Jubilee Joy

The Queens Jubilee is just around the corner and you can’t fail to notice all the gorgeous patriotic designs to fill our homes and gardens. If you are organising a family get together, Union Jack bunting is a must and of course crockery featuring the Queen is perfect to celebrate the Jubilee year.

As we are being gifted with an extra Bank holiday, it is the perfect time to get those decorating ideas in action. The current trend does revolve around the celebrations but there are other areas springing forth including furniture that is both versatile indoors and which can be migrated outdoors when the weather is good to us. There is some delightful and organically designed seating, which looks good in the home and also is weather resistant for outside. Perfect for relaxing with a nice cuppa and of course a comfy cushion depicting our heritage.

There is so much to look forward to this year and we can’t forget about the Olympics, their impact is also part of the inspiration towards all things British hitting our stores. If there is just once piece you purchase this summer it has to be a mug to celebrate a wonderful year to come.

Far From Boring

The design trends for the coming seasons are bright, bold and tropical. Forget about miserable weather and turn your eyes to the tropics, with lotus blooms and large trailing leaves. Pink flamingos and gorgeous butterflies are featuring heavily on fabrics and wallpaper. The look can be worked in the majority of rooms in the household, with the butterfly theme working well in the bedroom.

You’ll find the trend on virtually everything from bedding to crockery. As the look is bold, you only need a little of it, a feature wall, a few cushions or even some tasteful butterfly stencils to add a touch of design style to dated furniture. Of course, the bolder the room, the more you have to think about the furniture within, consider white bedroom furniture set against a dark cerise and jungle green or the pink of the flamingo against dark wood wardrobes. This trend is seriously fun, in fact even a little bit of this style in your home will bring a smile to your face.

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.