Beauty is skin deep: latest trend in interiors
From aged finishes to shimmering metallics it's what on the surface that counts this season, says Trish Lorenz
Thursday 31 January 2013
Floors, walls, even ceilings: forget a simple coat of emulsion, the latest trend in interiors is to add depth and interest to the surfaces in your home by covering them in textural materials.
The Surface Design Show (surfacedesignshow.com) is a specialist trade show that takes place in London next week. According to the trend report released by the show, this year will see us embracing textured finishes: surfaces have moved from smooth and flawless to tactile, quilted and distressed.
"Architects and designers are tiring of traditional matt, smooth finishes. We expect to see lots of quilted-effect 3D surfaces and intricate, shimmering filigree patterns this year," says the report.
To get the look at home try faking it. There are a wide range of surface finishes on the market that aren't as they seem: tiles that look like wood, wallpaper that resembles feathers and snakeskin- effect kitchen splashbacks. Try Trend (trend-group.com) or Galerie (galeriewallcoverings.com) for a good selection.
Vintage is still in vogue, too, and rough, aged finishes also work this trend. Aim for a distressed look with ageing wood in soft colours. Textural surfaces such as cork add warmth and irregular finishes such as mismatched tiles give visual interest.
Luxurious touches such as metallic tiles, shimmering animal skin wallpapers and beautifully soft leather flooring, are also increasingly popular. "Despite, or maybe because of the current period of austerity, trends for 2013 are all about a desire for excitement, luxury and the unusual," says the report.
For this modern take on bling, choose unusual luxury materials such as mother of pearl tiles (originaltilecompany.co.uk) and leather flooring in shimmering finishes (try granorte.co.uk, which has an eco-friendly recycled leather range) and use with strong, bright colours.
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Shock poll shows voters believe Ukip is to the left of the Tories
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Ukip candidate jokes about 'shooting peasants' in racist and homophobic rant
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more
£65000 - £80000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Finance Director required to jo...
£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is a unique opportunity fo...
£50000 per annum + 26 days holiday,pension: Ashdown Group: A highly successful...
£27000 per annum + pension + holidays: The Jenrick Group: A Quality Technician...