“What?? Dark colours in the middle of the summer?” Yes, we can hear the outcry in the décor infused part of your brain. But as you know, we love to shake things up.

In the interiors world, playing with textures, materials and colours is key to create your home as beautiful as you can imagine. This season, the concrete trend continues to flourish, moving from dotting home accessories around your home to full on concrete designer furniture. Yep, that’s a thing.

Concrete will immediately give your décor an industrial edge that feels contemporary, cool and edgy. We love Lyon Beton, a French studio that specialises in the design and production of concrete furniture, accessories and arts. The brand has a light-hearted approach and combines creativity, aesthetics and functionality to produce unique products exuding an industrial style that can be used both indoors and out. The company collaborates with an array of artists and designers, including Bertrand Jayr, Henri Lavallard Boget, Julie Legros and Ateliers HLB, among others.

We suggest, incorporating the Hauteville armchair as part of your garden seating area and combine it with a small wooden table to soften the look. Enjoy your favourite book with a glass of wine during a chilly summer night. 

Lyon Beton

Another piece that has caught our eye, is the ingenious Soft Edge stool that includes a hand rope and hidden wheels to move this cool stool around your home to adapt to your needs.

Lyon Beton

 If concrete feels like a trip down a construction site, we recommend the solid structure made from cast aluminium, finished in powder coating of the Gardenias armchair by BD Barcelona. Not only, is it a magnificent statement furniture piece, but it also provides the perfect cocooning shape to relax and unwind. Mix it up with chairs in dusty or bright hues because thankfully, grey is one of those colours that works well with all other colours.

Gardenias Chair

 If you’re unsure of using shades of grey all over your room then go for a slightly less daunting approach to decorating with dark hues in smaller, focal areas of your living space. For example, a chaise lounge is a perfect element to balance your living room, create a point of interest or the ultimate curl-up space. One of our hottest, new pieces is the Gubi Modern Line chaise lounge, available in three upholstery options with legs finished in either black or brass. The brass option looks opulent as it bounces light off really beautifully. Pair it with Gubi’s brass or black TS coffee table and accessorise with soft furnishing from Nitin Goyal for something a little more classic or Mineheart for the more adventurous interiors enthusiast.

Gubi Cushions

1 Striped Wave cushion in blue by Nitin Goyal

2 Dame Giralda cushion by Mineheart

3 Swirl cushion in charcoal by Nitin Goyal

4 Blink cushion by Mineheart

5 Striped Wave cushion in eggplant by Nitin Goyal

6 Lords and Masters cushion by Mineheart

 There is a common misconception that dark colours – such as black velvet, gunmetal greys, forest greens or deep purples – on walls or furniture can make a room feel small and lightless. However, there really is no reason to be afraid of the dark. In our expert eye, these add a sophisticated and luxurious feel to your home. Done well, they can make your living space feel inviting, cosy and enveloping, much more than lighter colours might.

 Are you still unsure how to achieve this look? Get in touch today info@thelongeststay.com with your questions for a chance to be featured in our Style Guide ‘Design Dilemma