Trend report: Abstract Painterly designs

Trend report: Abstract Painterly designs

I just love it when a new trend emerges and I love it, even more, when it’s a colourful one! Over the years we’ve seen painterly designs with a flora and fauna vibe, but this time we’re talking random, abstract designs in a multitude of colours. Whether it’s a joyful stroke from the artist’s brush or a softer watercolour wash, I think this is something that can be introduced to any scheme.

Go for it

You know me, I don’t think I have ever stuck to one colour, so I’m welcoming this trend with open arms! This is a great opportunity to introduce strong splashes of saturated colour in wild abandon. Something Fi Douglas, creator of Scottish textile company Bluebell Gray does in abundance – a girl after my own heart! If this isn’t for you, check out the rest of the Bluebell Gray collection, from bedlinen to rugs, cushions to stationary, to name a few, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

I just love the impactful and uplifting palette of the Colourist Wallpaper by Bluebell Gray

Get creative

For the brave among you, unleash your inner artist and create your own work of art by painting a mural or feature headboard using colours that resonate with you and use this as a starting point to build your scheme around. Don’t be scared, at the end of the day if get bored – it’s only paint, you can update the room with another lick of paint. Just think how satisfying this could be, a unique, personal touch that cannot be bought!  If you need a little extra help with choosing the right colour for you, click here for my top tips. 

The clever guys at Crown Paints created this painted headboard using abstract brushstrokes in an energising colour palette

Don’t be deterred from using patterned bedlinen if you opt for a patterned wallpaper, as long as you have complementing colours, go for it – but please, no matchy matchy! A set of cushions and/or bedlinen is a simple yet effective way of adding a pop of colour and pattern without being overwhelming.

Amaryllis Duvet Cover Set and Livia Wallpaper by John Lewis & Partners

Accessorise, accessorise…

You Great Indoors listeners will know that Kate and I have been banging on about accessorising and how it’s the easiest way to buy into a new look. The same applies here, you can still add touches of the abstract patterns and techniques found in an artist’s studio, whether on ceramics, lighting, flooring or textiles, they will help create a distinctive look and add the illusion of texture due to the hand-painted feel.


1.Livia lampshade in Peacock, from £30, John Lewis & Partners | 2. Stepto vase, £25, Habitat |  3. Brushstroke-Printed Losange Chair, £998, Anthropologie | 4. Outdoor Sweeping Brushstrokes Cushion, £39, West Elm | 5. Abstract Brushstroke Salad Plate, £12, West Elm | 6. Test Strokes removable wallpaper, 61x91cm piece, £11.85 by Elizabeth Baddeley at Etsy | 7. Elle Decor Arty 103584 rug, from £166, Modern Rugs

Featured image at top: Curtains in Calcine 120807 by Harlequin

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