Guest post by interior bloggers Ros and Jill from My Friend’s House
Now the tree has been taken down, the room looks sort of sad, doesn’t it? In rooms up and down the land exactly the same conversation was taking place when the decorations got packed away after 12th Night. What had looked homely, cosy and colourful when swathed in pine needles and tinsel is now showing the wear and tear of the previous year. Yes, it’s the time of year when you hanker after a new look for your home, so with that in mind we’ve rounded up our 3 top trends for spring/summer 2015. From pared back monochrome to girlie glamour, we’ve picked out the latest looks for living rooms.
1. GLOBAL MINIMALISM
This look really sweeps all the Christmas clutter out of your house. Influenced by the pared-back craftsmanship of traditional Japanese design and the simple graphic decoration style of Indonesia, this look is all about striking shapes and natural materials. It’s certainly not eclectic – the look needs to look sparse. Don’t think ornate Orientalism and rich colour. Rather you should hold the whole room together with a black and white colour scheme, softened by natural, untreated wood and woven basketware. If you want to add a bit of bling to give the scheme a lift then add some accessories that mix black with bronze, copper or gold accents, and maybe a shiny splash of gloss black lacquer too. Other than that keep the room a neutral stone colour for the walls and add a lounge carpet in a natural material like sisal to add texture and warm up the floor.
2. COPPER BLUSH
After paint giant Dulux announced their colour of 2015 as Copper, this metallic element has been appearing in high-street interiors offerings, teamed with everything from jet black to baby pink. For spring and summer we think this type of scheme, where a soft, warm pink, a sort of ‘blush’ hue, is teamed with copper works perfectly. It’s undoubtedly a girlie look, drawing on lots of elements from Art Deco shapes to traditional button-back chairs. Texture is everything – chairs or curtains in a pinky velvet will look superb contrasted against the glossy sheen of a copper-framed mirror or lamp. With a cosy, soft carpet in a warm champagne colour underfoot and a few shabby chic floral prints on cushions this actually proves to be an easy look to achieve that you can add to with darker accessories as the year turns.
Remember when your flatmate from Uni went travelling and came back with a Moroccan lantern and a tie-dye throw for the sofa? Well Fusion most definitely isn’t that look. Although some of its elements do draw on traditional Moroccan and Middle Eastern patterns, the colour palette remains very muted to keep the feel sophisticated and grown-up. Use either a denim blue or a mid-grey as a base colour for sofas and walls, then add a punch of mustard. Prints referencing mosaic or fretwork patterns from China, India or Marrakech bring an exotic feel, but pick chair and sofa shapes that have a very European, Scandi-chic style to them to mix things up. This trend is crying out for a wood-effect laminate floor – for an easy update pick a laminate mimicking pale, bleached oak boards that look like they’ve been there forever. No scheme based on these cultures would be complete without a large traditional-style rug layered on top, so pick something with a cream base that will work with everything else in the room, rather than fighting with the prints elsewhere.