Spring 2015 Interior Colour Trends
Not surprisingly (remember interiors follows fashion and fashion follows interiors) this trend filters through from the catwalks, where there has also been an abundant evidence of ochre yellows in pre-spring collections; so here's a gallery of inspirational yellow interiors to give you some food for thought........
The colour of sunshine, yellow is a happy and cheerful colour which lifts and brightens interior decor, so is not surprisingly, often adopted for spring and summer decor. Historically, and even up till recently, it has often been contrasted with other primaries such as electric blues and purples, or complemented with pastel, ice-cream shades and lilacs.
Yellow reaches a new sophisticated maturity now though and is taking centre stage in elegant combinations with almost all colours deep and pale, but particularly with greens (all shades of greens), natural, earthy browns, teal shades and even Pantone’s strong but subtle, colour of the year - Marsala. Living rooms in particular are sweetened by light honey shades and ochre and subdued mustard shades in particular are prominent. Designers are adopting these shades for accessories and for adorning furniture, with bolder schemes seeing rooms painted in ochre yellows.
The ever popular and ‘safe’ shades of beige and cream are still making their way on to living room walls, but if you want to keep the scheme current and follow trends, you need to add strong accents, such as turquoise, for example. This can be on a single wall, the furniture, or as wall art and accessories, but the main key is to be deep and bright with the accent tones. Greens themselves play a big role in the spring palette too and are particularly evident in mint and pistachio???? shades this season.
Mint green is a soft pastel green that is versatile and accommodating not to mention soothing, calming and relaxing. It is a fabulous colour to decorate with and if you’re a pastel lover, can provide a welcome and refreshing change from cream or beige, whilst still offering as much variety in suitably complementary or contrasting colours to sit comfortably against.
Mint will work in almost any room regardless of function or size. Paired with white it will give a clean, crisp and fresh look to a bathroom .....
or a nautical nod for a sunroom, beach hut or conservatory sitting against sea-foam greens and light turquoise shades.
Mint is gender neutral and therefore perfectly delightful for nurseries, but can be made to look romantically feminine or robustly masculine depending on how you use it or what you mix it with. Above, a calculated amount of steel grey gives this spacious bedroom in multi-tonal mint greens, a distinctively masculine feel; and the absence of any fabric at the windows, further endorses the look.
Only the subtlest hint of mint green has been used on these kitchen units, but is still enough to give this kitchen a refreshing and modern look.
Its versatility extends to period style too as the two images above demonstrate. Mint green is as much at home in an ultra modern setting as it is in a stately home. It looks stunningly elegant and mature against these gold drapes and mirrors, but serves as a neutral base against which to contrasts pops of strong accent colours, for a young and lively feel in the modern kitchen.
Close on the heels of our mature yellows is blue - still an ‘in’ colour and holding its own from last season. The most popular shades will be somewhat lighter than the opulent navy of last season and will emerge as energetic sapphire and royal blues, but all shades from cornflower blue through to indigo and deep navy, will be staple colours in interiors this season and will appear in many forms, from bedding to cushions, on walls and even on large pieces of furniture such as sofas and headboards.
Blue works well with so many colours and you only have to look to nature to see how well it teams with more or less every colour under the sky; but the lifestyle image above shows it beautifully enriched by chocolate brown and natural wood, with the whole scheme lifted by just the right amount of white to add definition.
Here it adds warmth, texture and opulence to this cool grey, wood clad interior. Pastel shades of blues will be combined with altered shades that are tinted with aqua undertones. Deeper shades tinted with teal or peacock accents, will make a great base against which to contrast strong accents such as tangerine and turquoise.
Sapphire blue teamed with large bold patterns, geometrics and gold accents, like all the elements combined in the image above, will create a stunning ensemble for an interior scheme.
