Ahead Of The Curve: 7 Home Interior Trends To Try

Natural inspiration, dark woods, and tactile textiles—these are the trends you can expect to see in the most glamorous homes this year



The most recent eporta and WGSN Interior Trends Report revealed that designers and homeowners are looking to nature for home decor inspiration, incorporating unique patterns, and choosing pieces that are equally chic inside or out. Adding a touch of opulence via dark woods or marble has also seen a spike in popularity of late, and a new sense of boldness is now being embraced. To stay ahead of the curve, our list includes some key pieces to consider for a home interiors makeover.


  1. Get in touch with nature


The fabrics in Martyn Thompson’s Rock Pool collection, made for soft furnishings, drapery, wallcoverings, and upholstery, create a sense of gazing into the sea. Banner image: In two shades of blue acrylic, the Yves console table by Sophie Ashby is part of Studio Ashby’s first collection at The Invisible Collection.


A Sydneysider in New York, Martyn Thompson began his career in fashion, first making clothes, then photographing them, before turning his attention to interiors. Over the past 30 years, he has collaborated with designers such as Ilse Crawford and established his textiles and interior arts company, Martyn Thompson Studio. His latest collection of fabrics, Rock Pool, celebrates “the unknowable sea and the unending shift of tides,” and is suitable for soft furnishings, upholstery, and wall treatments. 


  1. Make it personal


Vitra has collaborated with designer Terri Pecora to create bathroom furnishings that can be organized in myriad combinations, encouraging a reimagining of how to use the space.


Los Angeles-born Terri Pecora has turned her design talents to everything from furniture to eyewear and retail interiors. Her latest project focuses on bathrooms, as she teams up with Vitra to launch Plural, a collection of bathroom pieces inspired by “the heritage of communal bathing spaces and rituals.” With Plural, Pecora has conceived organic-shaped design elements that can be used in a variety of ways for a truly personalized bathroom.


  1. Go indoors and out


Studio Muar Diseño’s Hum collection uses natural materials and traditional manufacturing techniques to create contemporary furniture.


Design purists might balk at the unlikely combination of beech, rattan, and velvet, but Uruguayan studio Muar Diseño demonstrates how they work together. Its Hum lounge armchair, three-seater sofa, and chaise all have beech-framed woven sides and backs with velvet upholstery, and are named after the Rio Negro (“hum” means “black” in native Guarani), the river that snakes through Uruguay.


  1. Up the opulence


For Arteriors, Barry Dixon has created a range of lighting, mirrors, and furniture that explores how opulence and adornment interact with forms in nature.


In-demand interior designer Barry Dixon has produced his fourth collection for Dallas-based homeware company Arteriors, this time focusing on lighting, mirrors, and furniture. Inspired by 2015’s China: Through the Looking Glass exhibition at New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, the collaboration includes pieces in polished brass and gold, wood, stone, and steel adorned with thorns, fungi-inspired shapes, and brass dragon talons.



  1. Make yourself comfortable 


Flexform’s Mood collection takes inspiration from furnishings produced in Europe during the last century, finding a balance between classical elegance and contemporary eclecticism.


For its latest product, Italian furnishing company Flexform looked to the past to create the kind of chair that seems to invite you to sit down and relax. The Memoire armchair, pictured here, is part of its Mood Collection. Designed by Roberto Lazzeroni, the high back, prominent armrests, and solid wooden base hark back to the days of gentlemen’s clubs and hours spent lost in a great book.


  1. Evoke a more glamorous era


The contemporary designs in the Evoke collection from Davidson London have a classic twist, with some items featuring an open-grain oak finish.


Launched in 1986, Davidson London made its name crafting traditional, Regency-style furniture. Over the years, however, the family-run firm has progressed organically, drawing influences from Art Deco, and the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s. It recently launched the Evoke collection of cabinets and tables, which showcase a flair for combining precision engineering know-how with premium materials and finishes. The Belmont Console, pictured here, comes in high-gloss, dark-tinted Macassar ebony, while the oak Truman Cabinet, featuring doors coated in fine vellum parchment, brings earthy tones into the home.


  1. Make a bold statement


Featuring collectible works of art from a variety of designers and craftspeople, The Invisible Collection recently added items from British interior designer Sophie Ashby, including a marble-topped, leopard-foot dressing table.


Unlike the goods available at other e-tailers, everything at The Invisible Collection is made to order. The site brings together designers and craftspeople who view what they create as collectible works of art, rather than mere furniture. New to the collection are items by acclaimed British interior designer Sophie Ashby, who, as Studio Ashby, has produced 16 exclusive pieces including an acrylic Yves Klein blue-inspired console and this Leopard Foot dressing table, topped with honed cipollino marble.