As we enjoy summer (when the weather plays ball), tastemakers and designers are looking ahead to the key interior looks we'll be channelling next season.
From smaller additions to lift a space to creating large statement walls, Martin Waller, founder of global design brand Andrew Martin, offers his top design trends to update your home.
Here are the looks he see as being key in the next six months.
1. THE HOME OFFICE
A home office must be designed as a space to induce thought. It wants to have crisp, clear lines, comfort and creative inspiration by way of artwork or patterned wallpaper. A desk light is a good way to add style and design-led angles to an office as well as being imperative for spot lighting.
A chair has to be comfortable, but it is important to get the level of comfort right. A leather armchair for example would fit in a library feel, acting as a sanctuary to read and reflect, where an upright swivel chair suits written desk work. And do not be condemned to a black foam seat, go for a chair in mid-century velvet upholstery or a cantilever with interesting lines.
2. STATEMENT HEADBOARDS
With the rise of the boutique hotel and its trending look in residential design, the headboard has become a brilliant focal point in bedroom decor. Look to the Firmdale Hotels for inspiration on using brave colour and pattern and have fun coordinating your headboard with a wallpaper or throw. Don’t be afraid to choose a more outlandish style as this only adds more character. See it as art above your bed.
3. ALL-WHITE INTERIORS
White makes the ultimate statement, as well as being wonderful for creating a restful, calming sanctuary we're all looking for right now. It's also a wonderful blank canvas for adding texture to, pairing with organic and earthy materials like wood for that natural aesthetic.
4. WOW-FACTOR WALLPAPER
The reason wallpaper is on a high is because there’s no quicker way to transform any room than with wallpaper. You can ricochet between a Renaissance painting or an industrial warehouse through to the magic of traditional wallpaper to the opening lines of Nicholas Nickleby.
5. DESIGN-LED BAR TROLLEYS
In terms of design, a bar trolley is a product you can play with; taking influence from the cocktail days of the Roaring 20s or the bachelor-style allure of the 50s and 60s.
It is a piece whose purpose is to enable a party atmosphere so it should echo enjoyable excess, like a stylised piece of room jewellery rather than a practical go-to.