Black and blue
While the classic monochrome scheme was very much in last year, this winter, deep black-blue schemes with flashes of crisp white create an ultra-modern look. These midnight-inspired hues are being used to transform rooms into cosy, intimate spaces – use only small, warm pools of light dotted around the room to keep the ambiance on point. See M&S’s new A/W collection below for how to tie the look together.
Colour blocking has dominated the catwalk and now it’s turning up in our homes, with bright, contrasting colours presented in a playful graphic way for an energetic look. While we’ve seen Miami deco-inspired pastels presented this way in the past, this geometric statement wall has moved on to more mid-century tones such as teal, mustard, coral and grey-blue.
The pared-back minimalism of Japanese architecture has really inspired this year’s design scene, with the aesthetic influencing many interior styles. The traditional art of Shou Sugi Ban (burning timber to create a durable and striking black cladding), has featured in a number of architects’ latest projects, but it’s also a technique now being used for furniture. Clean lines, artisan craftsmanship and natural materials are combined to create this calm yet focused look.
While it was all about marble and malachite last winter, this year it’s agate and quartz – rose quartz in particular. While marble is still in, it’s got a bit more interesting, with pink and green variants being used rather than traditional white marble.
Everyone is going crazy for plywood right now, especially in the architectural world. The V&A museum has even launched an entire exhibition dedicated to the material, celebrating its versatility, durability and affordability. It’s become an extremely popular choice for internal cladding, so if you’re after a raw, simple look, this could be the answer.
Pastel pink has had its day, with these gorgeously rich berry hues taking over. A sophisticated mix of cherry, plum and raspberry can be used to create a cosy, luxurious feel. Ideal for accent soft furnishings, use plenty of different textures to create an interesting scheme and pair with warm brass metallics or rose gold to heighten the look.
Another trend that taps into the minimalist vibe is ‘Lagom’, which is this year’s ‘Hygge’. It’s not just about aesthetics, however – Lagom is deep-rooted in Scandinavian culture and is essentially about ‘less is more’, sustainability and being resourceful. In terms of decorating, keep the scheme calm and natural, focusing on materials from sustainable sources, small indoor plants and treasured objects with sentimental value.
The new romantic
Botanicals ruled during spring/summer 2017 and they’re also prevalent this season, but with a dark twist. Loosely inspired by Victoriana yet with a modern feel, this look is all about big blousy floral prints with pops of accent hues.