Thoughts turn to springtime romance — and home renovations.
The do-it-yourself boom that started in earnest at Easter will gain momentum during the upcoming bank holidays in May and June.
But before picking up a brush or investing in new throw pillows, it makes sense to familiarize yourself with this season’s trends.
Fresh Look: Bright walls and indoor plants will refresh any room in time for summer.
Color Tickled Pink
The return of color isn’t just one of the defining trends, it’s the trend of the decade, says Neville Knott, Crown paints consultant and lecturer.
He thinks that we are only at the dawn of a color revolution and that we will become even more adventurous.
Violets, pinks and oranges are gaining ground. But the colors of skies, oceans and parks top the list, with the seaside a particular inspiration.
Norfolk paint manufacturer Fenwick & Tilbrook even offers a Seabed shade, a green-brown inspired by the rocks on the seabed.
The popularity of blues and greens started during lockdown, but they’re still going strong as the colors work well with grays and beiges.
Crown describes its Liminal line of understated green hues as “an ode to the natural world.” Curiosity is a slightly lighter green. The collage is deep and sumptuous.
Teal, a blue-green, is on the rise in paints and furniture. Charlie Marshall, founder of Loaf, says the number one fabric choice at his furniture company is Sopping Seagrass, a teal. Two other varieties of this shade are also popular – Rockpool and Teacup.
If you don’t want to fully commit to color, paint a feature wall a dark, bold hue, or snag a dramatic floral print for the Bridgerton look, another key Spring 2022 trend. Colored cabinetry is another option.
A term you will often hear is “biophilic design”. The concept connects a home’s inhabitants to nature, and you can follow the trend by simply adding more plants, real or fake.
Adding greenery, like this monstera plant, to a space is all the rage for spring
The amount of vegetation depends on personal taste.
Some adopt the ‘jungalow’ (jungle and bungalow) a cozy aesthetic with an overabundance of greenery.
Others are less eager to be “plant parents” (another new phrase) and believe that less is more.
Whichever route you take, the £28 Swiss Cheese monstera deliciosa artificial plant from Marks & Spencer looks surprisingly authentic.
Or buy a genuine Swiss cheese factory from Dobbies for £29.99.
Potted plants are a nod to the 1970s aesthetic, which also includes earth tones and low furniture.
Sustainable materials such as bamboo demonstrate an awareness of the biophilic trend and environmental concerns.
The £120 Achille Japonica Bamboo Floor Lamp from Habitat is perfect for a contemporary interior. Dunelm’s Abrielle pendant lamp (£32) could update a dining room.
Lots of curves
The clean lines of Scandinavian furniture from the 1950s and 1960s may never go out of style.
Sumptuous: The Anyday Cove chair is available in midnight blue or dusty pink velvet, John Lewis, £279.20
But there is a new fascination with the curvaceous art deco style of the 1920s. than the Ronda (£280).
Curved armchairs can be found in other High Street stores, including John Lewis, whose Anyday Cove armchair costs £279.20 and is available in midnight blue or dusty pink velour.
Oliver Bonas’ £975 Luna sofa in burnt orange velvet is suitably curvy.
The large Pebble wall mirror from Next (£150) or the Quilda two-tier coffee table from La Redoute (£139.30) can provide curves in otherwise minimalist settings.
A curved floor lamp can also be a sculptural piece. The Benson from BHS costs £110. The Large Arc Overreach Floor Lamp on Made.com costs £170.
Other renovation plans should include reuse and recycling. So if you still have a Union Jack cushion from the 2000s, break it out for the Queen’s Jubilee. Auburn Fox is selling new ones, priced at £22.99.