It really doesn’t matter who you are or what you’re all about, one day you’re going to find yourself dead-set keen on nesting. Not nesting in the sense of locking down some hottie and reproducing, but rather, nesting in the sense of transforming your home into a space you’re inherently proud of.
You won’t be running out of the office at 5:30 on the dot to escape the evil clutches of the corporate world. No, you’ll be offensively eager to get back into the well-groomed environment you’ve built for yourself. You’ll trade nights out for nights in – seizing every opportunity to rub your debonair digs in the face of those clamouring to enter your property’s threshold. You’ll live and breathe style, and isn’t that what life’s all about?
But developing this space is a huge undertaking, one that you’d be foolish to undertake without some pointed direction. You need an ally who has their finger on the pulse. Someone to weigh in on whether that bold piece you have your eye on is tres chic or tres fou. This, good people of the internet, is why we turned to the wisdom of Freedom buyer, Myelz Moss.
Here are the latest crop of home trends that you should – nay, NEED – to get across.
“Since the 1960s, velvet has been one of the key material types capable of creating a luxe and elevated feel in any home, but has become an increasingly popular trend in 2017.” says Moss.
“The modern take combines it with Scandi and mid-century American inspi
The key to making the most of velvet is to not over do it. Make a statement. Add that wow, pop factor to a room. The Freedom Dahlia in Pine Green is a great example – paired with our mid-century inspired furniture ranges, it brings the perfect balance to any space.”
“Being the coastal nation we are, Australians have always loved bringing that beach getaway vibe back into their own space. For Freedom, coastal is a blend of comfort and laid-back living. Whether you want to come home to the white beaches of Hamilton Island or the sandstone cliffs of Sydney’s Northern Beaches – it’s about making your space as relaxed as possible.
New grey-wash finishes and brushed timbers work perfectly with linen-blend and neutral toned fabrics. To achieve this trend, you need to work in the colours of the coast – white, blue, cream, sand and hints of green. Coming home will feel as good as going on a holiday.”
3. Graphic (Black & White)
“Being bold doesn’t necessarily mean the use of bright colours. A monochromatic palette in your home can be the key to making it feel like the Upper Eastside penthouse of your dreams. Graphic statements are bold and brave. Its strengths have come from the natural evolution of an industrial trend that was so strong a few years ago.
Use white as your basis, work in your blacks, then accent with graphite and grey. This simple rule means that those who jumped on the industrial bandwagon need not think their space is out of date – they can simply give it a 2017 facelift by adding a graphic palette.”
“Metallics are like jewellery for your home. So if you love your home and it’s been good to you, shower it with all things shiny (in moderation, of course). Over the last couple of years, copper has had a huge moment and exploded metallics onto the forefront of decorating. Now copper is still a key colour, but gold and brass have overtaken in a shift from using metallics only in Scandi inspired design to adding a little drama and luxury to more industrial and bohemian style spaces.
Similar to velvet, the key is making a statement. Too much metallic will make your house look like you hired Liberace as a stylist. Work it in with small hints of the finish on furniture pieces, or add that pop to your existing space with accessories. Freedom’s Stiletto Side Table is a perfect balance of the ultimate trend piece. Low investment, high impact. You can use it as a bedside table, or that statement piece in the corner of the room.”
“When it comes to the Boho trend, think of raw textiles inspired by India and Morocco, and collections of beloved knick knacks passed down, collected at flea markets or picked up in travels along the way. Boho means taking your own creative journey to make it as homely as possible. The key here is a relaxed, well loved looking space through distressed tan leathers, raw weaves, imperfect shapes and lots of greenery. Don’t have a green thumb? Our evergreen foliage is a secret weapon – realistic and no-maintenance, your fiddle leaf fig will be guaranteed to make you look good for life.
This trend works best with the light polish of mid century furniture and accent pieces. Or just use whatever you have. We love that our customers can mix and match Freedom pieces with their beloved heirloom products passed down through generations. This season, Freedom introduces the Axel bedroom range – a perfect statement to the Boho movement. Finish the look with a kick-ass Kilim rug or accent cushion and you will have completely nailed it.”
6. Urban Oasis
“You only have to look sideways at your Instagram feed to know that plants are huge right now. Cut flowers are nice, but plants make an impact and offer a more relaxed edge. It’s all about bringing plants inside and adding some life into spaces that typically aren’t expected to have greenery. At Freedom this summer, we believe in realising your inner-tree-hugging-hippy and getting your plant on. It’s worth it for the health benefits of cleaner air alone. But let’s face it, plants are hard work and can seem impossible to keep alive.
Look for low maintenance varieties so you can fill your home without them becoming a full-time job. Or go faux! At Freedom we pride ourselves on the uncanny resemblance to the real deal of our evergreen foliage – we have artificial plants of all the biggest vaireties right now, from succulents to Monsteras, to help you build your Urban Oasis.”
7. ‘The Perfect Couple’ (Pink & Green)
“Pink and green: who would have thought they’d end up being a modern day Romeo & Juliet? This is a match made in interiors heaven. The balance from the soft hues of the pinks juxtaposed with earthy green to ground the foundation is an interesting pairing that will make you look like a decorating genius. Working well with interesting textures and metallic finishes, pink and green is the perfect mix to introduce a soft, sophisticated splash of colour in your home, without it looking either girly or masculine.
With blush really being the colour of the moment, khakis, olives and even mints offset it to add an edge. It was almost by mistake, but this bold combination works seamlessly with oaks and light timbers. It really is a Scandi dream team.”
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Freedom is THE go-to destination for the latest home furnishing trends. From your b-room to your balc, they’ve got fab solutions for every space. Oh, and with their interest-free financing options + A+ Myfreedom members club, they’ll get you sorted in a jiffy.
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