This month, our guest bloggers over at Trend Bible focus on how pastels can be utilised in the home for autumn/winter 2011/12.
Pastels can be an easy trend for retailers to buy into when it comes to soft furnishings and bedding, but is more of a challenge when it comes to furniture and accessories. So here we give you a run down of how the trend can work across these areas and also give you an insight into how pastels can look overall in the home this winter.
Here at Trend Bible, we’ve all noticed the trend for pastel shades building as we move further towards Christmas and the festive season. Derived from our ‘Perfected’ story in our Autumn/Winter 2011/12 forecast for Home Interiors, which we published back in January 2010, this trend explores the home of the future where soft, delicate and tactile elements blend with architectural structures to create a modern look inside the home. During times of recession and economic uncertainty, the home has become our safe haven and therefore we’re increasingly spending more time in and around the home, and want to surround ourselves with tactile, comforting, familiar and timeless products as a result.
In the living room, the pastel trend works well for smaller home accessories and furniture including stools, side tables and vases. Faceted and angular accessories are softened by pastel shades and provide a fresh update for the home in winter 2011.
The kitchen is an easy area in which to translate this trend if you only want small doses of pastel. Kitchen implements like knives and tableware are freshened with this pale palette, and pairing stainless steel with coloured silicone and acrylic instantly gives this look a modern edge. Star shaped bakeware in pastel tones are an easy way to include this trend in Christmas ranges, and dappled and rippled-effect glassware are a seasonal must-have.
For winter lighting in the home, delicate colours allow bold architectural forms to stand out, so shapes for lights should be angular and contemporary.
To translate this trend into festive ranges, add in matt pewter and gold tones or mix in a bright, metallic cerise pink for a modern Christmas palette. This is easily worked into Christmas tree decorations, wreathes and seasonal giftwrap.
Next month, Trend Bible share with you which trends are going to be important for home interiors in spring 2012.
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