Are you a magpie when it comes to all things patterned and printed? Or do you usually like to play it safe with block colour or nice neutrals only? Whichever camp you’re in, the big trends for the coming months have plenty of options to tempt you into bringing some new prints into your home. From familiar fierce animal prints through to big, bold and ever-so-slightly kitsch florals, let’s take a look at what Autumn-Winter has to offer.
Love them or loathe them, animal prints are one of those trends that never truly goes away. Stripes, dots and spots have been all over the catwalks and high street fashion shops in recent months and as living etc recently said – leopard print in particular is well and truly creeping into home interiors. If you’re not a fan of the stronger prints, you could always give the smudged leopard print shades a try. Muted leopard options in pink, grey and soft caramels can be found on items like bed linen, throws and cushions and work beautifully with Dulux’s colour of 2019, Spiced Honey. A subtle leopard print is a great choice for those who want to suggest texture and comfort without committing to some of the stronger style companions needed to carry off a full-on 80s inspired darker print.
Speaking of darker animal prints, if you’re into monochrome styling, there are on-trend animal prints to suit you too. For the brave, accents of zebra and Dalmatian print can add interest and break up the uniformed look that can often result from sticking with two colours only. You could step things up of course – berry shades of leopard and zebra prints can bring playful warmth in a living room. Add a statement cushion or throw to a velvet sofa, hang a rounded art deco mirror and you’ll tick a bunch of current trends all in one opulent swoop.
Big, Bold, Florals
We’re used to seeing lots of floral interiors options. The botanicals trend and tropical flower prints seem to have been the mainstay for several summer seasons now. Lots of colour, lots of greenery, what’s not to love? But what about taking a slight change of direction with less exotic florals? Something dare we say, a little more, chintzy?
Oversized flowers in bold shades are big news right now. Think updated country house with a good helping of all kinds of colours to balance against those gorgeous greens. Yellows, warming berry shades and richer, darker petals too. Brighter florals look great against that pink velvet sofa or as the print for the sofa fabric. Remember: it’s best to go loud with florals on the sofa, wall or carpet – not all three. Or why not add some extra drama with dark floral bed linen in the bedroom?
Not sure any type of floral textiles is really for you? You don’t need to jump on the chintz wagon with curtains, wallpaper or flowery cushions. Why not try something subtle like some custom floral canvas prints instead? Floral art work can add colour and suggest texture, plus, you can go as big and bold as you like. Prefer your florals to be delicate and elegant? Oriental style prints complete with pretty blossoms are also proving popular right now.
As the nights and days get darker, would you welcome a colour injection in your home? Would your current kitchen benefit from being brightened with mood-lifting coloured prints? How about a downstairs bathroom that brings the fiesta? While we may all be familiar with seeing Mexican inspired prints around the time of All Hallow’s Eve (sugar skulls in particular) the current penchant for folksy, bold and strong Mexican-inspired prints shows that there’s far more scope to bring a little taste of South American style into your home long term. Owing more than a little to the fashion world’s recent interest in Frida Kahlo, Mexicana is well and truly taking over a heap of homeware departments.
Style the print your way with strong statement tablecloths set against block coloured walls and pom-pom trimmed rugs. Or pare it down by combining with the greenery and new natural trends. Those who plump for the latter can create light and bright interiors complete with pops of pattern, macramé wall hangings, woven baskets and indoor potted plants. Now doesn’t that sound like all the perfect ingredients for a relaxing bedroom space or inviting living room?
Which patterns and prints are you loving right now? Are you all about the animal prints or are you loving rich autumnal and retro chic florals? Is print always a real no-no for you?