What’s new and different in décor? We have the down-low on the new directions, homeware trends and brands for the year ahead...
Coming to a corner near you, expect to see 2019’s cult chair, the Croisette, gracing Insta-feeds everywhere. From French brand Honoré, the seat first shot to fame thanks to its placement in The Hoxton in Paris, and all we know is we want one, now. At €750 from Thevelveteenrabbit.ie, it comes in mustard, pink, forest green and petrol blue. Snap yours up sharpish.
2018 was the year we ditched single use plastic straws, bought a KeepCup and vowed to cut down on our meat consumption to help save the planet. Brands are on board too: H&M’s Conscious collection has pioneered eco-friendly recycling methods for fashion which others are aping. In interiors, Ikea’s Tomat spray bottles and Ydby doormats are made from recycled plastic film and we can expect to see lots of other companies follow suit. Brita Sweden is a brand producing lots of sustainable products but we particularly like the practical and hardwearing recycled PET rugs, from €179, which are handmade and have a soft wool-like feel.
Maybe it’s Brexit or a backlash against Millennial Pink overload – or perhaps it’s just that black interiors scream chic. And as the function of the kitchen changes and becomes more fluid, we’re more open to the colours we’ll use to decorate it. Black is the hue of the year for 2019 according to Neptune. The brand has paired black-brown cabinetry in its Suffolk range with inky walls (try Farrow & Ball’s Railings or Colourtrend’s Black) for a look that’s undeniably edgy – but which works. The Suffolk shelf in Walnut and Charlecote free standing kitchen island in Walnut, are from €2,450. Neptune Suffolk kitchens start at around €14,500.
Sure, it’s been everywhere – but brass isn’t over yet. For 2019, it’s all in the finish. So if you’re coming late to brass and fear you may have missed the party, this satin-finished coated dome lampshade, €295, from Industry & Co is a new twist on the bright, polished metal we’ve seen lots of previously. Go for it.
Storage is simply too banal a term to apply to the luscious new brand at Lomi: LOGIKO modular storage system by Italian brand Jesse can be custom-designed to fit any space. It features LED lighting, wireless recharging and IR transmission systems, and with 40 colours, eight finishes including wood, metallic and clay and no less than five styles of marble, the possibilities are endless.
The (Tempered) Trend
A softer take on the colour of the year, blush hues are more suited to our cool light than tropical coral. Team it with that other seasonal fave, florals (groundbreaking) as seen in Jane Churchill’s Atmosphere IV collection at Kevin Kelly Interiors. Batali Pink wallpaper, €105 per m.
Pebble-grain leather, rose-gold and brushed aluminium: Ted Baker is all about making portable power pretty. Connected (see what they did there?) is the new charging collection, featuring a wireless desk model and a magnetic and wireless car and bag charger. Clever. Tedbaker.com
With space at a premium in so many Irish homes, expect to see an influx of multi-functional pieces that pay their way. The Lydia sofa bed from DFS has a handy chaise end to store away bed linen (or magazines, or books, or y’know, whatever!). €1,149. Dfs.ie
We’re the first to admit we love to ‘pick up a few bits’, but the tide is turning towards more conscious consumption, and it’s easier than ever. Irish design studios such as Concrete Forest and Hey, Bulldog! Design, which works with salvaged concrete, metal and wood, helps to make things easier. Plus, Ikea plans to use only renewable and recycled materials by 2030, and M&S is part of an industry initiative working towards zero discharge of hazardous chemicals in the textile sector. Stores such as Find in Temple Bar have an eclectic collection of reclaimed and pre-loved pieces.
Lacquer is back, baby – and no, we’re not talking high gloss kitchens. We’re talking paintwork, walls, front doors and yep, even ceilings. After years of matte and mid-sheen paint finishes, the need for some high shine dovetails perfectly with the re-emergence of maximalism. If you’re finding it a hard sell, consider this: shiny, reflective surfaces help to bounce light around a room, so really, you’re helping to make your spaces seem, well, more spacious. Sold.