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Spring Colour from Paris

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 in Colour, Featured, House Ideas
Spring Colour from Paris

We are just back from Paris, and from Maison & Objet. Our heads are full of ideas from the fresh new colour trends we have seen. There are many emerging interior colour trends for 2015, and this is one of the stongest. Pastels have been around for a few seasons, and it appears they are here to […]


Bavent House

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 in Architecture, House Ideas
Bavent House

We just had to share these images spotted on Bible of British Taste, and not just because one of our most popular designs Chatham Turkey Red features in this very stylish home. Before we spotted our runner, we were struck by the way this architect designed Norfolk abode and it’s contents have been put together by […]


The Roger Oates Sale Count-down…

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 in Stairs, Stripes
The Roger Oates Sale Count-down…

Looking for a Roger Oates stair runner or rug at a greatly reduced price?  The Roger Oates Winter Sale starts on Thursday 8th January.  It’s full of discounted clearance runners, ready-made wool rugs and fabrics. Why do items go into the Roger Oates Clearance Sale? Below, we have de-mystified the meaning of slight seconds, over-runs, trial pieces and […]


Red Red Red…

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 in Colour, Featured, Stairs
Red Red Red…

Carmine, Crimson, Raspberry, Ruby, Scarlet. Call it what you will, it’s red, and undoubtedly for Roger Oates, it’s one of our most important colours. Of course neutral shades play a crucial part in our collection but when it comes to stairs, red is number one.  Many of our best known, longest-running, favourite designs are predominantly […]


Christmas Gift Ideas

Posted on Nov 28, 2014 in Featured, New Designs, Stripes
Christmas Gift Ideas

Yikes! It’s that time of year again, the impossible Christmas gift list. It definitely seems to be coming round more quickly each year.  If you need inspirational ideas and want to avoid the hordes of people on the high street then look no further than the new Roger Oates Lifestyle Store.  You can purchase the perfect Roger Oates […]


Deck the Halls

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 in Featured, House Ideas
Deck the Halls

Decorating ideas that are not just for Christmas Phew! Halloween and Bonfire Night are over and now is the calm before the storm - the perfect time to add a few finishing touches to your home that will last well beyond Christmas. First impressions mean everything and a textured rug can instantly add colour and interest transforming a […]


Stairway to Heaven

Posted on Oct 24, 2014 in Colour, Designers, Stripes
Stairway to Heaven

As featured in Selvedge Magazine, words by Ptolemy Mann A vibrant, saturated rose pink runner curves down the stairs and hits a mandarin floored landing. This is gorgeous intense colour celebrating an often forgotten part of our interiors; the stairs. For many of us the stairs are the first things that greet us when we come home, […]


Making the London Collection – Part 3

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 in Featured, New Designs
Making the London Collection – Part 3

Fitzroy - A Stair Runner With Wow Factor The design process varies from one person to the next,  for us it quite often varies from design to design.   There are no rules, there is no set path to follow.  When conceiving a design, we begin with an unadulterated idea.  Something very raw and often really off-the-wall. We […]


Making The London Collection – Part 2

Posted on Jul 24, 2014 in Colour, Featured, New Designs
Making The London Collection – Part 2

How Do Roger Oates Design a New Collection? We began with a question. What does a modern border look like? The design ‘Franklin’ is composed of two main elements.  The giant stripe design is the less complicated element, it took only about ten samples to arrive at the final version. Ten samples is pretty fast […]


Making The London Collection – Part 1

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 in New Designs
Making The London Collection – Part 1

The new collection is just into production, the results will be ready for photography shortly, so it seems the perfect opportunity to give you a little background. It’s called the London Collection, and contains 4 designs: Flaxman, Fulham, Franklin and Fitzroy, as in the London dialing codes used before telephone numbers were extended. We’ll begin […]


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