The concept of flexible interior-exterior flow is a particularly strong asset to consider when designing modern residential developments.
Drawing connections between interior and exterior spaces allows for additional living and leisure spaces and fits the needs of modern consumers, who often place great value on outdoor spaces and activities. Beyond that, people need to be connected to the outdoors to improve their health and well-being.
A fast-growing interior design trend calls for outdoor features and inspiration to be reflected on the insides of buildings.
According to Harlequin design director for fabrics and wallcoverings specialist Claire Vallis, the new trend centres around about going beyond the backyard and creating a garden sanctuary inside the home.
“The trend for botanical designs has resulted in a beautiful array of prints and patterns featuring leaves and foliage,” she says. “But a common theme prevails, of a love of nature and a desire to bring the freedom and freshness of the great outdoors into the home.”
Woodland forests, rolling grasslands and rustic timber designs are currently being featured heavily throughout homes across Europe. According to Inchbald School of Design principal and founder Jacqueline Duncan, not only does this particular trend allow the inhabitants of a space to experience outdoor atmospheres from the warmth of an indoor environment, it also enables them to take inspiration from outdoor environments that they do not even have a physical or visual connection with.
“Designers have taken the countryside to their heart,” says Duncan.”Tree and leaf motifs are a key feature in pattern and print and range from the traditional and botanically accurate to interpretations which fully exploit innovative digital techniques, and give a fresh, chic effect. This look is perfectly in tune with our desire for a natural, organic approach to interiors.”
This current trend makes sense given the current industry and the world’s growing environmental consciousness. Not only is environmentalism at the forefront of the industry and public mindset, in many highly dense and populated cities reconnected with the outdoors is nearly impossible except through organically-inspired interior design elements that create a relaxing ambiance.
If there is one downside to this trend, it is the fact that both industry members and their clients must be sure to differentiate between what is truly a green element or space and what simply looks environmental in order to avoid unnecessary trend-related greenwash.