A trend is something that is in style during a given period time and is desirable because it stands out from what has been considered to be the norm up until that point.
In general, we all follow fashion trends because we all care for our personal appearances. Oftentimes, without realising it, we adapt our personal style to what we see in advertising and mass media that is constantly feeding us information. It’s not surprising that while we follow the aesthetic trends of the moment, we at the same time desire to be unique and set ourselves apart from the masses, as a means to reaffirm our individuality and personalities.
The concept of one’s personal appearance has become so extensive that, for some time now, it has even encompassed the way we decorate our homes. What we mean by this is not the natural tendency to want to occasionally embellish our utensils, tools and and basic environment. Rather, we’re talking about following an ever-changing style sense that determines the way we live in our homes, which after all, are our most intimate and personal spaces. By following this style we adapt our homes to the present and continue to follow the socio-economic changes that occur in this particular age we are living in.
For this reason, we like to analyse what we observe to be trend-setting tendencies in the current and future world of decor. Here are some notable concepts and ideas to keep an eye on:
The era of the 70 square metre apartment with four bedrooms and corridor has come to an end. Perhaps this type of apartment made sense back when the nuclear family was predominant, but now with the increased diversity in family structures, homes with these characteristics have turned out to be too confining.
The time of the industrial, open-concept loft is also over. It was a popular trend that lasted decades, but in the end the need to have an intimate, solitary space, where one can be apart from the rest of the people they live with, took priority over wide-open, shared spaces.
Contemporary home distributions are defined by semi-opened, physically divided, differentiated spaces that allow natural light to pass from one space to the other. For this reason, at Marina Sezam we often opt to use large, glass sliding doors in our interiors, in addition to creating open-concept kitchens connected to living rooms that are separated by islands or bars with stools. Furthermore, the doors we select to separate our exterior terrace spaces from the interior are all capable of being opened completely, in addition to providing necessary insulation when closed.
The previous aesthetic trends of Nordic origin called for a predominantly white palette, allowing touches of color to peek through in pieces of furniture. Now it appears that current trends call for something bolder and have resulted in painting walls with temperate, yet intense colours that inspire tranquility and depth. This is achieved through the use of a spectrum of blues, turquoises, and greens, mainly contrasted with mustard yellow and dusty pink tones. Walls are no longer a backdrop meant to contrast with the furniture placed in front of it, but rather act as a coordinated color combination with the furniture, a “tone sur tone,” in effect. This trend has turned out to be riskier and braver than previous trends, because it implies for example, choosing a sofa that matches the color of the wall, and not as a separate, independent piece.
Whatever type of materials you may like, may they be of the noble type: wood without too much grain, marble, ceramics, and fabric made from natural substances. By using materials like these, we are able to create elegant, authentic, and natural interior spaces. These materials are considered “luxurious” but in the end they are smooth, matte, surfaces with simple geometric shapes.
The more extravagant touches come into play through the use of gold and copper fixtures, knobs, cutlery and other small objects such as flowerpots and soap dishes. These metallic objects offer a bold contrast to the intense and serious tones of the walls and furniture.
In recent years, we have experienced a minimalist trend that has dominated decor publications, in which interior spaces were characterised as colourless, geometric and empty.
These days we like decoration. We often opt to fill our interior spaces with vases, lamps, rugs, and flooring in a variety of formats. Importantly and above all, we accompany these decor objects with greenery and plants that connect us with nature, despite the fact that we live in big cities.
Another observation to keep in mind is that not just any vase or candelabra will do. It’s always better to choose a piece that is glass or ceramic, and even better if it’s an artisanal product, made from natural organic shapes that differ from the perfect products made by industrialised processes.