Bonjour ma cherie!
Rue Saint-Honoré, Venus De Milo, macarons… a visit to Paris is a treat anytime. But when there’s a trade exhibition bringing together the world’s latest and greatest interior styling and lifestyle ideas, we’re in seventh heaven.
In fact, we’re still coming down from our visit to Maison & Objet. It’s a place where business and creativity meet. Where you get a glimpse of the ideas and innovations that are so fresh they’re not yet trends but trends-in-the-making. It’s an industry event, but we couldn’t wait to share with you some of the themes we saw emerging.
A fresh look at colour
The show reaffirmed the prediction that green is a big trend for 2017. Kale is no longer just for green juices, it’s the fresh colour for interiors too. But if green’s really not your thing, take inspiration from the hints of mustard, Atlantic blue and vintage pink that were on show.
Colours were reminiscent of the Dutch Masters. In the 17th Century they had to mix their own paint, so the price of pigment and their mixing skills dictated their colour palette. Those limitations created a certain style that was apparent through the tones around Maison & Objet this year.
It’s all in the detail
The piping, the trims, the tie-backs… embellishments are back, baby! We love a bit of fuss, so we’re all for these pretty little adornments. Little details can be fascinating. Pattern, edging, textures… all can turn the bland into a feast for the eyes.
If you’ve taken up a new craft or hobby this is the perfect year to put it to good use. Handcrafted is so Hygge. And if you don’t want to take on a big project, embellishments are an easy way to start. It’s also a handy way to give a well-loved item a style update. Handcrafting’s inexpensive, sustainable, and enjoyable to do (as well as have around when you’re done).
Of course, handcrafted doesn’t have to mean you’ve done it yourself. You can buy beautifully handcrafted pieces to display. It’s the slight imperfections that prove they’re not mass-produced and give the aesthetic you’re after. You can unearth some fascinating stories when you dig around locally or online for crafty artisans too.
As part of the handcrafted trend, we spotted many natural fibres – silk, wool and linen. But always given a touch of sophistication and elegance. African-inspired textiles and objects were on show too. If that’s the trend you like, there are plenty of authentic (and Fairtrade) places to buy from that support African artists and craftspeople.
The rise of the non-new
The handcrafted aesthetic coupled with the almost aged colour palette, gave an overall feeling of ‘non-new’. But there was an air of sophistication in its execution – a timeless elegance that provided an understated rather than a showy feel.
Perhaps we’re looking for the comfort of nostalgia in an uncertain world. The familiar can be comforting as well as comfortable. So take your pick from the styles that are out there and create a calm, comfy space that’s all yours.