With the change of season just around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider updating your interiors. The colder weather calls for cosier finishing touches, from soft furnishings, accessories and furniture to wall colours, wallpapers and light fittings. Discover the latest trends in interior design and how to introduce them to your home now…
Tropical Prints & Botanicals
The tropical and botanical trend was big throughout spring and summer 2017, with an abundance of images of beautifully styled tropical interiors springing up over Pinterest and Instagram. It’s safe to say that this trend is pleasing to the eye, enabling you to add a Miami beach vibe to even the darkest of English cottages.
Now Miami beach doesn’t sound very winter friendly, but this trend has had an update for the season ahead. The print will continue to appear in wallpaper and designer fabrics, but with a slightly more muted approach. For A/W think lots of greenery, but in deeper tones. Rich green ferns, forest green velvet and botanical prints in deeper shades are set to take over interior styling this season.
You can either go all out with this trend or add subtle touches. If you want to avoid doing a complete revamp, try introducing botanical print curtains and cushions to your lounge or bedroom, as well as tall ferns, palms and monstera plants, as well as a few succulents and cacti too. If you’re feeling creative try making your own terrarium, you can buy kits that include everything you need on Etsy.
To really make an impact, consider adding a botanical inspired feature wall. Try painting your focal warm a deep green or introduce a printed wallpaper, such as the Feather Choc Teal Feature Wall Glitter Paper. If you’re going for a printed paper, the focus is best kept to one wall to avoid making things look too busy. If you’re introducing the trend to a bedroom or lounge, your feature wall should ideally sit behind your sofa or your bed. If it’s your kitchen that you’re updating, try making a focal point by painting or adding wallpaper to a wall that you can install a breakfast bar along, with drop lighting above. Don’t forget to introduce lots of plants to nail this look.
Colours: Grey, Green & Blush Pink
Colours for the season ahead are contemporary and can be styled up or down. Of course it all comes down to personal preference, but the brilliant thing about the colour schemes for A/W ‘17 is that they can be applied boldly or subtly, and still look fantastic either way.
Grey was the standout shade for 2016 and has been updated for autumn/winter 2017. When it comes to grey there is a wide spectrum of shades and tones to choose from, and it’s cool deep greys and warm light tones that are popular this time round. If you want to do grey in a big way, try painting a single wall in a deep charcoal and introduce a lighter warm shade in soft furnishings. Lift the look with copper light fittings, a statement lamp and lots of greenery in the form of ferns and succulents. Keep accessories simple – a few white pillar candles and potted plants are all you need.
For a simple grey update in the kitchen, try adding a contemporary grey tile wallpaper, such as the London Tile Grey Mist Plain Wallpaper.
Blush pink was everywhere for spring/summer 2017, for the season ahead focus on more natural tones, with plaster pink being the update for this trend. This look is understated and pretty, but can be made more masculine with industrial finishing touches. Avoid bubblegum tones at all costs, and instead go for grownup with muted and soft pinks.
Choose dusky pinks for walls and tie together with soft furnishings in the same tones. Greys and whites look perfect with plaster pink. Consider painting a room light or pale grey to keep things bright, adding a plaster pink statement wall. Keep things raw when it comes to furniture and light fittings, opting for copper or steel legs on tables and wire metal and drop light fittings, such as the Bolu Pendent Shade in Copper from John Lewis.
Tying in with the botanical trend, green is also a popular colour for the season. As above try introducing this trend with a deep green statement wall, balanced out with softer tones such as dusky pink or light coffee. For a statement wall try the Flora Nouveau Peacock Green Floral Wallpaper, and lift with coral accessories.
Your goal in your home should always be to make it feel curated, like each and every item was handpicked and carefully chosen. The geometric print is a style that makes this task simple. The clean lines and shapes make everything look so purposeful and deliberate, you can make a real impact with Geometrics.
This is a trend that is seriously friendly for the whole family – whether you live alone, with a partner or with your extended family, the geometric trend can appeal to a wide age group and genders – it’s all about the colours that you use and how you choose to use the prints.
Combine the geometric trend with the trend for grey, and opt for grey and white geometric prints. Keep lines sharp and the general feel of the room relatively simple, but add interest with textures, colours and details.
The living room is the ideal place to introduce a geometric look. Start with the focal points and work your way down. Consider adding a statement wall, using grey and white geometric papers, such as the Copenhagen Grey Geometric Wallpaper. If you want to add a touch of bold colour, stick to one bold colour palette and neutral back tones – the Vibration Duck Egg Geometric Wallpaper is perfect, with its teal print on grey and white.
Keep sofas simple, and ideally sit them in front of your statement wall. A deeper contrasting grey would work well against a light grey geometric print paper. Add cushions and a throw across the arm for a cosy feel in geometric prints – the prints don’t have to match, in fact to create a more eclectic look it is better that they don’t, just ensure that the colour scheme flows, choosing printed soft furnishings in the same tones as your paper.
Introduce furniture in the same theme, such as a hexagonal coffee table, and brighten up the room with a statement mirror – try this Honey Comb Mirror by Graham & Green, or this Wire Prisma Mirror from Trouva.
Keep accessories simple, this trend is all about being very purposeful – you don’t want anything to look out of place or like it’s just been thrown down. Keep accessories in lines, rather than dotting them about and pair things in groups of two or three.
In various industries there has been a real shift towards sustainability and supporting local talent. This has resulted in a trend for an eclectic ‘craft’ style look. Think about a woven blanket or tapestry you might pick up when traveling in India or Morocco, with all the colours, textures and prints that almost clash on the single piece, that’s the look you’re going for when it comes to Artisan Inspired interiors.
From tapestries, blankets and art to furniture and accessories, this season it’s all about choosing the eclectic, the handmade and the revived. This style is designed to be affordable, so trawl second hand shops, vintage fairs and reclamation yards to find pieces to create your artisan look.
Think ikat patterns and muted ethnic prints across soft furnishings and furniture. Pick a basic colour scheme and built on it. For example if it’s the white and blue ikat prints that you are drawn to pick a few key pieces, such as an ikat print arm chair like the Abberwick Chair from Swoon Editions. Continue on this theme by adding a rug in a similar print, and accessories in similar tones, but don’t be afraid to add other colours and textures such as a bright tapestry to hang on the wall, and ethnic print cushions.
To create a feature wall for this style try the Voyager Platinum Grey Feature Wallpaper. The folksy map print in a muted grey is the perfect backdrop for the Artisan look, allowing you to add interest with bright colours, prints and textures in soft furnishings and accessories.
Create an eclectic look by hanging a gallery wall with artwork in bright colours, or hang a beaded light fitting, it’s all about being bold to create an extravagant look that’s a little bit on the busy and slightly shabby side, with up-cycled furniture and mismatched prints.
With so many fantastic interior trends for the season ahead it can be tricky to choose which to embrace. Remember when it comes to styling your home consider your lifestyle, how you use each room and your own personal tastes, but most of all remember to have fun with interior design!
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