The beginning of a new season is a great time to embrace change and think about refreshing your home décor and interior design. Little tweaks and new homeware purchases can be fun, but if you are after a more exciting and dramatic switch, its changing the walls and floors that will achieve the biggest impact.
There are some brilliant trends emerging for Autum/Winter 2015 that will add life and vibrancy to your home. The interior design experts are talking a lot about colour and people are definitely getting bolder and braver – and as we know, colour truly affects our mood, so it can be exhilarating to move away from those plain white and magnolia walls and neutral floors, and instead embrace the more dramatic shades and hues that will shake up a space and wake up your senses!
But if neutrals are definitely your thing, then layering different tones, as in the picture above, works really well. Introduce different materials into the room to prevent it from looking characterless. Layering textures and complimentary tones is the key to preventing it from looking boring or bare – instead, you will achieve a co-ordinated and calm space. Don’t be scared to mix different woods together, either – as you can see, the antique-stained stools, pale, natural floor and painted desk and cupboards perfectly harmonise together.
If you are ready for some more colour in your life, though, but are unsure where to start/what colours to use, simply veer towards your favourite colours. If you prefer blues and greens, you can think about using deep inky blues, energising turquoise or verdant greens that tap into the current botanical trend. These colours also pair beautifully with white, so if you can’t bear to get rid of it altogether it’s a great compromise!
If reds and oranges are more your thing, maybe you could incorporate a Moroccan-inspired, ‘global’ room scheme with brick reds and burnt oranges, using rugs for added warmth and texture. Or go for the deep reds and golds we associate with those glamorous old cinemas and Art Deco hotels for a decadent, retro look.
Once you’ve addressed the walls, think about the sort of flooring you want. Carpet is making a comeback, especially vintage designs and deep colours that look and feel plush – or classic tartans that give some country house comfort. If you prefer the convenience of a hard floor, there are many beautiful, natural-looking laminates for that timelessly stylish and clean Nordic look. But for a dramatic change, how about a dark and classy laminate floor? It looks stunning with a neutral colour scheme and modern furniture, giving your home an exclusive look, especially when it is allowed to flow from one room to the next.
And don’t forget that rugs are a great addition to a hard floor for Autumn/winter to add a touch of cosiness.
Before embarking on your room re-designs, I really recommend making a mood board. This can be as simple as cutting some images you love out of home magazines and sticking them on a noticeboard, alongside swatches of fabric and paint samples. Or how about creating a virtual mood board? You can see some of mine on Pinterest and with such great online resources nowadays it’s easy to make a visual interpretation of the sort of finished look you are seeking to achieve. And if you are still lacking inspiration, Interior Designer and Journalist, Diana Civil has some excellent advice here on the Carpetright website and in her video below, she gives lots of great design advice and colour inspiration – it’s well worth a watch to help you focus your ideas.