IF you’re looking for home decorating ideas this year, simply rustle through your wardrobe. Chances are you’ve already picked up on some of the most fashionable looks and colours - whether that’s colour blocking, blues, sorbet shades or florals - and those trends are being echoed in our rooms.
These days, where those couture catwalks lead, our homes will surely follow, but there’s no need to slavishly reflect those new looks. Even dedicated decoristas are more likely to opt for a ‘make it work’ approach rather than full-on ‘makeover’ as we’ve all got budgets to consider.
So simply be inspired by the latest looks, then decorate and furnish to suit your personality, lifestyle and purse.
Home design experts from leading high street stores forecast the trends and share their tips on creating the latest looks for rooms.
Bold & bright
We’re tired of doom and gloom and are looking for a more positive outlook and rediscovering our sense of humour. That’s making us all more creative and there’s a real trend for bold brights or blocks of colour which add fun into our homes. Florals will still predominate, whether chintzy, modern or echoing an Eastern theme.
Get the look: Layering is a great way to freshen a room without breaking the bank. “Use throws and rugs, as well as fabrics, for blinds, curtains or upholstery echoing your theme.
If too much pattern makes you nervous, experiment by featuring it on cushions and bedding, and introduce more colour on table settings with charger plates, placemats and coloured glassware.”
featuring colour on a grey background.
Get shipshape with coastal chic or bring the outdoors in with florals. There’s a desire to make a statement in rooms with key pieces which don’t break the bank but have impact. It’s easy to pick up on trends with cushions and other accessories such as lighting. Take a tip from the stylists who use one ‘hero’ piece to create impact.
Florals never go out of fashion, but this year they’re being interpreted in a softer, less dominating way, and they also work well with pastel shades which are gaining ground.
Get the look: Make it smart and chic by contrasting whites with deep blues and having painted furniture, or opt for a more ‘beach hut’ look with natural wood, bleached cottons and soft blue accessories. An easy way to adopt this style is with blue and white bedding as the shades are ideal to create a calm atmosphere.
Functional furniture, vintage style and a strong neutral palette combine in the up-and-coming trend for ‘industrial’ style. The industrial chic look links in nicely with the recent trend for period pieces and early 20th century styling, so have fun choosing traditional items which will never date, and basing your look around them.
Industrial doesn’t have to mean shiny chrome and minimalism, the new way to do this chic style is an altogether subtler and more sensual experience. It’s all about rustic and timeless.
Get the look: The look is achieved by mixing natural materials, so combine distressed leather with rustic wooden pieces for a practical but sophisticated result.
Be inspired by soft pastels and stripes for a look that sums up summer. Homes are no longer simply properties, they are individual spaces whose style should express your personality and taste. There’s a trend for soft, sorbet shades and an effortless easy-to-live-with approach which conjures a cool, serene and sophisticated setting.
Get the look: Take inspiration from Miami summer nights. Decorate and accessorise with soft pinks, muted lilacs and
mint greens which pair well with contemporary furniture in soft greys and chalky whites. Keeping this look minimal with clean edges is key.