Living room with velvet sofas
Living room with velvet sofas
LYNDSAY CONWAY,BEAUTY AND INTERIORS EDITOR

'BEAUTIFUL ITALIAN INTERIORS. MAGNIFICENT BUILDINGS, WITH THE MOST UP-TO-DATE FURNITURE THAT MIX THE OLD WITH THE NEW.'

Fionnuala Johnston, Partner & Senior Designer, is talking about the Palazzo Collection – John Lewis & Partners’ lavish new selection of products that are the maximalist’s answer to cool, pared-back Scandi style. Although that isn’t to say this collection won’t fit seamlessly into a minimalist home: each piece channels individual influences from the 20th century that complement current trends, updating traditional designs for modern tastes.

Wallpaper and paint samples
Velvet sofa with patterned cushions
Patterned wallpaper
Patterned wallpaper

The John Lewis & Partners Heritage Centre holds an extensive collection of original prints that date back as far as 1799, offering a rich source of traditional designs for our team to take inspiration from.

Hand-drawn peacock pattern

We reworked the prints, creating an unusual colour palette to bring them up to date.

Fionnuala JohnstonPartner & Senior Designer
Wallpaper and paint samples
Velvet sofa with patterned cushions
Green room with eclectic furniture
Green room with eclectic furniture

This range is an evolution of past collections, but also the result of inspiration from lots of original sources. The design ethos from the 1930s, the velvet textures from the 70s and, of course, the influence of the prints from our Heritage Centre. "It was great to have the time to design products that felt original and authentic," Fionnuala says. 

Pink velvet chair with patterned cushions in a grey room

Products don’t always materialise how you imagined. With this collection, everything just clicked.

Fionnuala JohnstonPartner & Senior Designer
Glass vases with leather dining chair
Glass vases with leather dining chair

The way we shop is changing. Throwaway trends are making way for carefully curated and individual looks, full of considered pieces you can fall in love with and treasure forever. The Palazzo Collection feels instinctively and beautifully tied to this new way of shopping and is a great place to start if you want your interior design to have longevity (our Home Design Service also offers at-home guidance or in-store styling advice so you recreate the look). 

Here are Fionnuala’s tips to help you style the collection at home:

"Be a little braver with your choices and it will really make a difference. Subtly bring in colours and textures to update whole rooms, or even just one corner. There is a uniqueness to the Palazzo Collection. It’s not about everything looking the same but curating bespoke pieces in an interesting and unexpected way. Pick out a few decorative items that can make a real impact in your rooms, rather than feeling like you have to completely overhaul your home – although that can be fun too!"

Gold drinks trolley in a green room
Bed with teal and gold bedding

Each product is beautiful. You can take one or two pieces and fit them into your home.

Fionnuala JohnstonPartner & Senior Designer
Pink table settings with patterned runner
Pink table settings with patterned runner

Your favourite piece?
The Belgrave sofa and the leaf wallpaper. I can’t choose between them – I want to have the sofa and the wallpaper together! 

The bestseller?
The pink Meghan chair. It’s got a lovely 1930s feel to it, like an original cocktail chair. I think pink is such a strong colour, it feels like a new neutral. 

Your favourite print?
The leaf wallpaper.

Leaf print wallpaper
Parrot print wallpaper

The trend you'd like to see next?
Really beautiful neutrals, but not in a minimal way. Like the Palazzo Collection: very rich, but in a neutral landscape.

Your favourite interiors trend?
Mixing pictorial prints with geometric. Contrast really works.

The most surprising print?
The Haku parrot print. He’s on a table runner... a chair... a mirrored box. He’s eccentric and crazy, but we love him.

Green bedroom with blue velvet curtains
Green bedroom with blue velvet curtains

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