Utopia    Guest Blog 31 Jul 2017

Jayson Branch talks about the surprising trends which are coming back into fashion

Trends have always been seen as something slightly cyclical; with the fashions of yesteryear circling around again and again, with some slight contemporary twists to suit them to the modern home. But there are some trends which never fail to surprise us. Hear what Jayson Branch, Creative Director of Castrads, had to say about the top trends that will be sure to make you reminisce…

Bringing back the 90’s

While the 90’s are still in easy memory for most of us, enough time has passed for the era to be making a comeback. While classics such as inflatable chairs are best left in the past, there are some surprising gems that we are happy to see coming back. Gingham accents, brass hardware, pastel colours and white kitchens have all been staples in the pages of interiors magazines this year and we can see them continuing to grow in popularity for the next few months to come.

Feeling floral

Though the 70’s have a bad reputation for design (due to items such as orange shag pile rugs), 2017 saw Pinterest name 1970’s furniture as one of its top trends. Bright, floral patterns are on trend and evident in high street shops – a rebellion against all white interiors.

A strong craze this year is for vibrant wallpaper to brighten a room. Keep your interiors fresh by working in eye-catching floral wallpaper in small doses – use a modern floral pattern in a bedroom or living room on an accent wall. This should be accompanied with coordinated coloured accessories in the room to tie the look together.

Marble magnificence

Marble’s use in architecture, art and design can be traced back as far as the Ancient Egyptians. However, after prominence in the Georgian and early Victorian eras, marble was thought to be ‘too flash’ and difficult to maintain, so it fell out of fashion. Affordable faux marble is now widely available – and it’s difficult to tell it apart from the real thing.

Marble interior accessories have become a staple for the last few seasons, and this doesn’t look to change anytime soon. It’s important not to go overboard though, a big piece like a marble top coffee table would be sufficient– anything more might be overkill!

Grand features

The Victorian age was dominated by a newly founded middle class – who wanted to show off. This led to highly decorative items like flooring tiles and ornate fireplaces. The fashion and elegance of Victorian and Edwardian homes were later reflected in elaborate radiator designs, following the introduction of central heating to homes.

Restoring period features is now seen as essential to preserving history and character in a home. Reinstating period elements like cast-iron radiators will recreate the grandeur of these times, and introduce a touch of charm and nostalgia to your property.

Recreating 20’s elegance

This glamorous decade was the epitome of interior design. A world of lavish cocktail parties for glamorous guests led to an art deco revolution. In an era of technological development, stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, cruise liners and skyscrapers were popular with the forward thinking, post-war age.

Geometric and angular shapes were key characteristics of the style, heavy influences we can see in current trends. To add art deco qualities to your own home look for chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tile accessories to create some old Hollywood glamour in your home.

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