Christmas is a special time of the year and extremely busy for us working to ensure our clients are all ready for the festive season. With long days and dark nights descending upon us, looking forward to some much-needed downtime with a glass of mulled wine in front of the fire, relaxing with friends and family.
Amongst the hustle and bustle of this time of year I find a new burst of inspiration and creative juices flowing. How shall I dress my table this year? What can I do with surplus decorative items, I do not like to waste and it’s a shame to put it back in a box and not see for another year. Choosing the perfect gift – something different, what catches my eye? Then my mind flows into the New Year looking at the new trends from the catwalk to interiors…. And this goes on endlessly igniting new ideas & inspirations.
I have been privileged to be asked to work with BBC Radio Manchester on live phone streams talking about everything from interiors to new trends over the last few years. Christmas 2018 I was invited to be part of the live show from the Trafford Centre with the lovely Phil Throw. Although somewhat nervy it was an amazing experience to be able to share my knowledge with a live audience.
The phone rings and we were invited once again to be part of the live Christmas 2019 Special broadcast from the Trafford Centre. Without hesitation I agreed, drafting a brief of ideas and inspirations to share once again.
You can listen to the interview on the link below and here are some of the talking points:
What have Butterworth Interiors been involved with during 2019?
Our residential home projects this year have seen an increase in home extensions especially open plan living. Tailoring each project to our clients’ needs and interior styles which have ranged from minimalist designs to bold blousy digital wallcoverings.
Some of our commercial projects have included the redesign and refurbishment of restaurants including Guiliano Italian Restaurant in Handforth, many hospitals and care units in Cheshire.
Our Christmas Décor tips
Winter palette of icy blues and snowy whites brings cool tones to the festive season. Imagine a frozen lake with icicles glistening in the morning sun and the bite of the crisp air.
Use assortments of décor that sticks to a classic style with a touch of Nordic chic. Dress with antlers, use minimalist fairy lights adoring the real nordic pine tree, lush pine garland for the matle accented with red berry foliage. The sent of the pine tree, soft flickering candles, faux animal skin furs and a roaring fire – now this is the traditional Chirstmas vison brought to life.
Dusted white Christmas garlands with warm string lights and white roses adds a glamourous chic Christmas feel. For the minimalist of interiors this snowy chic design teamed with an eclectic mix of pillar candles in hurricane lamps to add a touch of warmth. Use minimal baubles in a neutral pallete as accents around your room. Natural twigs with cool white fairy lights gives focal points against the neutral background.
Using a pale palette of rose golds and pastel pinks teamed with heavy flocking and co-ordinated ornaments. This warm twist to the Snowy Chich design gives a modern vintage feel. Dress under the tree with cushions to fill in the blank space, get creative look at what you have around even hang teacups as decoration on your tree.
What to do with left over ornaments?......
We all think about dressing the table for the special feast with center pieces of flowers and candles maybe personalising name plates etc. What we always seem to overlook is that most of us have a chandelieer or multi arm light above the centere of our table. I love to think of something different and not forget elements of fixtures that seem to get overlooked when in fact with a little imagination there can be transformed into something magical. Using left over baubles on ribbons hung from your light instantly transforms the setting with the added bonus of not taking any space off the table.
Interior Design Trends 2020 – The Throw Back Years
What can we expect to see in 2020, or should I say throw back to the 1970’s. Don’t be scared we have already embraced geometric patterns over the past couple of years and accepted these back in our homes. Colours for 2020 will be bold shades of terracotta, burnt orange, ochre and buttery tans teamed with backdrops of warmer neutral tones.
Monochrome is back – black will be everywhere from wallpapers, furniture, countertops and even sinks.
Geometric patterns are still with us along with oversized blousy floral wallpapers and fabric. Animal print has left the catwalks and walked straight into interiors, with zebras, big cats to elephants being incorporated within the designs.
Velvet is the fabric for 2020 used on furniture and drapery dressed with tactile looped yarns on cushions providing a sophisticated yet cosy feel.
Furniture and accessories will echoing nature and organic forms. Accent with dark woods such as ebony, walnut to steely grey to bring a defined egde to your design.
Most importantly De Clutter! A cluttered space does not evoke calm. If your looking to revamp a room, box everything up, take it out of the room and then carefully sort though choosing items that will enhance your new look.
To listen to the podcast just click below