interior trends in finland

W8 UPDATE / 28 March 2013

Annual Housing Fair, Tampere

by Ulla Lange interior designer / founding partner

 

White kitchens are making a comeback because they are spacious and airy. Adding splashes of color and contrasting materials keeps them from looking too cold or bland.

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Feature walls—created either with tile or wallpaper are a great way to give a little punch to a room without overwhelming it.

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Creating a design element with a continuing pattern from a wall to the ceiling is an interesting idea, and can be work well, but it also can go awry. . .

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Just like kitchens, white cabinetry in bathrooms feels clean and is far from mundane, if its shape and geometry have a fresh look and other complementary materials are brought into the mix.

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Textural white tile is a simple and understated way to add some visual interest to a bathroom.

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Light fixtures can play an important role in an interior as design elements, but their main function—to provide at least some level of illumination—should not be overlooked.  I saw some interesting examples of new takes on pendants, innovative textures, materials and constructions. Some more successful than others. I’ll let you form your own opinions.

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Too much of a “good” thing is never good. Blingy chandeliers in modern houses can be really fun, but careful consideration of scale, number of fixtures and placement are key for things to come together.

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Just when you thought oak was dead, it’s back! But this time around in new hues, gray being the most prominent one.

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Circles are everywhere! Motifs in cutout fabrics (another BIG trend), light fixtures and wall art.

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Placing stairs in the middle of a large room could form a real visual barrier. Not so in this space, where the airiness and lightness of these stairs is a real delight. New Finnish design at its best.

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It’s soon time to plan for my annual trip and see what I can find next time.

Cheers,
Ulla

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