“The mind is everything. What you think, you become,” says the great Buddha. While this is a philosophical quote, it also applies to design. Whether you will hire a professional interior designer or have a DIY, the essential element in having excellent results is to create a picture of it in your mind first. Aside from that, you also need to draw inspiration from the experts because where else can you find the best but from them?
So if you are thinking of redesigning your house or your apartment, here are some of the latest design trends, straight from the experts:
Black Surfaces are In
Black as a wall colour is a big interior design no-no. However, it creates elegance and sophistication when used as an accent. In addition to that, it can blend well with any colour. It is usually used in Japanese-inspired design as well as in urban or modern design styles.
In Japanese design, black paired with red creates a very striking look. If you opt for a modern design, match black with white and neutral shades. For an urban or industrial look, pairing black with chrome and raw materials creates a fresh and spacious look to your interior.
According to interior design professionals, green is the prominent colour in 2018. Adding some green colour to your living area creates a relaxing and comfortable atmosphere.
If you want to incorporate green in your interiors, you can for a monochromatic green scheme and layer it in different materials with different shades of green. It will create a visual and visceral effect in the ambience of your house.
Another way of using green in your design is to use softer shades of green and pair them with beige or grey, reflecting the colour of spring.
The Velvet Touch
Velvet is known as one of the more sumptuous and luxurious fabrics in design. Its softness creates an interesting contrast with coarse and rustic surfaces. Despite its rich texture, velvet is universal like black which means, it complements any fabric you mix and match it with. However, velvet goes best with taffeta and linen.
Another vital point to consider if you want to use velvet in your interior is that it may not complement all the rooms in your house. It looks good in your bedroom and living room, even your dining room, but it’s a big no-no in your kitchen.
Concrete and the Bare Essentials
Concrete has been popular since last year. Thanks to the rustic and unfinished ambience it creates, concrete is still here to stay in 2018. There are many fun ways how to incorporate concrete in your design. For example, painting an unfinished concrete floor and sealing it with protection gives your house a more personal touch. Or you can add more dimension and texture to your concrete wall by painting it and accentuating the surface to make the design more unique and interesting.
Breathe and Play in Open Spaces
The concept of one big open space with multifunctional uses is popular until this year. Thanks to the sleek and comfortable ambience it creates for your house. However, it does not come without any inconveniences.
If you have decided to use this concept, there are some critical points to consider to make it work. First of all, you need to create distinct groupings according to function. Plus, you have to decide where each of these groupings will go.
Once you have grouped them, you will need to create a focal point. The challenge, however, is you need to create a focal point for each grouping you have. In such cases, placing an eye-catching lighting fixture will do the trick.
Aside from this, you’ll need to consider how you’re going to optimise negative space. Minimalism works well when you use an open space concept. Thus, you have to minimise clutter as it could become an eyesore and ruin the look and feel of your design.
Industrial and Vintage are Classy
This concept is also popular nowadays because its rough and unfinished look makes it more inviting and romantic – think about a diamond in the rough. Even if you have a small apartment, you can still ace this design concept by painting your walls, floors, and ceilings with white (or even grey or black for the adventurous ones!).
Create a little contrast by incorporating some soft green tones in your hallway. You can also throw in some soft-coloured hues in the mix to add to that vintage and classy ambience.