One of the most important thing for us as human is how we live. It has been our constant endeavor to find ways to live in a sustainable manner, understand how we will live, what kind of community we live in, what kind of design our apartments should have to give us more at home kind of feel. The interior designs are getting predominantly cosy and put a lot of emphasis on comfort, not only in private living space, but also in commercial establishments like hospitality etc.
We want to live better: more comfortably, more stylishly, using space more effectively, more colourfully, smarter and more sustainably. The international interior shows like imm cologne is a reflection of current and emerging interior trends. Given below are the living trends at imm cologne 2020.
More natural living
People today are becoming increasingly aware of the challenges that our planet faces and hence moving towards a more sustainable way of living. This essentially means that they want to use everything which is climate neutral.
Natural materials like solid wood are being preferred at home, not only because of cosiness, but also because of ecological factors. Supporting decorative items, such as plants, untreated fabrics and indoor greenhouses are becoming important furnishing elements for home design and are also conceived of as statements. Bamboo is being used as a sustainable alternative to wood, just as much as plastic-reinforced paper or a leather-like upholstery fabric.
Keeping up with the desire to live in a natural manner, people are turning more towards Scandinavian design, which is more natural, rustic, original and traditional.
People living in cities are surrounded by concrete buildings all the time; and hence crave for proximity to nature. Hence there is an increasing demand for big balconies, patios, personal or community gardens in societies. These touchpoints with nature are fast becoming an important part of our homes.
Outdoor furniture has become quite popular; reflecting the human need to connect with nature at any level. The quality of outdoor furniture has improved substantially, making it not just comfortable to use, but also truly functional with different materials being experimented with to make it weatherproof and look beautiful.
Wicker and bamboo have become quite popular for outdoor furniture and lot of fashionable accents are being tried out. Plants are found as accessories not only in pots, but also on wallpaper. Green can be found in all shades.
Smart applications are making our lives smarter. Now we can use an app to grow herbs, use computers to nurture pants to improve air quality or use a smart control system to switch off lights and coffee machines when we leave the house.
Such smart technologies and applications are extremely reliable and have made our lives more comfortable. Further these can be tailored precisely to the specific needs of residents. There are numerous examples of smart technologies that are being integrated into the way we live.
Lamps that serve as Bluetooth loudspeakers; cabinets that provide mood lighting; sofas that note the individual favourite seating position; beds that nudge us gently into another position when we snore; shower toilets that set a specific ambience as per our mood using our sensory system; there are so many examples to understand how smart technology is driving our lives in today’s world.
More efficient living
With rapid urbanization across globe, the rents are rising and the homes are becoming smaller. This has led to a spurt in space-saving furniture. This is also in line with the current trend of tidiness, minimalism and renunciation that’s sweeping the world. Restricting ourselves to the basic essentials in life creates a more orderly home & life and people are finding this approach increasingly beneficial. Quality over quantity is the new home furnishing philosophy for many people, especially as it is also consistent with the desire for natural living.
A common trend to observe is use of small and compact sofas and armchairs with a design often oriented to classic typologies. Even more sought after in future will be affordable system furniture and compact individual items, which are scalable (adaptable to different room dimensions), variable (pull-out technology, etc.) and versatile. Life on a second level is also becoming trendy; the high sleeper is making a comeback. But with this compact and foldable furniture options; manufacturers are leaving no stone unturned to experiment with designs and materials for maximum comfort and ensuring great home décor.
Living more comfortably
Comfort is of paramount importance to all of us in every aspect of our lives. Be it our homes, our cars, the building we live in or the furniture we use. Comfort has multiple dimensions and cut across various segments, for eg. Comfort also means suitable heating or cooling of our rooms.
We care for our comfort in bedroom, but we do make suitable investments in bathroom and seating furniture purely for our comfort. Compact, design-oriented seating, such as two-seater sofas or armchairs, is the trend in the upper product segment. Here, special attention is paid to ergonomics. Console table, wall rest tables or small shelves not only assure a sense of order in everyday life, but are instead an integral element of interior design. For sofas, the trend is toward a platform raised off the floor, which lifts the cushions to a higher level, as well as toward individualisation and adjustability
Living without limits
Due to paucity of space in urban settings, the requirements of living are currently changing. More trendy single apartments with less space is the norm. But this complemented by fluidic furnishing which is way different that the conventional ones; thus offering complete freedom to the individuals. In slightly larger spaces, these single rooms are complemented by one or two bedrooms. The flowing into one another of the rooms leads to a need for multi-functional furniture that marks living areas or delimits them from one another. Kitchen and living merge, the bathroom remains separate. Instead of separate rooms, modern apartments present an open spatial structure, and compartmentalised apartments in old buildings are “aired out” through the removal of wall elements. Winter gardens and converted attics open up bright spaces, and generously dimensioned window fronts, ideally opening without thresholds, also optically expand the space outwards.
In line with the theme of living without limits, the single items of furniture are called for. Multi-functional furniture like tables that function convincingly as a workplace and dining area, freestanding sofas, cabinets that function as storage space and wall elements, room partitions that enable functions on both sides, mobile furniture for indoors and outdoors; these are the enablers of living without limits.
The colour trends in interiors design is dominated by brown purely because of its strong impact and wide application. Overall, shades of brown create an environment of cosiness and hence are quite popular.
Whether it is green, pink, purple or brown, colour brings glamour into the apartment. Dark wood shades, reminiscent of Art Deco or Danish modernity, with gold, brass or other metallic accents on sumptuous rugs stand for pure luxury. While the overall interior design trend is toward dark colours, from dark greens and blues to black, the minimalist interiors style remains loyal to the lighter and more natural shades.
The interiors scene as a whole is becoming more colourful through the intensive use of colour schemes. Monochromaticity is also being increasingly abandoned in favour of patterns.
After apparels, living is considered to be most important means of expression of our personal tastes. So this makes each decorative element in our house, a style statement in itself.
Single products are preferred over homogeneous interior design with the furniture of a collection. Lights adjust to any furnishing style and are increasingly used as an optical highlight of the space.
Tiles can transform from ordinary floor coverings to the cool highlights at the kitchen bar, can accentuate special sections of the wall. On the floor, rugs with geometrical patterns, floral elements or graphic fancies provide accents. Both mirrors and pictures are readily used as design elements: the classic here is the circular mirror in all versions that bring depth to the room. Among furniture items, the sideboard is by far the most decorative. On the walls, it is wallpaper with small and large-format patterns that turn a room into a veritable work of art.