The saying “your home is a reflection of who you are and a collection of what you love” is quite true, which is why people’s personalities inherently lend themselves to the aesthetic with which they design their homes. Just like in the world of fashion and art, styles in interior concepts change according to cultural developments and various other influences. Over-sized glares were the rage in the sixties but then, as with all fads, they weren’t. But in the last decade retro, vintage, and nostalgia were in, and so were the voluminous goggles! Similarly, variations inspired by Scandinavian minimalism may have been the obsession for the last two decades, but it has now made way for maximalism with its loud, busy, and vibrant projections.
Staying up-to-date with these trends is no easy feat given the myriad of design choices as well as the different facets of decor like art, furniture, lighting, and color palette. Home decor may seem intuitive, but a little help from experts in design always goes a long way in ensuring that your home is not only beautiful and functional but also dynamic and reflective.
Possibly the inherent element of any design is color because it has the power to turn heads and influence the soul. It is through the color tones we communicate the intent that dominates the abode. The choice of hues contribute to the vitality and vibrancy in our daily lives. Sometimes choosing the right tint is so complicated because we think it is so banal and lucid.
Saturated green is the color of 2019. It symbolizes nature squatting at your home and it symbolizes gender neutrality. To complement the viridescent tones I have also included dusty pinks, exuberant mustard, misty blues, muted gold, soft clay, oxidized grey, somber blacks and rich jewel tones. Refer to the mood boards to see the various concoctions I have curated in these palettes using all bits and bobs trending this season.
The paraphernalia in your home isn’t just decor, but a big contributor to the vibe your home emits. It transforms a space and is responsible for creating an atmosphere. You spend more than half your time at home, and these gubbins affect your mood and general well-being. To me, art is the focal point of any space that immediately attracts attention hence it needs to be carefully curated.
The glorious era of minimalism has finally succumbed to the glamorous movement of maximalism where More is More! Diverse and extravagant range of sculptural and floral patterns and bold strokes is the way forward to saturate a space. Art is now defined with focal
personality forming a busy balance with bright and vibrant colors. Store-bought signage of “Keep Calm and blah blah blah....” are so outdated, as is fabric and tribal art. Abstract designs as well as two and three dimensional geometric shapes are the flavor of 2019.
Somehow, we always leave the choice of upholstery towards the latter part of the project even though we know it plays a major role in enhancing, distinguishing and defining a space. It needs to complement and reflect the general vision of the room and contribute towards tying all loose ends rather than being the focal point like it used to be. While the possibilities are endless, the new times have shied away from dull neutrals and cool grey and are now leaning towards rich jewel tones in mushy velvet, daring floral printed jacquard and mix-and-match printed fabrics as they add diversity with varied motifs and hues. All of them used together in the right balance, team up very well to create intrepid, indomitable and indulgent space.
Lighting is not just about function. It is about creating the mood that one would like to bask in. Illumination affects everything it falls upon. It creates ambiance, drama, and intrigue in a room. In my world it is the magical ingredient that makes or breaks a space.
Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication. The times when the opulence of a space was defined by crystal chandeliers has now been conquered by assorted pendant lights stationed together using the bohemian method of carelessly careful balance. Also trending are functional uncluttered linear formats, exposed chords, handmade ceramic domes, celestial rings and minimalist wall scones that strike impact with controllable temperatures. My personal favorite is sculpture lighting, which double up as statement pieces. The dual utilitarian prong of art and purpose is the way forward for lighting up the new era.
The process of converting a brick structure into a cosy domain, involves mixing a whole lot of unrelated pieces into one homogeneous blend. Buying appropriate furniture for a house can be tricky as it needs a sense of balance, comfort, functionality and beauty all put together to make it a home.
Linear minimalistic, glossy furniture has now sublimed to introduce us to the world of metal laced curved pieces which raise the comfort bar with their enveloping nature. Fascinating and enigmatic faceted furniture is still around and trending as they never let you get bored of looking at them. This year we will also see the rise of the printed acrylic furniture which adds a dash of airiness, quirk and simplicity to areas which were ruled by wicker in the last decade.
