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Interiors: 10 hot spring trends to watch out for

We asked the experts what's hot to have in our homes this year - so here's the latest must-haves to spruce up your interiors...

STRIPPED BACK ANTIQUES

THE EXPERTS: White & Faded is an instagram sensation, online shop and Canterbury store – from husband and wife team Dino and Janet Parrella-van den Berg. With a focus on restoring old homes and furniture, they bring new life to everything they do while introducing their clients to stylish, sustainable living.

THE TREND: Dino says: ‘With eco becoming so popular – upcycling has gone luxe. We have seen a huge demand for antique stripped furniture, where everything is pared back right to the basic materials.’

‘A perfect example is our antique Swedish Mora clocks. Constructed of pine wood, originally these were mostly painted in folk art, but we have stripped them back to their original sleek, and rustic finish, revealing the craftmanship of the maker (something that new furniture is often lacking. This clock plays a fundamental role in the trendy Scandinavian and all-white contemporary-style backdrop – standing still (in time) as the world flies by.’

RUSTIC OVERTONES IN KITCHENS

THE EXPERTS: Blossom Home is a stunning destination vintage store and café in Tenterden. There is no way you can leave their shop empty-handed it’s all too gorgeous. So what trend are they noticing this season?

THE TREND: ‘We are seeing people adding rustic and vintage pieces to their kitchens – however new the kitchen space may be – to create more personality.’

‘This gives even the most polished kitchen space a comforting, tactile and authentic feel. Think antique bread boards, Turkish olive pots, glazed terracotta bowls, copper saucepans and french linens for under sink curtains.’

ECO AWARENESS RULES!

THE EXPERTS: Outdoorsy Living specialise in creating luxury garden spaces – from glamping pods and shepherd huts to furniture and gym equipment – they will make your outdoors as comfy and stylish as your indoors.

THE TREND: ‘Our shepherd hut customers have shown a greater interest in the environmental and sustainable credentials of the product. Luckily shepherd huts are by their nature rather eco-friendly, which works well for our customers who are looking to have a low impact on the environment.’

‘Since our shepherd huts are bespoke luxury dwellings, this is part of the discussion with our customers from the start and we enjoy working together with them to ensure that all their questions are answered and their expectations are exceeded.’

BRINGING THE OUTSIDE IN

THE EXPERT: Aldgate Home source and restore vintage, architectural and industrial mirrors – for inside or the garden – and are very particular on the quality of their pieces, always looking for the original details and working features.

THE TREND: ‘Our shelved mirrors are proving very popular this season. When placed as a statement feature inside the home you can used them to display planting – bringing spring indoors.’

‘They are particularly perfect where room may be limited. They take up minimal space and offer reflection (which gives the impression of space) and light. Each piece is completed to our client’s required style, size and finish. The end result is a totally unique, eye-catching walled feature.’

CALM AND COMFORTING ENERGY

THE EXPERT: Whether you require a complete design service for your entire property or just need help with the finishing touches to a specific room that you want to look special – Beth Barker of Beth Barker Designs will work wonders with your interiors.

THE TREND: Beth says: ‘There’s very much a trend for the calm, colours and textures of the outside – coming in. Not just plants, but stone, clay and wood (complete with all its imperfections). Natural browns are the neutral – and white on everything is out! It’s not comforting enough when everything is white. Curves are massive and we are drawn to them as they improve calm energy flow and stop jarring in our minds.’

‘I trained for several years in energy work so often find this can bring a whole other dimension to someone’s space. Homes can heal, if correctly designed. Every single thing in your home should serve a purpose. This might be just because you find it beautiful so it calms your being. Darker colours downstairs are fading out more and moving up to the bedroom, where we need dark and stillness.’

TAPER CANDLES FOR TABLESCAPING

Photo: The Lovely Little Details

THE EXPERT: Want to throw a birthday or dinner party with a difference? Tablescaping is the secret weapon up the sleeve of any discerning party host – and a way to create a perfect and memorable special ocassion. At Beyond The Table they not only create a table that is dressed to impress, they can also help curate the entire evening – from menu planning to sourcing caterers, florists or entertainment – taking away any stress or pressure that comes with hosting an evening at home.

