Bring on the blush
Blush pink has been one of the most celebrated and enduring colours of the last few years, cropping up everywhere from high fashion runways to Christmas decorations. Ideal for spring, blush is still going strong – especially duskier shades, like this velvet-covered pouffe featured on the Instagram feed of top Dublin interior designer Suzie McAdam.
‘Make it personal’
Typography and embroidered home accessories are a great way of adding some personality to your space, particularly if the phrases are unique to you. Globe-trotting blogger Anouska Proetta Brandon freshened up her bedroom this spring with these custom embroidered pillows by new Irish business Make It Personal, launched just before Christmas. Her framed Dublin screen print, made by another Irish company, me&him&you, is another great piece.
Go for gold
At the end of March, New York-based Irish fashion and lifestyle blogger Erika Fox excitedly shared this snap of her newly finished Manhattan apartment, years in the making. As well as encouraging her followers to keep trying to make their own home into their dream house, she inspires with a chic but calming colour scheme that draws on blush pink alongside a muted palette of white and grey, complemented with marble and gold accents. Check out her website for the full tour.
Why not take a leaf out of fashion icon Iris Apfel’s book and embrace vibrant patterns or whatever your own version of ‘OTT’ style is in your home this spring? A flamboyant piece of wall art or striking rug in your favourite print can immediately transform the feel of a room. For inspiration, check out the Instagram of illustrator and print-maker duo Jill & Gill, who just closed a sell-out solo show dedicated to Apfel at Dublin’s Fumbally Exchange.
If you prefer your space to be more muted than multi-coloured, follow the example of Kate Rose Crean, creative director and co-owner of luxury Irish paper goods store Dusty Boy Designs. Although her house features pops of colour, the overall vibe is one of serenity. She gets bonus points for her choice of cushion colours – olive green and navy are both predicted to be big for 2017.
Vogue called it back in December – quirky lighting is going to be a major trend for 2017, as the ubiquitous pendant lamps of recent years give way to more unusual forms. Cutting-edge Irish interiors store April and the Bear are all over it with this black enamel angled cloche shade, made by Nook London.
Bring in the greenery
There’s no better time than spring to bring the outdoors in, but a bouquet of sweet-smelling fresh blooms isn’t the only way to do it. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2017 is Greenery, and elegant interiors the world over are embracing nature in its purest form by bringing potted ferns and palms inside. A prime example is this photo of Le Cinq restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel George V Paris, shared by the multitalented Pippa O’Connor.
The 70s dominated the fashion world in 2016, and that same pivotal, inspiring era can be brought into our homes through details like pattern and fringing. As a reminder, Irish TV presenter and style guru Angela Scanlon recently posted this epic Hans Agne Jakobsson fringed ceiling light from the 1960s on her Instagram.
Get inventive with wallpaper
New York-based interior decorator Fiona Byrne made us rethink everything we thought we knew about wallpaper with this shot of wallpapered wall panels in a contemporary space. For more wallpaper-themed ideas, check out this article on simple DIY projects to do over the Easter holidays.
Look to the Mediterranean
Spring décor doesn’t have to be maximalist. Pared-back Mediterranean-inspired interiors have been a hit at this year’s Salone del Mobile Milano (Milan Furniture Fair), as in this installation by Hèrmes photographed by Irish interior designer Roisin Lafferty. Think white walls and terracotta tiles.