As we begin a new year most people start to think about having a Spring clear out and giving their home an upgrade or a fresh new look. So we’ve been using our insider knowledge to think which trends we are observing at the moment, in interior design.
We’ve been noticing over the last few months a trend away from the stark, industrial look which has been popular for a few seasons now. No longer do people ask for stainless steel and sharp, angular edges in furniture and accessories. The popularity of the ‘vintage look’ has left a desire for more ‘homely’, hand decorated furnishings but with a leaning towards quality and sophistication. This can be clearly seen in soft furnishings with embroidery, fringing, cording and tassels being prevalent on cushions and curtains . Photo Prestigious Textiles: Eclipse range
The stark industrial look is being softened with a more generous use of soft furnishings. Curtain fabrics are bolder and give a welcome splash of colour and pattern in neutral interiors. The ‘painterly look’ and the ‘Scandinavian look’ both remain popular. Photo Prestigious Textiles: Java collection.
We have also found that many of our clients are wanting a much more luxurious and classic look, with the use of velvets and jacquard weaves for their furnishings. We have even been asked for swags and tails – a reminder of our work in the 1980’s, but a great way to make a dramatic feature of a window.
Furniture is becoming a lot more curvy and with softer, bevelled edges. This is especially noticeable in kitchen design, with curved worktops and rounded centre islands. We’ve seen a lot more for coffee tables and occasional tables which are of a round or oval design. This makes particular sense in family homes with small children unsteady on their feet!
Wallpaper is still on the up with pictorial designs becoming much more popular – birds in particular. These are often used on feature walls but more and more people are being bold and creating dramatic rooms with all over wallpaper. The use of ‘texture-patterned’ wallpaper is a great way to add depth and interest to a room without the distraction of an obvious pattern. They are also useful in bedrooms, where a regular patterned wallpaper can be a great aid to insomnia as you stare at the pattern, trying to work out the symmetry!
These are just the main trends we have observed recently but we will be keeping you up to date throughout the year on new developments and inspiring ideas; so keep coming back to the website for our monthly updates.