Forecasts in the interior design industry, according to recent agency reports, promise a much more dramatic reality than the previous year. Statistics show that many are ready to leave the tendency to stay at home and return to life with full dedication. This intention will also be reflected in the interiors: soft color palettes, cocoon-like things and an atmosphere of serenity will give way to bright individualism.
“The market is ready to move away from overly romantic styles,” says Tom Mirabile, founder of trends agency Springboard Futures. “As we overcome the fears and fears of the pandemic and move closer to the new complex realities, “farm” styles seem too naive and escapist.”
Interior design consultants say that rather than opting for mass-produced pieces and furniture, unique pieces can help make a home feel more personal. Special items that evoke memories create a more meaningful space. It is proposed to invest in products created by local artists, look for collaborations between fashion designers and major brands.
The bright color palette symbolizes the joy of life. White and neutral interiors are falling out of favor with more cheerful hues, even if they just show up as discrete spots. “Society is focusing on the individual and we are seeing how minimalism is moving beyond simplicity and function to include more expressive elements,” says Tom Mirabile.
“All-white home décor is no longer on the top,” says Lindsay Smecker, director of ESP Trendlab. “It’s important to add contrast, warmth, and dimension to white spaces to create a healthy vibe all around. People choose warm chestnut or rich ‘lived-in color’ in décor, rugs and cushions to add a touch of coziness and dimension.”
Patty Carpenter, trendsetter at Carpenter + Company, also sees a lot of color in the future. “We see the warm palette manifest in a range of soothing corals, fragrant apricots, graceful reddish browns and zesty oranges.” For those who still prefer more sophisticated pieces, Carpenter predicts an increase in the popularity of pale blues and greens that read close to white: “This is a new way of working with color. More complex shades provide the basis for new palettes.”
Craft in every single thing
Lately, people have had a lot of time to examine their own furniture and identify the flaws of every mass-produced item. Together with a general desire for more sustainable options, this has led to a sensitivity to craft practices. “After decades of product quality error, we now embrace craftsmanship in home design,” says Roberto Ramos, CEO of The Ideatelier. “Focus on décor, reverence for wood and special touches, including inlays and handcrafted details. The painstaking handmade process in all areas, from the development of fabrics to accessories and handmade carpets, is a must.” Diversity and variation are very exciting after a long period of lockdown—designers and innovators are taking risks again. Craftsmanship is valued more and more, and all this adds warmth to the place
Well forgotten old
The focus on craft and makership, according to many experts, is due to the desire for individual self-expression. Consumers are no longer interested in coordinated spaces and matching furniture sets. They prefer to include unique items, heirlooms, or lucky finds they love in their space. This is a great opportunity to find your own style, especially in interiors. The growing interest in vintage and used furniture is an encouraging trend. This trend is expected to continue as we view second-hand shopping as an opportunity to give things a second life. This is good both in terms of design and environmental protection. Creative examples include antique shop counters and haberdashery as kitchen islands, as well as antique French linen sheets, from which curtains and bedspreads are made. A contemporary designer mixes styles by adding vintage wood furniture with recycled stone tops or vintage seats upholstered in modern fabrics.
In the past few years, interiors have seen an abundance of greenery, from botanical patterns to ornamental plants. Now this passion, still influencing the interior, is turning into something else. This means desert landscapes, mineral hues, mossy greens and raw, unfinished textures. The trend brings with it an exciting new palette of materials. “Designers communicate directly with the mind of nature,” says Anna Starmer, founder of the biennial trend publication Luminary. “Innovative brands speak the language of the earth, discuss biodiversity and insect populations, permaculture and the harmonious integration of fibers, agriculture and food. Fabrics are developed from orange peels and rose stems and we work in harmony with mycelium, clay, fungus, grape skins, dried skins, pineapple skins, bricks, earth, shells, seaweed, blood, pigskin, and petals.” Perhaps already in 2024, the shades of decor will be dictated by our compost bins.
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