Trend watch

Carol O’cal­laghan picks five top trends for a sum­mer makeover

Irish Examiner - Property & Interiors - - Interiors -

The in­te­rior fash­ion sooth­say­ers are on the ram­page, filling our heads with new ideas to bring our homes bang up to date this sea­son. So, say good­bye to cop­per, the lone grey sofa sit­ting un­adorned in splen­did iso­la­tion, and in­dus­trial chic with its echoes of aus­ter­ity. En­ter fun, glam­our, even a touch of es­capism and some much needed outdoor hygge. The lat­ter must have been in­vented for an Ir­ish sum­mer, as where else would we need to cre­ate cosi­ness out of doors?

If you didn’t get enough of com­fort­ing, cosy hygge last win­ter, outdoor hygge may be the only way to go if we want to live in the gar­den or on the pa­tio this sum­mer.

“Get bas­kets to­gether and fill with cush­ions and throws,” says Suzanne Walsh, in­te­rior de­signer with Ken Jack­son In­te­ri­ors. “Keep them near the back door, ready to sit out­side for cool evenings. Faux an­i­mal skins thrown over chairs will add ex­tra com­fort. For at­mos­phere, can­dles in hurricane lamps will stop them blow­ing out if it’s breezy.”

Back in­doors, trop­i­cal themes are loom­ing large and for the last week, it’s cer­tainly been trop­i­cal out­doors. Suzanne’s ad­vice is to be brave: “Don’t be afraid to mix trop­i­cal colours like bold pri­maries and pas­tels. Pinks and wa­ter­melon hues work re­ally well with inky blue and in­digo.

“Try these on a sin­gle chair, or even in wall­pa­per on a fea­ture wall,” she says. “A small space like a bath­room could have a fun el­e­ment in a Ro­man blind.

“Cush­ions can also be used to in­tro­duce the trend in a small way and are easy to change when you want.”

Chic op­u­lence is up next with the em­pha­sis on the word ‘chic’, so tread lightly un­less you want to end up on a col­li­sion course be­tween Donald Trump’s Mar-a-lago and Mid­dle East dic­ta­tor-chic.

Think, in­stead, of Art Deco with a mod­ern twist, where straight lines meet lux­ury up­hol­stery, fin­ished with pleats and but­tons and con­trasted with sub­tle brass ac­cents and pol­ished metal­lic sur­faces. Hap­pily, it stops short of the mir­ror ef­fect which is

“Not ev­ery­where will be suited to the whimsy of tigers prowl­ing across your sit­ting room wall­pa­per...

cat­nip to sticky lit­tle fin­gers, and the bane of who­ever has to do the pol­ish­ing.

It’s a so­phis­ti­cated look, with plush vel­vets in jewel tones of emer­ald and sap­phire, and semi-pre­cious stone shades like amethyst, peri­dot, and agate.

“What I love is that there’s noth­ing gar­ish here,” says Suzanne. “Min­eral colours with metallics re­ally work to­gether for a mix of op­u­lence and light­ness.

“It’s easy and it even means we can fi­nally mix grey with golds. Peo­ple used to think it was one or the other, but we’re see­ing grey so­fas with gold in drap­ery.”

This brings us nicely on to the trend for colour which seems in no mood to go away, and has forced the once must-have, all­white look to fade into the back­ground.

“Pas­tel hues, es­pe­cially dusky and blush pinks, are soft and re­lax­ing in an adult bed­room,” says Suzanne.

“And even though green is colour of the year, blue is a big trend, es­pe­cially navy and in­digo. In kitchens they’re being used to cre­ate a pop of colour on a sin­gle larder unit or is­land.”

Pat­tern can’t be ig­nored this sea­son ei­ther. It’s big and get­ting big­ger, both as a trend and by the sheer scale of prints avail­able, but needs care­ful think­ing about

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