KATIE CHARLESON

Screen Printed Homewares & Bespoke Textile Design

When Your Home is EXTRA: LARGE Designs for Maximum Impact

Inspiration, Interiors & Homewares, Trends & InspirationKatie CharlesonComment

I have been thinking about how going extra large not just with your prints but also how the scale of your cushions, throws and soft furnishings adds impact to your interior style.

Mayfield Throw by Dora Szentmihalyi for Slowdown Studio

Mayfield Throw by Dora Szentmihalyi for Slowdown Studio

This week with shooting and styling my new giant Hannah Rose cushion and the Rosehip & Poppy throw (with the new wallpaper, more on that soon!) got me ruminating on how the scale of pattern in interior design can affect a room.

My own personal taste, as I work more and more with homewares and interiors, is all about big, bold, gestural shapes and strokes. This is definitely a growing trend too, as a new kind of naive, almost fauvist style is emerging from designers in 2017. Here are my top picks of beautiful bold homewares that embrace extra large print and pattern. 

Fun, vibrant pieces from Lisa Todd's Ndebele Collection

Fun, vibrant pieces from Lisa Todd's Ndebele Collection

Lisa Todd designs beautiful, visual, patterned representations of South Africa, where she grew up. Lisa won the Print & Pattern Award in the Elle Decoration British Design Awards 2016, so I'm in good company amongst admirers. Her Ndebele collection is a summery, sun-drenched assemblage of birch wood trays, kitchen tea towels and XL linen cushions, all decorated with her unmissable bold shapes and bright colours.

Her gorgeous geometric, South African inspired patterns are perfect for layering up and at 60x60cm they are the perfect generous size for a bed scatter cushion. The glorious pastel tones combined with pops of cerise and darker navies and black are a joy to behold. They remind me of one of my favourite styles: Post Modern Memphis which is a sneaky growing trend for 2017 and beyond.

Atelier Bingo's Hardy Throw for Slowdown Studio

Atelier Bingo's Hardy Throw for Slowdown Studio

Slowdown Studio's absolutely fantastic selection of artist designed woven throws and blankets are a perfect example of this trend for big, bold pattern in interiors. Each one is a limited edition run; hand woven in the US (free international delivery- hooray for all!).

My favourite collaborations feature gestural, abstract patterns, botanicals and textures (no surprise there). Including Cassie Byrnes, Daniel Fletcher and Atelier Bingo, this shows Slowdown Studio's impeccable taste and ability to curate a trend.

One interesting way they suggest of styling their blankets is pinning them to the wall as art. This is a genius way to display the pieces as it gives movement, texture and vibrancy. All this comes down to the aesthetic of your interiors- if you favour a layered, eclectic style then some textiles on your wall would offer contrast to your printed art works. Otherwise if you prefer a sleek, Scandi look, read on for some excellent screen print paper artworks.

My favourite blankets from Slowdown studio include artists Dora Szentmihalyi, and above (l-r): Daniel Fletcher, Atelier Bingo & Cassie Byrnes.

My favourite blankets from Slowdown studio include artists Dora Szentmihalyi, and above (l-r): Daniel Fletcher, Atelier Bingo & Cassie Byrnes.

Tom Pigeon Shipwreck screen print set of three

Tom Pigeon Shipwreck screen print set of three

On to extra large screen prints for those who prefer a stripped back, Scandi style in their home; Tom Pigeon have been creating beautiful prints and products since 2014, perfectly expressing form and function with their stationery, jewellery and objet d'art. My current favourite is their Shipwreck print trio; a collection of interconnecting screen prints inspired by beach combing and exploring the rhythm, colour and shapes of objects washed up on the shores of their coastal Scottish town. The screen prints themselves are expertly hand pulled on pretty speckled paper and make a perfect addition to any gallery wall.

Just look at those colours; the dusky pink, grubby gold and moody navy are all about Summer 2017 and have definitely influenced my colour palette this spring. 

What excites me the most about this decorative screen printed threesome is the development into a handwoven kilim rug, launching at Salone del Mobile Milan this week. I will do a post on using rugs in your space in the coming weeks, but this is my heads up for a brilliantly designed and executed piece perfect for bringing colour and form into your living space.

Tom Pigeon's new Shipwreck kilim rug. Launching at Salone this week, I can't wait to see this handwoven rug on their website soon!

Tom Pigeon's new Shipwreck kilim rug. Launching at Salone this week, I can't wait to see this handwoven rug on their website soon!

What do you think? Do you love extra large cushions or are you flummoxed by mountains of pillows and patterns on your bed/couch? Would you go XL with your homewares or strip back and keep it simple? Anything I've missed out or that you would like to ask me? Let me know in the comments below!