THE CON­CEPT OF TRENDS

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is an en­tic­ing, but com­plex one, es­pe­cially in the con­text of how we fur­nish and dec­o­rate our homes. In the world of fast-mov­ing fash­ion, the pop­u­lar colours, shapes and styles change at a be­wil­der­ing rate, fu­elled by fast pro­duc­tion pro­cesses and dig­i­tal re­tail. Trends sweep by, and one sea­son looks very dif­fer­ent to the next.

In in­te­ri­ors, thank­fully, things move more slowly. The process of buy­ing fur­ni­ture, or de­cid­ing which paint to use, is gen­er­ally a more con­sid­ered de­ci­sion than pick­ing up a new t-shirt or pair of shoes dur­ing your lunch hour. Also, I would hope, you’ll live with a new sofa or colour scheme for more than a few fleet­ing months.

That’s not to say that trends don’t have a place. In the gloomy weeks at the start of a new year, most of us won’t be con­tem­plat­ing ma­jor dec­o­rat­ing projects or ex­pen­sive pur­chases, so now is the ideal time to dis­cover more about the moods, move­ments and mo­ments that will shape the first half of 2018 and, of course, our homes. To that end, wel­come to our bi-an­nual ex­plo­ration of all things new, which, this year, also in­cludes our de­fin­i­tive edit of the most ex­cit­ing de­signer pieces from around the world (see p65).

For me, the in­ter­est­ing thing about in­te­ri­ors trends is how they de­velop from sea­son to sea­son. So, for in­stance, you’ll see the sub­tle tran­si­tion from the op­u­lent jewel tones and plush tex­tures of 2017 to a breed of calmer, com­fort­ing new neu­trals (as de­tailed on p21) and a stylish nod to the 1970s (see p148). Our fea­tured houses this month also show how bold, cut­ting-edge trends can be eas­ily trans­lated into the home, whether it’s us­ing an all-over grey pal­ette, the­atri­cal mir­rored sur­faces or in­no­va­tive ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails. All prove that the fu­ture is just around the cor­ner.

IT’S TIME TO DIS­COVER THE MOODS, MOVE­MENTS AND MO­MENTS THAT WILL SHAPE OUR HOMES IN 2018

Ex­ec­u­tive Editor

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