What’s hot and what’s not? We round up the key decorating trends of the year.
Some interiors trends are set to last for more than a season. From mindful decorating to eye-catching corals, these are the looks that are here to stay.
1. Warm Scandi
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Natural materials including wood, rattan, sisal and wicker are infusing interiors with a softly modern feel – think roughly hewn and tactile finishes such as turned wood furniture and woven accessories. Warm hues, including corals, blush pinks, mustards and soft greens, perfectly complement this aesthetic, contemporising a traditionally Scandi look by adding an earthy note. Try channelling the look by painting kitchen cabinetry in a soft coral, pairing it with aged brass or gold accents such as splashbacks or kickstands and pale ceramic or stone-effect lighting. Or add a standout piece to your sitting room, such as John Lewis & Partners’ Tokyo Medium Corner sofa in Hope Burnt Orange (£3,399; johnlewis.com).
2. Home libraries
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Books are back (though we’re not sure they ever left). But this time, arrangements are informal, fun and unexpected. That means being creative about displaying treasured tomes, whether building a bookshelf within an under stairs alcove, getting handy with some classic String shelving, adding inset shelves around door frames, creating an unexpected nook in a guest bedroom or making a feature out of a hallway. The trick is to mix up your display, laying some books horizontally and some vertically, blending in artwork and special pieces, for a loosened up, relaxed feel.
3. Old for new
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Fortunately, the trend for provenance over one-season purchases is here to stay. That means creating thoughtful interiors out of a selection of favourite pieces that can be swapped in and out of your scheme as the season – or your passions – change. “On the furniture and accessories front, there’s a definite movement towards recycling, upcycling, rejuvenating and adapting,” says Marie-Noëlle Swiderski, Director of design studio Galuchat. “We are seeing the resurgence of past styles given a new lease of life.” Decorative nostalgia is a concept that sits comfortably with our sense of responsibility towards nature and sustainability. “For those who like something a bit more restrained, the simplicity of 1940s Britain has also been coming through, following recent exhibitions on the likes of Ravillious and Bawden,” adds landscape architect Nick Hughes. “Think sage, dusty pinks and pale-yellow backdrops.” Try contrasting these tones with quality vintage furniture and architectural salvage at Retrouvius (retrouvius.com).
Image: Hend Krichen
‘Handmade’ and ‘limited edition’ are still buzzwords and interiors are awash with handwoven and handcrafted designs, from accessories and art to ceramics and soft furnishings. “The idea of less is more, and the introduction of organic materials in design, is proving hugely popular,” says interior designer Mia Karlsson-Matthews. “That might mean spending a bit more for a piece of furniture that has been produced with love, to last.” We are hooked by the understated elegance of Tunisian-born Hend Krichen’s breakfast ceramics (from £25; hendkrichen.com). Designed from her London studio with thoughtful angular accents and clever stacking features, every element in the collection has been created with a mix and match approach in mind.
5. Mindful decorating
Our focus on well-being is shifting out of the yoga studio and into the home. Not only does that mean embracing a greater awareness of sustainability, but making conscious decisions about how colour, pattern and furniture placement affects our mood. “How and where colour is used is key, rather than the colour itself per se,” believes Lisa Mitchell, design expert at Interior Style Studio. “We are seeing more confidence in using bolder colour and pattern, from paints to tiles – led by people realising that a certain hue makes them feel better, whether that’s calmer, cosier, energised or happier.” Now is the time to embrace the hues of nature, add indoor plants and foliage to schemes, connect inside and out by way of generous glazing and consider tactile finishes such as terrazzo flooring. Try nature-inspired accessories too – we love Kalinko’s Asho rattan pendant lampshade (£75; kalinko.com).
6. One-of-a-kind art
Informal ‘salon style’ hangs comprising bespoke pieces, family treasures and special prints are putting art back under the spotlight. Try sourcing one-of-a-kind pieces rather than buying ubiquitous options. Invest in a favourite artist, bearing in mind that if you are budgeting, works on paper are often an affordable way of starting a collection. “We expect to see artworks and prints from indigenous communities being a trend for summer and beyond,” says Liz Bell of Absolute Project Management. “That ties in with our current interest in print, pattern and handcrafted pieces.” Snag original, emerging art at New Blood Art (newbloodart.com) and browse pieces by acclaimed artists at The Royal Academy’s regular online art sales (royalacademy.org.uk/artsales).
Article written by Emma J Page.