It’s fascinating to watch how global events transfer over into interior design trends. The most recent shift we are currently witnessing is the awareness of climate change which is causing us to think twice about what our actions may have on the planet and wildlife. These actions such as opting for reusable items rather than disposable, choosing organic materials and produce, re-connecting with nature and converting to greener energy have all played a part in changing our home interiors. The halt to global travel in the past two years has also seen an increase in international styles working their way into our homes.
Blending the lines between nature and the indoors has been increasing in popularity with houseplants, natural materials and open-plan spaces all becoming commonplace. Large bi-folding doors that lead into the garden and Velux windows with a view of the sky are a brilliant investment as they uplift dark rooms and create a light and airy feel.
The organic nature of wood, stone and linen has a tactile quality with naturally warm tones that complement each other well. They also come with a variety of textures which is so important to adding depth, interest and dimension to any room.
Borrowing colours from nature to compliment these organic materials have influenced the paint pallets we are using.
Upcycling old pieces of furniture and accessories are a waste-free alternative to décor that often hold more historic value and are more unique as opposed to new items. Sustainable textile materials have become more widely available which means the items will last longer and won’t carry microplastics that are harmful to the environment.
Arches and curves are replacing harsh, straight lines. This doesn’t need to be shown in the walls of the house but more in the furniture that is chosen. Rounded armchairs and sofas, curved rugs and tables etc. will all help to achieve this effect.
As a result of missed holidays over the past two years, an international influence has been growing in our homes. Botanical feature walls of distant lands, Moroccan-style textiles and tiles, African animal features and desert colours are all on trend.
Two-toned kitchen counters add interest without overcomplicating it. Paint swatches will always show complimentary colours together so that it’s easier to find two colours that match well. If you have a particularly small/dark kitchen, try to avoid darker shades or use the darker shade towards the bottom and save the brighter colour for the overhead cabinets. Furniture Revolution is a local painting company who bring new life to any piece of furniture or kitchen. They use specialist paints to give you a durable finish at the fraction of the cost of replacing it.
Frills and pleats are making a comeback! This is a fairly new addition to interior trends this year as the ‘granny’ look is coming back but this time, we are making it chic. Pleated lampshades and frilly armchairs are all a nod to the British country manor aesthetic.
As we are nearing Autumn, try to steer away from seasonal trends, try opting for those that are a little longer lasting to avoid wasting money, time and materials.
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