If you want your interior decoration to last as long as possible without starting to look dated, it pays to keep an eye on the latest fashion forecasts. This year Pantone has nominated Marsala, an earthy, rich, warm burgundy shade, as their Colour of the Year.
Marsala is a grounded and confident colour that partners well with earth shades such as ochre and slate. It also looks good as an opulent contrast to ivory or another Pantone favourite, Strawberry Ice. Monochrome schemes in charcoal or beige are given a stylish lift with cushions, blinds and drapes in Marsala. This shade may not be to everyone’s taste, so what other decorating trends should we be looking out for?
Decorating themes that were popular during the 1960s have returned to favour this year. Concern for the environment and the desire to reconnect with nature is reflected in fashion’s focus on natural colours and botanic designs. Earthy olive green is complemented by orange while deep sea blues are seen paired with aqua, plum and lime. For a rustic feel, paint kitchen cabinets in deep, warm olive and dress windows with simple blinds in organic materials such natural wood or bamboo. Alternatively, choose blinds in a leafy botanical print for a fresh, spring-like appeal.
The California Pastel look is composed of beautiful, vibrant shades of aqua and flamingo pink that reflect the look of Hollywood in the 1980s. Contrast with sunset colours of apricot and lavender and add a splash or two of neon bright orange or blue to prevent the scheme becoming too saccharine. This colour scheme would be perfect for a collection of vintage furniture. If you have large windows, generous floor length blinds in a geometric design would look good with this style, or try Roman blinds in a beautiful retro print.
Medieval and Baroque
The continuing interest in vintage design and all things Game of Thrones is currently being channelled into a Medieval or Baroque style. Deep colours such as dark blue, green and Marsala look sensuous and mysterious. blinds, throws and cushions in opulent fabrics such as brocade, velvet and fur add a touch of luxury. In these design schemes, silver is replaced by gold and brass metallics. Lavish window dressings with fringes, swags and tails add the perfect finishing touch.
Many designers are styling their urban interiors with a harder, moodier edge this year. Powerful and stormy blues and greys are making their mark, as well as the palette of pale neutrals that works so well when used in varied textures. Distressed and beaten metallics are used as highlights. To work this urban theme in your home, window dressings should have a masculine, geometric appeal. Painting window sashes in black sounds radical but is surprisingly effective way to create the perfect frame for the view outside. The simple elegance of Venetian blinds works well with an urban neutral scheme. They are available in a huge range of colours and finishes. As an alternative, consider fitting neat shutters rather than blinds.
If you’re considering restyling your home this spring, please get in touch with the friendly team at Paul James Blinds. We’re more than happy to offer our expert advice on the latest blinds or we can arrange a free survey at your earliest convenience.