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Changing Rooms’ Russell Whitehead and Jordan Cluroe list their 1970s-inspired home predictions for 2023

Interiors trends are often a reflection of the times, say 2LG Studio’s Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead. And the Changing Rooms design duo believe our home styling is now responding to how Covid lockdowns and austerity have impacted our lives.

‘Design always adapts to circumstance with innovative ideas and new materials,’ says Jordan. ‘In response to the energy crisis and austerity we will see the focus on cosy snug rooms, more carpet, coloured kitchens and gloss paint. And say hello to the return of the feature wall.’

Don’t worry – this is not a call to recreate the look of a tasteless 1970s TV sitcom, says Russell. ‘It’s a fun nod to the past with a modern twist for a bit of escapism.’

Here, Jordan and Russell share their top ten predictions for 2023.

Carpets are much warmer and feel more luxurious and cosy than bare wood floors. They also insulate a room as lots of heat is lost through the floor if you don’t have underfloor heating. For a modern take, opt for block colour velour carpets that almost look like velvet. Match the carpet with the paint on your walls and woodwork for a seamless finish that looks super-stylish and gives a modern, contemporary look.

With budgets in mind, we will see a return of the feature wall. One small tin of paint can totally transform a space. Take your feature wall to the max by including skirting boards and coving in the same colour, as well as fireplace surrounds or built-in furniture. Think of this as the ultimate colour blocking.

A move towards free-standing furniture. More mismatched pieces and individuality. Less futurism and more cosy-looking spaces with texture and warmth. We can see people being bolder with colour, too, using more playful colours and lots of natural wood.

We have loved the playful pastels of the last few years, but now we are craving colours for warmth, depth and emotional connection. We see a return to jewel tones like purple and ruby red, but also brown. We love the warm, earthy depths of a dark brown, which is a great foil for fun colours like vibrant lilacs, pinks and greens for a cool, contemporary look. Introduce new colours via cushions, throws, rugs and lamp shades.

Wooden shutters are out. Layered, louche blinds that don’t look too formal make rooms feel warm and cosy. Think relaxed Roman blinds with textured interlined curtains. Keep the colours neutral and avoid patterns, as window dressings are expensive – plain linens and velvets will go with any decor changes in the future.

We are super into stripes at the moment. Big, thick, broad stripes, but also diagonals and pinstripes. There is something wonderful about the formality of a stripe in beautiful, unexpected colours like lilac and yellow or pink and brown! 
 We have just designed a collection of tiles for Maitland And Poate and the hero design is based on moire silk, beautifully 
soft and characterful.

The chequerboard isn’t going anywhere as it’s such a classic design. We have you covered there, too, with a selection of camel and sugary pink chequered tiles.

Source of data and images: metro

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