A different shade of grey
“Grey has been in for a while now,” says Paint The Town Green, “but we’re moving deeper into the colour chart to accent it with bolder tones, darker greys, greens and pinks, giving a muted feel. Look at our Wuthering Heights (a sophisticated green), Sweet Caroline (a refined pink) and Titanium (a full-bodied grey).”
Look out for wall-cabinet doors which pull up and really wide drawer units; both are replacing standard doors in kitchens. Wall and drawer units can measure up to 1800mm wide and wall units can be “touch” open and close through the use of motorised drivers. Big drawers: Byrne from Roundhouse Kitchens.
ACT LIKE A MAGPIE
Anything metallic – gold and particularly copper – is big this year. Think gold pendant lights and copper cabinetry; these rich tones warm up any room. “We’re using bronze, copper and brass for handles, taps and our unique metallic finishes for cabinetry,” says Roundhouse Kitchens.
Variety is the spice of life
Lighting is a key feature of any house renovation but don’t only use downlighters; mix it up a little. Create the right ambience in the bathroom with something from Curiouser & Curiouser’s new spring range of hand-blown pendant lights. Available in 21 colours and five shapes: pear drop; strial; bowl; teardrop and round. IP44 rated. From £450 at Liberty. Pendant lights from Curiouser & Curiouser.
All things bright and beautiful
Viki Lander of Ensoul Interior Architecture makes the case for brighter colours. “Grey sofas and grey walls can create a soulless property. Don’t throw out the grey and taupe paint pots but introduce colour on the walls or with soft furnishings if the interior is a bit too neutral. Don’t be scared!” Bright-coloured cupboards and cushions from Ensuol Interior Architecture.