By now interior design enthusiasts are pretty accustomed to terms like industrialist, minimalist and ‘Scandi’, but what about ‘Japandi’, ‘Hygge’ and ‘Lagom’?
According to Graham and Brown design and trend expert, Paula Taylor, these are the hot-ticket design terms of 2019, and they’re right up there with hybrid, eclectic and geometric when it comes to phrases every renovator should know.
Ms Taylor explained Japandi was a cross between Scandinavian pared-back design and the Japanese ethos of finding perfection in the imperfect.
In the home, that’s giving rise to rustic textures and is also a nod to recycling and repurposing, which is further embraced through techniques like kintsugi.
“Kintsugi refers to the art of repairing broken items by highlighting the breaks with colours such as gold and silver,” Ms Taylor said.
In yet another ode to the beauty of Scandinavian design, Ms Taylor said Hygge and Lagom are also common terms circulating in interior design this year.
“The terms Hygge, which mean cosiness and comfort, and Lagom, meaning ‘just the right amount’, are very commonplace at the moment and will keep you in with interior designers.”
Meanwhile, eclectic is a term that’s here to stay and hybrid is no longer confined to vehicles.
Ms Taylor said eclectic is both a nod to past trends and a reflection of global influences.
It reflects a mix of design styles, allowing renovators to showcase their own sense of fun while embracing their favourite influences.
Hybrid, on the other hand, is a trend that combines tropical, foliage and some geometrics to create a “cornucopia of designs”.
“This is a feast for the senses that draws on the lush continents of the tropics combined with an emboldened colour palette.”
As for the biggest trend of the year, Ms Taylor said it was the use of stylised geometric patterns which took its cue from the Bauhaus movement.
“One of the biggest turnarounds we’ve seen in interior design has been the rise of geometric patterns …
“Big arches, fine lines, and rounded shapes are moving geometrics on from the art deco styling that we have plundered for the last few seasons and will shake up the trend.”
When it comes to selecting the style that suits a home the best, Ms Taylor said it was all about embracing a style the homeowners felt comfortable with.
“Does the pared-back feeling of Lagom suit your lifestyle, can you live without clutter and only the most beautiful essentials around you?
“Or, if you simply love all your treasures from your travels either around the globe or through life, then the eclectic trend may speak to your sense of playfulness.
“The key is to interpret the trends to best suit your lifestyle, not try and restyle your life to fit a trend.”
Originally published by News Corp Australia in The Courier Mail here.