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Written by Interior Design

30 Apr 2020

Two major trends dominate interiors for the new season - but which will be your signature style?

With two distinct interior design themes – we’re calling ‘sustainable living’ and ‘timeless Hollywood glamour’ – emerging from this year’s Maison&Objet trade show in Paris, we’ve analysed all of the key trends from this year’s January 2020 show.

While in complete contrast to each other, both looks are striking – one for its minimalist celebration of imperfections and the other for its  contemporary nod to an alluring era.

Redrow’s in-house interior designer Alysha Alli explored the exhibits to discover the trends set for our show homes this year. In this article she brings you a collection of her favourite elements from each theme.

Style Conscious Meets Eco-Conscious

The cornerstones of sustainable interior design are the use of natural and eco-friendly fabrics; the re-using or re-purposing of materials; the move towards handcrafting and away from mass production and the celebration of imperfection. Many of the exhibitors at Maison&Objet opted to display this trend, with materials like concrete, plaster, wood, wicker and natural woods which all prominent. 

Various designers chose to focus on bringing natural, untreated materials into their schemes and creations. The overall look was very pared back, uncluttered, clean and minimal.

Many of the colours used were muted neutrals like oatmeal and off-white, with light pastel shades incorporated alongside olives and washed green shades similar to the Dulux colour of the year Tranquil Dawn. 

Woven textures were really popular and we saw lots of storage baskets, rattan mirror frames and larger items such as a wicker pendant light fitting and details set within larger items of furniture such as accent chair backs, dining chair arms and sofa leg details.

A strong Japanese influence was key in the sustainable designs, such as in the ornate patterns on ceramics, wallpapers printed with illustrations and lower level chairs, tables and benches. 

Top designers used vibrant throws in strong colours like teal and rust, evocative of treasures collected on global travels. 

Layering was a common theme; one example being how designers overlaid textured and plain fabrics over layers of plaster and concrete to create a rich, multi-surface feel.

Paris Meets Classic 1950's Hollywood

At the other end of the spectrum, we saw high quality, contemporary and luxuriant design inspired by celebrated eras of Hollywood-style glamour – where retro meets contemporary style. 

The designers showcased this trend in their displays by seemingly replicating the sets from classic movies. We saw an array of white ostrich feathers, over-sized martini glasses, lashings of dulled gold and an abundance of marble effects. Organic sweeping curves and sculptured furniture details characterised the design style of the sofas and occasional chairs, combined with velvet and embossed textures. Meanwhile circular forms, semicircles and hexagons were used in lacquered, glass and metallic tables, often overlapped to create interest. 

Mixed metals were everywhere, from refined brass to dull gold, giving a defined edge to the art deco shapes

So, with two contrasting themes firmly on our radar for the new season and new ideas to take into our show homes, we look forward to seeing  you at one of our show homes soon! For more design inspiration, follow us @redrowhomes on Instagram or to read the full article, please download the Inspirational Homes Summer Edition Magazine below.