By Megan Slack
Introducing the home decor trend that comes with no added guilt after over-indulging: Fruit motifs.
Just as the vivid aroma of fruit has the power to cleanse our tired taste palette, so do fruit motifs in a monochrome interior that is in need of a sun-drenched slice of color - just in time for the brighter months ahead. While the vibrant spectrum of strawberry reds and crisp apple greens may not initially seem an ideal fit for the faint-hearted, Livingetc style columnist, and designer at Firmdale Hotels Minnie Kemp reveals that every style of home can sample a taste of this daring ripening trend.
‘Fruit itself has long been considered in art and design as a symbol of abundance, associated with the harvest and goddess of plenty,’ Minnie began.
‘In mythology, fruit represents earthly pleasures, overindulgence, and temptation… vice’s one couldn’t be condemned for enjoying after such a tough year, especially in the comfort of your own home.’
Armed with all the excuses we could need to inject these kaleidoscopic hues into our home, Minnie Kemp shared where to search for the finest fruit in all the land, speaking, most notably, from her tried and tested obsessions and past experiences:
‘I often scour the internet, hour after hour, on 1stDibs hunting for Ferro Murano 1950s colored glass grape lights and wall sconces. Yep, it’s my guilty pleasure, kitsch beyond belief but oh-so-romantic.’
‘If you are looking for a contemporary take on this classic design, I have stumbled upon Gregie’s handmade glass grape cluster lights and @threadgoldstudio on Instagram, who has a stunning set of Murano glass grape chandeliers for sale,’ Minnie added.
Beyond these accessories, Minnie revealed how to spread this tasty trend across our walls and in our soft furnishings, sharing: ‘One of my all-time favorite fruits is the pomegranate. I want to deck my walls with Mojito in Multicolor by Pierre Frey. In Greek and Persian mythology symbolize and eternal life. I would certainly want to live forever if I could have William Yeoward’s Malati textile brightening up my living room. This fabric is versatile, a contemporary take on a traditional design, and it would look fantastic in a country home or beach house.’
The designer continued: ‘The Carnival design by Michael Szell for Christopher Farr is the ultimate ode to the pom. It’s my number one-zesty fabric, and with a large repeat, it looks mega on walls and cushions alike.’
Oh, how we wish we could live in Minnie Kemp’s world, where we can raise a mojito to our Mojito in Multicolor papered walls. We have a feeling this is going to be the most fun trend to fill our homes this S/S ‘21 - cheers to that, fruit lovers.
Megan is a News Writer across Future Plc's Homes titles. She has a background in national newspapers in the UK and has experience in fashion and travel journalism, which she previously practised whilst living in Paris and New York City. Her adoration for these fashion capitals means she particularly loves writing about contemporary styles and trends for Livingetc.
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