Spring is here and it's hard not to get excited when the new-season homewares collections start popping up in shops.
This is the key season for bedding companies and there is now a gorgeous array of bed linen in stores to update your boudoir.
Here, we take a look at some of the hottest hues and prettiest prints.
Bright bursts of colour and spring go hand in hand and, although emerald was heralded by Pantone as the shade of 2013, the global colour authority has also forecast Lemon Zest, Poppy Red and Nectarine as hot hues this spring.
Fiona Steddy, owner of Minkz Furniture and Homewares, agreed that brights were big for spring-summer 2013. "That's the trend forecast according to Pantone but I'm also seeing a lot of peach, aqua and blue in the bed linen that's coming through," she said.
Adairs' Katie Payne suggested teaming deep blues and greens with subtle pops of yellow for a striking look.
"Combinations of coral, mint, and yellow are irresistible heading into spring," she said.
The watercolour effect was also a great way to incorporate lots of colour in an understated yet vibrant way, she said.
Madeleine Taylor, of David Jones, said this year's blues were cooler than last season's - think shades of jade, azure, French navy and vibrant cobalt.
Ms Steddy said bed linen also reflected what was happening on the fashion runways, which meant black and white was a big trend in bedding.
Florals and spring go hand in hand and according to Jenny Zorich, owner of The Linen Gallery, large-scale, brightly coloured motifs are key to getting the look right.
“Floral prints celebrate nature and really, that’s what spring is all about,” she said.
“Why not invest in a design classic such as a Florence Broadhurst floral print and team with some crisp white sheets?”
Ms Taylor said this season’s florals were widely spaced and in hues of yellow, aqua and jade.
“To accessorise bold floral prints, any throws and cushions should be in plain tones of the dominant colour printed on the bed linen,” she said.
“Don’t be afraid of a bold coloured sheet, just pick a key colour in the quilt cover.”
PATTERNS THAT POP
Bold geometric patterns are continuing their reign of style across the home, and the bedroom is no exception.
“They’re perfect for creating a contemporary bedroom that really stands out and is unique to your home space,” Ms Payne said.
No longer confined to children’s’ bedrooms, butterflies are also shaping up to be popular this year. “Like florals, butterflies celebrate the freshness of spring,” Ms Zorich said.
Stripes are another timeless look that continues to be popular, according to Ms Steddy.
If you’re not keen to commit to a whole sheet or quilt cover set in a strong pattern, she suggested leaving the patterns to the cushions and throw rugs.
A big trend this spring is to mix clashing patterns and colours, according to Remedy store owner Melanie Clarke.
“Use one print for the fitted sheet, a different print for the flat sheet, and different prints again for each of the pillows,” she said.
“There should be barely any co-ordination of colour — it clashes but it works and is a really fun look.”
Ms Clarke said bed linen from boutique Australian brands such as Kip & Co and Oh Mabel were perfect for mixing up.
“Oh Mabel’s new collection will be a modern take on vintage designs using scallop, plaid and floral patterns in deep navy, blush, yellow and grey,” she said.