Odyssey is the fourth and final SS17 interior look from A by Amara, and it is the perfect way for refreshing your home for the spring / summer season. Inspired by a cool and relaxed approach to life, the Odyssey Interior Trend features a nod to grown-up nautical charm. Helen Powell, interiors writer, stylist and award winning blogger at Design Hunter explores the Odyssey interior trend and how it can transform your home…
Flick through a book on different interior styles and you’ll often find a chapter dedicated to coastal living. The sea has long exerted an influence on the way we decorate our homes. Whether our sense of it is rooted in memories of long, carefree summer holidays, romanticised by stories we have read, or inspired by adventures we have yet to embark upon, its appeal for many of us is irresistible.
For SS17 the Odyssey interior trend combines the striking colour contrasts of the Mediterranean shoreline – white Greek island villages set against azure skies and seas – with a hint of New England style.
With a relaxed vibe that evokes idyllic warm days and a slower pace of life it’s a look that is fresh, calming and easy to live with. Here’s how to add a taste of summer to your home with this laid back coastal style.
Providing a welcome respite from soaring temperatures during the warmer months, a classic combination of cool blues and soothing whites is the foundation of this look. Nautical navy adds depth, acting as an anchor for pale, weathered driftwood and softer pearlescent blues and greys, while bright coral accents add an energising vibe.
Decorative accents with motifs and patterns inspired by the sea evoke a mood of carefree coastal living. Anchor prints, nautical stripes and fish motifs can all be subtly incorporated to suggest a maritime theme.
With a simple colour palette like blue and white, texture plays an important role. Whether you’re eating indoors or outdoors dress your table with lots of different tactile elements. Here tableware inspired by shells and sea urchins hint at lazy summer days spent at the beach, while cushions and throws with thick stitched embellishments create a comfortable, inviting seating area.
A white clapboard wall provides the perfect backdrop for this arrangement of beach finds, rope covered jars and nautical prints. Create a similar display on a sideboard or console table using artwork and curios gathered from your travels. First choose a unifying theme or colour palette and then group together objects of contrasting sizes, shapes and textures, moving things around until it feels just right.
Laid Back Living
An outdoor living space that connects directly with the interior is often a key feature of coastal homes. A porch, terrace or balcony with chairs invitingly arranged for eating, drinking and relaxing will help blur the boundary between the space inside and outside your home during the warmer months. Finally, don’t skimp on the cushions. Pile on lots of different layers – this look is all about comfort and laid back living.
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