Personal Project: A Trends Inspired Video for Multiyork Furniture
At the end of last year Multiyork Furniture asked me to share with them and with their customers my favourite three design trends for 2016. This was not going to be your average article on a blog, or a post for Dear Designer’s, but a three minute long video taken at one of their flagship stores.
The trends I chose will come as no surprise to anyone. I’ve been banging on about botanicals for quite a while now, the industrial trend is a long time favourite of mine, and the English Country House trend is one that will never really go away. I know you’re all dying to get to the video (my tongue was firmly in my cheek there), but before we do, let’s recap.
The Industrial Trend
Leather sofas, factory lighting, wooden floors and industrial grey all add to this trend.
A trend that just keeps on getting stronger and stronger. It celebrates anything that is utilitarian looking and aged. Furnishings, wall surfaces and floors typically look as if they have been used in a previous life, and wood, when it is used (which is often), will be rough, raw and untreated. The bones of a building will often be left uncovered, showing bare bricks, concrete and untreated floorboards and even if we don’t live in a Manhattan loft or a converted barn we can replicate some of the features with our choice of furniture and accessories.
Oversized clocks and advertising posters are perfect accessories
A leather sofa is often at the heart of an industrial inspired interior and although it’s a trend that can sometimes look a bit cold, it can easily be softened with rugs, throws and cushions in a variety of textures.
The Botanical Trend
Flirt with the botanical trend with a few cushions and lots of plants
My absolute favourite. Green is calming colour and I love the large scale leaves and flowers that are now appearing almost everywhere on wallpaper, fabrics, and all manner of accessories from lampshades to cushions. Botanical decoration can even be found now on ceramic tiles which is a sure sign that this trend will be around for some time. It’s a bold look that has nothing to do with small scale flower prints that decorate country cottages. It’s a bold look and will typically feature palm leaves, ferns and tropical forests, with or without the exotic birds and animals.
Be bold with an armchair upholstered in a fern print
It’s a trend that we can embrace wholeheartedly or we can flirt with it by adding a few well chosen accessories.
The Country House Trend
Period features are often the basis of a country house look
Is it a trend? Did it ever go away? The biggest key feature is one of comfort. It draws a lot of inspiration from tradition and our sense of heritage and certainly fuels my fantasy of spending long leisurely weekends in a country house, eating good food and reading the Sunday papers in front of a roaring fire. It should look as if you haven’t tried too hard. Nothing matches. In fact it looks better if there are a mix of patterns and textures. Faded florals happily co-exist with plaids, stripes and plains.
A touch of tartan will always look at home in a country house inspired room
Just add some tartan, lots of rugs, log baskets and anything else that alludes to the country house idyll.
And without further ado, here’s the video.