We use the word “trend” a great deal these days and guaranteed to draw our attention is the catch phrase “trending now”. However, I find it odd to apply this to a creative process that is almost as old as time which has crept back into the world of design and is still “trending”. And….. as you may have guessed, I refer to the watercolour trend!
So why does this trend work so well and why has it endured? It’s probably because its brush strokes are familiar – it feels nostalgic and pleasant since it depicts nature and familiar surroundings. The timelessness of watercolours brings gorgeous accents into our interiors with watercolour prints to suit both vintage décor and modern interiors. Colour is an integral part of our everyday lives and our interiors at Design Intervention attest to that.
The watercolour trend really began some years ago with the ombre style of watercolour which works perfectly on window treatments, where it is shown to best effect and on bed linen and napery. It can really open up a room and being such a flattering colour scheme in any space, it’s application is endless.
As a painted finish, the ombre technique is fabulous on walls where it uniquely reflects an individual’s personality and taste. The end result can dramatically influence a room and is relatively inexpensive to achieve. Additionally, as you will be fading the paintwork out, you can opt for rich, daringly dark colour tones when you use this style, so you can afford to live dangerously!
Painting a wall or a room in the watercolour style is a great way to include it in your home. There are endless colour schemes which will work wonderfully, plus there is something in the fluidity and lightness of the colours bleeding together that create dimension and depth.
I love the artistic feel of dark moody blues and blotchy inky tones, especially those that look like a blot of paint spread over the page! Aside from blue, deep greens, greys and black work superbly and the watercolour effect helps to soften the colour scheme. While this tonal palette might suggest a masculine vibe, it wouldn’t require much tweaking to achieve a unisex feel. The shading and combination of colour tones can be amazing and result in a piece of contemporary art with an ethereal vibe.
Of course, if murky hued colours are not your thing, you can unleash the artist in you and plunge into something colourful and abstract instead! A client of ours did this in her home, where a watercolour was transposed onto a customised kitchen backsplash and we all loved the end result.
I am sure we have at some time visited art galleries and viewed art works so vivid and realistic which drew us into the scene. When space is not at a premium, a mural is an enviable option which can deliver the same effect, injecting a shot of atmosphere that transports you to another place or another time. Especially in bedrooms where soft waves of colour similar to the hues of sand and sea create a calming and reflective mood.
It is impossible to discuss watercolours without mentioning flowers, as their depiction in this traditional medium gives them a sense of movement and freedom as no other. Flowers are currently famously on trend in both interior design and fashion and bloom happily as well on china and linens. The soft and subtle floral watercolours on wallpapers and fabrics evoke Monet’s beautiful art works and their soft, harmonious colours which echo nature.
As with all design trends, if you can’t bring yourself to leap in, save yourself the angst and add an accent in the form of a painting or fabric on the back of a dining chair – even a small hint can make a difference and requires very little effort! Embrace your inner artist!