15 May Place Newsletter – May 2012
As you may be aware, interiors trends follow those set by the fashion industry, very closely. Predictions are made up to two years in advance, providing an insight into the key colours, designs and material directions for the seasons ahead. Don’t think I’m suggesting that you restyle your homes at the same rate as your wardrobe; I’m a firm advocate of not being a slave to fashion, or interior trends, but instead, being appreciative of creativity and taking the bits you like, and leaving what you don’t. Having said that, it’s worth keeping an open mind with design. We can become so wrapped up in what we know and often miss out on that wonderfully exhilarating feeling you get when you do something for the first time and love it!
So, what’s new for Spring/Summer 2012?
Contrast is a consistent theme throughout. We see colour schemes of pretty pastels fused with neon brights. Pale wood and natural textiles – linen, wool weaves and hessian interspersed with synthetic accessories.
Patterns are big and bold, varying from retro 70’s to ikat-inspired prints, stripes and plaids, large scale paisleys, sketch scenes, florals and birdlife.
Blue is one of the predominant colours of the season and I just love its versatility. Commonly known for its calming, restful qualities, you can layer pale aquamarines with sandy beiges to create a soothing beach house look. If you’re looking for something more vibrant, use brighter tones of blue. Contrast it with white to give a taste of the Mediterranean, or layer jewel like shades to create a fresh and invigorating scheme.
Combine pastels with strong tones of turquoise and teal, and inject a little sunshine and geranium to create an uplifting mood.
This is just a little taster of some of the more colourful possibilities available to us this season. If you’re a neutrals lover, it may be challenging to accept that bold and bright is beautiful, but used in the right setting and with carefully considered proportions, pattern and colour will add life and depth to any interior, and is sure to cheer you up on a rainy day! Becky Barfield is an interior designer based in Chalfont St Giles. If you’d like any help to refresh your interiors, give her a call on 07545965532.