I hope you all had a good Easter bank holiday weekend. I seem to have got more Easter eggs than usual this year. I can’t remember the last time I got so much chocolate. Thank goodness the gyms are opening up again next week!
This month we’re talking about the new spring summer trends for 2021. The horrors of lockdown mean that most of us are spending significantly more time in our homes. Home is our safe haven, so comfort and style have never been more important. This season, colours are natural and earthy, taking inspiration from nature. The hottest hues for 2021 are sage greens, pastel pinks, dark blues mixed with antique gold accessories. Wood panelling and herringbone flooring are also top of the hottest trends right now.
Textured features can be created by using natural elements as seen below with this rustic barn style. This can be achieved with wood panelling incorporating a natural earthy look and feel. If your room does not have a feature fireplace, this look creates a stylish alternative.
Image credit: Wood2u
If you’re not too keen on heavy impactful colours, but tired of the off-white greys and neutrals, pastels hues have the ability to brighten up any bland area. Pair pastel pink with baby blue or with green and you'll create something zesty, energetic and dramatic. Mix with woods and panelling to create the perfect earthy feel, as seen below:
Image credit: Sophie Allport
Is green the new grey? It’s everywhere in interiors right now. It’s synonymous with nature and calming qualities, which could explain it’s popularity for creating a contented home. Sage green is a huge fashion trend for 2021
“Green is quite simply luscious in the truest sense of the word” says David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene. “From velvety dark greens to the light and uplifting tones, greens can be used all over the home and have a powerful, restorative quality. Used in home offices, green shades aid contemplation and deep thought.”
Use your walls like a landscape of surrounding fields. All of the paint experts are in agreement that our homes will be embracing green more than ever this year. Use your walls or kitchen units like a landscape of surrounding fields.
Image credit: Smallbone Kitchens
Mention wood-panelling and you may instantly think of a Gentleman’s reform club, traditional libraries or worse still, pine-effect kitchen ceilings from the 1970s. Fear not! Panelling has become much more popular in homes this year returning in chic and modern ways. Wall panels are a great way to add additional character to your home.
Image credit: The Wood Veneer Hub
Another tasteful example below
Image credit: The Wood Veneer Hub
Navy kitchens are popping up all over social media. Hardly any wonder when they create such a warm elegant ambience. Are you brave enough to give it a go? Mix with copper, bronze or gold accessories such as taps and cupboard door handles. Add in a herring bone floor and you’ve got the perfect look.
Image credit: Bayer Design
Don’t be afraid to use dark colours in small spaces. Light colours will make rooms look bigger, but deeper tones add drama and style. Here you see the beautiful mix of dark green and pastel pink to give a dramatic statement with a soft calming feel. Wallpaper like this is perfect for a bathroom or bedroom. Just a word to the wise, if you’d like to use wallpaper in a bathroom check that the wallpaper is steam resistant and that you use the manufacturer’s recommended wallpaper paste.
Image credit: Muddystilettos
Thank you all for reading my blog. Hope you're feeling creative!
See you all again next month! Brigid