Jewels in your crown
Move over Marie Kondo - maximalism is back, and this time it's got a fresh, contemporary update, writes Nathalie Marquez Courtney
Described as the 'antithesis of millennial minimalism' by some (and the Marie Kondo backlash by others), bold, richly decorative styles are back with a glam and gilded bang.
Soft pastels, subtle neutrals and everything in the 'greige' family are giving way (at last) to vibrant jewel tones, gorgeous tactile fabrics, Art Deco-inspired accessories and unabashedly maximalist touches like tassels, fringing and statement lighting.
"People are looking to embrace patterns, wallpapers, and really push the boat out," says Lisa Marconi of interior design company Dust (dust.ie). "We've really noticed them wanting to go that bit further."
This time around though, we're approaching the trend with a more modern eye - less imitation, more inspiration.
"It's not too grown up - it's for us rather than our parents," laughs Lisa. "It's such a beautiful look, but it doesn't take itself too seriously: it's all fringing, feathers and fun, that's what I love about it."
It's also anything but monochromatic. "The modern Art Deco look is all about rich, dark greens and blues with metallic accents," says Lisa. "And if you're scared of dark hues, jewel tones always work well together - you can now get vibrant pinks and berries and yellows. It's about injecting colour into your home, and embracing materials like marble and brass."
Lisa also regularly reassures clients that investing in these classic materials will pay off, as they are less likely to date. "Clients sometimes worry that something this on-trend will date quickly," she says.
"But they're timeless materials, you don't need to worry about them looking old fashioned in 10 years. It's all about pairing them with current pieces."
Furniture, too, is starting to change. The pale, bleached wood look of Scandi-inspired interiors is on the wane, to be replaced with darker pieces featuring metallic accents.
But this isn't about being slavish to the trend, and the stalwart mid-century modern furniture that has dominated for so many seasons will also work well in more glamorous, retro-inspired spaces.
For their recent work on a period Dublin 4 property, pictured, the Dust team decided to embrace the bolder, decorative style through furniture and accessories rather than wall colours.
"The living room is an uber glam space with plenty of marble and brass and some art deco shapes in the furniture," explains Lisa. "Then we have vibrant, velvet sofas and loads of colour and pattern in the cushions and rug."
Compact spaces can still create that luxe feel. "You don't need a big period property to work this trend," says Lisa.
In a recent smaller space, the Dust team opted for dark walls set against a bold, mustard velvet sofa with lots of marble and brass accents. "It still has that lovely dramatic, glam feel which this look is all about," she says.
To get the look at home, start by adding drama with oversized mirrors or statement pendants, before layering in rich tones and metallic touches.
"Whatever you do, don't play it safe," says Lisa. "And don't be afraid to have a bit of fun with it."
Poster, around €14.50
Elegant shapes are updated with a fresh, modern palette, desenio.com
Crystal decanter, €49
A touch of smoked glass is subtle and sophisticated, littlewoodsireland.ie
Gold candle holder, €10
Dot a few of these around to set the mood, Penneys
Fringed table lamp, €160
Unabashedly dramatic, but still perfect for a contemporary space, oliverbonas.com
Pink Gatsby pendant, €495
A stunning statement piece that will add instant glamour, dust.ie
White marble and brass circular trolley, €499
You don't get much more Art Deco than this classic silhouette, home-lust.com
Bellini cushion, €25
Tactile fabrics and bright jewel tones keep the look comfy and contemporary, michaelmurphy.ie