When decorating your home, you don’t have to stick to UK trends – many countries around the globe have stunning interior ideas to serve as inspiration inside your four walls.
The Sabrina Monte-Carlo’s interior design practice is synonymous with luxury Monaco Property, having designed some of the most exclusive homes (and yachts) on the French Riviera.
Its design team unveils three of the biggest interiors trends of the moment.
There was a time when velvet was synonymous with outdated decor – a bit like vinyl or smoked glass. However, trends have a way of coming back around, with old materials and styles being imbued with a new contemporary spirit.
With current interiors trends favouring soft and sumptuous materials – velvet is having a moment. In fact, velvet is more than a fabric – it is a homage to the elegance of art-deco style and the resounding popularity of art-deco interiors. Using velvet in interiors delivers a touch of panache whilst also being an incredibly versatile material which can be mixed equally with warm bronzes, matte golds, rare woods and natural stones.
What’s more, is that the colour palette is limitless – from pastel tones to rich inky hues, all available in plain, striped or printed patterns. For example, take the idea of pink velvet; it is a fabric perfect for sofas, rugs and wallpaper alike because decoration is about more than harmonising colours, it is a question of texture and touch. The experience of sinking in a soft and comfortable sofa goes hand in hand with the feel of the fabric.
Crystal and Pastels
Crystal decorative objects and pastel shades are very much in. This new refined and subtle mix of clear and pastel coloured crystal give classic sculptures and objects a new lease of life.
On recent projects in Monaco, Sabrina Monte Carlo has used a gold and clear crystal Lalique tiger sculpture, a large floral vase from the same brand, a pink and clear crystal curved ashtray and even a gold and clear chandelier, to diffuse warm glittering light.
Black is Back
Soft pastel shades are never good in large doses. To counteract the otherwise saccharine sweetness of too much pink, Sabrina uses dark tones as a base to pull the look together. Black polished marble, satinated dark oak, matte black Corian – are all favourites which elevate this otherwise girly look to sophisticated perfection, achieving a beautiful balance for both classic and modern interiors inside Monaco’s homes.
Of course, these are only a few examples of current trends, which are centred around strong contrasts, the quality of the materials and elegant finishes. However, whilst truly great interiors are undoubtedly about the balance and harmony of colour (not too little and not too much) – there’s always room for a personal creative flourish of the interior designer behind the work.
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