The Next Big Thing: Organic Layers

These serene designs are inspired by naturally formed, linear patterns

Give walls a subtle sunset effect with a watercolour wall panel. Gryning wall panel (H270cm x W45cm), £242 for five panels, Carl collection, Sandberg range, Wallpaperdirect


The natural elements are the story behind the latest trend for soothing pattern, with designers citing the disordered layers seen in clouds, seascapes and landscapes, as well as agate and precious stones as their inspiration. The result is flowing and organic linear patterns in watery ombre and marble effects.
Colour palettes vary from the cool, pastel tones of icy landscapes to the deep hues of dusky sunsets, with rose quartz, pale amethyst and earthy ochre all playing a part.

Earth mural, £72, Eco range, Wallpaperdirect

Reflective style

Mirroring light on the water, Tidal rug, £580 per sqm, David Rockwell range, The Rug Company

Fabrics and wallpapers

This fluid theme lends itself beautifully to ethereal fabrics and wallpapers.

Bluebellgray’s recent collection, Impressionist, takes its inspiration from Iceland’s landscape and uses the signature watercolour style to create lovely cloud-like layering.

Icy Tones

Iceland-inspired watercolour printImpressionist lampshade, £70, Bluebellgray

Casadeco’s Innocence collection includes the cloud-print wallpaper Nuage and the misty layered Crepescule wall panel.

Innocence Panoramiques Crepuscule, £200.20 (H2.8m x W2m), Casadeco range, Select Wallpaper

Fabric brand Boeme has played with painting techniques to create the Strata fabric collection and Tide cushion covers

Low tide

Abstract layers of sea and sky, Dusk Tide velvet cushion, £70, Boeme

The Akaishi collection, new from Zoffany, features designs that reflect Japan’s stunning scenery

Sansui wallpaper, £90 per m, Zoffany range, Jane Clayton

Marbled mix

Agate print multi, £30, Art of the Loom

Up in the clouds

Embrace the elements Cielo wallpaper panel in Jade, £213 for four panels, Designers Guild

Artisan accessories

We spotted ceramicist Olivia McGill at craft and home fair Top Drawer earlier this year – she experiments with coloured glazes and oxides to create fluid, overlapping layers…

Earthy hues

Glazed by hand for a unique finish Blue and brown mug, £30, Olivia McGill Pottery range, Etsy

…as does Reiko Kaneko in her Studio Glaze collection

Blurred lines

Reactive glazes create layers, Landscape jug in green, from 19, Reiko Kaneko

The glass pieces in Voyage Maison’s Elemental range are created using a mix of coloured glass and metals, resulting in swirling layers of matt and gloss finishes on lamps and vases.

Frosted finish

Precious gem tones, Sabriel vase in Moonstone, £39.99 each, Voyage Maison range, Turnball & Thomas

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