In focus: Our picks from Clarke & Clarke - the Eden collection
Over the last twenty years, Clarke & Clarke has established a reputation as a trend-setter in interiors, creating cutting-edge designs that work in any style of home and which truly stand the test of time. The Eden fabric collection is no exception to this, with realistic illustrations bringing to life the beauty of horticultural and entomological drawings. Brimming with vitality and colour, this collection is made to be mixed and matched with small-scale insect prints and contrasting blousy damasks, which together create an eclectic but considered look.
The collection is inspired by an English country garden, with the Abeja and Azure prints conjuring up the most heavenly image of a garden in full bloom, with bees and dragonflies zooming from flower to flower. Both of these prints, along with the botanical Artichoke design, are perfect for use in upholstery and cushions, the space between each motif giving the design the breathing space it needs. Paired with natural materials, the overall effect is pretty and laid-back, but by adding tones of teal of ochre, these designs become real showstoppers.
Acting as the perfect backdrop for these more daring prints, the damasks in this collection are soft and sweeping, featuring fern fronds (Folium) and English oak leaves (Hortus) in a variety of shades to suit any colour palette. Perfect for curtains that brush the floor, draped throws and bedspreads, Palampore, Ophelia and Persia are floral designs which will lend a soft femininity to a scheme.
For a striking effect, use a combination of your favourite prints from this collection in your upholstery, and be brave in your use of colour; the dusky blush, zingy chartreuse and denim blue work beautifully in symphony with one another.
As a collection, Eden is extraordinarily versatile, and any of these fabrics will add life and movement to your home, whether as part of a maximalist look or in a simpler space. When adding interest to a neutral scheme, you can introduce these prints gradually, as cushions and throws, or throw caution to the wind and go for a full complement of patterned elements – the choice is yours.
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