What will the most fashionable homes be wearing this year?

Interiors writer Sharon Dale takes a look…

It’s the colour of roses, candyfloss and Barbie.

Now pink has also been deemed one of the most fashionable colours for 2016.

Pantone has made Rose Quartz its colour of the year, along with soft Serenity Blue. According to Pantone, Rose Quartz is “a persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.”
 


Ira lamps from £49, www.made.com
It also works very well with gold, which is set for a resurgence and will overtake copper as the metallic of choice. 

While gold and pink sound like an ostentatious, bling-tastic cross between the court of King Louis XIV and the boudoir of Katie Price, it doesn’t have to be that way.
 

Think of them as a combination of glamour and femininity.



The key to success when using them in your home lies in the quantity and the shade. Less is definitely more where these divas are concerned. One of my favourite takes on the trend is the toned down Cherished Gold paint by Dulux. It’s a gorgeous and earthy ochre with a touch of sparkle that should stand the test of time and trends.



Cherished Gold is Dulux 2016 Colour of the Year
 
Rebecca Williamson, Senior Colour Design and Content Manager at Dulux, says: “Gold and tones of gold are being used everywhere in the design world. It is a recurring colour and material at design fairs and in graphic design, as well as in architecture, fashion, beauty and interior decorating. For 2016 Cherished Gold is a beautiful next step, a natural evolution and transition from Copper Blush, last year’s Colour of the Year. As metallics continue to add that feelgood factor into our homes, this earthy gold-inspired hue will offer that little touch of glamour.”


I also love this Gold Gilt Button Bed, £1,670, from www.sweetpeaandwillow.com



Other fashionable colours for 2016 include soft grey, charcoal and orange, which all look great together.



This orange wall is the perfect backdrop for these vases in Habitat’s Spring Summer collection. They cost from £25 each.


Also trending for 2016 are floral prints. This bold Madagascar print by Albany, which is £28 a roll from www.wallpaperdirect.com, looks stunning.



The desire for handcrafted items remains strong. Supporting artists and makers is not only laudable, it adds soul and originality to a home. Find them on websites like Etsy and Folksy, art and makers fairs and in independent shops and galleries.





Giftware by ceramicist Jill Ford, www.jillford.co.uk  and original painting by Heather Burton, www.heatherburtonyorkshireartist.co.uk

Vintage will also continue to be popular and for good reason. It adds character and individuality to an interior. The best hunting grounds include vintage fairs, where prices tend to be lower than those in shops. Auction sites such as eBay and salerooms can also yield bargains. Retro furniture from the 1960s and 1970s is popular as it works well with contemporary interiors and shabby chic is now a perennially classic style.



Vintage furniture revived with a covering of Farrow and Ball’s finest.
 
 

Publish date: 19/02/2016