365 Objects Of Design

Five of the Best: Monstera Designs

23rd May 2019

This is just for fun but it probably also makes a wider point about how trends spread. I was looking for something completely different when I stumbled across these tiles. And then I found this light. And in newspapers we always used to say that two was a coincidence (ie not a story) but three was a trend (definitely a story) so, of course, I had to look for the third. And, of course, I found it. And lots more besides.

monstera tile from artisans of devizes

monstera tile from artisans of devizes £2.46 a tile measuring 21cm x25cm

But what struck me more than that fact that there’s lots of monstera around, is the fact that I found it on tiles, and big brass lamps and wallpaper – things that are definitely more at the investment end of the spectrum.

Now, as you know I would only recommend spending money on trends if they are, for you, a more long term relationship rather than a few dates. After all, if they’re moving in you need to be sure you are going to get along for the foreseeable future.

monstera brass lamp from graham and green

monstera brass lamp from graham and green £995

That said I think it’s a fair bet that the jungle/greenery trend isn’t going anywhere soon so it’s another way to bring green into your home. And although my first reaction to the tiles was: “really?” I actually think they would be rather fun in a bathroom. Perhaps as a splashback – ie in a small quantity – with green walls if you weren’t sure about doing the whole floor.

jungle leaf cushion from elizabeth scarlett

embroiders jungle leaf cushion with gold thread £50from elizabeth scarlett

As for the lamp, well who am I to judge. I have a 6ft tall brass palm tree in my sitting room and it’s been there for several years and I still love it.

monstera wallpaper by mindthegap via rockett st george

monstera wallpaper by mindthegap via rockett st george

And, perhaps the most important point of all? Interiors should be fun. Diana Vreeland, the editor of US Vogue, famously said: “A little bad taste is like a splash of paprika. We all need a splash of bad taste – it’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s physical. I think we could use more of it. No taste is what I’m against.”

faux monstera plant via rose and grey

realistic faux monstera plant via rose and grey £165

I’m not saying these are bad taste but I agree with Diana. Sometimes you gotta make a statement. Acknowledge a trend. Have fun. And as a final point – I started this post wanting to write about the zebra trend but there wasn’t too much of it about… yet. As I have said before what starts on the catwalk ends up on the cushions and a quick search of Zebra on the H&M women’s page yielded 82 results, 21 on Zara and 141 at John Lewis… Get ready.


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  • Rachita Shanthpure 6th June 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Very well said “what starts on the catwalk ends up on the cushions”
    These days pineapple prints are also in trend.
    Cushions t shirts wallpapers and what not.
    Being a designer I myself used it all, its all about being with the trend.

  • Rachael Hare 5th June 2019 at 1:16 pm

    I want that lamp.
    I have no space for it.
    I can’t afford it.
    I would hate having to dust it.
    But I want that lamp.

  • Emma Lavelle 3rd June 2019 at 4:29 pm

    Thanks for including our faux plant Kate! We always love spotting it in your home.

    Rose & Grey

  • Anna 23rd May 2019 at 6:40 pm

    Ha! So how are you going to fit the monstera floor lamp into your office Kate??

    • Kate Watson-Smyth 24th May 2019 at 10:43 am

      ha! that’s the big question isn’t it!

  • Mary Brady-Maguire 23rd May 2019 at 5:06 pm

    LOL…love your writing style as well as your interiors!!

  • Elaine Fraser 23rd May 2019 at 7:48 am

    Zebras??? I’ve just put a bloody giraffe in my loo!

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