19.–23.01.2022 #immcologne

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New living trends

Nature is moving in

We’re increasingly looking for proximity to nature. No new flat is built without a balcony any more, and flats with access to a garden or terrace are highly valued in the city centres. These points of contact with nature are now also becoming an important part of living, and the terrace is becoming a second living room.

Merged living areas with natural materials

Merged living areas with natural materials

‘Indoor – Outdoor’ is the current interior design trend. Because today’s weatherproof outdoor furniture not only looks like it came from the living room – it’s also used there. Fine materials and high-tech textiles make it possible. A difference in aesthetics can hardly be noticed in the upper price segment, and the level of comfort is also becoming increasingly equal.

Trendy colours and materials

As far as outdoor colours are concerned, grey seems to have passed its heyday – at the spoga+gafa trade fair in Cologne, white has positioned itself as the base colour for outdoor furniture.

The desire for more nature in the home is also mirrored in the furniture trends. Wood and bamboo are very popular – but the love of experimentation with recycled materials is also on the rise, and plastic-reinforced paper is already being used as an alternative to leather. Wickerwork made of rattan, willow or bamboo make the house feel like a conservatory. As accessories, plants aren’t just found in pots but on wallpaper too, and the colour green can be found in all shades.

The longing for natural living also ensures that Scandinavian design continues to be in demand – it is associated with a lifestyle that is close to nature and has rustic origins.

Sustainability more in focus

More and more people want to change their consumer habits and decide to buy more sustainable, climate-neutral products. This trend doesn’t just affect mobility, mobile phones and food but furniture, too. The story behind the products – the storytelling – is becoming increasingly important.

That is why natural materials and solid wood are often used in the living area, not only because they exude a feeling of cosiness but also for ecological reasons. Decorative items such as plants, natural materials and indoor greenhouses support a natural interior and also make statements for themselves. Furniture with a high-quality design also has a sustainable effect.

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