Category: Design Advice

New Year, New Colour – 2019s Colour of the Year

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral

An animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge

Vibrant, yet mellow PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.

In reaction to the onslaught of digital technology and social media increasingly embedding into daily life, we are seeking authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy. Sociable and spirited, the engaging nature of PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral welcomes and encourages lighthearted activity. Symbolising our innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits, Pantone 16-1546 Living Coral embodies our desire for playful expression.

Representing the fusion of modern life, PANTONE Living Coral is a nurturing colour that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.

Pantone Color of the Year 2019, Leatrice Eiseman Quote.

PANTONE 16-1546 Living Coral emits the desired, familiar and energising aspects of colour found in nature. In its glorious, yet unfortunately more elusive, display beneath the sea, this vivifying and effervescent colour mesmerises the eye and mind. Lying at the centre of our naturally vivid and chromatic ecosystem, PANTONE Living Coral is evocative of how coral reefs provide shelter to a diverse kaleidoscope of colour.

About Pantone Colour of the Year

For 20 years, Pantone’s Colour of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home furnishings, and industrial design, as well as product, packaging and graphic design.

The Colour of the Year selection process requires thoughtful consideration and trend analysis. To arrive at the selection each year, Pantone’s colour experts at the Pantone Colour Institute comb the world looking for new colour influences. This can include the entertainment industry and films in production, traveling art collections and new artists, fashion, all areas of design, popular travel destinations, as well as new lifestyles, playstyles, and socio-economic conditions. Influences may also stem from new technologies, materials, textures, and effects that impact colour, relevant social media platforms and even up-coming sporting events that capture worldwide attention.

Chevron and Herringbone – Whats the Difference?

One of the biggest trends to come out of recent years has to be herringbone floors. When checking out the latest interior news or great products on our website, you might have noticed that chevron floors look pretty similar. So, what’s the difference?

Both look great, giving you that gorgeous pattern and dimension that makes your floor a cut above the rest. We’re going to explain exactly what the difference is between the two to out this issue to rest once and for all.


The key identifier of a chevron floor is if it uses a zigzag pattern that comes to a sharp point. Look for a ‘V’ in the planks which will tell you if the floor uses a chevron design or not. The planks on chevron floors are cut at angles to fit together perfectly, forming that ‘V’ shape. The best way to clearly distinguish a chevron floor is to imagine road chevrons you see on motorways. These V’s will give you a guide on what to look for when it comes to separating from a herringbone. Chevron floors are great for helping to make a room feel larger. The design creates a great dimension to your floor helped along by the flow of the directional pattern. This can make small or narrow rooms feel longer and more spacious by creating the illusion of more floor space.


The key signifier of a herringbone floor is that instead of the formatted chevron, the planks for ma staggered zigzag pattern. The same ‘V’ shape is vaguely there, however the planks aren’t cut to fit. Rather, the long planks are installed on top of one another to give that previously mentioned staggered look. Herringbone floors hold a lot of history, first showing up in the 16th century before cheaper carpets and vinyls we’re ever a thing. Herringbone floors ooze sophistication and add a noticeable amount of value to your home, something to consider long-term. Don’t be fooled by the herringbones long history, it offers anything but a dated look. Herringbone floors are constantly adapting and are currently cropping up in modern properties both commercial and residential all over the world. Their timeless and classic look in unparalleled and looks particularly stunning when used in a dark species such as walnut.

Both chevron and herringbone floors are stunning and give you a stand out, elegant look in your home. Hopefully after reading this the difference between the two is now much easier to identify and should help make the search for your perfect floor easy. 


Written by Morgan Mitchell



There are gems to be found in the historic market towns of rural Britain


Arundel, West Sussex
Arranged in the former coach quarters of The George Tavern, built in around 1590, Spencer Swaffer Antiques favours furniture made from sumptuous English timbers – we spotted 19th-century dressers, carved seating and mahogany bookcases. You’ll find farmhouse furniture, giant factory lights and weathered shutters sourced direct from France at French Loft, while Scandinavian Collectibles (01903 889 777) trades in vintage pottery and glass by brands such as Holmegaard. Make sure you visit the stalls at Arundel Bridge Antiques, too, a centre with more than 40 specialist dealers including pre-digital camera experts Arundel Photographica.


French Loft antiques shop in Arundel, West Sussex

Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire
Set in 19th-century former stables, Christopher Clarke Antiques sells campaign and travel furniture: we spotted a rare, folding armchair with packing case that converts to a table by Ross & Co of Dublin. Keith Hockin Antiques specialises in English oak pieces with ornate carvings, while Laurie Leigh Antiques has fine table glass dating from 1700 to the 1930s. At Roger Lamb Antiques, you’ll find decorative objects such as papier-mâché boxes.


Christopher Clarke antiques shop in Stow-On-The-Wold, Gloucestershire

Hungerford, Berkshire
Antique Persian carpets, dinner services, duelling pistols and 18th- century clocks can all be found at Great Grooms, a three-storey antiques centre set in an historic Queen Anne townhouse. At Below Stairs of Hungerford, buy brass door furniture and taxidermy, and visit Garden Art Plus for an impressive display of antique statuary, fountains and sundials, as well as reclamation materials. Forage for antiquarian books, post-war silverware and René-Jules Lalique pieces at Hungerford Arcade, one of the first centres of its kind in the country, and make sure to visit William Cook for exceptional chairs and cabinetry, natural history objects such as ammonite, and patchwork quilts.


William Cook Antiques shop in Hungerford, Berkshire

Shrewsbury, Shropshire
Based in a 17th-century thatched building, Mytton Antiques deals in good country furniture and formal interior pieces from the 18th and early 19th centuries, all carefully chosen by owner Jerrard Nares. Meanwhile, at Callaghan Fine Paintings you can contemplate stunning European 19th-century oils and watercolours, shown alongside contemporary bronzes and a broad range of furniture. Local auctions supply The Antique Barometer and Clock Shop, and also worth a snoop is Mansers Antiques and Interiors, which has a mix of old and new pieces.

Lion And Pheasant hotel and restaurant in Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Holt, Norfolk
Spend time at Shirehall Plain Antiques Centre, which has furniture from the Georgian to Edwardian periods including Art Nouveau and ecclesiastical items. Rare tomes and regular art exhibitions await at Georgian house Voewood Art and Books; and leave time to discover the combined expertise of father and son at Richard Scott Antiques (01263 712479). Richard specialises in English 18th- and 19th-century pottery, glass and porcelain; son Luke has introduced vernacular and country furniture, art and textiles.

Black Lion Hotel in Holt, Norfolk

4 tips for antiques hunters

  • Do your research. If you have a favourite period or style, familiarise yourself with the prevailing forms, materials, designers and manufacturers.
  • It’s advisable to phone ahead before travelling to showrooms as traders are often away on buying trips and an appointment to view items may be necessary.
  • Look out for dealers who are approved by BADA (British Antique Dealer’s Association; and/or Lapada (The Association of Art and Antique Dealers;, both of which have exacting standards. Buying from someone who has this accreditation will ensure you can be certain that pieces are legitimate and asking prices fair.
  • Buy the best you can afford. An investment antique should hold – and hopefully increase – its value over time.


Words by Sarah Slade

Check out the ELLE Decoration Directory for more places to find antiques and salvage