It Could Be Spring Year-Round If You Add Fashionable Pastels And Joyful Florals To Your Home

Says Interiors Journalist Sharon Dale

Spring has finally arrived and it heralds the start of peak redecorating season. The lighter, brighter days highlight dreary interiors that are in need of a refresh and while this means hard work and extra expense, re-styling is always worthwhile. It gives us a boost.

This year, home fashion has fallen in line with Spring. Pastels are on-trend, so soft pinks, peach and lilac are all prominent. They all pair well with a touch of yellow. My go-to place for paint is Little Greene. It has a great array of colours and the paint has depth and goes a long way (first rule of decorating is don’t use cheap paint. It spatters and you’ll end up using twice as much). Check out the Pastel Paint Colours section on the website.

You may fancy a touch of Farrow and Ball and who doesn’t love its rich, chalky texture?Middleton Pink and Yellowcake work well together. For less expensive emulsion, Johnstones and Leyland, available from independent decorating supplies stores, are excellent and you can usually colour match to copy pricier brands.

For wallpaper ideas, browse Set aside a few hours as you’ll get lost in the hundreds of patterns available. Designers Guild’s Acanthus paper, £65 per roll, is vibrant and features ferns, which I’m fond of.  

Designers Guild Acanthus paper, £65 per roll

Farrow and Ball’s Helleborus in yellow, £112 a roll, would bring a lovely sunshine colour into a bedroom. 

Helleborus wallpaper from Farrow and Ball
My favourite Spring-like paper is a classic by printmaker Mark Hearld. Harvest Hare comes in four colourways: corn yellow, chalk white, slate blue and Provencal blue and costs £66 per roll from

Mark Hearld's Harvest Hare wallpaper from

While the above are more expensive than the average paper, if you’re using on just one wall, you may be able to justify the expense. Another very effective way of using it is to put it into frames. A set of three on one wall works well.

If you prefer plain walls and/or want a quick fix, use curtains, cushions and rugs. Cushions, of course, offer a quick and inexpensive way of ringing the changes. It’s becoming a thing to have them for all occasions. You can have a Spring/Summer set, an Autumn/Winter set and, best of all, a Christmas collection. 

Home Sense and Dunelm have a good range but if you like something a little different and want to support independents, check out what designer makers have to offer on, and

Cushions from Dunelm

Pink chair and accessories from Homesense

Finally, don’t forget houseplants and fresh flowers. They are incredibly fashionable but also make a home feel good. That’s because they mop up toxins and release oxygen into the air. Ferns look fabulous, Aloe Vera and other succulents are very easy to keep, as are cacti and Spider Plants.

If you’re superstitious then invest in a money tree and learn how to care for it - it is said to bring good fortune and wealth if it flourishes. Most Chinese restaurants and takeaways have at least one.

It’s tempting to buy faux flowers these days as there are so many great copies about but add some real ones into the mix. You don’t have to spend a lot on them. You can get a bunch of bright and cheerful daffodils for £1 a bunch and they last for ages.

Fresh flowers are a good investment. Loft desk from Marks and Spencer, £179

Finally, don’t forget the outside. Our windows overlook our yards and gardens so make an effort. I gave mine a bit of extra thought last year, thanks to an interview I did with Jo Banks, a wonderful horticulturalist, who also does workshops and classes for those of us who are clueless when it comes to gardening.

She suggested I buy some Verbena. It grows tall and is topped with tiny purple flowers that attract bees and butterflies. I could see it peeping over my windowsill and the mere glimpse of it was wonderfully uplifting.

Publish date: 15/05/2018

Publisher: New Home Finder