Ruchi Dhir: Interior Design Trends 2019

2017-2018 started an ambitious redecorating plan for Ruchi Dhir at her family home. Having had considerable exposure to many exhibitions: Spring Fair, Autumn Fair at the NEC, the NEC Furniture exhibition, Maison et Objects in Paris, Ambiente in Frankfurt Germany, the Harrogate Home and Garden Exhibition and the Exclusively Housewares exhibition in North London, Ruchi had ample places to start for ideas. As well as all this, Ruchi Dhir’s Travel Blog and Ruchi’s fitness blog were big for her, a new contribution to her day to day life that she loves to work on and share with you.

Though she has been exhibiting as a supplier at those exhibitions for over 25 years, she had rarely had the opportunity to browse and research the other exhibitor displays, concentrating more on her own trade fair preparation and follow up than on searching for design inspiration and products from other stands.

Where the building and architectural work had taken time over the end of 2017 and throughout 2018, the end of 2018 and 2019 made way for the design side and decorative elements of the renovation.

Ruchi Dhir had always had strong visual and artist skills, studying art and design at school and keeping up live drawing and painting at university evening classes. You can find out more about her interests and opinions on Ruchi’s blog. In her career, she had utilised a lot of these skills and passion for the visual arts in the packaging of her products, graphics for the exhibition stands and supporting marketing for her business stationery and catalogues.

However, she had taken a deep interest in some clients who were interior designers who took certain pieces of her ranges for particular projects. It wasn’t until recently that she had had the opportunity of her own project where she could thoroughly utilise and research her fellow exhibitors and see what they had to offer.They were pitching to a completely different market and customer base so it was an exciting and refreshing change.

The really strong visual sense of the end of 2018 and early 2019 seems to be confidence in pattern and colour. Where in previous years, trends have been more minimalistic with a nude and neutral palette, trends at the end of 2018 and going into 2019 are more luxurious, strong royal colours are the base of most palettes and themes are opulent and luxurious.

Ideas abound from apps such as Instagram and Pinterest with many designers running their whole businesses from these sites.

#textiledesign frequently post textile design videos and exhibit and explore detailed craftsmanship from around the world. Examples are woven rugs from Warsaw in Poland, there are also block printed textiles from Australian designers who hand print home décor, pillows and cushions with strong designs and which are one of a kind. They also showcase pattern designs which are unique: designs of garden animals, flowers and people in considerable detail and used as a surface design for wallpaper and fabrics. They also involve those designers using art prints and stamps to create a surface design for home décor, wallpaper and curtain fabric. Stamps have the same feel as those woodcut stencils which impressionist artist such as Gaugin was inspired by in their woodcut carvings, which are then inked and printed onto paper for framed artwork or material as surface design. Esther Elzinga is a great example of the use of printmaking and pattern making, again showing how much-printed fabric is coming back into fashion and trending in 2019.

Woodchip and magnolia are a business celebrating pattern and colour in 2019. Their Instagram feed is full of unique patterns and also just patterns created from seeing things differently. They are bold with colour, mixing pinks , greens and teals to create atmospheric wallpapers which create real effects when they are the backdrop to a room  : Large , bold palm leaves in strong colours , bugs detailed in colour and black and white and on wallpaper , which would seem absurd if someone described them to you but are stunning on a full printed wallpaper and transport the room to  a different place with a small detail like wallpaper . Wood chip and magnolia specialise in wallpaper and are a family business. They create a whole story for a room purely through wallpaper and the frequently post examples of this: Their ‘garden of Eden ‘ mural, for example, is grey and white but has beautiful and detailed so when Karen Barlow has styled it with a rich red coloured sociology sofa, also luxurious and opulent. All are a far cry from the minimalistic interiors of only a few years back.

Another business, or more an extremely successful artisan/craftsperson working in a similar vein is Wendy Morrison. She specialises in rugs and again, like Woodchip and Magnolia, her detailed and luxurious designs can alter the entire effect and ambience of a room purely through one home décor accessory.

Her rugs are exclusively available at John Lewis but anyone can join her website and mailing list and benefit from ex-showroom and photography samples. Morrison is based in Dunbar, East Lothian and ships throughout the UK. Her heavily patterned rugs are a  worthwhile investment if one is building up a room with different décor but want something immediately eye-catching. Her design inspirations are from the Far East and of animal print: the Phoenix features on her recent rug being exhibited at Maison et object and in her recent Instagram post, it is juxtaposed against heavily patterned wallpaper and brass occasional furniture and large brass storks but still does not look too much or tacky. As well as the Phoenix and large flowers, Wendy Morrison uses a number of images of birds in her work. Ruchi Dhir utilised Morrison’s Stork mustard rug and deep blue rug featuring flying birds. Wendy Morrison also repeats the use of, not only leopard print, but also images of leopards in many of her rugs. Some are of a neutral background but with the leopard animal print detailed over the rug. Others are the drawing of a leopard which is heavily outlined and coloured but still manages to look classic and elegant. She intersperses leopards, with zebras, palm trees, butterflies and works in hand-knotted wool and silk, which all seem to work in perfect harmony.A recent stunning piece of Morrison’s is the bedroom rug. The idea of this was to put the design of the rug around the perimeter of the rug so that no design was lost under the bed. Morrison dubs it #maximalist herself, further emphasising her bold stance away from minimalism.

Accompanying the bedroom rug, with the leopard print edging that Morrison refers to as a ‘neutral’ is the ‘mount orient crewel ‘embroidery throw. It is described as suitable for use as a rug, a wall hanging, bedspread or to drape over the back of a sofa.

It is interesting how Morrison describes animal prints as ‘neutrals’ showing her confidence in the use of them as a daily and regular pattern in home décor.

The embroidery throw is equally opulent in wool and viscose, 5mm thick and in crewel embroidery. As the name suggests, the design takes inspiration from the orient including oriental flowers and birds and using a soft palette of pastel colours against a dark wool background. The images of flowers and birds are heavily outlined in a sparkly embroidery to offset them.

Despite her confidence in bold colour, the dominant colours in Morrisons work are actually pink and gold  which Ruchi has started to implement in the other areas of her renovation project