One of 2016’s top interior trends takes the home back to basics with the use of fabulously raw materials. Including types of stone like marble and agate, coarser materials such as concrete, shimmering and aged metallics and of course countless varieties of wood, home interiors are being pared back to let these exceptional material shine in their own light. With so many ways to style the trend in the home it can be difficult to know where to start, The LuxPad takes a look at the key elements of the look and how you can incorporate it in to your interior with ease.
Mix it Up
The key to this trend is variety. A room will look flat and impersonal if you just stick to one type of raw material for example wood or concrete, however incorporating different materials across the trend will lead to a rich finish in any space. Wood and exposed brick is a particularly good paring and a fantastic base on which to layer more striking materials and for those not blessed with exposed brick walls, more and more realistic brick wallpapers are being released by top wallpaper brands all the time. Metallics make for a fantastic finishing touch for any room and beautifully complement all base materials, the shade and finish of the metal can also be used to complement or contrast with the wall colour and soft furnishings to bring the whole look together.
The only downfall to this trend is if it’s overdone it can at times come across as cold and flat. Metals, woods and stone are naturally hard materials and even the warmest of metals can benefit from the addition of multiple textures to create depth and warmth. Even the most minimalist of interiors can make room for subtle textures from flowing full length curtains to basic scatter cushions. For those that strive to create a cosy interior environment, the textures can be bolder – think animal fur rugs and throws, velvets and silks.
Use Multiple Looks as Inspiration
The raw materials trend effortlessly fuses and complements a variety of other interior looks making it a fantastic way to combine elements of your favourite trends to create a personalised look. The industrial and Scandinavian trends for example each usually feature striking raw materials, from aged metals and exposed brick in the former and light woods and stone in the latter. The beauty of these raw materials is that they are interchangeable between spaces with the materials of a classic Scandinavian theme giving a stylish new edge to an industrial room and vice versa. The inclusion of metallics into a room gives any look a luxe finish, transforming any style room into a luxe fusion, another key trend taking the interior world by storm this year.
It’s All in the Details
The important thing to remember with this trend is that even just a few raw material flourishes in a room can have the same impact as a full room makeover. Whether you add a concrete stool by the coffee table, a copper lamp on an untreated wooden shelf, new marble placemats, or all of the above, you can create a bespoke raw material look which is both timeless and discerning. This is another area of the trend in which metals excel as the material lends itself perfectly to finishing touches which will make any room stand out and instantly exhibit the owner’s raw material prowess.