Max out your interiors



Colour, pattern and luxe materials are setting the tone for the season ahead says Editor Lynn Stewart

I finally feel we can wave goodbye to winter and say hello to spring and summer. The time is right to shake things up, particularly as the latest interiors trends show that colour, pattern and texture will all be making headlines in the coming months. Minimalists brace yourselves - the season ahead promises the most stylish maximalism around: big colours, bold patterns and interiors that are full of life. But just how do you introduce colour to your home?

Take inspiration from Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2018, which is Ultra Violet. Pantone describes the shade as ‘a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade’. This may not seem like a shade for the fainthearted, but start small with a focal wall or a statement piece of furniture in a rich tone. If you don’t want to buy new, re-covering a sofa, chairs, chaise or footstool in a bold, tactile material – velvet is going to be big this year – will give your home an instant update. Alternatively, use bold colours and patterns, and introduce texture, through rugs, accessories and soft furnishings. If you don’t know where to start with colour, the 60-30-10 rule is often used by designers to achieve a balanced look working with three toning and complementary shades. For example, lavender (a light purple with bluish tones) as your main colour, white as a secondary shade and dark blue for accent tones. As a general rule, use the main colour on 60% of the room (generally walls, large pieces of furniture); 30% of your secondary colour will come from furniture, textiles and soft furnishings; while the remaining 10% is used as an accent colour on finishes or accessories to add depth and interest.

Create a mood board by putting images, test colours and material swatches you like together, and you should see a pattern and colour theme emerging. Use this as a guideline for your new look and have fun experimenting! TC
Published: April 2018