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Spring Pastel Interior Trends, 2016

With London Fashion Week coming to a close a couple of weeks ago, now is a really good time to have a look at trends that are being duplicated in fashion and in the world of interior design. The interior design community often looks at the current fashion trends and styles and often draws inspiration from the different colour pallets being used during the event.



With spring on the horizon, the trend for pastel shades was very fitting at this years Fashion week and it is a trend that is very strongly being mirrored in the world of interiors. This may be due to Pantone announcing that Rose Quartz and Sky were its colours of 2016. The 2 shades have gained an almost instant popularity as a result. Pink, in particular has gained great credibility- it is no longer banished to a babies nursery or little girls ‘princess’ bedrooms, but is now being used along side the ever popular grey in living areas to create contrast, and give it a more ‘grown up’ look.



Barker & Barkers designer, Janet Dixon notes that ‘Using a pale grey as the dominant colour, the addition of an understated bright yellow will create a focal point within the interior. Mixing different patterns using a soft palette can create a vibrant feel without making an interior feel chaotic.’

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Source: Barker & Barker, Serenity Collection

Pastel shades work perfectly with another interior trend on SS16 with is the use of metallics. Whether is with accessories or textiles, shades of silver, copper and gold are being widely used to co-ordinate a pastel colour scheme. Pink and copper, blue with silver, mint with bronze are being paired together more and more – a quick Pinterest search brings up hundreds of results already!

Pastel shades are often complemented by darker shades were widely used on the catwalks of London Fashion Week. Purple proved a very popular colour and this can easily be replicated in the home. Try using soft pastel shades of pink or lilac along side a deep aubergine purple with metallic accents. It is important to remember to keep the bold colours minimal- you don’t want to overuse it and drown out the accent lighter shades altogether. Such as the case with clothes and fashion, layering can also be used in the home. Try using the lighter pastel shades in patterned cushions and curtains, co-ordinated with metallic light fittings and keep the dark statement colour to one wall.


Source: Designers Guild, Alexandra, Amethyst


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iBuild Magazine, November 2015

After the recent announcement by Dulux that their colour of 2016 is ‘Cherished Gold’, iBuild featured various items that can be used in the gold shade to update your home for 2016.

Our beautiful silk fabric ‘Emily’ in ‘Caramel’ is the perfect addition to keep with the new trend and is featured in the article


Fabric Designs and Trends in Barbados

At the end of June, the Barker & Barker team headed to Barbados to introduce the Island to the Barker & Barker collections, and meet with various Interior designers and potential new stockists. How did we end up looking at Barbados we hear you ask?! Well, Janet (our designer) has been a regular visitor to the island since 1999. The Island holds many special memories of family holidays and long lazy days in paradise and is absolutely overflowing with inspiration for fabric designs. Janet often makes sketches of the beautiful flowers and sights whilst on the Island and so the decision was made to link business with pleasure and explore possible openings there.

The island has a very strong interior design community who were all so helpful and open to share their knowledge of do’s and don’ts on the Island. Whilst discussing the current trends on the Island, it actually came as no surprise that the current ‘Tropical’– a designer fabric trend that is massive in the UK both in the home and on the catwalk, is just as big there. Not surprising considering the surroundings!

The prints are bold and the colours are bright, ranging from bold green palm leaf prints, to almost neon tropical flowers and birds. The rooms are by no means full of the prints though.

When using a Tropical theme in the home, it is important to remember that they should only be used as splashes of colour. Some of the designs are fabulous and it can be easy to get carried away but in this case less is more. For example, use bright cushions on a plain sofa, or striking curtains in an otherwise plain room- you want to make a statement but you don’t want to feel like you are actually in the jungle!

We love the Sanderson ‘Voyage of Discovery’ collection that features a combination of florals, butterflies, Palm leaves and even monkeys.

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A bold print like these can be complemented with a plain cushion (our Charlbury Plain fabric would be ideal).

Alternatively, try keeping some plain fabrics and add the tropical theme to a room using a wallpaper, such is this Cole & Son design – perfect for a subtler take on the theme but still on trend.


Its fair to say our trip was a huge success. We secured new stockists on the Island, and plans are now in the pipeline for our own tropical Print collection – with inspiration like this, it would be hard not to!