When it comes to interior design trends, our Betta Living team always have our fingers on the pulse, but we want to make design trends easy for you to follow too. That’s why we’ve teamed up with two designers, Katie Treggiden and Sian Astley, to talk through some of the key trends for 2014/2015.
They’ll be delivering regular bursts of insight throughout the week to keep you up-to-date with the latest trends, as well as forecasting upcoming developments in the ever-changing world of interior design.
Sian Astley, Moregeous Design - http://www.moregeous.com
Sian has been a hands-on interior designer and property professional for 18yrs, redesigning and renovating over a hundred homes. She blogs about interiors, property, home style and trends at her lifestyle blog Moregeous, Making Homes More Than Gorgeous. She's just about to embark on a glamorous eco-refurbishment of her own period property in Manchester, incorporating eco credentials with cutting edge design - now there's a challenge.
Katie Treggiden - http://www.katietreggiden.com/
Katie Treggiden is obsessed with design and loves nothing more than writing about her favourite subject. She is the editor of award-winning design blog, confessions of a design geek and author of Interviews. She also writes for online publications such as Design Milk, We Heart and D&AD and print magazines like Ideal Home, LivingEtc, WRAP Magazine and MidCentury Magazine. She lectures on social media and content marketing at London College of Communication.
Monday's Question - In your opinion what are the Interior Design Ideas that you are either coming across or advising people on in 2014?
The industrial trend is softening both material and colour wise, pastels are given a cool edge with black or graphite detailing, intricate and talented craft is finding it's way into contemporary design and new technology is allowing young designers to explore innovative ways with materials such as metal and glass.
In terms on advice, I take each client project on it's own terms, without depending on trends or fashion, but designing what works with the space, the client and the brief.
On a macro level, there is definitely a rejection of conspicuous consumption and consumerism. People are less interested in the one-upmanship of having the latest trend and more interested in investing in quality products that will last, that are made ethically, often in Britain, and that have a story behind them – people are increasingly looking for a personal connection with a product or its designer / maker. Products that tell people who they are rather than what they have.
This is reflected in trends for Buy British, for understated Scandinavian-inspired products where this ethos is ingrained, for supporting new designers and hand-made crafts, for natural materials, for sustainability and for nature-inspired surface pattern design.
Colour, whether it’s neons teamed with neutrals, bright primaries, royal blue, or metallics, is also being used to fight to fight the doom and gloom ever present in the news and in the weather in Britain at the moment.
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