Breathe New Life Into Your Home With These Hot Interior Trends

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Thinking of renovating your home? Read this first to get up to speed on the latest home decor trends.

Inspired by nature
Expect organic shapes, including abstractions of nature, to be blooming all over interior circles in 2018. The Voronoi light bulbs by Tala are designed based on the voronoi pattern observed in the forest canopy. Inside, the LED filament spirals to mimic the Fibonacci sequence seen in pine cones and ferns.

Image credit: Tala

Image credit: Tala

Move aside, geometric shapes
Straight lines and sharp angles, which have been trending for some years now, will be soon taken over by free-form shapes inspired by plants, animals and even microbes. Biomorphism, an abstract form of art based on patterns and shapes in nature and living organisms, is quite certainly making a return.

Image credit: BoConcept

Image credit: BoConcept

Leaf-ing it up
The botanicals trend has definitely taken off, especially with the now-popular Jungalow look, and is set to grow even bigger this year.

Image credit: BoConcept

Image credit: BoConcept

Round and smooth
In line with the free-flowing style of organic shapes, more furniture pieces will take on a curvilinear form instead of following rectilinear forms.

Image credit: Kuhl Home

Image credit: Kuhl Home

A dark mystery
Instead of splashing out the entire home with light neutral colours like in the years before, designers and homeowners are now more daring with their colour choices. Even minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired interiors are embracing rich colours like burgundy red, rusty orange, and royal blue on the walls.

Image credit: KlipKlap

Image credit: KlipKlap

Metallic pairing
Look out for blacks, blues, and other dark colours on furniture, kitchen cabinets, and bathroom finishes. These dark palettes are often highlighted with a hint of metallic finishing.

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Image credit: BoConcept

Dare to colour
Ultra violet, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2018, is a delicious purple hue. Select a shade you like and layer it with other dark colours for a unique, on-trend take of the dark palette.

Image credit: P5

Image credit: P5

Embrace imperfections
Wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of embracing the imperfect. It is based on the philosophy of making peace with the progression of time and the unpredictable nature of life. Adapted as a decor trend, wabi-sabi isn’t exactly a look to be achieved, but more of an approach to take.

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Image credit: atomi

Material honesty
A wabi-sabi approach to home decor strives towards an authentic experience, rather than a perfect one. Look out for the use of natural materials like wool, rattan, bamboo, and linen in the home. Cracks, scratches, and fingerprints are seen as symbolic of the passing of time, natural climate, and a reminder of the relationships we should nurture.

Image credit: Ethnicraft Online

Image credit: Ethnicraft Online

Made by hand
With the rising popularity of handcrafted objects such as ceramic ware and woven textiles, we’re seeing more homes taking on the wabi-sabi approach to home decor. A handmade porcelain bowl with a slight irregularity is just as treasured as a perfectly-shaped one.

Image credit: Hotel&Home

Image credit: Hotel&Home

This was adapted from an article originally written by Jasmine Goh published in the April 2018 issue of SquareRooms 

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