Ok, so you may not be actively planning any new interior schemes just at this precise Christmassy moment …. But in our world of interiors and design we are lucky enough to get a look at the up and coming trends quite a few months ahead of the crowd. The Pantone www.pantone.com colours of the year for 2016 have already been announced, and are Pantone 13-1520 Rose Quartz and 15-3919 Serenity. To put it simply, pink and blue are the way ahead. Not just any pink and blue though. Rose Quartz is a soft, natural, pastel pink and Serenity is a complementary, delicate lavender blue. These are colours that are perfectly capable of being introduced into more or less any interior design scheme; whether as an accent or a background colour. ‘Nude’ colours have been on-trend for a while (I’m still trying to erase a vision of Kim Kardashian in a nude-coloured rubber dress from my mind’s eye whilst I write this …) and Rose Quartz and Serenity are just a bit more colourful. Team with a million different shades of white or cream, or use as a softening influence with deeper tones of slate, charcoal and navy.

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Perfectly pink shutters from Clement Browne, www.clementbrowne.co.uk

Are you planning new window treatments for 2016? We are very keen on shutters, and although they can be a bit of an investment (around £250 plus per sq metre is pretty average), once you’ve taken the plunge, it’s job done, you won’t need to think about windows again until you move house. Adjustable shutters can provide privacy, let in adjustable amounts of light, are suitable for every room in the home, and importantly, take up no extra space. Shutters are a contemporary way of streamlining the look of a house, both inside and out. If you’re wary of too much colour, go for a natural wood, cream, white or pale grey shade. Adventurous designers can go for bright shades, or for a more muted and subdued feel, look at black or charcoal. Most suppliers have a range of standard colours and finishes, and there are also bespoke suppliers who can create made-to-order shutters in any colour imaginable.

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Beautiful examples of the latest pink …. Throws by Ian Mankin, www.ianmankin.co.uk

The Dark & The Light

Contrasting colours are a great way of adding emphasis – working well in the bathroom (all that white sanitary ware can contrast with darker details), it only takes one or two items to add a pop of colour or contrast. Blacks and greys do the trick – we’re looking forward to picking up some nice accessories from Dunelm, www.dunelm.com, a good way of changing the direction of a colour scheme without too much expenditure. 02 dunelm_14027612063614693

A touch of grey … Resin Lotion Dispenser, £5.99 and Tumbler, £3.99, Dunelm. www.dunelm.com

Softer Spaces

Following on from the soft pink and nudes colour themes, beautifully illustrated here by the design team at Marks & Spencer. These colour and furniture choices could create a gentle, relaxing atmosphere in a traditional or modern home. This look is spot-on as far as the combination of colours is concerned, and successfully links the look of a contemporary dining table with traditional panelling.

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Clever combinations … Stockholm table, £379, Dinton chairs in Coral and Stone, £175 for two, Monaco pendant light, £59, all items from Marks & Spencer, www.marksandspencer.com

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Panelled Perfection

A good example of the latest colours, contemporary and classic, light and dark. We can’t all re-do our homes every year or every season, so most of us need to adapt what we’ve got, and perhaps just add one or two extra items each year. An armchair or sideboard is achievable, mix up the ideas of old and new for a fresh look.

Furniture and accessories from the Casa Couture collection, House of Fraser. www.houseoffraser.co.uk

White on White

A single-colour scheme is a good interior design trick, and is a very simple way of making an impact … especially if you move in an opposite direction from previous schemes. Change a colourful bed into a sleek, single-colour island of calm. Pale pinks and lavender-blues would work well here, along with white and silver, demonstrated wonderfully here with a selection of bedlinen and accessories by Debenhams.

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White, silver, mirrors and sparkles by Debenhams, www.debenhams.co.uk

We’re … keen on green. And black …

We seem to be overflowing with plans and schemes, all sorts of combinations are whizzing around at the moment; notwithstanding the elegant and beautiful schemes that spring to mind as a result of the Pantone colours of the year for 2016, we’re still thrilled with jungle greens, contrasted with dark tones, whether it’s on the floor or walls. Take a little bit of inspiration for your next projects from these looks:

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Perfect Combinations

White, black and green … what more can we say! Geometrics, real greenery, black shutters and a white bath. All accessories by Dunelm, www.dunelm.com

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Go for a riot of colour (and greenery, if you’re horticulturally-inclined!), but keep it flexible by choosing colourful bedding, which can be updated easily. Ground the scheme with dark, natural wood flooring and add lightness with white voile drapes. Bedding, House of Fraser, www.houseoffraser.co.uk

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Element of Grandeur

Not the easiest look to create, but again, we love the combination of natural materials and greenery, contrasting with the elegant and somewhat decadent look of a sparkly chandelier. Chandelier, BHS. www.bhs.co.uk

*And finally, before heading out to the stores, check with suppliers for stock availability for Spring ranges *

Linda