The good news is that it doesn't take much to update your interiors. Invest in some new cushions or bed linen, maybe a vibrant new paint shade on one wall and some sassy new accessories and you will instant add a new 'wow' factor to your home.
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Each year Pantone – creators of a universal, standardised colour-matching system – announces its colour of the year. For 2019, it is Living Coral, a warm, vibrant shade that is supposed to represent wellness, amongst other things.
'It represents a feeling that’s out there in the zeitgeist,' says Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute. Hopefully that means it's going to cheer us all up in the midst of a dank, grey winter! Avoid heading to the terracotta side, though – what looks fabulously pink and sunset-ty in hot climates like Morocco turns into a dense, flat, light-sucker in the UK.
Living Coral has become Pantone's colour of the year 2019.
Whatever you think of coral, this colour is going to be seen all over everywhere and everything in the next year. It goes well with greys, and with the new neutrals – the nudes, blush pinks and beiges that are taking over from grey. Teamed with warm, earthy, rusty browns, chestnut and walnut shades, they also work nicely with Dulux's own shade of the year, Spiced Honey.
Dark kitchens, with navy and black in a matt finish are taking over from traditional white, cream or light grey, particular at low level below the work surface.
The Dunham kitchen in Midnight and Seagrass, part of the new Magnet Create paint to order range, starting from £3,624. Available from Magnet www.magnet.co.uk
Moving on to pattern, the tropical effect is still big. Wayfair (wayfair.co.uk) calls it Maximalism and the range features parrots and other exotic birds all over its new spring/summer products. Pineapples, bamboo and tropical leaf prints also abound.
Animal print wallpaper at Limelace (limelace.co.uk) includes wacky panther, mock croc, zebra and peacock designs in eccentric shades like teal, fuchsia and iris. Use in an alcove or behind shelving to make a real statement without overpowering your room.
Senzo Spot wallpaper by Cole & Son, £85 a metre, from Limelace
Origami is also 'in' at Wayfair and includes little china pots and pleated silk cushions folded like paper, which are both pretty and unusual.
Tesco Home (in-store only) focuses on simple Scandi-chic style with modern pastel colours and geometric and floral prints, while its premium homeware brand Fox & Ivy maintains its luxury look with statement floral prints and metallic touches, but also introduces a more relaxed, everyday look with earthy tones, reactive glaze and brushed gold.
Statement florals with metallic touches from Fox & Ivy, including Navy Bouquet double duvet set, £26, and Navy Geo velvet bedspread, £40, both available from Tesco.
'Metals will be used in more interesting ways and will be more popular than ever, but no more rose gold,' says interior designer Joy Moyler in an interview with Elle Décor.
'Whether it's gold, brass or blackened metals, they will be used in a lacy or massed way. They will definitely be more interesting and designed in a more sculptural-based manner than in the past. There's a strong push towards art as function.'
This is also reflected in the elegant Art Deco style, favoured for its unfussy, sharply-defined lines combined with the opulence of mirrored finishes, geometric patterns and high-shine metal.
When it comes to fabric, top of the pops is still velvet, with sales of velvet sofas and now beds showing no signs of dipping.
Other key looks for 2019 include celestial motifs like stars, fringes on everything, curvy, scalloped furniture and tiles, and Crittall-style screens as well as doors and rear extensions.
There's a lot to love out there this year, so however you choose to update your home for 2019, just make sure you adore it!
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