You may have made all sorts of promises to improve yourself – dropping a dress size or pounding a treadmill – but don’t overlook a shape-up for the home.
New year is the perfect time to embrace a new look, and there’s certainly plenty to inspire in the latest decor trends.
Budget permitting, you could opt for a total make-over, but even indulging in a few simple, fresh touches will give rooms a lift – and that’s an ideal and inexpensive way to experiment before you plump for a favourite trend.
‘Our homes are a reflection of our personalities and increasingly we’re not afraid to have fun with colour, mix old with new, minimalism with drama and handmade with technology, for fabulous, quirky, eclectic and mismatched imperfection,’ says Sarah Quilliam, head of product design at made-to-measure blind specialists Hillarys, who has viewed collections internationally to give an overview of the top trends (hillarys.co.uk).
‘If you love pale colours and soft neutrals, look away now, it’s time to embrace an explosion of colour!
The patterns and palette we’re going to see coming through are bold, cheerful and optimistic, with yellow being a stand-out shade, along with luminous accents of orange and neon pink,’ she adds.
‘But fear not – the key word here is ‘accent’, as they do also look great with taupe and ever-popular greys.’
Print designs featuring nature and woodland creatures will give way to lush, green botanicals, ethnic designs with a strong Moroccan or Mexican influence, as well as lots of strong, graphic geometrics, she predicts.
‘Vintage will also continue to be a massive trend, as our love of shabby chic sees us delving back into the past to take inspiration for the future, but always with a modern twist,’ she says.
‘Expect to see lots of lace and chintzy, floral vintage prints on a white background, which reflects our passion for handmade and ‘old-fashioned’ crafts like knitting, crochet and stitching.’
‘There’s a well overdue breath of fresh air blowing through interiors,’ predicts Steven Rowe, head of design at Tesco. ‘The main looks are coastal-cool New England style, bold, beautiful monochrome and the romantic elegance of couture-themed products.
‘While pretty pastels will hold their popularity with homeware and accessories in sugary soft shades, you can also opt to enliven a room with bright pops of colour, or reflect an Eastern Moroccan theme for an eclectic vibe.’
Sue Roberts, design director at House of Fraser, predicts style that celebrates the great outdoors.
‘Our indoor/outdoor trend is Urban Explorer, a mix of fresh spring greens, textures and foliage in bloom. Indoors, the green is punctuated with an accent of vibrant orange,’ she says.
‘There’s a continuing Eastern influence on interiors, and we’ve called our interpretation Serenity.
‘It’s a twist on Asian and Indian culture and tradition, which imparts a sense of exoticism and has a romantic, bohemian world traveller sense of spirit.
‘There’s no doubt that pastel brights will be a big trend across the high street. I particularly like the combination of fresh and inspiring, playful ice-cream brights and feminine painterly florals.’