Top 10 spring trends in home décor
Fresh home looks for a bright new season that you can achieve with ease, by Diana Valentine
Yes, it's a cliché to start overhauling your house in March, but clichés exist for a reason - and there's nothing quite like the bright light of longer days to give us the energy for a spring clean (if only to brush away those now visible dust balls). For many people, a good scrub and a decluttering will be enough to take their house into the new season, but, for others a few up-to-date touches will be needed to liven things up.
It's another cliché, but introducing a new trend to your home can be as simple as changing your cushions, adding some feature vases or hanging a striking new print. This spring marks a return to interiors inspired by Mother Nature as we embrace lush living greens and fill our home with elaborately textured textiles and bohemian accessories. Welcome spring 2017's New Romantic look with these 10 tantalising décor trends…
1 Green (& blue)
This is the year to embrace nature's bountiful colour palette. Spring's statement colour, Greenery - appointed colour of the year by experts Pantone - will be inescapable, and so too will be its other green sisters, Palm, Kale and Aloe. But, fear not, if you find it hard to introduce green into your home décor, moody blues are very much en vogue, as are pretty, natural yellows such as Primrose and Heather.
Find it: Sumptuous spring upholstery from Danish brand Nordal, available in Ireland through selected retailers, nordal.eu
Victoriana-inspired animal motifs continue to grace our homes, thanks to high fashion's fondness for fawns and fantastic creatures. This year, we're seeing anything from mischievous monkeys to kitschy koala prints, but the season's undoubted crowned winner is the boisterous butterfly.
Find it: Prints from Broste Copenhagen, available in Ireland through selected retailers, brostecopenhagen.com
3 Pattern clash
Mixing and matching patterns and textures is an art in itself - and one you will be able to immerse yourself in completely this year, where dots, stripes and inky blots reign supreme.
Find it: New-season textiles from Broste Copenhagen, available in Ireland through selected retailers, brostecopenhagen.com
4 Boho chic
Enjoy a new textile age of utter luxuriousness with intricate pleats and folds, jewel colours, bohemian adornments and sumptuously soft textures.
Find it: Authentic, handmade Moroccan bedspread with pompoms, €145, Dar Sol, dar-sol.com
5 Minimal pastels
A new minimalism has emerged in ceramics: muted pastels, raw whites and matted greys, alongside shimmering blacks in textured, distinctive artisanal shapes, are making a big return to our homes.
Find it: Pastel perfection from Scandinavian interiors brand Broste Copenhagen, available in Ireland through selected retailers, brostecopenhagen.com
6 Indoor jungle
Last year was totally tropical and full of pineapple prints, but 2017 is all about elegant, exotic escapism and decorating with lush greenery. Say hello to your new urban 'jungalow' with monstrous monsteras and fabulous ferns.
Find it: 'Jungalow' inspiration from Dutch interiors brand HK Living, available in Ireland through selected retailers, hkliving.nl
7 Natural materials
Luxurious plants are the perfect backdrop for this season's natural materials and eco-friendly products, such as reedy rattan day beds and beautiful bamboo benches - the perfect accessories for your brand-new indoor jungalow garden.
Find it: Hanging teardrop rattan chair, €350, Home Lust Concept Store, home-lust.com
8 1970s groove
Groovy geometrics and stylised botanicals are set to rule this spring and summer. Look out for bold designs with a distinctive 1970s vibe as well as pop art-style African and Asian patterns in vibrant colours.
Buy it: New-season decorative cushions from HK Living, available in Ireland through selected retailers, hkliving.nl
9 Industrial style
Last winter's sophisticated white marble and brass combo continues to dominate well into spring, thanks to its natural-meets-industrial appeal, with decadent dinnerware and barware taking centre stage towards the summer.
Buy it: White marble and brass circular trolley, €400, Dust, dust.ie
10 Understated opulence
High glamour transforms into understated opulence this spring. Out goes the ubiquitous copper and gilded bling; in come sultry smoked glass, reflective surfaces and magnificent metallic accent pieces.
Buy it: Brass and glass wheeled stand, €464, Fabricport, fabricport.com