Hot Trends For The Home For 2019
There are lots of lovely looks to choose from this spring – pick one and have fun with it.
One of the prettiest interior design trends for the new season is vintage florals and given that our gardens are bursting with flowers and new foliage right now, it seems appropriate that we should be bringing fresh blooms into our homes on furnishing fabrics too. The Helmsley Blush range from Dibor, for example, a beautiful flower print design on a crisp white background that sums up an English summer’s day perfectly, is lovely for use indoors or out, while The Maldives fabric collection from iLiv includes contemporary flora and fauna illustrations in varying scales, inspired by the beauty and intense colours found on tropical isles.
Going For Bold
Strong, bold colours are making a big comeback now – from deep blue, mauve and frosty grey, through merlot and cranberry, to opulent olive green. They’re colours that work equally well in traditional and contemporary spaces, on walls and woodwork and they can also look fabulous underfoot. Make a trend-led style statement this spring with single bold colours on blinds and shutters, or keep things more subtle with a row of bold tiles for kitchen splashbacks.
Pretty In Pink
At the opposite end of the scale to all the bold brights is the fashion for pretty pinks, in every room from the bedroom and living room to the bathroom. In fact, after decades of all-white sanitaryware, pink bathrooms are currently having a moment, from candyfloss shades to the softest powdery tones. Although it’s easy on the eye, pink can still be eye-catching and memorable – the wall of large, patterned Hex tiles from Otto shown here in a bathroom demonstrate that point beautifully.
Singing The Blues
If pink is for girls, blue doesn’t necessarily have to be for boys – use it in soft shades to create a lovely relaxing haven in a bedroom, as with the sophisticated Holden Decor Shimmering Geometric Wallpaper in Silver Teal from iwantwallpaper, or tie it in with a bold theme and really sing the blues by painting a deep midnight shade on one wall – just be sure to calm it down with a neutral floorcovering if you go down that route.
Boho is an umbrella term given to the use of an eclectic mix of textures, patterns and materials in a room scheme and it’s on everyone’s lips at the moment. The word, of course, comes from the central Eastern country Bohemia and the unconventional, often artistic, way of life associated with it. Bohemian style was popular in the 1960s and 70s for interiors (and indeed for fashion) but these days it’s not just a look beloved of ageing hippies – the 21st century version can make a home feel surprisingly sophisticated while still maintaining a relaxed vibe, and it doesn’t matter if your furniture is vintage, rustic, contemporary or shabby chic, or a mix of all of those. Anything goes!
One of the biggest trends for spring has been around for a while but shows no sign of abating as it’s continually being refreshed to great effect – monochrome. Go all out with solid black and whites in fabric, wallpaper and even floorcoverings – see Harvey Maria’s new Signature Collection, for example, where repeating linear patterns draw the eye and introduce colour and symmetry. They can be framed with single coloured tiles, or a contrasting decor, such as a timber-effect, to zone floor areas, or create a hallway runner. If solid blacks are a step too far in your house, though, play it safe with greys combined with whites and off-whites. One real standout in the crowded monochrome market at the moment is Zoffany’s lovely wallpaper in Watered Silk from their Rhombi range – not cheap, admittedly, at £109 per m, but well worth seeking out at a local stockist if your budget allows.
Images: Left: Holden Decor shimmering geometric wallpaper in silver teal, from £11.99 (iwantwallpaper.co.uk); Middle: Signature flooring in check plaid, from around £70 per sq m (amtico.com); Right: Graphic jungle green rug, from £339 (therugseller.co.uk).