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Furnishing Trends for Summer

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Furnishing Trends for Summer

by Megan Rushton

Two interior gurus reveal the furnishings they’ll choose to live with this summer. We spoke to Kate Butchart from Kate Butchart Design and Julianne Keating from Lifestyle Interiors Design.

Watch out. Colour is big, texture is big and pattern is big this summer.

Kate Butchart from Kate Butchart Design says brightness, whether done in pillows, artwork or furnishings will give interiors a sun drenched and luminous look this summer.

“We’re looking at interesting texture and pattern. Raw, textured linens, 1960s chenille upholstery fabrics and soft, romantic florals from the 1930s.

“Pattern is returning as an accent. Drawing inspiration from eastern cultures or themes like art deco, ethnic and Batik.

“Many of the fabrics will have a base of neutrals and natural beach tones such as soft straw, pumice, and grass, with vivid highlights of hibiscus pinks or fresh yellows,” she says.

Butchart says contrasting textures of pure cottons and pure linens are a great start to summer.

“The look is definitely more feminine, not hard-edged. Soft, smooth and luxurious fabrics mixed with more tactile and structured ones are a great combination.

“Bolder floral and striped prints add some life to all the neutral and putty coloured rooms that we've all seen.”

According to Julianne Keatinge from Lifestyle Interiors Design, if you’re looking for lights anything by Marc Pascal, particularly his eyoi yoi design – is a must have.

“Marc’s designs are truly beautiful, organic and fluid and will be a great centerpiece for any room.

Keatinge will be hunting for fibreglass pod ball chairs in red and blue offset by white or a contemporary fibreglass rocking chair.

Also, classic and organic design pieces such as a Danish modern rocking chair upholstered in a lime macrosuede by Mokum textiles teamed with a Cloth cushion in fuschia stoney print

She likes day beds upholstered in a vibrant and plush fabric piled with contrasting, plump cushions.

“The look is about comfort and nurture and classic design with just a touch of whimsy. We’ll see it in cushions in the sunniest corner of the house looking out on the world or an Arne Jacobsen EGG chair or womb chair,” she says.

Gone will be hard lines and furniture that’s austere and uncomfortable.

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