Here’s our latest post from Your House guest blogger, Helen Powell of Design Hunter.
Spring is traditionally a time when many of us turn our attention to home makeovers, so I’ve picked out four recurring elements that have popped up repeatedly in this year’s Spring Sumer interiors collections and put together a couple of moodboards to illustrate how these trends can be combined together. Don’t be afraid to mix and match. There’s no reason why you can’t blend together elements of all of these trends in one room.
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Pastels don’t have to be sugar coated. In fact they can be decidedly ‘grown-up’. The shade of ‘blush’ or ‘shell pink’ in this molecules print – fresh and contemporary rather than overtly feminine – is a good example of this.
Currently a firm favourite with interiors editors, blush tones work well with pale woods or black and white interior schemes, instantly adding softness and warmth. They fit in easily alongside greys too, but can also be used in more surprising and unexpected ways next to brighter colours, as in this contemporary Melbourne home.
They are complemented perfectly by metallic accents, particularly copper, which leads us conveniently on to the next trend.
Moving on from the raw industrial look that’s been popular over the past few years, metals like copper and brass are now being used to add a more opulent, glamorous feel to lighting, mirrors and decorative accessories. Copper toned mirror surfaces are very on trend this year and we’re also seeing different types of metal – copper and brass for example – mixed together more often.
Surfaces can be either shiny and reflective or burnished and patinated depending on whether you want to opt for an antique feel or a more contemporary edge.
Adding a metallic bowl or candlestick to your coffee table is probably the easiest and most affordable way to incorporate this trend into your home. For additional impact opt for copper or brass toned lighting. This beautiful statement light from Gallotti and Radice would be a talking point in any room.
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Bold geometric patterns add instant impact and definition to a space and can be an effective way of pulling together an interior scheme.
Geometric motifs can be either classical or contemporary, with current influences ranging from tribal designs to molecular structures and sacred geometry. Beyond surface pattern, geometric elements can also be found in three dimensional finishes and faceted shapes and surfaces.
If you are planning a complete redesign you can incorporate punchy geometrics into your interior scheme through tiling or wallpaper, but for a quicker way to assimilate this trend into your home consider a statement rug, a bold vase or a striking cushion.
Another design trend that’s set to continue this year is marble. It has been increasingly visible in interiors collections over the past few seasons, but we’re now seeing this move beyond white to also include other shades – from rusty reds to deep greens.
With its green marble top and bronzed steel frame B&B Italia’s Lithos side table fuses together both marble and metallic elements and will make an on trend addition to your living room.
by Helen Powell of Design Hunter