Glamour, bold colours and the clever use of materials and wallpapers. From the sound of it, messy maximalism is all the rage, along with gadgets galore. We asked a bunch of interior designers to help define the key looks for next year
Sharon Lillywhite, Oliver Burns Interiors
“Interiors are becoming more and more inspired by fashion, and so interior trends are reflecting fashion’s current looks, but in a more diluted and less transient way. Glamour is one of the key inspirations this season. It permeates all aspects of design, from kitchens through to winter gardens. Colours are stronger and bolder, with striking colour and material combinations becoming quite typical. A good example of this is the distressed antiqued mirror worksurfaces, splashbacks and tiles we recently launched.
Fabrics are more daring and luxurious, with luxury textures such as satin, suede and velvet as accents. Having non-matching sofas is a typically hot look, using different fabrics on each sofa, with perhaps an armchair in a wild pattern. Glamour is also found in the bathroom this season, through beautifully intricate mosaics, spa baths and stunning chandeliers, and if you have the space, it looks fabulous mixed with a sexy, minimal wet room, complete with water-proof TV. Wallpaper is still a major trend, especially bold patterns and exotic colours, which look fabulous on one accent wall. This is a fantastic way of instantly updating a space, and we can now also source unique outdoor wallpapers for our clients. They look beautiful and stylish all year, regardless of weather conditions.
Another trend is the vintage or retro look, using iconic pieces of furniture, such are the Swan Chair or the Barcelona Chair. This look has always been in fashion with many designers and architects, and looks set to remain a firm classic. Underpinning all of these trends is the increased use of technology throughout the home and garden, which ultimately adds to the property’s value. Most of our clients now ask us to integrate smarthome control into designs, from intelligent lighting and multi-room audio, with easy controls and iPod integration, through to waterproof, surround-sound home cinema commissions for their garden—complete with sub woofers disguised as planters.”
Tim Gosling, Gosling
“It’s more important than ever to match technology and aesthetics. Trying to create a room that doesn’t look like the bridge of Star Trek and yet contains as much of today’s technology as possible isn’t easy, but it can be done. Making it flexible as well so that when the screens, plasma or digital, change dimension it can still all hold together and the furniture doesn’t become absolute—after all these are made to last.
A major trend is the library; it is almost the antidote to storing data in smaller and smaller spaces. There is nothing like going up to a bookcase and physically finding your information. Another movement is family games at the weekends—those long afternoons playing Monopoly as we grew up as children are back. More and more clients want to find a way of communicating with the family and are combining backgammon, cards, chess, bridge, and Monopoly into games tables.”
Karen Howes, Taylor Howes Designs
“There’s a definite movement to animal prints. They must be used sparingly, but can be used on anything from rugs, wallpapers, mirror frames to upholstery. Next season, there will be a move towards greys—from the very pale to charcoal, pinstripe and plain—like the catwalks it is the new black. Navy blue, soft blue and palest pink are also colours coming up. The use of classic furniture in bold, high-gloss finishes adds a fresh, trendy look. A Louis XV chair can look great in red gloss with grey pinstripe upholstery. Black and white photo walls, using different types of chrome frames are popular and easy to achieve. There’s also a move to oversized chandeliers and Swarovski crystal. They make the most amazing doorknobs in Swarovski crystal—the ultimate luxury. There will also be more fur and leather in endless varieties—mock croc on leather stools gives a touch of pure luxury. But please choose faux fur.
There will be a big trend for perspex accessories, such as mirrors, and even antlers. When it comes to fabrics, don’t stop at one fabric. On a chair, for example, use four—one colour for the outside, a subtle shade change for the inside, a pattern on the back and the cushion, and then a bold colour for the piping. Also, bathrooms are getting bigger. A large feature central bath with a large double walk-through shower is common. Double basins are now standard and the loo is now often in a separate cubicle, like all five-star hotels.”
Tara Bernerd, Target Living
“There will be greater definition. By this I mean using contemporary, clean lines paired with strong colours to boldly define areas of space. Moving forward, we will see fewer blurred, soft edges and there will be much more definition. For instance, the meeting area in our new studios will have a B&B Italia table surrounded by Eames chairs in mustard. The colour of the chairs and the modern quality of the table defines the space. I have always been a huge believer in colour, but for 2007 I will definitely be using more muted tones. I’m personally looking into mustards, peacock blues and deep purples. We’ll be seeing colours that are much richer and almost honed. I will be sitting these colours beside warm greys and chocolates.
I also think that there will be greater use of textiles, in bold patterns and solid. I love the idea of flirting with men’s grey suit material for interiors, and complementing the look with fabrics that have very bold patterns and are highly textured.”
Ken Bolan, Talisman
“Design-conscious customers are increasingly interested in the pedigree of a piece, its distinctive nature, and its place in design history. While some of my clients are collectors attracted to a very specific style, an increasing number of people are creatively mixing styles and periods. For instance a stunning Roman bust can look incredible on a Karl Springer side table from the 1970s.”