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European Brights

European Brights

European Style is a term that pops up almost every season, as our love affair with the laid-back chic of the mainland continues. We’ve put together a collection of the brightest and best designs that perfectly capture the summer spirit of fiesta!

Wobbly lines and visible stitching are a key component here, with a folksy, relaxed attitude towards detail. There’s something loose and unfinished in both Thibaut’s rough-edged chevron patterns and Christian Lacroix's ikat print from the Air De Paris collection, that suggest long afternoons in the Mediterranean sun. In a nod to the 1950’s, retro prints and ice cream shades have been pumped up and injected with a shot of neon.

Check out Casamance for the blues and turquoise that are big this season, especially when thrown together with vibrant golden hues.

Moorish, African and Mexican influences have meant we’re seeing a look that’s more exotic and has a well-travelled vibe; summed up perfectly by St Jude's Forest Jig design. Souvenirs and trinkets picked up on holidays will look great on rustic wooden shelving - just be sure to make the best of your lighting to really put them in the spotlight. If in doubt a basket of Seville oranges will add an instant pop of colour!

A sense of playfulness and childhood fun runs through the deliciously bright European style of new brand Etamine. Painted wooden furniture with cool stone and metal finishes really bring summer tones together. There’s no need to be precious with the arrangement of different colours – clashing is the fashion. Take a creative mix of decorative prints and enjoy swapping them around as you go.

To retain some structure in a living area, we recommend using colour blocks to create separate spaces. The Fusion collection from Wemyss is nicely balanced – striking but also summery & light. The general rule is to keep walls light and bright, using papers such as this Designers Guild rustic plaster effect. Then use a pop of colour in small areas, typically through soft furnishings and accessories, but if you're feeling brave try this new Zimmer + Rohde, Meditation wallpaper from the Reflection collection.

Most importantly this is an opportunity to stimulate the senses, and give your home a youthful, optimistic air.

Posted by: Susie Cochrane & Emily Coram Tagged as: Trends,We Love