We’ve all been there. Our big chain homeware stores are chock full of them. Everything looks lifted out of a for sale listing, clean white chairs, minimalist colours and stark contrasts make for a striking aesthetic for scandi design, but why not broaden your horizons a bit?
Here’s our picks for some interesting trends you can try in your home today.
One of ‘Scandinavian Design’ spin offs, it wasn’t really a ‘trend’ to begin with. It’s always been around in Denmark, and it’s pronounced “hoo-gah” for the puritans. Popularised from Meik Wiking’s book “The Little Book Of Hygge” Hygge essentially comes town to the idea of ‘comfortable well-being.’
To translate this into interior design, Hygge can be physically identified by things that make a home “cosy”, think fireplaces, throws, knitted cushions, candles, and soft lighting.
Comfort and familiarity are key here so adopting a Hygge aesthetic will most likely thrive in your home if it is cold outside. Purposeful, cozy and meaningful objects that create an atmosphere in your space is key to creating a Hygge vibe in your home. With winter popping around the corner, now’s a good time to explore options to make your home even more cozy.
Industrial interior design is hard to nail down. It’s a mix of harsh metals and warm natural tones. Think of it as a push/pull between rusted metal and repurposed or reclaimed wood.
Industrial interior design is all about embracing the utilitarian nature of the objects around us. Rivets, gears, rust, brick, worn leather, reclaimed wood, exposed ceiling beams, pipes, casters. All of these things will help drive the aesthetic of an early industrial look to your home.
Colours to look for industrial design around the home is aged battered and worn metal greys, and deep reds and blues to signify oxidation. This is the saviour of wood and deep coloured leather, it will help naturalise the colour palette in your home.
Wabi Sabi can be roughly (emphasis on the roughly) translated into the two words that make up its name. Wabi, connotes simplicity, elegance, and a stillness. Sabi, is referential to the wear and tear of objects, the natural beauty that comes from imperfections of age and patina. Put simply, embrace the beauty in a naturally imperfect world. How’s that for zen?
The easiest example is a simple, hand made plate. Imperfectly made, maybe chipped but beautifully simple.
In order to highlight this in your home, there’s a few things you can do. Reconnect your home as much as you can to the natural world, and simplify as many objects as you can.
Embrace the imperfectness of your home, mismatched plates (only slightly) aged copper and brass, and even repaired goods can be stand-out pieces of home decor.