Creative Trends with Ashley Sutcliffe
Ashley Sutcliffe is founder and owner of Live Like the Boy, an online furniture and accessories retailer, that is focused on the consciousness of style in our lives. Ashley aims to combine ideas and sources in a completely unique way that embodies his own sense of style and design.
He has always been extremely style conscious when designing his own home, and now uses these skills when choosing new product lines for his customers. He has 10 years of design training, having studied at a Masters level at university and prior to establishing his store has worked for a number of furniture and lighting retailers. So we are pleased to share with you the creative trends of Ashley Sutcliffe.
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1) What pieces of furniture have impressed you recently? And Why?
I’ve loved seeing heavier, chunkier pieces of furniture like the cast iron & industrial pieces from Nkuku who I deal with a lot. On the softer side of things the printed plywood stools by NLXL Lab are groundbreaking and I have fallen in love with the foliage sofa by Patricia Urquiola too, a modern classic is the Martini side table at West Elm who create this in different colours
2) What colours are on trend right now? And Why?
There has been a big demand for grey on furniture but coupled with more vibrant jewel like colours on accessories but there is a definite slant towards greens. Forest green, weathered cedar, emerald greens in strong jewel shades. My favourite is British Lichen and have just done a bedroom project using this colour, coupled with oak, black and gold.
3) What types of materials are on trend right now? And Why?
There has been a huge trend for metallic finishes over the past 2 years now and it shows no sign of changing. However combinations of brass and glossy white and copper with rustic woods are a stand out for me this year, I have always adored copper so this is a trend for me!
4) Which of your projects embodies the latest design trend? And why?
My latest project was an update of a bistro where the design was very much about creating an industrial feel but with a lightness, brightness and warmth. I managed to create this by using a scrapwood effect wallpaper that had an overall pale look to it and combined this with lime coloured walls. Bright filament bulbs added light where previously there were large dome shades. Bright & light seems to be the order of the day.