On Instagram, the devil is in the details. An overarching design trend like #scandi or #midcenturymodern may make you yearn to decorate, but it takes a specific detail like #houseplants, #lineart, or #rattanfurniture to seduce you into making the first move.
Details like these are called ‘mini-trends.’ These color combinations, shapes, textures, and patterns are lighting up Instagram right now – and they look great in close-up.
So what are the most popular mini-trends? Keep reading…
1. LINE ART
Simple and understand, it would seem that line art has adorned every home on Instagram, and it is easy to see why. Influenced by the line drawings of Matisse and Picasso, these minimalist art pieces create faces and bodies using fluid lines. What’s not to love?
2. HOUSE PLANTS
House plants are cool again, in fact, they’re trend leaders in the interior’s world. Introduce them into your home and enjoy the fragrance and prettiness of all-year-round blooms and foliage.
3. POLKA DOTS
These easy-on-the-eye patterns create a really relaxed look in the home. Mix and match design scales to suit wall, floor or window spaces – and with their simple pattern repeat, polka dot fabrics make perfect home-sewn soft furnishings where they bring a fresh fun feel.
The trend for home fragrance has exploded in recent years with diffusers becoming ever more popular, taking over from candles in some instances.
Rather than single fragrances, scents are layered with different notes in a similar way to perfume. As there is no naked flame, diffusers are a great way to scent a room and completely safe.
The reeds draw up the scented oil and release fragrance all day long. To get the full effect, combine a diffuser and candle in the same fragrance. Remember to turn reeds every week to get the full effect.
5. DRIED FLOWERS
Join the petal preservation society with stunning dried flower arrangements for your forever home.
You can buy dried flowers but there’s something even more special about collecting the ingredients for your display from your own garden. Pick flowers and foliage on a dry day, after any morning dew has disappeared.
6. WOOD DECOR
Wood introduces a sense of warmth and character into a scheme and works equally well in modern and traditional homes. Out of fashion for a while, wood is now enjoying a bit of a revival.
There are so many different species and grains to choose from – ranging from pale ash and birch to rich walnut. Timbers such as oaks and cherry work well in a traditional in-frame look while contemporary designs will be more suited to wenge and Zebrano.
7. KITCHEN ISLAND
With the move towards larger kitchens, in open-plan spaces, the kitchen island has become an essential kitchen feature. It’s an easily adaptable piece that might be long and slim, running parallel to the work area, neat and round in a compact space or broad and spacious housing a sink, appliances, a seating area, and oodles of storage – there as many island options as there are kitchens.
8. GRANITE COUNTERTOPS
Stylishly hardwearing, granite remains one of the most popular choices for a kitchen worktop. Fabulously versatile too, it suits contemporary, traditional and classic kitchen environments and be used to add depth and an element of real luxury.
9. RATTAN FURNITURE
The new emphasis of furniture and textiles that lend texture to a scheme has precipitated a revival in all forms of weaving, from simple, sculptural baskets to seventies inspired wicker, macrame and rattan.
10. MIXED METALS
Tempted to add an industrial edge to your interiors scheme? From metal pendant lights to zinc-topped tables, there are plenty of ways to introduce an industrial note to your scheme. The key is to soften the look with well-worn accessories, shots of color, and tactile soft furnishings.
Thanks to Household Quotes for this fascinating data.