In the current economic and social doom and gloom, with news being pretty dispiriting, we can see a shift happening in interiors: more colours, patterns and play on scale are starting to appear. When all seems to be so unsettling outside our homes, our natural reaction is pretty elementary: we focus on our nest, our indoor space and make it as comfy, enjoyable and welcoming as possible. In other words, we seek to inject life and fun inside to neutralise the general low mood outside. This sounds like an antidote worth trying to me!
Out the white and greys of the typical Scandi look. In subtler, warmer dusty pinks, light creams that could still be defined as neutrals or deeper, more intense blues and greens. With their warm undertones, they will create depth, bring happiness and good vibes, no matter the weather – and they are very easy to live with too. Just make sure you check how both the natural light and artificial light work in the space: remember the trick of painting your chosen colour on a large card and move it around the room at different times of the day to see how the pigments actually ‘read’.
And if your walls are greys and whites, you can always use colours in your furniture and accessories. It is actually a nice way to dip your toes in ‘more colour’ without committing to too many changes!
As with our recent colour choices, patterns have been reasonably subdued and discreet. We have seen a lot of geometric simple shapes lately which tend to be interpreted as sharp and cold due to the rigidity and symmetry of the lines. Textures were more prominent and leading the show, again led by the Scandi touch: this is where softness and ‘grounding’ could be added to a scheme. Natural textures such as rattan, wood, wool would counterbalance the starkness of a bare colourless room. We are now starting to see bolder patterns with bolder colours emerging. There is definitely a wallpaper revival happening with fantastic patterns and colourways. Try this in small ‘transient’ rooms such as your hallway or the cloakroom.
For a softer approach, think layering up different subtle patterns that have some of the same colours to create a visual link in your space. This will immediately bring depth, interest and warmth to the scheme. You can start with small touches such as a couple of scatter cushions, a throw, tiles for a kitchen backsplash, etc.
Play on scale
This is a fun one! Instinctively we tend to keep everything in proportion. However, if you steer away and introduce different scale items in a room you can inject some fun by breaking the visual rhythm. There are some wonderful large mural wallpapers right now, going from the very classical sceneries and chinoiseries (De Gournay inspired) to more vibrant drawings. Why not as a backdrop in a bedroom or reading room? Or try placing a very large round mirror in an alcove above a console table, two huge armchairs in a lounge corner (instead of a small L-shape sofa) or a massive pendant light over a dining table. This is interesting and will immediately liven up your living space.
So have a go and let me know if you notice any changes on how comfortable and happy you feel just being at home…