Summer 2016 is set to be mighty stylish, especially if you’re looking to revamp your home and add in a few interior updates. Whether you refresh your space with a lick of paint, or add in simple decorative pieces that echo the season’s interior trends, you’re certain to find something that will help transform your home.
Let’s explore which home trends you should be following for your home:
Rose-coloured hues and pastel-inspired tones will continue to have their moment in the sun. Adding in subtle surgary sweet shades to your bedroom space can help declutter your mind, helping you to get a better night’s sleep. Alternatively, pastel cushions and throws can act as the perfect seasonal update in your living room.
Decorative wallpaper has made a huge comeback in the last few years, and the trend of busy design has steadily moved into soft furnishings. Pattern experimentation is set to be a huge trend this year, with floral-patterned sofas, curtains and cushions being used to make a statement.
Detailed prints with colour juxtaposition and metallic geometric home accessories have made it big on the interior scene, and this summer we’re going to see a massive surge in geometric-based wall art and wall canvases. Whether you already have a feature wall, or you’re thinking of creating one, graphic geo patterns are the way to go.
People supporting independent makers will become huge over the next few months, with a focus on interior accessories that appear to be a one-off. Whether it’s wooden hand-carved ornaments or metal-finished tables, handcrafted features will be at the heart of the home.
Copper was the ruler of 2015’s metal moments, and while it still has its place, other burnt metal tones will move their way to the forefront of interior trends. Unfinished brass and gold is set to become just as big as copper was last year. Adorn your walls with gold frames to channel the look, or invest in burnt metal home accessories.
The ombre look we saw deeply rooted in fashion trends is now making its way into the home but with a slightly different feel. Old kitchen cupboards will be reworked with two-toned cabinets. Grey tones are particularly popular in the kitchen space – grey multi-painted cupboards look fabulous with an array of interior styles.
Mirrors that reflect the mood of the home provide a striking décor update. Choose beautifully detailed gold gilded mirrors to complement this summer’s interior trends. Style out a statement mirror in your bathroom to bounce light around the room, helping to really make the most of your space. Or make a feature of your forgotten corners and add in an ornate mirror.
Home accessories that convey the beauty of nature are totally on trend. Organic shapes and natural textures will bring spaces to life. Unfinished materials will become the choice over general minimalism, which also plays perfectly into the hand-crafted trend. Reclaimed and upcycled furniture have been in the spotlight for the last year, and we think we’re going to continue to see this trend flourish.
Horticulture-inspired prints are totally on trend and are perfect for summer interior updates. Big, bold and bright colours are a key aspect of this trend, with botanical-based graphic prints being the frontrunner. Colourful, bold prints work well as an accent fabric next to a neutral backdrop, with matching subtle colour pops reflected throughout your décor.
After a move to alternative patterns and colour, we predict a shift towards metallic wallpaper. Industrial-inspired feature walls create a space that’s perfect for open-plan living. With modern metallic home accessories also in the trend limelight, it’s simple to reflect this style in your chosen accessories.
We’ve noticed a shift towards environmentally friendly interior design, and in the last few years spaces have become cleaner and greener. The eco-conscious trend harmonises resourceful design with community spirit – introduce recycled plastics in the kitchen, terrariums in your living room and wooden fixtures in the bathroom.
Bold colours scream summer, and the orange hue in particular will be the main colour trend. Whether it’s a tangerine fabric or a beautifully bright feature wall, orange will be the main colour of focus for people who want to revive their space.
If you’re looking to channel the vibrant hue associated with summer, yellow is a great place to start. Pineapple print wallpaper can make a fun and quirky feature wall in your child’s bedroom, and even spice up a dull home office. Stockholm-based illustration house, Nu Agency, worked with Photowall to create a cute take on the pineapple print.
Ornate backsplashes have been popular for quite some time, but recently the trend has changed direction, with people opting for geometric three dimensional patterns as an update for the metro tiles. To channel this trend, let the tile do the work and pair with a neutral backdrop to let it pop.
