As far as I’m concerned, we should all live with what we love and that can be anything
from a modern to a traditional aesthetic. We need to feel comfortable in our homes and not
be slaves to trends.
Saying that, if you are buying to flip or as an investment then more consideration is
needed when renovating and decorating. Keeping the interior neutral with pops of colour is
a safe bet in this situation.
I am in favour of timeless interiors with a hint of eclectic and character, a statement piece that can easily be removed if required.
So, what is it you love to be surrounded by?
Here are a few of the trends for the coming year that might stick.
2023 Interior Trends - Sustainability.
I wouldn’t call this a trend as it’s not going away anytime soon. With clients and consumers becoming more aware of our duty to look after our planet and it’s people.
One way of being sustainable is by mixing old and new, pairing traditional architecture with
modern pieces, or vice versa, ideally antique or vintage pieces from online stores such as
Vinterior. However, there are many fantastic stores in and around London with some of
the best vintage pieces, and beautifully curated items from Italy, Spain and France. I
always believe its best to view the piece in person, relying on online viewing rarely works
from my experience.
Vintage paired with new furniture and fittings.
Saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint is picking up in popularity with our clients.
Your interior designer or architect can offer you solutions about the latest building materials
and products to use in your home. Manufacturers are starting to realise that consumers
want to take some level of responsibility when renovating their homes and know they’re
doing the right thing. This ‘trend’ is increasingly in demand.
Sustainable and luxury bathroom product.
Textured plastered walls are very on-trend at the moment and this is a style that I believe
has longevity. Introducing texture into a space is really important, it adds interest and can
also be sustainable and healthy depending on what materials you use.
Microcement, Polished or Venetian plaster, Tedelakt, Mineral paint, Clayworks are just a few of the finishes currently being used on our projects.
We are currently working with a client in a modern property and introducing accent walls in
a classic polished plaster finish. This is an ancient Italian application made from ground
marble and then polished to whatever level of texture is required. It has been in and out of
fashion for about 20 years but has made a comeback recently. It is very hard wearing and
easy to repair, it’s also great in bathrooms as it’s waterproof. The final application creates
depth and movement and brings great energy into the space.
Microcement is another material that has become popular, this is used on floors and walls,
and gives more of a subtle texture in softer less vibrant colours.
Polished plaster, micro-cement and limewash walls
Colour, What’s in What’s out?
Colour brings character and personality into your home, don’t be afraid of it. The colour for 2023 is magenta, a bright and powerful pink. This is not a colour for the faint-hearted and will not be liked by everyone. I used magenta in our dining room in Florida, about 18 years ago and layered the colour on walls, curtains and upholstery. Now, I’m still fond of pink, but much paler versions which give you more scope and flexibility and won’t date.
Viva Magenta Pantone Colour of the year.
The colour Green is still making the rounds and is easier on the eye. It evokes feelings of
nature, calm and regeneration. Colour is subjective and personal - greys are out
thank goodness, unless used creatively, as are taupes unless paired with metallics. One of
my favourite uses of colour is to layer it, this provides the space with a sense of peace
and calm as well as depth.
Green can be glam.
So live with what you love, especially when it comes to colour. If it makes you feel good have it. Be true to your own creative instincts.
Art Deco Glam.
Many of the high-end hotels, restaurants and bars are designed in the flavour of Art Deco
to create a very glamorous setting. This is my favourite period, it reminds me of the beauty and glamour of Hollywood
Art Deco design represented modernism turned into fashion. Its products included both individually crafted luxury items and mass-produced wares, but, in either case, the intention was to create a sleek and anti-traditional elegance that symbolized wealth and sophistication.
To create this look in your home it can be styled in a simpler fashion by using only some art deco elements that nod to this aesthetic. It can be a shape, a piece of furniture, a colour, or fabric. Decorative influences came from American Indian, Egyptian, and early classical sources as well as from nature. Characteristic motifs included nude female figures, animals, foliage, and sun rays, all in conventionalized forms. Not exactly a sustainable mode of decoration, favouring the use of precious materials and the creation of luxury forms. We can now replace many of these materials with ones that replicate them.
Art Deco reimagined.
Always surround yourself with what you love, makes you happy and brings you joy. Forget about trends, they come and go.
So, what do you love?
The four design philosophies of my business are to be the B.E.S.T : Beauty, Empower, Sustain, Transform and form the cornerstone of my design business.