In the ever-evolving world of interior design, several captivating trends have emerged, each offering unique ways to transform living spaces into personal sanctuaries of style and comfort. Four prominent trends have particularly caught the eye of design enthusiasts and homeowners alike: Earthy Tones and Natural Textures, Arches and Curves, Japandi, and Minimaluxe. Each of these trends brings its own distinctive charm and philosophy, drawing inspiration from nature, architectural innovation, cultural aesthetics, and the fusion of minimalism with luxury. Here, we explore these trends and the floors that suit them best. 

Different views of Earthy Texture Living Room

Trend One - Earthy Tones and Natural Textures

Earthy tones and natural textures have become a prevalent trend recently, and it's easy to see why. Utilising colour palettes inspired by nature, such as beiges, browns, greens, light neutrals, and contrasting blacks, paired with natural materials like wood, stone, and plant life, creates a calming effect in any room.

Many people view their homes as sanctuaries, valuing serenity in the spaces they inhabit the most. Earthy tones and natural textures make achieving this sense of tranquility effortless. To incorporate this trend into your home, consider using natural woods. Opt for mid-tone engineered or solid wood planks to bring a touch of nature into your space, and enhance its warmth and appeal.

Minimalistic rooms with arch detailing

Trend Two - Arches and Curves

Curves and arches are making a significant impact in interior design lately, appearing in both furniture and architectural elements. These shapes are a wonderful way to soften a room, introducing gentle outlines that lend an organic feel to the space. Curved sofas or armchairs with smooth, fluid lines create a cosy, cocoon-like atmosphere. Mirrors with arched or curved forms, or even asymmetric frames, add a visually pleasing, natural aesthetic.

Architectural arches impart a sense of grandeur to a space, making them perfect focal points that provide a welcome break from flat, linear walls. To enhance the fluidity in your home, consider pairing curves and arches with a herringbone floor, which adds its own dynamic movement to the space. When working with arches, ensure that the direction of the "arrows" in the herringbone flooring draws the eye towards and through the arch, emphasising its presence.

Minimalistic details of the Japandi interior trends

Trend Three - Japandi

Japandi, as the name suggests, is a fusion of Japanese and Scandinavian design styles. It draws inspiration from the ancient Japanese philosophy of wabi-sabi, which values slow living and simplicity, and the Scandinavian practice of hygge, which embraces comfort, cosiness, and well-being.

The key to Japandi is combining the smooth, modern lines of Scandinavian design with the sleek, functional elegance of Japanese aesthetics. It is minimalist yet inviting, tranquil yet functional, and emphasises the use of organic, natural materials and colour palettes whilst ensuring a warm and restful feeling by incorporating lots of texture.

Incorporate the Japandi trend into your home with white-washed oak in long, straight planks, whether engineered or solid wood. This washed finish introduces a lighter tone to the space while maintaining a natural, organic feel.

Minimalistic and luxury living rooms

Trend Four - Minimaluxe

Minimaluxe is a term that has gained significant traction over the past few years. It represents the perfect blend of Japandi design's understated and minimalist essence with the grandeur of luxury. While minimalism emphasises simplicity and practicality, luxury conveys richness and indulgence. Minimaluxe seamlessly merges these concepts, creating spaces that are both sophisticated and welcoming.

Key features of the Minimaluxe trend include natural, soothing colour palettes complemented by the warmth and contrast of rich wood tones. This style emphasises tactile elements, incorporating natural fabrics and textures to add interest. Maximising natural light is also crucial, often achieved through floor-to-ceiling doors and windows or skylights.

To incorporate the Minimaluxe trend into your home, aim for a sophisticated yet natural look. A herringbone pattern works beautifully in both contemporary and traditional homes, exuding elegance and luxury. For a modern feel, choose a lighter tone with visible wood grain, or opt for warmer tones for a cosier ambiance.

Kate Allamby

Kate Allamby is the Design Director at Studio Heim Interiors, a studio that specialises in creating interiors that foster positive living, blending functionality with aesthetics to transform spaces into uplifting sanctuaries. You can visit her website or follow her on Instagram.