The dawn of a new season is more than a good chance to dust off last year’s wardrobe. For the interior enthusiasts amongst us, it’s that time where we leaf through the glossy mags and pore over blogs to pick out the key looks for best-dressed homes.
If you’re seeking inspiration for redecorating a room, we’ve perused the interior design world’s predictions on your behalf - read on to find out about one of the big looks for spring summer 2018.
This season, trends offer a range of choices - from natural, artisanal textures to tropical pineapple prints. But one thing’s for sure, colour’s going bold - intense, saturated pigments will be everywhere.
Grey retains its crown as the contemporary neutral of choice, but dark colours take centre stage in living areas throughout the home. Dramatic and impactful, dip into atmospheric palettes of deep purple, moody charcoal and inky blue. And while painting a whole room in one dark colour may seem overwhelming, picking out a feature wall in a fashion shade or creating a zone in colours can be a great option, helping you to achieve a cool, calm and collected contemporary look.
While rich emerald is also a favourite for walls and furnishings, the colour green dovetails with the season’s growing obsession for houseplants – complement rich room colours with lush greenery, from hanging foliage to statement pot plants, for a look that’s bang on trend.
For those brave enough to delve into the darker end of the spectrum, black is also back. Tipped to be one of the season’s statement colours, if an all-black space is too much, think about a striking monochrome scheme, pairing it with crisp white. Or lift black with ultra-glamorous metallic accents for a modern twist. Small rooms work surprisingly well in black – try it out in a bathroom or study, and embrace the drama.
Away from wall colours, the trend for deep pigments is taken a step further with soft furnishings and upholstery in plush velvets and exotic jewel-rich prints. Teamed with marble side tables and gold accessories, the look is unequivocally elegant.
And watch out for a resurgence of dark stained woods – a stark contrast to the bleached, pale wood Scandi takeover of last year. Deliciously retro, check out key pieces in walnut, mahogany and dark oak – and fall in love with parquet finishes for an art deco inspired interior.
So when it comes to a makeover for your kitchen, living space or dining room, think about colour differently this season. As an antidote to pale pastels and white – hues usually associated with the sunnier months – this is your chance to explore a dark modern palette to create a room that’s restful, elegant and luxurious.