Justine Wilson’s spring selling season styling trends

It’s time to move on from the Scandi and Japandi trends that have been holding strong over the past few years.

Now it’s all about embracing the curve, trawling antiques stores and creating an extra room outdoors.

Here are my Top 3 styling trends for spring:

Round and round we go

Rounded or curved lined furniture will be a big interior trend this year – the more organic and fluid the better.

Growing in popularity this year, think fully rounded sofas, round ball cushions, curved back armchairs and round ottomans taking the lead.

I have also seen this trend in the larger base furniture, such as round or oval dining tables, round coffee tables and round side tables.

Even if the pieces aren’t fully round, you will notice more items that have more organic natural shapes such as live edge tables.

You will see more rounded edges in the architectural elements of a home also, think of archways, rooms that are designed round in general (especially in foyers and dining rooms) round or oval windows, rounded kitchen islands and rounded, or spiral staircases being introduced more and more.

Round items work in both a colourful maximalist interior, or in a paired back, super neutral, earthy space.

Antiques are back in a big way

For the past decade, furniture styles have been dominated by neutral earthy woods and cane textures – or Scandi modern items in oak or black.

However, I am seeing a surge in popularity for real classicism again, think classic design with grand and glam all coming back into fashion.

Lovers of old-world interiors rejoice, for the likes of homes that grace the cover of architectural digests are now being embraced in the mainstream.

Beautiful rich, warm timbers like walnut and mahogany will be hunted again, especially pieces with ornate details like carving or brass and gold hardware.

Antique rugs are also popular. Think heavily detailed oriental or Persian rugs, with bold colours such as plum, red, cobalt blue, yellow and green.

Wallpaper will also have a moment again, be it a pretty toile, a classic stripe, a soft floral or coloured grass cloth.

You can always mix in antique items with a more modern home, for an eclectic layered feel.

The trick is to balance items throughout your spaces, so ensure there are a few items to anchor adjoining rooms.

You can also introduce small touches in your space if hunting antiques is a bit of a push, think floral or velvet cushions, brass candle sticks, or crystal vases, vintage books or trinket boxes.

The rise of the outdoor room

Fun and functional outdoor spaces are becoming more and more dominant on client’s wish lists, especially in Australia where we have wonderful indoor-outdoor living potential and excellent weather over the summer and spring period.

Suppliers have really tapped into this and there is a range of beautiful outdoor furniture and accessories now available.

Outdoor furniture in either crisp white, matt black powder coating, or light wood tones can work in almost any space.

To add personality, opt for colour pops with outdoor rugs, cushions and accessories.

You can add fun planter pots, lanterns or pretty table scapes for the perfect spring lunch.

Adding pops of colour into your outdoor zones will create an inviting and impressive space.

Hot colours this spring will be rich coral, plum tones, pink, rich cobalt blue, and emerald greens – which is a departure from the usual citrus tones we have been limited to in the past.

Also, don’t forget pattern, there’s no reason you can’t have a dynamic outdoor space!

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Justine Wilson

Justine Wilson is the director and owner of Vault Interiors. She has a Bachelor of Interior Design from the University of Technology Sydney – and an impressive history of experience over the years in styling and staging homes for sale.