Summer is still hanging on and even if you revamped your home for spring, you might already be thinking about changing things up as the season saunters by into autumn.
Whether you've been struck by the playful designs from big names at international fairs and shows worthy of being recreated, or you're simply looking for fresh aesthetic ideas for your smart home, we've got you covered.
Here are five summer interior design trends to try now, each with inspiration to steal and notes on which smart home tech ‚Äď from speakers to mirrors to locks ‚Äď works with each one.
If you've any recommendations for stylish pieces of home tech matching this season's trends, let us know in the comments section below.
Kaleidoscope of colour
Now's the time to take inspiration from Matthew Williamson's hotel interiors, a clashy clashy design townhouse from Peter Pilotto, and the work of Frido Kahlo (the Making Her Self Up exhibition is on at the V&A in London until November). And by that we mean bold colours and clashing prints. When it comes to selecting hues to add some pep to a room with fabrics, accessories or home tech, anything goes, but you could try the particularly trendy options of peach, lime/citrus, beetroot and pale pink for starters.
In the living room, a Meural connected canvas lets you swap in eye-catching digital art to change the mood and Sonos' limited edition Sonos Ones will add a pop of colour if the standard models didn't take your fancy. In the kitchen, Smeg's retro, pastel coloured coffee machines, toaster and hand blenders will do the trick.
Time to texture
Many of this summer's trends play with texture in some way, whether it's playful fringing on Munna sofas and chairs, or cane screens and Philip Jeffries Japanese style wallpaper. Did you know that searches for velvet went up by 400% in six months, according to WGSN and Eporta's Interiors Trend Report for 2018/19? Statement mirrors and iridescent surfaces were also big at the design fairs.
So how to incorporate smart home tech into a textured room? It's tricky given tech manufacturers' penchant for plastic ‚Äď but not impossible. The Ruark Audio MRx is a multi-room speaker that comes in walnut veneer and grey lacquer, both with a textured fabric front and old school dial. And in the bathroom, Kohler's Konnect smart mirror with Alexa shows that glass and mirrors can be useful as well as playing a part in the scheme of the room.
If all those prints and fabrics give you a headache and you just want clean lines and a stripped back look, you're very much still catered for on both the design and tech fronts. British brand Victoria + Albert Baths just launched three concealed shower sets (with Victorian, Art Deco and modern styles) which hide all the pipes for a minimalist showertime setup.
At Milan Design Week, Danish designer Cecilie Manz debuted her Scandi aluminium design for the B&O Beoplay P6 Bluetooth speaker with a mic for potential voice controls and leather strap. The Sonos Beam is the company's sleek new Alexa powered soundbar and the Friday smart lock will look small, sleek and minimal on your door (if it fits) especially when compared to the competition. Ikea's Eneby Bluetooth speakers, the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Home smart speaker and Loewe's new Bild 3.65 TV will also look at home in thoroughly modern homes.
If you want a fun splash of something to perk things up, you might find yourself drawn to tropical-style accessories. Pinterest's latest Home Report for 2018 says interest in tropical wallpaper is strong and WGSN's forecasters point to orange, pink and yellow as the colours to experiment with.
Google, of course, still has its coral Home Mini (very forward-thinking) and there are also the limited edition Beosound 1 speakers, in a range of sunset hues, to consider, though the window to bid on them at Sotheby's is closing. Elsewhere, Bisque's radiators now come in Rustique and Rose Copper hues and the animations on Samsung's Ambient Mode on its QLED TVs can enhance the sundowner vibe.
Green inside and out
As people itch to get green inside their homes, especially in urban houses and apartments with no outdoor space, there are more and more consideration to style, sustainability and how connected tech can help. Interest in framed plants has exploded on Pinterest, with searches up nearly 400% versus last year, and designers like Jessica Helgerson are promoting furniture and interiors designs which are made from locally sourced wood and, as much as possible, don't leave any environmental impact.
When it comes to getting the most out of your plants, there's Clairy's Natede which acts as a plant pot and connected air purifier in one. If you're concerned about indoor air quality, see also Awair's latest 2nd Edition air monitor which monitors pollutants including CO2, VOCs and fine dust.
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