It’s that time of the year again! When the weather turns crisp and the trees transform their colour, I get that itch to redecorate. And there’s no better way to soak up inspiration and spot trends than by going to the annual VT Wonen Design Exhibition showcasing everything new in home decor and lifestyle. The VT Wonen Design Beurs takes place October 3-8 in the RAI in Amsterdam. The highlight of my visit each year are the showcase houses by the different home decor magazines that function as inspirational homes. Here’s a visual recap of my favourite styling and decor on display in the showcase houses at the fair.
A Hotel Boutique style bedroom with plums and pinks
My favourite space was the bedroom and adjacent bathroom in the VT Wonen showcase house. Its style is elegant with use of brass, pink and plum shades, and feminine touches. The hotel boutique style is characterized by use of rich fabrics like faux fur and velvet, or materials like brass and marble. I’m in love with the new Gubi chair design which is now part soft fabric and part hard shell.
Whimsical country decor with dried pressed flowers in the lead
In the Ariadne at Home showcase house, flowers, notably dried pressed flowers, set the tone. The colour scheme was ochre yellow, lavender and soft hues of green. Flowers and DIY projects make your home very personal. Flowers are also a great way to bring in nature or to add pops of colour.
Although it’s not my personal style, I do like the VT Wonen livingroom that is boasting with natural materials. I think it had a Southwestern feel to it. It’s robust yet warm and inviting with use of materials like leather, wool, thick knits, stone and wood. The plants trend is still very much present with cacti and big leafy plants for the winter in contrast to the palm trend past spring and summer.
The colour green has been dominating home decor for quite some time now. Whether it is by use of plants or a green painted accent wall, it is still a trend coming winter. We usually see it combined with brass and black which elevates it to a sophisticated look.
Memphis style or Minimalism?
In the Eigen Huis & Interieur showcase home they had some huge contrasting spaces on display. A Memphis style living room was in sheer contrast to a minimalist, sleek black and white bathroom. Memphis style, originating in the 80s is characterized by design featuring colorful decoration, clashing patterns and asymmetrical shapes. Although I wouldn’t use either of these 2 styles to the fullest, I can appreciate them and do like certain elements.
Want to see more? The VT Wonen design exhibition can be visited until Sunday October 8 in Amsterdam.