When the lighter, longer days of Spring roll around, it’s the ideal time for decorating (or redecorating) your home with fresh furnishings. Whether it’s giving your bathroom decor an overhaul or updating your ideas about the best way to decorate a living room, the brand new season is the ideal time for home improvements; spring hails the arrival of the latest interiors trends, home accessories and design collections – both high-end designer and high street.
As with every new season, there are hot decorating trends and new textiles, soft furnishings and patterns that fit in a colour palette or theme. Right now, the freshest colours are inspired by nature and the ever-changing landscape, and sit very well in rural settings (although they work just as well in urban homes). From paint and home accessories to of-the-moment furniture and textural finishes, there are a multitude of ways to bring fern green, blush blossom pink, sky blue denim and honey yellow hues into your home.
Let’s be honest, florals are big – when are they not in Spring, right Miranda Priestley? But there’s always a fresh take on the form that they take. Right now, it’s about hand-blocked prints on fabrics and wallpapers, and accessories featuring painterly petals in something close to hyper-colour. Fronds and ferns bring lush, succulent woodland (rather than overtly tropical) greenery and depth into the home, while rougher textiles are having a bit of a moment. See? It’s not all lambs in fields and bunnies in hedgerows, nor is it only a time for deep-cleaning your house… although that can go hand-in-hand with bank holiday DIY projects and decorating in general!
A perennial favourite, green is the colour that heralds the arrival of spring. This season, the new hues are definitely more lush. Taking the tonal lead, rather than its usual place as a complementary colour, fern greens bring an energetic and refreshing look to decorating.
The trick to keeping this look grounded and modern is in the design pairings you choose to work it with. Raw, rustic timbers and luxurious velvets add texture, while furniture in a black finish – rather than the usual classic, crisp white – gives these greens a contemporary vibe.
In terms of print, go for indigenous shapes to keep the look country, rather than tropical. Blend scales for an organic-looking finish.
In nature, blossom brings beauty back to the wild after winter. Inside this is no different, but what does differ is the tone of the bloom-inspired pinks this season; they’re less powder-pink more crisp power pinks, with violet undertones that combine to make a room feel fresher.
On-trend Japanese-style drawings – on a large, energetic scale – delicate illustrations and inky washes create a contemporary take on country decorating. Mix with cool marble, painted furniture and timber touches for a smoooooth finish.
In Spring, we have our eyes firmly on the skies, hoping for a crisp clear day. Evoke that fresh feeling inside with blue tones that cover everything from pale cool mornings to end-of-the-day dusky hues.
Use the versatility of this colour spectrum to create cosy nooks or airy open spaces suitable for all-year-round lounging. Blend block colours of different textures – such as flat painted surfaces, denim-like upholstery and herringbone weaves – with mini hand-block designs and graphic repeat-patterns for a sophisticated style fusion.
A new hue of yellow is bringing subtle glamour to the home this season. Mellow, modern and moreish, the pollen glow of this golden colour is set to be a firm favourite in home decor for its ability to add warmth and a little drama to your rooms. Max out on luxury with velvet upholstered pieces, like this statement buttoned bed.
Offset the honey hues with blackened metal or grey tones, for a sophisticated, grown-up feel. This room uses a full-bloom yellow-and-grey wallpaper, with gunmetal design elements like the bedside table and lamp to ground the look.
Proving that yellow and green don’t hold the monopoly on spring colour, this room features a Moorish tile-effect wallpaper in a beautiful cobalt blue. Offsetting the Midnight-blue velvet sofa – yes, velvet has definitely made a design comeback – gives the richly patterned living room a fresh and breezy feel.
No-one said you had to stick to a monochrome palette when it comes to the new spring colours. Blush pink and honey yellows make a warm and inviting colour combination when blended in this bedroom.
Against a crisp white backdrop, a deep blush-coloured headboard acts as the base for layers of fresh bed linen with blossom prints and soft furnishings with featuring subtle, textural patterns. As with an all-out honey scheme, a deep grey chest of drawers adds depth and creates a modern romantic look that stops short of saccharine.
A far bolder take on the fern-like prints and painterly florals, this season also sees the resurgence on wals featuring statement blooms. This hallway, which is almost like a Magic Eye image (in a great way!) is a perfect example of how to work it.
Keep walls, woodwork and furniture monochrome to balance a paper like this and maintain a fresh feel: the rich emerald green is jewel-like in tone, but kept in check by the zesty green and blush pinks. Combined, they form a statement floral that’s right on trend and which gives this hallway serious character.
If your decorating aesthetic is more on the minimal end of the spectrum, you can still give your home an on-trend update this Spring.
Take the petal-hued blush pink and apply it to the walls/ doorway adjacent to the bathroom – or a panel, if you prefer – in a block colour. You can switch out your painterly blossoms for a pop-art inspired mirror frame, with a simplistic flower-like shape. Against subtle green and white tiling, the pink tones look sophisticated and fresh.
Spring trends can be used to add a new dimension to moodier decorating schemes – there’s no requirement for a complete overhaul.
This teal-based living room’s wallpaper also features of-the-moment fern-green hues. Picking these out via accent furniture such as the fresh green armchairs, or soft furnishings like throws and cushions, lifts the mood instantly with a sense of spring freshness.