As I pulled back the curtains this morning, my heart skipped a beat. “Hurrah!”, I exclaimed as I realised it’s finally happening. Spring is here! The sun beamed through the windows and, as I wasn’t expecting it to be so intense at this time of year, I was somewhat dazzled. With the light freely flowing in, all kinds of emotions stirred within me. However, the positive vibes were dampened slightly as these gorgeous rays also highlighted every nook and cranny of my bedroom in a way I’d hardly noticed since the setting of the Indian summer sun last year. I knew then it was now the perfect time to plan for the changing season. Not wanting to make my life too difficult by embark on anything overtly grand, but unable to stand looking at the tired colours and worn out patterns, my boudoir is in dire need of an uplifting revamp if I’m to truly embrace these feelings of freshness.
So, with that in mind, and a cup of steaming hot coffee in my hand, I lifted the lid of my laptop and took to the internet in search of some spring inspiration.
What’s Hot in 2015
Instantly, these bold, fresh, tropical inspired designs spoke to the travel-craving, sun worshipper in me. The idea of incorporating earthy tones and block colours with wild, rather garish prints that provide a modern, vibrant twist, pack a punch and make a statement, is highly appealing. Botanical leafs, insects, floral and tribal designs seem to be making their way in to everything from sofas, to bedspreads, to wall fittings. Painterly rugs are also in the limelight, as well as smoky glass and graphic tiles suitable for both indoors and out.
Apparently, and probably not all that surprisingly, grey is the new black this season! Other colours in focus early on in 2015 are: mixed metals, indigo, teal, midnight hue, moss green, grape, mulberry, peach and burnt orange.
The skirting boards in my bedroom are currently off white and are looking pretty dreary. My light wooden chair and shabby chic dresser would also benefit from an update. I don’t fancy as large a job as painting all the walls, so considering this and the aforementioned design inspo, I think contrasting the base wall colour with a deep, sultry shade around the edges is just about a perfect compromise, will help to frame the room and provide a blank canvas for the other vibrant accessories.
I adore the idea of creating my own private sizzlingly-humid, tropical paradise; incorporating the bright, bold grape and mulberry tones, surrounded by the blue or metal grey skirtings and accessorised with bold print curtains, bedspreads and cushion coverings.
Updating Tired Techniques
So I’m set on adding that tropical inspired ‘je ne se quoi’ to my bedroom by combining some of the above suggestions. And, as well as purchasing lots of fabulous florals and powerful paints, I want a new approach to some of the tried and tested decorating techniques I’ve adopted in the past. I’ve been eagerly searching for twists on the obvious which will help create something trendy and that I’ll be able to apply time and time again. Here are two particular ideas that sparked my interest: Instead of using a regular old paintbrush, how about giving airbrushing a go. My skirting boards, chair and dresser will be injected with a much needed colour boost by combining an air compressor, a spray gun and various instyle colours to create a unique and lasting effect, and no doubt it will come in very handy for a variety of other projects in the near future.
Also, I plan to buy new curtains and/or bedspread but what about cushion covers. Clashing patterns are bang on trend right now, but constantly buying new to stay up-to-date can soon mount up. So, perhaps a touch of DIY upholstery using napkins?! Yes, you read me right, you can create trendy covers, that don’t cost the earth, using cloth napkins. Now I’m not much of a seamstress - hence buying my curtains and bedding - so the idea of iron-on hems and pre-cutout squares is perfect for me, as well as the ability to truly make the product unique and dynamic. And so what if you want a change them all in a few months time. This way you can constantly update and mix around your accessories without worrying about the expense.
Faking Fresh on a Budget
And finally, I love adding extra pizazz to a room by including flowers and plants. But buying fresh flowers can get pretty pricey and their shelf life is rather limited. So I’m going to add to my tropical paradise by accessorising with faux plants, flowers and fruit. The good thing about these products, beside the expense and time saving elements, is that you can truly be authentic in your style creations. You can find a wide range of very real looking products which in the UK are pretty unobtainable, or at least challenging to find during certain times of the year.
How about an oversized bowl or wicker basket bursting with vibrant, exotic fruit. A palm tree, oriental bamboo, or tropical bird of paradise plant by the desk. Whatever look you wish to recreate, you can. Mixing and matching can be the perfect compliment to any room and will enhance the authenticity of these latest interior design trends.