A new year means a new start, and when it comes to our homes, a good spring clean and some gorgeous new home trends! This Spring Summer, there’s one thing you have to remember – anything goes. Combine bold colours, patterns and textures to create a riot of eclectic taste that really exudes personality; just keep the tones similar for a cohesive look.
Here on Littlewoods, our four key trends for Spring Summer 2012 in our homes are Sahara Reds, Green and Black, Jewels, and 50s Kitsch. Whatever your style and your home, you’ll find the perfect fit with one of these bold, beautiful trends!
Our Sahara Reds trend is a must for anyone who loves the exotic: with dark, richly toned wood furniture – like the Sheesham Ready Assembled 5-drawer Drum Chest – and bold patterns, this trend works well in living rooms or anywhere you want to make super cosy. The palette of spicy reds can make rooms look a little smaller, so try accessorising with toning cushions, like the Laser Cut Flower Cushion and Velvet Flame Stitch Cushion (standard) for a touch of colour without being overpowering. An important part of this trend is texture: we love the Hammered Effect Table Lamp that combines a metal-look ceramic base with a faux silk shade in delicious copper and coffee tones.
For our Green and Black home trend, think less ‘Halloween’ and more ‘tropical rainforest’! This lush look combines contemporary wood finishes with natural patterns and fun textures for a soft and enveloping style. Choose key furniture pieces that have a slight retro feel, like the Moda Right-hand Leather Corner Chaise Sofa in Chocolate and the Venice 4-door Sideboard in walnut and espresso tones, to build the look around. Accessories in tones of green and black tie the whole thing together; we love the Geo Velvet Cushion and Echo Ribbed Velvet Cushion (standard) in green. Finally, a bold picture, like our Forest Canvas, completes this back-to-nature look.
If you prefer a more feminine look, then our Jewels home trend is the one for you – glamorous mirrored surfaces and pretty butterfly motifs create a luxurious, girly atmosphere. It’s the perfect style for bedrooms: the Amelie bed frame with crystal-effect finials is ideal for creating a boudoir atmosphere. For spacious but utterly stylish storage, the Reflections 2-door Mirrored Wardrobe combines plenty of hanging space with a gorgeous, sleek exterior. Combine these modern finishes with some contemporary floral designs, like the Jewel Rose Canvas, and feature cushions in pink, purple and cream tones. The Butterfly Cushion and Jewel Rose Cushion look pretty with plain purple or pink bedlinen, or even scattered on a comfy armchair.
Our final home trend, and one that will be loved by all those retro fans, is the 50s Kitsch trend. Neutral shades combine with classic fifties-inspired designs for a cute but cool look, ideal for modern homes. Simple, strong furniture shapes – like the Francesca 2-door sideboard – contrast effectively with busy floral prints for a contemporary look: the Sheldon Lined Tab-top Curtains in cool blue shades inject a shot of colour to any room. Add homely touches, like the Home Cushion with multi-textured applique, and modernist-inspired designs, like the Hollow Vase, for the finishing touch.