The best of blue: spring/summer accessories 2015
Changes to soft furnishings or decorative accessories can make subtle differences or refresh the overall look of a room or outdoor space, and statement pieces can tie colour schemes together. Last month’s High Point Market (the high point of the US furniture industry’s calendar) identified four interior trends for 2015: Made in America, Blue, Nature and Metallic.
Patti Johnson of Patti Johnson Interiors forecasted shades of blue complementing colour schemes: “Blue is the colour of the year in furniture and accessories for the home. I see lots of deep and vibrant blue shades ranging from royal indigo to watery azure decorating colour palettes this season.”
Colours typically found in nature – calming blues, greens and neutrals – marry perfectly with brights, metallics and wood finishes. High street brands alongside smaller independent retailers easily combine to make the very best of spring/summer style.
Sea blues cushion (50cm x 50cm), £70, Vintage Cushions
Designed and produced in London by Nicholette Yardley-Moore, these bespoke cushions are made using vintage fabrics and trimmings, quintessentially British and a definite investment. A wide range of bold prints and colours are available.
Turquoise carved wood partition screen, £240 (was £300), Matthew Williamson at Debenhams
A gorgeous intricately carved wooden screen in a bright green/blue shade. This statement piece would sit perfectly against neutral tones or bold patterns.
1810 large bottle vase in blue dotty, £40, Heal’s
Made in Britain, Heal’s has developed the 1810 collection in celebration of the year the company was established, and its first range of fabrics since the 1970s. 1810 incorporates colourful design into soft furnishings, dining and accessories.
Clayton utility pendant light, £28 (was £40), Laura Ashley
This lovely retro style light fitting with a metal shade in a duck egg finish, adds to a fresh, light feel.
Herb garden PVC tablecloth fabric, £18 per metre, John Lewis
For those who like to make and makeover: John Lewis’ pretty PVC coated fabric lends to so many different looks and mixes well with other prints as easily as plain colours.
Wooden tree bookends, £6, Wilko
These cute bookends are an unusual addition and the natural colour can be left as it is, or easily painted to match a colour scheme.
Ancient deck chair, £69, Marks and Spencer
The classic sling seat deck shape in a sycamore frame with water repellent fabric. A key piece to update outside living areas.