Salone del Mobile 2019, part of Milan Design Week and the biggest event in the design calendar opens tomorrow. There are on average over 330,000 attendees every year from 165 different nations, and this year’s event looks set to be as important as ever.
The shows tentacles spread further than ever from the exhibition halls at the heart of iSalone, and many previews are already to be found around the myriad showrooms of Milan.
This year marks the 58th edition of the show which runs between the 9th and the 14th April. It was founded in 1961 to promote Italian furniture and rapidly went from strength to strength, to become the huge industry attraction it is today.
Since Milan Design Week back in April, there have been a number of noticeable interior design trends appearing throughout the collections of many of the leading interior design and furnishing companies.
Rich pigments and block colours
Grey may still be the neutral of choice for many interiors, but primary and secondary colours from across the spectrum can be seen among the premium collections this year, both on walls and furniture pieces. The focus is on block colours with classic design and moody interiors more popular than ever. Violet, navy and stunning emerald green are all key colours for 2018. Meanwhile, the juxtaposition of bold colours against grey patterns adds another dimension to this current trend.
Down to earth
Earthy pigments such as clay, terracotta and ochre are noted hues, and ethnic prints can be seen in many pieces. There is a tactile element to many patterns, materials and textiles.
Physical and mental wellbeing are very much front of mind in interior design this year. Biophilia remains a prominent trend across many collections, and playful lighting designs use natural elements to accentuate interiors.
Handmade and natural materials are key contemporary trends. And there is a distinct move towards sustainability, both in terms of materials used and manufacturing processes.
This year there is a return to warmer metallics such as gold and brass. These give a sophisticated and organic feel to many furniture pieces including cabinets, mirrors and lighting.
More is more
Maximalism makes a return with more colour, decoration and textures than we have seen for a while. Everyday living pieces such as sofas, lighting and cabinets become objet d’art, with fantastic styling and luxurious materials.
So these are the interior design trends we have spotted so far this year. We’d love to hear your views. Add a comment below or get in touch with us directly via the Contact page.
Situated in the District of Évora, Montemor-o-Novo, this beautiful villa is a perfect place for a relaxing weekend…
Designed to be a family weekend retreat, this magnificent villa is the work of two brilliant architects and interior designers, Ana Proença and Célia Mestre from Atelier Spacemakers.
The space exudes comfort, originality and authenticity, along with contemporary feel broken down with several vintage pieces that are integrated for added charm and warmth.
The project was meticulously designed from scratch using a choice of bespoke finishing materials and furniture. The house was developed on a single ground floor and it is characterised by modern architecture and clean lines, featuring large spaces and light fixtures, facing the exterior through large glass floors and patios.
The living room is linked directly to the dining area, where the chairs, dining table and the animal print rug are the main features. The COLTRANE Pendant Lamp, by one of our luxury lighting brands (DelightFULL) with minimalist lines and black and gold finish, emerges as an element that, besides being functional, is a decorative and sculptural object, that stands out above all because of its style and simplicity.
The game and cinema rooms open to a contemporary living room where the furnishings are simple, but where the DUKE Suspension Lamp features as adramatic, yet subtle and trendy lighting piece that illuminates and enchants.
In the suite, white, beige and woody tones dominate the chromatic palette. In the reading corner, the neoclassical chest, which is one of the owner’s family pieces, is a stand out piece, and it perfectly matches with the armchair and footrest designed by Charles Eames. The SINATRA Floor Lamp enhances the elegance and simplicity that was intended for this space.
One crucial aspect of creating the right mood and atmosphere in your interior is choosing the right colours for your walls and ceilings.
At times it can be tricky to make the right selection. Particularly if making a choice from several colours, combinations and shades.
In this article we give you a number of useful, fool-proof tips that will help you get the perfect match for your room, office, or other space, while reflecting its individuality.
There are several basic factors that will need to be considered when choosing the right colours.
Make a good colour choice
Firstly, get the feel for the room you are working with and think about what you would like to change about it, and what to keep. What kind of mood are you trying to achieve? What furniture do you have, or are you planning to buy? Would you like the space to feel cosier, and more boutique-like? Or airier and more open?
At this point you will need to take the size and proportion of the interior and its dimensions into account. The rule here is that light colours such as white, cream or magnolia help open up the space and make it appear bigger. Darker colours like dark brown or burgundy, visually reduce the size of your room and give it a cosy mood.
Compare and contrast
If choosing more than one colour, it is important to remember that creating points of interests in your room can be achieved by using contrasting colours. If you want to bring attention to a particular part of your interior it is worth considering highly contrasting paints. However if you don’t want create any focal points in your room, keep the tints close to each other, and at the same level of lightness. This also applies to choosing your furniture and accessories colours.
Knowing how to use contrasting paints when choosing the right colours for your ceiling can play a key part in how your room will look and feel in the end. If the space you are working with is large and has a high ceiling, it is worth considering a contrasting shade. This will bring the airy feel down a bit. However if you are working with a smaller interior, then sharp contrasts should be avoided.
Natural and artificial light are key factors in how the colours look at different times of the day. They need to be looked at when when choosing the colour scheme for your room.
Get stuck in!
The best way of choosing the right colours and shades is to start experimenting. Try different paints, colour palettes and various phone apps. Thanks to these you can get an idea of what the final results might look like. It is important to remember that virtual results will differ from the real ones. And that they can only be used to get a gist of what the space will look like in the end.
One of the most useful ways to see how colours might play out, is to get several paint samples. Paint small sections of the walls, let the paint dry, evaluate the result. Then choose your favourite colour, or colour scheme. If this can’t be done, then a visit to a décor shop and picking up some printed colour palettes and putting them against the walls of your interior might just do the trick.
Tone and colour family are vital factors that have an impact on how the room will feel. Colour tones can be warm, cool, or neutral; each of these have different properties. Cool tones can make a room feel more spacious, while warm tones give a cosy feel to the interior.
In general, the following effects can be achieved with different colour families. Blues are soothing and convey a sense peace and calmness, reds are typically warm and can make your space feel vibrant and exciting. Greens are great for bringing more balance to your interior and help it feel neutral. Yellows brighten up the space and have ‘feel good’ properties.
Whites and beiges are good for creating a neutral feel, however they almost always have either, a cool or warm tone. This means you can play with these to achieve a different effect.
It is always advisable to explore a number of options and combinations before deciding on the colour scheme for the interior. Take into account the interior itself, and also the furniture and accessories that you have, or are planning to buy. Choosing the right colour is a real game-changer. Don’t be afraid to get immersed in a rainbow!