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Summer colour trends for calm, inspired living spaces

This summer, interiors will embrace the idea of soft minimalism, with palettes featuring gentle, nurturing colours, contrasting textures and dustings of mint and lemon.

With the wellness movement in full swing, the focus in design will be on creating calming, reflective interior spaces that allow us to block out the visual noise and turn our attention to self-care.

“Wellness has emerged as a major theme in the design world for 2019, with many of us looking to switch off our digital devices and focus on nurturing our tired bodies and spirit,” says Dulux Colour and Communications Manager, Andrea Lucena-Orr who adds that colours should be selected to compliment this calming trend.

“This palette is a significant shift from the playful brights and rich, luxe tones of last year. Rather than looking outward for inspiration, this season’s understated colours and intriguing textures draw you inwards and encourage moments of stillness and mindfulness,” she explains.

Expect to see a paring back of the overdone or unnecessary; the idea is to surround yourself with furniture and accessories that serve a purpose and bring you happiness. “Environmental awareness will be an important thread running through design in 2019; rather than discarding those pieces we no longer have a use for, we’ll be encouraged to repurpose or reimagine them in a new way,” Lucena-Orr explains.

“When choosing colours from this trend palette, think about how they’ll work with your existing furniture, flooring and soft furnishings. You should also factor in the room type and any colours in adjoining spaces. One area this palette works particularly well is the bedroom.”

The great thing about colour is how quickly and easily it can transform a space. Whether you choose to paint an entire room in this season’s hues or add smaller accents, pull out your paintbrush and watch the space come to life.

5 tips for achieving that summer decor look with a splash of colour

Lucena-Orr suggests considering the following when adding colour to a space in your home:

  • Curves are key; choose furniture with rounded edges and soft, sumptuous cushioning.
  • Balance out soft pastels with warm, mid-tone timbers.
  • Add in contrasting natural materials, such as a stone, wool and linen in the form of side tables, accessories and cushions.
  • Inject small doses of unexpected brights, such as citrus, mint and gold, through decorative accessories such as vases and tableware.
  • Give new life to an old piece of furniture, by painting it in a complimentary tone, or a contrasting accent colour.

Bathroom renovations: Get that on-trend industrial look

Think minimalism, matte black, metals and mesh with a pop of colour. The industrial look that has crept into bathroom renovations will remain a strong trend.

Andy Grigor, Head of Design & Innovation at Methven, says that the trend towards softer and more tactile versions of industrial materials in new and existing bathroom renovations will be popular in residential homes in 2019.

“Industrial aesthetics have made their way into the bathroom from other areas of the house in a fun way, with simple shapes and matte surfaces, taking centre stage,” says Australia by Design‘s Grigor.

Here are Grigor’s top five design elements to inspire your own bathroom renovations and get that on-trend industrial look in 2019:

Truth to materials

Concrete whether it’s porous and unrefined or smooth and sanded, is growing in popularity with a strong nod to the use of urban industrial materials.

“We are seeing with increasing popularity concrete being used for floors and walls and even whole basins,” says Grigor. “It’s also a great material for built-in shelving and hollowed out niches to hold towels and other accessories.”  

New nature bathroom renovations

Natural materials such as wood, work to balance and create softness, and perfectly complement the industrial theme.

“The use of reclaimed wood, gives a great rustic and worn in charm while creating warmth and softness in juxtaposition with the colder industrial materials such as metal and concrete.”

“The wood being used is also becoming rougher and less refined celebrating its imperfections, so reclaimed wood is a great choice and a way to incorporate recycled materials into your bathroom and house.”

Wood can also be incorporated as a panel wall or with the use of storage boxes like crates and other accessories such as stools.

Black is here to stay

“While bathroom design is calling on industrial influences, there is a softer approach to the concept in bathrooms with the use of more modern materials such as matte black finishes,” says Grigor.

“Matte black tapware is very popular due to its ability to pair so well with other current design and style trends. For example, the use of natural materials like timber and stone in bathrooms has also been growing, and black tapware and accessories complement these beautifully.

Putting metals to work

With reference to the urban city and industrial workspaces, the use of metals remains strong in bathrooms, with warmer tones such as copper, gold and bronze being utilised as eye-catching features.

“These metals can be used through tapware to even hairdryer holders, and suggest a touch of luxury against the industrial theme,” says Grigor.

“For bathroom accessories you can use antique-like cake moulds as containers or metal tins combined with mesh and raw string to get that rough, yet repurposed look.”

Stainless steel rather than chrome is also becoming a popular choice. 

Pops of colour

Another trend in bathroom renovations that’s continuing into 2019 is the mid-century Miami look, with a focus on soft colours and dusty pastels such as mint and powder pink.

“Classic 1950s patterns are also popular on tiles and textiles, as well as mid-century curves making a comeback,” says Grigor. “Pale wood can also beautifully complement the mid-century Miami colours.”

Read more: A growing bathroom trend to also look out for is green walls.