Welcome to our first post of 2018! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and New Year. Ours was filled with quiet times with family, good food, laughter and walks on the beach. As well, I was working away completing my Certificate in Design, ready to kick off the Recycled Interiors Styling Services this year. As part of my services, I am offering both product styling, which includes styling and shooting your products for your business; and home styling/healthy home assessments. These are available online, wherever you are located and can include anything from a chat about rearranging a room; to ensuring your home is not filled with unhealthy items and sings to your own songsheet; right through to sourcing items with a sustainable and eco stamp, for a new look. As part of this focus, I thought a new year was a great time to talk about The Top 5 Real Homes Interiors Trends to Embrace in 2018. Now as you know, I am not a believer in trends – insofar as following what is thrown at you like a sheep. However, I do believe that as human beings, we are swayed by what is around us, what other people are up to, and our responses and reactions to what is happening in the world. In this way, trends can be very positive. Here are my top 5 real homes interior trends for 2018.
Indoor plants are hot property and for good reason. They bring the outside into your home, they light up a room, and they freshen the air. Some plants such as the Peace Lily, have even been shown to improve the air so much that they are like little filters of gold. Some people tell me they have a black thumb, but there are a few things that can help you keep plants happy in your home. These include not putting plants into dark rooms or rooms with heating or cooling blasting on them all the time; not over or under watering, and not letting plants sit with wet feet. Have a read here about some of my tips and how I care for mine. Do some research to find the best plants for your lifestyle and home.
The growing interest in living a more sustainable, waste free life, has made composting a hip thing to do! One of the easiest ways to reduce your footprint in terms of waste, is to have a composting system at home. You can add even more value with a worm farm. Food scraps and other plant-based materials such as paper and cardboard can be used to feed the worms. They will break it down to organic material that can be used as natural fertiliser in the garden. You can get a wide variety of composting systems from large bins in the garden, to creating your own open heap composting, to bench top systems to have in the kitchen. You can even create a trench composting system right in the garden. We have 2 bins and also use the green council bin, as the food scraps are sent to their composting system. The problem with adding food scraps to your usual rubbish bin, is that they produce methane gas when in landfill, which is even more damaging to the environment than CO2. We have a yoghurt container on the windowsill in the kitchen to collect scraps during the day.
Ideas for preventing food waste include:
- Freezing the leftover vegetables, ends of vegetables and skins and using them later for a stock
- Planning your meals—buy only what you need, fresh and in season
- Grow your own—no need for packaging and less waste; no need for food miles and you know your food, where it came from, how it grew and what is in it
- Compost all of your food scraps that cannot be used, and put this back into your garden
- If you don’t have a space for a garden, try a community garden, or talk to your neighbours about sharing a space, or use a container—think outside the square!
Growing Something of Your Own
Growing some of your own food, buying local food that is in season, and even joining a food co-op, are all growing trends we love. There is no reason that you can not grow something of your own! Growing your own food is not only fun but also super healthy and rewarding. Planting in unusual and upcycled containers is even better! There are so many options for what you can plant your herbs and vegetable into. You don’t need masses of space because just about anything that can be grown in a garden can be grown in a container. If you are tight for space but want to grow some of your own food, container gardening is perfect.
The rule with container gardening is to ensure the container has drainage holes at the bottom to allow the water to drain and prevent the roots from rotting. You may want to drill or cut a few holes at the bottom of your container if it does not have any. Ensure you use the right size pot. If you grow beetroot and carrots, you will need deeper containers & pots than if growing lettuces, kale or Asian cabbages, for example. Use a saucer or a tray underneath your pots/containers if planted indoor to prevent water from running everywhere. You can also use a saucer for outdoor pots. Depending on the container, you can use a horticultural liner to hold the potting mix in. Make sure that your containers are getting enough sunshine, and check the care instructions for feeding and watering needs.
Perfectly imperfect things have always been my passion and I know many of you also adore pieces that reflect their history, it is just our thing. I read in Neale Whitaker’s article the other day, that Wabi Sabi, or the art of perfect imperfection, is set to be a trend in 2018. In traditional Japanese aesthetics, Wabi-sabi is a world view that focuses on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The idea comes from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence – impermanence, suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature. Characteristics of wabi-sabi style include asymmetry, roughness, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes – more here. These things all fit with the love of vintage, the found and rescued, upcycled and unique. Think about the peeling paint on a piece of furniture over time, the way that things weather and crackle – these are all part of it. This means my friends, that many of your homes are now already on trend! And my thoughts on it? If it encourages a love of the old, the imperfect and the less streamlined beige looks of the last few years, it is a keeper.
Handmade & Earthy
As the world gets faster and faster, and smaller and smaller, the trend towards the handmade, the tactile, the rejuvenated and the crafted, are all making a comeback in homes in 2018. We are so connected to everyone and everything that our desire to reconnect with the natural world and have simpler, slower lives, is becoming even stronger. How we design and style our homes, will reflect this craving for an offline life, connected to the real world. Use of organic materials and traditional handcrafts will keep growing in popularity. Having timber in your home has been shown to be good for your health, and there is nothing like the tactile nature of wooden floors and furniture. Accessories in timber and other natural materials are better for you and the environment. Always look for FSC and other certified timbers that have been grown responsibly, and recycled materials. The handmade also includes things you buy from local makers, fairtrade organisations, and those you make yourself, so get crafting – a win win win. Be sure to find out where things are made, and how the makers were treated in the process – this is really important.
So there you go! An actual trends post from me. 🙂 Anything that encourages a more sustainable lifestyle is a big tick from me. What are your thoughts on interior trends for 2018? I would love to hear!