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Kid’s Room

When furnishing the kid’s rooms, the furniture landscape still tends to be staunchly conservative. Here, the typical gender colors pink and blue continue to dominate. Girls sleep in motto furniture with Disney princesses, boys in converted spaceships and fire engines.

Dinner Table

Here it remains a trend of the past few years: large, long dining tables with a filigree effect. They have skinny legs and a thin plate. Instead of the rectangular shape, round or other forms are also new. They are often to be seen.

Big Lights

Above the long dining table are conspicuously large luminaires – which can be the real eye-catcher of the dining group. Furthermore, rows of smaller luminaires are also popular, which have a powerful effect overall.

Couch Table

The manufacturers still prefer to rely on many small and thus variable side tables – instead of large sofa tables. Some tables are of different materials. For example, marble and glass are often found in combination at most exhibitions. One table can also be smaller than the other.

Globe

He is experiencing a comeback: The globe is back in the living room as a decoration. Remarkably many manufacturers showcase it in their sample living environments in the retail trade. It is available jacked up or as a loose ball, in modern design. Sometimes it is illuminated in the evening, or it has a map in the style of the old sailors.

Planted Lights

Hobby gardening in the living room is in higher demand than ever before. Therefore, we use plants in a variety of ways. For example, hanging lights on many stands as well as wall mounted suspensions and planted lights in glass spheres.

Bath Tubs

The wooden tub is back! In fact, bathroom manufacturers are currently experimenting a lot to turn the tiled, slightly controlled hygiene room into a more homely place. It also guarantees freedom from mould and mildew.

Bookshelves

Please keep order. Where cabinets remain open and the contents can be seen, this should be perfectly staged.

Trends in Interior Design

The turn of the year is the time of year for the furniture industry when all eyes are focused on the trends in living space for the coming year. Designers, furniture manufacturers and small and large companies in the furniture industry are eagerly awaiting the furnishing trends for 2018.

Trends in Interior Design – look forward to coziness and nostalgia

Regarding furnishings, the year 2018 will focus on the past. Warm wood, handmade furniture and comfortable fabrics and colors define the image of the new furniture trends.

These topics are expected in 2018

Nostalgia is written in capital letters: The living space as a cozy retreat

High-quality materials: natural wood, warm wool and felt

Colours: Dominating grey and black, combined with blue and coffee shades

The new Bauhaus trend: discreet and purist forms

Decorative trends: exuberant Miami feeling meets upcycling

Lighting: pendant luminaires are suspended in groups

Take a look at the furniture trends 2018 with us

After the turn of the year, it usually takes a little time until the current trends find their way into private living rooms, kitchens, and other living spaces. If you want to buy a kitchen or new upholstered furniture shortly, however, it is worthwhile to wait a little longer: especially in the field of colors there will be a trend reversal in 2018, but the other innovations can also be awaited with uncertainty.

Nostalgic coziness

The furnishing trends of this year rely on nostalgia in many places: the hectic pace of everyday life is an integral part of our modern life. It’s no wonder that the designers think back to their roots and, with a particular sense of nostalgia, help your living spaces to regain its coziness that is reminiscent of the past. Warm wood, soft fabrics, and toned colors invite you to turn away from the hectic outside world and turn your living room into a retreat.

Particularly the details – fabrics, colors and upholstery – play an essential role and ensure coziness. The nostalgic retro design is largely inspired by Northern Europe: the Scandinavian style of living, which was part of the furnishing worlds as early as 2016, will remain with us but is taking on new variants of already known forms with retro impact.

High-quality and natural materials set the tone

Furniture made of untreated wood was on the agenda as early as 2016, and wood will continue to be the material of choice in 2018. The warm appearance of light or dark wood harmonizes perfectly with the new muted colors. Oak, beech and walnut dominate, which can be combined perfectly. Some designers even provide tiles with a coloring and surface finish that is more reminiscent of wood than stone.

In particular, for small and space-saving furniture, but also for seating furniture, the manufacturers are preceding squared, angular shapes. Side tables and sofas become rounder again, but the angular shape is retained on larger tables. By the way, the dining table is critical in this year’s trends: Cooking and eating together continue to play a major role in society, and a large dining table is inviting and makes room for many guests.

