Cushions have gone from plain and functional, to loud and proud, mixing eclectic prints to textured and sculptural. There are so many cushions on the market at the moment, you will be spoilt for choice, but they are the must- have of the season. As the colder weather draws in, a cushion to hug or to brighten a dull sofa or bedspread is a great and cost effective way to make the most of the styles on offer.
You’ll find lots of bright yellow at the moment, veering towards sulphur inspired colour, they are good for adding a splash of colour to a room, although this style of cushion could be too bright for some. However, picking a cushion with a hint of yellow, maybe mixed with other geometric patterns will brighten any sofa.
Vintage sepia inspired prints cushions are all the rage from the London Eye to Angel Wings, they are more art work than for relaxing with. But they do add a talking point; they would look especially good on dark furniture, to bring out the sepia hues.
Texture is big news this season with homespun look knitted cushions with rose corsages or covering a plain cushion with its very own jumper. But texture is not just about the home-made look, it is also about suede and 3D effects, soft velvet pleats and felt petals. These cushions are designed to be touched and stroked and are great for the bedroom. But you could be selfish and store your own cushion away and bring it out when you want to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of cocoa.
The Queens Jubilee is just around the corner and you can’t fail to notice all the gorgeous patriotic designs to fill our homes and gardens. If you are organising a family get together, Union Jack bunting is a must and of course crockery featuring the Queen is perfect to celebrate the Jubilee year.
As we are being gifted with an extra Bank holiday, it is the perfect time to get those decorating ideas in action. The current trend does revolve around the celebrations but there are other areas springing forth including furniture that is both versatile indoors and which can be migrated outdoors when the weather is good to us. There is some delightful and organically designed seating, which looks good in the home and also is weather resistant for outside. Perfect for relaxing with a nice cuppa and of course a comfy cushion depicting our heritage.
There is so much to look forward to this year and we can’t forget about the Olympics, their impact is also part of the inspiration towards all things British hitting our stores. If there is just once piece you purchase this summer it has to be a mug to celebrate a wonderful year to come.
The design trends for the coming seasons are bright, bold and tropical. Forget about miserable weather and turn your eyes to the tropics, with lotus blooms and large trailing leaves. Pink flamingos and gorgeous butterflies are featuring heavily on fabrics and wallpaper. The look can be worked in the majority of rooms in the household, with the butterfly theme working well in the bedroom.
You’ll find the trend on virtually everything from bedding to crockery. As the look is bold, you only need a little of it, a feature wall, a few cushions or even some tasteful butterfly stencils to add a touch of design style to dated furniture. Of course, the bolder the room, the more you have to think about the furniture within, consider white bedroom furniture set against a dark cerise and jungle green or the pink of the flamingo against dark wood wardrobes. This trend is seriously fun, in fact even a little bit of this style in your home will bring a smile to your face.
Chairs, armchairs and sofas are featuring dramatic designs and they are bold, truly a style statement for your lounge or a relaxing corner in your bedroom. The variety hitting the stores is mind-boggling, although the key is to forget about trying to match it with your current suite, this is all about contrast.
Graphic prints are featured heavily, alongside the swinging sixties big impact tropical flowers, in fact flowers are the key trend this season, with large blooms and striking leaves placed on a subtle background colour. If your tastes are more traditional you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the array of striped chairs, from wide stripes epitomising the seaside feel to the thinner stripes perfect for the French traditionalist décor.
You may also notice the other trend this season, butterflies, nature is shouting out and the elegant winged creatures are being seen everywhere, from bedding to armchairs with beautiful fabrics and even wallpaper.
If there is just one thing this season to bring into your home, take a seat and add some sumptuous luxury to your bedroom or lounge.
Summer will soon be upon us and the trend emerging is a nautical theme, but with a quirky sense of humour. It’s not just about scenes featuring coastal views or boats bobbing about on the ocean, nor is it coastal colours. It’s about the accessories and furniture, to give a room that extra bit of oomph and to add a touch of joviality.
Little wooden lighthouses, beach hut lights, port and starboard lanterns, anchors away all feature among the designs in the shops, all with a little quirky twist. Furniture gets the hand-painted look, old bedroom furniture can be given an overhaul with a lick of paint and then sanded down for a rustic look. If you want to buy new wardrobes, think along the lines of driftwood and choose a finish reflecting this, space2 has a coastal range to inspire you.
