During summer, it’s a delight to see the lighter nights but that blazing sun does highlight imperfections in the home. It’s no wonder everyone’s got the cleaning bug as all of a sudden the dust seems to float in mid-air while magnolia walls seem suddenly mucky and shabby chic seems simply shabby.
This year there are many new styles that have emerged thanks to celebrity fashion and good old fashioned tradition which is making one furniture supplier very busy indeed. Which one’s your favourite for 2014?
Think seventies with better colour. Forget oranges and browns and replace with bright greens, sky blues and poppy reds. Block colour is big news right now, with feature walls taking the brunt. Are you daring enough to try thinking outside the box?
The trick to this trend is to combine two bright colours with white, incorporating them into the furnishings too. We both adore sky blue and poppy red; it’s a gorgeous combination that looks amazing against an eggshell gloss.
Personally we think vintage is over rated as too many people are selling items on EBay using this label when what they really mean to say is “old and ugly”. Vintage should be at least 40 years old if only to make us feel a little younger!
If you do embrace the vintage style you have a lot of room for error as basically anything goes, from 50’s fashion with gingham and Cath Kidston pastels to 20’s art deco of jade greens and muted browns. The choice is yours.
Along with modular furniture, we also adore traditional styles. We do love block colour in the office, playroom and children’s bedrooms but the main areas can benefit from a blend of Victorian and Edwardian. Traditional doesn’t mean muted; on the contrary there are many period colours that are beautiful. Think of the 1829 range.
We’re fans of solid wood furniture mainly in cherry, walnut, oak and mahogany and combine these with ornate gilt mirrors, picture frames and our own taste in art. William Morris designs and curtains makes the overall effect impressive but ultra-cosy!
Shabby chic shows no signs of going out of fashion anytime soon as in these tough economic times shabby chic provides what we need. It presents an opportunity to reinvent our old faithful furniture along with a setting that’s relaxed and understated. Shabby chic is here to stay. For the best effects choose brilliant white walls and let the painted furniture stand out, scour your local charity shops for Lloyd loom chairs and pieces you can paint. Don’t worry about the end result, that’s the beauty of upcycling, anything looks better than before. You can tweak this style with modern or reproduction pieces from Room4Interiors, saving money while completing the look.
Think of the eighties skyscraper office and you’ve nailed the executive look. Walnut veneers with grey muted walls with just glass providing the natural light. It can be quite impressive, especially when mixed with chrome accessories in a kitchen, but grey does take some getting used to!
The great thing about 2014 is that no matter what you’re taste you’re bound to be in fashion as these trends cover everything.