Whether it’s vertical, horizontal or chevron, the stripe is all about making a statement this summer. We’ve noticed a growing number of interior outlets stocking striped home accessories so getting the look has never been easier.
Tiles will give your home the edge– the more patterned and vibrant the tile, the better! A number of Instagram accounts keep popping up dedicated to beautiful and inspirational floor tiles – Ihavethisthingswithfloors is the most recent.
Which interior design trends will you be channelling this summer?
Welcoming spring into your home isn’t just about introducing bright accents and a lick of fresh paint – it’s the perfect time to make the more subtle changes that will remain throughout summer. You’re probably already well aware of the sweet pastel swatches that spring interior trends bring, but here we explore how you can you can add things that scream the season without switching up too much of your décor.
Let’s explore how to bring the best of spring into your home on a budget:
Think spring, and it immediately conjures up lively images of a brighter space. Adding floral accents of any sort into your home will immediately cheer up any room. Whether you decide to update your cushion textiles, or add in a floral wall mural, there are a whole host of ways to channel floral vibrancy in your interior.
If your garden is a little on the small side, make the most of your interior space and bring the green inside. The rise of urban gardening means you no longer feel forced to keep plants outdoors, create the look in your home and introduce a couple of terrariums into your kitchen for a modern Nordic-inspired interior – the geometric shapes give a nod to the geo trend while giving your home that fresh spring edge.
Embrace the outdoors
Spring is all about preparing for summer, and what better way than to banish any associations with winter – thick blankets and heavy fabric pillows should be swapped out for lighter linen fabrics. Introduce outdoor cues with the home accessories you choose to channel – milk pail garden pots are a beautiful vase alternative and add old-fashioned, rustic charm to your home.
Arty feature walls
If you’re looking for living room ideas, feature walls are a great way to add colour pops and textures. Photowall has a huge collection of wall canvas art, perfect for you to create a feature wall of your own. Swedish design group, Studio Rita, have created a collection of beautiful canvas designs perfect for a spring/summer interior update.
Change up your shelving to reflect the palettes of spring, and give your living space a refresh. Luxe up your look and add in gold photoframes, or channel one of this year’s hottest interior trends and add bold lettering onto your shelving. However you choose to accentuate your space, shelving can provide the perfect surface for a quick seasonal update.
How will you be updating your home for the spring season?
Recreate the look of love in your interior styling and capture the romantic ambience. Whether you channel cosy cues or make a statement with the colour of lust, there are plenty of ways to create a starry-eyed interior mood.
Let’s take a look at how to add some romance into your interior décor.
Introduce ambient lighting into your home and instantly create a sense of warmth and calmness – with just the flip of a switch you can completely transform your interior space and inject some love into your home. The type of lighting you choose really depends on the aesthetic you want to achieve – rustic-style interiors benefit from clever use of candles, while industrial-style interior design looks tasteful with cleverly placed ceiling pendants and floor lamps.
Channel the ultimate Zen in your abode with soft fabrics and natural materials to add tranquillity into your space. Draped throws and faux fur rugs transform your space into an area perfect for snuggling. Knitted fabrics work particularly well with a neutral colour palette, the Photowall Simple Message Heart features a textured overlaid design that will complement your chosen fabrics and neutral hues perfectly. This simple design falls into the minimalistic monochrome interior movement that has become so popular today.
Rich red hues are synonymous with the day of love, but are also offer a stylish swatch all year round. Grab attention with the colour palette associated with passion, and channel a vibrant red feature wall in your living room to create drama. Alternatively, you could consider adding in maroon hue home accessories if a red feature wall really isn’t your thing. Deep reds and earthy browns combine well and different shades of purple mixed with greys can work in large open-plan rooms.
