While we're all for timeless, classic design, it's always fun to spot new furniture trends, and refresh your space with the very latest in interior design.
Whether you're looking for a new sofa, side table or are simply intrigued by the furniture trends forecast by designers and interior experts alike, the new year is often a time when we start to explore new interior design trends, and think about updating existing pieces of furniture in our homes.
To help guide you in the right style direction and offer the very latest insight from the experts, we have curated a collection of the top furniture trends you need to know about.
Soft And Inviting Curves
With the emphasis today on the home as an inviting family space, used for socializing and relaxing, regimented rows, straight lines and clinical design can look a little stark and cold.
The answer? Curves. Full-on voluptuous or gently rounded, curves will lift the layout and soften the overall look of your room, adding a bold design focus or a subtle touch of shaping to your décor.
Juliette Thomas, founder & director of Juliettes Interiors says that 'curved furniture, especially sofas and armchairs, will be popular in the new year – bringing a welcome softness to living spaces. These will be adorned in light colors and textured fabrics like shades of white and cream, with bouclé remaining a favorite.
The growing focus in design on products made from wood, wool, stone and ceramics is not just to do with a revival of interest in craft; in a world increasingly dominated by synthetic materials and virtual reality, natural materials add a grounding, natural and human dimension to our environment, helping us feel more calm and happy.
Natural materials offer a multi sensory experience. They give us something unfathomable that chimes with our humanity,’ asserts texture artist, Kate Blee. ‘Often the least processed materials provoke the deepest responses – think plunging your hands into a bag of rice flour.
Biophilic design is the theory that humans have an innate connection to nature, and creating built environments that connect to the natural world measurably improves health and well-being. It has a set of clear principles, one of which is to use natural materials.
As many of us are looking into how we can do our bit for the environment, from changing the way we shop and consume across all industries from food, fashion and travel, developing long-lasting and sustainable furniture is more important than ever.
Martin Waller, founder of global design brand, Andrew Martin (coincidentally founded in the 1970s) describes this era as ‘the decade that taste forgot’ and says that ‘those of us who lived through that decade thought we had safely reached a distant shore of restraint. But the 21st century sees an arms-wide acceptance of iconic 70’s design, and the lens of history allows us to see what an amazing decade it was - full of exuberant energy and innovation. This re-evaluation is evident in the return of orange as the de rigueur accent color, bronze finishes and acrylic coffee tables.'
Vintage And Thrifted Finds
With many of us wanting to approach life in a more sustainable way, it is unsurprising that vintage, pre-loved furniture is having a welcome resurgence.
Beautiful and luxurious natural stones such as marble and granite will always prove timeless in interior design, but will see these enduring and durable materials become more even-more present in the home, and not just reserved for kitchens and bathrooms.
Carefully Considered Pieces
Working in unison with other furniture trends such as the use of sustainable materials and pre-loved purchases, will see many of us carefully considering every piece of furniture in our home, establishing a more 'collected' and individual look.
Silver, Chrome And Steel
Integrating metallic touches into the home is a timeless interior design trend and long-standing focus of industrial decor, but are we moving away from the ever-popular brass, bronze and rose gold metallic finishes? Designers seem to think so.