Sticking with tradition or Jungle Fever?
Is there anything quite as wonderful as the first signs of spring? The early bulbs have shown their sunny faces in the garden, and springtime warmth is slowly moving in. But when it comes to interiors are you attracted to the traditions of English springtime or enticed by this season’s latest trend featuring tropical-inspired colours and prints? Whichever you choose, here are some ideas of how to celebrate the freshness of the new season in the home…
1) Colours: Yellows, blues, pinks and greens are all reminiscent of spring days. Inspired by the flowers of the season these colours work well both in pastels or brighter tones. Pastels are more traditional for Eastertime, whereas brighter colours are spot on trend this season in line with a wave of tropical interior design that includes hot pinks and bright teals and prints starring parrots, pineapples and tropical floras.
2) Flower Power: Bring spring indoors with some simple flower displays. Traditionally, a few or even a single tulip in a vase can be effective. Daffodils also look nice and fresh on window ledges. Of course, real flowers aren’t the only option. Floral designs on cushions and wall art can have the same result. If you’re embracing the tropical craze, then it’s all about palm trees and cacti this season. Real cactuses can be low-cost and are easy to care for - perfect for introducing some greenery into living areas.
3) Nature: Spring is the season of new life. Lambs, rabbits and chicks all feature prominently in traditional spring interiors. Whether it be cushions, wall art or ornaments, introducing these wildlife touches into the home will give it a spring feel. Alternatively, the tropical style this season calls for colourful birds, wild cats and monkeys, offering a fresh alternative. “Perfect for those looking for some exotic escapism”, says Bethan Ryder (The Telegraph, 2017) on this season’s interior trends.
I certainly feel ready to leave behind the doldrums of the wet winter and embrace the new season! And dreaming of tropical islands whilst gazing at palm tree prints in the glow of candle light from pineapple tealight holders sounds quite appealing. I think I’ll have a Pina Colada!
Lydia Eeles. March 2017