Article by Karen Spawton- owner of Freya Spawton Furniture Designs
As the sun comes out and with the annual spring-clean thankfully over, minds frequently turn to revamping one or many of our rooms in the home. With a wealth of trends on the high street it’s easy to fall into the design trap of picking a style such as botanicals or copper and brass and over-working it. Although stylish at the time, the turnaround for interior trends is fast so exercise caution in your choices!
The best way to avoid a quickly out-dated scheme is to add accents or flourishes of the interior trends that you’re most drawn to and use them in a classic way that will stand the test of time. Rather than ceiling to floor decor think of statement pieces to dress your room, a few modifications can change the whole perception of an interior space. The key is to pick up pieces you genuinely love, that reflect your personality; over time your home won’t follow a ‘trend’ but will say something about you and all that dwell there!
So what’s big news for interiors this summer, here are some of my favourites;
Go Geometric – geometric textiles and rugs are a great way to update a space and these have been around for a while now so feel quite ‘safe’ for the less adventurous! For the braver among us try angular colour blocking and tonal shading on walls and accessories. Encorporate the odd retro chair or coffee table to finish the look. Visit our Etsy store to find the right accessories to compliment your scheme.
Bye-bye blonde – the lighter, Scandinavian blonde woods are making way for the deeper, warmer hues of cherry and walnut. Rustic and worn, there is something so charming about natural wood in the home. Mix with different materials and eras for a stylish eclectic look. Choose your paint colours from Farrow & Balls latest range to make your woodwork stand out from the crowd.
Ugly-bug ball- butterflies have adorned accessories and soft furnishings for a while however,this is expanding to a variety of bugs- dragonflies, ladybirds, bees. . .you get the picture! Just remember that less is most definitely more with this one! Try notonthehighstreet.com for slate dragonfly placemats, decoarative dragonfly print glass jars and more.
All that glitters is gold – although this may conjure up regal images of opulence, this trend can be used in a modern way. Try setting gold against a navy background and carry the look through with gold and copper tones in contemporary accessories such as vases to produce an eclectic, stylish look with just a slight nod to Downton!
Say it loud with bold prints – we are being so much braver with our choice of pattern and print. Understated has given way to bold prints that add a quirky edge to a neutral colour scheme. Try incorporating this trend with cushions or throws if a whole sofa or wall seems a little excessive!
Bespoke curiosities – this is what we at Freya Spawton Furniture Designs are all about; unique, one-off finds are huge for 2014. It’s these unusual oddities that ensure guests ask ‘where did you get that!?’. Not only are vintage items superbly crafted as well as super stylish- you’re helping the environment too, how selfless! Try our iconic ‘Alice’ vintage Ercol chair in mink to add a fast, affordable update to any room in the house.
All Images courtesy of Fired Earth and Farrow & Ball.
Read more about Karen, owner of Freya Spawton Furniture Designs, in her wonderful interview from April:
Etsy shop: www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Freyafurnituredesign
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