Five trends for interiors
We’re becoming more comfortable with quirky – here’s my trend forecast for 2018. Five interior ideas promise to be strong through the year and my choice demonstrates our continued love of the old as well as our confidence to experiment.
1. Chairs with flair
The sofa may have had a good run but the armchair is taking over. Recently a client asked for their lounge to be furnished with chairs rather than the usual sofa and chairs combo. Chairs appeal to visitors for the safe space they offer and with so many designs available you will surely find exactly the right fit for your home. I predict more of you will invest in a statement chair in 2018. (Image: Paper Planes armchairs by Moroso via Chaplins Furniture.)
2. Go geometrics
Cubes and circles are staple design basics; these building blocks are supported by curves and lines. But the lines are changing. Furniture is defiant. Down with the principles of simplicity and up with random slanted angles and precarious balancing acts. (Image credit: Atkin and Thyme.) The comfort of symmetry is often removed in these new geometric designs and instead we’re given a quirky balance. It takes confidence to live with but I think we’re ready.
3. Metallic accessories
A few years ago metallics hit the headlines in a big way, and my clients ask, ‘is it still fashionable?’. Well, yes it is. And interestingly we’ve gained confidence to mix and match metals. At one time we wouldn’t think of putting a brass framed mirror next to a silver console table but now, anything goes. Experimentation allows you to place new metallic accessories alongside older finds from junk shops, car boots and antique stores. (Image: Sofa dot com.)
4. Vintage industrial
Shabby chic, reclaimed furniture grabbed our attention decades ago yet its eco friendly appeal and the fact that it sits in the mid to low price range means it continues to be popular, especially for interiors enthusiasts who crave a modern, relaxed industrial style. (Image: Industrial side table via Hegron de Carle.)
Free standing furniture that you love, and that you can take with you to your next home, never fails to inspire. By its very nature this type of furniture has imperfections so you’ll find it very easy to live with. For bespoke custom-made industrial style furniture contact one of my Select a Maker members, Ursh Stevens at Refunk’d, she can make something fantastic from all manner of cast off bits of wood and metal.
5. Artistic art
And lastly, the final of my five predicted trends for 2018 is the art wall. I designed the one below for a client on a tight budget earlier this year. (See more on this project at Houzz, click through HERE.) It has proved a talking point for many people who have looked at their bare walls and thought… maybe something amazing could be done.
The collation of art, whether it’s art you already have, or art you want to invest in, is problematic. Many homeowners find it difficult to know where to start. Last week a client who had moved into her new house only three days earlier, and who had unpacked her collection of art and artefacts, said, ‘how can I display all this?’ We curated a beautiful wall of art right there on the spot!
Yasmin Chopin offers an interior design service for homes in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland and North Hertfordshire. Get in touch if would like a two hour consultation. 07831 231 664.