Adding floral accents to your home can brighten up your décor and breathe new life into your home. Whether you choose to accentuate your room with an illustrative floral feature wall, or add in accessories with floral motifs, there’s a whole host of things you can do to up your interior scheme. Introducing some floral wallpaper to romanticise your living space, or channel the metallic tray trend and style up your coffee table with a bouquet of bright flowers.
How will you be adding a touch of romance into your interior?
Photowall is expanding its range with wall mural motifs by design duo Nothing Can Go Wrng. A delightful mixture of classical shapes and modern design – in brand new colour schemes. This is Less Is A Bore 2.0.
Nothing Can Go Wrng’s wall mural collection is characterised by their playful, exciting and slightly more daring design style. Some of the features are monstera leaves, terrazzo patterns and confetti glitter, all in nice, subdued colour combinations. Less Is A Bore 2.0 includes six designs and is available exclusively from Photowall for £31 per square metre. Pictured, the design Eternal Weekend – Blue. The interior photos were styled by Sara Garanty.
Whether you’re planning on perking up your colour palette, or introducing a feature wall to your living room, there are a number of ways you can add elegance to your home with simple shots of detail. Since the resurgence of restored furniture and decorative interior pieces, recreating interior sophistication without blowing your budget has never been simpler.
Here we explore how to switch up your interior style utilising affordable accessories to give your home an interior edge.
When it comes to your home, the little things can really make a difference. And choosing which areas of your home you want to emphasise can determine the kind of accessories you introduce. Your chosen accessories should perfectly reflect your interior style – with country themed spaces benefiting from heavy floral materials, and Scandi style homes being all about the minimal industrial touches. If your interior falls into the country chic style, consider distressing edges of your furniture to add an extra sense of depth into your home. Patterned wall murals can give a quirky finish to drawers and cupboard doors, and give you potential accent colours to channel through the rest of your home.
Creating a multi-functional space needn’t stop at the furniture you choose. Home accessories that provide a number of functions are particularly welcomed for small interior spaces. Inexpensive decorative elements such as candles and incense sticks can add extra ambience to any space that needs a little TLC. Upcycling is still a huge trend so don’t be afraid to get lost in the hunt – check out any local car boot sales or flea markets for quirky lighting or home accessories that bring something different to your space.
There’s been a huge shift in how possessions are being displayed in homes. Whether its ornate glass and brass boxes to store away keys, or geometric style storage solutions for books and magazines – the way we store our belongings has evolved to further lend itself to the interior trends of today. Try using cocktail trays to display candles and magazines on your coffee tables.
Statement mirrors not only give the illusion of a greater interior space, they also provide a timeless decorative piece that brightens up your home. Decorative bathroom mirrors are set to be a huge interior trend for 2016, but this needn’t be purely reserved to add light and space in your bathroom. Ebay is a fantastic place to pick up reclaimed bargains that will help transform your space.
One of the quickest interior fixes to create a big impact is the introduction of a feature wall. Whether you switch up the style with a vibrant print wallpaper, add in some stunning canvas prints, or an alternative feature wall using photo frames, there’s a whole host of things you can do to make your space pop. Check out our post on interior styling for spring to get seasonal accent wall ideas.
What accessories will you be introducing into your home?
Beautifying a corner space can be a tricky situation, and making the right choice in the relation to the rest of your room can often showcase interior anomalies. Simple decorative additions and minimal details can create a captivating corner makeover, but choosing what to do in the corner of your room really depends on the layout and interior theme. There are times when a space looks perfectly balanced without the inclusion of any kind of corner details, while other homes benefit hugely from a corner update.
Here we explore what interior ideas you can use in the corners of your home that need a little love.
If your living space area is limited, then consider utilising the most of your room by introducing functional décor solutions. Comfy accent chairs work beautifully in living rooms, and side tables with statement lamps are a great option for hallways or areas to introduce some light. While a combination of all these things look fabulous in larger living spaces, you can create the ultimate spot for relaxation with a fabric chair and ottoman, and style it up with a printed throw to add interesting textures to your interior space.
