It’s 4pm and looking outside, I see sun and daylight! After a few months of hibernating with plenty of ‘Hygge’ at home, I’m sure I’m not alone to be relieved that the evenings are finally starting to draw out, and the springtime flowers are beginning to pop up.
At last, the new season is almost here; and most importantly; the fabric houses have revealed their new collections for Spring 2018.
Here are 5 of my favourites…
It’s old meets new… and you’ll see it in a lot of the interiors magazines right now. There is something irresistibly charming about vintage… and when you get the balance right, well, I think it’s fantastic.
This woven, printed velvet from Osborne & Little makes a real statement. Adding a mix of plain and patterned cushions helps the eye digest it so it’s not too overpowering. The textured wallpaper gives interest but provides a wonderful canvas for the velvet print.
And velvet is all about… we’re also seeing it in the collections from Designers Guild and in the new Zapara collection by Harlequin, too.
It’s the original inspiration for patterns and styles: nature. And Designers Guild never fail to produce the most stunning floral designs. This beautiful, blooming pattern sits nicely on top of a tiled geometric background and would work really well for curtains, blinds or cushions. The subtle mix of colours would compliment any grey colour scheme (yes, the many shades of grey are also still big in interiors this season too!), creating a classic and elegant look.
Spring/summer 2018 interiors are full of foliage; from real-life (and faux) houseplants, bold, tropical-print-inspired wallpapers to subtle and elaborate botanical fabrics.
Depending on your taste and bravery(!), you’re spoilt for choice to channel your inner botanicalist.
For a more classic take on this trend, I do like the fresh, elegant look that this woven linen collection from Clarke & Clarke creates. The pretty detail of floral and leaf brings a hint of nature into the room, in a sophisticated and timeless way. For the more adventurous, take a look at the ‘Palmaria’ palm tree print from Osborne and Little.
If you prefer a simple colour scheme and minimalist styling, then this is a rather attractive composition.
Powder pink, cool mint, pale lemons and soft lavenders are very much ‘in’ in 2018.. Candy colours create a contemporary sense of calm and subtle layer of colour in your home.
This semi-plain weave from Villa Nova is lovely. It’s simple, durable and available in a broad range of colours which can be layered to create a pastel palette. Clarke & Clarke have a similar take on the trend with their new ‘Abany & Moray’ collection.
By opting for subtle window coverings and upholstery fabric, you can afford to be more adventurous with wallpapers and paint colors. The new ‘Manarola’ wallpaper collection from Osborne & Little has some merry prints that would pair well with pastels.
Bold prints with insects, birds and even tigers are highly on trend this season. They work well with moody blue walls, dark wood furniture and gold/brass accessories; creating a contemporary look.
Clarke and Clark have embraced the exotic and have introduced a menagerie of coordinating fabric and wallpapers in collaboration with artist Emma J Shipley. The ‘Animalia’ collection is exuberant and quirky, with one of my personal favourites being this ‘Audubon Gold’ fabric. The rich gold and grey tones would go well with most colour schemes – especially grey!
If you’d like to know more about how to dress your home and would like further advice on wallpaper, fabrics and soft furnishings, please come and see us inside Hatfields of Colchester, Peartree Road, Stanway. 01206 571000
Thank you for reading.