As one of Australia’s most influential interior designers, Darren Palmer inhales trend forecasting like most people do oxygen. His trend searches take him all the way to the headwaters of world style, like Paris and Milan, to gain an insight into what will soon be hitting Australian homes.
The fashion show analogy is a handy one when it comes to home design trends. For example, what we see on the catwalks at fashion week doesn’t necessarily translate to what we would wear ducking down to the shops, but we can use it as a source of inspiration.
“A runway is all about pushing the envelope and doing really creative and interesting concepts, but ready to wear is what most of us feel most comfortable with in our own wardrobes,” explains Darren.
“It’s important to understand if you’re seeing a trend for the first time hitting the market, you need to think about how it will apply to the real world in a real home.”
Making the distinction between cutting edge design and real world application is a fine balance and it’s something Darren has spent his career perfecting. So what’s in the trend pipeline for 2020? Darren says:
“We’re seeing a lot of eras being rediscovered in home design. Think deco, 1950s, and even touches of 70s, 80s, and 90s creeping in.
“These decades are being reborn and interpreted in contemporary ways which is quite interesting to watch,”
Perennial trends keep popping up year after year for good reason. In tune with our light, bright landscapes and colours, Australia’s love affair with Hamptons style makes sense in a country where the lines between indoor and outdoor living get blurred.
But taking Darren’s expert advice into consideration, putting your own personalised spin on a proven trend like Hamptons will always make it your own.
Like Hamptons, Scandinavian style has been a consistent influencer of home design for decades now. The natural textures, the modernist minimalism, and clean lines translate seamlessly into Australian homes.
It’s synonymous with another timeless style — Japanese. They both celebrate simplicity, effortless and economy, so it only seemed right to pair them together.
Good design isn’t about slavishly replicating what you see in showrooms or on Pinterest — it’s about using reference points to understand what a particular style or trend is, then making it work for you.
“If you just lick and stick, you’re going to find yourself living in a catalogue or somebody else’s home,” declares Darren
Darren Palmer has long-held the desire to make high quality design accessible to everyday Australians, no matter their budget. That dream has come to fruition in the form of the Tailored Inspired Home Collection, an exclusive collaboration with G.J. Gardner Homes.