• Inspiring New Year interiors trends

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    Working with interiors stylists Selina Lake and Cate St. Hill, Sony has revealed home styling trends for 2018 which include Lagom, Painterly, Wabi-Sabi, Botanicals.

    Selina Lake is a freelance Interior & Lifestyle Stylist & Art Director in London, she is also the author of seven leading interior and styling books including Bazaar Style, Romantic Style, Homespun Style, Pretty Pastel Style, Outdoor Living, Winter Living and Botanical Style.

    Cate St Hill is a Design and Interiors Writer, Blogger, Stylist and Interior Designer based in South London. With a strong belief that good design should be accessible to all, she set up her blog in 2011, to share light Scandi-inspired interiors and simple interior tips for everyday living.

    Championing beauty in the living room of the future, Sony has recently launched a pop-up space in Shoreditch featuring its Life Space UX range – products that transform your existing living space. Beautiful and stylish design combined with technology innovation.

    Below are Selina’s New Year new home styling trends and tips:

    • Lagom – Lagom is a Swedish word which translates to ‘not to little, not too much’ its follows the cool hygge trend from Denmark and embraces ideas for a scandi style interior which is cosy, cool and relaxing. Colours used for get this style are a mix of whites with soft greys mixed with natural wood. To create this Scandi vibe, introduce natural woods, on trend Scandinavian designed furniture and mix simple brass or metallic lighting. (Sony speaker light)
    • Painterly – This trend celebrates colour and has an artsy feel, walls are decorated with oversized watercolour digital printed murals and accessories are embellished with paint brush stoke marks or splattered paint designs. To get this look at home get crafty make your own textiles using fabric paint. Additionally, you could use the Sony LifeSpace UX short throw projector to create painterly wall art installation or invest in painterly style cushions to update a chair or sofa
    • Wabi-Sabi – Wabi-sabi, is an ancient Japanese philosophy turned décor trend, is about embracing your own authentic, and the imperfections of your space. Think bare plaster walls, with a simple yet beautiful vase displayed in front of the ‘imperfect’ wall. Wabi-Sabi interiors are minimal, ideally tech needs to fit the space effortlessly so the new Sony LifeSpace UX products are a perfect choice. If your wallpapers peeling or you have chipped painted walls don’t worry for this trend you won’t need to redecorate just find a console table and make a beautiful arrangement with vases, interesting objects and architectural style flowers like artichoke flowers or a single branch.
    • Botanicals & Garden Style – the trend for Green Botanicals continues to romp on, first it was all about bringing the outside in with houseplants and now as the trend continues into 2018 we’re thinking up new ways to give our outside spaces even more Botanical Style. Garden rooms are being furnished with botanical prints and displays made with potted plants on outdoor tables is the garden style idea for the summer. To achieve this look at home buy house plants and lots of them display them in baskets, concrete planters & zinc containers. Experiment with painting walls, rooms and wooden furniture shades of deep dark green. And style areas in your garden with plants and gardenalia.

    Cate St Hill’s predicts the following trends will be big in 2018:

    • Rich, earthy colours – It might just be the time of year as we hunker down for the colder months, but I’m seeing a rich range of warm, earthy colours being used in minimalist, Scandinavian-inspired homes, from deep Burgundy reds and burnt oranges to rusty terracottas and murky greens. Scandi spaces are moving away from pure white and monochrome colour schemes to cosier, more nuanced settings that are still clean and contemporary.
    • Slender furniture legs – Tapered, mid-century-style wooden legs are making way for more slender, reductionist, powder-coated metal designs, from stackable chairs with thin, black frame to minimal trestle table legs for desks, sofas too are raised on thinner legs, giving furniture a lighter appearance.
    • Lighting – Lighting is taking inspiration from jewellery, with round, pearl-like lamps and elements that give the appearance of a hanging mobile.

    Sony’s Life Space UX design-led pop-up space is open from 11am – 7pm from 2nd November 2017 until the 18th January 2018 at 188 Shoreditch High Street, E1 6HU.

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