Colour Trends for Spring/Summer 2014

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Does Interior Design follow fashion or Fashion follow Interior Design? How do the colours we see floating down the catwalk find themselves into our interiors almost instantaneously? Who decides what colours will be trending, and how do fashion houses, product designers fabric houses and interior accessories companies manage to have similar colour palettes at the same time - do they call each other up and say "Hey, next season lets do pink"?

So many questions, but the reality is that colour forecasting is big business and starts 2 years in advance, taking into consideration global economies and events, political moods around the world and much more. A panel of colour experts from leading International paint, textile and colour companies meet twice a year to predict and agree on colour trends. The decisions made influence the way we live, the clothes we wear, the colour products we buy and (most importantly for us at Thomas Haycock) Interior Design.

So what do colour forecasters have in store for us for Spring/Summer 2014? 

One key look is soft pastels - with an abundance of pale minty greens and chalky pinks mixed with blues, yellows, greys and off white. This colour direction is quite feminine, with a nostalgic look at the 1920's

To use these soft pastel colours successfully in an interior and keep the look current and contemporary, team with a darker colour and use sleek simple shaped furniture and accessories. The dark colours play an important role in grounding the scheme and bringing it all together, especially if used in a living room.

This living room scheme uses some of the key colours of Spring 2014.

Sourcing: (1) Minty table lamp online at Graham & Green; (2) Wall colour Dulux Grey Steel 2; (3) Tin Tile Wallpaper at Abigail Ahern; (4) Designers Guild Savine Fabric in Graphite; (5) Floor Lamp online at Graham & Green; (6) Footstool online at Claire Anne O'Brien; (7) Spring 2014 key colours; (8) Sisal fFlooring by Alternative Flooring; (9) Print and Cushion by Ferm Living available online; (10) The Margot Sofa by sofa.com in Rose House Viscose Linen.

If you like to stay on trend but can't stretch the budget to buying all new furniture etc. a great cost effective way is to paint neutral colour walls and accessorise with cushions, throws, rugs, lampshades etc in the latest colour trend, or up cycle tired old furniture by painting in one of the key colours.

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