Life & Style Weekend - - HOME - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

In and out lists are my guilty plea­sure. I pre­tend I’m above that ap­proach to trends, but se­cretly I love a good what’s hot and what’s not list. So, ex­actly what is on trend for our up­com­ing sum­mer? Here’s a brief run­down gleaned from re­search both here and in Europe. IN: Trop­i­cal prints and botan­i­cal high­lights. This trend con­tin­ues to grow and for good rea­son – no one dec­o­rates bet­ter than na­ture. It’s all about blur­ring the lines be­tween your in­te­ri­ors and the great out­doors. OUT: Any fringed hang­ing art­work. Macrame wasn’t a good look the first time around and it hasn’t im­proved with time. IN: Bam­boo and rat­tan fur­ni­ture. Be­cause it sim­ply screams sum­mer and hip­sters can’t get enough of it. Buy orig­i­nal vin­tage or the cool con­tem­po­rary de­signs, it doesn’t mat­ter, this fur­ni­ture is as prac­ti­cal as it is ca­su­ally stylish. OUT: Re­pro­duc­tion high-end fur­ni­ture such as the Philippe Starck Ghost chairs. You know it’s passe when they are sold at na­tional chain stores. IN: Gold rules when it comes to metallics. Seen in bath­rooms to bed­rooms and ev­ery room in be­tween, gold is a time­less and glam­orous fin­ish. OUT: Stain­less steel (bor­ing!) and cop­per has come and gone as a trend. IN: Pinks and blues. From azure to aqua blues, this is the per­fect high­light colour, adding the el­e­ment of water to any space. Al­ter­na­tively, pinks were pop­ping ev­ery­where in Europe for their sum­mer as it is the per­fect foil for slate grey walls (still a huge trend). OUT: Tie-dyed and om­bre (grad­u­a­tion from dark to light) coloured fabrics.

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