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Spring awakening

  As the weather gets warmer and the British countryside bursts into life in a kaleidoscope of flowering bluebells, hawthorn and fritilla-ries, many of us fall prey to the insatiable urge to freshen up our homes. This spring, in particular, the sirens of seasonal colours are harder to resist, because soft, captivating hues are firmly back at the heart of interior decoration. Pastels see an unprecedented revival—especially shades of pale pink, which are often used to add a warm accent or create a delicate focal point in any room. ‘Pink is making a real comeback,’ explains interior designer Nina Campbell, who recommends mixing it with pale grey ‘to soften it and make it less sweet’. Likewise, it can be paired with neutrals for a warm, sophisticated atmosphere or with gold and metallic for glamour. Another option is to bring together several shades of the same hue—from pale to hot pink, for example—or blend two or three fondant colours, such as jade and aqua, in a relaxed summer palette. ‘Pastels create effervescent, delicate interiors, which ooze a sense of calm and charm,’ says interior designer and stylist Katharine Howard. Sorbet tones can also be interpreted in a fresh way by offsetting them with vibrant flashes of colour—for example, juxtapos­ing mint, aqua and candy pink with rich orange and juicy citrus. But if pastels really aren’t your thing, the classic, nautical pairing of blue and white is very much of the moment, and never fails to inject a sense of seasonal freshness. Shapes are just as striking as colours this year, with the return of geometric patterns and utilitarian, industrial design. Already seen at the end of 2013, geometric motifs—often rendered in monochrome—now give a fresh edge to upholstery, rugs and cush­ions. This revival of angularity goes hand in hand with the latest take on retro style. The soft, feminine, vintage look of the last few years has sobered up into a sharp, almost industrial design, featuring clean lines and robust materials such as copper or brass. The boldest designers are combining the trends for zingy hues and strong forms by coupling vibrant colours and striking patterns or colour-blocking shapes in vivid, often contrasting shades. Colour and pattern also come together in this season’s twist on botanical designs, where last year’s leafy greens have given way to an arresting explosion of rainbow-hued flora that often displays tropical influences. For an equally modern, but more under­stated combination of colour and pattern, however, try the ethnic look. Spring’s renaissance of folk interiors embraces earthy shades and interesting textures to underscore intricate Moroccan, Persian, or tribal designs. The full version of the Winkworth Country Life special is available here.   All text supplied by Country Life. Visit countrylife.co.uk

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As the weather gets warmer and the British countryside bursts into life in a kaleidoscope of flowering bluebells, hawthorn and fritilla-ries, many of us fall prey to the insatiable urge to freshen up our homes.

This spring, in particular, the sirens of seasonal colours are harder to resist, because soft, captivating hues are firmly back at the heart of interior decoration. Pastels see an unprecedented revival—especially shades of pale pink, which are often used to add a warm accent or create a delicate focal point in any room. ‘Pink is making a real comeback,’ explains interior designer Nina Campbell, who recommends mixing it with pale grey ‘to soften it and make it less sweet’. Likewise, it can be paired with neutrals for a warm, sophisticated atmosphere or with gold and metallic for glamour.

Another option is to bring together several shades of the same hue—from pale to hot pink, for example—or blend two or three fondant colours, such as jade and aqua, in a relaxed summer palette. ‘Pastels create effervescent, delicate interiors, which ooze a sense of calm and charm,’ says interior designer and stylist Katharine Howard.

Sorbet tones can also be interpreted in a fresh way by offsetting them with vibrant flashes of colour—for example, juxtapos­ing mint, aqua and candy pink with rich orange and juicy citrus. But if pastels really aren’t your thing, the classic, nautical pairing of blue and white is very much of the moment, and never fails to inject a sense of seasonal freshness.

Shapes are just as striking as colours this year, with the return of geometric patterns and utilitarian, industrial design. Already seen at the end of 2013, geometric motifs—often rendered in monochrome—now give a fresh edge to upholstery, rugs and cush­ions. This revival of angularity goes hand in hand with the latest take on retro style. The soft, feminine, vintage look of the last few years has sobered up into a sharp, almost industrial design, featuring clean lines and robust materials such as copper or brass.

The boldest designers are combining the trends for zingy hues and strong forms by coupling vibrant colours and striking patterns or colour-blocking shapes in vivid, often contrasting shades. Colour and pattern also come together in this season’s twist on botanical designs, where last year’s leafy greens have given way to an arresting explosion of rainbow-hued flora that often displays tropical influences.

For an equally modern, but more under­stated combination of colour and pattern, however, try the ethnic look. Spring’s renaissance of folk interiors embraces earthy shades and interesting textures to underscore intricate Moroccan, Persian, or tribal designs.

The full version of the Winkworth Country Life special is available here.

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All text supplied by Country Life. Visit countrylife.co.uk

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