Using semi precious stones in our bespoke furniture means that each piece is both an artwork and of functional use. The fire agate in the wall hanging here is not only beautiful, but bursting with bright orange and red colours which impart confidence and enthusiasm into the room, filling it with desire. To cool down the energy provided by the wall hanging, we designed a coffee table using a radiant blue and white agate. This draws light to the centre of the room; allowing the table to be a focal point that brings together those who sit around it. Agate is known for balancing energy so the pairing of blue and red in this client’s home has an intensifying effect.
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Indian materials and craftsmanship are sought by an array of people from across the world. They seek not only the highest quality, but also a certain unique style. One which involves exquisite detailing, bold design and a compelling use of colour. For this reason, Iris Furnishing makes much of its bespoke furniture in Jodhpur – the blue city of Rajasthan. This walled city with its rich and regal past was once home to the Mughal empire. Hence why many of India’s most famous views are framed by the Mughal arch; a curved, yet crenellated design that is seen throughout the world from China to Morocco.

Here we see it in the bathroom of a Russian spa where our intricate jigsaw cut teak allows for the colours and textures of the tiles to both soothe and rejuvenate. The wood provides a warmth while the tiles imbue the space with a grounding sense of purity. The gold panelling of the bespoke wall cupboards brings a certain opulence; perfect for a luxury spa.

Backlighting as well as a mirrored wall and ceiling add extra dimensions creating a space that is both reflective and inviting.
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Whether we are talking about the swinging sixties, or the Thatcherite 80s, when it comes to home decor and design, each decade has its distinct design. In this post, we take a brief look at UK home furnishing trends throughout the last six decades.

The Sixties

The 1960s was the decade of mass-manufactured and trendsetting furniture. Scandinavian and what was then considered futuristic designs were greatly favoured. Bold colours and textures, as well as metals, were the flavour of the day, and plastics became more widely used in the manufacturing of furniture than in previous decades.

Unusual shapes, clean lines, popcorn ceilings and lava lamps defined the tone of the swinging sixties, along with Indian inspired prints and textiles.

Many homes built in the years following the end of the Second World War featured open spaces or had sliding walls based on a broad open concept. Screens or taller furniture items were often used to create separate areas within a space.

The Seventies

The 1970s were somewhat more relaxed than the 60s. Warmer tones like brown and orange were where it was at, along with geometrical shapes and flowery patterns.

Fur and high-shag pile carpets were very popular during this decade. It was quite usual to see a deep-shag pile rug in every room, even in the kitchen and bathroom.

Homeowners favoured open-concept living, as in the 60s, and kitchens followed the 1960s fashion with boldly coloured appliances and countertops. The latter part of the 1970s also saw the addition of a new microwave in many homes.

The 1970s was a decade of economic unrest, and therefore many families had to make do with what they had. Older pieces of furniture from past decades were still in use in many homes. Comfort was a huge focus in this decade, and a large velvet settee or armchair would be the mainstay of living rooms.

Velvet and polyester were often seen in the same room, used for curtains, upholstery, and carpets. Inexpensive wood panel is another notable trend of this time.

The Eighties

UK home dwellers of the 1980s rejected the bright and geometric style of the two previous decades, and clean-lined, preppy furniture was the trend of the era, mostly in neutral and soft tones. Pastels became popular, along with Japanese style furniture. The “yuppie” 80s also saw luxurious fabrics and accents come into fashion.

Carpets continued to be used in the eighties, particularly in bedrooms and bathrooms, but laminate flooring was also becoming popular. Knocking through the kitchen and dining room also gained popularity during the 80s, which were far more prosperous times for most households than the previous decade.

Borders were must-haves for a fashionable home during the 1980s, with many rooms featuring muted toned walls bordered near the ceiling with floral patterned wallpaper.

The Nineties

The early part of the 1990s saw a strong focus on sleek modernism styles with soft-toned colours, however in the latter part of this decade pinewood furniture and floral fabrics were most sought after.

Appliances and furniture of the 90s were practical and designed to be easy to maintain, with the addition of new coatings that could be wiped clean. Homeowner’s workload was furthermore decreased with self-cleaning ovens, high-power microwaves, fridge freezers to reduce shopping trips and dishwashers.

Technology became important to the making of 90s furniture when ultra-suede was invented. Looking just like real suede, it was far more durable and available in just about any colour.

In the 1990s, economic restrictions meant smaller homes, which in turn meant sleek smaller furniture. Futons and coffee tables that double up as storage space were part of this factor.

The New Millennium

The 2000s saw the rise of furniture adaptable with the latest technology. Chairs and beds with electrical features could now be found in many homes.

However, along with the high-tech focus, the population was becoming more eco-conscious, leading to environmentally friendly designs being the order of the day.

Homeowners wanted their homes to be energy-efficient and recycled and upcycled furnishings became extremely popular. Vintage furniture made from sustainable materials like bamboo or glass was commonly adopted.

The concept of matching the items in a home became less important, and homeowners mixed and matched a lot more than during previous decades. It was not important if the sofa did not match the curtains or the armchairs, the focus was on uniqueness and individuality. The advent of a more global marketplace and the yearn for more-personalised decor lead to the popularity of very unusual items from overseas such as our Bone Inlay and Mother of Pearl furniture from India.

Furniture of the Future

Over the decades, the one thing that has not changed is we want our living and working spaces to look awesome and be functional and comfortable.

Today we have so many choices for home design and creating unique looks, it is hard to imagine how home design will evolve.

With social media and constant contact with the rest of the world, it is likely trends will change more frequently. Nevertheless, whether you are a fan of unusual bespoke items such as Iris Furniture offers, or you prefer a more traditional furniture style, it has never been easier to update your living space or experiment with a new home decor look.

The stunning furnishings at Iris can create the perfect ambience at Christmas time. With many of our larger pieces embellished with camel bone and mother of pearl, we know that our clients often want something a little difference and are conscious of style in the interior design of their home. Continue reading “Festive Edges – Iris’ New Range Is Perfect For Christmas Entertaining” »

When it comes to home furnishings, some elements simply do not change. They are the ‘essentials’ that you cannot do without, irrespective of your style and the type of home you have. The truth is that these are the pieces worth spending money on because, they are the basics that stand the test of time as trends come and go.

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