Don’t panic but I think it’s coming for us this year. I have been pondering the redecoration of the sitting room for some time now. But I can’t think of a colour I love more than Down Pipe. I know it might be a bit ubiquitous and I know that the room has been this colour for five years now (although the furniture has changed in that time) but I still love it.
Perhaps that’s a reason to leave it you say. Perhaps it is. But I’m wondering if it’s something else. A desire – not to find another colour – but to add pattern. The downstairs loo is being wallpapered as we speak. There is wallpaper in the bedroom, although I fear it may be the wrong one and may need redoing this year) but I’m suddenly all over the idea of strong, vibrant pattern.
Now the reasons for this are surely many and varied but I’ll give you a couple of my own theories and you can see what you think. Firstly, I think 2018 is going to be the year of Home (and I use the capital advisedly). When Dulux launched their colour of the year, Heartwood, a few months back it was based around the idea of Home as a place where we feel safe and comforted.
When times are tough, we just want to go home. To our happy places and our safe places. The world feels pretty scary at the moment so there is all the more reason to turn our homes into cocooning safe havens where we can shut out the outside.
Now I don’t know about you but a minimal white box isn’t going to do that for me. I want cosiness and textures and that means colour and textiles. Which leads me to my next point. I’m not saying Scandi is dead but I AM saying that I think it’s going to have to move over a little to allow a little more colour, a little softening of those cool, clean lines. I’m looking at rooms that I loved three years ago – all cool greys and concrete and I’m thinking cold not cool.
I’m never going to a be a riot of colour but I do like muted, greyed out shades. And I do like having lovely things around me that spark old memories or even new ideas.
We’ve got used to seeing amazing, patterned ceramic tiles around and I think wallpaper is about to have a moment. But I don’t mean a feature wall. That’s the old way. I mean wrapping it round all four walls as the designer intended. Or, if that’s too much for you sticking it half way up the wall with paint on top. Or the other way round if you like. Or even, if you can find someone to do it for you, on the ceiling.
It’s about creating your own personal space that you love to be in. Your happy place. Wrapping it with pattern and colour and creating a home that is uniquely yours and yours alone.
Here’s to 2018 and The Year of The Home. What are your plans for yours? I have fallen completely in love with the wallpaper at the top. I love the way it cascades down from the ceiling. I think I need to have this on all four walls of the bedroom. I don’t think this. I know this. Now, what will The Mad Husband think?