New year new you 2018

Happy New Year, may this year be the year where you achieve all of your dreams and goals. At Designer ish we aim to at least help you on the way to making it a stylish one.

Thank you for your support in 2017 and we look forward to keeping you up to date with the latest and greatest design trends for the year ahead. Looks like it’s going to be a purple one so let’s have fun!

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2018 Pantone Colour of the year Ultra Violet 18-3838

The colour for 2018, in the words of Pantone Is “dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.”

Looks like a positive way forward into next year.

Watch this space for ideas on how to style with Ultra Violet.





For more read about this colour of the year at  Pantone

Cherry blossom inspiration

Cherry blossom trees only flower for a limited time of the year so it is always exciting when the first flowers appear in spring. In Japan the cherry blossom symbolises clouds due to the nature of them blooming on mass and is celebrated during the  Hanami festivals to embrace the  beauty of the cherry blossom.

This week I decided to select a relaxing colour palette based on the cherry blossom flower for a current bedroom makeover. Looking at the soft colour palette of the pink and the richness of the branches a delicate and relaxing mood is required.

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The second stage of the design process is to start locating appropriate material selections, I decided to put together a cherry blossom inspired flat lay, as shown below.


The beauty of nature is reflected in the  material selections where I have used the raw texture of sisal ,soft pink paints teamed with neutral fabrics to create a relaxing a feminine look. The next stage is appropriate furniture selections, time to go shopping, watch this space as the design develops.

For further inspiration follow our Pinterest board “Cherry blossom”


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Green with envy!

As the year starts to wrap up we still have a few months to embrace Pantone’s colour of the year “Greenery”, symbolic of new beginnings and new life.  How has 2017 been for you so far and has Greenery lived up to it’s name?

Below are a few green images of inspiration, use splashes of paint and furniture items to incorporate the freshness of green in your interior.greeneryvibe

To use Greenery in your Interior try using a mix of carpet, designer rugs with an injection of mosaics and beautiful one off hero furniture pieces.

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To read more, visit our article in February

How to style with Greenery 2017

Visit our Pinterest board for further inspiration

Style your home using the colour red.


The use of red within an interior environment is bright and fun, mixed with the softer tones of green, blue and purple to achieve a balance of harmony. In colour psychology red means passion, energy and action. Look around the fast food restaurants and you will see a variety of red interior tones to psychologically aid you to move in and out quickly.

Have fun with red in your home interior styling today through a mix of furniture, fabrics and paint colours. Below is a mood board showing you how you can incorporate these colours.

Artwork is the essential glue to bind the paint and furnishings together, featured is a sensational digital artwork by Michael Hunt, a UK artist experimenting with abstract colours of pink, neutrals with brush marks overlapping to show depth. The piece show is Junction available at  Michael Hunter Artist.red388

Use textured fabric compositions of deep purple, yellow and red available from Warwick Fabrics, the jazz range a beautiful woven fabric perfect for upholstery, drapery and cushions.

One of my favourite chairs at the moment is the Antilla Armchair available at  Furniture Options made in Poland out of  traditional bentwood and european beech timber. This chair adds an element of fun and innocence.

When trying to balance and harmonise the depth of red, tones of grey and white are perfect materials to use, in the mood board I have selected Pietra  marble circular mosaics perfect as a bathroom feature, available from Classic Ceramics.

Feeling bold and daring, then use red carpet as the rooms main feature the Portsea range, colour Chilli is available from  Godfrey Hirst carpets , featuring a beautiful plush pile carpet. If the red carpet is too bold for you, try the soft tones of paint by  Taubman paints.

Enjoy styling your home today with shades of red, pink, yellow and green. Please note we do not have any  affiliation with the above suppliers we just love their products and want to share our knowledge with you.


For more inspiration view our Pinterest board “Red”