The difference between something good and something great is the attention to detail. It is always the small pieces that make the big picture. The way you accessorize the embellishments, define your relationship with your home and all things you love.
Prone to our fast pace lives, anything in excess brings in complexities and chaos. In the past decade we loved the pandemonium created by eclectic clutter which has now become redundant giving way to sustainable and solo statement artifacts.The fetish to hoard all heterogeneous inheritances and display colorful family portraits have now been over taken by antique sculptures and modern origami inspired silhouettes.
We are living in times of equality striving every day to eradicate gender bias. Gone are the days when blues stood up for dominating strength and pinks represented girly grace. Dropping discrimination is the flavour of this year’s trending concepts. 2019 Interior detailing has taken inspiration from this thought and incorporated it into our daily lives by refraining from making gender defined statements while decorating.
Bedrooms are spaces where you relax, think, meditate and dream. Dark monochromes and saturated muted hues help keep the mind focused and collected. The comfort element will be induced by placing cosy beds with generous upholstery, velvet linens, thick, fluffy, and mushy pillows and assorted mix and match cushions. With minimalism on its way out, grand, vintage mid-century luxuries are back with four-poster beds teamed up with floral walls and art deco storage solutions.
Flooring is like the foundation of any house. It is one of the most difficult things to replace hence choosing the perfect material with utmost care is obligatory.
In a world full of trends, Marble has and will always remain a classic because it is irreplaceable! Yes, the conventional way of just cutting the most coveted Italian Marble into slabs and polishing them are mediums and methods that are becoming archaic and they are being swiftly replaced by Turkish and Spanish marbles cut in geometric patterns, laid with inlay detailing and finished with matted leather finishes.
The real wood floors which are high maintenance (though I personally love them!) are being defunct by gorgeous laminates which come in stunning oxidized shades that are affordable and effortless to preserve given the hot weather conditions in the sub-continent.
Vitrified glossy tiles are passe’and my new fetish is Matt, 3-D textured porcelain tiles in fifty shades of grey. One classic that has not lost its position through the century are the rugs, as they intensify and elevate the flooring and its surrounding lending a momentous warmth to the room. The heavily floral rugs have been ousted by dauntless geometric patterns and shaggy varieties have been expelled by daring and audacious colors.
Kitchen is the heart of the home and rightly so because it’s a place seasoned with love. It is a place that should be organised, functional, durable and easy to perpetuate. Kitchens may be designed keeping the above in mind but that doesn’t mean that they cannot be reflective of the latest swing. Home-made cherry cabinets have also had their day in the sun and now we are looking forward to using modular, factory finished storage units in dark and burnt shades of grey. All the stand alone gadgets are outdated with integrated versions of them being used for a clean line finish. The old-school, speckled, solid colored granite counter tops are obsolete and are swapped by stunning scratch proof, stain resistant man made composite stones which can take up to 200 degrees centigrade of heat.
How long a minute is depends on which side of the bathroom door you are on! A bathroom is a place for thinkers as they say and all great ideas come from sitting in the toilet. Bathrooms, like kitchens, are spaces that primarily need to be functional but this area deserves special treatment and attention as it is the most private space of the house. White bathrooms are soon finding their way out of the door welcoming gallant spirited dark gutsy blacks and dainty pinks. Chrome accessories are now considered ancient and non- fashionable as the most stylish fittings are now fostered in matte black and brushed dull gold.
What once was old is new again and nothing proves that more than the recent resurgence of the classic mid-century terrazzo. The color choices and speckle patterns for this mosaic are limitless and ageless. It has finally pushed the numero uno to a lower slot grabbing the spot light in the bathrooms which once belonged to the Italian marbles.
2019 will be the year of a paradigm shift in the realm of home decor. It will be the year when minimalism goes out of fashion for the first time in twenty years launching a new era of maximalism where we experience the vintage, the retro and the art deco in tandem with the futuristic styles sprucing up our homes.
Picture Courtesy: My concoction of images from Pinterest!