LOW-KEY NEEDN'T BE BORING
In strong contrast to the light, crazy colour palettes of the digital world, pastel shades are easy on the eye and create a sense of serenity. Despite their modest colour content, pastel shades are seen as elegant and soothing in our visually overwhelming age of hyper-connectivity. What makes these delicate shades so appealing is their innocence.
THE PERFECT FIT
The same goes for both fashion and interiors: if you want to make a bold statement, you can combine consistently light colours to create a bright, almost heavenly pastel look.
The word ethno immediately transports us to far-away places and inspires dreams of exotic patterns, tribal and animal prints. This style comprises a mix of Arabic, Asian, and above all African elements assembled in a whole new way. The latest 'New Ethno' interior style is a grown-up, highly sophisticated take on this trend. It is truly cosmopolitan, yet more modern, refined and sophisticated than ever before: a far cry from the infamous boho and hippy styles. Here folklore is mixed with a modern feel to create a timelessly elegant combination.
The New Ethno style relies on earthy, natural shades such as brown, dark green and ochre. In addition, orange, yellow, petrol and many shades of red and terracotta can also be combined to great effect.
VELVET, SILK AND SMOOTH METALLIC EFFECTS
With this interior design style, more is definitely more – more extravagance, more glamour, more elegance. The 'Modern Glam' trend is characterised by shimmering accessories in silver and gold, rich colours, the finest materials such as silk, and thick fabrics including velvet and brocade. These are combined with modern elements – a style evocative of elegant apartments in the heart of New York.
The key colours of Modern Glam are gold, silver, dark green – and most importantly the entire palette of reds, from the very darkest Amarena red to more subtle berry shades. One thing is certain, if you opt for this style of interiors, you need to embrace bold colours.
THE ART OF SLOWING DOWN
The pace of life seems to speed up with every passing day. This gives us the feeling that our lives are becoming increasingly chaotic. Slow Living is a chance to take your foot off the gas, to slow things down and enjoy the sensory pleasures of your surroundings. This lifestyle is all-embracing and also influences the places we live in. Our surroundings are becoming more sustainable and environmentally friendly as we endeavour to reflect a slower pace of life in our interiors.
THE PERFECT FIT
The Slow Living colour range encompasses light natural shades such as ecru, vanilla, ginger and light grey. Light timbers and natural, organic materials complete the look – ideally sourced regionally and made by hand.
HIGHLY DESIRABLE: 'It' pieces
At first glance, these 'It' pieces may seem much too flashy, yet if you love the very latest trends there's no getting around these highly fashionable items. Whether fashion, accessories or interior design - 'It' pieces represent the very latest trends right around the world.
Bright colours and striking motifs are combined, while trends from days of old enjoy a much sought-after revival.
A MORE NATURAL 3D LOOK
Seemingly graphic 3D effects in combination with materials which ooze natural cosiness: the cool, clinical 3D look has evolved into genuine simplicity, using both Asian elements and Scandinavian materials. The constant watchwords with this style are dimensions becoming blurred in a sea of shapes and colours, materials becoming more organic, and allowing combinations.
The colours for this trend range from all types of timber through to marble and metallic effects. But it's not just the colours that count, it's also the various textures to touch and feel. Anything goes, provided it has more than two dimensions.