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Create a Spice Sensation

Bloomsbury Sofa in Es Cavalet 3 fabric with Friendly Folk Huntsman Red and Melon Orange Cushions and Wychood Huntsman Red Wallpaper
This scheme, created by Andrew Martin, shows a wonderful mix of bold and brave pattern and colour, cleverly grounded with symmetry, to balance and prevent it becoming overwhelming.   

Amanda Hanley describes one of the hottest trends out there and how we can all incorporate a taste of it into our own homes.

From sumptuous and soft saffron to gorgeous golden turmeric, I’m very taken by the current trend for spicy shades, whether used as an accent, a bold focal point, or layered up into a deep, rich and striking scheme. Using these warm colours creates an allure, evocative of exotic places and whimsical travels to lands far far away.

Create a Spice Sensation Andrew Martin Scheme

We love the new Kit Kemp collection, designed for Andrew Martin. Mixing fabric and wallpaper designs, and marrying traditional designs with a contemporary colour palette really excites the eye.

Create a Spice Sensation Linwood Fable Wallpaper

Linwood shows a very modern and smart use of a deep burnt orange, contrasted and offset beautifully by a navy blue skirting board. Opposites on the colour wheel, orange and blue make a very striking and stylish combination, showing that you can use warm colours alongside cool to great effect.

Create a Spice Sensation Narina Ardmore Border Cole and Son

Dare to be different… This wallpaper looks wonderful with the hammered gold metals, and warms up the hallway to create an unexpected entrance, sure to make your guests smile. Narina and Ardmore Border by Cole & Son.

Feel the heat

With a bold and non-conformist feel, tones of terracotta and rust have begun to blaze a trail in many homes over the last year. There are plenty of ways to work these colours into your room, from simple accessories, such as a vase, to a large rug. With a myriad of colours, depths and variations, from rich rust to ochre yellow or vibrant orange, choose one to suit your style or mix them all up for the full effect.

If you find it too much having such hot shades on your walls, try toning the look down and swapping for a more neutral backdrop, such as honey or sand, and use that as a canvas for bolder soft furnishings and accessories.

Create a Spice Sensation Kit Kemp Collection

Jane Churchill has combined the pretty English style, which the company is known for, with a modern colour palette, including mustard yellow, deep reds and oranges, tied in with pinks, and cool blues and greys. Complex and interesting, Jane Churchill’s Indira Collection shows how patterns can be combined successfully to build up a look that is a feast for the eyes.

Tribal-inspired patterns

This trend is an extremely diverse and eclectic celebration of patterns inspired by travel all over the globe, taking our own homes on a journey of their own. Bringing together intricate Ikats, paisleys and decorative Indian block prints in harmony, it is a complex, but extremely heart-warming and laid-back look.

Admittedly, the rich and layered Boho style never completely went away, but took a backseat in favour of a more stripped-back minimalist look. But the tables are now taking a turn, and making a big comeback in 2019 are cosy tribal prints. “Cool” minimalist schemes have been in the spotlight for a while now, with “warm” minimalist creeping in over 2018, but this year we see more life, pattern and longed-for character coming to our decorating, that has been sidelined for such a long time. There is definitely something very appealing about becoming less restrained, and instead, free and uninhibited.

As with all trends, the look is adaptable to suit your own tastes and levels of bravery. If the full-on, bold layered look is not for you, think about small ways to introduce the relaxed feel with decorative cushions and throws, and other accessories, such as rugs, or even a chair, that you can easily swap over as your tastes move on.

Create a Spice Sensation Mulberry Home Tribal Chair

Wallpaper and upholstery fabric by Mulberry Home. The bold tribal print on the chair really stands out as a statement piece against the cool and calm background, and is a great example of how to get the look with one or two pieces, without a large commitment.

The great thing about this trend is that it can be easily introduced by building upon what you already have, simply by adding in additional pattern and layers of colour, giving a sense of warmth, comfort and fun.

When it comes to texture, more is more…

Rich tones and rugged textures are a critical element to the handcrafted style of this global trend. Hand-dyed textiles in rich earthy pigments work really nicely, as well as handmade pottery, where each piece unique. It’s all in the detail – add trimmings; think tassels, pompoms and macrame detailing, and add it to anything you like, from cushions to curtains, chairs or other accessories, such as picture frames.

Key to this cosy look is, of course, the humble rug. Kilim rugs, in particular, are now to be found everywhere, with modern adaptations displaying wonderful, eye-catching graphic patterns in every colour under the sun. Although they’ve been around for thousands of years, their designs still look contemporary today. Kilim patterns provide a layer of colour to modern interiors, with a worldly sophistication and an eclectic edge. 

Create a Spice Sensation Nomad Taurus

Weaver Green Rugs are made from 100% recycled bottles.

Cook up your spicy scheme with these key ingredients:


  • Ochre
  • Umber
  • Rich red


  • Earthenware
  • Woven textiles
  • Carved wood
  • Gold and brass metals


  • Ikat
  • Paisley
  • Indian block prints

Amanda Hanley’s Team Awards

Most Exciting Collection

The new Kit Kemp Collection from Andrew Martin combines both wallpaper and fabrics together in one book. Inspired by the romance of folk tales, this collection encapsulates youthful imagination and the magic of design. With one eye in the past and one in the future, it is founded on harmonious contrast, forging a scheme that is fresh with surprise and tells a new and exciting story of its own.

Create a Spice Sensation Kit Kemp Collection Award


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Mon 17 Jan 2022

Spill Land Country Park

Biddenden, Kent

Spill Land Country Park is set in the stunning, lush green hills at the heart of the Weald of Kent. If the time has come for a complete change of lifestyle, then this beautiful park might just be for you.

Sanctuary Good CQC
Tue 11 Jan 2022

Our fabulous team at Wantage certainly have something to celebrate, after receiving a ‘Good’ CQC rating, with ‘Good’ in every single area inspected. Delighted home manager Pat Shaw said, “I am incredibly proud to have such a superb team behind me, who are truly devoted to enriching the lives of our residents each and every day.”

Mon 10 Jan 2022

Flower of the Month

Desert Hyacinths: Denizens of the desert offer hope for the future

We are delighted to introduce Dr Chris Thorogood – Deputy Director and Head of Science at the Oxford Botanic Garden and Arboretum – who each month, will share with OX a carefully selected plant from the Botanic Garden’s extensive range.

Wed 5 Jan 2022

Over the past couple of years, our outdoor space has become more important to us than ever. If you have wanted to do something with your outdoor space but not yet taken the first step perhaps the 2022 is the right time to get started.