MAJOR PLAYERS in the home design market are gearing up for the summer season by targeting the designer catwalks of Milan for inspiration, as do their counterparts in the fashion clothing industry.
Designs from the catwalk are filtering through to homeware departments in supermarkets and stores near you, and all at affordable prices.
Here, we look at designs from some of the biggest high street stores about this year’s summer trends for the home, and they share their top tips to help you update your living space:
Inspired by the elements, air, fire, earth and water – and there’s still a big trend focused around wellbeing and calm that’s influenced by Japanese and Scandinavian styles.
For a modern feel, dress the entire room in tones of soft pink, grey and blue to create an atmosphere of gentle harmony, offset with hints of gold.
For a more exotic style, add accents of vibrant green mixed with a range of blues. Keep it low key by bringing in monochrome touches with cushions and rugs.
Dotting natural woven baskets in different shapes and sizes around rooms will make the scheme feel more relaxed, as well as offering some useful storage.
Botanical, featuring playful, nature-inspired prints and natural materials mixed with beautiful shades of the rainforest, continues to be a key focus.
Cacti and foliage appear on accessories, soft furnishings and abstract wallpapers. For a more toned-down style, mix with natural textures like rope and raffia.
Introduce the botanical trend into your home with a few artificial plants and leaves used throughout your living space and in the bedroom.
Accessories and soft furnishings such as cushions and vases bring the trend to your home without you having to spend much.
Add hints of copper and gold to create a luxurious, modern scheme.
This season is all about bringing opulent prints and patterns together with rich hues of emerald green and gold in velvets and cotton sateen.
Contrasting colours such as fuchsia pink against darker backgrounds comes straight from the catwalk, adding vibrancy and texture to any interior.
Bring together plain blocks of colour with accents of pattern. Pick out one colour from your main print and use it for accessories as a highlight to unify your scheme.
Make the most of garden space and create a focal point using colourful floor cushions, lanterns and melamine tableware.
Show your own individual style by combining new season accessories with vintage pieces and favourite artworks.
Trend: Bright colours and geometric patterns have made a welcome return, with interesting textures such as tassels and contrasting trims. Inspiration is global, from the natural textures of the Balearic Islands to Cuba, with its palette of terracottas, deep yellows and browns.
It’s easy to add vibrancy by building on this scheme with bold cushions, throws, colourful bedding and statement crockery.
Modern melamine tableware has the look and feel of ceramic. Light and unbreakable, it comes in every colour and style, making it ideal for alfresco entertaining.
Invest in bold cushions with contrasting patterns across a neutral background to add instant colour to a room.
Look for candleholders and lanterns with patterned glass or metal walls with cut-out designs that deflect light to create flickering patterns across your walls.
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Trend: Combining Japanese and Scandinavian design to keep the look simple, subtle, calm and natural is popular now. This means decluttering and investing in furniture made from blonde-toned wood.
The Japanese influence is strong in ceramics, which have unfussy lines and surface decoration inspired by delicate origami folds, embossing and micro-geometric patterns.
Always create a moodboard with swatches, colour chips and inspirational pictures to pull your favourite styles and looks together before you buy.
Get your storage sorted. Ditch the plastic boxes in favour of modular wall shelving. Invest in extending tables for entertaining and multifunctional furniture to maximise space.
Gold and brass are becoming fashionable; just one accessory will add a gorgeous touch of luxury and elegance.