This week, we returned to the interiors and home improvement divisions of the Ideal Home Show to bring ourselves up to date with the latest kitchen, bedroom and living room trends. With Spring officially beginning this week, we’re all ready to embrace the new.
While each exhibitor had something different to offer, we spotted some trends amongst them.
Here are our top five, set to take us through this year.
White kitchen units and white chest of drawers. In fact, white everything! Everywhere we looked, the neutral shade was the focus. Architect and Presenter George Clarke’s Only Fools and Horses re-fit swapped cream wardrobes for white and there were even a few pale sofas on show at companies such as Sofa Design.
Luckily for us, the most popular use of the shade is the easiest to carry off. The white kitchen looks effortlessly stylish and in a space where hygiene is at the top of everyone’s list, its purity speaks volumes. Vogue Kitchens show us how to add an accent colour of our choice to make our cooking space truly unique.
But on the whole, we’re sticking with white and it’s only the brave amongst us that will add brighter shades into the mix. As a Vogue Kitchens representative explained to us, they have both the brighter yellow and white kitchen and the plain white kitchen on display as “people might be put off with only the yellow one. The traditional white one will probably sell more because people might think that yellow’s not their colour.”
We also spoke to John Hubbard, a representative of Concreate flooring, who explained that white flooring options will still be popular choices for kitchens and bathrooms despite the current popularity of the light kitchen units and bathroom furniture.
What does this mean for us? Well, that we won’t be consciously balancing out our new white units with darker flooring. We can keep the flooring just as it is, so that this trend will be one of the easiest to put into practice!
Colourful fridge freezers
While our cupboards and shelving may remain white, we’re set to brighten up our kitchens with 1950s style fridges, freezers and all in one fridge freezers! Lime green and red will be the colours of choice according to Smeg’s Marketing Assistant, Christina McKevitt and Gorenje seem to agree with at least one half of the prediction – proudly displaying a red fridge freezer!
Whatever the colour we choose, one thing’s for sure. We’re moving away from “safe” white and embracing colour.
Step into our living rooms and we’ll be accessorizing our plain walls with heavily patterned furniture. Oliver Matthews explain that striped designs will continue to appeal as we look to embrace patterns in soft tones such as various shades of grey. The latest addition to their range is the geometric sofa, which was first put into production 10 days before the show. Our money’s on this becoming a future favourite, alongside striped designs.
The study bed
Moving into the bedroom, we’re set to re-think our room’s layout to give us more space. StudyBed’s exhibition stall attracted a lot of interest and no wonder now that houses are getting smaller! Their desk to bed product comes in a range of sizes and finishes.
Place a drink on the desk and it won’t move once you start unfolding the bed! We don’t like to speak too soon, but it could just be the most impressive product that we see this year. Whether it will sell to adults is questionable but we can definitely see the parents amongst us buying it to free up our children’s bedroom space.
The cool and warm bedroom
Last but not least, we’ve got the cool and warm bedroom mix. Everyone knows that blue is perfect for the bedroom. It’s calming and helps us to sleep. Ideal Home have picked up on this year’s trend for introducing a strong, warm colour into our home’s palette. This year’s home colour forecast embraces green and blue, alongside acid colours. We predict that teaming orange with the cooler shade will be the first move towards our renewed relationship with Tangerine Tango…
With five trends to pick from, there’s something for everyone. We wonder which one, two or even five, you’ll adopt for yourself…