If one of your resolutions for the new year is about getting your home in shape, then you’re in luck, because interiors pundits are predicting 2015 will be a particularly exciting year for our home décor.
Increasing confidence in the economy will encourage us to invest more not just in the basics of our homes (is the roof leaking, do the windows keep out draughts), but it will make us more willing to experiment and explore our own taste.
Not that you necessarily have to invest a lot - all the latest looks for the coming year are simply a more punchy, sophisticated interpretation of existing trends, so all you need to do is revamp, not renovate.
Think a cushion here, a lick of paint there and a few ornaments.
Yearning for warmth after the cold days of winter? Embrace a palette conjuring the burnt, brown-gold and rich sunset colours of an arid desert.
“Mineral colours in all their glory, from the complex neutrals to robust glowing hues have been developing as strong trends in colour over the past few years,” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director, Dulux.
“Hotter colours like gutsy baked clay, rich ochre yellows and deep burnt sand are set to be big in 2015, in both fashion and interiors, and luckily they are perfect partners to whatever shade of grey, the current favourite neutral, that you choose to live with.”
At the end of the day, successful decor conjures a mood so that the moment you enter your home you feel comfortable and cosseted. Feel free to indulge in seductive and luxe - rich colours particularly deep pinks, oranges, and velvety greens abound and will help create either a girly or more flamboyant sanctuary.
Alternatively, at the other end of the scale, opt for sleek and sophisticated with a classic monochrome scheme which is still in favour.
Can’t afford a luxury holiday? Then travel at home instead. Traveller/global style, characterised by leather furniture, chunky storage trunk coffee tables, and globes and map prints has become a tad more refined and incorporated nautical touches.
“Pure, simple and timeless, the Old Maritime look gives a freshness to the classic geographical map inspired style,” says Ysanne Jenkins, executive director for home, House of Fraser
“Red and navy striped linen are balanced with washed earthy tones for a sophisticated, nautical feel. Leather and rope detailing work alongside tarnished metal surfaces for a New England take on key home accent pieces.”
Nature and our desire to 'bring the outdoors in' is a continuing theme. Florals have moved on from blousy blooms and splashy abstracts, and are more evocative of the style of botanical illustrations.
“Our botanical range encompasses finishing touches – such as prints, cushions and vases – in vibrant greens and beautiful insect prints, from butterflies to bees, to rejuvenate a room for the Spring season,” says Amy Horlacher, living buyer, Marks & Spencer.
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