Flooring Trends for 2016 pt 2 – Bright, bold and retro

We have always been obsessed with the fashion of the past. Recently we’ve seen a resurgence in the style of the 80s and 90s, but now it’s time to turn back the clock and look to the vibrant 60s and 70s for inspiration. In stark contrast to our previous blog post about grey and neutral colours, this time it’s all about big bold fabrics, striking patterns and thick pile carpets. Daring colour combinations can come off a bit garish if you aren’t careful, so here are our top tips to help your property pull off that swinging 60s look.

Patterned rugs and carpets

Patterned carpets are nothing new, in fact stripes have been very popular over the last few years, but it’s time for the stripes to step aside and make way for geometric patterns in bright and clashing colours, no less. It takes a brave soul to put down a bright carpet but with the right colour palette and contrasting furniture, it can in fact look quite elegant. If you are worried about bright colour shrinking your space, try laminate or vinyl flooring in a light shade (greys work fantastically with the 60s/70s theme) and add a statement rug and and accessories in a coordinating colour.

Balance it out

Fabric wall art is a rising trend in the world of home decor and, of course, the brighter the better! It may seem a little farfetched but hear us out. Picture your ideal feature wall, artistic, elegant, daring. Now imagine that wall art in fabric instead of wallpaper. Whether you’re looking for fabric wall art, bright furniture or dramatic light fixtures, the most important thing, if you are going to make the room look smaller with dark or vibrant colours, is to balance that out with your flooring. Grey is fantastic for complementing oranges, yellows and magentas, whereas a beige or ‘greige’ carpet will beautifully balance purples and reds.

Geometric patterns – complement and highlight

Geometric patterns are very in at the moment and once again the brighter the better. Do remember though that if you are going to invest in geometric patterns that you complement the colours and bring out one particular colour throughout your homeware accessories. If you want to invest in furniture with geometric patterns, make sure one of the colours matches your carpet. When dealing with bold tones and shades, coordination is everything.

What do you think about the return of 60s and 70s decor? Garish and weird, or stylish and chic? Get in touch and let us know.

 

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