And there is another innovation coming up in 2018 that has only been used by a few designers so far: Instead of a side table, the practical everyday companions are now arranged as a pair. The same shape but different height and size give the tables an individual, dynamic look. The advantage: If you have to furnish a small apartment, they hardly take up any space, because they can be pushed inside or under each other when they are not in use.

Wool and felt are further materials that will be unavoidable this year. Seating furniture radiates more coziness with a high-quality fabric cover. Pillows and home accessories with a cover of knitting felt or wool looks warm and inviting.

The new trend colors: Grey, blue, black and coffee

While the interior design of 2017 was characterized by bright and cheerful shades of color with the trend color yellow, the colors in the interior design trends of 2017 take a back seat and become more elegant, one could also say Adult.

Room sizes of 100 square meters and more are not uncommon for lofts. In order not to feel lost in it, one must divide both area and height into zones. For this reason, it is important to plan from the very beginning where the more private bedrooms and the general living areas should be located.

If you only have one floor, either partition walls are required, or you can install a gallery level in the loft, which even emphasizes the spaciousness. The latter, however, should only be planned from a ceiling height of at least five meters. Otherwise, the loft-typical width is counteracted.

If you can move to two floors, you need fewer partition walls, but islands. As an island, an extra-long table with eight to ten chairs and pendant luminaires above them works in the loft. It is also possible in the loft: an opulent sofa with armchairs and shelves grouped around a table. Furniture that forms islands should be influential characters in the loft, which need free space around them – and at the same time fill it.

How to get comfortable and warm in the loft

Factory and workshop rooms in which lofts are created today were not built for living, which is why it is one of the most important challenges to produce even heat or a comfortable climate in the loft. This starts with the outer shell, i. e. the walls and windows. Contemporary insulation and multiple glazing are mandatory in the loft. There are building regulations that may be stricter if the building in which the loft is located in a listed building.

In general, the better the all-around insulation, the easier it will be to keep the loft’s resounding rooms warm. Underfloor heating is always advisable in the loft, but only if it is combined with controlled ventilation to prevent heat loss during ventilation. Whoever can have additional radiators installed (preferably classical radiators) to generate targeted radiant heat at the dining or writing desk or in the bathroom of the loft (but two water circuits are necessary for this purpose). A stove or fireplace is highly recommended – it brings a feel-good warmth to the urban-industrial ambiance in the loft. Also useful are wall heating systems: They function like underfloor heating, but radiate more efficiently into the room and heat the attic more effectively.

Concrete becomes salable in the loft

In factory and object construction, concrete has always played a supporting role. Reinforced concrete often forms the static framework of a studio, and it has been almost standard practice since the middle of the last century to produce floors from exposed screed. One of the strengths of loft builders is to preserve existing concrete elements and surfaces as far as possible or to stage them as an authentic style element in the loft.

Since fair-faced concrete is always associated with basement, underground car park or even bunker optics, concrete surfaces should also be reasonably smooth and monochrome in the loft. Especially for walls or floors, which one gets close to a living, there are now complete trades and product lines that make concrete an almost sensual material. Whether it’s liquid screed that hardens with a smooth finish, self-compacting concrete (SVB), which produces an almost pore-free surface, or companies that have specialized in (subsequent) concrete cosmetics (www.betkos.de) – concrete is now enjoying the same high regard as wood or brick. And in the loft, it bears powerful witness to its industrial or mercantile origin.

How to prevent reverb and sound in the loft

In large, sparsely furnished rooms that also have smooth walls, hard floors and large windows, as is customary in a loft, the sound does not refract enough, and it is uncomfortable. Every type of textile – curtains, carpets, pillows, plaids, and covers – is therefore essential for the furnishing of lofts.

Even large plants, shelves, books, accessories, paintings or wall hangings with small parts prevent too loud acoustics in the loft.

