Hello again, my dear ones,
In today’s blog post, I want to keep you up to date on all the latest looks in design this year. Of course, there are simply all sorts of tastes and trends out there, but this year has been overwhelmingly influenced by what I’m calling simple, natural elegance. It’s a minimal look that emphasizes structural materials like beams, boards, stone and slate. It emphasizes natural warmth over the created coziness of traditional clutter.
I want to share with you some of the key elements you can draw on to create a little simple, natural elegance in your home or in a specific room.
-wood textures are the first place to start. We’re often told to polish and finish our wood grains to perfect smoothness. You’ll still want to carefully select grains and finishes, but this new trend encourages us to go for a simple beeswax finish over shellac, or leave a few rough edges. When you’re deciding which surfaces to sand perfectly and which to leave a bit more textured, think about cleaning. I like to leave beams rougher, while a coffee table which will be used frequently should probably be smooth enough to prevent splinters.
-wrought metalwork is also all the range this year, from the hinges on an antique chest to a rough-hewn coat hook. I like to add metal touches to joints around my home–bolts in beams are also all the rage this year as well, and I’ve come to really enjoy them.
The key with your metalwork is to keep things looking burnished, weathered, and beaten. Shiny metals radiate modernity, whereas you want to create a lived-in and from-the-earth sensibility. I suggest wrought iron over stainless, copper instead of shiny brass, and nickel over silver. It’s all a matter of making things blend more easily with earth tones.
-natural objects are also a great way to emphasize your natural building materials. So, bringing pine cones, pressed leaves, and a few well-chosen stones can bring your room into focus even more clearly.
-rougher textiles help, too. Add some linens instead of silks, and a rougher, salvage rug at your kitchen sink instead of something more more refined.
-artisan objects are huge right now, in interior design and nearly every other area of style, from handbags to goat cheeses. I’ve been acquiring handmade objects to add around the house, especially woven baskets and artisan sculpture pieces. I’ve also acquired some fabulous beaten-metal jewelry to add to my collection.
-found objects are my final suggestion to you this year. You can add things like an old road sign, antlers, or vintage bottles to add to your slightly retro look, although it’s important to make sure that you’re using walls, nooks, and crannies rather than creating clutter, which can seem a bit too manufactured.