Interior Design Trends: Layers, Individuality and Detailing
Layers of expression
Texture and tone carry the torch of contemporary design. Absolutely nothing is flat anymore. It is all about layers, textures, and hues. From fabrics and flooring, to walls and woodwork. Nothing escapes its attention. Wallpaper and textured walls are here to stay—at least for a while.
While an assertion of individuality in a living space is necessary to give it a personality, one cannot deny that trends set by a common consciousness moving in a certain direction dictate many aspects of design. It is not always about a fad and extremes. More often than not, trends show us the direction in which thought process is moving, collectively. There is however, a distinction between what is a trend and what has become a ‘see-it-everywhere’ feature of design. The latter shows a slackening of imagination, the former—a renewal. So, it is important to differentiate between a trend and a common feature.
Not restricted to residential and hospitality interiors, old techniques such as gold leafing, texturing techniques and inlay are being used with new materials to create concepts that blend the traditional with the modern. Materials and methods are being combined in ways and means that have never previously been given such a widespread acceptance in the mainstream. What was hitherto a conceptual liberty used for the few is now a recurring theme in many homes and commercial spaces. A booming economy and confidence has created a much bigger market that is keen to go beyond design ennui and experiment with creativity in every way.
One change that a lot of apartment owners will cheer about is the movement away from mammoth sofas and tables to furniture made in more ‘reasonable’ dimensions!
At home, at work
An increasing feature of commercial design—offices, retail outlets, restaurants and the like is home-inspired design. Creating a sense of home outside the home. Giving consumers a sanctuary of peace in a chaotic world. This is defining a lot of design in ways that were previously deemed unnecessary and superfluous. Understanding the profile of the people working in a space is as important as identifying the tastes of various members of a family in a home. Space cannot be removed from the people who occupy it when you consider design.