I seem to become that classical Norwegian girl who doesn’t care much about her appearance, wears a lot of casual style – but spends a lot of time (and money) at her home interior. I got a sparkle of inspiration when I had to do styling of our flat when we were selling it – and since then I became an addict of interior shops, checking them both online and offline.
After visiting several of them, I could analyze and see what are the new trends of this year – and I must admit, I am in love with all of them. In this post I want to share my love – and who knows, maybe it will give some of you a sparkle too. Doesn’t matter if you want to redecorate – or just do any creative act.
Here is a list of this year’s trends that are my favorites.
- Nature inside. The tropical trend (from the last year) is still on, with cactuses and other exotic plants – real in pots or drawn on fabrics, posters and accessories. My heart is weak for cactuses (and every green plant) so I am eager to embrace this trend and wish it a long long life.
Then there are natural materials like bamboo, cork tree, straw, – both in furniture and in the smaller pieces. And a lot of daylight. Yes to the living place that makes you feel like you are outside, somewhere in the woods or fields :))
2. The color theme. Pink continues its march of glory, this time a more subtle shade of pink, powder pink and dusted pink. I have discovered lately that pink is my favorite color (I always thought it was violet) – and you can guess how my heart gets aflutter when viewing those pink walls, or pink cups, or pretty anything pink :))
Another trendy color is green, in its many shades – and especially eucalyptus green, so tranquil and sophisticated. A quick Google search for “Pantone colors of 2018 interior” gave me these results.
Here you can see how Ikea interpreted them in its latest collection.
3. Classical Scandinavian design (and hygge). Anywhere I look, in any store (that is, not only in Scandinavia) the Scandinavian interior design seems to make a great comeback. Especially the classical Danish design of the 60s seems to be very popular. Its chairs and shelves have been replicated both by expensive and cheap furniture stores.
Maybe, this trend can also be explained by the Scandi concepts of hygge and lagom that seem to have conquered the entire world. I had visited several interior stores in Barcelona lately, and it is located quite so far away from Scandinavia – but guess what, hygge theme was everywhere – cozy mugs, blankets, candles and posters spelling hygge. Here is an example from the Spanish interior store Muy Mucho. So even if the Spanish people are ready to embrace the hygge lifestyle this autumn, how much more we, the Northern inhabitants. Much more. Muy mucho, si :))
5. Industrial. First I noticed small black details in the middle of interiors filled with light wood furniture and green plants. I liked their simplicity and elegance. Then I started noticing them more and more – I did a quick research, and yes, it is another trend: industrial design. Transporting me into the lofts with big factory windows of New York, or the railway stations of London.
I am more a lover of colors than of black – but some black is good too. It is sleek, stylish and unfussy. It can help to add some details, make an interior more elegant and keep the color scheme balanced. Yes, I could never imagine I would care about the color scheme :)) Years ago I would add color on color and consider it all good. Now, after studying so much of Scandinavian interior (by practice) I have changed. Too much color seems too noisy to me. Yes, I have become one of those persons who go for basics of grey and beige when choosing the interior pieces, being veeery careful with color I introduce. Gosh, does I sound too freaky?:))
In these post I used a lot of examples from Ikea. Not because it is another Scandinavian classics, the sweet brother, as the Norwegians use to say about its neighbor, Sweden :)) But I have to admit that Ikea has done a lot of good job done this year. It seems that they got together a great team of designers and managed to produce a lot of things that are simple, elegant and modern. I don’t know, maybe, in some years it will all look too old-fashioned to me – but this year I am especially in love with Ikea catalogue, clutching it to my heart no less than a cool and exclusive interior magazine. Design to the people! (Just look at this photo, for example. Do you see what I see?)
What is your attitude towards your interior style? Do you like it being updated or do you value its unique coziness created by your life? Do you like checking the trends? Which of them can be your favorites too?
And may you walk in beauty!