Hey there, I just got back from a trip filled with inspiration. The Decoration and Design trade fair held in Melbourne every year is the place to be when it comes to meeting trade suppliers and seeing what trends are ahead for 2017/2018.
I got to see the very latest in furniture, soft furnishings, lighting and artwork. This year I had a few key thoughts in terms of what we are going to be seeing this year.
Muted/Natural colour palettes
I found that much of the furniture suppliers and even the lighting and rug suppliers had their focus firmly on a palette close to nature. Plenty of natural woods – light and dark, taupes, whites, tans, earthy tones and of course grey still featured. What was interesting where that the dominating accent colours were greens and muted pinks. This could be seen in fabrics, rugs and artwork.
Texture texture texture
To balance the natural colour palette many of the suppliers made up for the lack of colour in texture. From woven chunky throws to light fixtures that have a handmade feel. This approach really can add some much needed depth into your design. I will certainly be using some of these items in my up and coming designs.
Many of you that know me know how much I love suppliers like The Designer Boys and Urban Road, they make artwork affordable and beautiful by offering high quality prints framed to a high standard. However this year at the fair I was blown away with the amount of artists who were representing themselves with stands. I’m a big believer that when you’re going down this track of muted colour and texture in your furnishings add an amazing stand out piece of artwork to lift the room and provide a focal point. Here are some of the amazing artists that I had the pleasure of meeting:
Bay – beautiful hand finished prints and original pieces
Casey Freeman – more muted ink pieces, just stunning
Lara Scolari – energetic pieces that capture the eye
Brendon Mogg – one of my favourites textural oils on canvas all originals
If there’s anything in here that you would like to know more about don’t hesitate to contact me here.