You’ve read about the first of this season’s new A by Amara trends with our guide on how to style Abode. Now it’s time to look at the second trend which will heat up our interiors in the coming months. Azure is the holiday our homes are looking for this season with its distinctly Mediterranean feel. Rustic, relaxed, but oh so refined this trend will transport you and your interior to your favourite coastal holiday destination with cool white, colour pops and subtle nautical nods. Bring some Mediterranean decor to the home with our guide on how to style the trend…
Keep the Base Cool
Nothing says Mediterranean holiday home quite like fresh white walls, airy furnishings and simple furniture. So at the heart of Azure is a cool and calm white base. If you already have a fresh white home then you’re already half way there, if you don’t, don’t panic, just keep your larger accessories like bed linen, sofas and bathroom storage pale to form the base of the look.
Perfect the Colour Pop
Filled with bold blue, pink and green accessories, Azure is a fabulous way to bring some colour into the home. Once you have your cool base, layer the colours into the room through soft furnishings for a bright burst with none of the long-term commitment. Beautifully contrasting, yet still complementary, these shades will quickly become your favourite colour combination and are reminiscent of beach or pool-side loungers or the colourful fabrics found on Mediterranean market stalls.
Endless Style, Undone
Azure encapsulates the iconic laidback lifestyle of this region of Europe, so the cardinal rule when recreating Mediterranean decor in the home is not to overdo. Revel in the undone. Sleek contemporary looks benefit from a perfectly styled finish, but with Azure the art is in the casual rustic flair which sees tourists from around the world jet off to this part of the world each summer. Don’t worry about crisp edges and clean lines when styling Azure, mix textures, drape throws and artfully scatter cushions instead.
Serve Up a Mediterranean Feast
The trend really comes alive in the kitchen and the dining room which are the heart of the home in Mediterranean culture. From tapas in Spain to mezze in Greece, relaxed feasting with your loved ones full of sharing platters are a national pastime we all enjoy on holiday and they can be recreated at home with ease. The Azure natural wooden serving boards are the perfect platters for any Mediterranean feast.
Use them to fill the middle of the table with your favourite dishes perfect for sharing and feel the holiday vibes fill the room. For tableware the Coast range offers a relaxed take on fine porcelain with a fresh water droplet design, contrast this with bold pink blooms as a centrepiece and you’ll be right back at your top holiday haunt in no time.
A Subtle Nod to Nautical
There’s no denying Azure is full of coastal charm, but the nautical trend can quickly become overwhelming in the home if overdone. Azure keeps it simple (and subtle) with just a smattering of coastal stripes and sea creature patterned accessories. Select a key few of these pieces to add character to plainer items in the trend to keep the look fresh and uncluttered. Our favourite nod to the nautical is the selection of hurricanes and lanterns made from bamboo, wood and macramé. These wouldn’t look out of place amongst the traditional fishing nets which dot the region’s coastal towns.