February 20, 2018 – Published in Design & Decor Spring 2018 issue
Live in colour!
Preparing the home for the new season
Beautiful spaces aren’t created by chance. They are born out of bold decisions and carefully considered finishing touches – bursts of individuality, nature, art and honest materials. Typically Spring brings to mind notions of new beginnings, and indeed inspiration for this new season has been driven in part by new colours and textures, but also by a philosophy of moderation and wellbeing that becomes a part of our lifestyle. It is also about the love for natural materials, and achieving a sense of luxury through such materials, such as marble, brass, concrete and glass. Here, Emma Mercieca Cristiano from Brands International Ltd, looks at how we can prepare our homes this season with BoConcept’s latest additions, taking a “less is more” approach.
Green is synonymous with nature, so it’s only natural that we seek ways of incorporating it in our interiors at spring time. As a colour for a fresh start and reconnecting with nature, green can’t be beaten, and since velvet continues to be in huge demand, bringing the two together makes for stunning results. A rich green velvet delivers an undeniably luxurious feel. Styling it with bronze, brass, linen cushions and earthy tones ensures that it will remain attractive even after the season is over.
Blue has been deemed the new black, and has been trending for a while, but it seems like it’s here to stay. Whereas originally it was being used more as an accent colour, it is now taking centre stage, and is the perfect backdrop for timber, metallics and other neutrals such as white and grey.
Dusty Rose is the pink that is on every designer’s palette this season. The hue’s cool, pastel-like appearance blends perfectly with greys, whites and lighter woods, to create a true Scandinavian feel. Dusty Rose made its entrance on the runways of the fashion world and has quickly become an interior must-have, and it looks great as an accent colour on cushions or plaids, but also as a block colour on armchairs or sofas, especially when teamed with light oak.
While copper’s going nowhere yet, brass is hot on its heels, imbued with an industrial aesthetic and warmth that works just as well for contemporary interiors as it does more classic schemes. As well as the obvious places, such as lighting and hardware, brass has been coming through on statement pieces of furniture – tables, sideboards, dressers and mirrors – as well as accents and accessories, tealight holders and vases. However, keeping in with the” less is more” idea, the key is to keep it subdued and only in accents as refined detail.
Botanical and flora
This is the time to open up your doors and bring the outdoors in! Over-sized plants make a dramatic statement, but if there isn’t enough space, hanging flowerpots indoors also gives a nice touch. Botanical prints are still trendy, in a new interpretation of the classic art deco style. These can be incorporated either on cushions, rugs or as wall prints.
Love for sustainable materials and versatile furniture
When it’s time to go outside, nothing beats the sophisticated, warm look and feel that timber decking provides. Whether it’s a small terrace or a large pool deck, decking in hardwoods such as Ipe, Teak and Garapa exudes authenticity and refined luxury. Also, furniture that can be used indoors as well as out, and that combines real wood with practical high-pressure laminate (HPL) tops, is very much on trend.
The Scandinavian look
This look provides a calming oasis and a canvas where one’s personality can really come out through the finishing touches. You can’t go wrong if you keep things minimal with timeless white ceramics, clear glass to bring in maximum light, soft greys and natural wood finishes.
Simplicity in accessories is key. Think dark natural materials and warm colours to form beautiful and striking contrasts when mixed with soft, light pastels. Flora and green hues add more personality to furnishings.
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