If our word on colour isn’t good enough then the message is coming all the way from the fashion capital Milan – COLOUR IS BACK. Brisbane based interior designer and our carpet pattern maestro Stacey Stojcevski recently returned from the famous Salone del mobile Milano 2019 (Milan Furniture Fair). She shares with us the latest trends we are bound to find making their way to Australia over the next 12 months.

Colour and pattern were everywhere at the show and some of the combinations were breathtaking. There was a lot of coral, deep blush, turquoise and light mint green. Colour is great especially in flooring as it really helps to hide any sin of wear.

Florals were also popular, along with bold African tribal patterns. There was also a lot of texture especially through the natural wood items. Some of the tables were amazing, and the long group dining concept is certainly still on the agenda, but they would need to be sealed to make them more practical, especially in hospitality settings.

Metallics are also a winner but it seems the trend is favouring softer hues like rose gold. They were most popular as an accent in lighting design and the legs of furniture. 

Curves were also popular, and the designers made them work across everything from furniture to material patterns. The style was quite a throwback to the 60s especially in chairs and lighting, with a good dose of natural timber and rattan. I believe this will be one of the styles we will easily embrace here in Australia as curves can help provide a wonderful flow in a space as they can be attributed to most elements from floors, to walls, furniture and accessories.

The big takeaway for me was about being bolder with colour and using it to really help set a tone for a venue. It’s an amazing show to visit and every year I come away with so many new design ideas.