“My home is my castle.” This holds especially true in winter. When winter season is upon us, our own four walls are the perfect place to relax in peace and quiet. Some of the current living trends are not really all that new. Furthermore, spring finds its way into many a home as early as January. How is this possible? We will show you.
Giving winter the cold shoulder
When temperatures drop, and everything outside is a hustle and a bustle, many people yearn for an oasis of cosiness and tranquillity within their own four walls. For this reason, current design ideas focus mainly on creating a cosy atmosphere – warm colours and fabrics that convey a sense of well-being, soft upholstery such as cord, spacious sofas, and an abundance of cushions.
This yearning is also reflected in the living trends for 2017. Due to its warm look, wood remains the most popular design material. Many a living room is furnished with stools and benches made from old wood, representing nostalgia as well as living comfort.
Nature at its best
Natural materials have become highly popular again in interior design. Home accessories made of natural bast, wood, linen and matt ceramics are just as popular in 2017 as cosiness in the bathroom. Here, natural appearance is ensured through the use of materials such as natural stone, concrete, old wood, bast and ceramic. This trend fits exceedingly well with industry-style furniture and decor.
Natural materials are also used frequently to make the home winter-ready: Leather, wool and felt are now being used in sofa coverings, the wooden furniture is mostly made out of oak or walnut. Another highly popular living trend: upcycling. This refers to the restoration and use of old, discarded objects for the purpose of creating a nostalgic atmosphere, even in the most modern of living spaces.
The latest colour trend: blue
The main colours used in current design ideas for the winter are blue, grey, shades of coffee and black. It is especially blue tones such as indigo, jeans and petrol that are often seen nowadays in living room accessories and details. One of the most popular colour combinations at present is yellow and blue, as it bestows an aura of homeliness and freshness upon furniture and living accessories.
Pink: a hint of spring
Pink colour accents convey a sense of well-being on those cold and stormy winter days. When combined with fresh vernal colours, for example a delicate shade of green, and certain types of wood, pink offers a promise of the coming spring. As a winter decoration, it emanates a special charm, also in combination with colourful cushions, or simply with grey.
Blue and pink also go well with the so-called Miami style – one of the most popular living trends at present. Blue, and navy blue in particular, stands for a fresh sea breeze and brings about a pleasant holiday feeling, even in the middle of winter. Pink reminds of flamingos – one of the latest interior design trends. Classic 20th century designs and new Bauhaus style furniture perfectly complement this style.
Finding a suitable home for your design ideas
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