De­sign trends set to be big this sum­mer

South Burnett Times - - REAL ESTATE - — ALICE BRADLEY

FI­NALLY! Aussie in­te­ri­ors are see­ing a long over­due re­ac­tion to the earthy move­ment after what was (in the south­ern states at least) an extended, drawn-out win­ter.

This sum­mer, while in­te­rior looks re­main grounded in nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als and tones, be pre­pared to wel­come in trop­i­cal prints – with a dis­tinct jun­gle sa­fari theme – lots of clash­ing geo­met­ric pat­terns and bold, sat­u­rated colours.

It’s time to kiss good­bye to straight lines and clean shapes, too. This sea­son we’re look­ing in­wards to our homes, em­brac­ing more com­fort­able rounded de­signs, with just a hint of lux­ury. We spoke to head stylist for Tem­ple and Web­ster, Al­lira Bell, and lead de­signer for In­fi­nite De­sign Stu­dio, Michelle Mac­arounas, to give us the low­down on the hottest sum­mer trends.

Sat­u­rated colour

WELL this is re­fresh­ing: Dove grey might’ve just about had its day!

“I think the lin­ger­ing monochro­matic, white-black-grey look is def­i­nitely out,” says Al­lira.

“Peo­ple are crav­ing warmth, sat­u­rated colour and a lit­tle bit of fun in their homes.”

What does this mean for colour? Think mus­tard, pink and splashes of cobalt blue. These shades, de­buted on the run­ways at New York Fash­ion Week, are go­ing to sur­face ev­ery­where – from ce­ram­ics and tiles to our walls.

Eclec­tic bath­rooms

THE new eclec­tic is a trend we covet and now we’re see­ing it creep into the bath­room.

“Over­done in the wrong way, this look can be child­ish, so be care­ful to add eclec­ti­cism in small ways through a fea­ture tile or ce­ramic col­lec­tion to achieve the right look,” says Al­lira.

“Stone and mar­ble fin­ishes are dom­i­nant and used in a more play­ful way,” Mi­celle adds.

“De­sign­ers are pick­ing up on coloured stone in blues, pinks, reds and greens. Mix­ing these with other el­e­ments in the in­te­rior can bring a sense of con­nec­tive de­sign.”

Bold graph­ics

GULP… we’re go­ing back to the ’80s with this one – cult de­sign move­ments filled with bold, graphic im­ages, clash­ing prints and geo­met­ric pat­terns are set to be huge this sum­mer.

“Lots of zig zags and strips,” says Al­lira; “things that shouldn’t go to­gether, but do.”

If it’s all sound­ing a bit too Xanadu for your lik­ing, it should be added that the earthy move­ment – our love of all things nat­u­ral and of-the-earth – is very much here to stay. The bold print di­ver­sion is just a re­ac­tion to that, in­ject­ing some play­ful­ness and fun as we en­ter the silly sea­son.

So long, Scandi!

OUR de­sire for fun – what a per­fect segue to con­front this con­tro­ver­sial trend…

That’s right, Scandi may be on the out! Or at least get­ting a re­fresh. Scan­di­na­vian de­sign is very much grounded in the min­i­mal­ist aes­thetic, and, ac­cord­ing to Al­lira, we’re re­ject­ing min­i­mal­ism this sea­son, in­stead look­ing for more com­fort­ing shapes and lines.

“We’re see­ing that Scandi fur­ni­ture – blonde wood on ta­pered legs – is slowly los­ing favour. Peo­ple are crav­ing wal­nut tim­ber, dif­fer­ent shapes and more of a con­tem­po­rary feel.

“For ex­am­ple, rather than do­ing the clas­sic long lines we’re see­ing more rounded so­fas, which plays more to a feel­ing of com­fort and lux­ury.”

Cu­ra­tion & col­lec­tion

RE­JECT­ING Scandi is only the be­gin­ning.

Al­lira ex­plains peo­ple aren’t nec­es­sar­ily slow­ing down, but are look­ing to con­nect with na­ture through in­ject­ing plantlife into their homes and mak­ing their spa­ces warmer and more per­son­alised.

It’s a trend that’s al­most a re­jec­tion of trends – it goes back to di­verg­ing from the Scandi, monochro­matic world and creat­ing a sense of es­capism from the every­day.

As so­ci­ety be­comes more in­di­vid­u­al­is­tic, self-styling the home be­comes an­other form of iden­tity.

“We’ve kind of past the min­i­mal­ism trend, we’re em­brac­ing col­lec­tion and cu­rat­ing homes with the things we love,” Al­lira says.

Jun­gle voy­ager

HERE’S some more good news, the trop­i­cal prints we saw gain pop­u­lar­ity last sum­mer are here to stay.

But rather than re­main solely fo­cused on green fo­liage and ex­otic flora, we’re see­ing trop­i­cal prints on our tex­tiles run with more of a global trav­eller, sa­fari theme. Think zo­ol­ogy mo­tifs with dif­fer­ent an­i­mals and birds and a play­ful ap­proach to new colour pal­ettes.

“Rather than the usual whites and greens, you might see blues and mus­tards,” Al­lira says.

Ex­pect to see them over your cush­ions, bed li­nen and wall­pa­per.

Li­nen and vel­vet

WE thought we’d be wav­ing good­bye to rich vel­vet this sea­son, but our ex­perts both re­ject the no­tion.

French li­nen is a no brainer for the warmer months, too and the per­fect way to lighten up soft fur­nish­ings, cush­ion cov­ers and bed dress­ings, while keep­ing lay­ers in­tact.

“Soft vel­vets and linens in beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral tones are still prov­ing pop­u­lar. Plum is a win­ner this sea­son for vel­vet and burnt si­enna or ter­ra­cotta is an emerg­ing trend in linens,” Michelle says.

Al­lira says we’re not quite sick of vel­vet yet, but it will be re-imag­ined in lighter, pas­tel in­car­na­tions.

At New York Fash­ion Week, pas­tels fea­tured heav­ily, and Al­lira be­lieves this trend will fil­ter into our tex­tiles and ma­te­ri­als in­side the home.

“Yel­low was def­i­nitely dom­i­nat­ing the run­ways, ev­ery­thing from dirt­ier mus­tard to brighter sun­flower shades. But then there was also an emer­gence of lilacs, laven­ders and pinks – it’s a more ma­ture take on pas­tels and the mil­len­nial pink (we’ve seen through win­ter).”

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