There’s a buzz in interior circles right now. Not only are beige, grey and white losing their grip on interiors, Maximalism is in. Bright, bold and opulent interiors are bang on trend. Interior designers are whooping with joy, saying adios to beige and welcoming characterful interior design opportunities with open arms.

Dare I say, there seems to be just one up-side of the Brexit debacle. The property market has slowed due to Brexit uncertainty. Homeowners (for now) are staying put and throwing grey, beige and minimalism out with the bathwater.

It is thankfully time to say hello to personality in the home.

bye-beige-1 Bye, bye beige, hello personality

Source: Pfeiffer Design

Colours, patterns and textures

Boom. Now is the time to go wild with colour, pattern and texture in the home. Visually exciting interiors are now THE thing.

With an increasing number of homeowners opting for renovation over a move, the penchant for a neutral interior that appeals to the masses is no longer informing the way people are decorating their homes.

Soft furnishings in beautiful, bright liberty linens are being bought in swathes to bring the oxygen (so to speak) back into the home. Bold statement wallpaper is also trending right now. The brighter, bolder and more eccentric the better.

bye-beige-2 Bye, bye beige, hello personality

Source: Farrow and Ball

Vintage ramps up a notch

Many treasured heirlooms and meaningful interior objects have been hidden away in the era of beige. Too embarrassing and too fussy for the minimalist greige home (griege is a mixture of grey and beige if you didn’t already know, which kind of makes me yawn, doesn’t it you?).

Back to vintage. Hallelujah, vintage and antique heirlooms and knick-knacks are being rediscovered and dragged from their dusty hiding places to take centre stage in the home again. Vintage furniture has been on trend for a while now, but in a rather understated and traditional Ercol kind of way.

By the way, this doesn’t mean throw out your Ercol furniture (that would be sacrilege). But it does mean old upholstery can be replaced with new, more interesting fabrics or dressed up with a fancy cushion or three! Now is the time to rediscover and recover your vintage upholstery.

Of course investing in some vintage furniture is also an option.

Importantly, have courage in your convictions when it comes to filling your home with old treasures. And really don’t worry if nothing matches – on the maximalist scene, that is a good thing!

Plants, plants and more plants

The trend for bringing the outside indoors is here to stay. Lush greenery in the home is a natural winner for the new free-spirited interiors vibe. Choose from retro-style cheese and rubber plants, structured succulents, brightly coloured orchids, tropical ferns and floor-to-ceiling palms. Plants not only add quirky interest to any interior, they are good for your health too!

bye-beige-3 Bye, bye beige, hello personality

Source: Home Designing

Organized chaos is in vogue

As you are already aware, maximalism is the biggest and boldest interiors trend of late. Don’t think that means you can turn your hand to interior design without a care.

Mismatching is a good thing, but it still requires a careful eye. You can’t just throw stuff together and hope for the best! You can actually mess maximalism up you know! Yes, really!

The idea of maximalism is to be chaotic with an element of control. Maximalism can be neat and practical to a degree. Sounds contradictory, but trust me when I say there is definitely an art to making a maximalist interior look stunning without it looking cluttered and messy.

While there is no wrong way to create a maximalist living space, there are some basic rules. These are:

  • Embrace colour (lots)
  • You can’t have too many books (it’s time for bespoke book cases)
  • Personalise (vintage pieces and family heirlooms are great)
  • Add lots of interesting art
  • Decorate with your favourite colours and fabrics
  • Have fun – immerse yourself in everything you love

Tell a story

New interior design trends are all about giving the home personality. It’s about time! Aren’t you pleased? Do you really want your home to look just like everyone else’s? I suspect not.

Most people actually want their rooms to have soul and tell a story. Antiques, family heirlooms, portraits and other personal accessories are the way to go. Your home should be a place you can relax in and be yourself (show homes are so yesteryear).

Most of all, you want your home interiors to cocoon you and make you smile. Your home is your greatest blank canvas for self-expression. Embrace it, get playful and enjoy.


bye-beige-4 Bye, bye beige, hello personality

Source: Cewe Photoworld

Are you ready to embrace the brave new world of interiors? Give it a try. Going maximalist is surprisingly liberating! Say goodbye to beige and hello to personality.