After a beautiful summer with plenty of great days to just be outside, it is time to cozy up and make a few changes inside. Those darker days calls for interior changes, don’t you think? Colors are definitely one of the things that will make the big changes, and don’t just stop with the walls, paint the wood work, the ceiling – it is all about creating a more dramatic feeling these days, so just start painting.
When you are done painting, here is my five predictions for micro trends that could have the potential of becoming mega-interior-trends, a few is already well on their way. Overall, we are looking towards the 70’s for mayor inspiration; the colors and the materials are definitely making a huge comeback. After a period of lots of bling bling, shiny brass and velvet, we are going back-to-basics, more simple living and less bright colors. Think natural tones and light paled colors.
You might not be done with velvet, which interior designers, bloggers, and every brand have been pushing for the past years, but truth is, you need to add some corduroy to the mix now as well. It is not only in fashion the wavy fabric is making a comeback, we are also seeing it on pillows and ottomans at the moment. Who knows if it will make it on to bigger pieces, like chairs and couches.
If you are following just a handful of interior bloggers on Instagram, you might already have grown a little bit tired of the obsession with wild pampas grasses. Nevertheless, the tall grasses are mayor right now – the funny thing is, here in LA they are seen almost as a weed and grow pretty much everywhere. Combine it with a colored glass vase and you’ll be the trendiest one on the block.
Handmade ceramics might be cool, but colored mouth-blown glass is even cooler. Needless to say, Iittala is the master of colored glass. Their new blue Ultima Thule collection is to dye for. Best tip though, is to hit those local flea markets and shout for vintage glasses, before the jig is up and everyone wants in on the trend. You could also beg your grandparents for a few of their glasses, I am sure you’ll find them in their liquor cabinet.
The natural paper cord is probably best known from the seat of the iconic Wishbone chair designed by Hans J. Wegner in 1950. Though it has been in production ever since, the material is seeing a little extra success at other great seats and stools. Some of my personal favorites is the Nestor Chair by Mater, the Vent Stool by Skagerak, and the Arv Chair by Brdr. Krüger – all very classic yet very contemporary, with as much timelessness as their grand-old forefather the Wishbone Chair.
Real Sustainable Ability
Genuine and real sustainable materials are one of the mayor buzz words these days. Many brands, especially in the fashion industry are dropping using fur, which to me is just a lot BS, nothing is more sustainable than fur, and as long as the animals are bread humanly, I am all in. Fake fur is extremely bad for the environment, as its basically just plastic (acrylic and polyester) with no change of recycling after use. You’ve probably heard about FSC wood when shopping for furniture, as this is the easiest way for companies to demonstrate some sort of sustainable approach, is it a bit of a cliché these days. I expect more. I mean, what about the other materials, how about the packaging? It is a bit like buying organic strawberries in Denmark, grown in a heated greenhouse in Spain, shipping on a plane and packed in plastic. I am about to embark on a little journey explore how we can all live a bit more environmentally friendly and create a healthier interior and a happier planet.