What’s happening in the world of interior design? We picked our 5 favourite future trends to share with you. We hope this can be helpful, whether you are redecorating an entire house or just looking to add some modern details to your home.
Nature is moving in
The trend of nature moving in is all around us, from green houses with edible plants indoors to the materials we see around us. Hemp, cork, seaweed, marble, wood, stone, leather and other natural materials keep going strong. A new addition is minerals. Look for bowls of pyrite and chunks of quartz as decoration, or unpolished semi-precious stones turned into door pulls. For decoration we see a lot of new details from nature, like fossils and dried sea stars and, of course plants everywhere. Besides being beautiful they contribute with fresh oxygen and clean air. A win-win.
That sustainability is a big part of modern living goes without saying. Recycling, repurposing, reinventing and reusing are all important parts of planning a home today. Consumers look for furniture of good quality again. Houses are designed to evolve with time, age beautifully and to meet future demands.
Mix and match
The longing for natural materials and organic shapes also creates a big demand for hand-crafted products. Makramé and crochet, hand woven textiles and locally made pottery from that trip to Portugal last summer. Don’t be afraid to mix vintage and artisanal items with mass produced goods. This trend reflects on prints as well. Tribal prints and animal motifs are everywhere. Oh, and don’t forget to look down once in a while. For bold floor inspiration we recommend a look at #ihavethisthingwithfloors.
Coming furniture seems to be designed to give you a big, warm hug. Large sofas and armchairs, with extra padding and cushions, that protects you from the world outside. Some trend reports describe 2016 as the “anti-Facebook year of interior design”, meaning our homes need to be a place of retreat, comfort and contemplation after all the over-sharing and information overload.
You can unlock your doors with a thumbscan. Your alarm system will send pictures to your smart phone if someone enters uninvited. Your refrigerator can do the grocery shopping. And so on… In “Back to the future” Michael J Fox suddenly found himself in the future: October 21, 2015. Is that proof enough that the future actually is here? Designers of today need to create products that are adaptable, that are flexible and that have different purposes to them. We have had this evolution in our workspaces for a long time but not in our homes. Finally however, smart objects designed to increase your well being and take away some of your workload is a rapidly growing part of home interior design.
Domestic lifts are a perfect example. It is not used instead of the stairs, but as an addition to. We see that most people choose to install a home lift for the cool design and as an interesting design feature rather than having an alternative to the stairs. The appreciation of the function comes in later, when an older family member comes visiting or a heavy piece of furniture is bought for the living room upstairs. Take a look around at our site to learn more about the perks of a home lift.
What we see a lot of in interior design now is that designers turn to science. High-technological solutions are used to appeal to our bodies as well as our souls. Sensory design is best described as the “look and feel” of an object. Texture, lighting, colouring, shapes and surfaces work together to increase our well-being. An example is intelligent fabrics that change with the temperature and lighting in the room. We are very excited to see how our homes will evolve with the help of science in the future.
To summarise, as science is becoming a bigger part of our daily lives we turn to nature and handicrafts as a contrast. Turn your home into your loading dock. It is where you charge your batteries, so make sure your home is a place of relaxation.