As the fragility of our environment becomes more apparent, designers are encouraged to celebrate and reclaim the beauty of nature, breathing life into interior spaces and inspiring homeowners to protect and preserve. Laminex have identified and developed seven stunning trends inspired by nature, and they share them here:
Our world is full of wonder. Celebrate the uniqueness of our endangered species, reefs and rainforests by bringing their colours and textures into your home. White with a subtle marble grain depicts the delicacy of Antarctica’s melting glaciers, while textured beige woods and stones represent the intricacy of feathers.
The perfect feature for the Precious Look: Essastone Unique Calacatta – its subtle marble vein brings the beauty of Antarctica’s icebergs into your home.
Complement these neutral shades with a selection of pinks, greens and blues suggestive of deep sea coral. Then, embed a discreet but significant structure and pattern throughout your space to reflect natural raw elements.
Tip: Simplicity is the key to the Precious Look – choose one hero element from the theme for your room, keep the colour palette tight and don’t mix too many tones or textures.
As our earth’s natural resources become ever scarcer, we breathe new life into precious natural resources like slate, teak, granite, steel, oak, basalt and birch. Indicative of the raw materials they are inspired by, the tones of this colour palette appear well-worn, strong and weathered.
Tip: When using timber products to create the Reclaim trend, mix timber with similar structure and tonality and ensure you run the grain to match your space. If you want to accentuate height run it vertical; if you want width run the grain horizontally.
3. Civil Unrest
It’s in times of uncertainty and instability that we look for beauty in the unexpected. This colour palette is a sign of our times, but with an optimistic outlook. The inspiration behind each shade derives from something gloomy that has been turned into a thing of beauty, be it contaminated soil, dust, smoke, toxic chemicals or urban density. The colours on this palette range from light to rich greys, stones, brown and khakis, contrasted with punches of colour with a slightly dirtier tone – think sulphur yellow, orange-based reds and foggy greens.
Tip: Make sure you only introduce decors that have a grey undertone to them and do not appear too clean. Create depth by mixing material in mid tone greys with elements in deeper saturated tones.
In 2018, designers will look at new ways of upcycling and will further diversify their sources. Instead of flowers, for example, they are inspired by mushrooms, leaves, moss growing freely in the wild. Our Forage trend presents colours in their truest form as they are found in nature. Bring the outdoors in by using deep shades of jungle green, brown toned khakis, natural woods and herb inspired greens.
Tip: When introducing greens to your forage style, ensure to use the same tones. Contrasts in depth can work, but don’t mix bright levels if you have gone for an earthy base.
With our hyper connected, fast paced modern live, harnessing a moment of complete calm and peace is a rarity. This trend gives us the opportunity to take a breath and find stillness. Central to this idea is simplification. Soft and slightly textured variations of grey stone are at the core of this look, serving as a cool, neutral backdrop for the contemporary home. The remainder of the palette spans shades of blonde and brown with natural grain finishes. Each colour appears restful, dependable and reassuring.
Tip: Keep this palette soft across all levels for a successful look, including furniture, lighting and décor. By adding some soft tones of linen and cotton, you will create your own personal sanctuary.
Do you long for simplicity and positivity in your everyday life? Then our Purity Style might be appealing to you as well, as it takes inspiration from the purest of elements. A small step towards seeing the positive in the everyday is through simple, organic shaped items and a soft colour palette drawn from nature. Pastel shades of pink and lilac are inspired by crystals and shades of blue are drawn from gemstones and the ocean. Neutral tones bring a sense of peacefulness.
Tip: Ensure there is a softness and simplicity to the palette, one colour can speak a strong design style.
Get the look with Laminex Gunmetal.
7. High Street
If you are in for some powerful colours instead, High Street is the style you are looking for: a fashion-inspired palette that evokes youth, technology and high performance. This look takes inspiration from the resurgence of creativity, the growth of 3D printing, the blurred lines between virtual and physical worlds and the 1980s – a decade of shimmering colour. The palette spans from deep purple to teal, coral, blue, orange and silver.
Tip: Let these bold colours stand alone in geometric or strong patterned shapes – such as on wall panelling, doors or in art – and pair them with a grey or grey-based white.
Make a bold statement with Laminex Purely Purple.
For more inspiration, and to see the Laminex colours ‘live’, visit your nearest Laminex showroom.