With many people looking be ahead of the curve when it comes to the latest designs, delivering a luxury look can be a tricky proposition. Quartz surface designer and manufacturer Caesarstone forecasts four key interior trends.
Header image: An example of a Timeless Classic interior: Statuario Maximus and Tuscan Dawn used on a cantilevered kitchen island.
While no one can accurately predict the future, housebuilders do need some way of reference coming design trends in order to find the very latest influences that buyers of luxury homes often seek. In the last issue of PHPD we looked at the colours that leading paint manufacturers are predicting will dominate 2019. Quartz surface designer and manufacturer, Caesarstone has also been looking at the latest design influences in order to draw together four key trends for the coming year – presented in its newly launched Kitchens Trends Book.
The book is the fruit of the brand’s investment in research & development which includes working with world leading colour consultants and understanding the macro trends – socio, demographic, cultural and political – impacting on design and interiors. It is also draws on experience and knowledge acquired by Caesarstone’s in-house design team via years of collaborations with renowned designers and architects.
The four trends
The latest trends are: Calm Luxe, Urban Industrial, Timeless Classic and Wild Living. Each one has its own creative direction, colour palette, lead materials and finishes. PHPD takes a brief look at what Caesarstone says about each one.
Calm Luxe is inspired by the paring back of an oversaturated design market. With the world moving faster than ever, and time in short supply, we try to live more slowly, design more thoughtfully, and find joy in quieter, softer environments. In this context, time is the ultimate luxury and the benefits of slowness, stillness and silence are increasingly recognised. Consequently living spaces have a peaceful, calming quality, acutely minimal while being elevated by careful details and high-quality finishes.
The industrial trend will continue to be important in seasons to come, but will evolve towards a more urban and light-hearted direction. Finishes that focus on tactility warm this industrial look, while surfaces remain rough and untreated and light tones of colour soften contours. Taking its cue from industrial workshops, the Urban Industrial kitchen illustrates the artisanal aspect of this trend. The kitchen space features concrete or cement elements that are softened by light tints and rounded shapes that moderate rough surfaces.
With Timeless Classic, spaces and products draw inspiration from the Modernism of the 20th Century, updating it with fresh tones that create a vintage, yet highly modern look. The Timeless Classic kitchen space combines period features, rich patterns and materials such as marble, warm wood and fabrics. Surfaces are soft and warm to the touch and take us back towards a more sensitive experience.
With Wild Living we bring the outdoors indoors – via lush vegetation or textured finishes that play to our senses. The home reflects this with mobile furnishings that can adapt to our needs. Warm finishes add subtle depth and texture to the kitchen environment. Think thick natural woods and sleek stones with enhanced natural grains. These traditional surfaces pair with a wide range of beautiful new composites. The new goods have rustic-chic qualities and make use of natural waste. Shots of fiery orange bring life to harmonies of deep browns, dark greys and forest greens.