Let’s face it; some of us wish we could change our home’s interior as often as we could change our clothes. Whether it’s the walls or the curtains, some people just can’t stand looking at one colour for too long. If this is you, then you’ll certainly want to know what this season’s must-have colours are – after all good interior design is just as important as on-trend fashion – right? Fortunately for you, colour-matching pioneers Pantone have come up with a selection of colours that they think are right for this coming season, and we’ve got the details here, along with some of this season’s other interior trends.
This year, it is definitely about pastels, but there are certainly no shrinking violets here. Colours are still strong, and work best in blocks. It’s probably likely that we’ll see these very same colours on the catwalks all through the summer.
Pantone’s colour of the year, Radiant Orchid, is the perfect example, and could well be the perfect shade for a feature wall. Everything feels very summery and open, so consider giving your wall space plenty of room – don’t clutter it with unnecessary pictures and mirrors. Get your patio doors and skylights open to really get things going.
Pantone’s selection in particular is designed to work well together, so don’t be afraid to experiment with two or three different colours from this seasons range. Consider one for the walls, and two for highlights within the room.
Patterns are also in at the moment, so you might need to start brushing up on your wallpapering skills. This actually varies quite a lot, from striking geometric designs, to floral and botanic prints. Striking graphic designs are very much the style in the fashion world, but inside you’ll get the best effect when you don’t go overboard. Just a single wall of wallpaper is often enough – anything more can start to make a room look smaller than it actually is, which is very much against the current airy, open style.
Working these trends into an existing room isn’t too difficult. Fabrics are definitely your friend here; you can change things like curtains and blinds easily to inject some new colour. Consider adding throws to your sofa, and table cloths or chair covers to your dining area. Aside from that, changing little things like lamps and candles can go a long way in introducing a new colour scheme. Have a look at Shackeltons for all kinds of furniture.
So what are you waiting for? Get down to your local DIY store and find yourself a tin of paint that expresses the season’s style – those walls won’t paint themselves!