3 Key Takeaways from Designscape’s Future of Trends


Designscape – the innovative virtual event from the creative minds behind Decorex – took place this August and was filled with informative seminars and thoughtful Q&As with experts from the design industry and beyond. We take a look back at some of the key highlights and takeaways from the content programme, with a particular focus on Designscape’s virtual symposium: The Future of Trends.  

Access The Future of Trends for free here and head to thedesignscape.co.uk to discover more discussions from leading names in residential design. 

Natalia Miyar Designscape
Project: Natalia Miyar Atelier
  1. Trends are not the future  

One of the most popular talks at Designscape was The Future of Trends, hosted by Decorex’s Brand Director, Sam Fisher. Speakers included Susie Rumbold – Creative Director at Tessuto Interiors, Brian Woulfe – Managing Director of Designed by Woulfe Ltd and Karen Haller – Founder of Karen Haller Colour & Design Consultancy. Together, the group of design experts discussed the concept of what trends are and how important they are in driving the industry forward. It was very much agreed between the participants that the notion of trends is slightly frustrating, causing for people to lose their personal touch when choosing their home décor. There were also discussions of trends being negative from a sustainability perspective. It was agreed that designing an interior that is timeless, with classic features and colours, ensures for longevity. Trends, while inspiring, can lead to a throw-away culture and push consumers to chop and change their minds with the season. As sustainability becomes more of a hot topic, however, the panellists felt that trends in design may start to dwindle – or at least become less frequent.  

Taylor Howes Designs
Project: Taylor Howes Designs
  1. Say yes to sustainable design 

Due to environmental changes and higher volumes of media attention, sustainability has become a concern for the masses. Considerations towards this have filtered down into every aspect of our lives, including interior design. This was a subject of interest within The Future of Trends symposium. Acknowledging the amount of waste that comes from the design industry, all three of the speakers agreed that something had to be done to change this.  

The group came to the conclusion that now, more than ever, consumers are putting more research into the brands that they invest in and what their processes are. People want to know that the choices they make will not have a negative effect on the world around them. In response to this, the panellists discussed how they would like to see more sustainable design trends (despite this sounding almost like an oxymoron). In the past, the idea of recycling materials and using waste products was stigmatised, but this could now be the way forward for many businesses – including those within the high-end design sector.


Decorex Design Encounter: Natalia Miyar
Decorex Design Encounter 2019: Natalia Miyar
  1. Colours should suit your mood 

Aside from the focus on trends in general and the wider implications of sustainability, the talk also covered the colour palettes we can expect to see in the near future. Frosty green and royal blue were both mentioned by the panel as being prominent players at present, making appearances in various magazines and sources of media. The reason for this is somewhat uncertain, whether it’s due to the fact that they are ‘on trend’ or that masses of people genuinely gravitate towards the hues.  

The team of speakers noted that colour had taken a back seat in the 90’s and 00’s, with many interior arrangements reflect black, white and chrome furnishings. Now, with Instagram playing a huge part in inspiring consumers, interiors are starting to be far more vibrant again. Haller talked about the idea of colours having an effect on behaviour and emotions, and therefore suggested that a room's purpose should dictate the colour palette. She went on to say that she tends to choose the colour after asking her clients important questions around what activities might be taking place there and how the room might be used from day to day.  

Other considerations 

Post-pandemic priorities  

After months of pandemic induced lifestyle changes, naturally, our priorities within the home have also changed. In Designscape’s virtual discussion, The Art & Science of the Home, speakers Dr Ash Ranpura – Neuroscientist and Natalia Miyar – Founder of Natalia Miyar Atelier deliberated this topic. During the early months of 2020, the entire population was confined indoors, with only a single hour to exercise or undertake a vital food shop. Most of us were working from home, and many still are, and had to navigate the minefield of making their homes work friendly. Panellists mentioned seating being one of the core features to have been re-evaluated by many homeowners, with many complaining that their existing set-up was not appropriate for home working. Privacy and wellbeing were other areas to come under consideration, as many consumers have come to understand the importance of this under the circumstances. It was agreed by both speakers that priority shifts should be reflected in design; Miyar suggested that she had been offering more soothing colour palettes in her latest projects. 

Access The Future of Trends for free here and head to thedesignscape.co.uk to discover more discussions from leading names in residential design. 

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