Brighten up your corners and utilise your vertical space with shelving. Bookworms can proudly display their favourite books while ornament lovers can showcase the best of their trinket collection. If you’re a self-proclaimed minimalist, opt for closed cabinets to keep the clutter at bay, or take the ‘less is more’ approach by featuring a select few decorative items on your shelving.
There’s nothing quite like the allure of a glowing wood burner – an interior focal point for many. With the ability to tie together different parts of the home so beautifully, it’s really no surprise that they’re a regular fixture on many people’s home wish lists. Introducing a corner wood burner to your home can really brighten up a space and give a whole new feeling in your room. It works well for rooms that are slightly misshapen and rectangular in length to help restore a feeling of balance to your space.
Utilising every part of your home can help make the most of your available space, and corner furniture is a great option if that space is limited. Consider adding to your storage with corner cabinets and sideboards – these are great if cabinet space is limited in your kitchen. Channel the shabby chic trend and display mismatched china on your sideboard, or disguise your entertainment area with a corner cabinet to house your TV.
How will you be reimagining the forgotten corners of your home?
With so much focus centred on outdoor elements in summer, it’s easy to dismiss simple seasonal tips that freshen up your home interior. When summer finally arrives, the idea of staying indoors seems all too much – dashing outside for BBQs and evenings on the terrace with a glass of wine seems much more appealing than a night curled in front of the sofa. But bringing the outdoors in enhances the feeling of garden escapism, and helps create an ambience that flows perfectly through your home.
Here we explore how to refresh and revitalise your home by welcoming the sunlight inside.
Switch up your textiles
Brighten up your room by exchanging heavy woven fabrics for light materials with vibrant patterns and chiffon materials. Consider swapping your curtains for blinds – certain fabrics can leave your room feeling a little stuffy, while blinds can really open up your space.
Play with fresh cues
Kitchen centrepieces can totally transform your space and fruit bowls are a fabulous way to add a feeling of freshness and vibrancy to your home. Fill them with zesty summer favourites such as lemons and limes to give your kitchen a summer feel.
Nurture your nature
Floral arrangements dotted around areas of your home breathe life into your space. Loose flower arrangements echo the plants you’ll find outdoors and make the most of any interior space that could do with a little brightening up. Fragrant herbs associated with summer – such as mint, rosemary or sage – also work well within the context of floral arrangements.
Introduce colourful hues
Shades that evoke vibrancy are set to be a huge interior trend for summer 2016. South American-inspired exotic jungle prints are fun, bold and easy to incorporate in just about any interior. Whether you’re looking to create an energetic feature wall in your living room, or want to add a touch of colour to brighten up a neutral palette, there’s a whole host of options. Add in the stunning Gap Year print by designers Nothing Can Go Wrng to liven up your bedroom space.
Smelling is believing, and fragrances that trigger your memories of summers gone by is a great trick to make your space feel more seasonal. Scents associated with the garden are perfect for this; try adding lavender hand soap and fruity linen sprays.
Check out our summer interior trends post to get more ideas on how to bring light into your home.
Inspired by the great outdoors and encompassing colour schemes that evoke the serenity of nature, one of this year’s top interior trends is all about mixing illustrative animal characters with outdoor elements to create a playful quirkiness, perfect for a children’s nursery. Whether you channel fox print wallpaper, or choose to adorn your walls with stag home accessories, there are a number of ways to recreate the Woodland Wonderers trend in your home.04
Have a hoot
There’s something irresistible about the mysteriousness of an owl, and when brought into your interior style, they create a cute kitsch look that’s not easily replicated by other animals. The owl trend has been around for a few years now, but this year it’s set to be reimagined and paired with elements that give an outdoor feel. Mix cosy textures with woodland cues – wooden photo frames and natural hues such as soft blues and greens go hand-in-hand to craft the woodland mood. Photowall’s Owl wall mural features a pattern of cute characters perfect for a child’s bedroom. Use the subtle greys in the owl illustration to inspire your fabric choices.
