COMPILED BY Mar Esteve Cortes
With the temperature quickly dipping, it’s time to retreat indoors.
As our interior spaces become the social hub once again, it is important to make sure your home has the right look for the season. With so much choice available, there is plenty to inspire any interior designer. Here, Mar Esteve Cortes, Director of Neolith, shares a few of her favourite trends to add warmth (and style) to any space.
Following the popularity of dark marble surfaces last year, manufacturers looked to other dusky stones to inspire new introductions for 2018. The depth and contrast offered by igneous rocks such as basalt, obsidian and soapstone has inspired manufacturers to be adventurous. We expect to see plenty of surfaces that encapsulate the beautiful detailing of these ancient stones, including intricate, swirling, deep grains and organic, continuous patterns true to the look and feel of the real thing.
The Scandi Look
Enduringly popular, the Scandinavian look is perfectly suited to colder climates, having been developed in the frozen north. This approach to interior design, with its emphasis on simplicity, will add a sense of comfort to your space, regardless of the weather. The Scandi style focuses on minimalism, and exposed timber is a popular tenet of this aesthetic. Hyper-realistic wooden finishes, like Neolith’s La Bohème range, are lightweight and versatile and can be easily applied to any surface, from kitchen worktops to flooring and wall cladding, allowing you to achieve that “hygge” feeling hassle-free.
Keep the Fire Burning
For those not ready to give up on the outdoors quite yet, stay warm despite the weather with a fire pit. I believe the impact of a fire pit can add a dimension of cosiness to gardens and outdoor spaces, often difficult to achieve, especially in winter. Furthermore, the range of ultra-resistant materials now available on the market means you can match almost any outdoor landscaping or be adventurous with the aesthetic to create something playful and visually appealing.
During the winter months, you’ll want your home to feel cosy throughout, bathroom included. By using a diverse range of earth colours and natural effects, you can create a visually arresting mosaic that will bring a degree of comfort to your bathroom, with a distinctly modernist look. Or, perhaps, you can extend the Scandi look into your bathroom by making use of natural wooden effects.