Mastering height and size in the loft

Every “room” in the loft must ultimately be furnished three-dimensionally: The fact that a dining table and chairs, sofa and armchair should form islands in the room is one thing – just as important is to emphasize the height in the loft, i. e. to use it. This can be done with a recessed gallery level or with only one large-format picture; it can swing, hanging chairs or mats. Room-high shelves also close and open up the height of a loft, and even if you only get to the top board with a ladder, you will feel great.

Feng Shui Basics

The design of living and working spaces has a significant influence on our health and well-being. To turn the living environment into a source of harmony is approached differently – the most famous of which is probably the Chinese residential theory of Feng Shui.

This teaching assumes that everything that surrounds people consists of universal life energy – chi. With Feng-Shui, living space is therefore designed in such a way that the chi forces flowing in it increase the health, quality of life and happiness of the residents. Because only when all living areas are supplied ideally with Chi, we are well.

Eastern furnishing styles do not only consist of sound games, indoor fountains and stone dragons. These are just used for decorative purposes and are not necessary to positively influence the energy in the room. For this reason, simply and beautifully designed rooms in the eastern furnishing style also appeal to the Western sense of room aesthetics. It is essential that all objects in the room have a fixed space and that shapes, colors and materials are used in such a way that a harmonious overall picture is created.

An online room planner can help you design a room according to Feng Shui rules and find out whether the furniture in its desired arrangement can find its place in the room at all – without having to go crazy from one corner to the other.

Analyzing the housing space

If you want to furnish your rooms according to Feng Shui principles, you should use a helpful system to examine the living spaces and furnishings: Bagua, an ancient site plan that can be applied to a house or an apartment, a single room and even to the desk.

The Bagua is divided into nine areas, each corresponding to one area of life. In the middle is the center of the vital energy, Tai Chi. All nine areas should be transferred to an apartment or room in such a way that the chi energy can flow optimally.

When setting up the living room according to Feng Shui guidelines, the most important rule is that the seating area should not face the door. In this way, the life energy, the chi, can escape unimpededly and directly.

It is also advisable not to block the free flow of the chi by angles and dark corners. A proper illumination of such recesses and the placement of green plants are helpful.

By the way, light is a crucial factor of the Feng Shui doctrine: Friendly designed, light-flooded rooms are a blessing for the soul, whereas lack of light makes sluggish and melancholy. Therefore, a place with different light sources should be well illuminated. Mirrors, glasses and glossy surfaces can also be used because everything that glitters stimulates the flow of chi.

Bedroom and children’s room according to Feng Shui furnishings

To ensure a restful sleep, bedrooms should be composed of soft colors. On the other hand, mirrors and electrical appliances should be dodged. The bed should ideally face the wall with the headboard but never stand between the window and the door. This is where an “energy highway” is formed that prevents a refreshing sleep. The children’s room should ideally be located in the southeast of the apartment, as children are best located in bright and friendly rooms. Desks should also be placed so that children can neither turn their backs on the door nor look directly out of the window.

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I started my blog in 2011 as an extension of my passion for the wonderful  world of Interior Design. With camera in hand, I aim to discover, uncover and present my interior finds, trend knowledge and interior schemes in a fun, easy and adaptable way.

As well as a Blogger & Editor I also contribute to interior magazines and freelance as a Social Media Journalist – live blogging and documenting interior events as they happen.

HERE’S A FEW THINGS ABOUT MARY:
1. As well as interior design I love to bake – cakes, pies and crumbles – I have a sweet tooth for desserts as well as interiors.
2. I’m a sucker for interior magazines especially when I get to read them on my iPad Mini – *Trendenser is always top of my list*
3. When I’m not checking out wallpapers, paints & tiles I love to travel. One of my favourite places is New York – New York where I visit my family who live in the states. Matter of fact, as well as travelling to New York I love to travel – point blank! Soaking up the interior, architecture and culture of the city I’m in I get a buzz out of being somewhere new.
4. HOP stand for House of Paul *and not many people know that!*
5. Although I dislike the service, I adore London Transports’ iconic history & heritage.
6. My interior super hero has to be Kelly Hoppen MBE. Not only is she a forward thinking mogul, but Kelly has adapted to the economic downturn creating her interior design school, launching her first TV show plus her first kitchen range.
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