Budding trends are now in full flower

Fi bench, �1100, Spring Floral panel by Catherine Stephenson, �120, and Wild Herb rug, from �225, John Lewis.
Fi bench, �1100, Spring Floral panel by Catherine Stephenson, �120, and Wild Herb rug, from �225, John Lewis.
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Bag a butterfly, splash out on blues, whip up some wall-paper and show a well-turned leg if you want your home to be bang on trend this year.

While that might sound like a surprising recipe for dazzling decor, it represents just a few of the themes which will feature in the homes collections over the coming months.

Wallpaper, �22 a roll, John Lewis.

Wallpaper, �22 a roll, John Lewis.

The good news is that embracing a look shouldn’t mean a complete revamp, unless you have the budget and desire to do just that, because the trends are, in the main, fresh and interesting developments of existing decor interpretations.

So French-style furniture with pretty, carved legs, florals, botanical designs featuring birds and butterflies, colour and wallpapers will continue to star.

If they’re already to your taste you may only need to add a few more accessories or a new statement piece to refresh a room and show off your style credentials.

‘French elegance is a key trend for spring,’ says Caroline Hodgson, home acc-essories buying manager for Barker & Stonehouse.

‘To create this sophisticated look, combine understated wood with pale linens. Try adding neutral table lamps and multi-panelled mirrors.’

Our love affair with florals endures and the new collections will include bright patterns, vintage-style faded blooms, water-colour effects and small prints with dainty daisies or camellias.