Natural designs and neutral themes with escapist touches trending in Hong Kong’s HomeSquare outlets

Terracotta, ceramics and exotic prints with breezy patterns draw interior designers to HomeSquare

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 12:46pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 30 March, 2017, 12:46pm

Move over utilitarian industrial chic, because the new season brings an entirely new spread of interior trends. As recent crazes for no-frills chic fades with winter, a new mood for nurturing and fun is on the horizon, as designers seek an antidote to global affairs.

Natural materials and themes are big news as interiors move towards a casual, comfortable space.

“Incorporating natural materials and themes continues to become increasingly popular. Distressed furniture adds character to your home, along with a raw but rustic, lived-in feel,” says Kate Babington, managing director of TREE. “Natural materials invite a casual, comfortable and chic ambience into your space.”

These neutrals are accentuated by quirky accessories that are not always what they seem and add an element of surprise. At TREE, this includes new additions to its Soul collection of furniture made from recycled teak that captures the lived-in feel.

Practical pieces such as console tables and multiracks feature the collection’s usual textured and weathered panels that on closer inspection feature hand-painted details.

Terracotta is the other big news at TREE, where ceramics take on distressed details that resemble weathered tree trunks and terracotta vases appear in on-trend turquoise and gunmetal grey that add a subtly modern update to the home.

“Each piece features distress-painted details that continue the story of this season’s lived-in trend and ensures that no two vases are alike,” Babington says.

Ceramic greys are also on trend at Danish brand BoConcept, which is following back-to-basics and back-to-nature themes in typically streamlined, Scandinavian style. The brand is well known for designs that accommodate small spaces, including the best-selling Milano table, whose new ceramic top comes in ash and charcoal greys, while the Florence dining chair in natural materials such as stone and wood is a new addition to furniture lines. To instantly update a room without overhauling the furniture, try its flora and fauna-patterned accessories, including textiles

and cushions.

Each piece features distress-painted details that continue the story of this season’s lived-in trend and ensures that no two vases are alike
Kate Babington, managing director, TREE

Neutral tones, refined materials and the

odd curveball to tropical themes set the stage at Indigo Living.

Petrified wood and marble furniture are paired with handmade ceramic accessories for a City Living theme, while nautical design elements in natural materials and earthy tones hint at summer escapism in the Beach Class theme.

Escapism intensifies with the Caribbean Easy theme, where bold shapes, colours and prints prevail. Fabrics are a great way to apply this trend, with upholstered chairs, cushions or textiles.

“Balancing big, bold and classic retro shapes with clever details, the Caribbean trend is a personal favourite of mine,” says John McLennan, founder and executive chairman of Indigo Living. “It is as much about exploration as enjoyment.”

Interpreting different materials in their many variations is a hallmark of Italian outlet Cattelan Italia, where collaborations with designers have led to a consolidated collection of furniture, including dining tables, chairs and bookshelves.

Highlights this spring include ceramics and variations of wood. The Spyder table is now made with wood or ceramic in addition to glass tops, paired with wood bases crafted from walnut, heritage oak or wenghe stone.

Décor Collection meanwhile, is a powerhouse of European style with German and Italian brands, among others. Last year’s fascination for metallics is still lingering with bronze a particularly hot pick for spring. The Ray table by KLAB Design combines a marble top with a bronze base, which the outlet says is “the hottest combination of the moment”. Watch out for a rose gold base variation coming soon.

Other spring picks include the MyFlower coffee table by Naos Italy, where ceramic and glass are moulded into the shapes of flowers; a clever mechanism makes the table extendable in shape and size, according to a room’s dimensions or its particular use at any given time.

Wallpaper has gained popularity in recent years and it can be one of the most inspiring ways to completely change the look and feel of a room, without resorting to new and often expensive, furniture.

Spring walls are covered in exotic prints and breezy patterns bursting with the first days of a new season; think large-fronded ferns and fresh yellows and greens.

Wall&Deco’s yellow floral Ballet print, at Décor Collection, is a case in point. Meanwhile, the brand’s blue and white Bidi wallpaper reflects a fascination for cobalt blue that emerged last year as an accent colour and looks set to become a more prominent shade to beat the blues. Luckily, the shade is also versatile with other colours and materials including this season’s terracotta, ceramics and wood.