The Dutch home decor fair the Woonbeurs is still open to the public and lasts till tomorrow, October 6. I was there earlier this week to spot the latest styles in interior home decorating, and shop the trends. At the Woonbeurs, the major Dutch interior magazines annually inspire us in special model homes. One of my favourite magazines Ariadne at Home wow-ed us again with a beautiful French country home, showcasing the 2014 home interior trend ‘Country Bliss’. The styling was mind blowing and validated into the smallest details. And there were many details! Compliments to stylist Marlies Does.
Country bliss means a robust, light interior where simplicity is key. The style is characterized by use of natural materials like wood, linnen, wool and flax. Instead of using patterns, the current focuses on layering different textures: stitched on knitted on woven, for example. Or patchwork rugs and vintage floral quilts. The colours are soft and basic: hues of grey, white, and soft pastels.
Objects with a history
The country bliss style makes use of robust artisan objects, recycled materials, distressed wood, and vintage accessories with a story. Examples of this in the model home were: a distressed wooden ladder as a styling object, a still life of vintage ceramics and natural objects like feathers, a vintage type writer, or enamel cooking ware.
Another major trend that was visible in the Ariadne at Home model house, were the many wall quotes and texts, to bring in some positivism and inspiration. Whether it is framed, a postcard or chalked on a black board, the trend is undeniable. You can either group your most favourite texts, or plaster them individually with a piece of washi tape next to a single vase to create a still life.
Showcase your collections
Displaying your collections and natural finds is another trend in home decorating. In this French country home a variety of collections were showcased either grouped, or cherished under a cloche.
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