Exhibitions such as Decorex and 100% Design display the fabrics and floors set to be big in the season ahead, all on the agenda as Leoline made the trip to the capital.

First stop – Decorex.

We knew this would be a show worth visiting, with plenty of diversity and design on offer across a spectrum of materials. Every item is enough to intrigue (if not all to our taste), and you cannot help but notice what deep pockets can buy!

Last year, we came away from Decorex feeling the show was all about folding pool-come-dining tables and orate lighting, but this year we felt there were more flooring-oriented stands which was, naturally, pleasing. There were arguably more rug and flooring stands here than at the National Flooring Show in Harrogate, which is really saying something!

As we’d predicted, geometrics were the big news in rugs and fabrics this term, and we quickly found ourselves lost in a sea of hexagonal pattern. Easy on the eye, yes, but we’re all about hard floorcoverings for obvious reasons, so swiftly proceeded on the hunt for such delights.

We hot-footed it back to central London and the promise of Luxury Made.

It was our first visit to London’s newest design show, an exhibition proclaiming to showcase the best in “contemporary decorative interiors”. On paper, right up our street!

The reality was rather mixed, and we couldn’t help feeling drawn to the buildings it inhabited – Olympia’s Pillar Halls – rather than the stands themselves. Of course, with this show resting at the ‘luxury’ end of the spectrum, there were flashes of craftsmanship and incredible attention to detail, and plenty of free bubbly too, but the verdict was ‘work needed’ and we look forward to seeing how the show evolves itself next time out.

With our visit to Luxury Made a brief one, we had time to pop next door and digest 100% Design, familiar territory as a show we’ve visited many times before. This exhibition is much more established than Luxury Made, and this was immediately evident as we made the seamless transition between halls, seeking out our holy grail: the 100% Interiors zone.

This section was a haven for the latest in flooring technology and design, exactly what the Leoline team had bargained for. But what trends were making waves, I hear you ask? Little doubt that distressed and herringbone looks were present once more, continuing on from 2016, but there were some new and unexpected styles holding sway as well.

What really made us sit up was the prominence of the extra long, extra wide board, spanning beautiful oak and a host of other wood materials. It looks like this trend is set to be huge in 2017, and you can replicate it for yourself using Leoline’s far-reaching flooring stable; get the look, without the care and maintenance hassle!

Memphis and Fair Oaks - both from the Luxury Woods collection - hold a 20cm board width in their design, far above the portfolio average and therefore acting as a great addition to grand entrances and hallways. Woodmark’s San Remo is equally hard-hitting in width, but adds statement length to the equation with its ‘shades of grey’ oak look.

These underfoot treats are guaranteed to spice up your interior schemes this season, befitting of the London Design Festival and all the stylistic principles it holds. If you’re after something more specific, you can also use the Swatch Finder facility to narrow down Leoline’s offering by shade and effect.

We certainly had our work cut out visiting three #LDF16 shows in a day, but we eventually emerged unscathed, and armed with our fair share of design notes which we’ll put to good use in due course. Until next year!