Those of us who aren’t fans of constantly dusting and polishing may be relieved to hear that shiny metal surfaces are at last falling out of favour in interior design land. The new favourite approach for 2017 is the use of ‘raw surfaces’, including concrete, stone, pewter, zinc, dark silver and textured fabric, that looks rough rather than flawless.
The focus is on interesting texture, and the use of unusual materials such lava stone for home accessories. The stark, minimalist look is proving less popular, and textured surfaces, used to create a feeling of warmth and intimacy, are a way of adding edge without fuss.
Materials that appear a little worn, scuffed or ‘pre-aged’ all help add to the look – keep an eye out for pieces made from reclaimed or recycled wood or metal. Adding some roughness to an otherwise sterile environment creates an interesting contrast and helps to create a feeling that’s cosy without being twee.Best of all, polishing can be kept to a minimum!
Here are our top picks of fabric, metal, wood and stone products that you can use to create the new look.
Karla armchair in stonewashed grey, Swoon Editons
Clean lines, raw texture and pared-back style define the Scandi-inspired Karla armchair. The solid oak frame has an angled leg design and slatted back, with a weathered wood feel. Suited to any living space, the soft grey upholstery will work with any colour scheme. £449, available from Swoon Editions.
Blue-grey hemp log basket, Decorators’ Notebook
This small log basket is perfect for homes with more compact fireplaces, yet it will hold enough logs for a whole night if necessary. Hemp is a very durable natural fibre and the handles are strong enough for carrying logs or kindling in from your store. Also ideal for laundry, toys or towels. Prices start at £49.99 from Decorators’ Notebook.
Linton raw steel light, Dowsing & Reynolds
This large steel shaded ceiling light will light any room with style. Use it in an industrial-style decor, or to provide an edgy twist to a more traditional interior. £79.99, available from Dowsing & Reynolds.
Foundry hammered metal display votive holder, Artisanti
This eye-catching black and gold tealight holder is an ideal way to dip a toe into the trend. The hammered gold rim and mottled matt black base and decorative holes mean a really textural piece. Dot several around the room for maximum effect. £8 each, available from Artisanti.
Large bothy pot, Garden Trading
This wooden Bothy Pot is made from paulownia wood, and each one is slightly different. The wood is exceptionally light and a distinctive grey-brown colour. It’s ideal to display indoor plants, or to put outdoors in a sheltered position. £18, available from Garden Trading.
Edson dining table in cement and metal, MADE
Sleek and sophisticated, this Edson dining table is made from concrete and metal. Although it’s designed to be weatherproof for outdoor use, it would also make an unusual dining table in the house. Matching benches, stools and a side table are also available in the same range. £449, available from MADE.
Concrete table lamp, House Doctor DK
This unusual lamp with its clean, simple lines is sure to become a real talking point in any modern home. Made from concrete and a touch of brass, it combines practicality with aesthetics to complement a contemporary interior. £59.90, available from Arbol House.1