remains as impressive as it was over 200 years ago. Completed in 1800, the White House was designed by Irish-born architect James Hoban. An elegant marriage of Palladian and Neoclassical architecture, this iconic and stately...
January 13, 2017|Trends
Thoughtful Detail: Verdigris
Verdigris is the patina which occurs naturally when metals such as bronze, copper and brass are exposed to the elements. This beautiful and unique effect is the result of the metal reacting with air or oxidising, creating a mesmerising blue-green tarnish. The name derives from the French ‘vert de Grèce’ which roughly translates to the ‘green of Greece’ and up until...
January 6, 2017|Trends
Pantone 2017 Colour of The Year: Greenery
Colour authority Pantone have revealed their highly-anticipated Colour of the Year for 2017, Greenery. A vibrant and revitalising shade of yellow-green, Greenery is symbolic of fresh beginnings. Evoking the first days of spring and stirrings of new life, Greenery is the ideal colour to welcome in the New Year.
December 15, 2016|Trends
Mid-Century Modern Design
Mid-Century Modern style refers to a design movement which spanned two and a half decades, from the mid 1940s-1970s. Timeless in feel, this style is celebrated for its minimalist aesthetic, accents of vibrant colour and contemporary patterns. A response to the new-found optimism of post-war America, Mid-Century style gained popularity as the demand for lightweight, simple and...
November 24, 2016|Trends
Scandinavian Interiors: The Art of Hygge
With the long winter nights drawing in and shorter days stretching ahead, the attraction of a warm and inviting home is all the more apparent. Scandinavian-style interiors lend themselves particularly well to this time of year with their emphasis on light, bright and welcoming spaces to counteract the cold and darkness outside. At the heart of Nordic design lies the concept of...
November 5, 2016|Trends
Spotlight On: The Study
Of all the rooms in a home, the study is the most important space to achieve a balance between style and practicality. With the rise of open-plan living, the lines between rooms are increasingly blurred as multi-purpose areas such as the kitchen and reception room gain popularity as a space to entertain and socialise. However, the study is one room in the home which requires a...
September 30, 2016|Trends
The debut of LuxuryMade last week marked an exciting new addition to the inaugural London Design Festival line-up. Adopting an editorial approach to showcasing the very best in contemporary decorative interiors, the first edition of LuxuryMade presented a discerning selection of only 50 exhibitors. This exclusivity was reflected in the choice of location; the faded grandeur of...
September 23, 2016|Trends
Decorex 2016: Our Top 5 Design Highlights
Decorex International, the UK’s longest running show for the luxury interiors market, is an unmissable event within the design calendar. Now in its 39th year, Decorex returns again for 2016 to Syon Park, a suitably elegant setting to showcase the very finest in luxury design and craftsmanship. Spanning 400 hand-selected exhibitors, from established brands to emerging talent,...
September 19, 2016|Trends
How To: Create A Gallery Wall
September has become synonymous with industry-leading design events. Passing on the baton to October, an equally impressive line-up awaits. Led by the prestigious Frieze art fair, a wealth of other events around the capital are ensuring that all eyes are firmly fixed on London’s vibrant art scene. In celebration of London’s artistic talent, follow our guide to creating a...
September 9, 2016|Trends
Maison & Objet September 2016: House of Games
Twice each year Maison&Objet provides a creative playground for architects, interior designers, and stylists alike. As such, the theme of ‘House of Games’ for this September’s edition couldn’t have been more fitting. Hosted in Paris, the international trade show spanned three major sections this year: ‘Maison’ which explored interior decoration, ‘Objet’...
September 2, 2016|Trends
Spotlight On: His & Hers Ensuites
The bathroom is generally considered a private domain within the home; a space offering much-needed solitude and relaxation in an increasingly fast-paced world. Whilst the living room and kitchen are spaces intended for entertaining and socialising, the bathroom is viewed as a welcome retreat which offers homeowners the option to temporarily press pause. An ensuite bathroom has...
August 18, 2016|Trends
Colour Evolution: White Interiors
From palest ivory to opalescent champagne, the spectrum of white hues offers infinite possibility and versatility. At once whimsical and ethereal or contemporary and fresh, this colour has enduring appeal for its ability to dramatically transform a space. Evoking a sense of serenity, white has been extensively used in interior design for its soothing yet sophisticated qualities...
August 5, 2016|Trends
Rio Inspired Interiors
This week will see the colourful city of Rio de Janeiro play host to the 27th Olympic Summer Games. A city of juxtapositions, Rio’s contrasting landscape of sea, concrete and jungle is as eclectic as its approach to design. Separating the land from the sea is the iconic Calçadão de Copacabana, a mosaic walkway crafted from contrasting white calcite and black basalt stones....
July 1, 2016|Trends
Ascot Luxury Residences
A firm fixture in the British sporting calendar, Royal Ascot is now globally recognised not only as a fine example of thoroughbred racing, but also as a luxury property destination. Offering a unique combination of privacy and exclusivity in a peerless location, Ascot and the neighbouring areas of Sunningdale, Wentworth and Virginia Water has been attracting attention from a...
June 14, 2016|Trends
Designing for Middle Eastern Clients
At Oliver Burns, we take great pride in working with a culturally diverse clientele, which has imparted an invaluable and comprehensive insight into their unique requirements. This expertise is further strengthened through our multilingual team and their collective experience of designing homes for diverse nationalities. With foreign buyers now accounting for 50% of prime...