THE TREND: Sarah Freeman, owner and founder of Beyond The Table says: ‘Our trend prediction for 2022 is personalised taper candles – not only being used as guest name placements, but they can also double up as take home gifts. They make the perfect addition to any tabletop and are totally multifunctional, adding a gorgeous ambience to a dinner party tablescape.’

‘The best bit? Your guests can take these home and reuse them whilst reminiscing about the great night they had around your table. I source my personalised candles from Rumeet at The Lovely Little Details and these will be featuring on many BTT Tablescapes this season.’

LAYERING YOUR LOOK

THE EXPERT: Alex Jørgensen Studio is the Tunbridge Wells interior design company run by Alex Jorgensen (surprise, surprise!). Alex and his team will help transform your home with his signature Scandi-influenced style. Born in Copenhagen, Denmark, Alex has perfected (well it’s in his blood) that much sought-after minimalist style, with clean lines and a classic aesthetic – creating calm and serene spaces.

THE TREND: Alex says: ‘The Scandinavian aesthetic continues to be in high demand with my clients, but with an added emphasis on incorporating additional layers of texture and colour, which bring warmth and a touch of personality.’

‘These multi layered spaces embrace English comfort without losing the enduring appeal of Scandinavian simplicity and design.’

FLORAL POPS OF COLOUR

THE EXPERT: Lucie Merkl is the owner of gorgeous Florist and Antiques Shop The Bloom Foundry on St John’s Rd, in Tunbridge Wells. This stunning store is an eclectic mix of all things floral with a twist of antique and interior treasures thrown in. No surprises, then, that it won The Best Florist in Kent, as voted by you in the Muddy Stilettos Awards 2021.

THE TREND: Lucy says: ‘Florals in 2022 are no longer following a traditional colour palette. My customers love to pick one of my carefully sourced jewel-like glass bottles to fill with bright colourful fresh or dried blooms.’

SOFT & STYLISH NATURAL TOUCHES

THE EXPERT: Melissa Bandtock is the owner and creative guru behind super stylish lighting store, lumière, in Tunbridge Wells. This decorative lighting gallery showcases high-end designs from globally recognised designers and is your one-stop-shop for designing all your lighting needs.

THE TREND: Melissa says: ‘As a result of the global pandemic, the interiors industry has noticed a shift towards an even stronger focus on bringing the outdoors into the home. 

At lumière this has been particularly noticeable with the emergence of lighting designs mirroring elements of nature. Our sculptural Lotus lamp in plaster white by Barbara Barry and the Farfalle (butterflies) chandelier by Julie Neill are both very good examples of this trend. 

At lumière we are encouraging even the most industrial room sets to incorporate natural stones to soften any harsh lines and hint at elements found in nature. Sculptural pieces, such as the Melange lamp by style icon Kelly Wearstler, are becoming key players in adding softness to a room. The Melange lamp’s beautiful domed head, made of solid translucent alabaster, adds instant romantic moonlighting to any space.

SLEEK & SIMPLE SHUTTERS

THE EXPERT: Kent Bespoke Shutters create only Hardwood (no faux wood or MDF here) and UPVC waterproof (ideal for bathrooms) plantation shutters. These wooden, slatted blinds sit inside their own frame, drilled to your window sill or door frame, providing the perfect mix of practicality, versatility and of course style.

THE TREND: ‘Fussy drapes, curtains or blinds are out and for a fresh, clutter-free, minimalistic look – shutters are proving very popular. They make that timeless look – and touch of elegance – easily available to any home.’

‘Plantation shutters are becoming THE window dressing option of choice because they are custom made and totally bespoke to you. They allow you to take control of the amount of light entering your home and your privacy from the outside world, whilst adding that extra layer of insulation and noise reduction. Choose any colour, or go for natural wooden – or classic, crisp white. Oh, and they’re easy to clean too.’

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