As the flowers start popping out of the ground, as they do every year, we are reminded that Spring is finally arriving. Longer days and warmer temperatures are just around the corner. Spring cleaning can sometimes prompt us to think about transforming, or at least updating, certain tired rooms. Here are the key design trends for this season:
Spring is the season of rebirth in the garden and the start of our falling in love with flowers again. Not just floral arrangements, although these will make a room really ‘pop’, but also blossoms within interior design. On the subject of flowers, simple bouquets of tulips and daffodils will work well a splash of color for minimal interiors or hyacinths in pots to tone with pastel color schemes. Floral motifs are an easy way to harness the ‘natural’ look that has been around for a couple of seasons now and is still going strong. You can pick up on flower imagery in artwork (Chinese Flower Plum Blossom) or wall stickers, which are all the rage at the moment. They’re more subtle than a full on wallpaper.
Pantone color of the year
You may be apprehensive about how to incorporate Pantone’s self-styled ‘color of the year’, which is Emerald. This particular hue is easier to work into existing color schemes than it sounds. You could swap the fabric on an armchair, or just its cushions? You could simply repaint an old piece of furniture; this works especially well if you have a white background to put it against. Simply re-upholstering a headboard will update a tired room and add a jewel-like quality. Be wary of using with natural hues and browns with emerald, as this combination is often used by larger hotel chains and the last thing you want is to replicate a mass-produced style in your own home.
All things retro are still very much a trend for Spring and Summer 2013 and even more so with the re-introduction of home furnishings being home-made. What can be more truly unique to your home by something made by your own fair hand? By making things yourself you actually have a hand in making an item that will fit your home and your style to perfection. Choosing the perfect fabric for a new scatter cushion, or constructing a wall hanging using reclaimed objects, gives far more satisfaction than just buying a product from a shop. You can take on a simple or a complicated project – whatever fits your creative abilities. Think about what skills you already have and consider adding another to them. A lot of people are taking classes to learn how to make wicker baskets or how to knit or embroider their own creations.
Hand-sketched, printed or painted words are everywhere right now. From wooden word blocks to wall decals, you can write all over your house to really hammer home the messages you want to convey about your spaces. In the bathroom, the word ‘Relax’ written on the ceiling above your bath tub will remind you just what you need to do after a long day at work. You could even use your new found sewing skills (see above!) to make a Home Sweet Home cushion or cross-stitch image to frame. Position it in the first room as you enter the house to remind people that your house is truly a home. If you don’t have the time or skill to make something, there are plenty of options in the shops at the moment.
Do you think you can use any of these design trends in your home? How?
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