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Habitat plus - those shifting trends

Any decorating trend doesn’t occupy a moment, a month or even a year in time.

We get used to seeing fashion trends come and go with the seasons – it’s fitted jeans this year, and loose the next – but with our homes, the process of change and fashion is a gentler transition. This may be because many of us have a personal home style that acts as the backdrop to newer items and accessories that may stay for a while… then be replaced. It’s also because swapping out our entire interior each year would not only be expensive, but exhausting, and somewhat disconcerting.

So while this is our second Decorating and Colour Trends guide, following the inaugural issue late last year, you’ll see that there is a shift in looks rather than a full-on change-out.

Shifting decorating trends

Trends often reflect the times in which we live. When the world seems a mad, bad place or we feel sensory overload from our busy bright lives, we seek safe, nurturing spaces at home. Or if the world seems an exciting smorgasbord of new places to discover, we bring home the colours and flavours of our travels.

So read on, and see what elements are coming into homes and what has influenced those choices.

key colours and influences in the year ahead

The Range Fashion Colours 18
Resene The Range Fashion Colours 18

  • Muted, misty tones to create sanctuary and calm
  • Cocooning darks give respite from a colourful, hectic world
  • Hits of citrus will refresh us
  • Global and ethnic styles assuage our wanderlust
  • Trusty browns and wood stains keep us in touch with nature
  • Neutrals will help our interiors adapt in a shared world
  • Bold, jewel tones bring a bit of luxe
  • Pattern will expand our sensory horizons
  • Bespoke and handmade elements will let individuality shine

Happy decorating!

The Resene and habitat teams

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