As our lives have become increasingly linked to technology and the digital world and it’s getting harder to feel a connection to the natural world. We are constantly bombarded with the latest gadgets, new materials and must-have accessories, but what about those of us that are tired of this hyper-modern environment we find ourselves in? For those looking to reconnect with the natural world in their homes but still want a sophisticated feel, look no further than the Earthen Luxe trend which will be influencing the interior world in 2018.
Including organic materials such as natural wood and stone accents combined with minimalistic furniture, it is a pared back yet still luxurious look for the home. Punctuated with muted pinks and green botanicals, the Earthen Luxe trend will uplift the home and spirit with artisanal textures offering a unique, handmade feel to any room. A breath of fresh air for interiors this year, The LuxPad explores the trend and how to style it in the home…
Look to Earthy Colours
Colour plays a big part in the Earthen Luxe trend but as the name suggests, muted, earthy tones are essential for pulling this look off. Combing two of the big colour trends of the year, Earthen Luxe’s colour foundations are centred on Heart Wood and black. Heart Wood is a warm heather grey which Dulux named as their Colour of the Year for 2018 which has been given a chic, sophisticated edge through inclusion of the black, which was a huge trend to emerge from Maison & Objet this January.
Layered over these key colours are soft earthy accent hues like olive greens, mauves and pastel pinks which soften the stark black. These accent colours are perfect for soft furnishings and accessories and the luscious greens of botanicals are the essential finishing touch to complete the Earthen Luxe colour scheme and bring a hint of the outdoors in.
Embrace Raw Materials
Raw materials are essential for capturing the textures present in the Earthen Luxe trend and can be used throughout the home to add a natural feel to any space. Raw textures such as stone and wood come into their own for earthy looks and can be displayed in a variety of finishes, from completely untreated to polished, all of which add to the overarching minimalist feel of the trend.
Wooden elements are perfect for key furniture pieces in the space along with flooring and cupboards, if extending the Earthen Luxe look to the kitchen. Both light and warm woods work well for the trend and combining different types and shades will add depth to the room. From dramatic slate to luxurious marble and terrazzo, stone is a cooling material to use throughout the home so large expanses of the texture are best saved for bathrooms and kitchens. Tiling or flooring in the texture will give the room a fresh, clean look and stone accessories can then be subtly layered throughout other rooms, from marble side tables to terrazzo trinkets.
Focus on the Handmade
The Earthen Luxe trend also gives a strong focus to handmade artisanal pieces which combine natural materials with traditional craftsmanship. Another way to add the raw materials mentioned above, handcrafted items with rustic, unfinished edges are celebrated in this trend and will take centre stage in any room. Ideal for reclaiming your interior from the heavy influence of technology, artisanal pieces which focus on the beauty of ancient handicraft will add a sense of history to the space and are a fresh step away from mass produced, mechanical manufacture.
Add a Hint of Glamour
Earthen Luxe whilst beautifully soothing and pared back is not without a touch of glamour which can be incorporated through subtle metallic finishes. Still a huge trend for 2018, warm metallics have moved on from the rose gold and copper seen in recent years and the focus is now on gold and brass. An chic finishing touch to the earthy and artisanal trend, brass and gold can be effortlessly paired with raw materials and handmade pieces to draw the look together and add a another level of sophistication. Think, glimmering gold cutlery, brass side tables or glowing metallic lighting to put a touch of luxury in the Earthen Luxe trend.