TREND ALERT

Glossy fin­ishes are giv­ing way to a more so­phis­ti­cated al­ter­na­tive, says our in­te­rior de­sign ex­pert James Tre­ble.

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Out­side or in­side, a matt fin­ish is the way to go, says James Tre­ble.

WHILE WE OF­TEN FO­CUS on colour trends, these days it’s sur­face fin­ishes that are re­ally mak­ing their mark. And, this year, it’s matt all the way. The once dom­i­nant glossy look has been pushed aside, with tech­nol­ogy now al­low­ing us to en­joy the more nat­u­ral, toned-down beauty of matt fin­ishes, both in­side and out­side our homes.

BATH­ROOM BASINS

Matt bath­room basins al­low the shape of the ves­sel to shine rather than the fin­ish. The new matt basins come in a range of whites, blacks and earthy colours to more sub­tle pas­tel shades like soft pink. Soft whites and black basins with a matt fin­ish are also pop­u­lar, giv­ing basins a more un­der­stated, nat­u­ral look and feel.

EX­TE­RIOR FIN­ISHES

If you’re start­ing a build, ren­o­vat­ing or look­ing to re­fresh the out­side of your home, then con­sider prod­ucts with a matt fin­ish. An ex­cit­ing new ar­rival in the build­ing and ren­o­va­tion mar­ket is Color­bond Steel Matt, which is a softer more sub­tle look than its glossy cousin. It of­fers new de­signer op­por­tu­ni­ties in both ex­ter­nal wall cladding and roof­ing with five colours avail­able, from light to dark, in­clud­ing my per­sonal fave, Basalt.

TILES

Once, gloss tiles were the go-to for bath­rooms and in­te­ri­ors, but they’re no longer the only kid on the block now. Matt tiles cre­ate in­ter­est­ing, un­der­stated sur­faces that ab­sorb light and come with a low-main­te­nance fin­ish. This al­lows the shape, tex­ture and pat­tern of the tile to be the fea­ture, in­stead of re­ly­ing on the gloss level to cre­ate that wow-fac­tor.

Rachel Gild­ing, strate­gic de­signer at Beau­mont Tiles, says that with their tex­tu­ral fin­ish, matt tiles are not only beau­ti­ful but add a touch of sleek, glam­orous so­phis­ti­ca­tion to a space. “They’re also low-slip and low-glare – mak­ing them per­fect for wet ar­eas and out­door use,” she adds. “Their muted fin­ish means they’re eas­ier to keep clean, as they don’t show residue or wipe marks as eas­ily as their gloss-fin­ished cousins.”

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