Emma Cross brings us the highlights from the 2017 Scottish Interiors Showcase.

The annual event held on what typically turns out to be a couple of freezing and bleak February days fills me with both dread and anticipation. Dread as I spend at least three hours throwing clothes around my bedroom trying to nail the correct outfit to look wildly successful, professional and comfortable (it’s a long drive). And anticipation, as you get to see major interior design suppliers showcasing their new ranges and promoting their take on this season’s key trends. But once inside Dunblane Hydro the atmosphere is anything but bleak. You’re greeted with a riot of colour and you’re instantly aware that the theme for 2017/18 is animal, texture and metallics – all rolled into one.

Osborne & Little’s Enchanted Garden is a collection of wallcoverings and fabrics inspired by the English love affair with gardens and woodlands both native and oriental. Top of my list was Rainforest – a fantastical imagining of a climbing branch of broad veined leaves and colourful blooms populated with exotic birds. Not for the faint hearted.

On the calmer side there was the gorgeous Ligna wallpaper from Arte, featuring large graceful birds in flight on an almost wood grain texture complete with a metallic sheen. Run your fingers over the wallcovering, and you’ll imagine yourself in a forest, without having to put your boots on!

Belgian textile designer, Wind had some amazing voiles that frankly I could have stood and stroked all day long. Gold tassel fringes on a sheer background, both glamorous and tactile.

Designers Guild’s latest collection is sunglasses inducing. Knocking you out with a crazy mix of flowers, birds and splashes of Grecian blue. Plus, they have these magnificent colours for outdoor use as well, so no need to confine the fun to indoors.

Interiors, this spring, are all about warmer days, bright cheerful colours and if you can take it, a nod to the highly decorated gold days of the 80s.

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