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Regular readers will know I’m not a fan of this time of the year. Luckily, the new Palazzo Collection from John Lewis & Partners is just what the doctor ordered. The shorter, darker days may be here and the cold weather just around the corner. But, with perfect timing, here also is this luxurious collection of rich jewel colours, gleaming metallics and opulent patterns to bring grown-up, glamorous cheer to our homes. I can’t believe I’m actually saying this, but bring on winter!
Inspired by “the opulent soft furnishings of grand Venetian palaces and timeless Art Deco silhouettes”, the Palazzo Collection combines sophisticated modern style with chic comfort and warmth. I’ve written previously about “modern luxury” – luxe materials and jewel colours paired with sleek, contemporary shapes. Well, this collection has all of the above (and won’t break the bank either).
Audrey Chair upholstered in Japanese landscape-inspired Haku print
Designs and patterns have been taken from the archives of the John Lewis Heritage Centre (some of which date back to 1799) and reimagined for contemporary tastes. So whilst there’s a definite style influence from the past, the overall feel is very much of today.
The Palazzo Collection is unashamedly lavish. You’ll find vibrant shades of emerald, ruby, sapphire and aquamarine. Plush velvet, soft silk and sumptuous faux-fur. Geometric, floral and chinoiserie patterns reworked in contemporary colourways. Rich wood tones, chic marble, colourful semi-precious stones and glowing metallics. And not forgetting gleaming, mirrored surfaces to reflect all of these warming hues and luxurious details around your home.
Maybe you think all this sounds like colour and pattern overload? Not at all. The beauty of the Palazzo Collection is that you can pick just one or two pieces, or really go to town, and still create a comfortable, liveable. modern space. Colour, pattern and maximalism in interiors is making a comeback (although for some of us it never really went away). But how to make it work?
The answer lies in what interior design genius Jonathan Adler calls “minimal maximalism”. Which is a way to combine bold colours, vibrant patterns and luxurious materials into a rich, uplifting – yet still unfussy – interiors look. And, in fact, John Lewis & Partners say that they designed the Palazzo Collection to be “the maximalist’s answer to cool, pared-back Scandi style”.
With all that in mind, I’m thinking that the Palazzo Collection is like the perfect “modern luxury” interiors design menu. It has everything you need to create the “minimally maximalist” look in your home. Choose just a couple of jewel-bright pieces to incorporate into an existing scheme. These could be small accents like vases, cushions or lamps. On the other hand, they could be stand-out, feature pieces such as the fabulous golden velvet Belgrave Sofa, above, or the fluted back, statement Meghan Armchair below.
Alternatively, serve yourself up a full-blown feast of modern maximalism and embrace the Palazzo Collection’s colour, pattern and opulence in all its glory. Either way you’ll create a gem of a colourful, beautiful – and very contemporary – interiors look this winter.
Here are my top picks from the collection:
The new Palazzo Collection from John Lewis & Partners
1. Java Cushion in Saffron and Hanover Velvet Cushion in Teal | 2. Glass and Brass Farrugia Dining Table | 3. Carved Glass Vases | 4. Montserrat Leaf Ceiling Light | 5. Connubia by Calligaris New York Velvet Dining Chair | 6. Marble Trinket Box | 7. Albero Wallpaper, Tiger’s Eye | 8. Yoko Sideboard in Dark Oak | 9. Riya Drinks Trolley
To round off, and thinking ahead to the fast-approaching festive season, the rich jewel tones and opulent materials of the Palazzo Collection are also the perfect backdrop for a warm, sophisticated Christmas decorating scheme. Crucially, though, to avoid the ‘traffic light’ effect pick just one colour as the foundation for your seasonal decorations, like the emerald scheme above, or the gold scheme below. And then go as maximalist as you like for full festive fabulousness. Hey, maybe winter isn’t so bad after all.
Browse the whole Palazzo Collection here. If you’re planning an interiors redesign but aren’t sure where to start the John Lewis & Partners Home Design Service is available for anyone who’d like help to find a look (maximalist or not) that suits their style and budget.
Also, don’t forget that their handy Click & Collect service (my favourite) is free for orders over £30 and you get free home delivery for orders over £50.
Images: John Lewis & Partners