Farewell minimalism.

Guest blog from Katharina Tiringer SoLebIch

With deep dark green and warm terracotta, as well as plenty of cushions, rugs and handcrafted one-off items, the latest trends in interior design are gradually replacing minimalism. Kati Tiringer reports from Ambiente 2017 on the changes this will bring about in our own havens of retreat – and discovers the interior accessories that will make our homes even more attractive.

Ambiente in Frankfurt is for me one of the highlights at the start of every year. The presentation of new home accessories whets my appetite for the coming summer months and inspires new decoration ideas – and several of my favourite discoveries make their way straight onto my wish list. The fair gives an overview of the most attractive interior trends for the spring and summer.

Today’s major trend: Anything goes!

What particularly struck me and pleased me during my tour of the fair was that conventions in interior design appear to be breaking down – not only in terms of the layout of rooms, but right down to the smallest decoration details. A vertical garden in the kitchen? Great idea! Luxurious oriental home textiles for a mid-century sofa? An exciting style mix! Even table settings can be created from diverse plates, bowls and cutlery.

The result of this trend is a new sense of individuality that gives plenty of freedom to interior design and decoration. We can gather together our favourite pieces and curate them at home. In this style anything goes. At last we can splash out a bit more now that minimalism seems to be passé.

Trend colour dark green

The passion for indoor plants continues. In addition to the authentic leaf green of monstera, pilea and cactus, more and more accessories and textiles are bringing the colour green into our homes. And it’s the darker tones that are particularly on trend – either as highlights in the form of pottery and cushions, or as larger swathes of colour in upholstery and curtains.

I particularly like the combination of the new trend colour dark green with a muted palette of dark colours. The shade works particularly stylishly and cosily together with dark-blue and black. Delicate brass decorations in particular look great against this backdrop. Green tones also fit extremely well with light interiors and in principle combine well with any other colour.

An oasis of well-being at home – a trend for the Orient

A popular style that emerged last summer is the laid-back look of “boho chic”. Exotically patterned interior textiles and playful details are typical examples of this trend. Macramé, rattan and cacti have been keeping us company since last season. Many items of rattan furniture are appearing now for the first time in black. And another new development this year are the numerous handmade cushions that, with their elaborate knotting and weaving techniques, have a fantastic one-off character and remind me of Berber rugs. I particularly like the use of Oriental styles in a bright, cheerful colour palette – preferably with the new trend colour terracotta, which simply radiates warmth.

Current interior design trends are being informed by the desire to make the home an individual haven of retreat. Because of the digitisation of our everyday life, the tactile qualities of objects are more important than ever, so it’s no wonder that interior textiles are currently experiencing a major revival. Together with many other new products, they create a feeling of comfort and cosiness. And the great thing is that everyone is free to choose exactly what they feel is right for them.

Katharina Tiringer