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New living trends

More colour – more decoration.

Today, living has become the number-one means of expression apart from clothing. We are not only what we wear, but also what we choose to put in our homes. Currently, there are two trends that are particularly on the rise: brave choices when it comes to colour and decorative elements in the interior.

Blue armchairs

The new black: brown

They are both neutral and avant-garde in use and ensure a feeling of cosiness in no time at all: brown tones are currently very popular. The combinations with other nuances can also be a little more daring. While greige, taupe and bog oak work harmoniously together, combinations of nougat brown with other, mostly muted colours from orange to turquoise are bold and striking.

Show your colours

Whether green, pink, purple or brown, colours bring glamour and a specific style into a flat. For example, dark wood tones reminiscent of art deco or Danish classic modernism stand for luxury – especially when these tones are combined with gold, brass and other metallic contrasts or when luxurious carpets are put to use.

Overall, interior design is currently going for a dark look. Colours like black, dark blue or dark grey are especially popular. However, as soon as the interior style gets more minimalist, it’s more the lighter and more natural tones that dominate. White as a base colour is often combined with different primary colours in the style of the Bauhaus tradition.

All in all, the world of interior design is getting more colourful with many colours being used. This also includes patterns that break up the plain colours.

Decoration becomes a statement

What ensures contrasts in a flat apart from colours are decorative elements. These eye-catchers are best put to use in a room where they can have an effect. A tidy appearance and decoration don’t have to contradict each other.

Elements that radiate a certain lifestyle like to be put on display. Whether on the walls, in the textiles, on the floor or even – and illuminated if possible – behind glass. As a result, every interior design piece is also a decorative element at the same time. These are best combined with homogeneous furnishings such as furniture from a collection – so-called solitary products.

However, the furniture itself can of course also become striking decoration. The sideboard in particular is a charismatic piece of furniture and isn’t just used for presentation.

Reinventing common elements

Lights belong in every living space – in the meantime, however, they are increasingly being used as a visual highlight. What was the folding table with castors in the 70s is now the designer light.

Mirrors also function as a design element. A classic is the round mirror in all variations. Mirrors are also often positioned like pictures or used graphically (in a very two-dimensional way). This means that the room is given more depth.

Eye-catchers from the floor to ceiling

In the past, tiles could be more conservative. However, in the cement or metro look, they go from boring floor coverings to cool highlights in the kitchen bar, on certain sections of the wall or in the entrance area.

It’s a similar story for wallpaper. Small- or large-format patterns now turn a room into a veritable piece of art. On the floor, carpets with geometric patterns, floral elements or graphic features provide contrasts. Oval forms also stand out especially well.

All in all, colourful patterns, different colours and striking shapes define the new trends in the home. So there’s lots of room for experimenting – you should just combine them correctly.

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