In Colour our attention is has settled gentle colours like muted pastels, smoky shades of grey, soft neutrals, metal hues, rich leather and marine tones along with at the opposite end of the spectrum vibrant jewel and fruit colours. Paint colours for the home still revolve around sophisticated basics with preference for cleaner whites, smokier neutrals and updated muted pastels. Feature walls are out, zone painting schemes are in and beige is a thing of the past.
Prints and pattern are definitely back in– visual impact is the key theme. We see fluid looking prints like, peacock feather patterns, photographic images, graded dip dye designs, text, blurred images, florals and tropical prints. On the other we see a strong geometric designs, 3d patterns, repeated forms, kaleidoscopic images and patterns inspired by nature. Fabrics are about texture be it visual or otherwise. Velvet, textures and raw looking weaves and the use of fabric for sofas and upholstery is back.
Textures derived from nature, whether they are animal, mineral or vegetable are in. Botany, insect prints, fossils, bone, wood, bark, stone and organic shapes. We are tending to like our woods looking raw, We want materials and finishes to look authentic and as natural as possible. We like, steel, copper, pewter, gold and other metal accents in preference to just chrome and stainless steel.
Industrial style pieces in the home have been a staple in the past few years, primarily in the form of lighting and furniture. We are continuing to love the look and character of these pieces. There’s a move towards convenience, functionality and longevity and we now want quality from items that are mass-produced to go along with character in our homes.
Graceful, rounded, and organic shapes are popular but we are seeing that trend taken a little further into the direction of droplet, hanging, dripping, pulled, “gloopy” looking forms that look like they almost just “happened” or grew in the space. This trend is coming through to accent pieces such as lighting, ceramics, glassware and accessories.
Environmentally friendly design, sustainability, passive homes, products that require less energy, reducing the running costs of our homes, new lighting options, repurposing, recycling, up-cycling and new hybrid materials are either standard or continue to emerge, in fact we are going back to home made goods creative crafts.
Matte finishes is growing in modern décor as we seek to add differing depths of interest into our buildings and interiors. A matte finish gives an object a raw, edgy look and also allows you to appreciate the material that an item is made of. This principle is crucial in modern design and it goes back to our desire for natural and authentic softer finishes. This trend is growing from tapware, lighting, furniture, accessories, kitchens and bathrooms.