Interiors Trends Predictions

Interiors Trends for Q3 – Shag Interior’s Predictions
Welcome welcome welcome interiors-lovers!
SO, this is the first blog post I’ve done with my trend predictions but I will try to post one as we approach each quarter because they are fun to see if I was right!
I’m going to dive straight in here and start with:


My spidey-senses are tingling and lately every time I look at a room or sit down to create a palette I am drawn to this gorgeous mulberry colour. I can see this being a bit interiors trend in the coming months, particularly as we head out of Summer. 

Paired with dark stained wood and brass fixtures this is an eye-catching but sophisticated way to revamp any room.

Rustoleum mulberry paint

Rustoleum have this colour in a tile paint which I’m tempted to try out in my kitchen.. you can grab it here

Not ready to paint the whole room? Try some bed linen against a gorgeous creamy wall colour & a wooden bedframe. Or for a super cosy, moody feel try a dark olive green on the walls and use polished brass decor to give it an ‘old-money’ feel.

TOP TIP: If you want to go all-in and colour drench a room in this colour I would recommend using matt for the walls and ceiling and satin or gloss for the wood and metal work – trust me, this will instantly add a luxe, high-end feel to any room.

Extreme Gloss

It was actually a client of mine who first brought this to my attention but over in the States we are seeing a huge surge in super-high gloss walls and ceilings. So shiny you can see your reflection! Particularly great for larger, period properties to really hit that grandeur. The name that keeps coming up in articles I see about this paint style is Paints of Europe, who, ironically, only sell their products in the US and Canada. But if you’re interested in a high-gloss/lacquer finish please drop me an email as I may be able to help!

Image: House and Garden

TOP TIP: A lot of lacquer paints are not compliant with UK legislation as they can be harmful to the air quality so before you buy any old product from Amazon do your research and consult a professional’s advice.

Dopamine Decorating

I LOVE that colour is finally getting it’s 5 minutes after an endless age of greige and minimalism. Playful pops of serotonin-inducing tones are appearing more and more ,and Instagram fave @thishousewemade and @walbirchmansion really show us how it’s done here.


If you’re not feeling this ambitious but want to introduce some colour into your home you could first try painting a piece of furniture, or introduce a new colour to a room by painting the skirting and/or doors. Small but deliberate colour placement can really put together a room (think ‘the unexpected red theory), and can draw the eye to otherwise un-noticed furniture that can sometimes make a room look dull.

But how do we find colours that compliment but are interesting together? Play around on tools like or take some inspo from my favourite combinations below:

TOP TIP: There’s tons of painting tutorials on Youtube and TikTok to perfect specialist painting such as colour blocking and stripes, but if you’re pressed for time or just cack-handed then it’s worth getting a professional in. If you live between Stoke and Cannock or just outside at either end then I am available to hire for all your painting and decorating needs! Get in touch today – by calling Sophie on +44 7811 379900


This is definitely a trend happening and I would normally steer clients away from trends; BUT if you have the right home for it and enjoy this Parisian inspired style anyway it’s a good one to sink your teeth into as it will always look timeless.


Stacked spice jars, cafe curtains, bistro style furniture and dim lighting creates a cool, laid-back but grown-up home without being too theatrical. Kitchens obviously lend themselves well to this style and you can really amp it up by adding shelves filled with odds and sods like milk jugs, dried pasta in jars and cute butter dishes.

Cafecore kitchen

If you live in a flat or terraced house with a narrow kitchen you can still achieve this look with a small bistro set and gallery walls. Extra points for a low hanging art-deco light fitting.

TOP TIP: A scented candle placed in the window or on the breakfast bar will instantly add a nice feel to your kitchen.

That’s my roundup of trend predictions for the next few months. What do you guys think we will be seeing more of? Anything you want to add to the list? Let me know in the comments!

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Interior Design: The Art of Clashing

Shag Interior HOW TO: Clashing


Arguably one of the hardest interior design techniques to get right, clashing is a brave choice, but when done right the results are bold, eye-catching curations that compliment, not overwhelm.

As a maximalist I LOVE to clash… whether in my own home interiors or my dress sense. I love to throw together a few different patterns, colours and textures and create spaces and outfits that are visually interesting… or, “looking like I’ve done a cartwheel through Dunelm”, as my fiance would say.

Now, you can read design books, study the science of colour or search Google for the rules of clashing, but I think it simply comes down to a few basic things:

  • Sizing

    When it comes to prints, try clashing with different sizes. What I mean by this is by having lots of loud designs all in one place causes them to compete for your eye rather than compliment the one another. Take a smaller, animal print under a larger, floral one for instance. It works, they both allow the other one to breathe and look really good together. Source:

  • Juxtaposition
    I like to clash completely opposing prints/textures. Why? It’s true what they say, opposites attract! And not only that, there’s often something so delightful in this technique. Tough leather upholstery softened with fuzzy cushions.. textured wallpaper clad with artwork.. Minton tiles sitting beneath a cotton candy pink front door.. Juxtaposing styles officially work.

    Source: Pinterest
  • Tone
    Picking two colours to clash together could lead to a design disaster.. think about the tone of the colour and the mood you are trying to create. We all know that primary red and bright green look

    pretty awful together. But have you tried a Mulberry with an Olive? Now that’s a cute clash. Colour-clashing is way more mainstream now than it used to be, just look at how red and pink are often seen together. If you’re new to mixing colours then try out these combos and see if any tickle your fancy:

    Sea green & light pink

    Blue and brown

    Orange and pink

    Another colour-clash trick it to mix two tones of the same colour, it’s a safer option for those just wanting to dip their toe in to the world of clashing and can bring a subtle clash to an otherwise minimalist/neutral space.

