What trends can we expect to see for the coming year design-wise, you ask? The next 12 months promise to be exciting ones of clever contrasts and sustainable choices. The focus is on useful, long-lasting and upcycled. Old juxtaposed with new. And while the pragmatic rules – things are never, ever boring.
Coming home should feel like one big lovely hug, with comfort and warmth surrounding you on all sides. Indeed, creating a harmonious haven to snuggle up into is an innate human need and one we should embrace.
Sincere and sustainable
Designers today are ditching costly materials that deplete natural resources or pollute in favour of more honest and affordable alternatives. Think sustainable wood with a raw hewn finish and clever utilisation of recyclables like cork, paper and cardboard. Today eco-design means good design.
The modern minimalist’s dream. Folded, faceted forms are all the rage. Pleated covers attached with Velcro or ties, not stitching, so you can change it whenever you want.
Revamping old icons
This trend isn’t about finding reissues of old favourites. It’s about searching out and revamping neglected pieces.
Without a doubt, this is the must-have colour for the year ahead. Graphite Grey, A Paler Shade of Grey, Zinc Grey and Silver Grey – the palette is endless. Calm and cosy, mix grey fabrics in various tones and textures on snug upholstered sofas, chairs and beds. A pop of Dijon Yellow or Cinnabar Red adds interest.
Feminine no longer has to mean sickly sweet. This trend is about using soft shades of Grass Green, Dusty Rose and Caffe Latte and adding layers of interest with romantic floral fabrics. Imagine old-fashioned rose-print cushions on a modern sofa or a vintage burgundy vase with a Moss Green sofa.
We’ve seen orange come and go over the past few years. But we’ve never seen it like this. Yes it’s that 1970s burnt orange and old-school terracotta. Mix things up with a cool grey or brighter tangerine for a cheerful yet classy combination.
Daybed cover in Black/White Salamander by Bantie and cushion covers in Cloud Brera Quadretto by Designers Guild, Straw Yellow, Silver Grey Gotland Stripe, Mandarin Orange Gotland Stripe, and Skruvsta swivel Chair in Mandarin Orange
Compact living conundrum
This trend is a must for the space-challenged. Designs that make your interior puzzle come together. Interlocking furniture, storage-savvy units, modern furniture that slots together to serve different purposes.
Mixing it up
Not sure on what material to go with? Wicker or wood? Metal or marble? Overall looks or individual pieces combining more than one material are on-trend. Seek out the most unusual contrasts you can find. Translucent and opaque, vintage and modern, soft and hard, industrial and romantic.
Credit: Elle Decoration, September 2011