New Year, new start, or so the saying goes. If you’re looking for a change and hoping to find the next big thing for your home, keep reading for some top tips and trends from some of the nation’s best interiors experts. All were speakers at the London Art Antiques & Interiors Fair, which took place from 12-14 January.
Antiques Expert Mark Hill says: “Eclecticism is the new minimalism – mixing and matching seemingly disparate pieces together to build a unique and individual look that defines you, making your soul sing. Quirky is cool. 1970s Italian goblets on a sideboard from the 1790s? A collection of Victorian transfer-printed and guilt plates arranged asymmetrically on a stark chalk-white wall? Why not? Who gives a damn about the Joneses?”
Clare Pascoe, Interior Designer says: “Homeowners should turn their attention to less prevalent blonder woods such as ash and oak from prestigious Scandinavian designers such as Moller and Wegner. The lighter tones of these pieces juxtapose well with pastel colours and dark walls.”
Clare Pascoe, Interior Designer says: “In 2018 the trend for dark walls will continue, but the new ‘monochromatic scheme’ will exclude black and revolve around almost black blues and greens contrasted with crisp white or pastel walls to combine in a look that I refer to as “Scandi-noir”. Pink shades will remain on trend, but will shift towards tones of peach and apricot.”
Toma Clark Haines, CEO of The Antiques Diva & Co says: “More and more Asian antiques are taking places of prominence in people’s homes as the design world looks East for inspiration. As interiors become more minimal, clean lined Asian antiques are a perfect way to add patina without creating visual cacophony. I’m seeing, for the same reason, a rise in Art Deco furniture as well as empire style chests of drawers. People want the gravitas of antiques even in modern décor.”
In 2018 people will become more environmentally aware and antiques will rise in popularity due to buyers’ desire to be more sustainably responsible. Clare Pascoe adds: “People will be turned off buying products that date quickly or are not made to last. They will want to invest in timeless, classic brands that have a history and a long future.” Toma Clark Haines agrees: “As the green movement becomes de rigueur, repurposing and re-using remains en vogue. Antiques are green, and as millennials catch the wave of this realisation, I predict by the 2020s, antiques will become the next ‘Ikea’ – aka the go-to choice for the first homeowners decorating their space.”
Jewellery Expert, Joanna Hardy says: “There will be an increased awareness and appreciation of rarity and craftsmanship when it comes to jewellery. The jewellery houses or individual artisans will continue to remain in the spotlight in 2018 – for example, Castalani, Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier, Lalique, Fouquet, Fabergé – all these exceptional master craftsmen pay so much attention to detail.”
Antiques Expert, Mark Hill agrees: “There’s also a rise in interest in pieces that show the hand of the craftsman, from a richly coloured piece of treen, to a sparkling cut glass vase, or a wonderfully weathered piece of folk art. Our eyes have been assailed for too long with mass-produced, machine-made rubbish lacking in soul!”