Interior design trends are ten a penny. And every year there are more of them. It seems that as soon as you refurbish your apartment or even just a room according to some latest trend, a new trend arises that once again demands extensive redesign. There are, however, certain home accessory materials that have a lasting appeal: wood, leather and concrete.
Back to the roots
Wood is the oldest raw material used by humans. In the past, entire houses were built from wood, and even today, most of the furniture and floors are made of wood. Not only is wood versatile. But due to the many different kinds of woods available, there is also something for every taste. Furthermore, wood, as a renewable resource, is highly sustainable. If you value sustainable living and construction, there is simply no way around this material.
From an interior design point of view, the use of wood, in regional and stylistic terms, is characterised by versatility and diversity. While, in the alpine upland, the entire room is often cladded in wood and furnished with solid wood furniture, you will be hard pressed to find even an inkling of wood in some of Hamburg’s ultramodern lofts. If you love the natural texture of wood, you are well advised to opt for extensive wood panelling and solid wood furniture. If you prefer something a little more discreet, use ornamental wooden bowls or a stylish coffee table instead.
Leather is highly versatile
Just like wood, leather has a long history of use. Vegetable-tanned hides were used as far back as Ancient Egypt, and the famous glacier mummy “Ötzi” wore shoes made from leather. But leather can also be used for many other things. While leather was commonly used for car seat covers and interior furnishings in the early days of automotive manufacture, the material quickly became an optional extra. The same hold true in interior design, where the costly material was replaced by cheaper alternatives. To this day, leather exudes a touch of luxury.
In interiors, leather is mostly used for seating furniture covers or desk tops. Due to its durability, leather is the material of choice for high wear areas. But, of course, it also looks good in many other areas of application. Accessories such as desk paraphernalia, flowerpots or lamp shades out of leather bestow elegance to your home, and are also currently in trend.
The concrete touch
Compared to the above-mentioned materials, concrete may appear quite modern. But even though concrete has only been used extensively in construction since the invention of reinforced concrete in the late 19th century, similar composite materials have been used since ancient times.
It was under the influential architect Le Corbusier that face concrete became a design element in its own right. But even less obtrusive home accessories provide your home a modern touch. Decorative letters, tealight holders and vases made from concrete offer functional elegance and contrast well with classic or other modern materials.
The elegance of the three materials is at its best if they stand on their own. This will bring out their characteristic properties in the best possible way. The special appeal of wood is found in its individual markings and grain patterns. Leather, being a luxury material, is very unique in any case. And the modernness of concrete is at its best if displayed without distractions.
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