Design Trends – Escapism and Theatrics

One of the burgeoning trends for both last year and 2012 is escapism and fantasy.

The trend seems to have grown organically from a national tendency towards a more light-hearted look at life in general. Moving away from the stark cleanliness of most contemporary design, the escapism trend meets a desire amongst people to be bolder and more expressive.

In essence, this trend means bringing a sense of theatrical drama to a living space. It speaks of a playful use of scale, such as the oversized apple outdoor seating from Skyline Design this is an example of design with humour and whimsical abandon.

Skyline Design - Apple Seating
Source: Skyline Design

The fantastical designs (examples of which we saw at Interiors UK) draw from a wealth of inspirational sources – think circuses, immersive experiences and charming modern takes on traditional fairy-tales.

Get the look

Achieving this look does require a certain amount of ‘thinking-outside-the-box’. But one of the main benefits of this style is that it allows an amazing freedom of expression and flexibility of choice.

Whether your preference is contemporary such as the avant-garde interiors of Sergey Makhno or traditional grandeur such as jewellery designer Kenneth Jay Lane’s Manhattan this look can work in your home.

Kenneth Jay Lane Home

Source: Elle Decor

Contemporary take from designer Sergey Makhno

Source:  Trendir

Furniture and accessories that raise a smile or engage the senses fit well with this styling; combine with more daring flooring, like those from the Abstracts range, to bring a bold feeling to any room.

Amtico Bespoke Design - Signature Layout

Another way to achieve the drama of the theatrics trend is by combining wood, stone and abstract flooring from Amtico in signature layouts – for a bespoke look – to make a space both impressive and fantastical.

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