Autumn 2012 stands out for its mix of opposing patterns, textures and tones and one of the many trends that has proved favorable is the Peacock! We first saw this trend embrace the catwalk in 2009, and Fashion designer Proenza Schouler has subtly infused the elegance of the peacock into her designs. The colours are electrifying and fresh, which is exactly what this look is about!
Peacocks are known for their regal beauty, they are the meaning of luck and prosperity in many countries and with its exotic opulence, there are many ways the rich colours from their feathers can be beautifully infused to create an amazing scheme. In 1634, Sir Theodore de Mayerne, physician to Charles I, observed that the ‘eyes’ on the wings of the peacock butterfly “shine curiously like stars, and do cast about them sparks of the color of the Rainbow; by these marks is it so known that it would be needless to describe the rest of the body though painted with a variety of colors.” The colours of the peacocks feathers continue to inspire designers today. The rich, beautiful tones screams glamour, from deep purple to dark teal, there is a delightful ray of colours to work with. Find inspiration in the rich emeralds, teals and velvety blacks, which when used together, creates an extravagant look. They possess the most wonderful, natural collection of colours which have qualities allowing them to be exotic, bold, warm and inviting – making this trend versatile. This quality applies to fashion also, the colours bring a fresh and vibrant style during summer and creates effortless elegance and sophistication during winter. Below are two interiors which have been inspired by the Peacock feather, yet both achieve different styles:
The one colour that stands out amongst the rest is ‘Peacock blue’. This term has been used to describe the range of colours in the blue-green family. This wonderful rich hue is somewhat vibrant, yet muted. Luckily for us, it has been announced by Home & Garden Television that this is one of the hottest colour trends for interior design right now. Peacock blue is an excellent accessory and sits well with many colours. This beautiful and rich colour is most associated with the bright plumes and is going to be the fun colour that is expected to appear onto fabrics, wallpapers and accessories in the up coming months. It usually takes a while for colours to catch on, but you can count on it sticking around for a couple of years. This room below defiantly has an eclectic style. The deep, rich tones in the wood and the black elements strikes a balance between the peacock blue colour scheme.
I just had to mention this brilliant felt chair below by New York studio Dror. This peacock chair is made up of three layers of felt, folded and clipped into place on a metal frame. Dror constantly challenges the construction of objects, questioning traditional methods and simplifying movements, and this principle is shown in the way he challenges upholstery. The folds of the fabric are tightly woven into a structure with no sewing or upholstery involved, creating a luxurious chair that is both elegant and modern.
Get the look:
Try this peacock feather digitally printed pillow to add a focal point. It’s rectangular shape would fit perfectly in any chair or as a decorate pillow on your bed.
This whisky peacocks design adorned on a wool rug feature undertones of grey and would bring pattern and texture to your room.
An unusual wallpaper worthy of a feature wall. In a sophisticated peacock inspired design and a watercolour brushed effect, it will make a brilliant impact.
Wherever we look we see products inspired by the visually striking bird, and from fabrics to bedding, its all about peacocks this season. Thank you for reading, more coming soon!