When it comes to doing a full décor overhaul, it can be hard to know where to start.
Pinterest is inspiration central but once you’ve got your shopping list sorted, the next step is figuring out what is worth spending your money on and where to even buy that brass lighting piece or marble tray.
FQ spoke to the Adairs general manager of product, Jenny Hides, about the latest trends in homewares and interior design and what is worth investing in this season.
What key trends are we seeing come through in homewares for spring 2016?
Plants and greenery are a big trend this season – it’s all about blurring the indoor and outdoor with small to very large plants in pots, plant stands, on shelves, as a single plant or making a statement with groups of greenery. All types of leaves and plants work well along with the many varieties of succulents and cacti. This influence flows through into wall art and prints, and patterns on home furnishings and bed linen. Tribal prints are making a strong statement in monochromatic patterns with highlights in shades of pinks, peaches and greens. Plants sit back beautifully with this trend. Our ‘Desert Skies’ trend is one of my favourites this Spring, with all the beautiful hand-painted designs in shades of soft weather-worn pinks, mints and cool aquas sitting alongside the warm spicy desert tones. It’s all in natural fabrics, and a little on the Bohemian side. Plus, you can’t forget the blues – a very strong trend coming back through all of this season’s themes in many gorgeous shades.
With regards to materials is there anything that’s really standing out to you this season?
There is a strong focus on natural materials and textures, from concrete and terracotta to marble and different timbers.
Say you’ve just bought a new house and you’re looking to do a full décor overhaul… Where’s a good place to start in terms of homewares?
Always ensure you take into consideration your home design and colour scheme before purchasing homewares. As long as the core of your home reflects your personality and taste, you should always be able to add in homewares that capture the latest trends in a way that is uniquely you and brings your home to life. For example, the Scandinavian style home would need beautiful floor rugs, simple yet elegant wall art and lighting pieces, with of course, one or two large plants. Concrete, marble and timbers work well with this look. The Bohemian style home can have lots of your favourite pieces to get the look – lots of cushions, throws, plants, wall art, plus a few decorator pieces can be pulled together with natural textures in fabrics, timbers, terracotta and ceramics.
What are the pieces for the home that you recommend investing more money in?
It’s always best to invest in key pieces that bring the room into shape like furniture, floor rugs, and lighting. These pieces also tend to be the key functional pieces, so investing in good quality is essential and will ensure that you get longevity out of them.
And vice versa, where can we save our pennies and buy more trend-driven pieces?
Smaller home décor items like wall art, pots and plants, baskets, cushions, throws, and decorator pieces give you the opportunity to add in new trends without breaking the bank. These pieces can make a big difference in a room, so it’s often a very cost-effective way to change out a few pieces here and there for a completely new look. It also doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality. Our buyers and designers travel the world to source the latest trends and high quality homewares at competitive prices, and our unique, hand-painted and hand-drawn designs mean that we can offer unique pieces you won’t find anywhere else.
* Adairs, Australia’s largest homewares retailer, now ships to New Zealand from their website www.adairs.com.au. They will open their first physical store in Auckland’s Sylvia Park next month.