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Spring trends in interiors have arrived at Furnish & Fettle in Harrogate!

Spring has arrived at Furnish & Fettle in Harrogate!

By Eleanor Goddard

Alice Campbell from Furnish & Fettle Harrogate talks interior design trends for Spring 2019 & the inspiration behind the Furnish & Fettle showroom window in Harrogate.

There is always a certain excitement about the changing seasons but the arrival of spring is always particularly welcome after the short dark days of the winter.


At Furnish & Fettle, we like to change our window displays to reflect the season and it was not without a little sadness that we said goodbye to the stunning Larsen wallpaper that has done us proud through the winter and that was the backdrop to our award winning Christmas window display.

However, as the first brush strokes of Little Greene “Goblin” (we even love the name!) hit the walls, all of us had that “WOW” moment. Green is such a strong trend in interiors at the moment, particularly the more vibrant shades such as this which make a real statement.

We usually opt for a wallpaper on the main wall in our windows as we have so many fabulous ones to choose from, but it was a conscious decision that for this scheme we wanted to keep things clean, simple and yet striking. We couldn’t resist wallpapering the side walls in a paper from Jessica Zoob, and feel that it’s understated design with small pops of colour adds interest without being too distracting.

In terms of furniture for the scheme, we have opted for a bespoke sofa upholstered in an opulent velvet from GP&J Baker, dressed with cushions in cheery fabrics from Osborne & Little, Romo and Zimmer + Rhode. We do so love lots of cushions!

Gold is a big trend in interior design at the moment, reminding us of the Miami Vibes bling theme popular this season. We thought that yellow shiny gold might be too much for this scheme so have chosen instead pieces that feature a softer, more pared back gold. We have selected simple side tables, accessorised with quirky vases and a pair of smart lamps in nickel and crystal. We have also succumbed to the lure of a stylish mirrored cocktail cabinet – sadly inside there is no Slingsby gin (one of our favourite tipples from our neighbours up the hill), but there are some quirky multi coloured glasses!

The focal point of the scheme is the bespoke, handmade lampshade which features a fabric from Linwood in bright oranges and greens. Who says fabrics are just for curtains, blinds and cushions? Not us! In fact, and unusually for us, we have opted for a plain curtain fabric again in a green but not “matchy matchy” (it’s a technical interior design term!), subtly adding detail in the handsewn twin pleat headings. The fabric we have used is one of our “go to” fabrics from Romo’s Linara range – there is such a huge range of colours there is always something suitable and we know from experience how well this fabric drapes.

It’s often the finishing touches (or “Fettlings” as we like to call them!) that get forgotten in a newly decorated room. Hands up everyone that thinks the hard work is done when the wallpaper is up and the curtains hung! Often this is just where it starts, when the old pictures you used to have up don’t go with the décor any more and the vase of dried flowers lowers the tone. The result being that most people do nothing and leave the walls bare and the tables empty, which hardly makes for a great overall experience of the newly decorated room!

Carefully chosen pictures, hung in well considered groupings such as we have done here can really pull a scheme together. Mirrors are another great option and as well as bouncing light and giving the impression of space, they can be a decorative piece in themselves. We chose this one as the part frame gives a little detail making it more interesting, but not over bearing.

Have we inspired you?

If you are thinking that your home might be in need of a refresh for spring do come in and see us.
If it’s a while since you last visited us there are some new designers for you to meet, as well as the more familiar faces from the old James Brindley era such as Donna, Helen, Adam & not forgetting our fitter, Ian.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

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