We might not have a crystal ball at Beautiful Kitchens but we always make sure we’re on top of the trends when it comes to interiors.
So when we met interior designer Naomi Cleaver recently, we were keen to hear what she thinks are going to be top trends for this year…
“2012 will be all about ways to save money and increase efficiency,” says Naomi. “Similarly, the simple efficiencies of the well-loved gadgets of previous generations will continue to be rediscovered, such as pressure cookers that can transform cheap cuts of meat into delicious casseroles.”
In terms of style, Naomi predicts, “a move away from the twee, nostalgic crafts to those that are rather more robust and honest, those in fact with echoes of the 1970s, another period of economic crisis. Macrame, elephant cord, rush mats, heavy weaves, hessian, studio inspired pottery, terracotta (colour and material) and felting. Also lots of houseplants – this is ‘shelter chic’.”
Finally, if you’re keen to start planning Christmas 2012 (and who wouldn’t be?), start thinking about nature. Naomi says we’ll start to see “decorations formed exclusively from gathered boughs of ivy and mistletoe, holly and pine. Fruit adds colour: clove-studded oranges and lemons, pomegranates and apples. Certainly no trees trimmed with archly tasteful black or white bows.
“The perfect beauty of nature, free to all, is the overwhelming theme for Christmas and for the coming year: it’s not about what to buy but how to celebrate and protect what we have already.”