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.

Citrus Zest Appeal

There are some wonderful vivid colours hitting the stores, most notably is the zingy zesty greens and sumptuous olive tones.  You’ll be able to add just a splash of these colours to bring your home up to date this year or you could try the retro style wallpaper in olive for a bolder statement.

But it’s not just wallpaper and cushions featuring the vivid greens, sofas and armchairs are being spruced up to add extra vibrancy to a living room.  If your budget doesn’t stretch to an overhaul of your home, you could look at buying some reasonably priced artwork, with the splashes of bright green or soft shades of olive to add to your walls.

If your budget is really tight, think about buying a few small pots of paint in various green shades and some large pebbles and give them the citrus makeover, you can then group these around your home for your own little citrus zest appeal.

Monochrome Still Alive

Last year we touched upon the monochrome trend for wallpapers  and this year there seems to be even more choice to choose from.  Black and white avoids colour mismatch and accessories can easily add striking contrast to a sophisticated backdrop.

Ideal places for the monochrome effect are the hallway and bathrooms; however there is a change with the two-tone effect moving into the bedroom for sublime elegance and impact can be achieved in the living room.

How you use the monochrome wallpaper available is depending on the light within your home and also the scene you wish to create.  If you have a dark room, black wallpaper may appear over powering, however, a white background with a black accent will lighten the room.  The brighter the room, the wider the choice as you will be able to use the black background with white accent.

Accessories also play an important aspect with the two tone design, with focus being on textures or the pattern within the wallpaper itself.  You could also add a splash of colour against the monochrome backdrop, with fuchsias, teal and the new rave of lime green.