As the Chairman of Hong Kong Interior Design Association and Creative Director of design agency Cream, Antony Chan is at the forefront of interior design. Here, he shares the interior trends defining Hong Kong homes this year.
Warm materials with a natural feel will replace popular cool, white tones. Use of expressive materials such as wood, stone and metal in their most natural form is one of the key trends.
Rough & Roll
Materials will be enhanced through rich texture and pattern. For example, special weaving techniques will be highlighted; timber surfaces with grainy, three-dimensional effects create a stronger and more solid sense of the material which will be adopted instead of the current trend for a smooth, veneered surface. Bold geometry patterns are also starting to trend in interiors.
Green is the New Black
Green design is definitely becoming an integral part of modern city living. People are more inclined to reuse existing and vintage furniture mixed with new pieces while designing their homes. Green design is not only a décor; it is a way of living, an attitude. People now enjoy living in an area with outdoor elements and want to feel natural inside as well as outside.
As a counter-reaction to the technologically advanced and highly pressurised working conditions that we live in, there is a greater desire to create spaces devoid of digital distraction, allowing us to have moments of calm and tranquility, with more direct contact with nature, relaxation and wellness. The Nordic style is a key trend in the past few years that responds to this sentiment.
As physical and spiritual wellness takes prominence in our daily urban lives, the bathroom and bedroom is becoming increasingly important. People are allocating more budget into the building and design of these spaces and investing in luxurious high quality mattresses, bed linens and towels. State of the art bathroom faucets and fixtures are sought after and slowly becoming the must-have items in interior design.