Spring is always an exciting time of year for me — the sun appears from nowhere, like a lost love and brings with it hope and anticipation for the long stretch of summer ahead. My designer head gets swept along and all at once I’m buzzing with inspiration and ideas for the year ahead. Part of my job is to be constantly aware of emerging trends and this year, the up-and-coming trends are bigger, better, more exciting than ever before. These are my top three.
Colour may be a predictable starting place for me as someone who makes absolutely no secret of their love for the subject, but where better to start when the sun is streaming in through the window. Then it’s flooring and the shift of the geometric pattern from wall to underfoot — super-cool and ultra-sexy. Finally, it’s furniture and the emergence of simple artisan pieces that have a delicacy that is often interestingly balanced with an industrial edge. It’s an uncomplicated, clean look but you just can’t help looking. And then looking again.
Making a big splash this spring is Rose Quartz. It’s a pastel blush that, along with the light blue Serenity, was chosen by Pantone as one of the two-tone components of its 2016 colour of the year. It has been dubbed "the new neutral" and has fast become a staple for walls, furniture and accessories alike. As a warm-toned pastel, it works best when contrasted with hard, cool materials like Carrara marble. Brass or copper accents pull the whole look together beautifully.
Our love for all things geometric has dripped off our walls and accessories onto our floors. Depending on the choice of material the look can be traditional (image one), sharp and contemporary (image two) or rustic (image three). Using geometrics on both the wall and floor will maximise the impact and give a lovely sense of design continuity (image four). It's a bold look but the geo trend is here to stay, so be brave and don’t worry about it dating quickly!
Artisan furniture has a simple elegance. Every piece feels hand-sculpted with love and care — you can almost smell the sawdust gathering on the workshop floor as you look on and admire. They are handcrafted, fluid pieces that would sit comfortably and peacefully in a minimalist scheme. An industrial edge to artisan styling (image one) also works well and gives the opportunity to take the scheme onto more rustic ground with concrete floors and unfinished walls.