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Autumn 2023 Material Forecast

 The term “trend” within interior design can seem a like an oxymoron. This is because interior “trends” do not usually rapidly change from season to season. Usually, popular decorative styles tend to slowly fade in appeal as early adopters and innovators select newer styles. Interior fads will always have quick leaps in popularity, only to be discarded in a few months’ time. However, if you carefully track emerging trends, it is possible to predict the ones that will rise further in favour over the coming months. Here are our top material picks that we think will be trending this Autumn and Winter. 

Stone Trims 

You would be right in thinking that the use of stone and marble within high-end interior design is far from revolutionary. Historically, it has been used functionally for door frames, countertops, and windowsills. Recently however, we are seeing stone being used for its aesthetic merit rather than its innate functionality. Stone is now commanding centre-stage to highlight architectural details in fireplaces, splashbacks, and even trims. It’s lovely to see a timeless material being injected with a rejuvenated sense of place within the home. 

Coloured Concrete  

Concrete humbly came into existence as a structural building material. Recently however, it has become an indoor architectural and decorating staple used across many domestic and commercial properties. Its brutalist, raw aesthetic has been harnessed by many to create stunning floors, walls, and even furniture. It was only a matter of time until we saw this popular material evolve into its next logical form. And now we have coloured concrete! It’s concretes more glamorous cousin that can inject personality, texture, and depth into any room. 

Textured Tiles 

Textured tiles with 3D dimension are an interior material trend that’s already picking up a lot of traction as we nearer the cooler months. Textured tiles give spaces more of an organic and wabi-sabi feel; the art of finding beauty in imperfections found in nature. Naturally textured tiles are a welcome change to the clinical, flat, and shiny tiles that we have been accustomed to over the past few years. 

Cork Flooring 

The 1970’s was a popular era for cork tile flooring, and we’re set to see a resurgence of this divisive flooring option. Don’t worry, we’re not seeing it paired with sad avocado bathrooms or pink bathroom suites but love it or hate it, it is becoming popular again, and for good reason. Stripped to its core, cork is natural and sustainable which makes it a compelling choice for environmentally conscious consumers. It’s also extremely durable, especially paired with tough yet biodegradable coatings. There’s also a bigger selection of cork flooring tiles or planks on the market, which makes it even easier to select the right tile for any space. 

Glazed Exterior Tiles 

Our last material trend focuses on the exterior rather than the interior. Over the last few months, we’ve seen a surge in popularity over glazed exterior tiles and cladding. Historically a neglected aspect of many domestic properties, they are now getting a much-needed makeover. Bright, glazed exterior tiles are on the rise and they make a refreshing change and contrast against traditional brickwork or stone. They provide an opportunity for unique, crafted, and personalised exteriors. Both stylish and practical, glazed tiles are packed with clean, grime-fighting properties that you can’t achieve using traditional alternatives. 

From textured tiles to coloured concrete, there’s a lot of exciting and innovative material trends that are set to become even more popular as we nearer Autumn and Winter. Which materiel trend will you be using more? And which one will you be avoiding? We’d love to know! 

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