Minimalism has been a dominant, macro trend over the last few years, with clean, pared-back interiors leading the way, but could an interiors renaissance be approaching? Calling for bold colours and decadent features, maximalism is on the rise. Minimalists needn’t worry, however. Whether you’re committed to the Marie Kondo way of life, or you prefer the ‘more is more’ approach, these attention-grabbing features can be incorporated into any decor and are sure to leave a lasting impression. Read on to find out more >>
Choosing the right lighting in the home is of the utmost importance as it can completely alter the ambience, and overall feel, of a room. While the pendant light has been at the centre of home interiors for some time, it might be time they took a backseat to more impressive lighting sculptures. A magnificent light fixture hanging from the centre of a room will draw the eye and make a statement. Ian Cameron of London-based design studio Cameron Design House, bespoke creators of Luminaire lighting, said: “There is something inherently different about the connection we have with lighting. We don’t physically interact with it, beautiful lighting is just to be appreciated.”
The perfect lighting is a balance between functionality and style, and this tiered, loop LED strip, drop chandelier, is both sophisticated and showstopping. Salo Elama scultpures from Cameron Design House (as above) can be made with up to 12 rings. Prices start from £6,000.
Gone are the days when a bathroom was purely functional. Basic, utilitarian designs of times past have been replaced by design-led retreats. Today’s bathroom should be an indulgent place of sanctuary, inspiring tranquility and perhaps even envy. The design of this room should be as carefully considered as any other room in your home, and tailored to your specific needs. At the heart of every great bathroom is an inviting tub that simply begs you sink inside it and unwind. A bespoke bathroom, curated using luxury materials, will do just that.
For some inspiration, Apaiser, the self-styled home of bath couture, has partnered with interior design aficionado Kelly Hoppen, to create a collection of pieces combining Apaiser’s signature material, apaisermarble, with Hoppen’s forward-thinking eye for contemporary design. Short of commissioning the interior queen herself to breathe new life into your home, one way to add that signature Hoppen luxe is with one of her striking bathroom pieces from the newly-launched, jewel-inspired Bijoux Collection. A bath from The Bijoux Collection, Kelly Hoppen for Apaiser, will set you back £4,097, while an Integrated Basin is priced at £808.
A great sofa is the foundation of any living room, and while we often opt for a pared-back design in a neutral hue to complement a stronger focal point, why not make the sofa itself the centre of attention? To afford your living room a sense of grandeur, forego the traditional and choose a piece that demands attention. Whether it has a captivating silhouette, a bold colour scheme, or a distinct fabric, the statement sofa is a style staple.
When choosing your statement sofa, it’s important to think about the area it will occupy. A smaller sofa will get lost in a larger room, while a substantial piece will overpower a more modest space – balance is key. Keep the rest of the colour palette understated, and opt for clean lines when choosing the surrounding furniture, allowing the sofa to truly stand out. This Nina Pale Pink sofa from Serene Sofa is £1,799, available from Tracey Boyd, Sonder Living or Harrods.
If the humble divan is the Joan Baez of the bed world, the four-poster bed is the Shirley Bassey – there to make a statement. Dating back to the Tudor period, four poster beds were initially designed to provide insulation but, because of their rich materials and ornate designs, they quickly became a symbol of wealth and status. With central heating a prevalent aspect of 21st century living, the four poster is no longer a necessity, but in terms of design, they will always retain an air of luxury and are having something of a revival.
The classic design has been given a contemporary update, with intricate wooden spires replaced by modern, angular frames, made of natural wood or cool metals. For something a little different that will certainly stand-out, this brushed gold frame inlaid with thick, black panelling is a fantastic option. Hang some light drapes on each side for added drama. The Hoxton Four Poster Bed is available for £6,725 from And So To Bed.
Aquariums are known for their calming effect but, when incorporated into the interior architecture of the home, they can give an entirely new perspective to the space, offering it an otherworldly, subaquatic appeal. Gone are the days when bespoke aquariums were the preserve of the flamboyant. An entirely new contemporary approach to aquarium architecture has given the humble fish tank a new lease of life, paving the way for a resurgence of this innovative interior design feature.
When built into a dividing wall, aquariums allow light to pass through more easily, lending a closed off space an open plan feel. In wall aquariums can also be particularly eye-catching in hallways and landing areas, and are always a talking point amongst guests.
An incredible array of bespoke aquariums are available at Aquarium Architecture, priced per project. If you’re pushed for time, readymade freshwater tanks start at £7,000 while saltwater tanks start at £10,000.
Structurally, fireplaces are traditionally found set against a wall, but the advent of new technology means that modern homes have no need for a chimney breast, and fireplaces have become as much about form as they are about function. Because of this, we’re seeing a number of exciting ways to incorporate a fire into the home, from glass fires set into a dividing wall, to fireplaces suspended in the centre of a room.
In the winter months particularly, an open fire provides both heat and aesthetic appeal, with the visual emanating as much warmth as the fire itself. Fireplaces have become a true focal point in living areas, but not just with traditional stone or marble features. Recently, there’s been a resurgence of statement making, contemporary fireplaces with metal inlays, with double up as pieces of art within the home. Custom fireplaces can be commissioned at Modus. Wood fire models like this Black Gold hanging fireplace (left) start from £7,300.