There’s no doubt about it, we live in uncertain and potentially worrying times. In the post 2008 crisis economy it seems as though the next financial meltdown could be lurking behind any corner. All over the world, countries seem to be electing controversial and divisive heads of state. No job seems as secure as it used to and the money in your wallet seems to count for less and less with each passing year. As we head into 2019 we look to tomorrow with a sense of hope and possibility… But a good deal of trepidation, too. This cautious combination of uncertainty and optimism has in turn influenced home decor trends. In an uncertain and chaotic time, people look to their homes to provide a rock of strength and stability. Here are some ways you can let home decor be your rock in uncertain times.
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Your home can give you the sense of comfort, familiarity and dependability you need when the world outside your window looks grim, forbidding and uncertain. After all… It’s what’s inside that counts!
Let Your Home Decor Be Your Rock
Bring tomorrow to life with retro designs
When today seems like an unwelcoming place, bring a little but of yesterday into your home. Nostalgia can be addictive but it can also help to face the challenges of today when you have the comforts of yesteryear to wake up to. As such, design trends favor retro designs in wallpaper with bold floral prints bringing an almost ‘70s vibe to the home.
2019 is also the year of retro and vintage furniture with vintage furniture suppliers like Eames.com increasingly popular. Don’t be surprised to see pieces of vintage ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s furniture adorning friends’ homes or to see new pieces with a retro flavor popping up in furniture outlets. Retro tech is in too, so now might be a great time to head into the attic and dust off your old LP player and any vinyls which have survived the digital era intact.
Back to nature: The appeal of biophilia design
Biophilia design is an innovative way of designing a space to include nature (such as plants and wood) in our decor to help us in our search to connect with nature, thus giving us calm. For too long synthetics and plastics have dominated our home decor. It’s easy to see why. They’re cheap to manufacture and easy to make in bulk so this makes them cheap and appealing to consumers. However, natural materials like cottons, linens, wool, wood, plants and stone are the way to go in your home furnishings and decor. These have a relaxing and soothing effect on the mind and combine the security of being in your own home with a sense of oneness with nature.
By this same token, houseplants are an increasingly welcome presence in the 2019 home. They add a splash of color and vibrancy while also helping you to feel calm, relaxed and at peace.
Maximise the minimalism!
Finally, if you’ve been going for the “controlled” clutter aesthetic that’s been en vogue in recent years, this may not be terribly conducive to your well-being. Clutter, even deliberate and semi-organized clutter can be visually distracting and a real impediment to genuine restfulness and relaxation.
As well as using natural materials and a plethora of plants, try to aim for a minimalist aesthetic that eschews bold designs and busy aesthetics for clean lines, neutral tones and as much free space as you can muster for a relaxing and comforting living space.
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