Whimsical woodland silhouettes make a beautiful basis for themed nurseries. Capture your children’s imaginations and add Free in my Landscape to their playroom or bedroom – the subtle colour pops in this beautiful piece can be reflected in other parts of your interior. Consider colour-blocking different parts of your furniture to create a mid-century modern feel – throw in appliqued fox print cushions and throws to continue the woodland theme throughout the room, in order to embrace your inner hippy.
With the Woodland Wonderer trend prevalent throughout most of this season’s choice décor, it’s possible to get the look without giving your room a complete overhaul. Home accessories that suggest a sense of the outdoors are great places to start, so try giving the trend some context by channelling some beautiful creature artwork – Julia Pott’s beautifully detailed Knitted Bear looks stunning on a canvas next to a crisp white wall. Pair this with wooden accents and subtle colour pops of blue and green to create an understated feeling of the outdoors.
If you’re obsessed with all things woodland then start searching for folksy decorations, knitted throws and traditional tartans to style your room. Intricate repeat patterns can add vibrancy to your interior space – especially if they’re of the animal motif variety. Playful patterns similar to Photowall’s Friends in Need wall mural add an injection of life into any monochrome room. Style this wondrous wall mural with brass elements such as light fittings and photo frames along with soft neutral fabrics to help create a relaxing atmosphere.
How will you be introducing the Woodland Wonderer trend into your home?
Spring has officially sprung. While the winter shivers make way for budding blossoms, we’re celebrating the season of new birth with some crafty decorations for your home – all fashioned from wall murals.
Create a beautiful, modern Easter atmosphere with a selection of natural textures, alongside yellow, black and pink hues. Bunny bunting is the perfect project to put any excess material to good use (and a great way to keep the kids occupied for a while too). These adorable critters can be hung from the wall in rows, or perhaps strung up over a door frame as a welcoming statement for anyone who enters the room.
If you thought tree decorations were just for Christmas, think again. Paper eggs to hang from your indoor foliage are simple and fun to make.
So break out the paper and scissors and bring the freshest season into your home this Easter. And don’t forget to treat yourself to a chocolate egg.
In the picture, we have used wall mural designs from Iwa Herdensjö’s collection, Fruta Proibida.
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We’ve all heard of the monochrome trend in terms of fashion, but the stark contrast of using black and white is fast becoming the most coveted look in the world of interior design. But for such a simple colour combination, it can be deceptively difficult to get just right. To help you on your way we’ve put together a few key ideas that will ensure you get the monochrome style that’s perfect for your home.
Create a base
When working with monochrome it’s important you pick a colour that’s going to be your ‘base’ shade first of all. Think of the colours you’ll be using as if they’re the building blocks for your room – your base colour is your foundation. Whether it’s black, white, or grey; choose one and keep this as your base colour throughout your home, then weave it into pieces throughout the rest of your room – soft furnishings, furniture, and artwork for instance.
A striking feature wall
The monochrome trend provides the perfect ‘canvas’ for a striking feature wall. Try a bold geo design wallpaper, or opt for a stylish oversized canvas print like our popular Blackbird wall art. A feature wall helps to provide focus to a room. It can draw the eye in, add interest, and even detract from any parts of your space that are less than perfect. It also ensures that the TV doesn’t take centre stage, which is often the case in rooms without any striking focal points.
Monochrome is all about balancing light with dark, and while dark against dark can add intrigue and style it should be used sparingly – especially if your room already lacks natural sunlight. Try to create contrast by using contrasting elements of your room together. For instance, a dark floor could be lifted with a statement rug; a light sofa could be balanced with throws and cushions in deep and luxurious tones, and vice versa. Try layering the look with different textures too – fluffy rugs against leather sofas, or plush velvet curtains against bare floors.
How will you be using the monochrome trend in your home?