  • Texture

    It’s not just prints and colours that make for magnificent clashing.. I love to mix up the textures in a home, particularly with natural materials to create cosy atmospheres. Wooden beams, exposed brick, fluffy sheepskins and industrial-style metals are a good example of how mixing up textures in your space can drastically impact it in the best way. And you don’t have to go overboard and start installing beams to achieve this clash either. Try simple linen bedding offset with a glamorous, velvet throw; or rattan light shades hanging from a dark-painted ceiling.

Source: Pinterest

If you follow these rough guidelines I guarantee you you’ll start to figure out your own maximalist style and how clashing can work for you. It’s easy to master once you’ve got an eye for it so go and have fun, and don’t forget to tag me in your pics!


Although I’ve set out some ‘rules’ to follow the main thing to remember is interior style is personal and subjective, so have fun creating spaces that make you HAPPY!

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Want to dip your toe into Maximalism?

You'll recognise the motif from the image of the wallpaper above... Well we have this gorgeous print available which was done exclusively for Shag Interior by the clever creatives at Nuthatch Grey. They are limited edition and each one is signed and numbered for authenticity, I am down to my very last one available for sale so go grab it now! Available framed or unframed!

5 Ways to Create a Cosy Home

Yes candles and throws are the obvious way to make your home more cosy but here’s a list of 5 other tricks to create a soft, inviting and comfy environment without breaking the bank…

woman reading book

  • Mix Up the Texture 🧶
    Allowing different textures to live cohesively in one space will instantly bring a depth to your rooms that creates a cosy, welcoming space.

  • Lighting is EVERYTHING 💡
    You’ve heard me say it before and you’ll hear me say it again:


    Play around with different bulb wattage, filaments and colours. And for the love of God avoid white light unless your idea of ‘cosy and relaxing’ is Patrick Bateman’s apartment. 

  • Fill the Space 🪴
    Consider using vases, a stack of magazines, empty wine bottles as candlesticks or pottery to make your space feel lived in and warm.

  • Introduce Colour 🎨
    If your space is feeling a little 2-dimensional it may be that your palette isn’t varied enough. You don’t need to go full-out-maximalist here, just add splashes of colour with cushions, artwork and plants to create a homely environment you’ll never want to leave. 

  • Don’t Forget Your Tribe 🐶
    Framed photos of your nearest and dearest are the quickest way to inject some fuzzy-feels into your home. Vary the sizes, styles and colours of the frames for bonus points.

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The Ultimate Guide to Gallery Walls

The Ultimate Guide to Gallery Walls

Gallery walls can be a show-stopper when done right, the hard bit is figuring out exactly how to execute correctly without it feeling like you’re sat in the middle of Nando’s.

Well I’m here to help you out with some DO’s and DON’T’s when it comes to styling a gallery wall to suit your taste.

If you have a gallery wall in your home let me know in the comments what you’d add to this list!


Choosing a space for your gallery is the first task. Gallery walls generally look brilliant in unsuspecting places like staircases, cloakrooms and snugs, but they can equally look great in open-plan spaces if you have enough art! Avoid aimlessly plonking stuff in the middle of a wall, instead focus on creating an interesting shape that includes other elements such as doors, windows and shelves. This will make the room look more expansive and draw the eye across it rather than centering the focus in the middle of an empty space.


Gallery walls lend themselves well to lots of colour, texture and size variations. Think of an actual gallery and apply the same concept to your space - it’s perfectly fine to showcase contrasting art in one place. One of my favourite things about the gallery walls in my home are the vast contrast in styles. We have everything from graphite portraits to tattoo art to watercolour nudie pics to vintage magazine cigarette adverts - and everything in between! Using an assortment of frames is key here too if you are looking to achieve the full maximalism look.


Be deliberate with your placement choice. If you like symmetry then go for it, if you don’t make sure you’re deliberately asymmetrical.. either way commit to your choice to avoid weird, dead space that is offensive to the eye. Avoid big gaps with straight lines like the photo on the left here, it just looks awkward. If you're going for symmetry then measure or use a laser for precision.


Equally spaced, identical frames, all in black and white and against a plain backdrop is a beautifully stylish way to present a gallery wall. This works really well with black and white family photos and it's s a go-to design that I use for a lot of my clients in new builds whose homes lack a bit of personalty. It's a lovely way to bring some identity and values into their space whilst still maintaining the overall contemporary look of their home.


Love the idea of a gallery wall but don’t know where to start looking for pieces? Head to your local artisan market or hit up that friend you know that does art...not only will you be supporting real talent you’ll also have an authentic conversation piece hanging proudly on your wall. This piece pictured here is by BornStokie - an artist whose trademark style has seen her wor featured in exhibitions around the world!

Crop unrecognizable female interior designer drawing sketchy plan of room of house sitting at desk


If you’re totally lost or just haven’t got the time then why not enlist the help of an interior design consultant to put together a concept and create beautitful designs that you are guaranteed to love. For any projects you have that you'd like some help with why not take action today and book a free consultation? I would love to hear from you to chat about how we can turn your ideas into a reality and transform your home... To get in touch simply use the chatbot in the corner of the screen or email

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