Interiors advice - use delicate colours for a spring time makeover
PUBLISHED: 00:00 11 March 2015
Think pretty watercolours, says Ross McDill
A spring time makeover doesn’t have to mean an entire house overhaul. It takes just a few small changes here and there to freshen and brighten your home. For example add a few flowers and house plants. Place a vase by your bed, in the bathroom or in the kitchen and watch the buds blossom and open. Delicately printed curtains can freshen up windows; a bold piece of upholstery can add a touch of colour to a living space and floral bedding will help give a bedroom a more summery feel. A floral rug is a great addition, especially in hallways and porches.
Don’t mistake today’s floral designs for those your grandmother might have chosen. There’s a new style of floral prints this year influenced by classic watercolours and with the help of advancing digital printing techniques, detail such as brushstrokes and impressionistic techniques are reproduced more readily. The soft, feminine colours and brush strokes of the award-winning Jessica Zoob collection from Romo Black are a great example. Zoob’s Desire collection works beautifully on linens, velvets and wall coverings and fits perfectly into both contemporary and more traditional schemes.
This year’s colour trends vary from earthy, warm and nurturing to fresh and bright or bold and dramatic, all of which are being applied to floral prints. From Pantone’s colour of the year, Masala, and Dulux’s Warm Copper Blush, to custard yellow, indulgent greens and tangerine orange, just be careful to balance colour prints with some neutral, plainer tones so as not to overpower the space. For example, floral print wallpaper is best used on single walls in smaller rooms, with the rest of the décor left minimal. Timeless elegant grey continues to be a popular and practical neutral colour to apply, from soft furnishings to walls and woodwork. n
Ross McDill is visual merchandiser at James Brindley, Harrogate