Chairs feature nautical stripes and many throws and cushions depict anchors and sail boats in blues, reds and whites. If there is one thing you buy for your home this summer, make it cheeky and fun and imagine you’re by the sea.
If your walls are of a neutral tone, then it is time to add a splash of colour to your home. The trend for this year is bright, bright, bright, too much to handle, not to worry, this year there are soft pastels with modern overtones, still bringing in the colour but with a more muted effect. You can even blend the bright and muted with patterns. Pattern is really big this year, from tribal prints to eclectic mismatch fabric patterns, seen adorning upholstered armchairs’ and pouffe’s.
As mentioned in previous posts, the colour can come from contemporary art, even art of your own making, this colour trend screams individuality. Gone are the sterile rooms, it is now time to integrate everything you love, if you room looks a little cluttered, add a frame free mirror to give the illusion of space. If your pastels are making your home more little girls bedroom than boudoir, paint the walls white, to add a grown up element. If pattern is invading every corner of your home, open up the space with larger and plainer pieces of furniture, such as white wardrobes or a cream sofa.
Colouring your home is about putting your stamp on it, with less of us moving into new homes at the moment, we can afford to personalise the one we live in, the one we call home.
There is a certain 70’s vibe going around at the moment and this is reflected in interior design, with the appearance of tree and leaf motifs. It is the child-like appeal of these simple designs, with bold colours and textures setting a striking statement.
The design can be seen on cushions, wallpaper, even tea cosies. They range from simplistic leaf shapes to hand-drawn ferns. The trend is very easy to use in the home, especially with many accessories featuring this botanical influence.
You can even create your own inspired design with the use of stickers or cut out’s from magazines, ideal in a child’s bedroom, they can even help design tree and place the leaves where they want to, even adding birds and butterflies. Great ways in helping your child learn more about nature.
Updating a bedroom doesn’t have to cost a fortune, a few simple changes can bring life back into the room and make it feel fresher. If your budget doesn’t stretch to a full overhaul, then these nifty little ideas will help get you the look you want.
Wallpaper can instantly add a new dimension to a room, but you don’t have to spend a huge amount to do the whole room, create a feature wall in your bedroom, choose a dramatic looking paper and the transformation will make it seem as if you have decorated all the room.
If your bedroom is feeling a little dark, introduce reflected surfaces, such as mirrors, not necessarily on the ceiling, but a striking mirror will reflect light and add an extra dimension to the room.
The latest trend for the bedroom is florals in hot-house colours; you can simply achieve this look by buying a new set of bedding, or even adding a few cushions with large blooms on them. Display on your dressing table pretty florals accessories, like a clear glass vase holding a posy or a picture frame with a flowery image.
There are some wonderful vivid colours hitting the stores, most notably is the zingy zesty greens and sumptuous olive tones. You’ll be able to add just a splash of these colours to bring your home up to date this year or you could try the retro style wallpaper in olive for a bolder statement.
But it’s not just wallpaper and cushions featuring the vivid greens, sofas and armchairs are being spruced up to add extra vibrancy to a living room. If your budget doesn’t stretch to an overhaul of your home, you could look at buying some reasonably priced artwork, with the splashes of bright green or soft shades of olive to add to your walls.
If your budget is really tight, think about buying a few small pots of paint in various green shades and some large pebbles and give them the citrus makeover, you can then group these around your home for your own little citrus zest appeal.
Last year we touched upon the monochrome trend for wallpapers and this year there seems to be even more choice to choose from. Black and white avoids colour mismatch and accessories can easily add striking contrast to a sophisticated backdrop.
Ideal places for the monochrome effect are the hallway and bathrooms; however there is a change with the two-tone effect moving into the bedroom for sublime elegance and impact can be achieved in the living room.
How you use the monochrome wallpaper available is depending on the light within your home and also the scene you wish to create. If you have a dark room, black wallpaper may appear over powering, however, a white background with a black accent will lighten the room. The brighter the room, the wider the choice as you will be able to use the black background with white accent.
Accessories also play an important aspect with the two tone design, with focus being on textures or the pattern within the wallpaper itself. You could also add a splash of colour against the monochrome backdrop, with fuchsias, teal and the new rave of lime green.