I was recently asked what colours, seasonal trends & must buys could I recommend for people to update their homes for spring.
A great question and a compliment to be asked my thoughts on this topic, however unfortunately my response what not what was expected.
Colours – are you really going to repaint the interior or exterior of your home as colours become fashionable? For most of us the answer is no. If however you are renovating or looking to change your home, put some time and thought into what colour would work on the exterior and inside the rooms you are renovating. There is some textured ornate wallpaper on the market at the moment that is absolutely amazing. But….will you love it forever? Or at least for a long time? These wallpapers while stunning can often be quite expensive. So not loving it a year later can be a costly mistake.
Sometimes the colour you would like on the outside of your home just doesn’t suit the style of the house. A lot of the paint companies now have programs that let you download a photo of your house or room and see it in many different colours. A worthwhile exercise that will cost you nothing.
Finally, whether it be interior or exterior, get a test pot! Often the paint looks quite different when it’s on the wall and different lights affect it too. Leave it for a couple of days and check back, does it still look good? Do you still love it?
With regards to furnishings & colours; rust, duck egg blue, blush, navy, mustard, forest green, depending on the season the latest hot colours just like fashion keep changing. My advise, colour you home to what makes you happy. An excessive amount of colour, white on white or somewhere in between. So long as you and your family are happy, who cares what the the hottest colour of the season is.
Seasonal trends – Personally my wardrobe doesn’t keep up with seasonal trends let alone my house! A home should feel great, be comfortable for you and your family and while it might look fabulous keeping up with the latest trends is not required (unless of course you want to). It’s just a quick way to spend a lot of money.
Must buys – this is different for everyone. One persons must is another persons luxury.
In summary, make your house a home, be happy in that space and my advice, keep it classic. Spend good money on beds, sofas, a dining table & chairs. These items are used frequently and often we can be a bit hard on them. You get what you pay for. If you buy good quality classic pieces, these set the base for the rest of your home. From there you can accessorise. And don’t be hard on yourself, it takes time xxx