Now I know I posted about my interior trend predictions for 2020 last week, but at this time of year, the inbox is flooded with emails from brands talking what they are actually selling and launching in the months ahead so I thought we would have a look at a couple of them today. This is the concrete stuff that will be in the shops as opposed to the notional ideas and forecasts that don’t always take off straight away.
First up and Farrow & Ball are talking about their key colours for the year ahead, which, it will come as no surprise, are all very nature-based. They haven’t released any new colours but are, instead, predicting the shades from the current collection that they think will take off this year. So look out for Duck Green and Sap Green (both from their collection with the Natural History Museum), Mouse’s Back, Pigeon and Ammonite. As well as Wimborne White (phew – my whole house is wimborne white where it isn’t a stronger colour) and Stiffkey Blue (chiming with Pantone’s classic blue colour of the year).
Joa Studholme, the company’s colour curator, said this year is all about creating homes that we are proud to show off to friends and family and that will be reflected in the use of strong, saturated colour. Now, I know there’s a lot of talk of pale neutrals coming back, but that is one of those trend prediction/forecasts, this is more about what companies think we will actually be buying this year and the strong colour theme is only just getting going. This just goes to show that pale or dark, saturated or soft, nothing is wrong and it’s all about what you like. This is just for inspiration.
“We want to use colours that make us feel proud of our homes, and increasingly, that’s coming to mean tones that are bolder and more saturated. Strong colours suit rooms that we tend to use at the end of the day, a time when we want to relax and be comforted, but this sense of wellbeing is also a wonderful side-effect of surrounding ourselves with colours found in nature. As we become increasingly environmentally aware, we’re collectively craving a connection with the natural world, which is why deep Duck Green and earthy, organic Sap Green feel perfect for the home in 2020,” she added.
And I will also tell you that three years ago – 2017 – I went to a talk with Joa who was predicting which colours would be strong that year and she yellow would be coming for us. And we all disagreed and then over the last few years we have gradually seen the arrival of turmeric and saffron, egg yolk and hay so ignore what she says at your peril. You might not do it this year but do it you probably will.
Next up Little Greene have released a collection of wallpapers in collaboration with The National Trust; their first collection (in January 2018) was a series of green paints based around shades found in NT properties around the UK. This has proved so popular the range has expanded to include wallpapers, most of which also have a nature theme to them.
So there are flowers, birds. pomegranates and plants. In fact there are 40 colourways over seven designs and the collection represents 200 years of pattern, from the early 18th to the early 20th century. Each wallpaper has been recreated from originals in National Trust properties nationwide, including papers still adorning ancient walls, fragments conserved in archive drawers and even preserved rolls found in the back of an attic.
The patterns are bold and intricate so they won’t be for everyone but they certainly fit with the nature and strong colour theme that seems be the direction for 2020. What do you think? Are you ready to go bold but using colours inspired by nature?
And a last minute press released from British Standard by Plain English, also predicted bold colours and strong colour combinations for the year ahead. You in?