Design notebook: art deco cutlery

The paint and wallpaper company Little Greene is well known for its extensive, historically accurate colour palette made in association with English Heritage. But it also has some strong ideas on modern style. Colour Highlights is a collection of suggested colour combinations meant to inspire the home decorator where Little Greene’s historical shades are jazzed up with bold and bright accents. The Marigold stripe leading up the Grey Teal staircase shown here is a great example of how to put the idea to work. £35 for 2.5 litres of matt emulsion (

Biba Home at House of Fraser continues to build on the glitzy high glamour it developed when it launched last season. Expect a mash-up of Art Deco and Art Nouveau styles, with feather, starburst and fan motifs and high-shine metallics mixed with black and mirrored surfaces. Starburst 24-piece cutlery set, £140 (

Shine a light

Among the gems in Marks & Spencer’s autumn collection is the Tyle range of beaten-metal lights in warm copper, brass and burnished steel finishes. The small version (top) costs £69, the large, £99. (

That’s Neat

There is a real sense of reinvigoration at the Conran Shop that can be seen its revamped website and in some well-considered collaborations with noteworthy designers. One of these is the British designer Magnus Long, whose Neat dining chair (£425) and marble-topped Stix dining table (£2,700) are part of a series of elegant pieces he has created exclusively for the Conran Shop (

Trend: Painterly textiles

The industry’s love affair with all things ‘artisan’ is cropping up in the painterly finishes or images with a painterly feel on textiles and home furnishings. The Red Lake cushion (on linen, 45?x?30cm, £60) is by Chocolate Creative ( And they’re not the only ones who have been brushing up on the look: see 10 of the best: painterly cushions here

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