Most Melbourne residents would have been largely unaware of its presence, but last weekend one of Australia’s largest gatherings of professional designers, architects, interior design stylists and furniture professionals took place at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre.
The reason you probably won’t have heard of Denfair is that members of the public have only limited access on one day of the three-day event, as this event is primarily focused on enabling interior design professionals to network and showcase their latest work. However, we have been able to access some details about some of the trends that were capturing people’s imagination over the weekend, which make interesting reading for anyone considering updating their interiors at home.
One interior design trend that has been influencing interiors for a while now is the use of sustainable materials when possible to minimise impact on our environment. Natural, organic materials such as timber floors, plant life, natural light and particularly stone, (like the planter pictured above). These are all influences on bringing the indoors and outdoors together. Also watch out for hand-made items using sustainable materials like jute, rice paper and clay.
The fact that the Pantone Colour of the Year is Living Coral is an indication of the role that strong colours are playing in some interiors. Deep blues, jewel greens, sensual blushes, shades of grey and touches of terra cotta were all evident at Denfair.
It’s not just how things look, but how they feel that is important. From the various soft furnishings in textural cloth to the stronger role that items like tapware and door furnishings are playing in the overall impact of a room, choosing your interior design has become a ‘hands on’ experience.
While some metals that have been popular recently such as rose gold and copper seem to be decreasing in use, other metals in silver and gunmetal tonings appear to be gaining favour. However, they do seem to be used more as a highlight material, so don’t overdo it.
Of course, as we often remind our readers, if you are considering redecoration purely to prepare for putting your home on the market, we would strongly recommend that you chat to the Customer Service team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates first, so that you can avoid spending money on changes that won’t affect your sale price. Meanwhile, if you’d like some helpful tips on how to avoid any costly mistakes when selling, you can also download a FREE copy of our booklet, “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, while you’re here.