“New year, new you” – it’s a phrase that is still echoed at this time of the year. The clock strikes 12 and a new leaf is turned: a chance for us to reset and recharge. Well, we think an important part of resetting involves your home and the (should-be) sanctuary you surround yourself in. Here’s five design trends – some new, some not – that should be embraced this year…
1. Au Naturel
We saw a lot of natural materials emerge in 2019 (rattan, in particular). Expect to see more natural materials celebrated this year. Embracing unique timber grains (as opposed to tailored veneer) and distinctive slabs of stone will be some of the selections to look into.
2. Textural Exaggeration
This ties in with the whole “natural” design scheme where we’re taking a step away from a more tailored look. Think thick boucle, large weaves and fibres – anything that is super tactile and adds a “perfectly imperfect” homely touch.
3. The Not-So-Kitchen, Kitchen
Integrate furniture-like elements that are cohesive with the rest of the home’s personalised design. Depending on the budget of the project, bespoke cabinetry is the way to go to ensure all appliances are kept out of sight without a clinical look. Built-in banquet seating topped with comfortable cushions will be a great piece to bridge the dining and kitchen areas – also perfect for smaller homes (great storage solutions).
4. Taking the Indoors Out
We're always talking about bringing the outside in (with indoor plants, etc), but this year we’re flipping it… We’re lucky to live in a country that embraces the outdoors as much as we do, so it’s important to create comfortable, liveable outdoor spaces. Just as the home’s interior, when designing the outdoor living room you should think of every aspect: lighting, soft furnishings and accessories. Lucky for us the quality of outdoor products keep getting better and better: UV-resistant outdoor rugs and cushions are a must when layering your outdoor living room.
5. Down to Earth
Muted, earthy colours are the go-to this year. Think olive, mustard, stone, beige, sage and colours inspired by natural clay when selecting your paints or soft furnishings this year.
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