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Thursday, 8 June 2017
As we head into the warmer months, interiors lovers are experimenting with a range of striking new looks. Wayfair’s resident style advisor, Nadia McCowan Hill, shares ideas for how to bring the hottest trends home, easily and affordably…
If the colder months were all about embracing Scandinavia’s cosy ‘Hygge’ approach to home styling, ‘Lagom’ is the Swedish philosophy to aspire to in summer 2017. This Scandi art of ‘not too much, not too little’, means creating a thoughtfully curated space.
Less is definitely more when it comes to channeling this lifestyle approach, so where possible, it pays to strip back the clutter. If space is in short supply, you might like to invest in space saving storage. Think lidded ottomans, ladder shelves and storage benches for stylish storage methods that will allow you to spruce your space, while ensuring you don’t compromise on your style!You can then opt for beautifully crafted, streamlined pieces with a cool, clean aesthetic, displaying them with room to breathe and making a virtue of every item.
ALL OF A FLUTTER
Delicate in detail and kaleidoscopic in colour, the butterfly is the prettiest motif to wing its way into our homes this season. At Wayfair, shoppers are loving everything from quirky cushions featuring shimmering rainbow-winged wonders, to wild wall art featuring a rabble of fluttering friends.
Add a splash of fantasy to your space with whimsical butterfly wallpaper, or opt for a quirky occasional chair. Those looking to flirt with this trend can also try smaller accents, which can easily be switched out if you fancy a change. For a fun and affordable take on the look, why not try adding a pretty butterfly clip to the edge of a lamp or mirror?
Boho style usually comes in a rainbow of folksy colour, but the modern way to work the look is a far more muted affair. Beni-style rugs in cool cream have been hugely popular with Wayfair customers this season. Moroccan throws and cushions festooned with sequins, plus quirky wall-hangings in a whiter shade of pale are also an instant passport to this cool global look. To add interest to your space, you can try experimenting with lots of textures while keeping the hues soft and subtle. Think textured upholstery, lots of layered soft furnishings and pale and white-washed woods. Beautiful boho at its best!
Castleton Home Boho Carve Side Table
£118.99 | SHOP
Caracella Tropical Leaf Print
£9.59 | SHOP
This year’s take on the tropical trend is gloriously green and brimming with natural beauty. On Instagram, design lovers have been going wild with #greenupyourgaff, #growtopia #greenstagram and #plantsplantsplants taking root on the feeds of home enthusiasts across the country.
You can enjoy a laid-back look by featuring subtly tropical furniture in rattan and wood. Then why not branch out with lush leafy prints, vibrant parrot motifs and quirky bird-cages? For an authentic take on this hot style, take a leaf out of the natural world’s design book and fill your home with potted plants aplenty.
Sugar shades are back on the menu as we head into the summer months. From powder pink to cool mint, this soft and subtle look is sorbet styling at its best. Pastels can feel somewhat girly, but you can keep the look crisp by avoiding homeware that's too ornate. Instead, opt for contemporary pieces with a clean and streamlined aesthetic.
If you're looking to add just a hint of pastel prettiness to your home, try working in a few smaller accents or candy coloured soft furnishings into your scheme. In the kitchen, why not go for a bread bin, toaster and kettle in a pastel hue? Or in the bedroom you could add bedside lamps and scatter cushions, which all make for a quick and affordable transformation.If you have a home that features lots of neutral shades, such as white or grey, you can use pastels to give your space a little lift. Just a whisper of soft peach can be enough to add warmth and interest to a pared-down palette.
From vibrant fuchsia to bold magenta, pink has ditched its romantic reputation and has become one of the hottest hues for the summer. For an artsy take on the trend, choose abstract wall art that features hot pink as a key colour. An occasional chair, a vibrant rug or some cushions in a bold pink tone are also ideal for adding a pop of statement colour to a space, or you may prefer to choose one hero piece in pretty pink.
Rather than opt for an understated neutral, why not choose a sofa in a soft pink hue? It’s now possible to get many furniture pieces custom upholstered in a colour and material of choice and dusky pink velvet is proving a popular choice for sofas and chairs in 2017.
A table lamp with a bright pink shade offers another great way to inject colour into your home. You could also choose pendant lights with pink glass shades which bathe your home in warm light. If you’re looking to add a little humour to your space, why not feather your nest with this season’s quirky flamingo motif?
To shop the latest summer trends and for ideas and advice, visit Wayfair.co.uk. Free shipping over £40