Here are a few of the many interior design trends coming through this year:
Midnight blue, navy blue, indigo blue are very versatile colours and crowd favourites. The perfect replacement for black. They can be used as a neutral or as an accent colour and work in almost every style of décor.
Start small if you are unsure how to incorporate them into your design project, such as cushions, pillows, velvet headboard and pair with a crisp white for a classic effect.
Burnt orange, copper and maple accents will radiate warmth and energy and are quite stimulating for any interior space, especially in more formal areas, and look great with dark blue too.
Fifty shades of neutral grey. Grey used on its own, as a base colour or an accent colour, will pull the bolder colours together. A favourite for all those who love the neutrals and for those that want to tone down any bolder colours. Look for a grey that’s not too warm or cool. If you get this wrong, then a room can look dull and cold.
Patterned and geometric tiles are well and truly on trend and pushing out white and beige tiles. Bold patterns, Moroccan inspired and geometric tiles are very popular and can create stunning interiors.
For a classic look, pair black and white patterned tiles with a natural element like wood or even concrete. Use a larger scale pattern tile on the floor – this will make the space look larger, as fewer tiles and less grout will prevent the floor from being ‘chopped up’.
Japandi A rising design trend, the word is a fusion between Japanese and Scandinavian, which is clean and minimalist, yet warm and cosy. Detailed in craftsmanship and featuring, raw materials and simple and natural elements, this style delivers a calm, serene look. However, if you love colour and decorated spaces, this isn’t for you.
Embellishments Fringes, tassels, ruching, cords, pompoms, beads, crystals, stones, suede and feathers are all back in vogue, and the major fabric houses sell metres and metres of Passementerie (which comes from the French for a maker of ornate work, and designers use it on lamp shades, upholstery, cushions and curtains. It can also make a plain fabric look fabulous too.
Ann-Marie Appleton is the director of interior design company Frobisher Interiors. She holds a diploma in interior design and is a member of DINZ. Visit www.frobisher.co.nz.