Dopamine decorating: bold tiles, pleated lights and floral prints

Renovators are more ready than ever to embrace bold colours and striking patterns in their kitchens, bedrooms, and bathrooms. And the latest launches in the interiors world are ideal for embracing dopamine decorating and achieving a mood-boosting look.

On our radar, we’ve got Yinka Ilori‘s tile collection in collaboration with Domus – perfect for reviving your walls and floors using geometric prints and colour. Plus, we’re also looking at Tatie Lou’s ornate soft furnishings and Emma Gurner’s nostalgic lighting range for Houseof.

Ready to hear more from the designers? Then let’s begin…

Dopamine decorating with characterful tiles

Designer Yinka Ilori has launched his first tile collection in collaboration with Domus. The patterns and colour palettes of the two ranges – Glaze (ceramic) and Screen (porcelain) – are inspired by the designer’s Nigerian heritage, as well as nature and sunlight.

The tiles are crafted in Portugal and offer you complete creative freedom to create your own dream scheme.

dopamine decorating with bold tiles
Yinka Ilori‘s new collection in collaboration with Domus.

Yinka, tell us more about your tile collection…

Collaborating with Domus on my debut tile collection presented an opportunity to explore how we can encourage creative expression through surface design and inject joy and optimism into pockets of the home. Featuring a mix of patterns with rich and soothing colours, the versatile collection encourages individuals and designers to create their own rules.

Nostalgic lighting

Lighting brand Houseof and interior designer Emma Gurner have joined forces to create six different pieces for the Contrasting Colour collection.

The Pleat range is made from painted steel, while Ribbed is crafted from glass – both collections include floor and table lamps, as well as wall and ceiling lights.

The textured shapes of the shades are highlighted by the warm colour palette of moss green and pale blue, and burnt orange with pale pink.

Emma, how would you describe your interior design style?

I like to use clean lines with punches of bold colour and pattern, throwing a bit of vintage into the mix.

Tell us about the inspiration for this collection…

Colour was my starting point, as it reflects both Houseof and my own aesthetic. I wanted to explore how combinations of different shades could work on an individual fitting. I chose these colours by painting lots of samples until they felt right, and I was inspired by vintage designs and gave them a contemporary twist by using powder coated steel as the main material.

Your favourite piece from the collection…

The Pleat wall light, because it’s IP44 rated, which means it’s suitable for bathrooms – and, as an interior designer, I find it exciting.

Top tip…

Try to include different lighting options within a room, such as general, ambient, task, and accent lighting. This will allow you to create different moods which can transform a space

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Fabulous florals

Wallpaper and homewares brand Tatie Lou has unveiled five new designs, part of the La Vie Fleurie collection, celebrating nature.

Founder Louise Wargnier has reimagined classic flora and fauna patterns in a range of striking colour palettes.

Each print is available across wallpaper, velvet textiles, cushions, fringed lampshades, and blankets. Louise creates the collections using shibori dyeing, hand and digital drawing, and painting

floral dopamine decorating footstool
Tuffet stool in eco velvet and solid oak frame in collaboration with Dandelion Upholstery, £685, Tatie Lou.

Louise, where did you get the inspiration for your latest collection?

I have recently moved to the mountains in the South of France, so the La Vie Fleurie collection is inspired by the beautiful landscapes which surround me every day.

Favourite pattern or colour combination…

Florals are my go-to at the moment. Colour wise, I’d have to pick pink and green or teal.

Tell us about the art of shibori…

Shibori is an ancient craft like origami but using fabrics. Patterns are created by folding and using various objects such as pegs or paper clips to act as a resist, which results in glorious patterns once the fabrics have been dyed in indigo. It truly is a magical technique for creating organic prints.

Top tip…

Be brave. If pattern and colour scare you, try it out in a pantry, kitchen cupboard, or downstairs toilet. Once you see how wonderful it is, there will be no stopping you.

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