Princess Wittgenstein, interior design expert with Engel & Völkers, has attended the “MAISON&OBJET” trade show in Paris this week. Here, she will share the latest trends and some of her personal decorating ideas for 2015 with us.
- Which colours are set to dominate interior design in 2015?
We are going to see a lot of white in all its variations, ranging from creamy hues to more chalky tones. Lighter shades create an elegant setting and serve as the perfect backdrop for a multitude of colour combinations. At the same time you can go for a monochromatic style statement by contrasting white with black. This works particularly well with accessories. To shake things up a bit we are currently seeing pops of blue and turquoise added to this rather puristic look. Bright and muted shades reminiscent of the Mediterranean are going to crop up everywhere in 2015, as they help to create beautiful interiors.
- Which trend highlights did you discover at the “MAISON&OBJET” show?
Vintage is all the rage this year. I saw a lot of Americana-themed home accessories adorned with stars and stripes. Another trend I came across in Paris is Industrial Design, with furniture and accessories that give rough charm to any home and remind you of New York lofts like the one Andy Warhol used to live and work in. If you are interested in this design trend look out for massive metal fittings on wooden tables, benches made out of reclaimed wood and simple, functional factory lamps.
- Are there any new developments regarding the materials used for furnishings and accessories?
Natural materials are very much in vogue. The sheer amount of solid-wood furniture, natural surfaces and fabrics such as linen and organic cotton shown in Paris is testament to designers being more in touch with nature and drawing inspiration from the natural world.
- Do you have any personal decorating tips for 2015?
Personally, I tend to go for classical designs and will always favour no-frills antiques and luxurious materials. If I had to choose a colour palette I would definitely go for muddy nuances like taupes, browns and earth tones. Those are my 50 Shades of Grey! These muted hues work beautifully with accessories such as lamps, mirrors or chairs in black and gold. The combination of slightly worn gilt furnishings with a dash of black is spectacular! I like to add warmth to a room by using burgundy as an accent colour.