From runway to room, all kinds of designers are embracing the dark side and dabbling in unfinished textures, natural fibres, and deep, moody hues.
Here are 5 ways you can jazz up your renovation project with some inspiration from the global stage.
1. Embrace your dark side All-white-everything and Scandinavian minimalism are starting to wane as deep, saturated colours step into the spotlight. If the myriad of Maison & Objet recap articles on Houzz are anything to go by, moody tones are in this year. You can carry this concept through from your wall and tile colours, or more subtly with cushions, curtains, and a couple of well-placed woollen throws.
Please don't just paint your whole house ash grey. While trends come and go, whether it's your home or an investment property, there's simply no accounting for taste. Consider the longevity of your design choices while incorporating a nod to current trends. In the words of Edna Woolman Chase, "Fashion can be bought. Style one must possess." As the millennials would put it; you do you.
2. Create spaces for conversation
In our busy modern lives, any opportunity to create a meaningful connection is rare and valuable. Make the most of your renovations by creating communal areas that invite your family to connect, engage, and discuss ideas.
Bench seating is a simple but effective way to make your dining area more social.
The great thing about bench seating is that it’s multi-purpose. It can easily become a lounging zone, a sunny napping spot, or double as additional storage space in a busy family home.
3. Invite nature in
Interacting with nature can improve productivity, reduce stress, enhance learning comprehension, and increase recovery rates from illness.
You don’t have to reserve these benefits for weekends and vacations. By bringing indoor plants and natural fibres into your home, you can create a home environment that naturally supports your overall well-being.
In your next renovation, opt for wool-based insulation, cover hard-flooring with a wool carpet, or accent a room with a few easy-care indoor plants.
4. Embrace imperfection with a touch of Wabi Sabi
Wabi Sabi is a Japanese concept which encourages the acceptance of life’s unavoidable imperfections. Try experimenting with untreated timber, raw finishes, and embracing a little bit of bad in with the good.
5. Above all, put comfort first
Imagine a space where you're comfortable, safe, and relaxed. What does it look like? What can you see? Move towards sustainable renovation choices for your family and the planet to create a space where you want to spend time.
After all, nothing beats comfort.