Take a Seat

Chairs, armchairs and sofas are featuring dramatic designs and they are bold, truly a style statement for your lounge or a relaxing corner in your bedroom. The variety hitting the stores is mind-boggling, although the key is to forget about trying to match it with your current suite, this is all about contrast.

Graphic prints are featured heavily, alongside the swinging sixties big impact tropical flowers, in fact flowers are the key trend this season, with large blooms and striking leaves placed on a subtle background colour. If your tastes are more traditional you’ll be pleasantly surprised at the array of striped chairs, from wide stripes epitomising the seaside feel to the thinner stripes perfect for the French traditionalist décor.

You may also notice the other trend this season, butterflies, nature is shouting out and the elegant winged creatures are being seen everywhere, from bedding to armchairs with beautiful fabrics and even wallpaper.

If there is just one thing this season to bring into your home, take a seat and add some sumptuous luxury to your bedroom or lounge.

Coastal Chuckle

Summer will soon be upon us and the trend emerging is a nautical theme, but with a quirky sense of humour.  It’s not just about scenes featuring coastal views or boats bobbing about on the ocean, nor is it coastal colours.  It’s about the accessories and furniture, to give a room that extra bit of oomph and to add a touch of joviality.

Little wooden lighthouses, beach hut lights, port and starboard lanterns, anchors away all feature among the designs in the shops, all with a little quirky twist.  Furniture gets the hand-painted look, old bedroom furniture can be given an overhaul with a lick of paint and then sanded down for a rustic look.  If you want to buy new wardrobes, think along the lines of driftwood and choose a finish reflecting this, room4interiors has a coastal range to inspire you.

Chairs feature nautical stripes and many throws and cushions depict anchors and sail boats in blues, reds and whites.  If there is one thing you buy for your home this summer, make it cheeky and fun and imagine you’re by the sea.

Colour Your Way

If your walls are of a neutral tone, then it is time to add a splash of colour to your home.  The trend for this year is bright, bright, bright, too much to handle, not to worry, this year there are soft pastels with modern overtones, still bringing in the colour but with a more muted effect.  You can even blend the bright and muted with patterns.  Pattern is really big this year, from tribal prints to eclectic mismatch fabric patterns, seen adorning upholstered armchairs’ and pouffe’s.

As mentioned in previous posts, the colour can come from contemporary art, even art of your own making, this colour trend screams individuality.  Gone are the sterile rooms, it is now time to integrate everything you love, if you room looks a little cluttered, add a frame free mirror to give the illusion of space.  If your pastels are making your home more little girls bedroom than boudoir, paint the walls white, to add a grown up element.  If pattern is invading every corner of your home, open up the space with larger and plainer pieces of furniture, such as white wardrobes or a cream sofa.

Colouring your home is about putting your stamp on it, with less of us moving into new homes at the moment, we can afford to personalise the one we live in, the one we call home.

Tree and Leaf Trends

There is a certain 70’s vibe going around at the moment and this is reflected in interior design, with the appearance of tree and leaf motifs.  It is the child-like appeal of these simple designs, with bold colours and textures setting a striking statement.

The design can be seen on cushions, wallpaper, even tea cosies.  They range from simplistic leaf shapes to hand-drawn ferns.  The trend is very easy to use in the home, especially with many accessories featuring this botanical influence.

You can even create your own inspired design with the use of stickers or cut out’s from magazines, ideal in a child’s bedroom, they can even help design tree and place the leaves where they want to, even adding birds and butterflies.  Great ways in helping your child learn more about nature.

Budget Bedroom Updates

Updating a bedroom doesn’t have to cost a fortune, a few simple changes can bring life back into the room and make it feel fresher.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to a full overhaul, then these nifty little ideas will help get you the look you want.

Wallpaper can instantly add a new dimension to a room, but you don’t have to spend a huge amount to do the whole room, create a feature wall in your bedroom, choose a dramatic looking paper and the transformation will make it seem as if you have decorated all the room.

If your bedroom is feeling a little dark, introduce reflected surfaces, such as mirrors, not necessarily on the ceiling, but a striking mirror will reflect light and add an extra dimension to the room.

The latest trend for the bedroom is florals in hot-house colours; you can simply achieve this look by buying a new set of bedding, or even adding a few cushions with large blooms on them. Display on your dressing table pretty florals accessories, like a clear glass vase holding a posy or a picture frame with a flowery image.