Your eyes do not deceive you: the sunken sofa (a ’70s stalwart) has made a comeback in a big way. Cue #ConversationPits – a hashtag that’s trending hard right now, thanks in part to shows such as Daisy Jones & the Six, which is bursting with retro interiors, plus a shift towards creating more intimate living areas that aren’t built around the television. Fortunately, this trend doesn’t have to include shag carpets and orange accents; for a more contemporary approach, consider neutral tones and natural fabrics so that the space feels more zen than den. With a rise in people seeking out sunken sofas to lounge on, it seems we’ve truly reached peak pit.
The hype surrounding Greta Gerwig’s biopic of the most famous doll in history means TikTok has its rose-tinted glasses firmly on this year. We’ve seen many iterations of the color come in and out of fashion (who can forget Millennial Pink?), but this one isn’t going anywhere any time soon. And don’t be fooled – Barbiecore isn’t all plastic and kitsch accessories. Make the trend palatable with a pink focal point, such as a wall or a piece of statement furniture, or just a few retro accents. Stylist Polly Bathsheba has mastered the look with the powder-pink walls in her dining room, toughened up with a chequerboard floor and rustic table. It is a Barbie world, after all.
This trend is about all mismatched styling. Think of it as layer upon layer of references: a riot of prints, colors and design movements that, on paper, wouldn’t seem to work but somehow just do. This alchemy is best seen in its full glory at stylist Lucy Williams’ house; a bricolage of her favorite design influences as well as the fruits of years of collecting. Meanwhile, interior designers like Meta Coleman and Beata Heuman have helped to spearhead the genre; the trend has even captured the attention of the fashion-influencer crowd – previously prone to more minimal designs. Look no further than Accidental Influencer Molly Blutstein’s recent bathroom renovation, with its folky wallpaper and art deco details.
The kitchen pantry is the new walk-in wardrobe – or so the ever-growing hashtag would suggest. Instead of perfectly positioned Jimmy Choos, the internet is getting its kicks from color-coded condiments, Kilner jars and food ‘zones’. For the uninitiated, it was the self-proclaimed “pantry perfectionists” on The Home Edit who kick-started this obsession with micro-organizing every genre of edibles. For a more relaxed approach to storage, follow in the steps of Berdoulat designs, whose walk-in, floor-to-ceiling pantry is the kitchen pipe dream.
If you’ve noticed a surge of pastoral panoramas flooding your feed – fields, flowers, Laura Ashley prints and sourdough-bread art – there is every chance the Cottagecore algorithm has found you. This remains one of the top trends on the platform; a nostalgia-fueled return to the romantic ideal of country living. But it’s not all sweeping views of forests, as the trend focuses on artisanal craftsmanship, such as woodwork, prints, embroidery, ceramics and fabric-making. Look to artist Tess Newall, whose self-renovated Sussex cottage in the south of England is pure bucolic bliss. It’s time to get back to life’s simple pleasures – preferably in a Dôen dress.
It might sound like an oxymoron, but two seemingly contrasting design movements have been shown to blend so seamlessly, it feels as if they have always been bedfellows. Take the case of Anissa Kermiche’s London apartment, where Scandi tropes like natural wood floors and pared-back pieces are layered with opulent accents, incorporating her own playful ceramics, bold patterns and color. Expect to see more and more of this style over time, with interior designers like Studio Ashby, Roman and Williams and Studio KO leading the way.