A GUEST EDIT BY ROS ANDERSON, MY FRIENDS HOUSE
When it comes to clothing, denim is an undisputed staple. It is never out of fashion, and you can wear it at any age, in an almost endless variety of styles. This iconic fabric first came to popularity because it was hard-wearing, but it’s stayed in vogue because it’s so endlessly versatile.
For similar reasons it’s also a big trend for interiors this spring and summer. From small accents in accessories to a full-on element on walls and floors, there are many ways to introduce denim into your home as there are to style up your favourite pair of jeans.
LIVE IN DENIM
For living rooms there are a few key ways to style denim this season. Dark denims are a perfect fit for the deep and moody colour-scheme trend that emerged last year. Deep indigo shades of denim will look great against dark blue walls when used as an accent – denim cushions for example give a fantastic edge to a velvet sofa. A denim-shade of blue carpet is also a good way to get into the trend – it’s a very practical colour after all – or a rug on a wood floor will add some gritty texture to the space. Don’t forget that denim isn’t just a fabric – it’s a colour you can use too, and at the moment there is a wealth of dark blue paint options out there. Worried about the overall effect being too dark? Be brave with paint techniques and consider an ombre-effect feature wall, created by dry brushing a layer of dark paint onto dry white paint above to give a fun look of dip-dyed denim.
The other option is to keep the room as a whole lighter. This season sees a big trend for mixing simple shapes of wood furniture with organic textiles in a white space. The texture of denim is perfect for this, as it will add extra interest and a bit of a rough edge. A throw or cushion on a plain white sofa or even denim-blue rough linen curtains will create a summery blue-and-white look that’s very easy to live with, or team with still-popular Ikat prints in blues and mustard for a more exotic take. Don’t be afraid of the dreaded ‘double denim’ either. Using cushions in two or more different denim shades will give a more relaxed look.
DREAM IN DENIM
With its connotations of being a ‘working’ fabric, you may not immediately think denim would be ideal for bedrooms. But again it’s a way of introducing a lovely deep shot of blue, without the finished room looking too nautical.
If you want to go for a scheme that is all about texture, then denim cushions or a throw will look great on a traditional metal bed frame, or teamed with a simple dark wood bed base for a more minimalist, oriental feel. You can even buy rugs made from recycled and shredded jeans by Nudie Jeans for a real shot of authentic texture. However to keep the look more sophisticated go for a single denim accent. A padded headboard is ideal for this, and will look even more striking if the rest of the bedding is kept to crisp, pure white.
DENIM FOR KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS
As busy, functional rooms you may not want to go for a full denim-over on either of these spaces, but injecting some denim accent pieces will give a fresh look to both. In the bathroom dark denim-toned towels will add a summery feel to an all-white suite, whilst in the kitchen denim is the perfect addition to give your white dinnerware an extra kick. Look for crockery that mixes white with indigo in delicate dip-dye or brush stroke patterns, and add a simple denim table-runner to your wood table for a table-setting that is informal and perfect for spring.