Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Design Field Notes

Trends & Finds

Talking Trends with The Life Creative

I have a love-hate relationship with trends. I love to be constantly inspired by beautiful interiors that transcend the season’s fashions whilst I can’t help but get excited when various colours and textures are of-the-moment.

Someone who has a keen eye on local and international trends is Chris Carroll of popular interiors blog The Life Creative. We share a love of decorating so I jumped at the opportunity to get his thoughts on colour, style and of course, trends.

How would you describe your interiors style?
I’ve collected a bit of everything along the way because every style tends to appeal to me. I’ve reigned it in recently though. It’s now part industrial with a nod to mid-century modern – and some pops of colour here and there.

From welcoming watercolours to a focus on artisanal craftsmanship, what is your prediction for this year’s hottest interiors trend?
Everyone is going batty for botanics – bringing greenery indoors and blurring the lines between inside and out. Locally, we’re not taking it in as dark a direction as they are in Europe, though.

Do you feel that Pantone influences colour trends in interiors?
Yes and no. Magazines will certainly run with shoots and spreads featuring Pantone’s trend colours, but the market ultimately dictates if they like it or not – and sometimes they just won’t get on board.

Is there an interiors trend over recent years that you’d be happy to never see again?
There are many decor trends; chevron pattern, mirrored furniture, recliner chairs, wall decals. In terms of overall schemes, traditional coastal is a bit of a bore and needs to go next-level ASAP.

What is your go-to classic colour palette that works in any home?
Indigo blue teamed with dark woods, white accents and a few metallic moments. It’s the perfect blend of masculine and feminine and always feels relaxed yet sophisticated.

Caitlan N

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