Welcome to Friday Fever, your weekly guide to whats hot right now and the future pieces that are sure to make waves in the interior world.
Yes, the love of all things dark is set to continue for interiors well into 2019. However next year we see a move away from inky paint hues and gem toned sofas to all things matt. Matt Black to be precise. The move away from all things high gloss and shiny is a bold one for the interior wold, as matt is a tricky trend to pull off within your home without having some basic interior design knowledge. Mistakes with matt paint, worktops and hardware aren't as easily hidden; marks on matt surfaces show up more and with alarming frequency, and there is the issue in carefully balancing the light in the room otherwise spaces can end up feeling flat and lifeless. But for all of its high maintenance issues I am a fan of matt black, in particular matt black hardware and accessories.
Now as you all may know if you follow me on instagram, I have a big soft spot for Dowsing and Reynolds.This company is UK based, Leeds to be precise, and have an exciting, stylish, trend led range of hardware, lighting and high quality paint at a midrange price point. I stumbled upon Dowsing and Reynolds when looking for some light fittings and hardware that weren't Buster and Punch but had the same industrial vibe.
Now there is nothing wrong with bit of B&P, but I was feeling rather fatigued with their range after seeing it feature in every home and interior instagram page over what felt like years, I just wanted my space to look a little different from B&P hardware status quo, and Dowsing and Reynolds delivered this perfectly. Their hardware range is stunning, well priced and most importantly easy to install, I've changed plug sockets and light switches myself with ease and the product quality has even stood up to me slipping with a screwdriver and catching the facade a few times. If you haven't come across Dowsing and Reynolds before I would strongly recommend you take a look, their hardware rangeis banging and their light fixtures are something to behold too.
This kitchen was ahead of its time in more ways and one. When the interiors world was filling their boots on dark blue and bottle green hardwood cabinets with brass handles and glossy counter tops, Ikea threw in a curve ball with their matt black sustainable kitchen fronts called KUNGSBACKA. All made from recycled PET-bottles and wood. The cabinets have bobbed along quietly occasionally appearing as a lusted for piece on a Pinterest board but that was it, no fanfare, no big entrance no fireworks from the interior world. The range is affordable, sustainable and is available here; hopefully 2019 gives this kitchen the platform it deserves.
If you're thinking that a matt black kitchen is too much and matt black hardwear too little, then if this is a trend that captures your heart you can always go down the accessory route. As black is a neutral it is one of the easiest colours to incorporate into your existing decor. Matt black has the benefit of adding both texture and colour to a room, switching up the way light works in a space with its flat surface and absorption properties.Throw in a few pieces here and there and see how it switches up the feel of your space.
Here are my top 5 homeware picks available to purchase right now:
The matt in place of all the shiny that has gone before is a welcome one for me, and one that I feel makes much more of a statement in your home as it not something we see often. Brass, copper, chrome all bounce in and out of fashion every couple of years, however matt black seems to be the interior outcast who's only allowed in from the rain each decade to get a little warm but then slink off again without trace. So here's to the rise of matt black in 2019, may we embrace it fully and hope that its comeback is here to stay.
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