James Treble explains how to bring the subtle shades of this delightfully arty look into your home.
INCLUDING HANDMADE artisan crafts in our homes is an interior trend that’s continuing to grow in popularity. As creativity and the handmade items that result become more valued, watercolour has been reinvented. With its handpainted appeal, watercolour is the coolest kid on the decorating block.
There are many easy, effective and budget-conscious ways to introduce watercolour in your home, no matter what interior style or colour palette you have. It’s such a soft soothing vibe that it can be added to your home without the need to reinvent a whole room. Artworks, a piece of furniture, some soft furnishings and a few accessories let you use the trend without it taking over the space.
So be creative, have fun, make like Monet and start colouring in your home this weekend!
TREND 2# FURNITURE
Watercolour’s natural handmade effects are also being incorporated into furniture. This adds another exciting layer and more opportunities to include this look in your home.
One new piece, well placed in a living or dining room, can make a soft yet striking impact. There are so many colours available that you can either work with your existing scheme or add a new accent colour to update the whole space.
Consider slingback chairs and upholstered pieces like armchairs and sofas as an easy way to incorporate watercolour. Even the addition of a simple ottoman can cost-effectively and effortlessly transform a living area, without being too overbearing for the rest of the space.
TREND 3# SOFT FURNISHINGS
For me, cushions and throws are the most cost-effective and striking way to update any room. Whether you’re looking in luxury or thrifty stores, there are many options available so you can add calming watercolour accents to your space. And they’re easy to find, transport and put in place, so your room can be changed on a budget, all in one afternoon.
To help with your colour direction, remember to consider your existing art pieces and accessories. This will allow you to tie the new items in with the rest of the room, making the transformation easy. Another important tip is that watercolours can add much needed summer colour, without the big bold impact of stronger hues.
TREND 4# DECOR
With warmer weather here, now is a lovely time for entertaining. Decor items, especially those used for dining, are a great way to show that you are up to date – and allow you to refresh that tired looking dinner set!
From coffee cups to serving trays, there are many decor items where watercolour can work to create character and make even the most simple of meals an event.
For colour inspiration, look to your existing pieces – such as hand-blown drinking glasses with a tinge of green, or geometric placemats – and you’ll be relaxed and enjoying that Sunday barbecue in watercolour, if not with water views!
So add a little oomph to your home and embrace the watercolour look – it’s an interior trend that can work for any home, no matter what your age, style of decor or budget.
Splash of colour Just a few samples in this trend can really lift a room. Watercolour cushions and prints (here and above right) from United Interiors.
FEET TREAT Casablanca rug, 155cm x 245cm, $598, from Au Rugs. FADE TO GREY Fader cushion in Mint, $49.95, from KAS.
DREAMY DINING S&P Cumulus 12-piece dinner set, $119.95, from Temple & Webster. SPOTS & STRIPES Round throw cushion in Rose Gold and Black, $48.20, from Zazzle.
Perfect partners Washy hues work so well with timber and white.
JUST FOR FUN Teardrop beanbag in Colour Splash, $19, from Kmart.
SUPER SOFT Watercolour Experimenting throw blanket (130cm x 152cm), $49, from Society6.
GORGEOUS GLAZE Organic Melt mug, $34.95, from Robert Gordon.