Cornwall LivingIssue #71
The return of colour
According to the team at Truro interior design hub, Cotton Mills, spring 2018 is set to see the return of colour in more than just our gardens!
Many of the design trends that have dominated over the last few years have involved very basic colour palettes, according to the experts at Cotton Mills in Truro. Monochrome schemes like indigo and white and shades of grey have been very popular where layering patterns and texture have been key. While these styles of design are still proving popular, this spring we’re seeing an intense bloom of colour becoming much more prominent.
“If your first instinct is to stay away from dark colours, you may be surprised by how dramatically a dark background can show off a bright colour.”
Most of the major design companies feature intense shades of pinks, purples and corals, turquoises, teals and navys, as well as the forest greens and mustards that have become a staple accent in many new ranges. It’s also the combinations in which these colours are being used that are helping to create some absolutely stunning designs which are bound to get noticed.
Likewise, the patterns are bold and inspired. Large botanical prints and exotic animals star in these daring collections, casting the onlooker in the role of intrepid explorer as you venture into this world of colour.
Another fresh approach in these launches is using a colour as a background for the designs. If your first instinct is to stay away from dark colours, you may be surprised by how dramatically a dark background can show off a bright colour. There’s certainly nothing dingy about a bright yellow sunflower shining against a black (yes, black!) base cloth. If anything, the colour seems to leap at the onlooker with renewed vigour!
The sense of opulence does not end with the rich colours and indulgent patterns, but continues into texture, with many of the designs available on irresistibly strokable velvet. Velvets have been high on the designer wish list for a few years now, especially since digital printing opened up so many possibilities, but the unprecedented softness in the new collections really is something to behold.
"If your first instinct is to stay away from dark colours, you may be surprised by how dramatically a dark background can show off a bright colour."