We might have been bombarded with four seasons in one day here lately (it’s seriously freezing out there), but this has simply made me more determined to bring a touch of summer sunshine into the home! The high street homeware departments are now full of uplifting and zingy ideas to help you haul your home out of the dark, woolly depths of winter and into the summer sunshine. However, do not fear! A complete design overhaul of your interior will not be required; just a few thoughtful touches such as a new rug, colourful cushions, some pretty cups or glassware will reinvigorate your love for your home.
So, what are the key trends for Summer 2015 and how can we mould them into our existing décor?
This trend, inspired by all things nature, is set to continue from the Spring and unsurprisingly the colour green features heavily. Bring a calming yet revitalising feel into your décor by layering different shades of green, from mossy to bright leafy hues, balanced out against a backdrop of black, white and pale wood. Create the visual impact of nature through the use of fern leaf prints and botanical motifs on anything from bedlinen to tableware. Faux foliage is no longer a faux pas! Glossy lemon trees and cacti can add a fresh, quirky factor to your living space. Check out M&S and Zara Home for nature-inspired summer homewares which I think give the home a lovely calming ambience.
The epitome of classic chic, monochrome is back this Spring/Summer. Home accessories take a nod to this trend with bold geometric pattern and strong silhouettes. To introduce monochrome into your own home, don’t be afraid to mix up and layer black & white patterns and textures to give a really contemporary look. Everything from Japanese bamboo prints to cool, understated Scandi design in blacks, whites and greys can be used throughout your home. Try out the trend with cushions, vases and striped throws in black & white but add a splash of red or orange to bring it to life. The bathroom is an easy place to update with accessories such as boldly patterned towels and ceramic wares sitting against a glossy white backdrop. Browse House of Fraser and M&S for some monochrome inspiration and for a Scandi take on the look, I really like Ikea‘s homewares.
3. NEW PASTELS
This trend has been around from the Spring and is the choice for those of you who prefer a more feminine look to your home décor. Think pastel coloured macaroons in shades of mint, blush, lemon and lavender, sitting alongside chalky, heavy greys. Watercolour prints and colour blocking are both on trend, but add copper accessories such as cutlery, a bold shaped light-shade or functional wire baskets to keep the look clean and contemporary. H&M Home in particular has a fabulous selection of pastel coloured accessories and bedlinen which give a room a really modern feminine feel.
The coast and all things nautical is a Summer trend which has become pretty much a classic, returning each year with a slightly different slant to it. 2015 brings a more rustic, weathered look to this trend, so when choosing textile items opt for faded linens, ticking stripes and geographical prints, keeping accessories such as wicker baskets and tableware simple and rugged. Key materials to look out for include rattan, cane, reclaimed wood and rope, as well as cobalt blue glassware and white ceramics. The timeless colour combination of blue and white merges well with the growing trend of clean Scandi design seen at Laura Ashley and has been livened up with shots of bright orange in a zesty Riviera theme at Zara Home. Also check out H&M for cheap accessories and kitchenware to update your home in this lovely fresh style.
How will you be dipping into this year’s Summer trends and how do you make the current home fashions work with your personal décor style? I would love to know!