When it comes to dressing a room, the window can often be left as an afterthought, especially in the bathroom. I for one, have been guilty of dashing down to my nearest DIY store for a last-minute roller blind purchase on more than one occasion. But if you take the time to consider which style, material and colour works best within the scheme, it can make all the difference to the overall look and feel.
To help get you started, we asked Lorna McAleer, interiors expert at made-to-measure window blinds brand Style Studio (www.stylestudio.co.uk), to outline the colours they expect to see adorning our windows in 2017…
Sunshine and Spiced Yellow
As home trends often mirror those found in the world of fashion, it bodes well that yellow was all over the spring/summer catwalk previews with Emilia Wickstead, J W Anderson and Paul Smith all showing a fondness for this most optimistic of colours. From pretty pastels and Pantone’s primrose yellow in early spring, to deeper spiced yellow in the autumn, this happy hue is a welcome update for homes in 2017, signifying a new outlook after a turbulent year of change.
“Introduce yellow and vibrant pattern at windows or allow dusted yellow accents to take centre stage in spring/summer,” says Lorna.
Hydrangea Yellow roller blind, £69, Style Studio
“Mix warm spiced turmeric with darker shades of chocolate, charcoal or navy blue for an on trend look.” says Lorna.
And if you dare to be really bold, Utopia's 'Vintage Hues' highly decorative tiles combine those same tones to stunning effect.
Halo in Eton Oak, Utopia Bathrooms
“This look utilises deep jewel tones of amber, amethyst, topaz, emerald and tourmaline alongside warm and moody greys,” explains Lorna. “Transparent fabrics or sheers can be used to infuse this look with light and romance for spring/summer just as sumptuous fabrics like velvet and heavier blackout blinds will ramp up the drama and atmosphere for winter.”
Senses Purple pleated blind, £79, Style Studio
All Shades of Green
Nature and botanical forms have been influencing interior design in recent years and will continue in 2017 as homeowners strive to find ways to bring balance and harmony to their lives after a year of social change.
“Green is a natural choice for a calming interior scheme,” advises Lorna. “It promotes a zen-like atmosphere, aids concentration as well as having associations with growth, fertility and environmental sustainability. For spring, any shade of green that takes its cue from the natural world will give interiors a fresh look for the new season. Zesty lime, zingy apple and the luscious greens of kale and new spring shoots evoke a sense of well-being and optimism, along with the freedom to embrace changes we often experience at this time of year.”
Atlantex Lime roller blind, £69, Style Studio
After Dulux announced Denim Drift as its colour of the year, the world of interiors has gone crazy for blue hues such as Utopia's new painted Roseberry finish 'Peacock Blue' and that’s set to continue throughout 2017, especially when a palette of blue is used as the dominant colour.
Roseberry in Peacock Blue, Utopia Bathrooms
“Chalky denim blues are very versatile and mix well with most colours,” reveals Lorna, “yet tonal monochromatic styling will keep the look modern and fresh. Choose different tones of blue to feature on surfaces, textiles, furniture and soft furnishings for a look that’s right on trend and easy to update throughout the year.”
Ribbons Blue pleated blind, £79, Style Studio