The outside moves inside

It is a startling fact that 90 per cent of our time is now spent indoors. This trend has a large impact on how we use our interior spaces. It creates an increased need for flexibility—and it affects how we incorporate health and well-being into our home or office decor.

Our lives are becoming more centred on sitting inside, staring at a flat screen. Ideally we need to find alternative routines for at least part of the day, and tactile surfaces and plants play a big role in how we manage that demand. Research tells us that the addition of plants into our living environment increases productivity in humans, not to mention making work itself feel a more ‘natural’ activity. Plants have become an interior must this year, with living green walls a significant part of our interior spaces.

However, if planting a miniature forest in your front room does not appeal, perhaps the considered use of foliate and floral patterns might be more to your taste. What’s more, green has proved to be a popular colour for interior design in 2018, with more people keen to bring a sense of nature inside.

Looking over interior trends, its clear that greens have been everything from khaki to emerald, pistachio to teal. People have been decorating with whichever green tone they particularly love. In terms of foliage designs, leaves are big and bold, luscious and tropical. The ‘Giverny’ rug design by Solstys is a dramatic, up-close view of leaves, named after the village in northern France where Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked. But the leaves are not always green—there are oranges, greys, purples, yellows and reds, representing nature in all its seasons. This ‘Silhouette’ rug by Ayka Design illustrates the outline of trees against a blue sky. We can almost imagine standing in quiet woodland as the sun sets.

Argentinian visual artist Alexandra Kehayoglou creates hand-tufted rug art that emulates the landscapes of her native land as well as the places she has visited. To walk on one of her artworks would be like strolling through an untamed but welcoming natural environment. The same could be said for this ‘Bouquet’ rug by designer Sam Baron for Italian rug brand Nodus, Tord Boontje’s ‘Little field of flowers’ rug for nanimarquina and the new Earth collection by Casalis. Placing our feet on a soft-textured rug featuring images of nature should go some way towards taking us outside of our interior digital lives even when we cannot get a view of the real world outside.