Get bold on the sofas
It looks like the days of dark-coloured and neutral sofas are over – at least for now. This year it’s the turn of vibrant, deep, rich colours like teal, maroon, aubergine and cobalt blue. Set against a neutral background, or even a black and white one, these colourful sofas will catch the eye and invite people to sit and luxuriate in them.
Bucket sinks in the bathroom
They’ve been around for a few years now but they’re still holding their own (as well as water) in bathrooms up and down the country. The good thing about them is that they don’t have as big a footprint as the older, curvy shell-style sinks so you can fit two bucket sinks into a relatively small area – ideal for larger families.
Statement wall art
The minimalism movement isn’t going anywhere just yet and so we’re seeing those busy-looking wall-galleries of photos and prints being replaced by single pieces. These standalone artworks draw the eye, add colour or detail to an otherwise blank wall and don’t overwhelm the space in the same way the more “bitty” galleries do.
Brass is pushing out copper and rose gold
It was good while it lasted, which wasn’t long, but rose gold and copper are over; possibly because it was hard to tell the difference between the two… Old-fashioned brass is back in style, though, so use the real deal, or at least the tone, in picture frames, lampshades, fireplaces and other fittings throughout the home. It adds a touch of traditional shine and glamour to pretty much anything, but don’t be tempted to overdo it.
Floral prints are back
There’s no need to panic, though, as we’re not going back to the 1970s and 1980s with the chintz (unless you really want to). Modern floral uses a range of sizes and styles, from big bold patterns to more ethereal designs. You can also use them more sparingly if necessary, like a feature wall or some cushions.