Colour is one way that people can put their stamp on the interiors of their home. Red has found its way back to the palette as the power hue of the season, perfect for February.
The easiest way to look like you’ve made a drastic change to your home is to keep up with the colour trends of the season. It is also the trick to make a space interesting and to avoid falling into a décor rut. Whether it is choosing a new shade of paint for the walls or picking out a pair of cushions for the sofa, routinely re-accessorizing with pops of the latest pantone is the key to perpetually fresh and fun indoors.
This year, it gets spicy with fiery shades of red. Ranging from fire truck to paprika, this is a bold colour to work with. It works well with hot pinks and intense yellows, in case you want it to blend in with the overall look. You can find more woody and cherry tones, which make for warm, exotic spaces. An eye catcher, the scarlet tint is known to quicken the pulse and amplify energy levels. So if your room is in need of a wake up call, adding a few rubies and garnets should do the trick. Measured doses are advised to steer clear of overdoing the daring trend to an extent that it just looks tacky.
Before you start pulling out all things scarlet from your closet or store room and before you scribble down a list of décor items, decide if you want a few small touches or if you are willing to go all out?
Those willing to go whole hog could simply repaint their walls with the bright colour. However, many might be overwhelmed by all that red. Unless you want to give your room a total jumpstart, it is better to start by giving it a small taste of the trend.
For instance, the pouf, cushion and throw designed by Jean Paul Gaultier for Roche Bobois form a fun range to work with. Known for his shocking designs, his vision of a home is no less eccentric. Its prints boast an unlikely mix of florals and flames on rich textures.
A reliable item that can transform your space in no time is an area rug. The one from Pottery Barn offers a funky touch and sticks to the popular stripe trend as well. Accent pillows around the house are a winning style. We at WTM love the range from Versace.
The florals cushions from @home are perfect for the subtle hints of coral. You could also bring in the flirtatious tone into the dining room. The stark red crockery set from Zara Home is a must-have as they are balanced with a more soothing shade of white. They’ve also got some interesting frames, perfect to deck up the mantel piece. BoConcept proves it isn’t colour-shy with its range of sofas. They come in all kinds of shapes and sizes, but we’re most fascinated by their contemporary leather range.
In the name of art
Home décor is not about duplicating pages of an interiors magazine or furniture catalogue. It is about making your abode a part of you. Putting up a single piece of art can make a statement. Don’t worry if it does not mesh with the rest of the space.
The rule is: your place, your style. All that’s important is that you are confident about the painting or wall hanging. Good art can’t look wrong anywhere. For the month of romance, this hint of pop art from Paul Smith is perfect.