The one constant when it comes to trends is that they’re always changing. Here we describe some of the latest home design ideas, from varied colour palettes to futuristic furniture to local materials. 

Subtle shades

This year has seen a range of softer colours brought to the forefront of home design, with a particular focus on preppy pastels, graceful pinks and delicate greens. These subtle, muted shades are ideal for those who want to add a touch of colour to minimalist rooms. 

Many of the more recent popular home design ideas use blush pink. This subdued hue can be found on furniture finishes, fabrics, lamps and lampshades, artwork and wallpaper, and add a feminine, slightly vintage touch.

A whole spectrum of green shades is also in vogue, and there is a particular focus on bringing the outdoors in with living house plants and botanical hues. ‘Scandi green’ is popular – a rich olive green inspired by sleek Scandinavian design. Statement kitchen cupboards, bold accent walls and even simple green crockery or glasses can refresh your interior.

Multifunctional furniture

Born from the demands of homeowners looking to maximise every inch of space, sleek multifunctional pieces can adapt to suit different areas and uses. Elegant nestling tables and compact stackable chairs are becoming staples of design-forward, space-poor homes.  

Furniture and technology have begun to merge this year too. New innovations such as high-tech bedside tables that charge your phone and tablet-embedded desks are becoming increasingly common in more futuristic furnishing stores. And it’s away with hard edges and in with smooth lines as soft-edged furniture makes its home in our living rooms once more.

Locally sourced materials

Those passionate about interior design are now going straight to the source, seeking out nearby craftsmen and artisans. This not only supports local businesses but is an ecologically friendly approach to home design. Visit neighbouring towns and retail outlets to join the hunt for the best in home design ideas, such as eclectic furniture, lighting, tiles and hardware.

Materials like plywood has been incorporated into utilitarian design along with canvas and other reclaimed materials. Terracotta is also prevalent in home design trends this year, be it for flooring or wall coverings. This warm hued ceramic gives a subtle nod to European architecture and warmer climates.

If you’re looking for inspiration, delve into our blog at Engel & Völkers and ignite your passion for interior design and home trends. 

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