I’m pleased to say that finally, it’s that time of year again, we’ve made it through another Winter and are well and truly in the swing of Spring! If you’re anything like me I expect you will have dusted off your garden furniture and be thoroughly enjoying the sights, sounds and smells a Spring time garden has to offer -whenever the weather permits, that is. Because we can never rely on the sun showing its face in this country, a great way of enjoying the beauty that the outdoors has to offer at this time of year is by incorporating elements of the season, into your home. Doing this is the perfect way to achieve a finish that’s en-vogue, without having to start from scratch and completely redecorate. This month, I’d like to focus on how you can bring the spirit of Spring into your home and bring the best elements of the outdoors, into your home.
The key to updating your home each season is firstly, to not go too overboard. One of the best things to do if you want to keep up to date with the latest trends each season is to incorporate them into your home through items which can be easily replaced such as soft furnishings and accessories. It always helps to start with a neutrally decorated blank canvas and then add in new photo frames, lamps and cushions in the sitting room or items such as colourful bowls, glasses and jugs in the kitchen, however, if you’re not working with neutrals, just ensure the items you choose work with the rest of the room. By doing this, your home is instantly given a revitalised look and you wont have had to spend too much on giving the space a lift either!
When it comes to this season’s trends, although they will always work well at lifting a space, its not just about zesty tones and punchy florals this Spring; coastal inspired colours and accessories, as well as natural materials are taking centre stage!
Creating a coastal theme in the home is bang on trend at the moment, with many interior specialists and high street stores offering accessories and coastal inspired fabrics in abundance.
When pondering coastal themed interiors, images of navy blues, whites and bold reds are the norm, and although they so often come to mind, it’s by all means possible to draw upon other colours and materials too in order to adopt this theme.
Interior design that embodies natural tone and texture will evoke a seascape aesthetic by blending wood finishes with pastel colours. Rustic woods, indicative of weathered driftwood and sandy dunes, contrasted with paler shades of yellow or duck-egg blue will create a timeless design that easily translates coastal charm throughout the home. Spring shades such as mint green or strawberry red are also ideal when creating a coastal inspired interior, as they inject a sense of fun into the scheme.
If pastel shades aren’t to your taste, but you still want to introduce this season’s trends into your home, why not consider bringing the outside inside with natural materials such as wood or stone? A great way of adding depth and character to any room in the home, whether it’s the kitchen, living room, bedroom, or even bathroom, is with natural resources.
Rooms which have been decorated neutrally can really benefit from the addition of wooden furniture or accessories as the textures will add depth and warmth to any traditional or contemporary space. A wooden dining table and chairs or beautiful accessories would work well, but you could also consider introducing a wooden basin into a bathroom design scheme. It may cost a little more, but it would certainly create a charming and unique focal point. The same can certainly be said for stone, as it has the ability to provide a practical and stylish finish to just about any room. Why not consider using stone tiles on the floor, or alternatively, you could you even use them to create an interesting splash back in the kitchen!
Whilst natural stone tiles or wooden flooring will undoubtedly look lovely on the shelf and when they are first laid, they can be hard work to maintain. It’s still possible to achieve a natural look by applying a porcelain tile with a natural effect. In many cases, digital technology is applied to achieve a replication that has a similar appearance and texture, but is easier to maintain, is highly durable and does not require sealing.
Whether you want to go all out, or add a delicate touch of this Spring’s trends to any room in your home, now is the time to do it. Let the wonderful elements of the outdoors inspire you!