Jenny Gibbs covers the latest interior design trends covering aspects that include technology, health, sustainability and more.

Trends by KLC Principal, Jenny Gibbs.


It never ceases to fascinate me how trends recur and are re-invented for different generations. After the streamlined interiors around the millennium, with neutral palettes so reliant on texture and placement of objects for impact, it is exciting to see colour and pattern so firmly back in fashion.

While interior design remains trend driven, with emphasis on stylish expression, there is increasingly awareness of the need to take responsibility for our planet and to try to choose things than can be recycled. 3D printing is creating an impact here providing new solutions for lighting and flooring.


We are more thoughtful too about our health and welfare and the psychology behind this when choosing colour schemes, particularly when it comes to our bedrooms where we now recognise we need a relaxing, screen free environment. The mass return of house plants in interiors is very much a part of this trend.


The march of home technology continues to enable new and exciting developments including new and different materials and finishes and the creation of more sustainable materials such as worm-free silk. Multi-tasking mirrors which are able to provide entertainment, lighting and even contribute to the health and welfare of the occupants, is another good example.  Good lighting of course remains the key to any successful interior 

Furniture styles are changing with big, soft, all-enveloping upholstered furniture starting to replace the current popular trend for elegant mid-century furniture. To meet the needs of smaller spaces designers are also coming up with flexible furniture ranges that can be used in a number of different ways.


In kitchens, on the one hand floor to ceiling cupboards without plinths are a popular choice often with timber veneers, but there is also emphasis on the open shelving, again displaying lots of green foliage. It is not unusual for two island units to be included often incorporating some of the appliances.  Dining rooms are increasingly being replaced with libraries or media rooms and quiet spots to read or watch TV are much in demand

There are a number of style influences at play including 70s Boho chic and Retro Glam both of which include the use of rich colours and textures. Global influences help to ensure that these appear very different form the original versions. It is understandable that in these uncertain times there is a demand for spaces that feel like a safe haven


For hard finishes we still, it seems, want plenty of shine in our materials, with copper, brass and silver. Marble, particularly in high-impact colours, has made a big comeback as has terracotta, colourful handmade tiles for splashbacks and terrazzo where technology has enabled this to be incorporated into furniture as well as surfaces.  More unusually, bricks are increasingly being used as an interior finish displayed to give an almost aerated and sculptured look.  Amongst the softer finishes, texture is introduced with straw, wicker and mesh


Detailing is key again with macramé, fringes on everything from cushions to chandeliers, and statement handles on doors, furniture and kitchen units. Chintz, used sparingly, is suddenly looking fresh and modern again as are botanical and tropical prints, marquetry and striking rugs.  Patterns and old and new styles are being mixed to great effect although this can be a challenging look to pull off successfully.  It seems that clients now want a curated rather than a decorated look with emphasis on their collections and how these are displayed.


Pink is finally on the way out to be replaced by red and orange mixed with purple and blueberry for a moody palette with a 70s vibe. Matt black is still much in evidence particularly in bathrooms and dark blue with milky white has become an alternative option to black and white.  In contrast pretty ice-cream and sherbert pastels grounded by grey or wood finishes and mixed with a deeper blue, warm neutrals and gold, look different and interesting.


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