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The Best Interior Design Styles come together in a Surprise New Trend

At the start of each year I always predict the hot trends I think will dominate our lives for the next 12 months. But what I neglected in this year’s forecast was the glorious trend we’re exploring in this post. It’s feminine, sophisticated, but still grounded and moody. So let me unveil it to you – and show you how to rock it yourself at home!


Meet the new Minerals Trend

The new theme that’s really rocking my world is called Minerals; created by the interior design team at Metricon as part of their LookBook. The Metricon LookBook is jam-packed with an array of interior design schemes designed to help home buyers – and decorating addicts like me – put their interiors together with ease (and a huge slice of designer inspiration).

The best part?

What I love about the minerals trend is that it rounds up the best bits from so many other interior design styles and merges them to pure perfection. The result, as you can see in the photos here, is a selection of rooms that feel perfectly balanced; yin and yang, soft and hard, masculine and feminine, sophisticated and casual, neutral yet colourful. The list goes on.

It’s not easy to mesh styles like this and create spaces with such wow factor. But over my year working with the team at Metricon I can vouch for the fact that their interior designers are second to none. And what magic they’ve created here!

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What makes Minerals so Special

Minerals is a stylish and contemporary scheme, created through the use of organic materials. The focus here is all about beautiful textures and finishes, bringing a sense of luxury to a space that you can then play off of with fun and relaxed accessories.

It’s important to note, though, that this is a fairly minimalist trend. Look for statement pieces in a larger scales as opposed to loads of knick-knacks.

Restraint is the key to getting this look right. You’ve got to edit, edit, edit. There’s a lot of room here for the furniture and homewares to shine as individual pieces, so ensure you veer away from making the space feel cramped. This is all about relaxed sophistication; an approach that lets items breathe.

The beauty of this look is that it’s timeless, too, so you can execute the trend at home now and take solace in the fact that you won’t need to conduct a decorating overhaul in six months or a year’s time.

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Restraint is the key to getting this look right. You’ve got to edit, edit, edit. It’s all about relaxed sophistication; an approach that lets pieces breathe.

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How to Rock the Minerals Trend

Follow this guide to combine all of the interior design styles inherent in the Minerals trend and you’ll be well on your way to creating a space that feels elegant but relaxed.

  • The base is neutral in colour; white, soft greys and warm browns dominate walls and floors
  • The materials are natural and organic; think timber, marble, copper and more
  • Black and white art, geometric cushions and bold bedding add graphic edge
  • Decor in blush pinks, yellows and mint bring some fun – but apply in small doses
  • Metallics finish off the look, but only the occasional pop in each room
  • Ensure pieces have room to breath and that you don’t over-accessorise

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Get more Inspo for your Home

Metricon’s Digital Marketing Manager, Kelly Millar, explains the premise behind LookBook.

“Metricon now offers 16 design themes online on the LookBook section of the website to help enthuse the interior stylist in all of us,” she tells me. “Everything on LookBook has been designed to take the hard work out of styling a home”.

With a display network of more than 150 contemporary homes across Australia, if you fall in love with a theme on LookBook your admiration doesn’t have to be confined to online; LookBook will direct you to a display home near you that has been styled with that look.

To explore the new Minerals theme visit www.metricon.com.au/lookbook 

Are you loving how all of the best interior design styles have come together to create the Minerals trend? What’s your fave element in the rooms you see here? Drop a comment below and share.

This post includes images and/or videos of Metricon display homes and events, reproduced with permission. © Metricon Homes Pty Ltd 2016.


Chris Carroll

Outside of writing this blog, Chris is an interior designer, presenter and author. He’s also spent time on TV, on Channel 10’s Changing Rooms, as well presenting segments on Channel 7’s Sunrise and The Morning Show. If you’d like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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I’m interior designer Chris Carroll, and at TLC Interiors we’re all about helping you create an amazing home without breaking the bank. It’s affordable designer style at its best, and we make the whole process easy and fun for clients & readers alike!

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