LAT­EST SUR­FACE TRENDS

Jess Pid­dock, in-house in­te­rior de­signer at Do­mus, on how to stay ahead of the style crowd

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* Geo­met­ric pat­tern. Sharp geo­met­ric shapes have dom­i­nated pat­tern de­sign for the past few years, but a more or­ganic ap­proach, which em­braces ir­reg­u­lar­ity and curves, is be­gin­ning to be­come more prom­i­nent. With con­trast­ing colours, th­ese can cre­ate a bold, poppy style, or, in sub­tler tones, can give a softer look and feel to a space.

* Coloured grout­ing. We’re see­ing coloured grout used as a key el­e­ment of til­ing schemes. This can be a cost-ef­fec­tive way to cre­ate a de­sign state­ment, ty­ing in with the wider trends for colour and cus­tomi­sa­tion.

* Rus­tic fin­ishes. The rus­tic style is aligned with the trend for a ‘hand­made aes­thetic’ Em­brac­ing the look of raw ma­te­ri­als and their im­per­fec­tions, this trend is all about cre­at­ing a tac­tile en­vi­ron­ment.

* Blue pal­ettes. Rich blues and teals have be­come fa­mil­iar in paints and soft fur­nish­ings and th­ese will be­come more preva­lent in hard fin­ishes too. This ‘Blue

Pe­riod’ is evolv­ing to wel­come bolder hues – ul­tra­ma­rine, in par­tic­u­lar. Ul­tra­ma­rine is an ex­cel­lent ac­cent colour, whereas deeper Prus­sian blue works well as a back­ground – both com­bine beau­ti­fully with soft greys and mar­bles.

* Mix­ing glazed and matt fin­ishes. The trend for glossy ac­cents was first seen in a col­lec­tion de­signed by

Kon­stantin Gr­cic for Ital­ian brand Mutina last year called Numi, where gloss and matt fin­ishes are com­bined on a sin­gle

tile. Glossy ac­cents can of­fer a sub­tle al­ter­na­tive to pat­tern mak­ing – if kept to sin­gle pal­ette, it al­lows re­flected light to cre­ate the drama.

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