Evey summer over the last couple of years we always get an overdose of tropical prints, including plants, animals and fruit. Although this trend never really goes away throughout the year we tend to notice it more now.
This year we have seen it is less about the bright colours and clashing prints and more a subtle take on what’s gone before, with layering prints and textures in different shades of green.
Green on green action is big this year, whether it’s tableware on complimentary table linens, art and ornaments layered against a wallpaper backdrop or tiling in a bathroom with similar tone bath towels and accessories. The calming and refreshing colour of green mixed with patterns in different shades will bring an exciting and bold look to any room.
And then on top of that fill your home with indoor plants – real or faux – to get the maximum look.
We have seen a lot of tropical prints over the last year, so this won’t be new to most. But with fresh takes on pattern with a focus on the botanicals and feel good colours, it’s hanging around for a while longer, and a winner in many peoples eyes.
For an instant jungle vibe wallpaper is the place to start, choosing a basic palm leaf pattern or go all out with one with animals as well.
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Cushions are also a great way to introduce this trend bringing print and pattern to a plain sofa or chair. Bring some fun to a dining table with palm inspired tablecloth or table runner.
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Wallpaper from MINDTHEGAP at trouva.com [ 3 rolls for £150 ]
This summer the tropical emphasis is less on foliage and plants and more on fruit and strong graphic pattern.
[ Look at last weeks botanical trend to see how to work with floral and plant prints. ]
Vibrant fruit is key for this trend: watermelon, pineapple and strawberries create playful imagery and pattern within soft furnishings and wall art. There is almost a childlike feel, with cartoon style illustration and candy colours.
There is no need to go over the top with this trend as you can pick selected pieces to achieve the look.
Choose a bold framed print for the wall or a couple of bright patterned cushions to jazz up a sofa or chair [ hm.com has some great choices this season ]. Alternatively pick some fruit inspired ornaments in brass or gold to bring interest and fun to a shelf or table. The pineapple has been the most popular this year so far, in the form of lighting bases, storage jars, candles and vases to name a few. Oliver Bonas even stocks a gold jewellery stand in the shape of a pineapple!
Other motifs to sit alongside the fruits are palm trees and exotic birds, such as parrots, toucans and flamingoes, bringing together clashing combinations filling any room with joy and colour. [ Check out Sass & Belle for some fab tropical items ]
Accent colours to think about are light tones of pink, blue, yellow and peach, and the best wall colour has to be a neutral backdrop of white.
The great thing about this trend is that it easily transfers into the garden with lots of outdoor eating items such as cups, plates, napkins and table cloths available [ head to H&M and Tiger ].
So it’s simple, think desert island, exotic fruits and tropical birds and whatever the weather you will have a little bit of paradise in your home.
When it comes to well priced, on trend homeware you don’t need to look much further than H&M.
New for Spring is an array of colourful pcushion covers, including Geo prints, Stripes and Tropical designs. [ All at £3.99 ]
With these prices it makes it so easy to update your sofa or armchair on a regular basis. Mix prints and colours for a bright fresh look for the coming season.
Available now at hm.com