As the weather begins to warm up and the flowers start to bloom, it’s time to shake off the winter blues and embrace the fresh start that comes with spring. And what better way to do that than by revamping your home interiors? This season, we’re seeing a shift away from the cool greys that have dominated in recent years, with warmer earth tones taking center stage. Brown is leading the charge as the new grey, bringing a sense of coziness and groundedness to our spaces. But that’s not all – there are plenty of other exciting trends to keep an eye on. So whether you’re planning a major renovation or just looking for a few easy updates, read on for our guide to the top spring interior trends of 2021.
The Dublin upholsterer who handed me a chair he had just covered lamented, “Nobody wants brown furniture any more. They’re all being painted in bright colours these days. Nobody likes brown.” However, according to many interior design specialists, he couldn’t be further from the truth. Brown is back as the new grey, according to Geri O’Toole of Geri Designs in Limerick. She believes that warm neutrals, beige, brown, and cream reflect our post-pandemic need for comforting and calming shades. Sinead Gunnigle of Love Nest interiors store in Waterford agrees, stating that earth tones are making a comeback, with green and murky browns being classic and restful.
Spring-to-summer interiors are about bringing the outside in and the inside out. Eva Byrne of Houseology.ie suggests using awnings and canvas covers for the front door to protect against sun damage and to brighten the house exterior. Rebecca Roe of Hedgeroe home furniture promotes updates with ribbing details, linear fluting, or marquetry details, while dimmable cordless lights with built-in light switches create mood for bed or livingroom spaces. Natural stone is also a significant trend for kitchens, and fabrics are crucial for making a room look fresh and light.
Julianne Kelly, who runs an interiors consultancy and shop in Dublin, notes that there is a massive return to closed living spaces, with the use of bold colours, mixed metal finishes, statement lighting, wall panels, and arches in products like consoles, coffee tables, and artwork. Bryan O’Sullivan, an award-winning Irish designer, promotes looking back at the 30s, 40s, and 50s for inspiration to create a timeless feel. He suggests using wallpapers for intimate and dark rooms and keeping dining rooms bright and airy. Brown is still a great color to use in the right setting as long as it is not overpowering. Everything comes full circle, and it is all about the context.
In conclusion, this Spring promises to bring new lifestyle trends and interior inspirations. As we have seen, brown is the new grey and earth tones are set to dominate. From creating cosy rustic interiors to adding natural textures, there are endless ways to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere in your home. So why not embrace the new trends and give your space a fresh look this season? We hope that these ideas and inspirations have given you the motivation to get started on your own Spring interior design journey. Remember, with a little creativity and some thoughtful planning, you can create a home that is not just fashionable but functional and sustainable too. Happy decorating!