Today, the luxury is being deconstructed and brought to life wrapped in new clothes. We can recognize both classic and modern layers, but the trick is to blend them seamlessly and prevent visual chaos from ensuing. To put together a deluxe space, one must use colours, materials, fabrics, patterns, and swell design thoughtfully and to their full potential.
Some colours seem to be popping up everywhere. Take the example of Millennial Pink, which is all the rage and marks the continuity with the 2016’s darling, Rose Quartz. This muted shade is somewhere in the middle of the road between beige and blush. It has appeared on the runways, jewellery stores, and furniture showrooms. Designers have taken notice and they dress walls and fabrics in this gentle and alluring colour.
Rose poses a great way to add softness and warmth to the interior and gives it an instant facelift. On the other hand, an upbeat effect can be achieved with richer, jewel tones that echo the sensation of the Bohemian Style. The likes of greens, purples, and ruby reds also work well with softer and pastel colours and earthy tones. Together, they create an enchanting ambiance of pristine romance and luxury. Finally, I must mention the comeback of black, which may become the new white.
Organic materials reign supreme
In the area of materials, conscientious choices are gaining prominence. High-quality and organic is the name of the game. Plants (especially cacti and succulents) are a must-have decoration element that emits an aura of soothing bliss. Likewise, wood is the paragon of the new way of design thinking. At the same time, it is important to counterbalance these organic elements with materials like marble and plexiglass.
Furthermore, it is crucial to note that luxury is perceived in a new light. Instead of high-gloss, shiny, and picture-perfect finishes and surfaces, designers are leaning towards industrial, authentic, and raw beauty. The imperfectness of reclaimed wood is exposed together with brickwork, plaster finishes, cement, and clay. Brass is likely to replace copper and velvet will still adorn the furniture and be used to soften the industrial edge.
Millennials have instigated other exciting new trends and most of them revolve around blending sublime comfort and luxury. This is apparent in two rooms that are growing in importance, bathrooms, and kitchens. One can find unexpected, unique, and artisanal pieces there as well as statement lighting (tactile LED wall coverings, for instance), which is used to bind other design elements together and make them full shine.
Food preparation is becoming an art and it deserves a proper stage. All-white kitchens are on their way out. In their place, we have dark matte cabinets and state-of-the-art countertops. Bathrooms have transformed into captivating sanctuaries of relaxation, while many homeowners are looking to assemble entertainment areas in their homes. It seems that an amazing home theatre is that perfect combo of high-tech and prime comfort we crave for.
Like it or not, we will bid farewell to staples like pineapples and flamingos. They will make way for motifs like parrots that ooze a more grown-up, safari and jungle feel. Again, these trends reflect the yearning to reconnect with nature and resurgence of vintage and organic. Luxury textile collections are full of references to the bygone era of 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. We are also witnessing the return of the 60’s and 70’s groove.
This blast from the past encourages us to be bold and daring. Large-scale and oversized geometric patterns are combined with glamorous colours and textures for spectacular results. Raw and organic linens pop up everywhere and botanicals still remain a popular choice. Rich coloration meets Art Nouveau-like patterns, producing a mid-century vibe. At last, let us not forget accessories that are mostly handcrafted and influenced by India and Africa.
A breath of fresh air
Well into 2017, it is high time to think big and be unique. There is no better way to capture the essence of the luxury than with pristine colours, elegant shapes, and bespoke finishes. Luxury is making a nod to industrialism and other major design schools that were not previously associated with it. So, infuse the interior with cosines and comfort and add character and depth. Look to history, fashion, and nature for inspiration. Treat yourself with an atmospheric space that speaks to your taste and evokes positive emotions.