Interior expert Romy Alwill shares the latest trends
It’s the start of a new year and for many that means renovating or even making small updates to the home. We spoke to Romy Alwill, e&s ambassador and interior expert seen on shows such as The Block, Reno Rumble and Domestic Blitz, where she shared the latest trends and helpful tips on bringing your interiors up-to-date for a stylish 2017.
Bathrooms have never been in the highlight as much as now and people are enjoying the ability to customise their tapware. “You’d be surprised at how changing these seemingly small details can transform the look of the entire room”, Romy explains. “While metallics are still on trend, we’re seeing a move towards more lived-in and organic finishes that take in a patina film with time, like brushed brass and weathered bronze. White and black tapware is also having a renaissance, especially in matte finishes” she says.
During the summer the jewel trend has started to sneak into people’s homes, and this jewel inspired colour palette will continue to grow in 2017. “Think ruby reds, emerald greens, sapphire blues and amethyst tones”, says Romy, who also emphasises that you don’t need to rush out to buy a purple couch or repaint the whole room green. “You can incorporate the trend inexpensively with cushions and throws in these deeper colours or brighten up your bathroom with a set of towels in a jewel tone” she adds.
Marble has been very popular for a few seasons and while a modified version of marble still will be trendy, we are seeing a move towards more daring colours and stronger markings on marble. “White and grey marble will be used differently, in interesting textures carved into tiled surfaces and slabs”, says Romy. Apart from marble, earthy materials will make a comeback in an updated version, “really matte, chalky, dry crumbly terracotta in brick pavers or wall tiles being used with interesting patterns and contrasting grout colours”, Romy add
“We are so lucky with our climate in this country for most of the year and I think people are trying to replicate the comfort of their living room in their alfresco dining area”, Romy explains. A well equipped outdoor kitchen makes the alfresco usable throughout the year and when it comes to styling Romy says to go for more calming tones in soft neutrals, or deep colours found in nature to stimulate a peaceful vibe. We have a strong light so you don’t need to go over the top with colour outside. “Don’t forget to surround yourself with pots and plants and let nature do the talking”, she adds.
Kitchen and bathroom must-haves
“Colour is creeping in and resin is making a comeback, and people are thinking outside the square when it comes to baths and basins, too. A lot of people like basins that have a bit of personality, so mounted on top of bench rather than the undermount. Nothing makes a statement quite like a freestanding bath. I’m also enjoying seeing interesting mirror details this season and not just mirrored cabinets, so using timber and brass and bronze framing and finishes. In the kitchen, we’re seeing striking marbles and special bronze-like finishes to cabinetry. Concrete is still popular but mixed in the palette with some more exotic stones. Timber cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen are timeless, and can be paired back with the metallic coloured tapware. The warmth of the timber and also the warmth of bronze or brass finishes creates a lovely richness in either the kitchen or the bathroom,” Romy added.