26 Jan 2019

National Post Article featuring Marble Trend

National Post

The Telegraph: Jessica Doyle; January 26, 2019; 7:00 AM EST

Coral is the new grey: the hot home trends ahead. There are countless ways you can update your home. Here are some style highlights to consider

Abstract and figurative art is playful and simple pieces like this tea towel make it easy to be on trend. Mezzluna

Whether it’s a coat of paint, a change of furniture, or a few cushions, the chances are you’re looking around your home and thinking about what could do with a bit of an update in the months ahead. Here are some of the styles set to come to the fore this year, from the on-trend colours to innovative materials and art-inspired accessories.


Pantone announced its “colour of the year” for 2019 earlier this month, and its prediction is Living Coral, a bright, cheerful peach. Unlike its purple predecessor, Ultra Violet, which seemed a slightly out-there choice (certainly in terms of interiors), coral is a colour that has already been gaining some traction in homeware collections over the past year. It’s also part of a movement towards warmer neutrals — Dulux’s colour of the year, Spiced Honey, is further evidence of this. Combined with other tropical tones, such as cobalt blue and teal, coral will add a bold effect; used with softer greens and yellows or white, it can subtly liven up an understated scheme.

Pink is still hugely popular and isn’t set to be relegated to the sidelines any time soon, but it is evolving from sugary blush to a slightly darker tone — Farrow & Ball’s Sulking Room Pink, one of the nine new colours it introduced in September, is a good example of this moodier guise. Again, it goes well with the new neutrals such as sage green and muted mustard, but will also lift a palette of pale grey, taupe and white — and would look beautiful with brass accents from lighting, mirrors or picture frames.


A German art school that stopped operating in 1933 might not seem hugely relevant to a modern interior. However, the Bauhaus school was hugely influential in its day, and went on to inspire one of the leading aesthetic elements of modernist design. As 2019 marks the centenary of its opening, expect to see lots of homeware products inspired by its sparse style, incorporating clean lines and abstract shapes.

A young Terence Conran studied the Bauhaus principles of marrying form with function, focusing on craftsmanship and making good design accessible to all, and the new collections from the Conran Shop, by designers such as Matthew Hilton and Daniel Schofield, celebrate that legacy with furniture and accessories incorporating graphic lines and flashes of bold colour.


Last year’s plastic waste backlash has sparked a wave of innovation, with several brands enlisting it to make a whole range of homewares. Weaver Green, based in Devon, England makes patterned, woven cushions, throws and rugs that are made from up to 3,000 discarded bottles each, yet feel remarkably soft, and have the added benefits of being washable and moth-resistant.

Calgary’s FORMID, which had an exhibit in Toronto’s Interior Design Show in mid-January, makes stools completely out of recycled paper tubes. Their focus is on reducing the carbon footprint of all products. And Ikea’s Odger chair is made from more than 50 per cent recycled plastic.

Meanwhile, the terrazzo trend that started to come through last year and is now gathering pace is another example of a somewhat humble material that is being given an upscale upgrade. Designer Joyce Wang has produced a collection of terrazzo furniture and accessories with a decidedly luxe look (and price point), and terrazzo prints are popping up on everything from wallpaper to bed linen. Toronto-based importer Marble Trend carries a wide variety of terrazzo brands including Vetrazzo — a recycled glass surface.


There’s a micro trend in homewares this year inspired by abstract and figurative art, most commonly seen on tableware and soft furnishings.

Toronto’s Mark Gleberzon, who has a gallery in Leslieville, had some housewares inspired by abstract art at the city’s recent IDS show. Meanwhile, Edmonton’s Mezzaluna Studio showcased many tea towels and cloths inspired by the art.

For tableware, The Conran Shop’s Motif range makes food look like a work of art, and Habitat has restocked its sell-out Jackson & Levine collection of plates and bowls.


Brace yourself, white and cream sofas are making a comeback — a thought to strike panic into the heart of anyone with a taste for black coffee or red wine. This isn’t the start of a wholesale return to minimalism; more of a foil for the bold colour and pattern that has been taking over interiors over the past couple of years. In a room with statement wallpaper, colourful cushions and a patterned rug, a white sofa will provide a bit of breathing space.

Abi Boura, founder of furniture company Love Your Home, reports that customers are leaning towards cream sofas in heavy textured fabrics such as boucle (which, incidentally, would help to disguise marks), and has responded by introducing a shearling fabric on its new collection by design duo 2LG Studio, which gives a cosy vibe.

“Don’t be afraid with cream,” says Boura, “if a neutral palette feels too much like a blank canvas, mix in highlights such as bold piping in velvet or leopard print, which can effortlessly elevate a sofa.”


Home chefs are also embracing crisp, clean whites — and not just for aprons. While two-tone kitchens are nothing new, look out for decor that explores different textures and colours by pairing white with wood.

That’s one combination that Caesarstone, located in Concord, just north of Toronto, expects to see. In particular, natural wood contrasted with bright, white quartz surfaces like their newest colour 5151 Empira White.


The vogue for tropical motifs and palm-leaf prints has led to a revival of the classic Palm Springs style, which is giving the midcentury look a glamorous update.

The coral-pink-and-green colour combination that has swept its way through everything from cushions to kitchens this year is one example of how to get this look at home, which is also characterised by pale walls with pops of colour in furniture and accessories, geometric patterns, and art deco style metal furniture.

Interior design Martyn Lawrence-Bullard, famed for the flamboyant interiors he has created for the Californian glitterati, has designed a new collection for The Rug Company.

Launching next month, the collection is directly inspired by Thirties-era Palm Springs; and Jonathan Adler is a go-to brand for adding a dose of this style, a sure-fire way to give your home a sunny start to 2019.

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