If you are new to blue, however, and this all seems a little too brave and adventurous for your catious taste, then try testing the blue waters by tentatively dipping a toe in and adding a trickle here and there with the addition of some cushions, a throw or a rug maybe; thus avoiding a tidal wave and deluge of colour overload! Have a look at the gallery below for some more blue inspiration.
Rich, warm autumn shades and ever omnipresent, neutral shades of browns are now changing to soft muted pinks, smoky shades of grey, blues and other soft pastels. Blush pink, however, will be a particularly popular colour on the season’s palette.
This beautiful soft colour, works well with greys and blonde timbers as well as this year’s warm metallics. Blush is an under-whelmingly subtle but outstandingly effective hue whose pastel tone is being adopted in interiors by the score.
It may be delicate in colour, but is strong in versatility and compatibility.
Blush can be teamed with, or contrasted against, a myriad of other colours, but is being favourably paired with dirty or earthy colours such as khaki, taupe and brown shades; and dark, warm, pinks such as deep mauve; or soft apricot shades, to create elegant, sophisticated and mature schemes. Earthy textures as well as colours are making these schemes rich and opulent with the inclusion of velvets, furs, tapestries and dark woods such as chestnut, oak and walnut.
Embrace the look by painting your walls in this delightful colour, or ‘try-out’ the trend by adding cushions and décor pieces to both your indoor and outdoor schemes. Pinkish-pastel tones in general are putting in an appearance this season. From the purple side of the spectrum to the orange in fact, as lavender, peach and periwinkle shades will be among some of the soft and pretty shades that are not reserved just for girl’s rooms this season too. They will feature in both indoor and outdoor furniture as well as accessories, lamps, bedding, rugs and paint colours. These new shades, blush included, retain their femininity but without the sugary and girlish preconceptions of this stereotypically female hue.
This modern, eclectic and artistic take on blush demonstrates that it's versatility goes way beyond feminine and girly.
Marsala In addition to the wave of subtle pastels gracing our interiors, there are also some deep natural hues making waves for the onset of Spring 2015. We’ve already mentioned deep indigo blues, but other popular ‘darks’ are olive green and the rich, warm, earthy, spicey, wine red of Pantone’s colour of the year 2015, aptly named – Marsala.
If pastels, calm neutrals, blues, mint greens and yellow aren’t for you and you’re more colour confidant that you are colour cautious, then something with a bit more clout and drama to it, like Marsala, might be more to your palette. This “subtly stylish shade that draws us into its embracing warmth” adds a touch of elegance to any room and is again very versatile and accommodating for interior schemes. Vibrant and energetic enough to embrace the fresh , modern trends of the spring and summer, but spicey enough to make it perfect for turning up the interior temperature as we head into the autumn and winter months. This accommodating colour can be added simply in furnishings and accessories to add warm accents, or will be equally as comfortable and at home on our walls and ceilings to add drama and change the dynamics of our spaces considerably.
This boozy colour is ‘room-neutral’ too and will look equally as appropriate in the bathroom as it will in the living room, master bedroom or office. In fact, this stylish tone is universally appealing and translates easily into all design sectors from fashion and beauty, to industrial design, home furnishings and of course, interiors.
Deep indigo, olive and marsala all work well as standalone, statement colours when decorating a room, but indigo and olive serve as perfect accents to complement the strength of Marsala too. Create opulence and drama with these strong jewel-toned accents or reduce the heat a notch or two by blending marsala with blush, cream, almond or powdery blue shades to create a softer and more complementary scheme. Marsala has a rich, velvety quality which makes it equally as appropriate as an accent or a large scale piece. It would undoubtedly look extremely elegant as a wall colour against crisp white mouldings too!
White, White, White
White-on-white and all-white schemes will be gracing the pages of our decor magazines this season, for living spaces and bedrooms in particular; where it will create calm, fresh schemes, much favoured by those who like crisp minimalism.
However, if you think white is too plain and too clinical then combine this colour trend with the season’s style trend for layering different textures, to add more contrast and definition to keep it interesting.