Yes, it’s still dark and dingy, but we have so much colour and texture to look forward to this spring and summer.
Ice-cream pastels, glittery golds, indigo blues and super zingy colour pops, these are all trends for this year. Below, we show you our favourites and how to put them together in your home.
Macrame, fringing, tufting, tassels, and feathers – you name it, it’s here for this season and you’ll see it on cushions, wall hangings, throws, rugs and accessories. This trend will add a wonderful handmade quality to each room, beautiful tactile cushions on the sofa and a sumptuous throw with tassels on the bed, and a wall-hanging or two on plain walls to add interest.
Shop the look: Woven hanging, £10; woven pattern diamond stripe cushion, £16; grey tassel basketweave cushion, £12; woven zigzag grey cushion, £14; boho woven tassel throw, £25; wooden table, £30; large aloe house plant, £18; gold bowl, £16; pink hanging lantern, £6, all from the Global Traveller range at Sainsbury’s Home
2. ICE CREAM COLOURS
Gelato colors are going to be a huge trend in both interiors and fashion this year, but there’s no reason to wait until spring, start investing in key pieces now and get ahead of the crowd. ‘Choosing your favorite flavor of ice cream can be a bit like choosing your favorite paint color,’ explains Kasia Wiktorowicz, marketing communications manager, Valspar. ‘So why only choose one when you can have them all, in a perfect palette of ice cream colors. You can even mix up paint colors to suit your tastes and match accessories by using our in-store color matching technology.’ Introduce these pretty colors on a single wall or multiple if you feel brave, and accessorize with pastel-hued vases, dining chairs, and tableware.
Shop the look: Bayou Serenade (lilac), Coral Wisp (orange walls), Retro Peach (door) and Ladylike (chairs), Premium Blend v700 emulsion from the Walls & Ceilings range, all £28 for 2.5L, Valspar, from B&Q
Although we did see geometrics in 2017, it was mainly on cushions and rugs. This year it’s all about tiles, wallpaper and art. Seen here is a bold design being used to striking effect, no, it’s not tiled, it’s actually a specially designed decorative membrane that is so watertight it can also be used directly on the walls of a shower or as a kitchen splashback.
Shop the look: Wall&Deco Wet System 16 – Batik, £156 per sqm, West One Bathrooms
4. FOLIAGE AND MORE FOLIAGE
With increasing news of health benefits, the humble houseplant is fast becoming the must-have buy for our homes. And it seems the more the merrier, so pop down to your local garden center and invest in some stunning plants. Place them in each room, use hanging plants for shelves and mantelpieces and some lovely leafy beauties for bare corners and coffee/side tables. Team them with some lush green pieces like this charming armchair, stylish pendants, a textured rug and some stripy green cushions for added interest.
Shop the look: Betty armchair in olive pure cotton matt velvet, £590, Sofa.com. For the other items try John Lewis, Sainsbury’s or Marks & Spencer. For good value plants aside from local garden centers, try Ikea
5. INDIGO BLUES
As an antidote to the pastel tones, another color trend is inky blues. If painting a whole room in one of these shades seems overwhelming then simply accessorize instead with vases and flowers. Pick different shapes in a mixture of styles, so some coloured glass and others embossed stoneware, like these seen here. Vary the heights and widths to create an interesting display.
Shop the look: Textured pottery jug, £35; medium pressed diamond vase, £25; large ombre lantern, £19.50; blue cylinder glazed vase, £19.50; wire nest of tables, £79, Marks & Spencer
Meaning ‘to shade’, this season you’re going to see ombre in many different ways, from fabrics to cushions, rugs to bedding, and in a painterly watercolor style on lampshades, artwork, and furniture. If you don’t feel brave enough to try it yourself on walls, then source a wallpaper instead. Once you have chosen your colorway, co-ordinate your accessories to complement the wall colors using a mix of plains and prints.
Shop the look: Holly double bed frame in pumice soft textured weave, £975, Button & Sprung, bedlinen, from a selection at H&M, for a similar light try the concrete pendant light, £45, Idyll Home, Gryning Grey 618-05 wallpaper from the Carl collection, £242 for W2.25 x D2.7m, Sandberg Wallpaper
7. GLITTERY GOLD
Last year the metallic trend started to filter through into paints and metal finishes, this year gold is the key colour. Softer than silver, it brings its own elegance together with a sense of decadence. You’ll see gold detailing like door knobs and handles, gold lamp bases and picture frames. We love this sideboard, mirro, and pendant, the dramatic dark walls show them off to perfection and the bold electric blue chair adds a classy pop of colour. Sam Baldry, head of design at Swoon Editions, says: ‘Mango wood furnishings with brass and gold leaf accents are an increasingly popular choice for the style-savvy customer. For a more subtle take, gold accessories are a sophisticated yet understated addition.’
Shop the look: Mirror in brass, £179; Ziggy sideboard in brass, £649; Fitz cocktail chair in ink, £369; Pearl side table in green marble and metallic, £149; Lombard hand-woven rug in Chevron, £229, Swoon Editions
8. COLOUR POPS
‘Bold pops of colour is one of the strongest trends coming through for us this season. For A by Amara’s SS18 collection we’ve focused heavily on a variety of strong shades that we feel will transform any living space and help reflect a personal style,’ explains Sam Hood, founder and creative director of Amara. This trend is all about mixing bright colours together. It’s strong, but easily manageable if you have one or two main colours to start with that ‘ground’ the rest of the look. For example, as shown here, it’s the blue bedding and the neutral walls. The cushions, rug and curtains bring a zingy element to the scheme as well as the yellow light and the orange panel. Use textures to layer the look and don’t be afraid to team patterns and stripes together.
Shop the look: La Croisette double duvet cover, £80; Regale cushion, £45; Gallery throw, £90; cross bottom marble table, £180, all from the A by Amara collection, Missoni Home Coomba cushion, £92, all available at Amara
Punchy brights teamed with gold are the key to this happy trend. It will work both inside and out. To recreate this look layer different coloured linen tablecloths and use darker shades for the tableware. Choose tropical leaf print cushions to add a decorative touch. Jakki Pay, design director of fashion & home at House of Fraser, says: ‘I love tropical prints – there’s really no better way to create that summer party mood, and this season there are some brilliantly bold ones to choose from. Palm motifs are always popular and our in-house design team has scaled them up to create some really striking abstract prints. Pick out vibrant pinks and blues and you’ve created a tropical paradise in your back garden.’
Shop the look: Blue knitted throw, £49; pomegranate print cushion £15; terrarium candle holder, small, £30, large, £40; palm tree candle stick, £30; maui embroidered cushion, £25; cane lantern, small, £30, large, £40; margarita glasses, (set of 4), £18, all from the Linea range, gold leaf tray, £22; leaf print vase, £24, from the Linea Hot Tropics range, Sarie dinnerware from £7, Junipa, Odette 24-piece gold cutlery set, £185; pineapple candle holder, small £25, large, £30, both Biba. Everything is available from House of Fraser
10. SHIMMERY FLOORS
A new concept for carpets – shimmer! Perfect for spring and summer, this new range has an iridescent finish that catches the light and can be teamed with shimmery wallpapers and decorative paint effects. This pretty blush rose colour is perfect for this new season and looks great with grey and pale blue. ‘The trend for iridescence continues this spring and it’s proving to be an adaptable decorating style. The combination of blush, grey and lilac tones with metallic and shimmering finishes offers a modern feel with the perfect balance between sophistication and vibrancy,’ explains Jemma Dayman, buyer at Carpetright.