Grab your shoulder pads everyone. The 80’s are back!
Interior trendsetters are already working with the 80’s influence as seen in the new product ranges from Jardan and Globe West…to name a few. One thing is certain, it’s a broad interpretation of 80’s design. Spanning everything from pure artisan design (aka not for your everyday home) as seen by some of the pieces coming out of Bohinc Studio to soft, plump couches like Jardan’s Valley range. This trend can work in almost any space from a frosty art gallery to a cosy family room.
Similarly this broad church approach is applied to the colour palate. Bold, primary based colours for the more adventurous. Colours such as Riot Red and Blue Cadet, both tipped to be a 2019 trend. More sedate treatments include Cantaloupe, Neo Mint, natural terracotta and muted blues and aqua. Grey is still a crucial grounding element….and not the flat grey seen across many an 80’s office. Remember the combo? Flat grey walls with a fire engine red trim somewhere. Enchanting…can’t believe I begged my Mum to decorate my bedroom like that circa 1986!! But then again, I also had a red Ferrari 308 GTS poster which was also highly out of character. No, it’s natural and textured grey in the form of concrete, stone tiles and marble.
For what it’s worth, I tend to lean to the more theatrical interpretation (surprise). I always try to encourage my clients to live a bit more on the wild side and working with these crazy colours and designs can be a breeze if you remember to keep it simple. For me, success lies in setting a few bold key pieces against a simple backdrop of white walls, concrete floors and keeping decorator to a minimum (I can’t believe I just said that!). Instead go for great art and track lighting to add mood and stylish flair.
Fond memories of those 80’s Bette Midler comedies which seemed to feature huge minimalist mansions with a scattering of incongruous, bold art pieces warm my heart with this interior trend. The house from Ruthless People…#bliss.