Popular design trends explained

5 years ago
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Many design fads come and go but there are five styles which have remained consistently popular over the last few years. We’ve gathered some easy ways for you to inject these styles into your apartment — though not all at once!


Yes, we all know minimalism. It’s the uncluttered, streamlined look which usually features simple, natural forms and geometric shapes. Unlike the original minimalist style from the 20th Century, however, modern minimalism has transformed to become a warmer look using more colours and textures as well as softer shapes.

To achieve this look, start by decluttering all surfaces. Less is more, so edit the things you have on display and only showcase the best of your artwork. Lastly, invest in stylish furniture like this side table from Brosa or this sleek coffee table from Fantastic Furniture.

Scandi (shown above)

Similar to minimalism but with more of a focus on timber materials and lighting, Scandi has always been a popular design trend.

To achieve this look, you’ll need to consider varying light systems — dimmable LED downlights on the walls for mood lighting, floor and table lamps for ambience, and good quality task lighting for reading. Scandi works exceptionally well against a neutral colour palette, as there is an emphasis on using furniture to inject colour into the room rather than through wall paint. Think light-coloured timber. For inspiration, head to the master of Scandinavian furniture — Ikea.


Biophilic design is the practice of connecting people and nature within the built environment. More and more architects are now ensuring homes embrace biophilic design but you can enhance your connection to nature within your home in a few very easy ways.

First, get plants — lots of plants. That’s a no-brainer. If you don’t have time to look after plants or have a tendency to accidentally kill them, then surround yourself with natural materials such as dried flowers, driftwood, marble and stone. Lastly, hang nature-inspired art. In 1990, a Swedish hospital found that patients suffered less anxiety when they looked at pictures of natural landscapes rather than abstract art.


Image: The Maitland


The opposite of minimalism, this style is all about layering textures and clashing patterns. It’s decadent, expressive and interior designers are going crazy for it.

Buy cushions in colourful patterns and opposite tones, like hot pink and tangerine. There is no wrong way to create maximalism in your home — as long as you choose decor that you love which is unique to your personality.

Click here to see Gucci’s maximalist apartment in Paris.