House to Home Column: Use colours confidently this year

Becky Pink interviews interior trend expert Sarah Porter, from Porter and Brawn, about the new home trends to look out for from spring 2019

So what’s the overall feel for Spring décor?

“We expect to see more confident and joyful styles,” suggests Sarah Porter.

“Tactile surfaces are important and a key theme is for authentic craft – think linen, velvet, quilting, stitching and woven styles.

“Exotic locations are still on trend, so the leafy palm styles of last summer will be back, with added animal print, basketry and metallic finishes. “We love this example by Sarah Fortescue, complete with prowling leopard.”

What colours should we be using to stay on trend?

“Confident use of colour is key and we’ll see bold vegetable tones and warm earthy shades working well together, like these linen fabric swatches from Broste Copenhagen,” Sarah says.

“At the other end of the spectrum, clashing, bright colours and unusual groupings are a great way of updating your home. We’ll start to see the decline of grey and the increase of more saturated neutrals such as chocolate brown, caramel and tan.”

And what about patterns?

“As we search for a way to get closer to nature and make deeper connections with the communities around us, we’ll see personalisation and statement slogans,” states Sarah.

“Natural references will continue to be a strong influence but the important direction is for an aesthetic which connects the user to the maker, with unapologetic imperfections and beauty in both detail and simplicity.

“Ceramics have more texture, with a heavy focus on craftsmanship and natural materials. “This fantastic design by ceramicist James Pegg is a great example of the prominent maker’s mark.”

How about kids’ rooms?

“Designs take on a friendly, illustrative style, inspired by nature. We love these new designs by author and designers Frann Preston Gannon for Villa Nova,” explains Sarah.

“Other key motifs to keep an eye out for are rainbows, underwater animals, exotic birds and bugs.”

Becky Pink is a freelance copywriter and journalist who blogs about her family, life and home at You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter at @pinkscharming.

This feature was published in the January 2019 issue of Celebrate:MK lifestyle magazine. Read the full magazine above or by clicking on this link.

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